5 Cents "Liberty Cap Half Dime"

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1829-1837
Value ½ Dime = 5 Cents (0.05 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.8924) (.1076 copper)
Weight 1.35 g
Diameter 15.5 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 11135
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 47
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

Liberty cap head left, flanked by stars

Lettering: 1834

Engraver: William Kneass

William Kneass was the second Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1824 until his death in 1840. Kneass is credited with designing the "Classic Head" motif, which appeared on numerous denominations of American currency, including the gold Quarter Eagle and Half Eagle gold pieces from 1834-1839.

Designer: John Reich

John Reich was an immigrant from Bavaria to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1800. Reich was a skilled engraver who sold himself into indentured servitude in order to finance his passage to the United States. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson recommended John Reich to be hired as engraver at the Philadelphia Mint.

Reverse

Eagles with arrows in talon, banner above

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
E PLURIBUS UNUM
5 C.

Engraver: William Kneass

William Kneass was the second Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1824 until his death in 1840. Kneass is credited with designing the "Classic Head" motif, which appeared on numerous denominations of American currency, including the gold Quarter Eagle and Half Eagle gold pieces from 1834-1839.

Designer: John Reich

John Reich was an immigrant from Bavaria to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1800. Reich was a skilled engraver who sold himself into indentured servitude in order to finance his passage to the United States. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson recommended John Reich to be hired as engraver at the Philadelphia Mint.

Edge

Reeded

Mint

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)

Comments

The standard weight of these coins was 20⁴∕₅ grains and the silver content was 18⁹∕₁₆ grains, hence the unusual .8924 fineness. In 1837, the composition was changed to .900 silver, .100 copper and the weight decreased to 20⁵∕₈ grains (1.34 grams). The silver content was unchanged.
1834

1835

1836

1837

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1829  1 230 000 $ 4.48 $ 14 $ 50 $ 91 $ 175 15%
1830  1 240 000 14%
1831  1 242 700 $ 97 12%
1832  965 000 16%
1833  1 370 000 15%
1834  1 480 000 17%
1834  2% overdate 3 over inverted 3
1835  2 760 000 $ 31 17% large date, large "5C"
1835  3% large date, small "5C"
1835  3% small date, large "5C"
1835  6% small date, small "5C"
1836  1 900 000 13% large "5C"
1836  0.8% overdate 3 over inverted 3
1836  $ 28 5% small "5C"
1837  871 000 13% large "5C"
1837  3% small "5C"

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