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.

Happy Hunting to all! Please do not hesitate to provide feedback on how Gerry Fortin Rare Coins might improve your Bust Half Dollar acquisition experience.

There are 34 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on October 7, 2022

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Flowing Hair
There are currently no coins for sale fitting this criteria.
Draped Bust
Draped Bust  1806 1806
6 Over Inverted 6
EF40
PCGS
43025436
O-112
Choice $5450 6 Over Inverted 6, Natural Coin Gray Patina, Bisecting Obverse Die Crack, CAC Approval. The 1806 Draped Bust half 6 over inverted 6 obverse is paired with two reverse dies (O-111, O-112). During the second O-112 die pairing, the obverse exhibits a bisecting obverse die crack and perfect reverse as compared to the die cuds seen on O-111. GFRC is thrilled to be offering this unquestionably original O-112 specimen with low PCGS and CAC populations. This is the first 6 over inverted 6 handled by GFRC and what a way to get started! Surfaces are toned natural coin gray with dirt seen in the protected hair curl depressions and surrounding the reverse olive leaves. Fields are essentially unabraded and well preserved. PCGS has only certified seventeen (O-111, O-112) at the EF40 grade with only three O-112 with special die variety attribution. CAC has approved of all eight at grade with seven finer. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 holder with CAC approval.
Draped Bust  1806/5 1806/5
EF45
NGC
6058530003
O-103
Choice $3700 1806/5, Near-Gem, Steely Reflectance, Rose-Gray Coloration, CAC Approval. Locating unmolested Draped Bust halves can be challenging. This Summer FUN 2022 new purchase offers perfectly original surfaces that have retained their steely texture leading to pleasing reflectance under angled lighting. Strike is well executed on the reverse while the obverse has typical weakness at the left stars. Coloration is rose-gray on the obverse and mostly gray on the reverse. A few ancient lines in the right obverse field preclude a higher quality rating. I fell in love with this piece upon first sight and believe the buyer will too. CAC population is 9 at grade with a sharp drop off starting at the AU level. EF45 is the last affordable point before rapid pricing premiums increases. GFRC images are 100% accurate as to the eye appeal. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust
Capped Bust  1808 1808
VF25 PCGS
16349666
O-102a
Original $335 New October 7! Second Year Design Issue, Golden-Gray Patina, Steely Fields, Near-Choice, Sooner Collection.. Early date Capped Bust halves are consistently popular in all collector grades. The Sooner Collection is releasing an 1808 O-102a example with light coin gray patina including golden overtones. Fields bring a steely texture with some luster under angled lighting review. A near-choice offering with heavy obverse die clashing. The O-102 die pairing is easily attributed by a die dot on the left facing wing. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Capped Bust  1808 1808
F12
PCGS
24740259
O-110
Choice HOLD
$400
New September 30! Better Overton Die Pairing, Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Natural Coin Gray. This 1808 O-110 offering features circulated cameo eye appeal and an R4 rarity rating. Substantial demand resulted when posted in the Daily Blog and being immediately sold. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2012-2013) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1808/7 1808/7
EF45
PCGS
18761630
O-101
Choice $1350 Gorgeous Eye Appeal, Golden-Olive Gray Toning, Noteworthy Residual Luster, Near-Gem. How I enjoy photographing and describing coins at near-gem and gem quality levels. This lovely 1808/7 O-101 offers ample amounts of residual luster that is concentrated at the peripheries. Near-gem surfaces are toned a golden-olive gray. The late die state die cracks and clash marks are well defined as is the metal erosion into the milling. Bright light viewing is downright sweet. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1809 1809
AU50 PCGS
6445868
O-106
Gem HOLD
$1350
New September 12! Gem Original, Bold Strike, Attractive Toning, Gray-Gold Luster, Conservative Grading Upstate New York Collection. Challenging Overton 106 die variety with R3 rarity. A marvelous 1809 Capped Bust half with hammered obverse strike that allows the collector to view all minor hair curl details and each star point. I've assigned a Gem quality rating given the old time original surfaces that have never been molested. Obverse coloring consist of gray center surrounded by golden-aquamarine ring at the stars. Luster is most evident and brings the coloring to life under a bright light. Reverse coloring is similar with the same shades at the rims but an untoned area between the scroll through the eagle body and wings. Surfaces are blemish free. Housed in PCGS old green holder and conservatively graded at assigned AU50 level. The Overton 106 die variety is easily diagnosed by a diagonal die line extending from the upper right shield into the right wing and doubling on U(N)ITED. A marvelous offering that was previously located in Osprey's PCGS box of 20. A check of the Sales Archive will reveal the details.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
AU53
PCGS
13168541
O-102
Choice HOLD
$1300
Choice Original Early Strike, Golden Gray Patina, Residual Frosted Luster. 1810 Capped Bust half dollars contains no rare die pairings or overdates. However, this early date is pursued by collectors, especially those with choice original surfaces and/or full strikes. This 1810 O-102 half offers old time golden-gray surfaces along with residual frosted luster. Originality is unquestionable and worthy of its CAC green bean. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder and an ideal candidate for higher circulated grade Capped Bust date set. Try building the date set with only CAC approved coins for a higher degree of difficulty.
