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 51 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on October 11, 2021

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Flowing Hair
Flowing Hair  1794 1794
VF25 NGC
117262054
O-101a
Choice $9750 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 freshly reholdered. An important new GFRC offering from the Osprey Collection.
Flowing hair  1795 1795
VF25 PCGS
10859534
O-108a
Original $3950 New October 5! Important Early Type Offering, Gun Metal Gray-Blue, Near-Choice Original, Washington State Collection. The earliest dated offering in the Washington State Collection is this lovely 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar with natural gun metal gray-blue toning along with embedded rose shades. Bright light inspection reveals a peripheral blue ring on the obverse and golden hues on the reverse. This example is unquestionably original with nearly pristine surfaces. Strike is well execute with bold motifs remaining at the certified grade. A near-choice quality rating has been assigned due to roller marks on the reverse on the wreath by OF and on the lower eagle. This one has been to CAC and did not sticker. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Draped Bust
Draped Bust  1806 1806
Pointed 6, No Stem
EF45 PCGS
32864606
O-109
Choice $1800 Pointed 6, No Stem, Light Gray, Boldly Detailed Devices, Steely Fields, Choice Surfaces, Pikes Peak Collection. Memorial Day Weekend Price Reduction! A well detailed 1806 O-109 Draped Bust half is one of the highlights of the first Pikes Peak Collection offerings. Strike is crisp with most stars being elevated. Steely fields retains traces of residual luster. Light natural gray patina is consistent on both sides and nicely framed by peripheral gold. I've carefully examined the surfaces which are entirely unabraded. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with "Overton 109" and "Pointed 6, No Stem" on label. Worthy of a CAC attempt by the new owner are all the necessary parameters are present.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
EF40 PCGS
81383776
O-118a
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
Large Stars
VF35
PCGS
85764096
O-101
Choice $1750 1806/5, Premium Quality, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Toning, CAC Approval. Draped and Capped Bust overdates have become notably popular and an enticing alternative to collecting all dates. This 1806/5 O-101 is awfully sweet with its gun metal gray-blue toning and pristine surfaces. The blue coloring become apparent during bright light inspection. I've got to go with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation due to the overall eye appeal. This piece has a reasonable strike and natural coloring that every collector strives to locate. The grading is also a bit conservative. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Draped Bust  1807 1807
VF30
PCGS
43331783
O-109a
Choice HOLD
$1025
New October 11! Near-Gem at Grade, Unabraded Steely Surfaces, Natural Coin Gray. A superb final year of Draped Bust issue with mintage of 301,076. This piece offers everything that a collector of strictly original early silver type would desire. Near-gem surfaces are toned a natural coin gray and are entirely unabraded. Steely fields are smooth with hints of gun metal blues under a bright light. This 0-109a die pairing has notable die crack through the date and into the left field stars. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2021) holder with CAC approval. I'm most proud to be offering this example for its exception preservation.
Draped Bust  1807 1807
VF20 ANACS OWH
2636631
O-108
Choice $795 Well Preserved, Classic Eye Appeal, Natural Gray and Gold Patina, Oregon Beaver Collection. Ex. Burchs Creek Collection. A gorgeous 1807 O-108 Draped half dollar that warrants a JUST BUY NOW recommendation. Much of the surviving early silver Draped Bust coinage is found with surfaces that are problematic from circulation or worse, having been "improved" for enhanced collector value. This new Oregon Beaver offering has been superbly preserved with natural gray and gold patina. This piece screams originality with residual mint frost in the reverse protected area. I believe this piece will easily cross at current grade and has an odds on chance of CAC approval once in a PCGS holder. Housed in ANACS old white holder.
Capped Bust
Capped Bust  1807 1807
Small Stars
AU58 PCGS
26147551
O-113
Original $11200 Crusty Original, Twin Lakes Collection. This is the first year for Capped Bust half dollar production, and the Overton-113, a distinct variety with small obverse stars, is listed in the Guide Book as a separate type. Indeed, the Guide Book prices this higher than any other 1807 Capped Bust variety with the exception of the famed "Bearded Goddess" (O-111b). This attractive example exhibits steely fields under the original skin, with varying shades of gray, plum, and evergreen. There are a few scattered marks above the reverse eagle, but the obverse surfaces are exceptionally smooth for the technical grade. This coin is a prize at the AU level, with prices advancing substantially for mint state pieces. The PCGS census lists only nine pieces numerically finer, making this an excellent opportunity to acquire one of the highest graded examples at an optimal price point. This Twin Lakes beauty is housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder.
