– Liberty Seated Half Dime (1837 - 1873)

The Liberty Seated Half Dime, minted from 1837 to 1873, is a significant and iconic coin in American numismatic history. Designed by Christian Gobrecht, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint 

Liberty Seated Half Dime introduced a new design motif that would endure for several decades and become synonymous with American coinage of the mid-19th century. 

The obverse of the Liberty Seated Half Dime features a left-facing seated figure of Liberty, depicted in a classical style and holding a liberty pole with a Phrygian cap on top, symbolizing freedom and liberty.  

On the reverse of the coin is a heraldic eagle with its wings spread wide, clutching arrows and an olive branch in its talons. The eagle is surrounded by a laurel wreath, symbolizing victory and honor, and the inscription "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" encircles the periphery. 

The Liberty Seated Half Dime was minted using a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, giving it a distinctive appearance and value. 

It was the smallest denomination of circulating coinage at the time and was widely used in everyday transactions across the young nation. 

Throughout its production, the Liberty Seated Half Dime underwent several modifications to the design, including changes in the size and style of lettering, as well as adjustments to the design elements to improve striking quality.  

These variations add depth and character to the series, making each issue unique and contributing to the diversity of collecting. 

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