Capped Bust  1811 1811
Large 8
AU50 NGC
1720923007
O-104a
Original $850 New October 7! Large 8, Steely Luster, Golden-Gray Patina, Crusty Reverse, Sooner Collection.. Steely granular luster is readily apparent for this original 1811 O-104a half given the mint bloom surrounding stars and date. Surfaces are coin gray with a shift to golden overtones under bright light. The reverse brings a thick crusty gray patina that mutes the residual luster. The O-104a die state captures heavily arcing obverse die cracks and a polished out lower reverse. Previously part of the massive Skidaway Island Collection with essentially all Overton varieties. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert and Skidaway Island Collection label.
Capped Bust  1812 1812
MS62+
PCGS
43331784
O-107
Choice $3650 Granular Frosted Luster, Pristine Surfaces, Heavy Die Clashing, Center Dot. Granular frosted luster and light gray patina are promptly noted when inspecting this choice 1812 O-107 half. It is difficult to imagine how such an early piece of Americana can be so well preserved. Surfaces are pristine with any abnormalities being die clashing. A small obverse center dot is evident along with die crack from milling up through the lower bust. Another GFRC new offering that is certain to please the knowledgeable numismatist. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1812 1812
AU58
PCGS
11411162
O-108
Gem HOLD
$2450
New September 24! Brilliant Frosted Luster, Light Gold Patina, Gem Original. One of the finest AU58 certified 1812 Capped Bust halves that I've had the pleasure of handling. Widespread mint bloom is impeccably preserved. Swirling cartwheels are thoroughly pleasing. These attribution and pristine fields lead to a Gem quality rating. Promptly purchased upon being showcased in the Daily Blog. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. The label captures the Meyer Collection pedigree.
Capped Bust  1812 1812
AU50
PCGS
37500804
O-103
Choice $1200 Crusty Olive-Gold, Frosted Luster, Late Die State, So Choice. Locating unmolested early date Capped Bust halves can prove challenging, especially with bold strikes. The early dates are notorious for center weakness and partial left facing wing. This 1812 O-103 was added to inventory as the full deal for collectors. Surfaces are covered with a crusty olive-gold skin that still allows frosted luster to radiate during angled lighting review. Strike is well executed with bold hair curls. Additionally important are the unabraded fields. This is a late die state example with metal flow lines and reverse clashing. What is there not to like about this choice offering? Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1817 1817
Single Leaf
EF45 PCGS
29724987
O-106a
Choice $650 New October 7! Single Leaf Reverse, Lovely Antique Gray Toning, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection.. A pleasing 1817 O-106a "single leaf" reverse example with pristine surfaces. Toning is mostly antique gray with traces of olive-gold at the reverse periphery. An R3 rarity die state and collected by those wishing for a higher degree of challenge for their Overtons. Fully choice. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Capped Bust  1818 1818
AU55
NGC
3174053006
O-114a
Choice $1525 Near-Gem, Steely Fields, Sharp Reflective Luster, CAC Approval. A gorgeous 1818 Capped Bust half that belongs in an advanced collection. Steely fields provide sharp reverse luster along with a moderate helpin in the obverse. Darker greenish-gray in-hand appearance shifts to pastel rose, gold, and blues during bright light inspection. The reverse cartwheel action is vibrant. Surfaces are essentially unabraded with only a single tick in the middle left obverse field warranting mention. Well struck with fully formed stars and all reverse motifs. Guaranteed to please the new owner. Housed in NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1819 1819
AU50 ANACS OWH
2388130
O-109
Choice $700 Rich Steely Luster, Rose-Gray, Peripheral Blues, Incredibly Choice and Pleasing. I'm continually surprised at the number of choice coins that remain in the mid 1990s vintage old white holders. Case in point is this superb 1891 O-109 Capped Bust half that is fully original and accurately graded. Angled light inspection exposes rose-gray toning that is predominant other than peripheral blues. Steely luster will tickle the eyes whenever viewed. Surfaces are essentially abraded too. The full package that is housed in ANACS old white holder.
