The half dime was the smallest silver denomination originally authorized within the American monetary system. The mintages for the Draped Bust Half Dimes remained at relatively low levels throughout the course of the series, creating scarce issues and one significant rarity. A change in the reverse design creates two distinct subtypes.
The obverse design used throughout the course of the series is credited to Robert Scot, although portraitist Gilbert Stuart is said to have provided sketches. Liberty is pictured facing towards the right with her hair bound with a ribbon at the top and falling towards her shoulders. Above is the inscription “Liberty” with stars arranged to the sides and the date below.