Capped Bust  1807 1807
Large Stars, 50/20
VF25
PCGS
37518657
O-111a
Gem $3850 Early Bearded Goddess Die State, Gem Original. GFRC Consignor Buyout! Price Reduction. One can best describe this fresh Port Matilda Collection offerings as a handsome example of the Bearded Goddess before she grew a full beard! A thin break connects the chest and chin with heavier residual metal at the chest. An amazingly well preserved O-111a specimen with steely gray patina plus embedded rose hues. In additional to the gem surfaces, the strike is complete with all stars having defined center points. It pained the consignor to let this piece come back to market but an opportunity for astute collectors. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval. Please note that any faint vertical lines in the GFRC images are on the holder and not the coin.
Capped Bust  1809 1809
AU50 ANACS
2417400
O-103
Choice $725 Near Gem Original, Superior Eye Appeal, Multi-Color Frosty Luster, West Texas Collection. An early date Capped Bust half that offers substantial eye appeal. The gorgeous 1809 half has in hand gun metal gray-blue coloring as illustrated by the GFRC images. The fun starts during bright light inspection as the toning turns to semi-transparent center rose and peripheral blues and gold. I truly believe that if this piece was housed in a PCGS holder, CAC approval would be strong possibility due to originality and eye appeal. Struck from heavily eroded dies with metal flow lines behind stars, date and reverse legend. Housed in ANACS old white holder but needs to be crossed. GFRC has not made a cross attempt for this West Texas Collection offering.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
AU50 NGC
3532090007
O-102a
Choice $700 Semi-Proof Like, Fantastic Eye Appeal, New Jersey Collection. What a bright light pleasure when inspecting this choice 1810 O-102a Capped Bust half! Surfaces are semi-prooflike with sharp reflective luster. Both sides are consistently toned with rose centers that are framed with peripheral blue arcs. Strike is typical of the early Capped Bust screw press era with bold edge device definitions and weak centers. An arcing obverse die crack connects the date digits to the star 13. Surfaces are unabraded and pleasing. This piece appears to be conservatively graded. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. In-hand inspection under a bright is paramount to fully appreciate the preservation and eye appeal.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
EF45 PCGS
33993757
O-101
Choice HOLD
$485
New October 5! Moderately Crusty Patina, Choice Original, Washington State Collection. A pleasing 1810 O-101 Capped Bust half dollar wraps up the Washington State Collection consignment. Steely surfaces still offer reflective luster regardless of the crusty gray patina. Bright light inspection reveals embedded gold. Strike variability is evident but the overall strike is much better than average for this early date. Wear on the highest points is limited. Overall, a choice O-101 example with obverse die cracks at the date and stars on the left along with die defects below the left claw. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
VF35 NGC
4331871009
O-110
Choice $325 Steely Fields, Natural Gray Patina, Hints of Luster, Oregon Beaver Collection. A well preserved 1810 O-110 strike with natural gray patina and steely fields. Bright light inspection is a pleasure due to residual luster on both sides. A few scattered micro divots are mentioned for complete accurarcy. The O-110 die pairing is easily attributed by star 13 with a scalloped point and the AM in AMERICA joined at their bases. Typical Oregon Beaver Collection quality as we continually move "up his consignment ladder". Housed in new NGC large font holder.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
VF30 NGC
2142486003
O-102
Choice $325 Choice Early Date, Olive Gray Patina, Moderate Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Murphys Collection. An impressive 1810 O-102 Capped Bust half with steely fields and deep olive gray toning. The net result is moderate circulated cameo eye appeal at an attractive asking price. Surfaces are entirely choice and unabraded. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. Yet another quality offering from the Murphys Collection.
