10 Cents, United States, 1792, Pattern

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Liberty head left, with unbound hair; date below. Reverse: Small eagle, DISME below. The term "disme" was the original choice of the name for a tenth of a dollar. It was probably pronounced "deem."
Adam Eckfeldt created the obverse die. William Birch was likely responsible for the reverse die. Henry Voigt did the actual coining. This activity was taking place in a completed section of the new United States Mint. The workers were constructing the rest of the building!
This piece is one of a dozen of these patterns known.
[reference no. Judd 1792]
Object Name
date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
copper (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 1 mm x 27 mm; 1/32 in x 1 1/16 in
place of issue
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Coins, Currency and Medals
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
The Value of Money
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Transfer from the United States Mint
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL
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