10 Cents, United States, 1792, Pattern

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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]
date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
place of issue
United States
Physical Description
copper (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: .1 cm x 2.7 cm; 1/32 in x 1 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Transfer from the United States Mint
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History