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1853 Seated Liberty Quarter Silver coin VF+ Free Mercury Dime
1853 Seated Liberty Quarter Silver coin VF+ Free Mercury Dime


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


1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime PCGS VF 35 Arrows 29485443
1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime PCGS VF 35 Arrows 29485443


1853 Seated Libert Dime Love Token Very Nice Engraved
1853 Seated Libert Dime Love Token Very Nice Engraved


1853 SEATED LIBERTY DIME SEATED SILVER DIME ARROWS
1853 SEATED LIBERTY DIME SEATED SILVER DIME ARROWS


Lot Of 2 Early Seated Lib Dimes1 1849no arrow  date  1 1853arrow  date
Lot Of 2 Early Seated Lib Dimes1 1849no arrow date 1 1853arrow date


1853 NO ARROWS Seated Liberty Dime CHOICE VG RARE FREE SHIPPING
1853 NO ARROWS Seated Liberty Dime CHOICE VG RARE FREE SHIPPING


1853 Seated Liberty Dime
1853 Seated Liberty Dime


1853 Liberty Seated Half Dime  AU Details  Sharp Well Struck Coin
1853 Liberty Seated Half Dime AU Details Sharp Well Struck Coin


1853 Seated dime with Arrows PCGS XF45
1853 Seated dime with Arrows PCGS XF45


1853 Seated Liberty Dime CHOICE XF FREE SHIPPING
1853 Seated Liberty Dime CHOICE XF FREE SHIPPING


1853 Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dime XF AU
1853 Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dime XF AU


1842 1853 Arrows 1876 Seated Liberty Dime Type Set
1842 1853 Arrows 1876 Seated Liberty Dime Type Set


1853 ARROWS SEATED LIBERTY HALF DIME AU55 PCGS CAC Pleasing Choice AU O
1853 ARROWS SEATED LIBERTY HALF DIME AU55 PCGS CAC Pleasing Choice AU O


1853 O NEW ORLEANS MINT DIME SEATED LIBERTY 90 SILVER
1853 O NEW ORLEANS MINT DIME SEATED LIBERTY 90 SILVER


C USA 1853 Liberty Seated Half Dime VG
C USA 1853 Liberty Seated Half Dime VG


1853 o Seated Half Dime Sharp Nice FREE SHIPPING
1853 o Seated Half Dime Sharp Nice FREE SHIPPING


1853 P Seated Liberty Half Dime w Arrows Variety 3 Arrows at Date F VF
1853 P Seated Liberty Half Dime w Arrows Variety 3 Arrows at Date F VF


Rare 1853 O Liberty Seated Silver Half Dime No Arrows H10C PCGS XF details
Rare 1853 O Liberty Seated Silver Half Dime No Arrows H10C PCGS XF details


1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime Bright High Grade Circ Rare FREE SHIPPING AP09
1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime Bright High Grade Circ Rare FREE SHIPPING AP09


1853 AU ARROWS SEATED LIBERTY HALF DIME ID EE267
1853 AU ARROWS SEATED LIBERTY HALF DIME ID EE267


1853 w ARROWS SEATED LIBERTY DIME AND 1891 SEATED LIBERTY
1853 w ARROWS SEATED LIBERTY DIME AND 1891 SEATED LIBERTY


1853 O Seated Liberty Half Dime No Arrows RARE ID AN112
1853 O Seated Liberty Half Dime No Arrows RARE ID AN112


1853 XF NO ARROWS SEATED LIBERTY HALF DIME ID T612
1853 XF NO ARROWS SEATED LIBERTY HALF DIME ID T612


Set of VG VF Liberty Seated Dimes 1840 1841 O 1853 1854 1856 Very Good Very Fine
Set of VG VF Liberty Seated Dimes 1840 1841 O 1853 1854 1856 Very Good Very Fine


1853 NO ARROWS GOOD SEATED LIBERTY SILVER 10c DIME ID T753
1853 NO ARROWS GOOD SEATED LIBERTY SILVER 10c DIME ID T753


Key Date 1853 No Arrows Seated Half Dime PCGS MS 63 Gold CAC
Key Date 1853 No Arrows Seated Half Dime PCGS MS 63 Gold CAC


1853 Seated Dime About Uncirculated Condition with Arrows
1853 Seated Dime About Uncirculated Condition with Arrows


1853 P Seated Liberty Half Dime Choice XF ARROWS Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike
1853 P Seated Liberty Half Dime Choice XF ARROWS Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike


1853 O Seated Liberty Half Dime CHOICE VF XF FREE SHIPPING
1853 O Seated Liberty Half Dime CHOICE VF XF FREE SHIPPING


1853 O Seated Liberty Half Dime CHOICE AU FREE SHIPPING
1853 O Seated Liberty Half Dime CHOICE AU FREE SHIPPING


1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime CHOICE AU FREE SHIPPING
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1853 O Seated Liberty Dime Arrows at Date Orleans mint hard to find this nice
1853 O Seated Liberty Dime Arrows at Date Orleans mint hard to find this nice


1853 H10c PCGS XF45 Arrows Seated Half Dime
1853 H10c PCGS XF45 Arrows Seated Half Dime


1853 PCGS VF Cleaning Liberty Seated Dime Silver 10c US Coin FREE SHIPPING 966
1853 PCGS VF Cleaning Liberty Seated Dime Silver 10c US Coin FREE SHIPPING 966


1853 Seated 1 2 dime with Arrows PCGS AU58
1853 Seated 1 2 dime with Arrows PCGS AU58


1853 10c PCGS XF45 Arrows Liberty Seated Dime
1853 10c PCGS XF45 Arrows Liberty Seated Dime


48 Seated 1 2 Dimes 185354555657586168 S69 S7272 S7373 S LOW START
48 Seated 1 2 Dimes 185354555657586168 S69 S7272 S7373 S LOW START


1853 Seated Liberty Dime CHOICE VF+ FREE SHIPPING
1853 Seated Liberty Dime CHOICE VF+ FREE SHIPPING


1853 P Seated Liberty Half Dime Nice XF Arrows
1853 P Seated Liberty Half Dime Nice XF Arrows


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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