The Liberty Seated design without stars on the obverse was used on the half dime and dime only at the Philadelphia Mint in 1837 and the New Orleans Mint in 1838. On those coins, Liberty has no drapery fold at her elbow. Starting in 1838 on the Philadelphia coinage, stars were added around the obverse border. During 1840 and thereafter, an additional fold of drapery was added at the elbow of Liberty.
From 1838 through 1859, the mintmark was located above the bow on the reverse. Large, medium, or small mintmark varieties occur for several dates.
As on the dimes, quarters, and halves, arrows were placed at the sides of the date for a short period starting in 1853. They were placed there to denote the reduction of weight under the terms of the Act of February 21, 1853.
A new die was utilized in 1859 at the Philadelphia Mint, in which the stars are hollow in the center and the arms of Liberty are slimmer. During the years 1859 and 1860 interesting half dime patterns were made which do not bear our nation’s identity. These are transitional pieces, not made for circulation, but struck at the time the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was being transferred from the reverse to the obverse.