Flowing Hair Half Dime Specifications

The Flowing Hair Half Dime was the smallest silver denomination authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792. The composition consists of 89.2% silver and 10.8% copper with a weight 1.35 grams (20.83 grains). All coins have a reeded edge and were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, the only Mint in operation at the time.

Striking weakness is a problem often encountered with this type, although sharply struck examples do exist. Some pieces will show adjustment marks, made at the Mint to adjust slightly overweight planchets. Because of the small size of the coin, these are not as obvious as for the larger denominations.

Dates: 1794-1795
Mint Mark: none (Philadelphia)
Composition: 89.2% silver, 10.8% copper
Weight: 1.35 grams
Diameter: 16.5 mm
Edge: reeded
Designer: Robert Scot