1796 DRAPED BUST H10C MS64+
LIKERTY VARIETY. WELL STRUCK, GEM SURFACES. ONLY 1 HIGHER AT NGC.
After utilizing Robert Scot's Flowing Hair design for just two years in 1794 and 1795, the early United States Mint switched to the designer's Draped Bust, Small Eagle type for the Half Dime in 1796. This type, as well, was limited to just two years of production: 1796 and 1797. No 1798 or 1799-dated Half Dimes were delivered, and the Draped Bust examples of 1800-1805 display the Heraldic Eagle reverse design in place of the Small Eagle motif. As a short-lived, early United States type, the Draped Bust, Small Eagle Half Dime of 1796-1797 is an important coin that has long been a strong performer in the numismatic market.