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1853 Arrows Seated Liberty Dime Original toned XF


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1857 Seated Liberty Dime


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1853 10C Arrows Liberty Seated Dime Nice Toning


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1853 ARROWS SEAT HALF DIMEAUrim nic TONED Sale 49 OFF REDUC 10 25


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1853 Seated Liberty Dime NGC MS 66 Amazing Quality


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1853 O Seated Liberty Dime XF Condition 9219


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1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime Looks Untouched Uncleaned


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1853 ARROWS SEATED LIBERTY DIME in original CHOICE EXTRA FINE GREAT COIN


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1853 Seated Liberty Dime Type 4 Stars Obverse Arrows at Date EXTRA FINE XF


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1853 Liberty Seated Dime with Arrows PCGS VF35


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1853 Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dime XF AU


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1853 Liberty Seated Dime XF Condition Bent C33


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1853 Silver Seated Liberty Dime curcukated


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1853 Seated Half Dime Good


1853 Seated Dime
1853 Seated Dime


1853 ARROWS Seated Dime PCGS MS 64
1853 ARROWS Seated Dime PCGS MS 64


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1853 No Arrows Silver Seated Liberty Half Dime


1853 Seated Liberty Dime PCGS MS 63
1853 Seated Liberty Dime PCGS MS 63


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1853 H10c NGC XF45 Arrows Popular Type Coin Seated Half Dime


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1853 P Arrows Fine Seated Liberty Silver Half Dime Combined Shipping


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1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime AU UNC


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Eight Seated Liberty 10C 2166 1839 O 1842 1853 Arrows 1854 O 1859 O 1861


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1853 P ARROWS SEATED HALF DIME PERFECT VF+


1853 Dime Seated Liberty Arrows
1853 Dime Seated Liberty Arrows


1853 Arrows PCGS MS62 Seated Liberty Dime Great Skin
1853 Arrows PCGS MS62 Seated Liberty Dime Great Skin


1853 Seated Liberty Silver Half Dime With Arrows Fine 2368
1853 Seated Liberty Silver Half Dime With Arrows Fine 2368


1853 Arrows H10C Seated Liberty Half Dime
1853 Arrows H10C Seated Liberty Half Dime


1853 Silver Seated Dime ANACS AU 55 Arrows
1853 Silver Seated Dime ANACS AU 55 Arrows


1853 Seated dime with Arrows PCGS AU50
1853 Seated dime with Arrows PCGS AU50


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1853 Seated Liberty Dime XF mby037


1853 Liberty Seated Half Dime Arrows AU 50 or better
1853 Liberty Seated Half Dime Arrows AU 50 or better


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1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime Choice EF Neat Golden and Purple Tone BL


1853 Arrows Seated Half Dime  PCGS VF35
1853 Arrows Seated Half Dime PCGS VF35


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1853 w arrows Seated Liberty Half Dime XF


1853 Seated Liberty Dime with Arrows XF AU+ Details LIBERTY bold
1853 Seated Liberty Dime with Arrows XF AU+ Details LIBERTY bold


Dimes appear in five major types, which we discuss in this article.

Draped Bust (1796–1807)

The very first dimes bore the Draped Bust design that became the standard on all silver coins in 1796. The first dimes featured 15 stars, one for each state in the union. Initially, the plan was to include a new star for each state as it came onboard. By 1798, the number of states (and stars) was up to 16, but this became so crowded on the coins that the number of stars was reduced to that of the 13 original colonies. Imagine how the coins of today would look with 50 stars crowded onto such a tiny coin (reminds us of the candles on our birthday cakes).

Capped Bust (1809–1837)

The Capped Bust design appeared in 1809 and ran until 1837. This series contains a number of interesting overdates and varieties, including 1814 and 1820 varieties, where the words States of America are spaced so closely together that they form a single word. No rare dates or stoppers exist in this series. A large number of collectors concentrate on the die varieties in this series, where they have a chance of cherry-picking a valuable variety for the price of a common type.

Seated Liberty (1837–1891)

A larger version of the half dimes, the Seated Liberty dime, ran from 1837 to 1891. Unlike the three-cent pieces and half dimes, dimes were not replaced with other coins made of copper-nickel, so the year 1873 meant nothing to them — they just kept going and going. . . . Weight reductions in 1853 and 1873 saw the addition of arrowheads on either side of the date, signals to the public that lasted for three and two years, respectively. Plenty of challenging dates, as well as some interesting varieties, await the collector of this type.

Barber (1892–1916)

The new dime that appeared in 1892 showed a head of Liberty, but this time, she wore the cap she had on a pole on the last design.

A headband with the word Liberty and a wreath hold her hat on her head. This type is known as the Barber dime not because it had anything to do with the local haircutter, but because Charles Barber was the designer. Come to think about it, a haircut probably cost a dime in 1892. The Barber dime series is home to the 1894-S, one of the rarest and most expensive U.S. coins, which costs $1.5 million or more for a nice one.

Mercury head (1916–1945)

In 1916, designer Adolph Weinman put wings on Liberty's cap, a classic design from ancient times that was quickly associated with the Roman god, Mercury (hence the nickname for this type). Weinman placed a fasces on the back of the coin . A fasces consists of a battle ax surrounded by a bundle of sticks, another design from the Ancient Roman world that represented strength and unity. Unfortunately, the symbolism of the fasces received a bad name in World War II from Italy's Mussolini and his Fascist Party. Well-struck examples of this type have clearly defined and separated bands around the fasces. The most important area includes the bands in the very center of the coin. If these horizontal bands are completely separated, the coin earns the coveted full bands designation and is, therefore, worth a premium. Some date/mintmark combinations with full bands are excessively rare.

Roosevelt head (1946–present)

The death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945 prompted a quick design change for the dime. Roosevelt's head was placed on the front of the coin, and the fasces was replaced by a torch. The initials of the designer, John Sinnock were placed just beneath Roosevelt's head. The Roosevelt-head dime appeared in silver through 1964, after which the coins were made of a clad metal of low value. Roosevelt dimes are still being made today, 55 years after his death.

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