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50 Cents, United States, 1844

50 Cents, United States, 1844

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Description (Brief)
One (1) 50 cent coin
United States, 1844
Obverse Image: Seated Liberty with shield and cap on staff. 13 stars.
Obverse Text: LIBERTY / 1844
Reverse Image: Eagle with shield over chest, clutching arrows and branch in talons.
Reverse Text: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / HALF DOL. / O
Description
Christian Gobrecht’s “Seated Liberty” design was the first to feature a full portrait of Liberty on American coinage. Despite minor changes over the years, Gobrecht’s design remained in wide use for nearly half a century. This coin was likely made with silver imported from Mexico, and bears the O mintmark of New Orleans.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Coin
Date made
1844
mint
U.S. Mint, New Orleans
designer
Gobrecht, Christian
place made
United States
place of issue
United States
Physical Description
silver (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements
overall: 1.9 mm x 30.6 mm; 1/16 in x 1 7/32 in
ID Number
1985.0441.0364
catalog number
1985.0441.0364
accession number
1985.0441
Credit Line
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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