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 April 13, 2024

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  1803 1803
Large 3
VF35
PCGS
16163432
O-103
Choice $1950 New March 31! Large 3, Better Draped Bust Date, Crusty Patina, Choice Original, Sheffield Collection. 1803 Draped Bust half dollar mintage amounted to 188,234 resulting in this date being scarcer than the omnipresent 1806 (with varieties) and the 1807 final issue. 1803 halves will be found with either a Large or a Small 3 in the date. The most noticeable difference between the two varieties is the thickness and shape of the top bar and serif of the 3's. The Large 3 is the more available variety. The Sheffield Collection has released a crusty original example that brought a predictable CAC approval. The surfaces are well preserved with hints of background luster behind the date digits and between the vertical shield lines. Contact points are limited on the obverse while the reverse fields are unabraded. CAC has approved 120 "Large 3" example with 16 at the certified grade. This offering has been priced at the CAC guide of $1950. If a fan of crusty originality for an early type set, this Sheffield lot would fit in nicely. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval.
Draped Bust  1805/4 1805/4
AU53
PCGS
06624711
0-102
Choice $14250 Bold 1805/4 Overdate, . There are two 1805/4 overdate obverses that are recognized by PCGS which include the O-101, O-102, and O-103 varieties. It appears that two leftover 1804 punched dies were reused during 1805 after being dated accordingly. Overall, the 1805/4 overdate half dollars are approximately two to three times as rare as the normal 1805 half dollar. GFRC is thrilled to be offering a superbly preserved example that is one of only four certified at the PCGS grade. Natural coin gray patina covers both sides. The patina is light with hints of peripheral gold during bright light inspection. Fields are steely along with mint frost surrounding the stars and legend. Surfaces are essentially unabraded and pleasing for such an early piece. The originality is also unquestionable. CAC has approved three at grade with seven finer. It is unknown which of the two overdate dies are including in that population. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.t
Draped Bust  1807 1807
AU55 PCGS
28990438
O-105
Choice $3600 New March 11! Coin Gray Patina, Choice Original.. Consignor Price Reduction. Coin-gray fields host shades of rose and maroon color, while deeper gold and blue-green patina gathers at the rim. This is the final year of the Draped Bust design, and the total production of series, 1.6 million pieces over six years, is such that any piece is desirable, with type collectors adding pressure to those ambitious enough to attempt date sets. This is a pleasing near-MS example, with medium toning and minimal marks. O-105, with the 1 touching the curl, and the eagle's beak touching the star. PCGS notes 69 pieces in AU55, 73 coins in AU58, and 84 examples across all Mint State levels. The PCGS price guide value in AU55 is $5,000. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder. PCGS #6079.
Draped Bust  1807 1807
F15 ANACS
301536
O-102
Choice $595 Circulated Draped Bust Type Candidate, Crusty Coin Gray, Honest Wear, Lakeland Collection. A pleasing circulated 1807 Draped Bust half with crusty gray patina and honest wear. More will be discussed on Friday. Immediately available. Housed in first generation ANACS old white holder.
Draped Bust  1807 1807
VG10 PCGS
47121584
O-109
Choice HOLD
$645
New March 28! Type Coin Candidate, Superb Circulated Eye Appeal, Steely Fields. Little needs to be said for this pretty 1807 O-109 Draped Bust half as the GFRC images accurately capture the old album toning along with the even wear. Regardless of considerable time in circulation, the surfaces are well preserved and really pleasing. This lot presents the type of premium inventory that I enjoy stocking. A perfect entry into a circulated type set being formed on a lower budget. Let's go with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation while we are at it! Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2024) holder.
