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An Earlier Generation

Indian Head Cent Back when my parents were kids, if they saw any coins at all, they looked like these. The Indian Head pennies were made from 1860 to 1909. Before that, there were Flying Eagle pennies. Indian Head Cent
Shield Nickel This was the "Shield Nickel", only in use from 1866 to 1883. Before that, there were silver half-dimes. Shield Nickel
Liberty Nickel These were called "Liberty Nickels". They were in use from 1883 to 1912. Liberty Nickel
Liberty Seated Dime The early dimes, quarters and halfs are known as the "Liberty Seated" type. The "Liberty Seated Dime" was minted from 1837 to 1891. Liberty Seated Dime
Barber Dime These dimes, quarters and halfs were designed by the same man, Charles E. Barber, and are known as "Barber type". These dimes were thin to begin with, and got VERY thin as they wore out. This dime was minted from 1892 to 1916. Barber Dime
Barber Quarter The Barber quarter was very similar to the dime. It was made from 1892 to 1916, preceeded by a "Liberty Seated Quarter", which looked like the dime, 1838 to 1891. Barber Quarter
Like I said, the same guy designed the half dollar. 1892 to 1915. I don't have one!! There was a "Liberty Seated Half Dollar" before these, from 1839 to 1891. I don't have one of those either.

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The U.S. Mint.
Photography and webpage design:
© Gene Tencza, 1998
Page last revised: 3/22/01
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