Liberty Seated Dime, Legend Obverse, Arrows at Date (1873-1874)

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In 1873, the authorized weight of the dime was raised slightly from 38.4 grains to 38.58 grains, the latter figure precisely equaling 2.50 grams. To signify the change, small arrowheads were placed to the left and the right of the date on the dime (and also the quarter and half dollar). Dimes minted in 1873 before the change was made are without arrows.

The with-arrows format was employed in the latter part of 1873 as well as all of 1874. After that time the weight remained the same, but the arrows were discontinued. The design otherwise remains the same, with Liberty Seated on...read more


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