The design of this series, by Robert Scot, follows closely those of the Half Dimes issued during the same period. While no flowing hair dimes were coined, the draped bust obverse combined with a reverse depicting a small eagle was used in 1796 and 1797. In 1798, the small eagle was discontinued, replaced by a larger, heraldic eagle. This design was used, basically unchanged, until the series ended in 1807. As with many early silver and gold coins, the denomination was never placed on any Early Dimes prior to 1809.
- 1796-1797 Draped Bust Dime, Small Eagle Reverse Type
- 1798-1807 Draped Bust Dime, Heraldic Eagle Reverse Type
The total mintage of this series was tiny compared to today’s coin production, amounting to slightly less than 500,000 pieces. In only two years, 1805 and 1807, did production surpass 100,000 pieces. There were no mint-marked issues, but several different die varieties were produced, many based on the number of reverse stars and the size of certain letters and date numerals. One overdate was produced, the 1798/7. Based on the small original mintages, most Early Dimes are very scarce in EF condition and rare in Mint State.