Draped Bust Dime Values

How Much Draped Bust Dimes are Worth: Draped Bust Dime​​ Values & Coin Price Chart

Plain 4- Stemless Wreath
1796(None) Phil----$4,425$5,145$6,060$9,460$13,810$24,350$44,800$65,825$120,250$182,500
1797(None) Phil13 Stars--$5,118$7,025$8,713$15,900$22,675$58,900$96,250$195,000$440,000--
1797(None) Phil16 stars--$4,675$5,645$6,310$10,210$15,060$32,900$52,000$70,825$132,750$236,500
1798/7(None) Phil16 Star Reverse--$1,770$2,240$2,835$4,315$5,810$10,100$18,250$55,495$58,650$150,000
1798/7(None) Phil13 Star Reverse--$7,800$10,400$12,500$18,250$31,250$49,250$224,000------
1798(None) PhilSmall 8--$3,070$4,260$7,550$13,000$18,250$58,625$78,000$106,500$171,500$275,000
1798(None) PhilLarge 8--$1,840$2,835$3,680$4,730$5,588$13,550$40,375$49,995$103,750$175,000
1800(None) Phil----$1,300$2,075$2,725$4,538$9,213$18,950$39,000$65,000$153,500$208,750
1801(None) Phil----$1,825$2,420$3,650$6,695$12,863$47,550$93,350$161,300$115,500--
1802(None) Phil----$2,600$3,680$4,815$8,135$16,175$39,000$104,500------
1803(None) Phil----$1,535$1,950$2,600$5,450$7,250$65,000$142,500$242,000----
1804(None) Phil13 Star Reverse--$7,525$12,450$18,250$34,850$67,750----------
1805(None) Phil4 Berries--$1,065$1,398$1,895$3,250$4,260$7,000$9,460$19,225$57,995$67,750
1805(None) Phil14 Star Reverse--$13,550$19,500$26,000$47,300$71,375$357,500$440,000------
1805(None) Phil5 Berries--$1,109$1,502$2,174$3,513$5,112$8,300$16,600$41,500----
1807(None) Phil----$1,065$1,398$1,895$3,250$4,260$7,000$9,460$19,225$35,995$67,750
1811/09(None) PhilSRS:R3--$465$1,013$1,328$1,950$2,600$4,150$8,575$12,313$30,700$60,000
1814(None) PhilSmall Date--$179$269$415$830$1,232$2,422$4,538$6,088$19,100$70,000
1814(None) PhilLarge Date--$165$212$310$653$869$1,605$2,905$4,510$19,995$26,575
1814(None) PhilSTATESOF--$600$990$1,300$1,950$3,675$12,600$19,500$25,450$33,000--
1820(None) PhilSTATESOF--$310$479$598$1,300$2,240$5,950$10,650$13,550$21,300$67,250
1820(None) PhilLarge O--$132$187$273$603$940$2,365$3,788$5,475$20,050$30,700
1820(None) PhilSmall O--$132$187$273$639$940$2,115$3,180$5,115$18,800$28,500
1821(None) PhilLarge Date--$110$187$273$603$899$1,590$2,905$4,510$16,600$59,750
1821(None) PhilSmall Date--$132$187$273$616$963$2,710$4,840$6,750$17,850$45,495
1822(None) Phil----$3,070$5,310$7,660$10,870$13,050$21,850$30,700$39,000$83,000$117,000
1823/2(None) PhilLarge Es--$183$280$354$678$863$2,600$4,425$8,130$20,750$39,300
1823/2(None) PhilSmall Es--$169$260$443$755$1,024$1,840$3,155$5,200$21,300$33,000
1824/2(None) Phil----$207$363$612$1,184$1,405$2,325$3,790$6,500$28,500$65,000
1825(None) Phil----$132$187$273$603$819$1,535$3,015$4,730$17,150$31,250
1827(None) Phil----$132$187$370$603$819$1,480$2,905$4,510$21,995$26,575
1828(None) PhilLarge Date--$208$310$573$1,355$2,130$5,975$14,250$28,500$60,000$85,000
1828(None) PhilSmall Date--$123$170$248$548$913$1,783$3,400$5,725$18,125$35,000
1829(None) PhilSmall 10C--$65$90$128$490$515$997$2,042$3,460$7,700$12,710
1829(None) PhilMedium 10C--$68$100$155$390$598$1,688$2,863$4,230$7,800$14,250
1829(None) PhilLarge 10C--$86$141$199$470$794$1,535$3,525$6,000$10,650$24,750
1829(None) PhilExtra Large 10C--$118$168$238$675$940$2,158$4,175$7,300$11,750$26,950
1829(None) PhilCurl Base 2--$8,850$14,250$19,500$30,250------------
1830/29(None) Phil----$83$117$182$415$725$1,688$3,540$6,500$16,600$45,495
1830(None) PhilMedium 10C--$60$90$128$312$515$997$2,042$4,095$12,875$20,750
1830(None) PhilSmall 10C--$65$90$128$312$515$1,633$2,518$3,875$17,700$31,250
1831(None) Phil----$55$90$128$312$515$997$2,042$2,960$5,950$11,460
1832(None) Phil----$60$90$130$312$515$1,015$2,042$2,960$5,950$31,250
1833(None) Phil----$60$90$150$312$515$997$2,042$2,960$5,950$15,495
1833(None) PhilLast 3 High--$65$90$128$312$515$1,010$2,130$3,070$7,050$15,350
1834(None) PhilSmall 4--$65$90$128$312$515$997$2,042$2,960$5,950$11,460
1834(None) PhilLarge 4--$60$90$128$390$515$997$2,042$2,960$5,950$11,460
1835(None) Phil----$65$100$140$312$515$997$2,042$2,960$6,775$17,000
1836(None) Phil----$65$90$128$312$515$997$2,042$2,960$5,950$11,460
1837(None) PhilCapped Bust--$65$90$190$312$515$997$2,042$3,345$13,000$19,650

