The seated liberty half dimes are appreciated for their monetary value to collectors, and also the artistic quality. The original design was created in the second half of the 1830’s, but alterations to the original design were made just one year later. In one form or another, the design continued to be used for the duration of the half dime denomination.
The design of the seated liberty was that of a robed liberty sitting on a rock. It is important to note that she sits on a rock, because the rock has symbolism in the founding of our country. A shield is placed in front of her that she balances with her left hand. She holds a pole with a Liberty cap placed on top, as a symbol of freedom.
For the first year of issue, there were no stars present on the obverse design. This would be changed just one year later when stars were added. Other alternations would include adjusting the drapery of Miss Liberty’s clothing. Later in the series, there would be arrows and rays placed within the design to denote changes in composition.
The history and meaning of coins is extremely significant, and collectors pride themselves in their knowledge while in pursuit of even more information. The pursuit of information leads them to learn the about the artists, the history use of the mints, and to the meaning of the tiniest symbol that would escape the average person.