Draped Bust Half Dimes, 1796-1805

Draped Bust Half Dimes, 1796-1805

Designed by Robert Scot, Early Half Dimes are divided into three separate design Varieties:

  • 1794-1795 Flowing Hair Type
  • 1796-1797 Draped Bust, Small Eagle reverse Type
  • 1800-1805 Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Type

Because the act authorizing Half Dimes was actually passed in 1792, Half-Dimes bearing this date are generally considered to be the first coins struck under authority of the federal government. About 1,500 Half Dimes dated 1792 were produced. Many of the regular issues are scarce and even rare in their own right. Only slightly more than 265,000 pieces, of all dates and varieties, were originally coined. Several dates are very scarce in higher circulated grades and unknown in uncirculated condition. The 1802, in particular, is famous beyond proportion to its rarity. The series is also noted for two popular varieties – the 1796 LIKERTY and 1800 LIBEKTY and for one of the first overdates in U.S. coinage, the very rare 1796/95.

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