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[1796-1807] Draped Bust Half Dollars

It is believed that the Draped Bust Half Dollar was designed by Gilbert Stuart and engraved by Robert Scot, the first Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. The coin was issued from 1796 until 1807, with two distinct varieties. For two years, 1796 and 1797, the coin had a “Small Eagle Reverse.” This proved to be unpopular because a lot of folks thought the eagle looked more like a pigeon than a bird of prey. From 1801 until 1807, the coin was issued with a “Heraldic Eagle Reverse,” more to the liking of the general population. Within this series we find numerous sub-varieties having to do with minor design elements of the coin. This coin was struck on a planchet that was comprised of .8924 silver and .1076 copper, had a 32.5 millimeter diameter and weighed 13.48 grams. A total of 1,604,795 Draped Bust Half Dollars were issued between 1796 and 1807.

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