Draped and Capped Bust Half Dollars

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Collecting Bust Half Dollars can be approached from several vantage points. Most individuals build early United Stated coinage type sets and required only one example of the Flowing Hair, Draped Bust, Capped Bust and Reeded Edge halves. Then there are the variety specialists who take collecting to a precise level by seeking out individual die pairings within a date.

The Overton and Parsley reference books for collecting Bust halves by variety are well known and loved. All Gerry Fortin Rare Coin offerings are attributed to the Overton variety classification system. Rarity numbers are from the same source. When no rarity number is shown, then an R1 (common) rarity is implied.

GFRC has joined with Dave Cinquina to cross-link Bust Half Dollar variety information. Dave is constructing a free online resource (BustHalfAddict.com) that illustrates the Overton varieties with GFRC providing sponsorship. As a result of this partnership, each GFRC listing carries an Overton number and link to the relevant page at BustHalfAddict.com. By simple clicking on the Overton number, access to specific variety information and high resolution images is provided at the Dave Cinquina site.

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There are 95 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on October 9, 2018

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Flowing Hair
Flowing Hair  1794 1794
VF25 NGC
117262054
O-101a
Choice $9600 New August 25! First Year Issue, Late Die State, Choice Original Surfaces, Natural Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. First year of issue and Philadelphia mint half dollar production. Only 23,464 half dollars dated 1794 were struck. This example offered original surfaces that are covered with uniform gun metal gray-blue patina with gold highlights on the reverse. Struck from late die state dies and listed as Tompkins Die State 1/5. The die crack near S(TATES) creates shelf metal, and another crack joins (STATE)S to the leaf tip. Under a light source, the bluish gray patina transition to glowing gold and is most pleasing. The date, legends, and other peripheral design elements are strongly rendered, taking into account a normal amount of wear for the grade. Partial curl detail is visible on the obverse while the reverse eagle is moderately stronger with good wing feather definition. A ancient vertical line extends from the eagle's head to the berries below the A. Faint mint-made adjustment marks are noted on the obverse. Accurately graded and housed in NGC holder that dates back to the late 1990s. An important new GFRC offering from the Osprey Collection.
Flowing Hair  1795 1795
F15 ANACS OWH
2361546
O-113a
R4
Original $2300 A over E, Thick Crusty Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Fully Original, Accurately Graded, Bayside Collection. Definitely a better 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar offering that combine strictly original surfaces with a challenging O-113a die pairing/die status for variety collectors. Surfaces are covered with thick crusty gun metal gray-blue patina that also contains embedded violet hues. A careful 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes whatsoever. This is surprising given the Fine 15 grade level and substantial amount of circulation. The A over E corrective punching is bold and easily seen with a loupe. Housed in ANACS old white holder as purchased by the consignor. From the Bayside Collection and the latest GFRC customer turned consignor. In hand inspection is recommended given the darker toned surfaces.
Flowing Hair  1795 1795
VG08 PCGS
36266060
O-109
R4
Original $1250 New October 2! O-109, R4. Original, Deep Gray Patina, Susquehana Collection. Second year of design issue with two different obverse and reverse designs. This O-109 die pairing features the type 2 reverse with broader leaves and a shorter eagle neck. The easiest approach for separating the type 1 and type 2 reverses is by looking at the left ribbon ends. If close, a type 1 and if well spaced then a type 2. This example is from the Susquehana Collection and a long ago Bowers & Ruddy purchase that is finally returning to the general market. Surfaces are covered with thick gray patina with embedded reds on the reverse. The GFRC images amplify the reds to beyond that seen on the coin. There are a few ancient lines between the eagle and left wreath that are toned over. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality Flowing Hair half dollar as a potential type set piece. From the Susquehanna Collection and off the market for decades.
Draped Bust
Draped Bust  1803 1803
Small 3
EF40 PCGS
34199594
O-104
R3
Choice $2875 Small 3, Choice Original, Medium Olive Gray Patina, Accurately Graded and Attractive. During a recent Central Florida buying trip, I ran across this lovely 1803 Small 3 Draped Bust half and immediately knew it would become part of GFRC inventory. This piece is quite attractive and perfectly natural; so natural that residual verdigris lies on Liberty's face and on reverse scroll and horizontal shield lines. Strike is uniform without any weak points; all major devices are crisply defined. Grey-olive toning covered the surfaces and is darker on the reverse. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed absolutely no blemishes; just pristine surfaces with some circulation induced wear. Overall, a very well balanced better date Draped Bust half that I really enjoy having in inventory. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
EF40 PCGS
81383776
O-118a
R3
Original $2100 Shattered Reverse Die, Near Choice, Uniform Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. A pleasing 1806 Draped Bust half dollar with cool shattered reverse that is documented as O-118a in the Overton and Parsley reference books. Accurately graded by PCGS. Surfaces are covered with crusty gray patina that also contains rose and subtle gold hues when placed under bright light. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes worth mentioning. The reverse die cracks are most apparant with a cud inside (O)F. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another quality offering from the Osprey Collection.
Draped Bust  1806/5 1806/5
F12
NGC
2679748004
O-102
Choice $725 Choice Original, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Great Obverse Strike, Accurately Graded, Pleasing Surfaces. 1806/5 O-102 with R3 rarity rating. A choice circulated example with nothing but honest wear and thick crusty gray patina. Obverse strike is well executed and uniform while the reverse strike is typical for the date. The residual undertype is evident within the "0" digit. An early die state example with no obverse die cracks. Accurately graded. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval. The combination of crusty originality and accurate grading warranted CAC approval. For collectors who love their early type with crusty surfacres. The lightling variations, especially on the reverse, are due to the half being positioned in a tilted manner in the NGC holder. Please be assured that toning color is consistent across both sides.
Draped Bust  1807 1807
VF30
PCGS
83989881
O-105
R4
Choice $1195 Better Draped Bust Date, Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Gold Patina, Accurately Graded. How I wish all Draped Bust halves would have been preserved like this lovely 1807 O-105 example. Surfaces are perfectly natural and covered with crusty gray-blue golden patina. Obverse fields are evenly gray-blue and quickly transition to golden hues at the stars and date. Reverse is toned gray-gold in the protected areas with a hint of verdigris on the upper shield lines that validates the strict originality. Strike is uniform and well executed. Blemish wise, there are two ancient lines, fully toned over, between hair curls and stars 1 through 3. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. CAC approval rewards the originality, eye appeal and grading. This is just one of those coins that every collector would be proud to own and share with friends.
Draped Bust  1807 1807
VF25 PCGS OGH
4337635
O-106
R3
Choice New Price
$900
Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Blue Patina, Well Struck, Conservative Grading, Union Bridge Collection. Strike variability was a substantial issue for the early Philadelphia mint on large denomination coinage. Obverse relief was a problem area and even today, grading Draped Bust halves can be challenging. I mention these thoughts to frame the description of this lovely 1807 half dollar from the Union Bridge Collection. Let's start with the surfaces; strictly original and choice with no blemishes to discuss. Early PCGS grading is quite conservative as this half must be graded by the reverse and not the obverse due to shallow relief. Please check the eagle's wing tips and boldly defined shield lines on the reverse to validate that VF25 is more than fair as the assigned grade. Housed in PCGS old green holder. The old green holder label uses the early PCGS designation of DRAPE BUST and not Draped Bust as is currently seen on new holders.
