Draped Bust Half Dime - Small Eagle
The Draped Bust Half Dime (small eagle version) was distributed during the years of 1796 and 1797. These silver coins were made to replace the earlier Flowing Hair version of this denomination.
The obverse of this coin shows a portrait inspired by Mrs. William Bingham and drawn by Gilbert Stuart, a prominent artist at the time. It also has the word "LIBERTY" above the portrait and the date below it. The small eagle version of this coin has from 13 to 15 stars on the obverse. Initially, the artist was going to add a star for each state
entering the union. Unfortunately, this was not possible due to space constraints.
The reverse of this half dime depicts a small sized eagle on a cloud. The eagle is inside a wreath with the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" encircling it.
In the effort to keep uniformity these coins are designed to match the larger denominations of dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollars. They also follow the design of half cents and large cents.
Designer: Robert Scot
Weight: 1.35 grams
Comp: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Draped Bust Half Dime (Small Eagle) to Half Dimes
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