Capped Bust  1819/8 1819/8
Large 9
AU58
PCGS
21541770
O-102
Choice $3950 Popular Overdate, Superb Natural Surfaces, Sparkling Frosted Luster, Near-Gem at Grade. A near-gem example of the popular 1819/8 overdate with Large 9 O-102 variety designation. Sparkling frosted luster screams originality while tickling the eyes during angled lighting review. Swirling cartwheels are most impressive. For once, the gold and aquamarine peripheral toning is accurately captured by GFRC photography. Light coin gray shades are seen on both sides with peripheral aquamarine on the reverse. If higher end Capped Bust half dollar overdates are your primary wheelhouse, I would JUST BUY IT NOW as this is a superior offering. CAC population is only 11 at grade with a dramatic price premium in Mint State. Early capped bust halves at his quality level don't come by the office often! Housed in PCGS Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1819/8 1819/8
Large 9
AU55 NGC Fatty
280056017
O-102
Gem HOLD
$1480
1819/8 Overdate, Gem Eye Appeal, Intense Peripheral Luster, New Jersey Collection. This fresh 1819/8 O-102 Capped Bust half is a marvelous New Jersey Collection offering that should garner substantial attention. An unquestionable gem with steely centers surrounding by intense iridescent peripheral toning. Toning is comprised of many colors with golden-rose as the base layer. Periphery toning includes all rainbow colors. Obverse strike is complete with high relief stars while the reverse suffers from weakness at the claws. Yes, this gem has been to CAC and was not approved due to the certified grade not being conservative enough. When graded back in the mid 1990s, this piece probably received a "bump" due to the superb eye appeal. Today, CAC is very strict as grading must be accurate, end of story. As an offer price reference, a CAC green bean would equate to a $2000+ value. Housed in a pristine NGC Gen 4 (1989-1992) fatty holder with the "Brown" pedigree listed on the label. The reverse holder hologram is 100% complete.
