Half Dimes were produced as our five cent coin from 1794 to 1873. Our word nickel comes from the metal used for some (and then all) five cent coins made after the American Civil War and available for sale elsewhere on our site. Unlike those "Nickel Five-Cent Pieces" these Half Dimes were made of silver. If you pause to think about it, it just makes sense. We had Half Cents and still have Half Dollars; why not a Half Dime? There are several major types of Half Dimes; the Flowing Hair Type (1794-95), the Draped Bust Type, Small Eagle Reverse (1796-97), Draped Bust Type, Heraldic Eagle Reverse (1800-05), Capped Bust Type (1829-37) and the Liberty Seated Type (1837-73).
A good reference work for those more interested in this type of coin is The Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins by Walter Breen.
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