½ Dollar Counterstamped

Features

Issuer Puerto Rico
King Alfonso XII (1874-1885)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1884
Value ½ Dollar (0.50)
Currency Countermarked coinage (fleur-de-lys, 1884-1894)
Composition Silver (.892)
Weight 13.48 g
Diameter 32.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 1894
Number N# 124721
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 9
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

US Capped Bust type 1/2 dollar with Fleur de Lis counterstamp.

Lettering:
LIBERTY
******* 1812 ******

Engraver: 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

An American Bald Eagle, with wings spread and a bundle of arrows and an olive branch in its claws. A scroll above the eagle includes the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM, and nearly fully around is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The denomination, which is expressed as 50 C., is below the eagle.

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

Engraver: 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

FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR

Mint

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

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1884) 

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