Capped Bust  1819/8 1819/8
Small 9
EF45 NGC
6448213005
O-101
Choice $545 1819/8 Small 9, Impressive Eye Appeal, Steely Reflectance, Choice Surfaces. Angled lighting exposes steely reflectant and peripheral mint frost on this 1819/8 Small 9 half. Luster is quite strong and well above average for the grade including sparkling reflections at the stars. Images accurately capture the mostly rose-gray obverse and deep olive-gray reverse. The reverse is particularly notable for having a sharp steely texture. Obverse strike is sharp with all star centerpoints present while the reverse is typical. Fully choice and recommended by me. Housed in new large font NGC holder with Small 9 and O-101 attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1821 1821
VF20
PCGS
26837999
O-106
Choice HOLD
$235
New September 30! Superb Eye Appeal at Grade, Choice Original, CAC Approval. An evenly worn 1821 O-106 Capped Bust half with superb eye appeal at the certified grade. Promptly sold upon being posted in the Daily Blog, Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2012-2013) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
Patched 3
MS62
PCGS
39322807

Choice $7250 Patch 3, Exceptional Eye Appeal, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Very Scarce CAC Approved. A luscious 1823 O-101a Patched 3 offering that would be a highlight in an advanced Capped Bust half dollar collection. Beautifully preserved with a stunning presentation of brilliant frosted luster and surrounding copper-gold and aquamarine-blue peripheral toning at the rims. A few luster breaks in the left obverse field account for the technical grade. Eye appeal however, is that of a higher grade. Mint worker efforts to "patch" the center of the digit is easily seen under 10x. This is a low CAC population variety that is always popular. Only three have been approved at this grade level with six finer. The pricing premiums grow much more substantial at Choice Mint State. I like this piece so much that a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is warranted as this is such a pretty example. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
Patch 3
AU55 PCGS
25629056
O-101a
Choice $2750 Challenging Patch 3 Variety, Superior Eye Appeal, Brilliant Luster. The 1823 patched and broken 3 die varieties have been consistently popular with Capped Bust collectors. When appearing on the market, I make of point of adding to inventory as in the case for this choice example. Steely luster dominates during bright light inspection along with vibrant cartwheels. Peripheral aquamarine and gold toning decorates lightly toned centers. A few well hidden lines in the left obverse field are of no consequence as this is an eye appeal and luster coin. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
EF45
PCGS
37048360
O-105
Choice HOLD
$475
New September 30! Crusty Light Gray, Residual Frosted Luster, Choice Surfaces. Strict originality is readily evident as the crusty light gray patina is the primary attribute of this choice 1823 O-105 Capped Bust half. Angled lighting expose peripheral gold shades and a reasonable amount of frosted luster. "Dirt' is present in several of the protected device area. An earlier dated half that is priced at the CDN CAC price guide. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1825 1825
MS63+ NGC
6061326003
O-101
Gem $2800 Exceptional Eye Appeal, Granular Frosty Luster, Years of Viewing Enjoyment. A magnificent 1825 O-101 Capped Bust half with exceptional eye appeal. Yes, there will be many superlatives in this description as I'm loving this offering. Struck by partially eroded dies resulting in thick granular mint bloom. Angled lighting exposes rich frosted luster and swirling cartwheels. Fields are entirely unabraded with the certified grade limited by a few ticks on the cheek and lower neck. Eye appeal is of a higher grade. Previously sold by GFRC and bought back as part of a larger deal. I was thrilled to have this gem back in inventory. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1825 1825
AU55 PCGS
29192403
O-111
Choice $950 Choice Original, Light Gold Patina, Frosted Luster, Sooner Collection. A well preserved Sooner Collection offering with ample amounts of frosted luster. Silver-gray coloring dominates with peripheral with peripheral gold at the stars and legend. Accurately grade with light rub on the cheek and reverse wing tips. Reverse strike is particularly well executed with intricately defined claws and arrow feathers, an a typical situation for the issue. This 1825 Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder.
Capped Bust  1825 1825
AU50 PCGS
16053864
O-108
Original $450 Scarce O-108 Die Variety in AU, Original Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. The West Texas Collection presents yet another old time quality Capped Bust half dollar. The 1825 O-108 offering is a better die variety at the AU grade level and worthy of consideration. One immediately notes the natural silver-gold patina that is deeper at the peripheries. Residual mint frost is present around the stars, the reverse legend and within protected device relief. The ample mint frost results in frosty cartwheels under a light source. An accurately graded example with no blemishes worthy of mention; just old time quality for the selective collector. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Square Base 2
MS63 PCGS
83817655
O-107
Choice $2800 Shimmering Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Choice Surfaces, Better Die Variety, Fort Lauderdale Collection. This 1827 O-107 Capped Bust half is a compelling offering when considering the combination of an R3 rarity rating along with substantial eye appeal. Shimmering frosted luster and vibrant cartwheels promptly appear when placed under a light source. The darker gray-gold toning, as seen in the GFRC images, transition to soft rose-gray with subtle blue highlights at the rims. Obverse strike is nearly full with only a few stars lacking center points. Strike weakness at the reverse scroll is seen, otherwise the primary devices are fully impressed. A thoroughly pleasing specimen that belongs in an advanced cabinet. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with "Square Base 2" attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Sq Base 2
AU55
NGC
2655550007
O-138
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  1828 1828
Curl Base 2, Knob
AU53 PCGS
11214116
O-106
Choice $2350 Rare O-106 Die Pairing, R4+ Rarity, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Light Gray Toning, Newtown Collection. The 1828 Capped Bust date has 23 documented Overton die varieties. Three varieties are most challenging (O-105, O-106, and O-123). GFRC is pleased to be offering an O-106 example with R4+ rarity. Researching the Auction & Mail Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars indicates that choice examples will be found with PL fields along with a substantial pricing premium. The Newtown specimen also offers lightly mirrored fields which I will sometimes describe as steely. Reflective luster is sharp from unabraded surfaces. While not complete, the strike is bold, especially on the reverse. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with Curl Base 2, Knob attribution on label.
