Liberty Seated Dime Stars Obverse, Arrows at Date (1853-1855)

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Production of the Liberty Seated dime design continued until 1853, by which time, due to Gold Rush in California, the price of silver in terms of gold dollars increased. Silver coins, worth more in weight than in face value, were hoarded or melted for profit. The Act of February 21,1853 reduced the authorized weight, and eliminated hoarding.

To reflect this weight change, the design was altered to include arrows on either side of the date.

Large quantities were produced of the 1853 with-arrows Philadelphia Mint issues; a coinage in excess of 12 million. Lesser quantities were more