Draped Bust Dime, Small Eagle (1796-1797)

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The design of the 1796-1797 dime parallels that of the contemporary half dime. The obverse depicts Miss Liberty with flowing hair, a ribbon behind her head, and drapery covering her plunging neckline. LIBERTY is above and the date is below. Thirteen obverse stars are to be found on the 1796 dime, while dimes of 1797 come with either 13 or 16 obverse stars.

The reverse consists of an open wreath, tied with a bow at the bottom, enclosing a small eagle perched on a cloud, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounding. No indication of denomination...read more