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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Dimes, including an 1802

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Dimes, including an 1802

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #95 Contrary to popular belief, not all U.S. five cent coins are nickels. Actually, nickels are traditionally 25% nickel and 75% copper. Three Cent Nickels were struck in 1865 before five cent nickels were introduced […]

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Coin Profile: 1802 Half Dime, a Landmark Rarity

Coin Profile: 1802 Half Dime, a Landmark Rarity

In all of U.S. numismatics there are only a handful of regular issue coins that can compare in absolute rarity to the 1802 half dime. For any numismatic observer, it is the measure of a great collection. The presence of an 1802 half dime is the benchmark used to judge whether a collector has a […]

Half Dimes – 1792 Half Disme

Half Dimes – 1792 Half Disme

Throughout the broad range of U.S. coinage from 1792 to the present day, this issue is arguably the most significant of any that has ever been struck. Although still recorded as a pattern issue in some references, most numismatists now consider the 1792 half disme to be a regular issue coin. Slightly smaller than a […]

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Half Dimes – Flowing Hair Half Dime, 1794-1795

Half Dimes – Flowing Hair Half Dime, 1794-1795

Description: Small numbers of half dimes were made in 1792, a tangible result of the efforts of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton to move the United States to a decimal coinage system. The 1792 coins are often collected as contract issues or patterns, though wear on the coins indicates that they did circulate. […]

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Half Dimes – Draped Bust Half Dime, Small Eagle, 1796-1797

Half Dimes – Draped Bust Half Dime, Small Eagle, 1796-1797

Description: Robert Scot’s Flowing Hair half dime design, used in 1794 and 1795, was disparaged by some for his portrayals both of Liberty and the reverse eagle. Perhaps responding to that criticism, Mint Director Henry W. DeSaussure announced a goal of improving the designs of all silver coins. Artist Gilbert Stuart (known for his portrait […]

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Half Dimes – Draped Bust Half Dime, Heraldic Eagle, 1800-1805

Half Dimes – Draped Bust Half Dime, Heraldic Eagle, 1800-1805

Description: Following a two-year gap in production, mintage of half dimes resumed in 1800. The obverse portrait of Liberty remained, though slightly updated, but the reverse was extensively modified. Most noticeable, and giving name to the type, was the change of the eagle to the outstretched wing, heraldic style copied from the Great Seal of […]

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Half Dimes – Capped Bust Half Dime, 1829-1837

Half Dimes – Capped Bust Half Dime, 1829-1837

Description: The Draped Bust half dime was last produced in 1805, the final year of a short five-year series of the type (no half dimes were produced in 1804). Production of half dimes resumed in 1829, the first samples struck early on July 4 as part of the events surrounding the laying of the cornerstone […]

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Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, No Stars, 1837-1838

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, No Stars, 1837-1838

Description: The portrayal of Liberty shown on Seated coins was favored by Mint Director Robert M. Patterson, who apparently did not like portraits on coins. This representation of Liberty was similar to the figure of Britannia used on copper English coins. Originally the Roman name for the island of Great Britain, Britannia became personified as […]

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Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Stars, No Drapery 1838-1840

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Stars, No Drapery 1838-1840

Description: Though the No Stars half dime was a more faithful rendition of the cameo-like Liberty Seated design as implemented by Christian Gobrecht, objections were voiced about the “missing” stars. William Kneass had included 13 small stars to the sides of Liberty on the previous Capped Bust half dime, but Gobrecht did not include them […]

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Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Stars, 1838-1859

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Stars, 1838-1859

Description: This type might be more specifically described as the Stars, Drapery half dime, to distinguish it from the previous 1838-1840 Stars, No Drapery issue prepared by Christian Gobrecht. Robert Ball Hughes, a sculptor originally from London, was hired in late 1840 to make modifications to Liberty on the Seated design for half dimes, dimes, […]

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Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Arrows, 1853-1855

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Arrows, 1853-1855

Description: The Act of February 21, 1853, established the prevalence of fiat coinage for this nation; the value stamped on a coin was what the government said it was, not necessarily related to the value of the material from which that coin was made. Though for at least the past generation all circulating coins have […]

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Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Legend, 1860-1873

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Legend, 1860-1873

Description: After the weight of the half dime was reduced in 1853 (indicated by an arrow on either side of the date through 1855, then dropped from the motif), the design was unchanged until 1860. In that year Chief Engraver James B. Longacre replaced the thirteen obverse stars with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and replaced […]

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