Capped Bust Half Eagles - First ever gold coins distributed by the U.S. Mint!
The Capped Bust Half Eagle (small eagle reverse) was made between 1795 and 1798. These gold coins are distinguished as being the very first gold coins produced by the U.S. Mint. The first delivery of 744 half eagles happened on July 31, 1795. The total recorded mintage for the series only amounted to 18,512 pieces. Most of these coins were melted in 1834 and the majority of the survivors are dated 1795.
The obverse was designed by Robert Scot and was inspired by a Roman-style Hellenistic Greek Goddess. The Liberty design is surrounded by
fifteen to sixteen 6 pointed stars. Above the design reads the inscription "LIBERTY" and the date below it.
The reverse of these rare gold coins shows a small eagle with wings spread. The eagle is clutching a
palm branch in its talons and holding a wreath in its beak. This design
was very short lived and not accepted by the general public. The small eagle reverse was often called the "chicken eagle" reverse.
Designer: Robert Scot
Weight: 8.75 grams
Comp: 91.7% Gold, 8.3% Silver
Capped Bust Half Eagle (Small Eagle) to Half Eagles
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