5 Cents "Flowing Hair Half Dime"

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1794-1795
Value 5 Cents (0.05 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.8924)
Weight 1.35 g
Diameter 16.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number
N#
25314
References KM# 15
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

The "Flowing Hair" Liberty head on the right, the thirteen stars of the original union and the vintage. This design was not well accepted by the public, as the flowing hair was considered daring for the time.Automatically translated

Script: Latin

Lettering:
LIBERTY
1794

Engraver: Robert Scot Read more on Wikipedia

Robert Scot was the first Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from the inception of the United States Mint in 1793 until his death in 1823. He was succeeded by William Kneass. Scot also designed the popular and rare Flowing Hair dollar coinage along with the Liberty Cap half cent. Scot is perhaps best known for his design, the Draped Bust, which was used on many silver and copper coins.

Designer: Gilbert Stuart

Reverse

A puny eagle, head right and wings spread, standing on an olive branch and the name of the country.Automatically translated

Script: Latin

Lettering: UNI TED STATES OF AME RICA

Engraver: Robert Scot Read more on Wikipedia

Robert Scot was the first Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from the inception of the United States Mint in 1793 until his death in 1823. He was succeeded by William Kneass. Scot also designed the popular and rare Flowing Hair dollar coinage along with the Liberty Cap half cent. Scot is perhaps best known for his design, the Draped Bust, which was used on many silver and copper coins.

Designer: Gilbert Stuart

Edge

Milled

Mint

United States Mint of 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.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1794  7 756 75%
1795  78 660 70%

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