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Draped Bust Half Cent (half penny)
United States of America coinage
US Dollar ($)=100 cents
1/2 cent = 0.005 $US
Designer: Robert Scot
Diameter: 23.5 mm.
Weight: 5.44 g.
Reverse: value within wreath
Reverse legend: HALF CENT / 1/200 / UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Obverse: head facing right
Obverse legend: LIBERTY / date
The wreath on the reverse was redesigned slightly in 1802, resulting in “reverse of 1800” and “reverse of 1802” varieties. The “stems” varieties have stems extending from the wreath
above and on both sides of the fraction on the reverse. On the 1804 “crosslet 4” variety, a serif appears at the far right of the crossbar on the 4 in the date. The “spiked chin” variety appears to have a spike extending from Liberty's chin, the result of a damaged die. Varieties of the 1805 strikes are distinguished by the size of the 5 in the date. Varieties of the 1806 strikes are distinguished by the size of the 6 in the date.