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1799 - Half Eagle - Philadelphia

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1799 - Half Eagle - Philadelphia
Common Name Half Eagle
Denomination Half Eagle
Year 1799
Mint Philadelphia
Design Capped Bust Right (Gold)
Variation Eagle and Shield
Circulation Type Standard
Material Gold
Mintage 7,451
1799 - Half Eagle - Philadelphia The image shown is the same design as the selected coin, though not necessarily the same year, mint or demonination.




Designer: Robert Scot

History:

In 1794, Chief Engraver Robert Scot modified the earlier French inspired design by enlarging the bust of Liberty and having her face right rather than left, also, Scot increased the size of the Phrygian cap on Liberty's pole. On the reverse, the wreath was similar, but without the sprays of berries. While the series has only two major design types (facing left and facing right) it includes numerous varieties. One of the better known varieties is the "punctuated" date of 1795. It is actually an accident by the engraver resulting with a date thatlooks like "1,795".


Item created by: Lethe on 2015-05-31 17:46:30. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-09 11:09:18

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