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1793 - Half Cent - Philadelphia

1793 - Half Cent - Philadelphia
Year 1793
Mint Philadelphia
Denomination Half Cent
Design Liberty Cap Left
Mintage 35334
Circulation Type Standard
Common Name Half Cent
Material Copper
DD 0.005
1793 - Half Cent - Philadelphia


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Designer: Adam Eckfeldt

History:

The Liberty Cap (facing left) appears on one coin for only one year. The coin is the half cent and the year is 1793. The coin was designed and engraved by Adam Eckfeldt (accroding to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - which holds a specimen in their permanent collection). The design is derived from a commemorative medal by Augustin Dupre (French 1748-1833) and is similar enough that some credit Dupre as the designer.

The design 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." 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.




Item created by: Lethe on 2015-05-31 17:46:30. Last edited by gdm on 2016-01-06 06:25:22

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