Draped Bust Half Dime

Draped Bust Half Dime

The Draped Bust Half Dime represented the second type for the denomination. The series was issued for only a small number of years from 1796 to 1805, and during this time frame two different reverse designs were used.

The obverse design for the duration of the series featured a new interpretation of Liberty engraved by Robert Scot based on a design from Gilbert Stuart. The initial reverse design was the same as the prior series with an eagle within an open wreath. In 1800, this was replaced by a more striking image of a heraldic eagle. Stuck in 90% silver and 10% copper, the coins weight 1.35 grams and have a diameter of 16.5 mm.

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