Capped Bust  1828 1828
Curl Base 2, Knob 6
AU50 PCGS
41819729
O-106
Original $1300 R4+ Die Pairing, Partially Mirrored Fields, Peripheral Gold, Fort Lauderdale Collection. GFRC is pleased to be adding an R4+ rarity 1828 O-106 Capped Bust half dollar to its inventory courtesy of the Fort Lauderdale Collection. Only two obverse dies with a Curled Base and Knob 2 are known and listed as O-106 and O-107. O-106 is the rarer of the two die pairing, both with the same reverse die. The obverse dies can be easily differentiated by the position of star 13 with respect to the adjacent hair curl. This specimen presents partially mirrored fields and peripheral gold coloration. A stray arcing line through the eagle's left facing lower wing hold s this piece back from a Choice quality rating. Serious Overton collectors should take note! Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 holder with "Curl Base 2, Knob" attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
AU58 Details raw

Market Acceptable HOLD
$450
Dansco Album Candidate, Hammered Strike, Light Cleaning. At first glance, this 1829 capped Bust half might appear to be a Mint State example. Strike is hammered while fields have a steely texture. Peripheral toning further enhanced the eye appeal. Mint frost surrounds the stars and legend. A 10x inspection under bright light revealed faint cleaning hairlines around in the date and in the left obverse field. Additional hairlines are evident on the reverse between eagle and scroll. I'm assigning a Market Acceptable quality rating as this is an attractive piece that has been lightly mistreated. Perfect for a Dansco or Whitman bookshelf album project.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Large 0
MS62 PCGS
38353548
O-123
Choice $1400 Large 0, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Pewter-Gold Coloration. Shimmering frosted luster borders on satiny textures due to being struck by partially eroded dies. This 1830 Large 0 O-123 example displays light pewter-gold coloration and a typical strike. Choice surfaces are unabraded. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Large 0
AU58 PCGS
27336768
O-123
Original $800 Price Reduction October 12, 2019 - O-123, Large 0, Frosty White Luster, Active Cartwheels, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Twins Lakes Collection. Textured frosty surfaces and swirling cartwheel luster are the highlights of this 1830 O-123 Capped Bust half dollar. Surfaces are a uniform white probably from a dip prior to certification. Strike is typical. Light rub is evident on the cheek. Accurately graded and housed in 2013 generation holder with blue-white label and edge view insert. Another divested offering from the Twins Lakes Collection.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU53 PCGS
33104343
O-104
Choice HOLD
$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  1833 1833
AU55 PCGS
2755720

Choice $700 Superb Eye Appeal, Sparkling Luster, Copper-Gold Peripheral Toning. A superb 1833 O-104 example that would fit nicely into an advanced collection. Those only certified as AU55, this offering overperforms with eye appeal of a higher grade. Brilliant frosted luster is continuous on both sides as is the cartwheel action. During bright light assessment the only "distraction" is a substantial clash mark in the left obverse field. Peripheral copper-gold toning nicely decorates both sides. A new purchase with CAC submission status being an unknown. There is no time to ship this one off to CAC prior to the Winter FUN show, rather it is going directly to the price list. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) holder.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Small Date, Small Letters
MS61
NGC
3828019006
O-116
Gem $1500 Superb Eye Appeal, Granular Frosted Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Low CAC Population. Let's kick off the introduction of Summer FUN 2022 new purchases with this gem 1834 O-116 Small Date half that deserves a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. The certified grade is much too conservative given overall eye appeal including brilliant frosted luster from granular mint bloom. Cartwheel are intense and so pleasing. Toning is intermixed olive, rose, gold, and gray. Bright light viewing leads to light rose-gold with shimmering luster. Why MS61? Someone at NGC was having a bad hair day and took it out on this beautiful Capped Bust half as I'm unable to find any abrasions that explain the low Mint State grade. O-116 captures Obverse Hub 8 with double outline of clasp. CAC population is two at MS61 and eight at MS62. Well worth the asking price. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert and CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Small Date, Small Letters
