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Half Cent - Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left (1793)

Specifications, Details and General Information

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1793 Half Cent Liberty Cap Facing Left Obverse   
Obverse  Reverse 
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Background and History

This is a one-year type coin that shows Liberty personified as a female figure facing left that has a Phrygian, or liberty, cap on a pole that extends behind her head. All coins produced were to have edge lettering that stated "Two Hundred for a Dollar." The design is very similar to a commemorative medal that was issued in France celebrating American independence. Approximately 35,000 coins were minted and given the demand for them at the time; most are in well circulated condition. Uncirculated, or near uncirculated specimens sell for a premium price.

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Detailed Specifications

Issuing Government United States of America
Denomination $0.005 (Half Cent)
Coinage Type  Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left
Mintage Dates  1793
Production Facilities  Philadelphia
Mint Mark Location   No mint marks were used in this series.
Composition  100% Copper
Weight (in grams) 6.739 grams
Weight Tolerance (+/-)  n.a. 
Actual Gold Weight  (AGW) 0.0000 Troy Ounces  
Actual Silver Weight  (ASW) 0.0000 Troy Ounces  
Actual Platinum Weight  (APW) 0.0000 Troy Ounces  
Specific Gravity   8.920
Diameter  22.00 mm 
Thickness  2.00 mm 
Obverse Description  Liberty facing to the left, with a liberty cap on a pole behind her head. The word LIBERTY is above, and the date 1793 is below. A circle of beads is around the outer edge.
Obverse Designer  Robert Scot (post Gilbert Stuart)
Reverse Description  HALF CENT at the center, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and 1/200, wreath with a bow
Reverse Designer  Robert Scot (post Gilbert Stuart)
KM# (Krause-Mishler Catalog No.)  33
Notes  None

Production Years, Mints and Types

The Half Cent - Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left (1793) was minted as indicated in the following table.  The table lists the years, strike type, mint facility where made, the mint mark used on the coin and a description of any type differences in coins minted for that year.

Year Mint Mint Mark Type
1793 Philadelphia    

Errors and Varieties

The following are popular errors and varieties that Half Cent - Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left (1793) collectors look for. These coins usually carry a premium and are valued above a common coin.

Year Mint Mint Mark Error/Variety Notes/Description

Mintage Figures

The following table lists mint production numbers for the number of Half Cent - Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left (1793) produced at each mint facility. Where possible, production numbers by strike type are noted.

Year Mint Mint Mark Mintage
1793 Philadelphia   35,334

Suggested Books on Half Cent - Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left (1793)

  • Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents, 1793-1857; Walter Breen; Publisher: American Institute of Numismatic Research; First Printing edition (1983)
  • American Half Cents: the "Little Half Sisters"; Roger S Cohen; Publisher: Wigglesworth & Ghatt Co. (1982)
  • Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins; Walter Breen; Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (May 1, 1988); ISBN-13: 978-0385142076
  • The Half Cent Die State Book 1793-1857; Ronald P. Manley, J.R. Grellman Jr.; Publisher: pub. By author; 1ST edition (1998)
  • The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th Edition, Volume 1; Fivaz, Bill and J.T. Stanton; Publisher: Whitman Publishing, Atlanta (2009); ISBN-13: 978-0794822859

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