– Flowing Hair Half Dime (1794 - 1795)

The Flowing Hair Half Dime, minted from 1794 to 1795, is one of the earliest coinage designs produced by the United States Mint and holds significant historical and numismatic importance. 

It was the first half dime denomination issued by the Mint, marking an important milestone in the development of American coinage. 

Designed by Robert Scot, the Flowing Hair Half Dime features a right-facing bust of Liberty on the obverse, with her hair flowing loosely behind her.  

The word "LIBERTY" appears above the bust, and the date of mintage is inscribed below. The design is elegant and symbolic, reflecting the ideals of freedom and independence cherished by the young nation. 

On the reverse of the coin is a small eagle, depicted with outstretched wings and holding an olive branch and arrows in its talons. Above the eagle is the inscription "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and the denomination "HALF DIME" is below. 

The Flowing Hair Half Dime was minted using a composition of 89.24% silver and 10.76% copper, giving it a distinctive appearance and value. It was the smallest denomination of circulating coinage at the time and was used in everyday transactions. 

Surviving specimens of the Flowing Hair Half Dime are rare and highly sought after by collectors and numismatists for their historical significance and scarcity. 

As collectors and enthusiasts eagerly await the opportunity to learn more about these extraordinary finds, the numismatic community buzzes with excitement and speculation.  

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