HALF DIME 1838-1859 Liberty Seated, With Stars
In 1838 it appears night has fallen around Miss Liberty. Stars were added to the obverse of the Liberty Seated design. Otherwise, the motif is similar to the 1837 and 1838-0 Liberty Seated pieces. From 1838 through 1859 many different varieties were produced, including some struck at the New Orleans Mint (and bearing a distinctive 0 mintmark on the reverse). Early issues lack drapery at Miss Liberty's elbow.
The 1846, 1849-0, and 1853-0 without arrows at date, are the most rare dates. But, there are enough common varieties that it is not difficult to acquire an example in Good to Very Fine preservation at reasonable cost. Extremely Fine coins abound, and AU examples can be obtained easily. Uncirculated pieces are scarce, and higher echelon Uncirculated coins are scarcer yet.
- COIN NAME
- HALF DIME 1838-1859 Liberty Seated, With Stars
- DESIGNED BY
- Christian Gobrecht
- ISSUE DATE
- .900 silver, .100 copper
- 15.5 mm
- 20.625 grains 1838 to 1853 No Arrows; 19.2 grains later
- BUS MINT
- PROOF MINT
- Fewer than 1,500 pieces
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