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Neil S Berman
Expert Numismatist & Rare Coin Dealer

Rare Coins - Half Dimes

Half Dimes

Long before the five cent coin in nickel there was the silver half dime also valued at five cents, which was literally a coin that looked like a dime, but was half the size and half the weight.  The United States Half Dime was authorized at the same time as the other minor coins by Congress in 1792, and first coin was minted two years later. There are four basic types of half dimes, with many sub varieties of the last type.  All half dimes are collectable and we buy and sell all United States Half Dimes regardless of condition.

Flowing Hair Half Dimes Flowing Hair Half Dimes Draped Bust Half Dime Draped Bust Half Dime Capped Bust Half Dime Capped Bust Half Dime
Flowing Hair Half Dimes
1794 - 1795
Draped Bust Half Dime
1796 - 1805
Capped Bust Half Dime
1829 - 1837

Flowing Hair 1794-1795
The Flowing Hair Half Dime is a two year type, and a rare coin in any grade. Only eighty six thousand were minted and I doubt more an a thousand still exist. All Flowing hair coins are desirable and we will buy any Flowing Hair Half Dime regardless of what it looks like.

Draped Bust 1796-1805
Draped Bust Half Dimes come in two varieties, the Small Eagle minted in 1796 and 1797 and the Large Eagle or Heraldic Eagle of 1800-1805. Both types are rare coins and desired and collected in all grades. There are no common dates as every date is scarce and some are rare. We buy and sell United States Draped Bust Half Dimes.

Capped Bust 1829-1837
A popular and collectable type, there are no rare dates of Caped Bust half dimes and all are available particularly in low grades. We buy and sell Caped Bust Half Dimes.

Seated Half Dime Seated Half Dime
Seated Half Dime
1837 - 1873

Liberty Seated 1837-1873
Liberty Seated Half dimes were minted for thirty eight years and therefore the type is very common with an occasional rare date and the unique 1870S. There are four sub types, including the No Stars obverse of 1837 and 1838, With Stars 1838-1853 and 1856-1859, and Arrows at date 1853-1854, and the Legends obverse 1860-1873. These are the most common and least expensive of all the United States Half Dimes that we buy and sell.

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