Unknown to most people, the U.S. Mint once struck a Half Dime coin with a face value of 5 cents. The Half Dime was one of the first coins ever made by the U.S. Mint, but it was last made in 1873. Half Dimes were struck in 90% silver, due to the hoarding of silver, especially in the Civil War era, the U.S. Mint started making the 5-cent Nickel in 1866 with a copper-nickel alloy. Within a few years, the Nickel replaced the Half Dime as the nation’s 5-cent coin. The Seated Liberty Silver Half Dime was America’s five-cent coin in the mid-19th century. It was the last-ever Half Dime and was last made in 1873. This coin is now over 140 years old.
The coin was designed by Christian Gobrecht, who became Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint in 1840. Gobrecht was one of the most famous coin designers in U.S. history. The obverse shows Liberty seated on a rock. Liberty holds a Union shield in one hand and a “liberty cap” (a symbol of freedom) in the other. The reverse depicts a wreath of corn, wheat, maple leaves, and oak leaves, as well as the denomination spelled out as “Half Dime.” Most Seated Liberty Silver Half Dimes were worn out or damaged in circulation, and millions have been melted over the years for the silver. This coin is carefully hand-selected for exceptional collector quality. The coin is displayed in a custom display case.