Capped Bust
Capped Bust  1807 1807
50/20C
VF25
PCGS
22027819
O-112 $825 Large Stars, 50/20C Choice Original, Even Gray. I've added this transition year Turban Head bust half dollar to inventory for a simple reason, the eye appeal. Surfaces are covered with strictly original gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. The high points, that are subject to wear, have a lighter toning that provides nice contrast. Strike is typical for the variety with the reverse being in a late die state. The residual 20 under 50C diagnostic is obvious and listed on the PCGS holder. Under bright light the obverse turns to rose gray while the reverse offers blue hues. There is one fully toned over obverse line from Star 1 to the chin. Housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder and approved by CAC.
Capped Bust  1808 1808
AU50 NGC
1575800001
O-109a
R3
Choice New Price
$950
New October 9! Second Year Capped Bust Issue, Choice Original, Gray-Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Conservatively Graded, Montana Collection. 14% Price Reduction October 8, 2018. The Montana Collection is new to the GFRC community and presents a top quality array of early silver type coins. All were purchased from two sources during the past ten years; Aspen Park Rare Coins and HLRC. Both dealers are well known for offering top quality coins. Divestment time has come and luckily GFRC was selected to handle the consignment. Offered next is a gorgeous 1808 O-109a Capped Bust half with perfectly original surfaces. One quick look with a 10x loupe confirms that the satiny cartwheel luster originates from unmolested silver surfaces. The O-109 prime die state documents heavily eroded dies and obverse cracking and clashing. A semi-transparent layer of gray-gold patina covers both obverse and reverse. Under a bright light, the gold shifts to orange rose. Grading appears a bit conservative (AU50) given the available cartwheel luster. Early capped bust halves are difficult to grade due to inconsistent strikes and I believe this one is full AU53 at a minimum. There is a faint and ancient micro line to the left of ear that is mentioned for 100% accuracy. The Montana Collection consignor has not pursued CAC review, therefore any unsold coins will go to CAC after the Baltimore show. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Capped Bust  1809 1809
EF45
PCGS
35001095
O-103
Choice $775 New September 29! Gorgeous Early Date Capped Bust Half, Rose-Gray Centers, Aquamarine-Blue Peripheries, Residual satiny Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. A wonderful 1809 Capped Bust half dollar offering for those who desire strict originality and attractive toning. This O-103 example is fully struck with deeply rounded stars and well impressed hair curls for the date; many 1809s will be found with weak obverse enter strikes. . Reverse strike is also 95% complete with just a touch of weakness at the upper left facing wing. Both obverse and reverse are toned with similar patterns. Centers have a rose-gray coloring that is surrounded by a ring of aquamarine-blue at the peripheries. There is ample reisdual satiny luster to make bright light viewing a thoroughly pleasing event. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. A gorgeous type coin possibility or for those collectors who wish to acquire superior examples of the early Capped Bust half dollar dates. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1809 1809
VF35 PCGS
80654224
O-105
R2
Choice $415 Choice Original, Golden Rim Toning, Conservative Grading. Residual luster highlights the subtle light gray obverse and reverse centers that turns to rose/blue/gold at the rims. Typical O-105 strike weakness on reverse with missing upper left wing feathers and partial eagle head details. Otherwise nice device frost and luster in the protected areas. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A very impressive piece in terms of originality and eye appeal. PCGS was most conservative with the grading.
Capped Bust  1809 1809
III Edge
VG08
PCGS
13463648
O-109a
Choice $200 III Edge, Attractive Circulated Cameo Appearance, Choice Surfaces, Old Album Toning, Accurately Graded. GFRC images capture the lovely circulated cameo appearance on this 1809 III Edge O-109a offering. Wear is honest with no significant blemishes. Old album toning is quite attractive. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. PCGS label reads, "III Edge" coupled with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
EF45 PCGS
29562776
O-101a
Choice $475 Late Die Date, Extensive Obverse Die Cracks, Choice Original, Lovely Olive-Gray Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. A choice original 1810 example struck while American settlers in Florida rebelled against Spanish control resulting in President Madison annexing the region for the United States. Obverse and reverse are covered with lovely olive-gray patina that is even more attractive during bright light viewing. This late die state O-101a specimen features a host of obverse die cracks that are quite pronounced. Strike is excellent with only the left eagle wing suffering from insufficient metal flow. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder and accurately grade.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
VF30 PCGS
82484895
O-102 Gem $335 Gem Original, Old Album Toning Eye Appeal, Very Conservative Grading. Just back from PCGS with a VF30 designation after being graded EF40 by GFRC. I'm not playing the crack out and reholder game on this piece. I've lower the price a bit but still really like this one and you should too. This is an attractive example with super attractive toning. Obverse offers medium gray toning in hand which transitions to a rose center and aquamarine + gold surrounding the stars. The reverse remains gun metal gray both during in hand and bright light inspection. Reverse is in a late die state with significant die cracks. There is some wear through the patina on the left wing under 10x loupe. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1811 1811
Small 8
EF45 PCGS
82255734
O-108
R2
Choice $450 Thick Crusty Gray, Choice Original, Crisp Strike, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. During 1811, the Unites States was still a young country. Ongoing skirmishes with the British Navy resulted in the War of 1812. This crusty original Capped Bust half was struck during 1811 with small 8 punch resulting in Overton 108 variety. Surfaces are toned a uniform darker gray with a lighter shade on the reverse. Overall strike is well executed with complete eagle wings, feathers and scroll along with crisp obverse hair curls. The are several well toned over micro lines on the lower reverse mentioned for complete accuracy. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. PCGS label reads "Overton 108 Small 8". A quality offering from the Osprey Collection.
Capped Bust  1812 1812
AU58
PCGS
25629480
O-105a
R2
Gem $2500 Better Overton 105a Variety, Gem Original, Crusty Gray Paper Envelope Toning, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Late Die State. By now, GFRC customers and clients well recognize that I'm a fan of strict originalty and crusty gray toning. So when this 1812 O-105a R2 Capped Bust half walked up to the GFRC Baltimore table, it was not a difficult decision to add to inventory. Yes, there are many Capped Bust halves on the market, at any one time, therefore the challenge is only selecting the absolute best possible preserved examples. This is more enjoyable than being a value dealer moving average coins at below price guide numbers. Now that the preamble is done, let's consider this gem 1812 half. Surfaces are coverd a uniform crusty gray patina that is typical of years spent in an old paper 2x2 envelope. Under the toning is plenty of satiny cartwheel luster that generates a golden brown glow under a light source. This silver piece looks like it left the screw press and went into an envelope and stay there for years. There are no blemishes on late die state surfaces. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. For the selective collector who appreciates originality.
Capped Bust  1813 1813
AU50 PCGS
80602493
O-107a
Choice $885 Choice Original, Fully Struck, Uniform Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. A superior 1813 O-107 Capped Bust half with perfectly original surfaces. This piece offers considerable eye appeal given the lighter main devices that are nicely framed by darker gun metal gray/blue fields. Adding a light sourced softens the patina and expose more of the light blue along with aquamarine hues. Strike is full and addes to their piece's desireability. The O-107 variety is easily diagnosed by a long obverse die line through the top most hair curl by the ear. This feature is now known as the Comb in Hair variety. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. GFRC is looking at many Capped Bust halves these days and this piece immediately stood out for its overall strike and eye appeal.
