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The History of Coins;dimes through quarters

Updated on February 1, 2015
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As a Boy Scout, Greg learned the value of collecting rare items. Coins are his favorite. Greg writes about coins and other collectibles...


I hope you are all enjoying this series on the history of United States coins.

If you haven't seen the first hub in this series, here is the link:

Draped bust

The first dimes to be minted were the draped bust variety-seen here>

They were minted from 1796-1807.Most coinage of this era was the draped bust.These are highly sought after coins.Dimes are a staple of my collection and the majority of pictures in this hub will be from my collection,but the draped bust and the next one I don't have yet.Maybe that right priced one will come along.

The draped bust was originally developed adding stars to the back for each state.Soon the mint realized there will be more states then amount of coin area and ordered a design change.

Capped Bust

Next in line with a completely different design was the capped bust variety.These too are a highly sought after coin.I feel a very beautiful design.If you are a collector,these are good investments!!All dimes up until 1964 are mostly silver.

Minted from 1809-1837.

Seated Liberty

All the next dimes are pictures from my collection.They are in order,and then pictures of the backs are also in order.

The first in this list is the seated liberty dime.This also,I feel, was a beautiful design.They were minted from 1837-1891.There were several different varieties of these.Some had stars,some with arrows by the dates,and some had the legend{United States of America}.the design was real similar to a British design.

Barber dime

Named after Robert Barber,the designer of the coin.I take great pride in this coin which I happened upon at an estate auction.It was fashioned much like the French coinage of that era.

They were minted from 1892-1916.

Mercury dimes

These coins,I will have to say are my favorite collector coin.I have quite a few.The one pictured is like brand new.I wouldn't sell it for less than $600.

They are called Mercury dimes when really the head is not the god Mercury. It is lady Liberty wearing a phrygian cap,which depicts freedom and liberty.The coin is really called a winged liberty dime.

They were minted from 1916-1945.

Roosevelt dimes

Last but not least is the Roosevelt dime.Minted from 1946-now.From 1946-1964 they were primarily silver.

This dime was named after once President,Franklin Roosevelt soon after his death.

20 cent Piece

Only minted from 1875-1878;the coin was minted mainly for overseas reasons.It was on par with the French silver franc.

Very sought after coins,they were mistaken for quarters often.

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Quarters until 1916

Up until 1916 the fronts of quarters were primarily the same as dimes.The backs in many cases were different,but of course they were all primarily silver also up until 1964.

Standing Liberty

In 1916 the Standing Liberty quarter was minted.

The first two years the coin was minted with a bare-breasted woman on the face.The mint covered her breast for the rest of her years.

They were minted from 1916-1930.

Washington quarter

Washington quarters

From 1932-now,we have had the Washington quarter.Of course it has our first president on it's face.In the last few years the back design has been altered coming out with designs every few months of each state in the nation.

The state quarters have become quite a collector's item.

I hope you learned something in this installment of the history of coins.

Stay tuned for the next installment!!

©G.L. Boudonck

© 2008 Greg Boudonck


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      Greg Boudonck 6 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Yes it is but it depends on condition and if there is a mintmark

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      Canary LeBlanc 6 years ago

      I have an 1853 seated half dime; is it worth anyting?

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      hadikhan 8 years ago

      i want to buy 1859-S VF XF Seated Liberty Quarter coin edition of 1801 with backside an eagle opening its wings. contact me 09985595474 or


      Current Bid: $510.00...

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      Compu-Smart 10 years ago from London UK

      Thanks, ill post a hub request for you now;)

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      MoralsEthics1960 10 years ago from Florida

      Keep them coming Froggy.Every time I visit I check my change. Thanks

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      Greg Boudonck 10 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      I'm sure thinking about it!!For you compu-smart sure!!

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      Compu-Smart 10 years ago from London UK

      Your hubs make me wished i still had my coin collection...Will you be doing any hubs on dollar bills in future?

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      Greg Boudonck 10 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      thank you

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      Iðunn 10 years ago

      I'll see what I can do, on that request.

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      Iðunn 10 years ago

      they really are pretty - the capped busts were among the nicest.

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      Greg Boudonck 10 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks friend!!

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      Iðunn 10 years ago

      another good one, froggy