Historical Draped Bust Half Cents Make a Charming Addition to Any Collection

Minted from 1800 - 1808, Draped Bust Half Cents are among the most fascinating coins in the history of American mintage. Authorized by Congress in 1792, each beautiful copper half cent weighs 5.44 grams, with a diameter of 23.5 mm. Incredibly popular among collectors, Draped Bust Half Cents bear a striking design created by Robert Scot, who was the first Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.

Scot’s Lady Liberty is based on the 1795 portrait by Gilbert Stuart, widely believed to be of Anne Willing Bingham. Wife of famed Philadelphia statesman William Bingham, contemporaries fondly described Anne as the most lovely socialite of her day. The reverse of each Copper Draped Bust bears the image of a delicate wreath of laurel.

Though Draped Bust Half Cents were minted for only 8 short years at the Philadelphia Mint, there are a number of small design differences, making many of the coins incredibly rare and valuable. Some issues bear smaller dates than others, while a few have discernible minting errors (such as a 2 struck over a 0). To many avid Half Cent collectors, these subtle differences make Draped Bust Half Cents valuable additions to their hard-earned collections.

Browse Provident Metals’ selection of historical (and highly collectible) 1800 - 1808 Copper Draped Bust Half Cents. Use our secure online ordering system, ensuring the safety of your personal information, and take advantage of the most timely, affordable shipping on the market.

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