Capped Bust  1813 1813
EF45 PCGS
26435483
O-101 Choice $1050 50c/UNI, Choice Original, Gold/Gray Patina. Really a superb example if choice originality is your cup of tea along with eye appeal. In hand, the obverse has a gold under layer that is blanketed with even brown/gray patina while the reverse is toned an even gray with intermixed rose. Placing this piece under bright light becomes exciting. The obverse gold is strong and complimented by soft blues at the rim/stars. The reverse is a host of colors with blues, rose, gray and gold. Though conservatively graded at EF40, the surfaces offer nice residual luster. There are no blemishes whatsoever to detract the viewing experience. This is the 50C/UNI variety with struck portion of UNI inverted to the right of the C and between 0 and C. Both the obverse and reverse are heavily clashed. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with blue and white label. The Overton 101 50c/UNI variety is listed on the PCGS label.
Capped Bust  1818 1818
AU50
PCGS
83064429
O-109
Choice $865 Choice Original, Delicate Gun Metal Gray Patina, Residual Golden Luster at Rims, Eye Appeal, Conservative Grading. A superb 1818 O-109 Capped Bust half dolllar offering at the assigned AU50 grade level. Surfaces are entirely choice and natural and would please the most selective collector of the series. A light gun metal gray patina covers both obverse and reverse as base toning. However the area surrounding stars and reverse legend offers considerable mint frost and residual golden luster. Strike is uniform with the clasp being boldly defined. Conservative graded at the AU50 level and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. CAC approval is absolutely warranted given the eye appeal and strict originality. It is not every day that I can locate an early Capped Bust half that is so desirable.
Capped Bust  1820 1820
AU53 ANACS OWH
661523
O-108
Choice $1200 New September 29! Superior Eye Appeal, Fiery Red Cartwheel Luster, Steely Surfaces, Well Struck, Accurately Graded.. This 1820 O-108 Capped Bust half dollar is one of those GFRC offerings that must be viewed in hand to be appreciated. The eye appeal is superior and results from a combination of unabraided steely fields and fiery orange red cartwheel luster under a light source. There is also a thin deep blue arc at the obverse rim from 9:00 to 3:00 and also on the reverse at the opposite location. GFRC images accurately capture the in hand colors but only hint at the potential luster. Two micro lines on Liberty's cheek and neck are seen during 10x loupe inspection and are mentioned for 100% accuracy. There are inconsequential as the eye appeal is driven by the toning and luster. Housed in old ANACS white holder. If cracked out and regraded at PCGS, I suspect this piece will also CAC approval given the huge eye appeal. The assigned AU53 grade is spot on.
Capped Bust  1821 1821
EF45 PCGS
28785946
O-103
R2
Choice $425 Choice Original, Accurately Graded. As a starting point, this piece looks much better in hand than on the images so the description is of importance. Obverse offers crusty original gray/rose baseline toning that is contrasted with ebony surrounding the stars and date. The reverse toning is closer to a gun metal gray/blue which the images have not properly captured. Strike is bold with only Stars 5 and 6 not having complete dentrils. 1821 is a better date for earlier bust halves and that fact plus the strictly originality is basis for adding this piece to GFRC inventory. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1822 1822
AU50 PCGS
13930225
O-105
R3
Choice $495 Choice Original, Classic Gray with Peripheral Gold Eye Appeal, Better Overton Die Variety, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. Evaluating and assigning a choice original quality rating to this attractive 1822 Capped Bust half was straightforward. This early half dollar is well preserved with classic gray patina that is nicely framed by peripheral mint luster and an aquamarine-gold ring at stars and legend. Obverse strike is well executed with all stars but number 7 being in high relief and fully rounded. Reverse strike has left facing wing weakness which is typical. Blemish wise, there are no issues worthy of mention. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Yet another fine numismatic property from the Upstate New York Collection that seeks a new home in an advanced collection.
Capped Bust  1822 1822
VF25 raw
O-104
R3
Choice $175 Better Overton Variety, Choice Original, Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal. Classic circulated cameo eye appeal as the ebony-gray fields provide nice background contrast to the lighter main devices. O-104 is a better Overton variety and worth a small premium. Surfaces are blemish free with just honest wear. I sure would love to stock more quality mid circulated grade examples like this 1822 strike.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
AU50
PCGS
31973264
O-105
Choice $550 New August 24! Near Gem Original, Steely Luster, Gray-Brown Patina, Hammered Obverse Strike, Accurately Graded, A Most Pleasing Offering. Let's start the description for this 1823 Capped Bust half with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. This awesome example was taken in trade, at Philadelphia ANA, from a leading collector of Capped Bust coinage. Writing the description is turning out to be more difficult that expected as the fields are smooth as glass but not mirrored. The only adjective that seems to fit is steely! A consisten gray-brown patina covers both side with darker shades surrounding stars and legend. Under a bright light, uninterrupted "steely" luster is most evident and exposes some embedded rose hues. In terms of blemishes, the only item holding this piece back from Gem quality rating is an ancient micro line in the upper left obverse field that requires a 10x loupe and some bright light swirling to locate. No other dealer would mention this, especially for a CAC approved example. Bottomline, this is a superior 1823 Capped Bust half that will please the most selective collector. Again it is a duplicate from a sophisticated collector and needs to return to another advanced collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
EF40 PCGS
82255733
O-108a
R3
Choice $320 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. A better Overton variety and die state with strenghten 3 digit in the date and a bold horizontal die crack from Star 6 through cap and exiting opposite rim. Strictly original surfaces are covered with gun metal gray patina. Residual mint frost is seen in the lower reverse devices and surrounding some of the letters in the legend. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality Capped Bust half from the Osprey Collection.
Capped Bust  1824 1824
AU50 ANACS OWH
789887
O-105
R2
Choice $475 Choice Original, Brown-Gold Patina, Residual Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. A special 1824 O-105 Capped Bust half dollar with significant golden highlights and residual cartwheel luster. Surfaces are strictly original and choice. Intermixed brown, rose and golden coloring is exposed when viewed under bright light along ample luster. This lovely half is entirely blemish free. Housed in ANACS old white holder. A fine numismatic property from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Capped Bust  1824 1824
EF45 PCGS
83797798
O-116
R3
Choice New Price
$250
Better Overton Variety, Perfectly Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection . I really like this 1824 Capped Bust half and believe it deserves a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Surfaces are perfectly original with a base layer of crusty gray patina that is also overlaid with ebony coloring surrounding the major devices. Strike is well balanced though not hammered. The Overton 116 die variety is rated as an R3 rarity. Definitely a pleasing offering that is freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection that is worth special consideration.
