1796 Draped Bust Half Dime Small Eagle Image
DRAPED BUST HALF DIMES (1796-1805)
Draped Bust, Small Eagle Half Dime 1796-1797
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1796/5
1796 LIBERTY
1796 LIKERTY
1797 15 Stars
1797 16 Stars
1797 13 Stars

Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Half Dime 1800-1805

1800
1800 LIBEKTY
1801
1802
1803
1805
Draped Bust Half Dime Facts:
The half dime was one of the original denominations introduced almost as soon as the United States coinage system began. The half dime denomination was authorized April 2, 1792, by Congress, making it one of the initial denominations authorized for currency in the United States.

The Small Eagle reverse was produced for two years, and in 1800 the Heraldic Eagle reverse design was used.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 16.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%

Weight: 21 grains (1.3 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mint mark: None (all examples of this date and type were struck at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mint)

Cherry Picker's List:

1796 Look for the 1796/5 and LIKERTY varieties.
1797 Several varieties, including obverses with 13, 15, and 16 Stars.
1800 Look for the LIBEKTY variety.
1802 Extremely rare.
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1805 Draped Bust Half Dime Eagle Shield Image
Small Eagle Reverse
Heraldic Eagle Reverse
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