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Capped Bust Half Dollar

Capped Bust Half Dollar

  • 1809 50C O-103 CAC Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS65+
    1809 50C O-103 CAC Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS65+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 760282020

    1809 50C O-103 CAC Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS65+

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  • 1809 50C XXX EDGE Bust Half Dollar NGC MS61
    1809 50C XXX EDGE Bust Half Dollar NGC MS61
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759878017

    1809 50C XXX EDGE Bust Half Dollar NGC MS61

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  • 1811/10 50C Bust Half Dollar PCGS AU58
    1811/10 50C Bust Half Dollar PCGS AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758394018

    1811/10 50C Bust Half Dollar PCGS AU58

    $3,726.00
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  • 1811 50C Large 8 O-103 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS64
    1811 50C Large 8 O-103 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759862012

    1811 50C Large 8 O-103 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS64

    $7,020.00
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  • 1814 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC MS66
    1814 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758008014

    1814 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC MS66

    $29,700.00
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  • 1815/2 50C O-101 Bust Half Dollar PCGS AU53
    1815/2 50C O-101 Bust Half Dollar PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 760291013

    1815/2 50C O-101 Bust Half Dollar PCGS AU53

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  • 1817 50C 181.7 Bust Half Dollar NGC AU53
    1817 50C 181.7 Bust Half Dollar NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 504706038

    1817 50C 181.7 Bust Half Dollar NGC AU53

    $2,645.00
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  • 1818 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC XF45
    1818 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC XF45
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759688006

    1818 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC XF45

    $661.25
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  • 1819/8 50C Large 9 O-104 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS63
    1819/8 50C Large 9 O-104 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS63
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758847009

    1819/8 50C Large 9 O-104 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS63

    $7,830.00
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  • 1820/19 50C Square Base 2 O-101 Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS62
    1820/19 50C Square Base 2 O-101 Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS62
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 760291014

    1820/19 50C Square Base 2 O-101 Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS62

    $8,910.00
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  • 1825 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC AU55
    1825 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 760127019

    1825 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC AU55

    $460.00
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  • 1829 50C O-105 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS66
    1829 50C O-105 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759878018

    1829 50C O-105 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS66

    $7,560.00
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  • 1832 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC MS62
    1832 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC MS62
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469150

    1832 50C Bust Half Dollar NGC MS62

    $1,322.50
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  • 1833 50C O-112 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS66
    1833 50C O-112 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758008049

    1833 50C O-112 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS66

    $9,180.00
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  • 1836 50C Letter Edge Bust Half Dollar NGC MS62
    1836 50C Letter Edge Bust Half Dollar NGC MS62
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 760087002

    1836 50C Letter Edge Bust Half Dollar NGC MS62

    $1,322.50
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Capped Bust

Scot’s prior designs for the Flowing Hair and Draped Bust Half Dollars were not well received. So, John Reich was given the task of redesigning the half dime, dime, quarter, and half dollar coins. He created a Capped Bust concept for Miss Liberty. Once he completed the basic design, William Kneass, the Chief Engraver of the US Mint, modified it so that it would be acceptable as a coin design.

Miss Liberty now faced left. Her hair was under a cap with a headband inscribed with “LIBERTY” on it. Her hair now flowed out from under her cap. The gown that she wore was now closed with a clasp on her shoulder. There were seven six-pointed stars to her left and six six-pointed stars to the right, and the number of stars would remain at 13 going forward so they would not crowd the design. The date was below Miss Liberty.

The reverse of the coin was also redesigned. The eagle was now perched on an olive branch that she held in her left claw. In her right claw were three arrows, again representing that she was ready for Peace or war. Above the eagle was a scroll with “E PLURIBUS UNUM” on it and the motto “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” surmounted the design along the periphery with the denomination “50 C.” at the very bottom. The edge letter displayed “FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR.”

Since no Silver Dollar coins were minted for circulation between 1804 and 1839, these Capped Bust Half Dollars served as the commercial workhorse for commerce. Many of these half dollars spent the majority of their time in bank bags and were traded back and forth between financial institutions.

Other than a handful of scarce dates, these coins struck between 1807 and 1836 are available and a simple date set is a formidable challenge but one that can be completed.  

But in 1836, the US Mint began to employ steam-powered coin presses which made the work easier, and they could produce many coins much faster. The first coin struck on the new presses was the new Christian Gobrecht-modified Capped Bust Half Dollar. Miss Liberty was now even slimmer and younger than before, and she was posed in a more upright position. Six six-pointed stars are to the left and seven six-pointed stars are to the right.

The eagle on the reverse was similar to Reich’s design but slimmer and slightly more upright. The scroll on which “E PLURIBUS UNUM” was inscribed was removed. A brand-new feature – edge reeding – was implemented replacing the antiquated and awkward edge lettering. The coin was reduced in size from 32.5mm to 30mm, due to the price of silver increasing. One additional change was the inscribed denomination was changed from “50 C.” to “50 CENTS”.

By 1838,the Mint tinkered with the design once again and Miss Liberty now had more of a slight smile. The most striking change was the fact that now the denomination on the reverse was changed from “50 CENTS” to “HALF DOL.” In 1839 Philadelphia struck almost 1.4 million coins while the New Orleans Mint struck only 116,000 coins. Interestingly, the “O” mintmark was displayed above the date on the obverse, which is unusual, rather than on the reverse, which soon became the natural place to place and locate a mintmark.

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