Capped Bust  1824 1824
EF40 NGC
3468969010
O-104
R2
Original $265 Crusty Original Medium Gray. Surfaces are covered with thick medium gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. NGC grading is conservative with light wear seen on the tops of the left and right wings and above the eagle's eye. These can be seen as lighter coloring on the images. Otherwise the hair curls are sharply defined as are the feathers in both wings. When adding coins to GFRC inventory, my primary criteria are eye appeal and originality along with accurate grading. This piece met my standards and I believe it would meet yours also. Housed in new NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1825 1825
VF35 NGC
3881340010
O-102
Original $165 Original Light Gray, Blemish Free Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. An even steely gray 1825 O-102 capped bust half that is accurately graded. Surfaces are mildly reflective when viewed under a light source. There are no apparent blemishes with the light spot at Liberty's throat being the result of flaking verdigris. Darker verdigris is seen on the reverse and mostly surrounding the legend. Housed in newer NGC holder. A solid offering from the Saco River Collection.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
AU58 PCGS
36266061
O-118a
Choice $650 New October 2! O-118a, Near Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Faint Rub, Susquehana Collection. Let's start the descriptin for this 1826 O-118a Capped Bust Half with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. This piece is one of the highlights of the Susquehanna Collection consignment that was sourced unceertified from Bowers & Ruddy decades ago. This capped bust has it all; huge frosty mint bloom, a hammered strike and blemish free surfaces. The luster is dazzling and addicting under a light source. I have so many coin descriptions to write but can't pull this great piece away from the halogen light source. In hand viewing is a must to appreciate the eye appeal and luster. Off the market for decades and now freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
AU50
NGC Fatty
142270003
O-112a
Gem $1200 New September 29! Gem Original, Substantially Undergraded, Vibrant Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Rose-Gold Peripheries, Well Struck. A special GFRC offering! This gorgreous 1826 O-112a Capped Bust half is substantially undergraded as certified and housed in old NGC Fatty holder. CAC review captured this fact with a GOLD CAC bean. One immediately enjoys the frosty cartwheel luster that is most vibrant on both sides. A thin arc of rose-gold coloring at the peripheries validates the strick originality. Strike is also well executed and pleasing. Reverse die is clashed. Housed in old NGC Fatty holder. A marvelous offering to consider for those who enjoy hoarding GOLD CAC approved early type coins.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
EF45 PCGS
80673865
O-117
R2
Original $275 Original Gray Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. A light gray-olive patina covers obverse and reverse. Strike is typical with well defined hair curls while the stars are not completed rounded. Bright light viewing exposed some faint luster with the in hand toning being consistent. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A nice Capped Bust half dollar from the Saco River Collection.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
EF40 raw
O-116
Choice $175 Choice Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray Patina, Well Struck, Attractive and Fair Value. An attractive 1826 O-116 example that offers uniform gun metal gray patina in the fields and main devices. Lighter shades are seen at the wear point. Well struck and fairly priced for Dansco or Whitman album set.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
EF40 PCGS
82484899
O-102
R1
Gem $275 Choice Original, Ebony/Brown Patina, Eye Appeal. Wow, some conservative grading on this lovely 1826 Capped Bust half. This gem original capped bust half dollar sport a thick uniform gun metal gray patina. Surfaces are entirely blemish free with minimum wear. The O-102 die pairing is common, therefore this offering is recommended for those wishing to build a top quality type set with a strict originality theme. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
VF30 PCGS
82484900
O-116a
R1
Choice $185 Choice Original, Ebony Gray Toning, Accurately Graded. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A nice balance between originality and eye appeal on this lovely 1826 Capped bust half. Fields are toned a uniform ebony/gray while the main devices are toned a lighter gray resulting in a circulated cameo appearance. Reverse exhibits the 0-116a long die cracks through 50 C and STA(TES OF AMERICA). For collectors who enjoy strictly originality and blemish free surfaces.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Sq. Base 2
AU58 PCGS
90048521
O-106
R2
Choice $1200 Early Die State, Light Gold Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, Eye Appeal. Lots of viewing enjoyment due to huge cartwheel luster along with a bold uniform strike. This lovely 1827 O-106 half just has the right balance between original luster, deep strike and overall eye appeal. Struck from early die state dies without die clashing marks. Surfaces are near gem quality with only two tiny wispy hairlines above the date, and in lower curls, limiting the quality rating to Choice. Fresh to market and recently graded. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder without CAC attempt. A noteworthy GFRC offering with huge eye appeal that should please the selective collector.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Sq Base 2
AU55
NGC
2655550007
O-138
R4
Choice $750 Choice Crusty Original, Accurately Graded. The 1827 Capped Bust date can be both overwhelming and challenging for die variety collecting. O-138 examples, with parallel die lines above Liberty's cap, are rated R4. The BustHalfAddict.com website indicates, "Generally a tougher marriage with MS64 at the head of a small group of MS specimens. AU's are generally tough as well." Surfaces are covered with thick crusty gray patina. I could not find any blemishes to complain about. Please note that the darker surfaces on Liberty's check is crusty toning and not a blemish. Housed in newer NGC holder. CAC approval is fully warranted due to the perfectly natural surfaces.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
AU53 raw
O-120a
R3
Original New Price
$345
Old Album Toning, Exceptional Eye Appeal, Value Priced. A better Overton variety 1827 Capped Bust half with square based 2 digit. Eye appeal is substantial on this attractive example. Centers are toned a light gray with rose hues while the rims quickly transition to aquamarine and blues surrounding the stars and reverse legend. The obverse has some faint hairlines suggesting that this piece was stored in an old album for years after a light dipped or wipe. There are many capped bust halves with secondary toning that do certify and this piece has a shot. For the collector who still appreciates raw early type coins at are attractive.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Sq. Base 2
EF45 PCGS
32880858
O-106
R2
Choice $275 Late Die State, Clashed Dies, Residual Gray-Gold Luster, Choice Original, Accurately Graded. Struck from late die state dies with heavy die clash marks behind Liberty's ear and surrounding the eagle's head. A super original piece with ample residual luster. Surfaces are entirely blemish free and covered with gray patina over laid on light gold during in hand viewing. Adding a light source shift the transparent toning to uniform light gold; especially in the reverse. Strike in uniform with the main devices being slightly soft due to eroded dies. Overall, an attractive example that is fresh to market and recently graded. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder without CAC approval attempt. Please note the reverse line from lower shield moving right is on the PCGS holder and not the Capped Bust half.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Sq Base 2
EF40 PCGS
82484902
O-115
R2
Choice $225 Choice Original, Medium Gray Patina. Freshly graded and consistent with previous GFRC raw grade. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A strictly original example of the O-115 variety which can be easily diagnosed due to the solid 6th set of reverse shield lines. Surfaces are covered with gun metal gray toning coupled with lighter shades on the higher wear points. Surfaces are fully blemish free and the grading is accurate. If you seek a lovely 1827 half for a Dansco album set, then please consider this offering.
Capped Bust  1828 1828
Sq Base 2, Sm 8's, Lg Lt.
AU55 PCGS
36266062
O-118
R3
Choice $525 New September 22! Choice Original, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Silver Gray Surfaces, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Wow! What a great strike on this 1828 Overton 118 half dollar as every star is perfectly rounded as are the individual hair curls. With a 10x loupe, mint frost is immediately evident inside the hair curl recesses. Steely cartwheel luster is prevalent on both sides during bright viewing. Overall coloring is a uniform silver gray with darler shades at the peripheries. Freshly graded at PCGS after being cracked out from ANACS old white holder. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with Sq Base 2, Small 8's, Lg Lt on the label. Another old time quality Capped Bust half from the Burchs Creek Collection. Worthy of consideration.