Capped Bust
Capped Bust  1807 1807
Large Stars 50/20
VF35 PCGS
47531159
O-112
Choice $1025 Large Stars 50/20, Steely Fields, Rose-Gray, Peripheral Blues. A bright light inspection of this 1807 O-112 example revealed gray colored patina and moderate rose hues. Peripheral blues, on both sides, nicely frame the centers. The O-112 is well known as the Large Stars 50/20 due to a residual 2 punch under the final 5 digit in the denomination. This example is strictly original with steely fields that are well preserved. Strike is typical of the issue with weakness at the obverse center and eagle wing feather definition. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2024) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1807 1807
Large Stars 50/20
VF30 PCGS
33308037
O-112
Choice $935 Large Stars 50/20, Steely Fields, Rose-Gray, Peripheral Gold. The 1807 O-112 has garnered its own variety designation as Large Stars 50/20 with the prior 2 digit in the denomination being readily visible. This FUN2024 acquisition present a bold obverse strike with consistently defined motifs as compared with many that lack center details. Toning is a traditional rose-gray over steely fields. Under angled lighting, the steely fields are evident with golden mint frost between stars and milling. The reverse presentation is similar with a wider aquamarine-gold band at the periphery. Surfaces are essentially unabraded and pleasing. This is a lot of coin for the asking price. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. The holder has a hairline crack through the upper reverse label.
Capped Bust  1809 1809
EF40
PCGS
24553135
O-106
Choice $825 Crusty Olive-Gray, Well Preserved Fields, Choice Original. During 1809, a redesigned turban head appears for capped bust halves. This example is the typical CAC approved early half with an evenly crusted patina and the expected steely fields. It is really that simple. Toning is intermixed olive and rose-gray consistent on both sides. Strike is typical for the period with soft lower curls and a weakly struck left facing wing. 100% original and so pleasing. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2012-2013) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1809 1809
VF35 PCGS
14094391
O-106
Choice $430 New February 16! Choice Early Date, Rose-Gray Toning, Steely Fields, Better Die Pairing, Sooner Collection. Astute Capped Bust half dollar collectors should pay special attention to this Sooner release. Let's start with the choice surfaces and their steely reflectance which is quite notable at the certified grade. Toning is a consistent rose-gray on both sides. Strike is typical for the issue. The Parsley-Overton reference list the O-106 die pairing as a R3 rarity. This lot is guaranteed to please the new owner. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
EF40 PCGS
31648585
O-102
Choice $600 Popular Early Date, Steely Frosted Luster, Well Preserved, Sooner Collection. The Sooner Collection has dug deep in his numismatic cabinet and released two pleasing Capped Bust halves. The first is an 1810 O-102 with circular die cracks at the lower obverse and throughout the reverse. This attractive example retains is steely frosted luster, especially at the peripheries. One has to wonder how a larger silver piece can experience moderate wear to the EF grade while still exhibiting this much brilliance when placed under a bright light. Surfaces are well preserved and choice with ample original mint frost. Toning is primarily rose shades with peripheral gold. This variety can be attributed by bold repunching on star 12. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Capped Bust  1811 1811
Small 8
AU53 NGC
4344854001
O-110
Choice $950 New February 16! Steely Reflectance, Peripheral Gold, Choice Original, Sooner Collection.. If a fan of the early John Reich Capped Bust design, this 1811 Small 8 might be of interest. Another Sooner Collection release, this lot presents steely reflective surfaces with a hint of frosted mint bloom. Essentially untoned and brilliant with a copper-gold band at the stars with lighter coloration at the reverse legend. Strike is typical of the issue with elevated stars on the right obverse while the left stars are weakly impressed. Surfaces have a few well hidden contact points of no consequence. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1811 1811
Small 8
EF45 ANACS OWH
772989
O-109
Choice $750 Small 8, Steely Fields, Peripheral Gold, Residual Luster and Cartwheels, Sooner Collection. They say that good thing come in small packages which is applicable to this 1811 O-109 Capped Bust half. Another Sooner Collection release with steely fields and a surprising amount of reflective luster. Cartwheels are considerable and consistent with the AU grade level. Centers are mostly untoned with light gold and darker shades at the peripheries. A bold reverse die crack is seen from (S)TATES into the left facing wing. Fields are smooth and free of any notable marks. Overall, a quality example. Housed in ANACS old white holder.
Capped Bust  1813 1813
AU58 NGC
4925698009
O-110
Choice $2150 New April 13! Challenging Early Date at Grade, Steely-Frosted Luster, Choice Surfaces. Early Capped Bust halves are notorious for weakly struck centers. An anonymous consignor has released this duplicate with a fully struck obverse and reverse centers. Liberty's hair curls are deeply impressed and visually refreshing. Yes, there is strike weakness that suggests an uneven planchet or dies. An unquestionably original survivor with steely fields that offer reflectance consistent through the crusty rose-gold and blue patina. As usual, the reverse is lightly toned with bold steely luster. Under a 10x, a faint hairline is seen on Liberty's neck that is mostly toned and is not evident on the image. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1814 1814
AU50
PCGS
83089023
O-107a
Choice $1395 New March 28! "Mouse" on Liberty's Nose, Rare 1814 Overton Die State, Choice Preservation, CAC Approved. There are many cool Overton varieties in the Capped Bust half dollar series including the 1814 O-107a "Mouse" on Liberty's Nose. During a later die state, the dies are heavily clashed along with a die crack occurring at Liberty's nose. Collectors can't resist locating cool names for their favorite die varieties. As important is the perfect preservation with choice surfaces with light golden-gray on the obverse. Reverse toning is consistent gray with hints of gold at the lower reverse. This lot last sold at Sheridan Downey January 2023 at $1705 all in and is in the condition census per the Bustaddict half dollar website. This variety, in an earlier die state, is best known for producing the Judd 44 platinum half-dollars. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1814 1814
EF40
PCGS
33105072
O-103
$935 Light Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Choice Surfaces, Accurately Graded. The 1814 O-103 die variety is easily attributed by a deep die scratch from the upper left wing to the left end of the scroll. This O-103 example is nicely preserved choice surfaces along with residual steely luster. Toning is a medium light gray with embedded rose on the obverse while the reverse exhibits natural coin gray. Mint frost is seen within the protected areas and predominately surrounding the motifs. Strike is typical for the issue. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1814 1814
E/A
VF35 PCGS
24254076
O-108
Choice $700 New February 16! E/A Variety, Steely Fields, Rose-Gray Patina, Choice Original, Sooner Collection. The 1814 O-108 E/A die variety documents a situation where die preparation saw the E in STATES being repunched a prior A. It must have been a bad day for the mint engraver or his assistant. This Sooner release presents even gray rose-gray toned surfaces. Bright light review exposes steely fields. Other than a tick by star 11, the balance of the surfaces are unabraded. Fairly priced for the overall quality. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2003-2004) holder.
Capped Bust  1817 1817
AU53 ANACS
2888178
O-103a
Choice HOLD
$1000
New February 16! Punctuated Date, Late Die State Without Dot, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection. Even though this natural preserved 1817 O-103 half is housed in an older blue label ANACS holder, I'm still going with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation as this piece is sweet. First, let's check the variety background. 1817 O-103 is the popular Punctuated Date with a "dot" between the 1 and 7 digits. During a later die state, the dot is no longer visible while both sides are heavily clashed. This die state is R3 rarity per the Parsley-Overton reference. This variety is known for its fully struck and elevated stars which is the case here. An absolutely choice example with granular frosted luster that some might see as being satiny. Surfaces are unabraded and pleasing. GFRC images accurately capture the in-hand appearance with the obverse becoming much lighter under a bright light. A great release from the Sooner Collection.
Capped Bust  1817 1817
EF45
PCGS
83049307
O-111a
Choice $825 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  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  1818 1818
EF45 PCGS
12901397
O-108
Choice $695 New February 16! Pincher 8s, Ebony-Gray Patina, Steely Fields, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection. The 1818 O-108 die pairing is easily attributed by checking the date punch. Both 8 digits have partial upper loop as if "pinched". This is a really sweet example with medium ebony -gray patina that exhibits moderate circulated cameo eye appeal. Surfaces are fully choice and essentially unabraded. This lovely example is worthy of a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. If I'm a fan, then you will be too! This piece has not been submitted to CAC by the Sooner Collection, therefore fair game. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Capped Bust  1819 1819
EF40
PCGS
18717628
O-109
Gem HOLD
$495
New April 2! 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 CAC buyback that is searching for a new collector home.
Capped Bust  1820/19 1820/19
Curl Base 2
AU50 NGC
2573909008
O-102
Original $1095 New February 16! 1820/19 Overdate, Steely Reflectance, Near-Choice Original, Sooner Collection.. Capped Bust half dollar overdates continue to be popular with GFRC clients. This 1820/19 O-102 example offers steely reflective luster that is consistent on both sides with the reverse having vibrant cartwheel. Light gold peripheral toning nicely frames the mostly untoned centers. On the obverse, most star points are connected to the milling. The earlier 19 date punch is bold and easily seen with a 10x. The near-choice quality rating captures some faint hairlines on the primary motif while the reserve surfaces are close to pristine. Housed in new large font NGC holder with O-102 attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1821 1821
AU55
PCGS
34671799
O-101
Choice $1250 Choice Original, Light Crusty Coin Gray, Steely Fields and Reflectance. During 1821, the Philadelphia mint struck 1,305,797 halves while employing seven different die pairings. This perfectly original survivor has been meticulously preserved and offers a light crusty gray patina over steely fields and unblemished devices. Under a bright light, the radiance is best described as steely reflective. The light reverse patina enables some cartwheel action. As is typically for the early Capped Bust dates, the centers tend to be lightly struck while edge details are fully defined. This is the case with this 1821 O-101 as the stars are fully elevated with bold center points while lower the center hair curls are weak. CAC has approved 27 at the certified grade with a CDN CAC guide of $1220. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval. A fresh GFRC buyback.
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  1826 1826
AU58 PCGS
35424032
O-102a
Original $850 Brilliant Steely-Frosted Luster, Light Violet, Bold Presentation. This 1826 O-102 Capped Bust half certainly deserves a "luster bomb" shout out as collectors might surmise from the GFRC images. Steely-frosted radiance explodes off both sides when placed under angled lighting. Furthermore, I see hints of violet and rose dependent on the viewing angle. The sharp contrast, as illustrated, is readily evident and pleasing. Light rub is seen on the check while the finds also show faint wear and a few subtle lines. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder with the Overton 102 attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
AU58 PCGS
10196292
O-116a
Choice $900 New March 31! Choice Original, Motor City Collection.. Frosty surfaces reveal mixed gray, chestnut, and silver patina, with the colors consistent on both sides. O-116a, with the stars connected by die cracks. Bust half dollars, with the modern purchasing power of about $50, were frequently used for bank transfers, meaning that many pieces sat in bank vaults and today survive with exceptional preservation. This piece is completely detailed and exhibits only high point rub. CAC reports 413 coins total, with 81 pieces in AU58 and 78 examples in Mint State. The CAC price guide value is $870. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with Overton O-116 attribution on the label. PCGS #6143
Capped Bust  1826 1826
AU58 NGC
567259003
O-112a
Choice $815 New February 16! Brilliant Copper-Gold Frosted Luster, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection. This newly released 1826 O-112a half brings gobs of brilliant frosted luster that amplify the semi-transparent copper-gold toning. The peripheries are particularly pleasing as the patina is the lightest there. Strike is typical for Capped Bust halves as the edge obverse stars are fully defined while the center curls are a tad weak. The same center to edge striking pattern is evident on the reverse. The O-112(a) die state is easily attributed by a filled N in UNITED and the upper loop of the first S in STATES. Please be assured that this is an eye catching offering from the Sooner Collection. Pricing is certainly fair. Housed in NGC Gen 7 (1997-2000) holder.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
AU55
PCGS
16656644
O-116a
Choice $800 Steely-Frosted Luster, Grayish Patina, Classic CAC Originality, Lakeland Collection. If one studies enough CAC approved early silver type coins, a visual pattern will emerge. That pattern is steely-frosted or frosted surfaces covered with natural coin gray patina. This is the standard appearance which this Lakeland Collection release offers. Under a bright light, the steely-frosted surfaces highlight the moderate coin gray toning. The obverse is entirely unabraded while the reverse has a touch of chatter above the eagle's head. This is a solid CAC approved 1826 O-116a example with the late die state arcing obverse die cracks being fully defined. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Square Base 2
AU58
PCGS
25280344
O-123
Choice $3500 New March 31! Choice Original, Twin Lakes Collection.. Silver centers give way to russet and charcoal patina at the rims of this Square Base 2 example. Fields are hairline-free and the “originality factor” is strong. O-123, an R5 die pairing with the top of 2 slightly lower that the other digits in the date. On the reverse, there is a die lump above the scroll at the first E. The highest examples of the O-123 variety listed at the Early Half Dollar Information site are three pieces in AU58. The AMPBR publication, for Capped Bust half dollar auction records, indicates that this variety has traded at the $3000 level with only a single auction record at AU58. The CAC price guide value is $870 but one should expect a substantial rarity premium to be incorporated into the reserve. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2024) holder with CAC approval. The label documents the Overton 123, Square Base 2 attribution. PCGS #6144
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Square Base 2
AU55 NGC
307320008
O-117
Choice $700 Perfect Originality, Detailed Strike, Lightly Crusted Near-Gem, Lakeland Collection. Fans of strictly original early silver coinage should take a serious look at this 1827 O-117 half as it has captured my attention. The uniform gray toning on both sides and traces of "dirt" in the protected areas is my yard stick for originality. This piece scores on both points. Next is the detailed strike to consider with nearly complete stars and bold eagle feathers. This Lakeland Collection release needs to go to a buyer who enjoys the light crusty "look". Housed in NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder,
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, Lg Let
AU50
PCGS
44743268
O-112
Choice $500 New February 18! Choice Original. . Rich blue-green patina fills the rims of this Bust half, while the reverse reveals additional copper color within the protected portions of the eagle. Surfaces are smooth for the grade and the overall eye appeal of this original example is easily evident. O-112, with a thick, close date and die defects connecting the arrowheads. CAC has approved 226 coins total, with 98 pieces in AU and 39 examples in Mint State. The CAC price guide is $468 in AU50. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder with CAC approval. The label captures the O-112 attribution along with Sq Base 2, Small 8's, Large Letters notation. PCGS #6151.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
AU58 PCGS
45096423
O-115
Choice $1000 Rich Frosted Luster, Hammered Strike, Superb Eye Appeal. This highly detailed 1829 O-115 Capped Bust half is a premium example with thick mint bloom on both sides. Under a bright light, the frosted radiance is bold and impressive along with the swirling cartwheels. Copper-gold and aquamarine are the primary toning colors. The overall presentation is quite stunning given the hammered strike. Rub on the cheek and a stray hairline at the neck are consistent with the certified grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF45
PCGS
26896057
O-117
Gem HOLD
$335
Gem Original, Case Study of Perfect Originality. Let's go with yet another JUST BUYIT NOW recommendation for this gem original 1829 O-117 half. This piece provides a case study and model for the "look" of 100% originality. Fields are steely with residual reflectance under a bright light. Surfaces are unabraded providing for an undisturbed viewing of the steely fields. With a 10x, "dirt" is seen in the protected areas as further validation that the surfaces have never been molested. CDN CAC guide is $296 as a reference. This gem warrants a finder's fee for sure! Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Large 0
AU58+
PCGS
133396926
O-121
Choice $1100 New March 31! Near-Gem Original, Twin Lakes Collection.. Both sides of this frosty piece exhibit smoky gray patina, highlighted by original Mint bloom in the protected areas around the stars and legend. The Guide Book identifies small and large 0 varieties for this year, with both types valued equally. O-121, with flat stars to the left, while the left side of T (in STATES) aligns with the right side of I (in PLURIBUS). The CAC population is 114 coins total, with 38 pieces in AU58 and 20 examples in Mint State. The CAC price guide assigns a value of $870 in AU58, advancing to $1,140 in MS60. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with Overton 121 and Large 0 attribution on the label. PCGS #6157
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Large 0
AU55 NGC
4663110011
O-121
Choice $800 Superb Eye Appeal, Near-Gem Original, Lakeland Collection. A marvelous Lakeland Collection release that does not require a long description given the accurate illustration via GFRC images. Overall eye appeal is driven by frosted luster and peripheral orange-gold and darker blue patina . A better Overton variety that has been exquisitely preserved and is entirely unabraded. A JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is in order. Please give this piece serious consideration as the new owner is guaranteed to be pleased. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Small 0
AU55 PCGS
44386934
O-117
Choice $635 Marvelous Preservation, Frosted Luster, Peripheral Aquamarine-Gold. If constructing a set of Capped Bust halves with attractive toning, then this 1830 O-117 example might just be for you. A GFRC new purchase that exhibits frosted luster and active cartwheels. Under a bright light, the peripheral aquamarine and gold toning is quite pleasing. Device high points are lightly worn while the fields are unabraded. The O-117 die variety can be easily confirmed by repunching on the flag of the 5 digit in the denomination. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder with Overton 117 Small 0 attribution on label.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
MS62
PCGS
40847536
O-108
Choice $1500 Crusty Patina, Choice Original . Charcoal patina fills the rims while bits of silver color remain evident in the stars and legend. Centers exhibit rose-gray color with deeper shades present at the high points of Liberty. The overall crust is consistent with the John Albanese "look." O-108, with tiny serifs on the 1s, and the 5 tilted to the left. CAC notes 423 pieces total, 83 coins in all Mint State grades, and 66 examples finer. The CAC price guide value in MS62 is $1,500. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder with CAC approval. PCGS #6159.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
Small Letters
AU58 NGC Fatty
301160010
O-118
Choice $900 Old NGC Fatty Type, Steely Reflective Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Pretty Peripheral Toning. One immediately notes the steely reflective fields that result in sharp luster and vibrant cartwheels when placed under angled lighting. This 1832 O-118 is yet another beautifully toned Capped Bust half from the "top of the ladder" final portion of a long term client's holdings. Sparkling best describes the peripheral luster as there is ample amounts of mint bloom in those areas. Centers will shift to faint rose while the blues become aquamarine with some yellow gold. A 10x check revealed a few stray micro-lines of no consequence. A solid piece for the grade. Housed in NGC Gen 5 (1992-1995) brown label Fatty holder.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
Small Letters
AU58
PCGS
33411266
O-103
Choice $1050 Superb Offering, Near-Gem Original, Granular Frosted Luster, Golden-Gray. . How can I not start the description for this near-gem 1832 Small Letters half without a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation? This is a fresh duplicate from an ever expanding Pacific Northwest collection that GFRC is helping build. On this lot, granular frosted luster is entirely undisturbed under a bright light while the golden shades spring to life. Cartwheels are equally vibrant on both sides. Strike is so close to being complete with just a few stars lacking elevated star points. Surfaces are essentially unabraded with a tiny contact mark above the left facing wing mentioned for 100% accuracy. GFRC images are an accurate portrayal of the colors and hint at the luster. Fairly priced for the overall quality. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval. The label captures the Overton 103 and Small Letters attributions.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
AU58 NGC
6346813011
O-108
Original $750 Ample Mint Bloom, Steely Frosted Luster, Moderate Cartwheels, Great Grade. Light silver-gray surfaces are well preserved on this near-choice 1833 O-108 Capped Bust half. Mint bloom is seen surrounding the stars and date on the obverse and throughout the reverse. Bright light inspection revealed rotating cartwheels. Strike is typical. Silver-gray coloration is probably the result of a quick dip though the luster remains unimpeded. A solid example at the perfect collector grade. Housed in an NGC new large font holder.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
AU55 ANACS
3016543

Choice $595 Choice Original, Steely Surfaces, Crusty Brown-Gray, Lakeland Collection. This is yet another well preserved early type piece that is housed in a venerable ANACS old white holder. A fairly thick brown-gray crust is layered across the obverse while the reverse has diminished skin with steely-frosted luster evident adjacent to the right facing wing. Fields are unabraded while a toned over contact line seen on the cap during 10x review. A quality offering from the Lakeland Collection.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
AU55 PCGS
03808766
O-102
Choice $525 Choice Original, Worn Dies, Brownish Gray-Blue Patina, Well Preserved. The originality of this 1833 O-102 Capped Bust half is immediately evident during in-hand or bright light assessment. Steely fields are able to radiate angled lighting reflectance regardless of the thick patina. The multi-color patina include brownish-rose and blue-grays with the latter colors becoming more predominate under lighting Fields are essentially unabraded and satisfying. If seeking an 1833 dated CBH with character, this offering deserves your consideration. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Large Date, Small Letters
AU58
PCGS
34491032
O-105
Gem $1000 New March 31! Gem Original, Twin Lakes Collection.. The frosty, untoned centers of this GFRC-rated Gem example give way to light, smoky patina in the stars and legend. CAC-approved examples in AU58 tend to come nice, but the overall eye appeal of this example stands above that typically seen. O-105, with the 1 noticeably separate from 834, while the 4 is taller than the 3. The left leg of M in AMERICA is thin, and the dies exhibit slight rotation. The CAC census includes 166 pieces total, 42 coins in AU58, and 34 examples finer. The CAC price guide value is $870. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with Overton 105 and Large Date, Small Letters attribution on the label. PCGS #6165
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Large Date, Large Letters
AU55 NGC
2109535006
O-101
Choice $625 Notable Eye Appeal, Steely Radiance, Blue-Gray Colors, Fully Choice, Lakeland Collection. This 1834 O-101 would be an ideal type piece as well balanced and a sterling representative of the series. Under a bright light, the fields are steely reflective with even gray surrounded by peripheral gold. GFRC images present the in-hand appearance which is a darker rose-gray. The contrast between the two viewing approaches is dramatic and adds another reason for purchasing this Lakeland Collection release. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Large Date, Small Letters
AU53 PCGS
16194254
O-107
Choice $485 Attractive Aquamarine Golden-Gray, Steely Radiance, Pristine Surfaces. Let's start the description for this choice 1834 O-107 half with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. This piece is so well balanced. Fields are steely with aquamarine-blue reflectance under a bright light as a starter. Next to consider are the pristine surfaces as there is nothing I hate more than blemishes on steely fields. Strike is typical for this minting era. A lovely example worthy of consideration. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
AU58 NGC
3433789011
O-108
Gem $1750 New April 13! Exquisite Eye Appeal, Gem Original, Former New Jersey Collection Auction Purchase. How I enjoy handling differentiated early halves. This lot returns from an anonymous client after being purchased at the March 2023 New Jersey Collection Auction. When first offered, Len Augburger described the piece as follows, "Lustrous steely centers lead toward colorful rims, and the eye appeal of this late-date Bust half is stunning. Intense blue patina fills the stars and reverse legend, while an interior band of maroon toning surrounds Liberty and the eagle. The luster is exceptional for the grade level and penetrates even the thick skin at the edges. The images do not completely convey the in-hand aesthetic appeal of this GFRC-rated Gem piece, and we expect competitive bidding. O-108, with star 11 recut at three points." This piece would be a super acquisition for those who enjoy and color combined with excellent luster. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert and the O-108 attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
AU58 PCGS
38991415
O-109
Original $775 New April 13! Granular Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Untoned Silver-White. Thick frosted luster originates from blast silver-white surfaces on this 1835 O-109 lettered edge half. Under a bright light, cartwheels are vibrant and pleasing. I would not call this piece a "luster bomb" but we are in the realm of consideration. The O-109 date punch features a 5 digit with what appears to be a tiny blob defect on the flag. Many 5 digit styles are known for the year. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
AU58 NGC
3433789015
O-110
Choice $1100 New March 15! Superb Peripheral Toning, Steely Frosted Luster, Near-Gem Original, Former New Jersey Collection.. Steely luster highlights this rim-toned example, which features pleasing patina among the stars and legend. Deep aqua color fills the stars, with shades of maroon and gold also present. O-110, with a spike at the outer point of star 7. Production of Bust half dollars was substantial, and these coins circulated widely. Today they are highly collectible, although exceptionally attractive examples, such as this piece, are challenging to locate. This lot realized $1100 during GFRC's March 2023 New Jersey Collection Auction Sale and returns to the price list at that number. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert and the O-110 attribution on the label.
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
Lettered Edge
EF45 PCGS
08754322
O-112
Choice HOLD
$280
New February 17! Lettered Edge, Steely Frosted Luster, Rose-Gold Toning, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection. If in the market for a fully choice 1836 Capped Bust half for type or other collecting pursuits, this O-112 example comes highly recommended. Though certified as an EF45, the fields emit undisturbed steely frosted luster that is above grade expectations. The toning is a consistent rose-gold that becomes entirely golden under a bright light. The obverse strike is bold with fully defined stars, though the reverse is weakly defined at the eagle's head. I'm really big on choice surfaces and this pieces meets my expectations and then some. Worthy of a quick purchase decision. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
1836/1336
EF45 PCGS
20500529
O-108a
Choice $560 New February 17! 1836/1336, Steely Reflective Luster, Choice Overall, Sooner Collection. The 1836/1336 O-108 die pairing is a unique listing in the Capped Bust half dollar series as an erroneously cut 3 is located at the second digit location. As a result the final 8 digit punch is over a 3 with the knob of the latter clearly showing inside the lower loop of the 8. This Sooner Collection release is choice overall with steely fields and ample reflectance at the certified grade. Reverse fields have some wispy hairlines of no consequence. If in the market for a cool die variety, this one will fit the bill! Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with 1836/1836 and Overton O-108a attribution on the label.
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.