½ Dime "Seated Liberty Half Dime" with stars, no arrows

Features

Country United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1838-1859
Value 1/2 Dime = 5 Cents (0.05 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 1.24 g
Diameter 15.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 14854
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References KM# 62
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

A seated bust of Liberty dividing 13 stars above representing the original 13 colonies and the date below

Lettering:
LIBERTY
1850

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.

Reverse

The value within a wreath and the country name around the rim

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
HALF
DIME

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.

Edge

Reeded

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
O United States Mint, New Orleans, United States

Comments

KM#62.1 does not have drapery, whereas KM#62.2 does have drapery. KM#62 has a weight of 1.34 grams, whereas KM#A62 has a reduced weight of 1.24 grams.

Overdate varieties exist for 1849. When 1849/8 definitely does exist, there is some question about the 1849/6 and whether it too is, in fact, an 1849/8.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1838  2 225 000 2.49 51.49 8% KM#62.1 Large stars
1838  2% KM#62.1 Small stars
1839  1 069 150 4% KM#62.1
1839 O 1 291 600 4% KM#62.1
1840  1 034 000 21.71 4% KM#62.1 (without drapery)
1840  310 085 2% KM#62.2 (with drapery)
1840 O 695 000 1.5% KM#62.1 (without drapery)
1840 O 240 000 1.9% KM#62.2 (with drapery)
1841  1 150 000 5% KM#62.2
1841 O 815 000 3% KM#62.2
1842  815 000 10.00 4% KM#62.2
1842 O 350 000 1.3% KM#62.2
1843  1 165 000 3% KM#62.2
1844  430 000 1.7% KM#62.2
1844 O 220 000 0.7% KM#62.2
1845  1 564 000 9.88 7% KM#62.2
1846  27 000 0.4% KM#62.2
1847  1 274 000 4% KM#62.2
1848  2% KM#62.2 Large date
1848  668 000 1.9% KM#62.2 Medium date
1848 O 600 000 2% KM#62.2
1849  1 309 000 6% KM#62.2 Overdate varieties exist (1849/8 or 1849/6)
1849 O 140 000 1.0% KM#62.2
1850  955 000 5% KM#62.2
1850 O 690 000 1.7% KM#62.2
1851  781 000 3% KM#62.2
1851 O 860 000 38.97 4% KM#62.2
1852  1 000 500 5% KM#62.2
1852 O 260 000 1.2% KM#62.2
1853  135 000 8% KM#62.2 Without date arrows
1853 O 160 000 1.9% KM#62.2 Without date arrows
1856  4 880 000 9.24 17.74 28.18 16% KM#A62.2
1856 O 1 100 000 4% KM#A62.2
1857  7 280 000 8.43 10.86 15.80 24.62 32.80 30% KM#A62.2
1857 O 1 380 000 10.27 6% KM#A62.2
1858  3 500 000 8.20 14.53 28.43 15% KM#A62.2 Overdate variety exists (1858 over upside-down 1858)
1858  300 0.6% KM#A62.2 Proof
1858 O 1 660 000 21.08 6% KM#A62.2
1859  340 000 2% KM#A62.2
1859  800 0.4% KM#A62.2 Proof
1859 O 560 000 2% KM#A62.2

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