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The 1st US Government Mint in Philadelphia.

Coins of the United States dollar were first minted in 1792. New coins have been produced annually since then and they make up a valuable aspect of the United States currency system. Today, circulating coins exist in denominations of 1¢ (i.e. 1 cent or $0.01), 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, and $1.00. All US Coinage (including bullion, commemoratives and proof coins) is produced by the United States Mint. Regular circulation coins are then sold to Federal Reserve Banks which in turn are responsible for putting coins into circulation and withdrawing them as demanded by the country's economy.

The word dollar evolved from the German word thaler, the name given to the first large-sized European silver coin.The silver dollar was first authorized by Congress in 1792 via the Coinage Act of 1792. Weight and fineness of the dollar were specified at 416 grains and .8924 fine (89.24%). Though authorized in 1792, the first circulating dollar coind did not appear until 1794. There were, however, half-dime's minted and circulated in 1792. Although the exact number is not known, it is believed that between 2,000 and 3,500 specimens of the 1792 half-dime were produced. Cents and Half-Cents then appeared in 1793, with dollars, half-dollars and more half-dimes appearing in 1794.


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Total items in collection: 4132. Total items on page 17

Image Obverse Mint Common Name Year Design Mintage Circulation Type Variation Denomination DD ID
Philadelphia Half Cent 1840 Braided Hair 25 Proof Half Cent 0.01 111625
Philadelphia Half Cent 1841 Braided Hair 100 Proof Half Cent 0.01 111626
Philadelphia Half Cent 1842 Braided Hair 25 Proof Half Cent 0.01 111627
Philadelphia Half Cent 1843 Braided Hair 25 Proof Half Cent 0.01 111628
Philadelphia Half Cent 1844 Braided Hair 25 Proof Half Cent 0.01 111629
Philadelphia Half Cent 1845 Braided Hair 30 Proof Half Cent 0.01 111630
Philadelphia Half Cent 1846 Braided Hair 25 Proof Half Cent 0.01 111631
Philadelphia Half Cent 1847 Braided Hair 25 Proof Half Cent 0.01 111632
Philadelphia Half Cent 1848 Braided Hair 25 Proof Half Cent 0.01 111633
Philadelphia Half Cent 1849 Braided Hair 39,864 Standard Half Cent 0.01 1378
Philadelphia Half Cent 1850 Braided Hair 39,812 Standard Half Cent 0.01 1379
Philadelphia Half Cent 1851 Braided Hair 147,672 Standard Half Cent 0.01 1380
Philadelphia Half Cent 1853 Braided Hair 129,694 Standard Half Cent 0.01 1381
Philadelphia Half Cent 1854 Braided Hair 55,358 Standard Half Cent 0.01 1382
Philadelphia Half Cent 1855 Braided Hair 56,500 Standard Half Cent 0.01 1383
Philadelphia Half Cent 1856 Braided Hair 40,430 Standard Half Cent 0.01 1384
Philadelphia Half Cent 1857 Braided Hair 35,180 Standard Half Cent 0.01 1385