1798 DRAPE BUST 10C LG 8U.S. Mint engraver Robert Scot was responsible for the Draped Bust Dime designs of 1796 to 1807. The Plain Eagle reverse type was replaced with an Eagle with a Shield in 1798. The obverse depiction of Liberty was based on a Gilbert Stuart portrait drawing of Liberty, a design introduced on the 1795 Silver Dollar. The Drape Bust dimes were with the Heraldic Eagle reverse were minted from 1798 through 1807 display the Draped Bust obverse depicting Liberty with flowing hair, a ribbon behind her head, and drapery covering her neckline. LIBERTY is above and the date is below. There 13 Stars surrounding Liberty, seven to the left and six to the right. The reverse was a new design in 1798, designated as the Heraldic Eagle style. Patterned after the Great Seal of the United States, it features an eagle with a shield on its breast, holding in its beak a ribbon inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM and grasping in its talon a bundle of arrows and an olive branch. Above is an arc of clouds under which is a group of stars. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds. There is no indication of denomination or value on the coin.
There were multiple varieties of the 1798 Draped Bust Dime. Two of them are 1798/7 overdate errors where the 8 is stamped over the 7 in the 1798 date. The difference between these two varieties deals with the number of stars above the eagle's head on the reverse of the coin. One variety will have 13 stars and the other will have 16 stars as depicted above in the example comparison image. The other two major varieties deal with the size of the ''8'' in the 1798 date on the obverse of the coin. One has a small 8 and the other has a large 8. In addition: both of these varieties also have differences on the reverse of the dime. The small 8 variety will only have 4 berries in the branch that the eagle has in its claw while the large 8 variety has 5 berries. This 1798 Draped Bust Dime is of the Large 8 variety.