A survey of 19th century business strike coin
10C SEATED LIBERTY, DRAPERY (1840-1860)

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: DIMES - SEATED LIBERTY, STARS OBVERSE
Item Description: 10C 1842
Full Grade: NGC MS 63
Owner: BillJones

Set Details

Custom Sets: This coin is not in any custom sets.
Competitive Sets: A survey of 19th century business strike coin   Score: 1044
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide
NGC US Coin Census for Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)

Owner Comments:

In 1840 officials at the Philadelphia hired Robert Ball Hughes as an engraver. Hughes’ first assignment was to revamp the Liberty Seated designs that appeared on all of the silver coins. Hughes’ most notable change was the addition of a large drapery that hangs from Ms. Liberty’s right arm (left arm to the observer). Upon closer examination Hughes’ handing of Ms. Liberty’s body and the folds in her gown are less artfully rendered. Hughes made the fewest changes to the half dollar which reflects much of Gobrecht’s original design. The present coin is an attractive example of the Liberty Seated dime from the early 1840s. Since there were few collectors in the United States at the time, Mint State coins from this period are scarcer than some collectors have been led to believe.

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