Capped Bust  1828 1828
AU53 NGC
3698231006
O-118a
R3
Choice $485 Choice Original Even Gray. The 1828 bust half date has numerous varieties with square and curl base 2s and small and large reverse letters. The O-118a variety features a square base 2, large letters and die cracks throughout the reverse. Surfaces are incredibly original with uniform light to medium gray patina and ample remaining luster. Under bright light, the areas surrounding the stars and reverse legend turn to golden hues. This piece is fully blemish free. Housed in new NGC holder as recently certified and fresh to market. If collecting strictly original early type coins is your fancy, then please give this piece some consideration.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
AU58
PCGS
34677224
O-112
R2
Gem $1050 Gem Original, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Superior Eye Appeal, Conservative Grading. In hand viewing is strongly recommended and necessary to appreciate this gorgeous 1829 Capped Bust half dollar. This half is sitting by my laptop as the description is written. The bourse floor overhead lights bring about swirling cartwheel luster that has a satiny texture. Surfaces are pristine with no blemishes whatsoever. It is doubtful that this piece saw circulation with grading being conservative. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Please trust my experience and eyes on this lovely Capped Bust half. It is a no question gem.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
AU58 NGC
67996107
O-112
R1
Choice $925 Bold Flashy Cartwheel Luster, Choice Surfaces, Untoned, Accurately Graded. The combination of fully struck devices and bold cartwheel luster provide substantial eye appeal. Surfaces are essentially untoned with a hint of gold and are entirely blemishe free. Adding a light source, while viewing this choice piece, leads to an eye pleasing experience. The lightly mirrored fields fully radiate the incoming light with gusto! Housed in early NGC holder and ready for inclusion in an advanced collector. In hand viewing is recommended as GFRC images are unable to do this 1829 O-112 Capped Bust half justice.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF45
PCGS
35345637

Choice $325 Choice Original, Light Crusty Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Port Matilda Collection. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Another quality offering from the Port Matilda Collection.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF45 raw

Original $120 Original Light Gray Patina, Well Struck, Obverse Field Divot, Value Priced, Southern Maine Collection. An ideal Capped Bust half dollar candidate for a value based type set. This accurately graded 1829 half is fully original with nice light gray patina on both sides. Strike is full. There is a divot in the left obverse field with origins unknown but not overly distracting. Value priced and from the Southern Maine Collection.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF45 PCGS
82484903
O-111
R2
Choice $295 Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Well Struck, So Undergraded . A choice Capped Bust half with light gray toning that is transparent to the underlying frosty luster. The attractive half was original listed raw as at AU50 grade which I thought was conservative given the delicate device details. A recent PCGS submitted results in an assigned EF45 grade? There is considerable mint frost surrounding the stars and overall frosty luster that EF45 seems to be much too conservative. So now GFRC customers can purchase a PCGS undergraded example that is fairly priced. Housed in new 2015 style PCGS holder and worth a second look.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
40+ raw
O-114
R3
Choice $250 Choice Original Gray. About as original as one could expect at the assigned grade level. This is a pretty piece with medium gray/ebony patina and perfect surfaces. Residual luster peeks through the toning and adds to the eye appeal. The Overton 114 variety is slight better at R3 rarity and can easily be diagnosed with filled A2 and A3 letters in the reverse legend. I would suggest careful inspection of the images and consideration of this above average offering.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
F15 raw

Original $80 Lovely Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Original Surfaces, Ebony Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Southern Maine Collection. A pretty 1829 Capped Bust half with nothing but honest wear and circulated cameo eye appeal. Fields are covered with ebony-gray patina. There are no blemishes to discuss. Value priced and from the Southern Maine Collection.
Capped Bust  1829/7 1829/7
EF40 PCGS
15650873
O-102
R2
Choice $330 29/27 Overdate, Choice Original, Steel Gray Patina, Conservative Grading. An eye catching example of the popular 1829/27 overdate. Blemish free surfaces are covered with a steely gun metal gray patina that transitions to deep blue under a light source. The overdate is obvious under 10x loupe. PCGS grading is conservative while the strike is well executed. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Small 0
AU58 PCGS
36266063
O-104
R3
Choice $825 New October 2! O-104, Near Gem Original, Bright Light Eye Candy, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Aquamarine Rose Patina, Accurately Graded, Susquehana Collection. Superior bright light eye appeal is the highlight of this special 1830 O-104 Capped Bust half dollar offering from the Susquehanna Collection. Off the market for decades and now freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Sourced from Bowers & Ruddy by the Susquehana Collection and presently time to sell. One can immediately appreciate the mirrored fields and radiant cartwheel luster that is bold and reflective. The aquamarine-rose patina is transparent to the underlying luster and shifts to gold at the peripheries. Strike is typical and dies are heavily clashed. The assigned AU58 grade level is accurate as there is faint rub on the cheek and gown line. The AU58 grade level is ideal for collectors to purchase substantial eye appeal at a competitive price.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
EF45 raw
O-104
R3
Choice $285 Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Uniform Gun Metal Gray/Blue, So Nice!. An absolutely original capped bust half dollar and also a better die pairing with R3 rarity rating. How can you go wrong when purchasing this piece? Surfaces are choice and covered with thick gun metal gray patina. The reverse strike is well executed with the left eagle wing offering crisp feathers. Yes, (PL)URIBUS is a tad weak but the eagle feathers in left wing are in the prime focal plane and much more important when viewing capped bust halves. There are no blemishes to discuss. Under 10x loupe inspection, one can see some faint ebony verdigris surrounding the main reverse devices, again further validation of the strict originality. Note the large leaning 5(0) as the O-104 diagnostic point.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Small O
EF45 raw
O-118
R3
Choice $215 2nd Die Marriage, Choice Original, Even Gray Patina. A better die marriage example is strictly original and covered with gun metal gray patina. Reverse strike is nice and crisp while the obverse has a weak clasp that is more strike than wear related. Surfaces and devices are blemish free. Overall, an attractive piece with that even gray "Gerry look".
