Half-Dimes and Dimes

The half dime denomination was authorized by Congress in 1792 making it the initial currency in the United States. George Washington on Nov. 6, 1792, said, “There has been a small beginning in the coinage of half dimes, the want of small coins in circulation calling the first attention to them.

The Flowing Hair design was only struck in 1794 and 1795. The Draped Bust, Small Eagle began in 1796 and was used through 1805.

In 1829 the Capped Bust Half Dime was introduced. The Capped Bust design was continued through 1837, then replaced with the Christian Gobrecht Seated Liberty design.

The Seated Liberty designs began in circulation in 1837 and was used through 1873 until the end of the denomination.

The Drape Bust Dime appeared in 1796, the design lasted until 1807.

The Capped Bust Dime began in 1809 and was used until 1837.

In 1837 the Seated Liberty design made its debute and was used until the design ended in 1891.

The Barber Dime appeared from 1892 and was used until 1916.

The Mercury Dime ran from 1916 to 1945.

In 1946, the U.S. memorialized President Franklin Roosevelt with the Roosevelt Dime a design that is in use today.

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