Capped Bust  1811 1811
Small 8
AU58
PCGS
83518441
O-110
Gem $2750 O-110, Small 8, Gem Original, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Rose Centers, Peripheral Sky Blue, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. A gem original offering of early half dollar Federal coinage. This 1811 O-110 strike provides expectional eye appeal including satiny cartwheel luster and well balanced rose center coupled with sky blue peripheral toning. Well struck on both sides. In hand viewing is strongly suggested as GFRC images are unable to capture the cartwheel luster. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1811 1811
Small 8
VF25 PCGS
42634353
O-105
Choice HOLD
$275
New October 11! Small 8 Major Variety, Medium Gray, Choice Original. A quality 1811 O-105 early Capped Bust half with pleasing medium gray toning. Strike is typical for the issue with well preserved surfaces. A compelling value for collectors of mid-grade early halves. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2021) holder and seeking a new home.
Capped Bust  1812/1 1812/1
Small 8
EF45 ANACS
2667020
O-102a
Choice $765 1812/1 Small 0 Overdate, Reflective Rose-Gold Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, West Texas Collection. A most pleasing example of the 1812/1 O-102a overdate with heavily eroded and clashed dies. Dies appear to have been polished during this die state resulting is reflective surfaces and luster. Milling is also badly eroded. Bright light viewing exposes reflective rose-gold luster with a hint of blues at the peripheries. Housed in ANACS old white holder. Part of the West Texas Collection divest that has been ongoing for the past four years.
Capped Bust  1813 1813
VF25 PCGS
33105070
O-105a
Choice $265 Overton 105a, Choice Original Surfaces, Crusty Gray Patina, Eroded Dies, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. Overton 105a die pairing can be easily attributed by a lump in the reverse horizontal shield line. This VF25 grade example offers crusty gray surfaces that are both attractive and unabraided. Regardless of the heavily eroded dies, strike is bold for the assigned grade. This was another of the West Texas capped bust halves that I thought would have a shot at CAC green bean. It is did not work out but I still see this one as being fully choice and worth the asking price. Fairly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another great new offerings from the West Texas Collection.
Capped Bust  1813 1813
VF20
PCGS
31334297
O-103
Gem $375 New October 11! Natural Coin Gray, Steely Fields, Residual Luster. I can't remember the last time handling an early silver type coin with true residual reflective luster at the VF20 grade level. This gem 1813 O-103 will please the most selective collector of Capped Bust halves with its natural coin patina and reflective steely fields. Those fields are essentially unabraded and radiate rose-gray luster under a light source. Peripheral gold hues are also noted on both sides. An amazingly well preserved specimen that appears to be conservatively graded. Star 11 is recut along with a tine above the upper left facing wing for the 0-103 die variety. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Capped Bust  1817 1817
EF45
PCGS
83049307
O-111a
Choice HOLD
$745
New October 11! Natural Crusty Gray, Pleasing Surfaces, Steely Fields, Bold O-111a Diagnostics.. Crusty original are the operative words to description this first-class 1817 O-111a Capped Bust half. Fully choice with a thick gray skin along with embedded gold highlights. Steely fields offer hints of reflective luster on the reverse while the obverse is muted due to the crusty patina. The late die state O-111a attribution points are fully defined with obverse center dot and long diagonal die scratch to the right of the curls. A long arcing die crack is seen on the lower reverse. If strictly originality is your cup of tea, this new GFRC offering will be sweet honey. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval and the O-111a attribution on the PCGS label.
Capped Bust  1817 1817
F15
PCGS
37524104

Choice $260 New August 20! Marvelous Preservance, Choice Gray, CAC Approval. The poster child for ideal preservation of a moderately worn Capped Bust half dollar. Medium gray patina is continuous and includes some blue hues. Surfaces are unabraded and above average for the grade. Worthy of its CAC green bean. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Capped Bust  1819 1819
AU55
PCGS
32885850
O-114
Gem HOLD
$1075
New October 11! Gem Original Sparkling Frosted Luster, Light Gray, Peripheral Gold, JUST BUY IT NOW! . Let's start the description for this 1819 O-114 Capped Bust half with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. What a superior example that radiates sparkling frosted luster when inspected with a bright light. This luster results from a thin layer of micro-mint frost seen across the motifs and fields. Talk about being marvelous preserved! Toning colors are as illustrated within the GFRC images but as usual, I am not able to capture the dense luster. You must trust on this gem example as it will certainly please the most selective customers in our community. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1819 1819
EF40
PCGS
18717628
O-109
Gem HOLD
$485
New October 3! Natural Frosty Luster, Gem Original, Eye Appeal of Higher Grade, CAC Approval. Worthy of a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation as formerly from the Old Cedar Capped Bust Half Dollar Collection and one of the sale highlights. Unquestionably, a gem at the assigned EF40 grade. Both sides exhibit frosted surfaces and the corresponding luster. Obverse strike has all star points fully defined. Overall appearance is of a higher grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. A GFRC 85% CAC buyback that is searching for a new collector home.
