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1839 Seated Liberty Dime
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1839 Seated Liberty Dime
The 1830s was the period of the "Greek Revival" in America, a movement which had begun in Europe during the previous decade. Influencing the arts and architecture, this style finally manifested itself in United States coinage beginning in 1836. Pattern silver dollars coined that year resulted in a general revision of the silver coinage which debuted with the new dimes and half dimes of 1837. These featured Christian Gobrecht's attractive seated figure of Liberty draped in a Greek chiton. She holds in one hand the national shield, while her other supports a staff atop which is the pileus, or cap of liberty worn by freed slaves.
Though often lumped together as "type coins," the dimes of 1838 and 1839 are not that similar in rarity. The latter is notably more scarce, and this specimen is among the finest of survivors. Fully struck from fresh dies, this superb gem is richly detailed and highly lustrous. Its frosty surfaces have been enriched over time by beautiful toning. A light, golden-gray overall, this attractive dime also features peripheral accents of russet and sea green, furnishing it with outstanding aesthetic value. Numerals 39 in the date are clearly repunched.
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