Half Cent—Liberty Cap—Large Head Right Facing (1794) Specifications

Specifications, Details and General Information

1794 Liberty Cap Half Cent Facing Right
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In 1794 the half-cent was redesigned and Ms. Liberty is now facing right. The Phrygian, or liberty cap, is extended on a pole behind her head. Since production facilities were still very crude, and each die was cut by hand, many varieties exist within this issue. The two main varieties are a "normal relief" and a "high relief" head on the obverse. Total production was limited to approximately 81,000 coins.

Coin Values and Prices:

Detailed Specifications

Issuing GovernmentUnited States of America
 $0.005 (Half Cent)
Coinage Type Liberty Cap - Large Head Right Facing 
Mintage Dates 1794 
Production Facilities Philadelphia 
Mint Mark Location  No mint marks were used in this series. 
Composition 100% Copper 
Weight 6.739 grams
Weight Tolerance (+/-)n.a. 
Actual Gold Weight  (AGW) 0.0000 Troy Ounces  
Actual Silver Weight  (ASW) 0.0000 Troy Ounces  
Actual Platinum Weight  (APW) 0.0000 Troy Ounces  
Diameter23.50 mm 
Thickness 2.00 mm 
Obverse Description Liberty facing to the right, with LIBERTY above and the date below. Behind her flowing hair is a liberty cap on a pole. The edge is a series of denticles or indentations. 
Obverse Designer Robert Scot 
Reverse Description HALF CENT at the center, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and 1/200, wreath with a bow 
Reverse Designer Robert Scot 
(Krause-Mishler Catalog No.) 14 
Notes None 

Production Years, Mints and Types

The Liberty Cap Half Cent, Large Head Right Facing was minted as indicated in the following table.  The table lists the years, strike type, mint facility where made, the mint mark used on the coin and a description of any type differences in coins minted for that year.

YearMintMint MarkType
1794Philadelphia Normal Head
1794Philadelphia High-Relief Head

Errors and Varieties

The following are popular errors and varieties that Liberty Cap Half Cent collectors look for. These coins usually carry a premium and are valued above a common coin. But some collectors believe as varieties are actually due to planchet and striking anomalies.

YearMintMint MarkError/VarietyNotes/Description
None identified 

Mintage Figures

The following table lists mint production numbers for the number of Liberty Cap - Large Head Right Facing produced at each mint facility. Where possible, production numbers by strike type are noted.

YearMintMint MarkMintage
1794Philadelphia 81,600

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