Capped Bust  1819/8 1819/8
Large 9
AU55
PCGS
16300629
O-102
Gem $2150 Popular 1819/8 Overdate, Brilliant Steely Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Gem Original. Capped Bust half dollar overdate collecting has become a popular goal among a host of collectors. Demand is increasing with choice and gem examples not lasting long on the GFRC price list. I'm pleased to be offering this gorgeous gem with unabraded steely fields and brilliant luster. Bright light viewing exposes vibrant cartwheel action that will captivate. A complete strike adds to the overall eye appeal. Yes, this piece is priced at a premium to the CAC guide but worth every extra penny to own. Some coins simple scream originality in a powerful manner. This is one of those occasions. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC Approval. The Large 9 attribution is on the label.
Capped Bust  1819/8 1819/8
Large 9
AU55 NGC Fatty
280056017
O-102
Gem $1500 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  1821 1821
AU53 PCGS
38300859
O-106
Choice $865 New October 11! Dancing Cartwheels, Sparkling Luster, Light Rose Toning, So Choice and Pleasing. Steely reflective luster and dancing cartwheels are unmistakable when first inspecting this splendid 1821 Capped Bust half. The luster is intense as is the cartwheel action. Under a light source, the fields turn to "glass" with with bold reflective characteristics. Strike is well executed though not full but still adding to the viewing enjoyment. Though not CAC approved, I'm issuing a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation for this lovely offering. Light rose coloring is seen on both sides. GFRC images effectively capture the "glass-like" steely fields. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1822 1822
VF20 PCGS
39856801
O-101
Original $250 Popular Date, Crusty Gray Patina, Residual Verdigris, Osprey Collection. A crusty original 1822 O-101 strike with the diagnostic lower right reverse shield line extending into the right facing wing. A strictly original example with moderate wear and residual verdigris that is more prevalent on the obverse. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A new offering from the Osprey Collection.
Capped Bust  1822/1 1822/1
AU55 PCGS
38420276
O-101
Choice $1685 New October 11! Popular 1822/1 Overdate, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Light Rose-Gold, Choice Original. Some students of Capped Bust halves find collecting all Overton varieties to be daunting but settle for the overdates as a more executable goal. I've seen an increase in overdate popularity and attempt to stock truly choice examples when found. Case in point is this choice 1822/1 O-101 with brilliant frosty luster that is consistent on both sides. A 10x inspection finds textured mint frost across fields and motifs as the source. This is a well struck and pleasing example that I did not hesitate to stock from the recent NH Coin Expo show. Strike is well executed for the issue, while the fields are unabraded other than a few faint and wispy lines of no consequence. This offering is certain to please the new owner. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1824 1824
EF40 NGC
3468969010
O-104
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
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  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  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  1827 1827
Square Base 2
AU53 PCGS
40384303
O-109
Choice HOLD
$535
New October 11! Old Album Bullseye Toning, Steely Reflective Luster, Choice Surfaces, Well Struck. An eye catching 1827 O-109 Capped Bust half with unique obverse bullseye toning. Steely reflective luster radiates off the surfaces during bright light inspection. GFRC images accurately capture the circular greenish-gold obverse toning ring along with the reverse center rose and peripheral deep aquamarine coloring. Obverse toning is more intense and brilliant than reverse due to the thinner patina. Well struck and essentially unabraded. In-hand viewing is necessary to truly appreciate how pretty this early type piece is. The O-109 attribution can be easily done via a series of die defects on the neck. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2021) holder.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
EF40 raw
O-146
Original $245 Original Gray Patina, Steely Fields, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. The 1827 Capped Bust half dollar date presents the largest number of Overton varieties. This West Texas offering has been attributed as O-146. Original surfaces are toned an even gray with gold highlights at the periphery. Fields still retain some steely luster during bright light inspection. A solid example for the Dansco album collector.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Square Base 2
VF30 PCGS
82462526

Original $175 Thick Crusty Patina, Unabraded Surfaces, Murphys Collection. A well preserved 1827 Capped Bust half dollar offering from the Murphys Collection. Both sides are uniformly covered with thick crusty gray patina. Peripheral toning is a bit darker than the centers. The obverse has some surface verdigris that validate the strict originality. Fields are unabraded too. Overall, a quality example at a fair offer price. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with "Square Base 2" attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1827/6 1827/6
AU55
NGC Fatty
280062012
O-101
Choice $1325 1827/6 Overdate, Near-Gem, Frosted Luster, New Jersey Collection. Pinkish-rose and aquamarine colors are nicely amplified by the underlying frosted luster. Bright light review exposes active cartwheels. Other than a fews scattered micro-ticks, the fields are very well preserved. This near-gem example easily garnered its CAC green bean during a recent submission. Housed in pristine NGC Gen 4 (1989-19952 fatty holder. The holder has a 100% original reverse hologram and no edge chips.
