Draped Bust, 1/2 Cent: 1800-1808


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1800-1808
Mints: Philadelphia
Composition: Copper
Diameter: 23.5 mm
Weight: 5.44 grams
Total Mintage: approx. 3,416,950
Edge: plain


Designed and engraved by Robert Scot the half cent had a composition of 100% copper. The obverse design depicts an idealized head of Liberty facing right, hair tied back with a ribbon and the inscription LIBERTY appears above the bust.

The reverse design has a laurel wreath of leaves and berries tied with a bow. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the fraction 1/200 surround the wreath, which encloses HALF CENT. A beaded border encircles the periphery on both sides of the coin.

There are no mint marks as the Philadelphia mint was the only mint during that time period so there were was no need.

General Market Notes

Most examples are readily available and one can get a decent coin in a grade of fine for about $100.

Additionally, there are many varieties to this short series so be sure to double check your purchase for a possible variety designation.

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