Capped Bust  1830 1830
EF40 NGC
2733297010
O-117
R2
Choice $210 New September 29! Wonderful Bright Light Eye Appeal, Hammered Strike, Choice Original Surfaces, Steely Luster, Aquamarine, Rose and Gold Patina, Conservatively Graded. There were industry rumors that NGC had tighened up. This conservatively graded 1830 O-117 Capped Bust half is evidence of that fact. Let's start with surfaces; definitely choice with no blemishes to mention. Strike is hammered with sharp rims and high relief stars. The reverse is also very well struck. Then there is the residual luster under a light source. Mint frost remains around the stars, the date punched and throughout the reverse legend. Finally, the multi-color aquamarine, rose and gold patina is so pleasing under a bright light. Housed in new large font NGC holder with O-117 attribution on the label. The O-117 diagnostics are bold under a 10x loupe including the repunched (5)0C. Worthy every penny of the asking price IMHO.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Contemporary Counterfeit
VF30 raw
Dav 3-C
R6
Original $165 Rare Davignon Die Pairing, Contemporary Counterfeit, German Silver Planchet, Hand Cut Dies, Uneven Strike, Coney Collection . A rare Capped Bust Davignon 3-C contemporary counterfeit with nice original surfaces. Struck with hand cut dies on German silver planchet. Under weight at 12.0 grams as compared to 13. 4 grams for standard Mint issued coinage. Uneven strike. Standard coin turn die alignment and excellent edge lettering. Thirteen (13) pieces are presently known. Another great duplicate from the Coney Collection.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Contemporary Counterfeit
F15 raw
Dav 2-Ba
R6
Original $165 Rare Davignon Die Pairing, Contemporary Counterfeit, Brass Planchet, Hand Cut Dies, Great Color, Coney Collection . A rare Capped Bust Davignon 2-Ba contemporary counterfeit with nice original brown-gold surfaces. Struck with hand cut dies on brass planchet. Die engraving workmanship is crude. Under weight at 11.4 grams as compared to 13. 4 grams for standard Mint issued coinage. Several ancient lines under the date digits . Standard coin turn die alignment and weak edge lettering. Rare with only ten (10) pieces known in both German silver and brass. Another important duplicate offering from the Coney Collection.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Contemporary Counterfeit
VG10 raw
Dav 9-I
Original $100 Scarce Capped Bust Contemporary Counterfeit, German Silver, Hand Cut Dies, Coney Collection . A scarce Capped Bust Davignon 9-I contemporary counterfeit with considerable wear. Struck with hand cut dies on German silver planchet. Quite under weight at 9.8 grams as compared to 13. 4 grams for standard Mint issued coinage. Old album toning covers original surfaces. Standard coin turn die alignment and weak edge lettering. From the Coney Collection.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
VG10 raw
Davignon 22-X
Choice $295 Contemporary Counterfeit, Rare Davignon 22-X, Choice Original Olive Gray, Medal Die Alignment, West Texas Collection. 1830 contemporary counterfeit bust half, Davignon 22-X.† Davignon indicates two known, but reference books become obsolete quickly.† Still, a no question challenging contemporary counterfeit die variety. † This choice original example grades VG without any defects, and unusually nice for a well worn contemporary counterfeit bust half.† Has medal alignment of the obverse and reverse dies, and still, nobody noticed while it circulated for all those years.† From the West Texas Collection. This counterfeit is difficult to price. If the asking price is not acceptable, then please make an offer.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU53 PCGS
33104343
O-104
R1
Choice $450 Choice Original, Faint Creamy Olive Gray Patina, Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. A lovely O-104 example with perfect surfaces and light creamy olive gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. This piece features a bold obverse strike with some reverse weakness. Die erosion is considerable and especially surrounding the stars. Reverse die is in an early die state and provides sharper devices. Overall, a attractive and strictly original bust half for the selective collector.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU53
PCGS
31689942
O-105
R3
Choice $485 Choice Original, Beautiful Bright Light Eye Appeal, Conservative Grading. Even olive gray in hand appearance gives way to gorgeous blue and rose during bright light viewing. This is a perfect original Capped Bust half dollar with choice surfaces. Also a better Overton variety within the omnipresent 1831 mintage. Ideal as a type coin and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval is obviously warranted.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU50 raw
O-104
R1
Original $350 Original Gun Metal Gray Patina, Steely Luster, Attractive and Fairly Graded. The steely luster on this attractive 1831 O1-04 half is immediately noticed when first viewing. Obverse is toned a transparent gun metal gray with rose hues emerging under a light source. Reflective luster is quite active on the reverse with a limited amount of light gold toning. Strike is bold on obverse and typical on the reverse for O-104 strikes; weakness at the scroll. A lovely Capped Bust half for a date set or type set, it is all up to the buyer to consider.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
EF45
PCGS
32254099
O-103
R1
Choice $295 Crusty Choice Original, Medium Gray Patina, Accurately Graded . A crusty original example that offers blemish free surfaces. Thick gun metal gray patina coveres both obverse and reverse exactly as one would expect from an 180 year old silver piece with some light circulation. Recut upright of 5 digit in denomination designates the O-103 variety. Housed in 2015 styled PCGS PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
Small Letters
AU55 PCGS
36266066
O-102
Choice $430 New September 22! O-102, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Pleasing and Attractive, Burchs Creek Collection. Frosty cartwheel luster dominates when viewing this choice original 1832 O-102 Capped Bust half. Donít I love swirling this piece under a halogen light and watching the light golden hues coming to life coupled with the dazzling cartwheel luster. Yes, I really like viewing and describing this piece since there are no blemishes either. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Freshly graded after being cracked out from an ANACS old white holder. Another choice Capped Bust half from the Burchs Creek Collection that was assembled in the 1980s and first ANACS graded in the early to mid 1990s.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
Small Letters
AU55
PCGS
36266064
O-110
Choice $495 New September 22! O-110, Small Letters, Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Gold Patina, Frosty Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Just back from fresh PCGS grading and CAC approval after being cracked out of old white ANACS holder. GFRC has done all the heavy lifting for the new owner! Surfaces are 100% naturally toned and choice without blemishes. Crusty gray, brown and gold patina covers the obverse while the reverse is mostly copper gold at the periphery. Adding a light source shifts the obverse coloring to blues and browns over frosty fields while dirty golden gray dominates the reverse. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Old time quality from the Burchs Creek collection as off the market since early 1990s.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
Small Letters
AU53
PCGS
36266065
O-112
R2
Choice $425 New September 22! O-112, Choice Original, Crusty Olive-Gray Patina, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, Burch Creek Collection. A perfectly original O-112 example with choice surfaces and crusty olive-gray patina along with traces of vedigris in protected areas. Bright light viewing exposes some blue hues at the obverse periphery otherwise the surfaces remains mostly an olive texture. Surfaces are blemish free other than a fully toned over mark in the upper right reverse field that is inconsequential. Freshly graded at PCGS along with CAC approval after being cracked out from old white ANACS holder. Another quality Capped Bust half from the Burchs Creek Collection that seeks a appreciative home.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
AU50 raw
O-103
R1
Original $295 Original Light Gray Dusty Patina, Remaining Luster. Another strictly original offering from GFRC via walk up purchases at coin shows. Surfaces are covered with a uniform light dusty gray patina. There is residual luster present and quite evident when viewing under a light source. Strike is well executed, especially on the reverse. The O-103 die pairing can be easily diagnosed via a recut 5 digit in the denomination. There are no blemishes to discuss either, just a wholesome capped bust half dollar that has been well preserved.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
EF40 raw

Original $140 Original Gun Metal Gray, Blemish Free, Nice Type Coin.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
AU55 PCGS
36266067
O-113a
R2
Choice $450 New October 2! O-113a, Near Choice Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Steely Fields, Light Gold Toning, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Susquehana Collection. I must say that the Susquehanna Capped Bust half dollars are all equally exceptional offerings. This 1833 O-113a also brings much eye appeal for those who appreciate original steely luster. Reflective cartwheels radiate from the surfaces on both sides. A near gem original example with hammered strike also. Under a 10x loupe, faint wear is evident across Liberty while the fields are unabraided. An accurately graded half but with eye appeal beyond the assigned grade and worthy of a competitive asking price. Off the market for decades and now freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Sourced from Bowers & Ruddy by the Susquehana Collection and presently reaching market for a lucky buyer.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
