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Lot 1614

1796 Draped Bust Dime. NGC graded MS-66. Pop 8; 1 in 67. Lovely sea green toning with reflective fields. Well Struck with the eagle's feathers almost full. Popular as the first dime issued. This is the JR-4 variety with a triple leaf below ST in STATES; neither side has a die cud as found on certain other die varieties of the first year.

The design of the 1796-97 draped bust motif was adopted by famed portraitist Gilbert Stuart, who employed Ann Willing for his model of Liberty, said at the time to be the most beautiful women in Philadelphia. On the reverse, the rendition of the "small eagle" design was also well received, with the proud outstretched wings and delicate wreath surrounding. A superb example of an important type coin that is of unimprovable quality.
Estimated Value $70,000 - 80,000.


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