Draped Bust Half Dimes

Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1796-1797)


One of the first acts of a sovereign nation has always been to establish a system of currency for use in commercial transactions. In the fledgling United States this was doubly important. Although the accepted standard of value was the Spanish silver dollar and its fractional pieces of eight, English coins of pounds, shillings and pence also were in use throughout the young nation. Efficient trade was hampered at every turn, particularly between the states, as each valued the Spanish coins differently in relation to English issues. By the end of the 1780s, much discussion ensued concerning the necessity and structure of a reliable, non-fluctuating system of coinage.

Thomas Jefferson, along with Alexander Hamilton and financier Robert Morris, had long advocated the use of the decimal system. Introduced by the Dutch inventor Simon Stevin van Brugghe, it used whole numbers to describe fractions and was tr.... (Expand Text)

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1797 DRAPED BUST H10C, 15 STARS MS65

15 STARS. LM-1. ONLY 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$76,500.00

1797 DRAPED BUST H10C, 16 STARS MS66

16 STARS. STUNNING GEM WELL STRUCK SURFACES WITH LIGHT BLUE AMBER PATINA. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED WITH CAC ENDORSEMENT. CAC.
$181,500.00

1800 DRAPED BUST H10C MS62

CHOICE LUSTROUS SPECIMEN.
$19,750.00

1800 DRAPED BUST H10C, LIBEKTY MS64

LIBEKTY VARIETY. STUNNING BLUE ROSE TONING. CONDITION CENSUS.
$47,500.00

1801 DRAPED BUST H10C MS61

JUST 27,760 STRUCK. JUST TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$21,450.00