Information about effigy: Liberty, Portrait

Liberty, Portrait
United States / Half Cent 1795 Liberty Cap

The concept of liberty has frequently been represented by personifications, often loosely shown as a female classical goddess. Examples include Marianne, the national personification of the French Republic and its values of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, the female Liberty portrayed on United States coins for well over a century, and many others. These descend from images on ancient Roman coins of the Roman goddess Libertas and from various developments from the Renaissance onwards. The Dutch Maiden was among the first, re-introducing the cap of liberty on a liberty pole featured in many types of image, though not using the Phrygian cap style that became conventional (the Phrygian cap as a symbol dates back to Ancient Rome where such caps were worn by emancipated ex-slaves). The 1886 Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi is a well-known example in art, a gift from France to the United States.

Note that Liberty is called Miss Liberty or Ms. Liberty in an American context, and not Lady Liberty as elsewhere.

The coins listed below depict a portrait of Liberty as imagined on American coinage. On some coin types, Liberty is also depicted seated or standing.

See also presentations on the coinage of other countries:
- Switzerland: Libertas by Karl Schwenzer (1879 - present) and Libertas by Albert Walch (1883 - 1896)

Liberty, Portrait - Example/s on coins
United States / Half Cent 1795 Liberty Cap

Liberty Cap

United States / Half Cent 1795 Liberty Cap

One of the earliest depictions of the portrait of Miss Liberty on American coins, with a pole and Cap of Liberty in the background.