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  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  1829/7 1829/7
AU53
PCGS
33535048
O-101a
Choice $950 29/27 Overdate, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Frosty Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Conservative Grading. A popular overdate in the Capped Bust half dollar series that is well represented by this example. Surfaces are fully choice with remaining mint frost surrounding the stars and reverse legend. A light gun metal gray patina covers obverse and reverse and is transparent to the underlying luster. Blemishes are limited to a single fully toned over hairline below star 3 that is mentioned for accuracy. The reverse denomination weakness is typical for the O-101a die pairing and die state. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. A lovely Capped Bust half that makes its second appearance on the GFRC price list.
Capped Bust  1829/7 1829/7
VF35 raw
O-102
Choice $215 Popular Overdate, Thick Crusty Gray-Olive Patina, Choice Surfaces, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. If searching for a top quality 1829/7 overdate half, this West Texas offering is for you! Unabraded surfaces are covered with thick olive-gray patina that screams originality. GFRC images accurately capture the surface condition and coloring. Ideal for a Dansco album or submission to TPG for grading. The undertype 7 digit is clearly visible below the 9's lower loop.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Small 0
AU58 PCGS
83135003
O-103
Choice $715 Price Reduction October 12, 2019 - O-103, Small 0, Near Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Gold Rims, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded, Twins Lakes Collection. An attractive 1830 Small 0 O-103 example with swirling cartwheel luster and heavy mint frost throughout the devices and fields. Faint gold coloring is seen at the obverse periphery and throughout the reverse. Strike is essentially complete with only the right obverse stars lacking full definition. All reverse devices are crisp and distinct. Overall, an above average example for the selective collector. Previously sold into the Twins Lakes Collection and now back for a second GFRC appearance. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder without CAC attempt.
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  1830 1830
EF45 raw
O-104
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
VG10 raw
Davignon 22-X
Choice $260 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
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
AU50 raw
O-104
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  1832 1832
Small Letters
EF45 PCGS
33105085

Original $175 Crusty Antique Gray Patina, Near Choice Original Surfaces, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. A strictly original 1832 Small Letters reverse Capped Bust half dollar offering from the West Texas Collection. Surfaces are covered with crusty antique gray patina on both sides. Strike is typical for the date. Residual steely luster is evident when viewed under a light source. Housed in 2015 PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Fairly priced for the overall quality.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
EF40 raw

Original HOLD
$140
Original Gun Metal Gray, Blemish Free, Nice Type Coin.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
EF45 PCGS
32910195
O-113
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  1834 1834
Small Date, Small Letters
AU58
NGC
1701583012
O-111
Choice $700 Mirrored Fields, Reflective Luster, Golden-Rose Gray Toning, CAC Approval, Nevada Collection. During 1834, the second coinage act changed the silver:gold ratio from 15:1 to 16:1 as gold was overvalued which led to hoarding. Mintages of Capped Bust halves continued to be substantial from twenty-two die pairings. Therefore, this date can be found in all grades. The Nevada Collection specimen is wicked nice and belongs in an advanced collection. Choice fields are mirrored leading to crisp reflective luster during bright light inspection. Coloring is perfectly natural and as I would expect for the issue. A base layer of rose-gray is highlighted by peripheral gold. Housed in older NGC holder with standard insert and CAC approval. A fine offering worthy of special consideration.
