½ Dollar "Draped Bust Half Dollar" small eagle

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1796-1797
Value ½ Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.8924) (.1076 copper)
Weight 13.48 g
Diameter 32.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 30322
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 26
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

Draped bust right, 15 stars around

Lettering:
LIBERTY
1797

Engraver: Robert Scot

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

Small eagle with spread wings within wreath

Lettering: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Engraver: Robert Scot

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.

Edge

Lettered with decorations between words

Lettering: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR

Mint

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

Comments

The standard weight of these coins was 208 grains and the silver content was 185⅝ grains, hence the unusual .8924 fineness.
1796

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1796  3 918 60% 15 stars
1796  50% 16 stars
1797  50% Mintage included with 1796

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