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Half Cents – 1793 Flowing Hair Half Cent

Half Cents – 1793 Flowing Hair Half Cent

Description: The 1793 Liberty Cap has obvious significance as the first Half Cent produced by the Mint, and is also a highly coveted one-year type. In the informative Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents: 1793-1857 Breen wrote that the Philadelphia Mint prepared two obverse and three reverse dies for this issue between April and July, […]

Half Cents – 1794 Half Cent Liberty Cap Head Facing Right- Large Head

Half Cents – 1794 Half Cent Liberty Cap Head Facing Right- Large Head

The half cent coin was produced in the United States from 1793-1857. The half-cent piece was made of 100% copper. It was slightly smaller than a modern U.S. quarter, with a diameter of 23.5 mm (0.93 inch). Although it is the lowest face value coin ever produced by the United States, given nineteenth century price […]

Half Cents – Liberty Cap Half Cent, Head Facing Right, Small Head, 1795-1797

Half Cents – Liberty Cap Half Cent, Head Facing Right, Small Head, 1795-1797

Description: Though 1794 half cents are sometimes included in the Liberty Cap, Head Facing Right type, there are differences that distinguish that date from half cents produced from 1795 through 1797. Chief Engraver Robert Scot’s 1794 Liberty design was adapted from the Libertas Americana medal, a design by French medalist Augustin Dupre to commemorate America’s […]

Half Cents – Draped Bust Half Cent, 1800-1808

Half Cents – Draped Bust Half Cent, 1800-1808

Description: Half cents were authorized by the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, were first produced in 1793, but were not popular with the public. It is perhaps for this reason that it wasn’t until 1800 that Engraver Robert Scot adapted the Gilbert Stuart design to the half cent. Stuart’s design first appeared on the […]

Half Cents – Classic Head Half Cent, 1809-1836

Half Cents – Classic Head Half Cent, 1809-1836

Description: Robert Patterson, a respected scholar with ties to President Thomas Jefferson, was appointed Director of the U.S. Mint in 1805. As Director, he was instrumental in the ascension of John Reich to the position of Second Engraver under Chief Engraver Robert Scot. Reich came to this country from Germany as an indentured servant to […]

Half Cents – Braided Hair Half Cent, 1840-1857

Half Cents – Braided Hair Half Cent, 1840-1857

By 1809 the half cent was not a denomination as frequently used in commerce as was the cent and various foreign coins that circulated during this era in the United States. Lowered public demand and the difficulty in securing sufficient copper blanks for production resulted in the suspension of half cent production after the 1811 […]

 
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