THE DIME

By Chuck Haviland The dime is 1/10th of a dollar (10 cents).   Although it sounds simple the dime up to the mid-1800’s holds a surprise. The dime was first minted from 1796 – 1797 utilizing  the Draped Bust with the small eagle design (and the Draped bust with the heraldic eagle being minted from 1798 –…

The US Quarter

By Chuck Haviland The US Quarter was first produced in 1796, utilizing the “Draped Bust” with the small eagle design. This was similar to the one dollar coin but it was smaller. It was not produced in 1797 – 1803 (27.5mm).  Its composition was 0.8924 oz silver.  Its diameter was 27.5 mm. The “Draped Bust”…

US HALF DOLLAR

BY  CHUCK  HAVILAND The US half dollar was first minted in 1794 – 1795.  Its composition was approximately 90 % silver.  It was known as the “Flowing Hair” half dollar and is considered to be very rare. From 1796 – 1797 the “Draped Bust” with the small eagle, half dollar was minted, with the same composition….

US ONE DOLLAR COINS

BY CHUCK HAVILAND Early US dollars no longer in circulation or are extremely rare: The Spanish dollar was widely used in the colonies before 1794. The us minted  the “Flowing hair’ dollar coin in 1794 & 1795.  Its composition was 89% silver and weighed 26.96 grams. The “Draped Bust”, with the small eagle was minted…