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  1834 1834
Large Date, Small Letters
AU53
PCGS
24363080
O-104
Choice $600 Semi Prooflike, Reflective Luster, Superb Near-Gem Offering, CAC Approval. I don't often see CAC approved 1834 Capped Bust halves with semi prooflike surfaces. This 85% CAC Buyback purchase offers reflective luster from mirrored surfaces with the obverse being more prooflike. Violet-gray toning is highlighted by a yellow and orange gold peripheral arc. The reverse has a lovely gray glow with bright orange gold peripheral toning. Surfaces are gem and entirely unabraded. A special piece with lots of character. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder with CAC approval.
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  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
Lettered Edge
MS63 PCGS
10416405
O-114
Choice $2000 O-114, Near Gem Original, Gorgeous Eye Appeal, Swirling Cartwheel Luster, Light Rose-Gold Patina, Frosty Surfaces, Conservative Grading. When searching for new GFRC inventory acquisitions, one must look through hundreds of coins to locate the premium pieces. Typically, I know exactly when a premium piece is found based on overall eye appeal. The coin's appearance is that of a piece in my own collection. This is the case with for this gorgeous 1836 Lettered Edge half dollar. The frosty rose-gold surfaces and vibrant cartwheel luster are exceptional. Obverse strike is complete with well rounded stars and bold central devices. Obverse fields are entirely blemish free while the reverse fields surrounding the eagle's head has a tiny amount of chatter that most likely accounts for the MS63 grade. In hand eye appeal is that of a higher grade. GFRC images are unable to portray the overall beauty and luster therefore in hand inspection at a coin show will be necessary for potential owners to fail in love with this later date Capped Bust half. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with "Overton 114 and Lettered Edge" listed on the label.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Lettered Edge
AU58
NGC
4339921002
O-113a
Gem $1500 Brilliant Frosted Luster, Olive-Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Obverse Die Cracks, Superb Eye Appeal. The latest client turned consignor arrives with a marvelous 1836 O-113a Capped Bust half to make a resounding impression. I'm so pleased with this initial offering that a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is necessary! This is a stunning example that sports an obverse with center olive-gold coloring that is surrounded by peripheral dark blues. The reverse is similarly toned but adds rose shades under a light source. Strike is completely executed on this gem. This is a late die state specimen with bold obverse die cracks. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Reeded Edge
VF25
PCGS
24416127

Choice HOLD
$3250
New October 9! Key Date, Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Natural Coin Gray, Running Boar Collection. 1836 brought a transition year for the Capped Bust half dollar design and production. The traditional John Reich designed lettered edge half dollar was struck extensively with a mintage of 6,545,000. The new Christian Gobrecht design was introduced for closed collar equipment with only 5,000 pieces struck. As a result, the Gobrecht design promptly became a series key date due to tiny mintage. Most of the mintage went into circulation with present day survivors being found in at the VF through low AU grade levels. The Running Boar Collection has released a notable specimen with natural coin gray surfaces and circulated cameo eye appeal that collectors strive to locate. A superior example regardless of lengthy time in circulation. CAC approval was a foregone conclusion given the accurate grading and eye appeal. Let's remember that CAC is tough on key dates with only four approved at the VF25 grade with an additional five pieces at the VF30 level. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2012-2013) holder. A premium key date offering that warrants a strong offer price.
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
AU50 PCGS
82457950

Choice $495 New September 24! Crusty Gray-Gold, Partially Mirrored Fields, Choice Surfaces, Washington State Collection. This is a crusty 1837 Reeded Edge half dollar that was previously sold into the Washington State Collection back in December 2017. Crusty is the operative word to describe the thick gray-gold skin that adorns each side. Regardless of the thick patina, bright light review exposes partially mirrored fields with reflective luster that is crisp enough to be enjoyed. Reverse luster is more brilliant along with exposing embedded aquamarine and peripheral gold. A choice quality rating is fair. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.