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Early Dimes of the United States - Minted from 1796 until 1837

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Early Dimes

capped bust early dime

The Coinage Act of 1792, which was passed by the United States Congress, established the dime as a denomination of U.S. currency and authorized the minting of a “disme” made of silver. The term “disme” is an archaic spelling of “dime,” and it was defined in the act as being one-tenth the weight and value of a dollar. The Draped Bust Dime, designed by Robert Scot, was the first dime design minted from 1796 to 1807. It featured a depiction of Lady Liberty on the obverse (front) and an eagle on the reverse (back). The Capped Bust Dime, designed by Mint Assistant Engraver John Reich, was minted from 1809 to 1837 and featured a different portrayal of Lady Liberty on the obverse and a heraldic eagle on the reverse. These early United States dimes have historical significance as they represent the early stages of American coinage and reflect the evolving designs and standards established by the Coinage Act of 1792.