1800 DRAPED BUST H10C, LIBEKTY, LARGE EAGLE MS64
LIKERTY VARIETY. JUST 5 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
1800 DRAPED BUST - TYPE 2 H10C
In 1800, the Library of Congress was founded after the idea was proposed by James Madison as far back as 1783. Shortly after John Adams took office, he signed the Act of Congress that, among other motions, called for the appropriation of $5,000 to purchase books to start the library. This 1800 half dime recalls the birth of what is currently the second largest library in the world after the British Library.
Introduced in 1800, the Draped Bust Half Dime with Large Eagle reverse was produced through 1805. The reason for the design change was to bring this denomination into line with the Dime and Silver Dollar, both of which switched to the Large Eagle reverse in 1798. The Dime, Quarter and Half Dollar would adopt the Large Eagle variant of the Draped Bust design during the 1801-1804 era. The rarest Half Dime of this type is the 1802 which, with only 3,060 pieces produced, is also one of the classic rarities in the entire U.S. silver coin series. Other elusive Draped Bust, Large Eagle Half Dimes are the 1803 Small 8 and, in higher grades, the final-year 1805.