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1832 Liberty Bust Fifty-cent piece

Creator:
United States Mint
Location:
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Origin Date:
1832
Materials:
metal
Measurements:
overall: 1 5/16 in diameter
Item ID:
71.2009.082.0887
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Three-dimensional Objects

Description

This 33mm silver half-dollar coin features on the obverse a left profile bust of Liberty with her hair flowing to her shoulders surrounded by thirteen stars representing the original thirteen colonies of the United States. The date 1832 is inscribed below the image. The reverse features a patriotic eagle with a banner reading "E Pluribus Unum" above. "United States of America" is inscribed following the arc of the edge of the coin. "50 C." is inscribed below the image. The words "Fifty Cents or Half a Dollar" are engraved in the edge of the coin. Abraham Lincoln may have seen coins such as this one while living in Illinois. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum