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 48 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on January 18, 2022

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Flowing Hair
Flowing Hair  1795 1795
Two Leaves
F12 PCGS
38663877
O-117a
Original $2150 New December 19! Early Type Candidate, Coin Gray Patina, Near-Choice, Adjustments Marks, Sooner Collection. A nicely toned 1795 half with steely gray patina that warrants close inspection. This smooth-looking Fine retains solid outline detail to most design elements. A concentration of adjustment marks (as made) along the right reverse border explains the softness of strike both in that area and along the upper right obverse border. A near-choice specimen for the grade, and equally well suited for a type set or variety purposes (O-117a). Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Draped Bust
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 HOLD
$1750
New January 18! 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
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  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  1809 1809
III Edge
VF30 PCGS
16478936
O-109
Original $450 New January 16! III Edge, Moderate Gray Toning, Bold Strike, Near-Choice, Spring Branch Collection. An early 1809 O-109 III Edge capped Bust half from the Old Cedar Collection. Fields are quite steely with even gray toning on the obverse and lighter shades on the reverse. This example is very well struck with bold star center points and well defined left facing wing feathers along with claws. A near-choice specimen that is fairly priced. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with III Edge designation on the label.
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
VF30 NGC
2142486003
O-102
Choice HOLD
$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  1812 1812
MS62+
PCGS
43331784
O-107
Choice $3650 New January 18! 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  1812/1 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  1814 1814
EF45
PCGS
15472615
O-105
Choice $950 New December 19! Near-Gem, Frosted Luster, Light Gold Patina, Excellent O-105 Diagnostics, Sooner Collection. GFRC clients should take advantage of this newly release 1814 O-105 specimen and act quickly. What a phenomenal example of the O-105 die paring with deeply impressed die clash marks on both sides. Pristine surfaces retain ample amounts of mint frost at the certified grade. Bright light inspection thick frosty luster consistent with a higher grade. This piece fully warrants a near-gem quality rating and is certain to please the selective fan of the Capped Bust half dollar series. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Capped Bust  1817 1817
EF45 NGC
2093385001
O-107
Choice $525 New December 19! Choice Original, Bold Peripheral Strike, Steely Fields, Medium Gray Patina, Sooner Collection. Natural coin gray patina covers this choice 1817 O-107 Capped Bust half. Peripheral strike is fully executed with elevated star points though there is softness in center hair curls and left facing wing. Steely fields are well preserved and unabraded. A 10x review found a tick on the 7 digit in the date that is of no consequence. A pleasing early half dollar offering from the Sooner Collection. Housed in NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder.
Capped Bust  1817 1817
F15
PCGS
37524104
O-109
Choice HOLD
$260
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  1818 1818
MS62 NGC
5742670002
O-107
Choice $3750 New November 30! Exception Eye Appeal, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Orange-Gold, Peripheral Blue. A magnificent 1818 O-107 Capped Bust halve that will please the most selective collector. This example is "eye appeal on steroids" resulting from a combination of brilliant luster and amplified rich natural coloration. Both sides feature center orange-rose with a tad lighter shade on the reverse. A sky blue peripheral ring adds wonderful contrast to the obverse coloring. The same coloring is evident on the reverse but less imposing as the arc just touches the top of the legend lettering. A Gem quality rating is warranted given the eye appeal and full strike with all obverse star points defined. Die clashing is seen on both sides. Attributing the O-107 die variety is challenging with the only diagnostic between a die line at the bottom of T In LIBERTY. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1818 1818
AU55
NGC
3174053006
O-114a
Choice $1525 New January 18! 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  1819/8 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  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  1822 1822
EF45
PCGS
38053784
O-110a
Choice $525 New January 18! Near-Gem, Partially Mirrored Fields, Superb Bright Light Viewing. This 1822 O-110a Capped Bust half provides a window into the early screw press minting process. An extremely well preserved specimen that is conservatively graded. The darker olive-gray and rose colors, per GFRC images, are just one aspect of this survivor. Any angled light promptly exposes partially mirrored fields and a host of pastel colors including peripheral gold that frames center green, blues, rose, and gray. A 10x review uncovers several planchet defects at the reverse scroll and within those fields. A long die crack starts at star 1 and moves vertically through stars 2, 5, 6, and 7. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval. The label features Overton 110a attribution.
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 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  1823 1823
Patch 3
AU55 PCGS
25629056
O-101a
Choice $2750 New November 30! 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  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
AU50
PCGS
4863673
O-107
Gem HOLD
$835
New January 14! Steely Rose-Gray Luster, Well Struck, Near-Gem, Port Matilda Collection. This naturally toned 1826 O-107 Capped Bust half is a pleasure to handle and enjoy while in GFRC inventory. The problem is that Port Matilda consignments have a shelf life of days and soon disaapear. I'm afraid this will be the case here. Rose-gray coloring is uniformly situate across surfaces that exhibit steely fields and ample residual luster. Darker peripheral shades enhance overall appearance. Strike is well executed with only a few stars missing elevated center points. The O-107 die pairing features a heavily cracked reverse. Housed in PCGS Gen 3.1 (1993-1998) old green holder with CAC approval.
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
AU50
PCGS
43219865
O-142
Choice HOLD
$425
New January 18! Impressive Presentation, Steely Fields, CAC Approval. 1827 Capped Bust halves are the most challenging to collection by die variety with 49 separate Overton listings. This gorgeous O-142 specimen has impressive presentation with steely fields and nicely contrasted devices. Toning is olive-gray with embedded rose shades appears under a light source. Surfaces are entirely unabraded. Overall, a superior example that will please the new owner. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder with CAC approval.
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
Small 8 Square 2 Lg Let
AU58 NGC
654874009
O-120
Choice $825 Frosted Steely Surfaces, Brilliant Luster, Light Golden Patina, Fully Choice. A thoroughly pleasing 1828 O-120 that presents frosted-steely luster and unabraded surfaces. Brilliant luster is slightly subdued by light golden toning that is darker at the periphery. Eye appeal is above average, especially during bright light inspection. Housed in new large font NGC holder with "O-120, SM 8 Sq 2 LG LET" attribution on the label.
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
Sq Base 2, Sm 8's
EF45
PCGS
80812271
O-112
Choice HOLD
$325
New January 16! Better Die Pairing, Choice Original, Uniform Gray-Olive Patina, Entirely Blemish Free, Accurately Graded, Spring Branch Collection. The Overton 112 die pairing is rated as R3 rarity in Parsels. This example is so choice for the assigned EF45 graded. Obverse and reverse offer a balanced strike. Surfaces are covered with uniform gray-olive colored patina. A closed 10x loupe inspection reviewed no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with label stating the following; Overton 112, Sq Base 2, Sm 8's, Lg Lt. Since this piece is already attributed, an ideal specimen for someone building an Overton variety set.
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 NGC
4479424002

Choice $300 New November 30! Pleasing Type, Bluish-Gold, Choice Original, Westend Avenue Collection. From the Westend Avenue Collection comes this pleasing 1829 Capped Bust half with bluish-gold coloring. Steely luster is readily apparent on both sides. Surfaces are choice and unabraded. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF45
PCGS
35345637

Choice HOLD
$275
New January 16! Choice Original, Light Crusty Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Spring Branch Collection. Crusty olive-gray surfaces are a testament to the strict originality found on this 1829 Capped Bust half. Surfaces are blemish free and choice. Strike is well executed and grading is accurate. A wholesome early type piece that is housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
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
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
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  1833 1833
MS64+
PCGS
35587387

Gem $4500 New January 18! Gem Original, Granular Frosty Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels. It is about time that GFRC moved into the Mint State Capped Bust half dollar realm and I'm loving it with this gem 1833 half. An exceptional specimen with granular frosted luster that erupts under a light source. Cartwheel action is scintillating. Copper-gold shades are more prevalent at the obverse periphery while the reverse is of a lighter coloration. Fields are unabraded with only two tiny ticks on the chest that account for the MS64+ grade. Eye appeal is that of a full gem. Certain to please the new owner. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
AU55 PCGS
2755720

Choice $700 New December 27! 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  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
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
Small Date, Small Letters
AU50 PCGS
10310040
O-111
Choice HOLD
$265
New January 16! Small Date, Small Letters, Frosty Luster, Copper-Gray, Choice Surfaces, Spring Branch Collection. A superb 1834 O-111 Capped Bust half that sports unabraded surfaces showcased by light frosty luster. Overall copper-gray patina is consistent on both sides. Cartwheels are active and pleasing. A perfect type coin for the date and lettering size variety. The Parsley reference label O-111 as the "So Called Child's Head" due to a face that is noticeable for its round cheeked and wide appearance. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with Small Date, Small Letter attribution on the label.
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  1835 1835
AU50 NGC
3808755004
O-108
Original HOLD
$335
New January 15! Skidaway Island Pedigree, Lustrous Gold Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Pikes Peak Collection. The Skidaway Island Capped Bust halves continue to be popular in today's active market. This near-choice 1835 O-108 example features lustrous surfaces with golden toning. Luster is best described as steely reflective when viewed under a bright light. Surfaces are well preserved with the faintest of abrasions. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. The label documents the O-108 die pairing and Skidaway Island Collection pedigree.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
EF45 PCGS
26394216
O-104
Choice HOLD
$235
New January 16! Worthy of More Research, Frosted Luster, Choice Original, Spring Branch Collection. There is much more to this 1835 O-104 offering than initially meets the eye. A 10x loupe inspection reveals shift doubling of the milling below the date along with extra star points to the immediate left of the bust along with star 1 and star 2. The reverse has a die line between the two rightmost olives leaves that is not mentioned by Overton. A choice example with bold frosted luster and light rose patina. Conservatively graded and housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder.
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
50/00 Lettered Edge
AU50 PCGS
19299616

Original $900 New December 27! 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
AU50 NGC
3808755008
O-103
Choice HOLD
$400
New January 15! Challenging Die Pairing, Steely Luster, Complete Strike, Pikes Peak Collection. A pleasing 1836 O-103 Capped Bust half that can be attributed by repunching at the base of the 1 digit. Overton 103 is a challenging die pairing with R4 rarity rating. This Skidaway Island example is a fitting example of the variety. Choice surfaces provide notable amounts of steely reflective luster. Overall toning is a light gold along with peripheral blues at the milling. This piece certainly performs well under a light source and features unabraded fields. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. The label documents the O-103 die pairing and Skidaway Island Collection pedigree.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Reeded Edge
EF45 PCGS
33708104

Choice $4150 New December 27! 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 New December 27! 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  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
MS62 PCGS
82415167
GR-12
Choice $2250 New November 30! 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.