AU58
NGC
4928462013
O-113
Choice $875 Small Date, Small Letters Type, Crusty Olive-Gold Gray, Choice Surfaces, Frosty Luster. A gorgeous 1834 O-113 Capped Bust half that presents a thick skin and frosty luster. Most later date halves will be found with brilliant luster after being dipped for the maximum possible TPG grade. Contrast those with this 100% original specimen with natural olive-gold and gray patina. Under a light source, the frosted surfaces display ample amounts of silky luster. Fields are entirely unabraded. If searching for natural coloring on your Capped Bust halves, this offering warrants serious attention. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
MS64+ NGC
4877569008

Gem $3950 Superb Gem, Glowing Frosted Luster, Center Rose-Gold, Peripheral Blues. GFRC could not be more pleased to be offering this superb 1835 Capped Bust half for those that demand the finest for their numismatic hobby. As usual, my images fall way short for accurately illustrating the exceptional eye appeal of this offering. This gem is resting on the office desk under an angled LED floor standing lamp. Intense frosted luster glows from both sides to the point of not being certain as to which side I like better. Toning is a light rose-gold with thin blue arcs at the peripheries. The obverse exhibits heavy die clashing in front of Liberty while the reverse is unclashed. Strike is better than average for the issue. This piece is ideal for those building a top end 19th century type set and searching for pieces with dripping luster and superior eye appeal. Housed in new large font NGC holder and heading to CAC if not promptly sold.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
AU58 PCGS
35339598
O-104
Choice HOLD
$850
Gorgeous Coloration, Sharp Reflectance, Close to Semi Prooflike. A near-gem 1835 O-104 Capped Bust half with semi-prooflike fields and gorgeous toning. Bright light inspection releases sharp colorful reflectance with both sides being consistently mirrored. Center rose transitioning into blue-aquamarine and culmintating into peripheral gold is a familiar toning pattern that collectors will recognize and appreciate. Fields are essentially unabraded other than an ancient reverse mark between AM(ER)ICA. This offering will provide hours of bright light viewing pleasure. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
AU50 NGC
343947003
O-109
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  1836 1836
50/00 Lettered Edge
AU50 PCGS
19299616

Original $900 50/00 Lettered Edge, Frosted Luster, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection. Starting late in 1836, hand engraved dies become a thing of the past with the adoption of the new steam driven coining press. Dies were newly made from master hubs, eliminating the need for hand punched stars and lettering into each die. Once a master hub was created, many dies could be made from that initial design model. This Newtown 1836 50/00 half dollar is the last of the lettered edge design to be produced. When preparing the reverse working die, a leading 0 denomination digit was erroneously punched followed by being corrected with the 5 digit punch. The errant 0 digit is easily seen to the left of the final 5 digit. This is a frosty specimen with sharp luster and swirling cartwheels. Faint field chatter holds this one back from a full Choice quality rating. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Reeded Edge
EF45 PCGS
33708104

Choice HOLD
$4150
Reeded Edge "50 Cents" Design Key Date, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces, White Pine Collection. 1836 brought a transition year for the U.S. Mint. Branch mints were authorized in 1835 leading to much planning and construction coordination. Steam pressed were introduced and Christian Gobrecht became the Second Engraver after Kneass suffered a stroke. The half dollar design was modified for better strikings with the new steam press equipment. Only 5,000 Reeded halves dated 1836 were struck due to problems with the steam press installation and first strikings taking place in November of that year. Many of the 1836 dated pieces have survived to the present day but locating choice examples is very challenging. The White Pine Collection is releasing a fully choice example with thick crusty gray patina. Pristine fields are seen duirng a 10x inspection with unabraded surfaces. This piece presents a trade-off of limited eye appeal due to the crusted surfaces but is fully choice original. I am not aware of the White Pine consignor submitting this piece to CAC for approval. If CAC approved, this is a $5000 coin. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Reeded Edge
