– Draped Bust Dime (1796 - 1807)

The Draped Bust Dime, minted from 1796 to 1807, stands as a significant and esteemed chapter in early American numismatics. 

Designed by Robert Scot, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, the Draped Bust Dime succeeded the earlier Draped Bust Half Dime and introduced a new design motif that reflected the evolving artistic and cultural landscape of the young nation. 

The obverse of the Draped Bust Dime features a right-facing bust of Liberty, draped in flowing fabric, with her hair tied in a ribbon. The word "LIBERTY" appears above the bust, and the date of mintage is inscribed below.  

This portrayal of Liberty is elegant and dignified, embodying the spirit of freedom and independence cherished by the American people. 

On the reverse of the coin is a small eagle, depicted with outstretched wings and holding an olive branch and arrows in its talons. Above the eagle is the inscription "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and the denomination "10 C." is below.  

The Draped Bust Dime was minted using a composition of 89.24% silver and 10.76% copper, giving it a distinctive appearance and value. 

It was the smallest denomination of circulating coinage at the time and was used in everyday transactions across the young nation. 

Each coin is a tangible link to the past, a reminder of the sacrifices and struggles of those who came before us, and a symbol of the enduring spirit of freedom and democracy that defines the United States. 

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