https://www.usmint.gov/learn/history/us-circulating-coins "In 1792, during construction of the new Mint, 1,500 silver half dimes were made in the cellar of a nearby building. These half dimes were probably given out to dignitaries and friends and not released into circulation. The Mint delivered the nation’s first circulating coins on March 1, 1793: 11,178 copper cents." Therefore the 1792 half dimes were the first coins struck by the US Mint. BUT The first business strikes made by the US Mint were one cent coins (the 1793 Flowing Hair/Chain Reverse). So, in answer to the question, "What was the face value of the first coins struck by the US Mint?", the correct answer would be "half dime". And as long as I don't specify or allude to business strikes, I'm correct. (And I'm not going to get into the "half disme" naming discussion.) Comments?