1804 Draped Bust Dime

The rarest date within the series is the 1804 Draped Bust Dime (Buy on eBay) with a mintage of just 8,265 pieces. This was the only sub-10,000 mintage for the dime denomination until the 1860’s. The date is found in two major varieties, identified by either thirteen or fourteen stars on the reverse. Both varieties are rare, with the fourteen star variety commanding a premium at most grade levels.

For many years, there were no known examples of the 1804 dime in uncirculated condition. The finest known pieces were a few examples graded AU-58, which periodically changed hands at high prices. In 2013, an example graded MS-63 appeared on the market and assumed the mantle of finest known. This coin was auctioned the same year and realized a price of $367,187.50.

Coin Specifications

  • Designer: Gilbert Stuart
  • Composition: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
  • Weight: 2.70 grams
  • Diameter: 19 mm
  • Edge: Reeded