Contemporary Counterfeit
EF45 raw
Dav 1-A
Original $115 Contemporary Counterfeit, Brass or Copper Planchet, Coney Collection . Another 1833 Capped Bust Davignon 1-A contemporary counterfeit with limited circulation. Struck with hand cut dies on German silver planchet. Weight is 13.4 grams and exactly matching 13. 4 grams for standard Mint issued coinage. Nice original surfaces with multiple lines on the obverse. Standard coin turn die alignment and nicely lettered edge. Listed as Davignon 1-A and a common Capped Bust type piece. From the Coney Collection.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
EF45 PCGS
83456850
O-110
R1
Original New Price
$180
Crusty Original, Medium Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderale Collection. Crusty original surfaces covered with medium gun metal gray patina are the lightly of this quality 1833 Capped Bust half. Typical strike with no blemishes whatsoever. The O-110 die variety is easy to attribute by using the shape of the 5 digit in 50 C. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An quality numismatic offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
EF45 PCGS
32910195
O-113
R2
Choice $250 Choice Original, Even Medium Gray. A lovely capped bust half dollar that is a slightly better variety. The surfaces are toned over with natural even gray patina with lighter regions at the highest points subject to wear. Surfaces are entirely blemish free and choice. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
VF35 NGC
3165992003
O-108
R1
Original $175 Crusty Original, Rich Gun Metal Gray Toning. Offered here is another choice Capped Bust half with strictly original surfaces. This 1833 O-108 half is covered with thick crusty gun metal gray patina and has no distracting blemishes whatsoever. Overall strike is adequate while the grading is accurate. Diagnosing 1833 half dollar varieties is fun due to the multiple variations in the flag shape in the (5)0 C. Housed in older NGC holder with standard insert. This is a choice piece that should please the selective collector.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
VF25
PCGS
26737611
O-103
R2
Original $145 Crusty Original Patina, Accurately Graded, Woodlands Collection. A crusty original example of the Overton 103 variety. Surfaces are blemish free and covered with thick gun metal gray patina that one would expect from 180 year old silver that is unmolested. Housed in 2012 generation PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. The thick original patina warrants CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Small Date, Small Letters
MS64+
NGC
4177794005
O-109
Gem $3650 Gem Originality, Fully Struck, Natural Gray Patina, Accurately Graded with CAC Approval. A wonderful 1834 O-109 Capped Bust half dollar has appeared in GFRC inventory and so pleased to be offering. Surfaces are completely natural and emit steely luster. The gray patina is semi transparent to the underlying luster and melts during bright light viewing. Strike is very well executed and adds to the overall eye appeal. The lighter area above star 9 is also strictly original but with surface verdigris that blocked the formation of gray toning. Housed in new large font NGC holder and accurately graded at the MS64+ level. CAC approval rewards what the eyes obviously see; perfectly natural surfaces, uninterrupted luster plus accurate grading. Another fine numismatic offering from the Osprey Collection.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Small Date, Small Letters
AU50 PCGS
28813160
O-113
Choice $315 Doubled Outlined Clasp, Choice Original Surfaces, Classic Medium Gray Patina, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded. A strictly original example with that classic light dirty gray patina that is expected on natural silver surfaces. This piece was struck by specially hubbed obverse working die with doubled outlined clasp. Accurately graded and fairly priced. Housed in 2013 generaton PCGS holder with edge view insert.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Large Date, Small Letters
EF45
PCGS
20283007
O-107
Choice $275 Choice Original, Old Album Gray and Gold Toning, Accurately Graded. Old time original toning is the highlight of this 1834 Capped Bust half. Gray shades are overlaid on top of a base layer of golden hues that are evident surrounding the obverse stars and reverse legend. A strong strike with entirely blemish free surfaces. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval for the strict originality.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Small Date, Small Letters
EF45 PCGS
32812674
O-109
R1
Original $215 Original Gun Metal Gray. Rich gun metal gray patina covers the surfaces of this later date Capped Bust half. This half is a tad dark during in hand viewing and on the images but placing under bright light is a pleasure. Coloring shifts to gun metal rose with rose hues. The only blemish to discuss is a well toned over mark on Liberty's cheek. Housed in new 2015 PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
AU50 NGC
343947003
O-109
R2
Original $345 Near Choice Original, Dusty Gray Patina, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded. Near choice original surfaces that are covered with dusty gray patina resulting in a mild circulated cameo appearance. Well struck with no blemishes requiring mention. The thicker non transparent obverse toning spots hold this one back from a full choice quality rating. An obvious candidate for CAC approval given the strict originality and accurate grading. Housed in new large font NGC holder and an identical twin to the 1834 in NGC holder 343947-004.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
AU50 PCGS
80564556

Original $350 Original, Thick Golden Patina, Lustrous, Accurately Graded. A strictly original late date Capped Bust example with natural surfaces and no blemishes whatsoever. Golden brown patina is dominate during inhand viewing while adding a light source activates the ample remaining luster. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Overton variety attribution forthcoming.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
VF35 raw
O-101
R1
Choice $175 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray, Attractive. A perfectly original example with uniform gun metal gray in the fields. Eye appeal is quite high due to the nice contrast between the lightly colored main devices and the darker fields. There are no blemishes to discuss. This is a capped bust half for those who collect and appreciate strict originality.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Lettered Edge
AU53
PCGS
36266069
O-110
Choice $450 New September 22! Lettered Edge, O-110, Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Golden Gray Patina, Vibrant Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. A perfectly original late date 1836 Lettered Edge capped bust half with significant eye appeal. Surfaces generate a serious amount of frosty cartwheel luster that is vibrant under a light source. Coloring golden brown on the obverse and orange gold and blue on the reverse. Strike is a bit soft on the left obverse stars otherwise typical with strong reverse devices. There are no blemishes worthy of mention. Typical old time quality from the Burchs Creek Collection that was previously housed in old white ANACS holder from early 1990s timeframe. Recently cracked out and freshly graded at PCGS along with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
AU50
PCGS
24070467

Choice $475 Choice Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. An important piece of America history given that Texas had declared itself an independeant republic in March of that year followed by the Alamo battle on March 6. This antique piece is a perfectly original Capped Bust half dollar with CAC approval. Accurately graded with light honest wear and no distractions. Obverse is well struck while the reverse has weakness at the scroll. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. The PCGS blue label reads, "Lettered Edge". A quality offering from the Osprey Collection.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Lettered Edge
AU50 PCGS
36266070
O-110
Choice $335 New September 22! Lettered Edge, O-110, Choice Original, Steely Luster, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Well Struck, Accurate Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. Another choice original 1836 Capped Bust half that is accurately graded from the Burchs Creek collection. Surfaces are completely natural and covered with gray-blue patina that is semi transparent to the underlying luster. Placing this piece under a light source releases steely luster and attractive coloring. Light center rose is nicely frame by sky blue on the obverse while the reverse is mostly gold with deeper shades at the legend. There are no blemishes worthy of mention. Peviously housed in old white ANACS holder and now regraded by PCGS in their 2015 style holder. Both ANACS and PCGS grading aligned on AU50. Please give this lovely 1836 Lettered Edge half special consideration as fully wholesome. The Burchs Creek halves are consistently superior.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Lettered Edge
AU50 PCGS
36266071
O-102
R3
