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Liberty Seated Dime

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The Liberty Seated Dime piece is a US dime piece or ten cent coin that was produced from 1837 to 1891.

The Seated Liberty design appeared on just about every silver US coin from 1836 to 1891.

Sharing the design with the Seated Liberty Dime were the half dime, twenty cent piece, quarter dollar, half dollar and silver dollar.

Chief Engraver William Kneass drew the sketches that originated the design but was unable to complete the process due to a stroke.

Christian Gobrecht finished the design and die preparation.

The Seated Liberty Dime features Liberty sitting on a rock holding a staff that has a liberty cap on its top.

Her right hand is resting on a shield inscribed with the word LIBERTY.

On the reverse of the coin a wreath surrounds the words ONE DIME.

There are several varieties of the Seated Liberty Dime. Images and a short description are shown in the table below.

To learn about the design specifications, including designer, weight, composition, mints and mintages, click here.

Liberty Seated Dime Varieties
Click Image to Enlarge Description
Liberty Seated Dime - No Stars No Stars on Obverse (1837-1838) - The original design did not have any stars on the obverse (front) of the coin.
Liberty Seated Dime - With Stars Stars on Obverse (1838-1853) - In 1838, thirteen stars were added around the perimeter of the obverse. They represented the 13 original colonies of the United States.
Liberty Seated Dime - No Drapery From Elbow No Drapery From Elbow (1838-1840) - This variety of the Liberty Seated Dime piece doesn't have the drapery below the left elbow. It also shows a tilted shield.
Liberty Seated Dime - Arrows at Date Arrows at Date (1853-1855) - Arrows were added on each side of the date of this US dime to distinguish that these dime pieces were reduced in weight from 2.67 grams to 2.49 grams.
Liberty Seated Dime - Legend on Obverse Legend on Obverse (1860-1873) - In mid-1860, the stars around the perimeter of the coin were replaced with "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" which had previously been on the reverse of the coin.
Liberty Seated Dime - Arrows at Date (1873-74) Arrows at Date (1873-1874) - This time the arrows on either side of the date signify a very small increase in weight for the dime piece, from 2.49 grams to 2.50 grams.

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