Liberty, Portrait - showing 100 of 370 coins (Page 1 of 4)
NameMintageLegend
Disme 1792 unknown UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DISME
Half Disme 1792 unknown HALF DISME * UNI · STATES OF AMERICA
One Cent 1793 Flowing Hair, Chain 36,103 LIBERTY 1793
One Cent 1793 Flowing Hair, Wreath 63,353 LIBERTY 1793
Half Cent 1793 Liberty Cap 35,334 LIBERTY 1793
One Cent 1793 Liberty Cap 11,056 LIBERTY 1793
Half Dime 1794 Flowing Hair 7,756 ******** LIBERTY ******* 1794
One Cent 1794 Liberty Cap 918,521 LIBERTY 1794
Half Cent 1794 Liberty Cap 81,600 LIBERTY 1794
Half Dime 1795 Flowing Hair 78,660 ******** LIBERTY ******* 1795
Half Cent 1795 Liberty Cap 139,690 LIBERTY 1795
One Cent 1795 Liberty Cap 538,500 LIBERTY 1795
One Cent 1796 Liberty Cap 109,825 LIBERTY 1796
One Cent 1796 Draped Bust 363,375 LIBERTY 1796
One Dime 1796 Draped Bust 22,135 ******** LIBERTY ******* 1796
Half Dime 1796 Draped Bust 10,230 ******** LIBERTY ******* 1796
Quarter Dollar 1796 Draped Bust 6,146 ******** LIBERTY ******* 1796
Half Cent 1796 Liberty Cap 6,480 LIBERTY 1796
One Dime 1797 Draped Bust 25,261 ********* LIBERTY ******* 1797
Half Dime 1797 Draped Bust 44,527 ******** LIBERTY ******* 1797
Half Cent 1797 Liberty Cap 127,840 LIBERTY 1797
One Cent 1797 Draped Bust 897,510 LIBERTY 1797
One Cent 1798 Draped Bust 1,841,745 LIBERTY 1798
One Dime 1798 Draped Bust 27,550 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1798
One Cent 1799 Draped Bust 42,540 LIBERTY 1799
One Cent 1800 Draped Bust 2,822,175 LIBERTY 1800
Half Dime 1800 Draped Bust 40,000 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1800
One Dime 1800 Draped Bust 21,760 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1800
Half Cent 1800 Draped Bust 202,908 LIBERTY 1800
One Cent 1801 Draped Bust 1,362,837 LIBERTY 1801
One Dime 1801 Draped Bust 34,640 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1801
Half Dime 1801 Draped Bust 27,760 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1801
One Dime 1802 Draped Bust 10,975 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1802
Half Cent 1802 Draped Bust 20,266 LIBERTY 1802
One Cent 1802 Draped Bust 3,435,100 LIBERTY 1802
Half Dime 1802 Draped Bust 3,060 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1802
Half Cent 1803 Draped Bust 92,000 LIBERTY 1803
Half Dime 1803 Draped Bust 37,850 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1803
One Cent 1803 Draped Bust 3,131,691 LIBERTY 1803
One Dime 1803 Draped Bust 33,040 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1803
One Cent 1804 Draped Bust 96,500 LIBERTY 1804
Half Cent 1804 Draped Bust 1,055,312 LIBERTY 1804
Quarter Dollar 1804 Draped Bust 6,738 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1804
One Dime 1804 Draped Bust 8,265 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1804
One Cent 1805 Draped Bust 941,116 LIBERTY 1805
One Dime 1805 Draped Bust 120,780 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1805
Half Cent 1805 Draped Bust 814,464 LIBERTY 1805
Half Dime 1805 Draped Bust 15,600 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1805
Quarter Dollar 1805 Draped Bust 121,394 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1805
One Cent 1806 Draped Bust 348,000 LIBERTY 1806
Half Cent 1806 Draped Bust 356,000 LIBERTY 1806
Quarter Dollar 1806 Draped Bust 206,124 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1806
One Cent 1807 Draped Bust 727,221 LIBERTY 1807
One Dime 1807 Draped Bust 165,000 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1807
Quarter Dollar 1807 Draped Bust 220,643 ******* LIBERTY ****** 1807
Half Cent 1807 Draped Bust 476,000 LIBERTY 1807
Half Cent 1808 Draped Bust 400,000 LIBERTY 1808
One Cent 1808 Classic Head 1,007,000 ******* 1808 ******
One Dime 1809 Capped Bust 51,065 ************* 1809
One Cent 1809 Classic Head 222,867 ******* 1809 ******
Half Cent 1809 Classic Head 1,154,572 ******* 1809 ******
One Cent 1810 Classic Head 1,458,500 ******* 1810 ******
Half Cent 1810 Classic Head 215,000 ******* 1810 ******
One Cent 1811 Classic Head 218,025 ******* 1811 ******
Half Cent 1811 Classic Head 63,140 ******* 1811 ******
One Dime 1811 Capped Bust 65,180 ************* 1811
One Cent 1812 Classic Head 1,075,500 ******* 1812 ******
One Cent 1813 Classic Head 418,000 ******* 1813 ******
One Dime 1814 Capped Bust 421,500 ************* 1814
One Cent 1814 Classic Head 357,830 ******* 1814 ******
Quarter Dollar 1815 Capped Bust 89,235 ************* 1815
One Cent 1816 Matron Head 2,820,982 ************* 1816
One Cent 1817 Matron Head 3,948,400 ************* 1817
One Cent 1818 Matron Head 3,167,000 ************* 1818
Quarter Dollar 1818 Capped Bust 361,174 ************* 1818
One Cent 1819 Matron Head 2,671,000 ************* 1819
Quarter Dollar 1819 Capped Bust 144,000 ************* 1819
Quarter Dollar 1820 Capped Bust 127,444 ************* 1820
One Cent 1820 Matron Head 4,407,550 ************* 1820
One Dime 1820 Capped Bust 942,587 ************* 1820
One Cent 1821 Matron Head 389,000 ************* 1821
One Dime 1821 Capped Bust 1,186,512 ************* 1821
Quarter Dollar 1821 Capped Bust 216,851 ************* 1821
Quarter Dollar 1822 Capped Bust 64,080 ************* 1822
One Dime 1822 Capped Bust 100,000 ************* 1822
One Cent 1822 Matron Head 2,072,339 ************* 1822
Quarter Dollar 1823 Capped Bust 17,800 ************* 1823
One Dime 1823 Capped Bust 440,000 ************* 1823
One Cent 1823 Matron Head 1,262,000 ************* 1823
Quarter Dollar 1824 Capped Bust 168,000 ************* 1824
One Dime 1824 Capped Bust 100,000 ************* 1824
One Cent 1824 Matron Head 1,262,000 ************* 1824
One Cent 1825 Matron Head 1,461,100 ************* 1825
Half Cent 1825 Classic Head 63,000 ******* 1825 ******
One Dime 1825 Capped Bust 510,000 ************* 1825
Quarter Dollar 1825 Capped Bust unknown ************* 1825
One Cent 1826 Matron Head 1,517,425 ************* 1826
Half Cent 1826 Classic Head 234,000 ******* 1826 ******
One Cent 1827 Matron Head 2,357,732 ************* 1827
Quarter Dollar 1827 Capped Bust 4,000 ************* 1827
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Year1793
CountryUnited States
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Sub-types
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Liberty, Indian Head
From 1859 to 1909
Liberty, Barber
From 1892 to 1916
Liberty, Mercury
From 1916