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

Features

Country United States
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 ↑↓
References KM# 62
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

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 2.45 50.67 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 21.37 4% KM#62.1 (without drapery)
1840  310,085 2% KM#62.2 (with drapery)
1840 O 695,000 1.4% KM#62.1 (without drapery)
1840 O 240,000 1.8% KM#62.2 (with drapery)
1841  1,150,000 5% KM#62.2
1841 O 815,000 2% KM#62.2
1842  815,000 9.84 4% KM#62.2
1842 O 350,000 1.2% KM#62.2
1843  1,165,000 3% KM#62.2
1844  430,000 1.7% KM#62.2
1844 O 220,000 0.6% KM#62.2
1845  1,564,000 9.72 7% KM#62.2
1846  27,000 0.3% KM#62.2
1847  1,274,000 4% KM#62.2
1848  2.0% KM#62.2 Large date
1848  668,000 1.8% KM#62.2 Medium date
1848 O 600,000 2.0% KM#62.2
1849  1,309,000 6% KM#62.2 Overdate varieties exist (1849/8 or 1849/6)
1849 O 140,000 0.9% 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 38.35 4% KM#62.2
1852  1,000,500 5% KM#62.2
1852 O 260,000 1.1% KM#62.2
1853  135,000 8% KM#62.2 Without date arrows
1853 O 160,000 1.8% KM#62.2 Without date arrows
1856  4,880,000 9.09 22.93 16% KM#A62.2
1856 O 1,100,000 4% KM#A62.2
1857  7,280,000 7.41 10.69 15.55 24.23 32.28 31% KM#A62.2
1857 O 1,380,000 10.10 6% KM#A62.2
1858  3,500,000 8.07 16.37 27.98 15% KM#A62.2 Overdate variety exists (1858 over upside-down 1858)
1858  300 0.5% KM#A62.2 Proof
1858 O 1,660,000 20.75 6% KM#A62.2
1859  340,000 2% KM#A62.2
1859  800 0.3% KM#A62.2 Proof
1859 O 560,000 2% KM#A62.2

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