Description and History

Chief Mint Engraver Christian Gobrecht and Braided Hair

Robert Patterson served as Director of the US Mint from 1835 to 1851. In 1840, Patterson decided to include the Half Cent coin in the Proof Sets that the Mint was striking for collectors who wanted one and, especially, for the dignitaries to whom the Mint presented special coin sets. So Patterson instructed the new Chief Engraver, Christian Gobrecht, to create new dies for that purpose.

Gobrecht redesigned the 1839 Large Cent and used that style for the 1840 Half Cents. He radically changed John Reich’s matronly Miss Liberty and gave her a younger, slimmer, more youthful style. Her hair was braided into a bun on the back of her head. She is now wearing a crown or tiara with the word “LIBERTY” emblazoned on it. With the current date below Miss Liberty, he placed 13 stars to surround her. The reverse remained unchanged except for very minor modifications.

Between 1840 and 1849, only proof coins were struck as the available supply of prior dated coins was sufficient to meet the demand. By 1848, there were some 80,000 half cents remaining in the Treasury’s vaults from 1834 and 1835 dates. But a larger shortage of silver coinage around 1849, also affected copper coinage and the Mint kept striking coins for circulation dated 1850 to 1857 when the denomination was discontinued altogether. In the 1850 to 1860 period, coin collecting became a popular hobby in the United States. Collectors of these copper half cents clamored for the Proof only dates of 1840 to 1849 so some of the Mint’s staff found the dies used to strike these proof coins and began striking “a few more coins.” These restrikes can be identified easily from the original proof strikings. The originals have large berries in the wreath, and the restrikes have small berries. But the mintages never exceeded more than 1,500 coins so they are extremely rare. Most dates seem to suffer from the black spotting that detracts from the eye appeal of copper coins. Brown or red-brown uncirculated coins are more commonly found.

Copper is a chemically active metal and, depending on the environment, these coins can suffer from carbon spots and corrosion marks. These imperfections must be taken into account when assigning a grade to them. On the obverse study carefully Liberty’s hair is just to the right of her ear and the hair curls on the lower part of her neck as they are the first spots to show the wear of any kind. On the reverse, check for traces of wear on the laurel wreath and on the bow as they are the highest points.