EF40 PCGS
25245148

Original $3900 Reeded Edge "50 Cents" Design Key Date, Grey-Gold Patina, Near-Choice Surfaces, Newtown Collection. 1836 brought a transition year for the U.S. Mint. Branch mints were authorized in 1835 leading to much planning and construction coordination. Steam pressed were introduced and Christian Gobrecht became the Second Engraver after Kneass suffered a stroke. The half dollar design was modified for better strikings with the new steam press equipment. Only 5,000 Reeded halves dated 1836 were struck due to problems with the steam press installation and first strikings taking place in November of that year. The Newtown Collection is releasing his 1836 RE example for your consideration. Steely fields are minimally abraded while the overall coloration is a medium gray with embedded gold. Strike is typical for the date with several partial stars in the right field. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder. The backside of the holder has two areas with missing plastic stacking guides.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Reeded Edge
AU58
NGC
2600918007
GR-5
Choice $925 Perfectly Original, Natural Coin Gray Toning, Soft Frosty Luster, CAC Approval. How I enjoy handling unquestionably original early type coins. Case in point is this lovely 1837 GR-5 Reeded Edge half with natural coin gray patina. As a result of the light crusty skin, the frosty luster is a bit muted. The question come down to collector preferences. Some want flashy bright white luster (from a dip) while others are students of natural gray toning. I'm in the latter camp and will continue to offer pieces as this 1837 half. A well struck specimen with peripheral gold mint frost. A typical CAC approve coin that is rewarded for strict originality. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Reeded Edge
AU58
NGC
289864003
GR-14
Choice $1425 Superb Visual Presentation, Steely Fields, Reddish-Gray and Gold, CAC Approval. Little needs to be said for this attractive 1837 Reeded Edge half dollar lot. Under a light source, I see natural coin gray toning with embedded rose on the obverse and hints of aquamarine on the reverse. Peripheral gold is more dominant on the obverse. Fully struck from worn and cracked GR-14 dies. Fields are essentially unabraded. Housed in NGC Gen 7 (1997-2000) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
MS62 PCGS
82415167
GR-12
Choice $2250 Better Die Pairing, Frosted Luster, Cracked Reverse, Circular Toning, Bright Light Eye Appeal.. Since designed by Christian gobrecht, the reeded edge rendition of Liberty has always been a personal favorite. The primary motifs and stars are of a lower relief as compared to the screw press John Reich designs. This fresh 1838 example would be ideal for a type collection given its attractive toning that excels under a bright light. Or the GR-12 R4 attribution might appeal to die variety collectors. GFRC images present an accurate picture of the in-hand coloring. Bright light viewing is where the fun is! Obverse coloring lightens to to a small rose-blue center dot surrounded by transparent light yellow-gold. The reverse coloring is classic center rose and peripheral acquamarine. In terms of the GR-12 variety, Graham states that, "a somewhat more difficult variety to find, and will take some patience to locate in nice original condition". Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
EF45 PCGS
26879030

Original $385 Reeded Edge Type, Olive-Gray Toning, Near-Choice Surfaces. 1838 brought a significant design change to reeded edge halves as "50 CENTS" was replaced with "HALF DOL". Type collectors therefore require both 1837 and 1838 reeded halves due to different reverse designs. This new 1838 examples warrants attention given its original surfaces and steely residual luster. Olive-gray with rose and deep aquamarine, at the rims, nicely showcase this example. Some micro field chatter holds back a full Choice quality rating. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2012-2013) holder.