Choice $345 New September 22! Lettered Edge, O-102, Better Die Variety, Choice Original, Substantial Eye Appeal, Golden-Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Another 1836 Capped Bust half from the Burchs Creek collection with substantial eye appeal. O-102 is a better die variety with R3 rarity. In hand gray-brown patina is semi transparent to the underlying satiny luster that has substantial cartwheel characteristics under bright light. A perfectly original example that is accurately graded. There is one faint obverse line to the left of Liberty's nose and the reverse has an uneven toning region at the denomonation. Otherwise, I would have assigned a Gem quality rating. Previously housed in old ANACS white holder and regraded in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
EF45 raw
O-108
Choice $225 1836 Over 1336, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina in Fields, Well Struck, Blemish Free. The 1836/1336 O-108 die variety with the remnants of first 3 digit punch visible in the lower loop of the 8 digit. Surfaces are perfectly original and choice. Gun metal gray patina throughout obverse and reverse along with a strong strike. There are no blemishes to mention.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
50/00
EF45
PCGS
36266068
O-116
R2
Gem $600 New September 22! 50/00, Gem Original, Gray-Brown Patina, Residual Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. When writing descriptions for individual coins, I will typically swirl the piece under bright to gain a sense of overall eye appeal. When viewing this 1836 50/00 example, I immediately noticed the remaining satiny luster under medium gun metal gray patina. Once under a light source, the gray patina melts and allows gold, blue and brown coloring to emerge. Surfaces are perfect with no blemishes whatsoever. Overall appearance is that of a perfectly preserved original silver piece. A Gem quality rating is listed and deserved. Freshly graded by PCGS after being cracked out of old white ANACS holder. CAC submission produced green bean approval as expected. Now housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. From the Burchs Creek Collection and needed to find a new home.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Lettered Edge
VF35 PCGS
26542736

Choice $205 New September 6! Lettered Edge, Choice Original, Reflective Fields, Gorgeous Aquamarine-Rose Coloring, Eye Appeal and a Bargain!. An absolutely gorgeous 1836 Capped Bust half with reflective fields and intermixed aquamarine-rose and gold toning. GFRC images are woefully inadequate in capturing the reflective luster seen during bright light inspection. I like this example so much that it will be heading to CAC during the next submission if not sold during the next week. Accurattely graded, based on wear, and housed in 2013 PCGS holder with edge view insert. Previoulsy sold into a collection during July 2016 and recently purchased for a second GFRC inventory appearance.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Reeded Edge
AU50 PCGS
26474201

Original $425 Strictly Original Surfaces, Crusty Ebony-Brown Patina, Typical Strike, Conservative Grading. I could not pass up this crusty original 1837 Reeded Edge half during a recent buying trip. Grading is conservative while the piece is strictly original with thick ebony-brown toning. Blemish free surfaces and devices also add to the value. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. A perfect offering for fans of old time unmolested surfaces on a short lived reeded edge design.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Reeded Edge
VF35
PCGS
82485429
GR-11 Choice $385 R-5 Die Variety, Crusty Original Patina, Choice Surfaces, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded. A splendid example of the GR-11, Obverse 8 and Reverse J die pairing that is consider an R5 variety. Unknown if mint state and rare in EF or better. This PCGS VF35 graded example is certainly choice original with thick crusty gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Strike is complete with all stars centrils connect and deeply impressed hair curls. Strike uniformity of the reverse is also excellent. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. An important variety also two year type coin (1836-1837) with 50 CENTS on the reverse.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
F12 raw
Davignon 2-B
Original $105 Contemporary Counterfeit, Original and Well Preserved, West Texas Collection. A common contemporary counterfeit with original light olive gray surfaces. Quality is high as there are no blemishes to mention; just light wear. Edge inspected revealed mostly lettering with a short span of reeding below the date. Another eclectic offering rrom the West Texas Collection.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
MS62
PCGS
30688646
GR-3 Gem HOLD
$2630
Perfect Reeded Edge Type, Gem Original, Golden-Gray Patina, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Full MS63+. A gem original 1838 GR-3 Reeded Edge half dollar that would be ideal as a Gold CAC type coin or for those collecting the Reeded Edge series by date and variety. The CAC GOLD bean is fully warranted as overall grade is MS63+ rather than the assigned MS62; a real crime and probably from a grader looking at too many American Silver Eagles! Gray-gold toning is moderately thick but still allows the underlying luster to radiate through. Satiny cartwheel luster is available under a light source with embedded orange hues on both sides. Strike is typical while the surfaces are entirely blemish free. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with GOLD CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
EF45 PCGS
80673866

Choice $335 Choice Original+, Crusty Gray Patina, Conservatively Graded. A perfectly original 1838 reeded edge half dollar that is covered with thick ebony/gray patina. This is a no question choice example with uniform strike including deeply impressed hair curls and all star centrils connected. Reverse eagle claws and feathers are also crisply defined. To me, this is a no question CAC approval piece due to the conservative grading, crusty original surfaces and strong strike. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 80673866. Definitely an offering for selective collectors among the GFRC customer base.
Capped Bust  1839 1839
Reeded Edge
AU58 PCGS
25618034
GR-7 Choice $1050 Frosty Luster, Golden Peripheral Toning, Well Struck and Attractive, Accurately Graded. If searching for an eye appealing Reeded Edge half dollar for a type set, then please consider this GFRC new purchase. Part of a substantial north central United States collection that arrived to market at the Baltimore show. One look and I was hooked on this 1839 example due to the bold luster and overall eye appeal. Lustrous surfaces are mostly untoned and framed by peripheral gold surounding obverse stars on obverse and faintly present on the reverse. Cartwheel effects remain at the AU58 grade level; an accurate grade level assignment by PCGS. In hand viewing is recommended given the swirling luster under a light source. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder are ready for a home in an advanced collection.
Capped Bust  1839 1839
Reeded Edge
AU58
PCGS
3417636007
GR-7 Choice $1500 Near Gem Original, Crusty Gold and Brown Patina, Reflective Orange-Gold Luster, Classic Old Time Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded, Osprey PCGS Box of 20 Collection. The 1839 GR-7 Reeded Edge half is special due to the absolutely original surfaces and old time crusty mottled toning. In hand viewing showcases typical gray, violet and gold patina. Bright light viewing exposes glowing orange gold luster that is most pleasing. Strike is complete on both sides. The GR-7 attribution is straightforward based on date position and weakness (ST)ATES. I would have assigned a Gem quality rating but there are several tiny field abrasions in the upper left field that limit the rating to Choice. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert and CAC approval. Another superior offering from the Osprey PCGS Box of 20 Collection and important set building opportunity.
Capped Bust  1839 1839
Reeded Edge
AU53
PCGS
27390028
GR-5 Choice HOLD
$675
Choice Original, Light Rose-Blue and Gray Patina, Reflective Residual Luster, Minimum Wear, Conservative Grading. 1839 is a better date for Reeded Edge halves with mintage being less than half of that for 1837 and 1838. This lovely example offers bright reflective fields under a light source and appears to be undergraded. Surfaces are covered with rose-blue and gray patina. Coloring will shift depending on the view angle. Tilt this piece towards a bright light and light rose luster is activated. Tilt the piece at a 90 degree angle to the bright light and the fields turn blue...so cool! A 10x loupe inspection reveal no blemishes worthy of mention. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert. CAC approval captures the strict originality, reflective luster and overall eye appeal. A top quality Reeded Edge offering for the selective collector.
Capped Bust  1839 1839
Reeded Edge
AU50 raw
GR-7 Cleaned $375 Attractive Appearance, Old Cleaning, Naturally Retoned, Accurately Graded. Not every coin that GFRC handles can be a gem. It is well known that some early coins have been cleaned. Some harshly while other's saw enhancements that were subtle and professional done. The latter is the case for this attractive 1839 Reeded Edge half dollar. Surfaces offer very faint hairlines from a gentle cleaning and have recovered with the current dirty gray-gold patina. Steely residual luster is present and pleasing. Though technically not an original offering, this reeded edge half would fit nicely into a Dansco or Whitman bookshelf album collection at a budget price. GFRC images are very accurate as to the overall in hand appearance.