1796 Draped Bust Half Dimes : All Varieties

Small Eagle Reverse

Mintage: 10,230
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Robert Scot
Metal Composition: 89% Silver - 11% Copper

Diameter: 16.5 mm
Mass / Weight: 1.35 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1796 Draped Bust Half Dimes - Small Eagle Varieties
There were a few varieties of the 1796 Draped Bust Half Dime. One was the 1796/5 overdate error where the 1796 date was struck over a 1795 date which resulted in a "5" still visible under the "6". The other variety is the "LIKERTY" variety where the letter "B" in the word "LIBERTY" had a weakened strike which made the "B" look broken towards the top and bottom. This resulted in the "B" looking like a "K" with curled arms. Source of example image above is courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries.

Major Varieties:
1796 LIKERTY Draped Bust Half Dime
1796/5 Draped Bust Half Dime - 6 Over 5

Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
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Extremely Fine
About Uncirculated

MELT VALUE: $0.6710

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