The Capped Bust dime replaced the Draped Bust Dime in the same manner as their half-dime counterparts. The capped bust dime was first minted in 1809, and was designed by John Reich.

The design of the coin closely mimics the Half-Dime counterpart of the time. Lady Liberty, facing left, was on the obverse flanked by thirteen stars - six on the right and seven on the left. The word "LIBERTY" appears on her mobcap which held her hair, and the year was displayed at the bottom. The reverse depicts an eagle with a Union Shield on its breast. The eagle is clutching three arrows on the right and an olive branch on the left. "10 C." appears at the bottom of the coin stating its value, and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" arcs along the top, with an "E PLURIBUS UNUM" ribbon displayed just above the eagle.

In 1828, this dime was replaced with one of the same design, but was 18.5 millimeters in diameter - 0.3 millimeters smaller than the original. This minute change in size caused the older ones to be referred to as "LARGE SIZE", and the newer ons as "SMALL SIZE".

This particular dime was minted until 1837.


United States Coinage

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