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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 54 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on August 6, 2022

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Flowing Hair
There are currently no coins for sale fitting this criteria.
Draped Bust
Draped Bust  1806 1806
6 Over Inverted 6
EF40
PCGS
43025436
O-112
Choice $5450 6 Over Inverted 6, Natural Coin Gray Patina, Bisecting Obverse Die Crack, CAC Approval. The 1806 Draped Bust half 6 over inverted 6 obverse is paired with two reverse dies (O-111, O-112). During the second O-112 die pairing, the obverse exhibits a bisecting obverse die crack and perfect reverse as compared to the die cuds seen on O-111. GFRC is thrilled to be offering this unquestionably original O-112 specimen with low PCGS and CAC populations. This is the first 6 over inverted 6 handled by GFRC and what a way to get started! Surfaces are toned natural coin gray with dirt seen in the protected hair curl depressions and surrounding the reverse olive leaves. Fields are essentially unabraded and well preserved. PCGS has only certified seventeen (O-111, O-112) at the EF40 grade with only three O-112 with special die variety attribution. CAC has approved of all eight at grade with seven finer. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 holder with CAC approval.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
Pointed 6, Stem
EF40 PCGS
81383776
O-118a
Original $1400 Shattered Reverse Die, Near Choice, Uniform Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. March Price Reduction - 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
EF45
NGC
6058530003
O-103
Choice $3700 New July 11! 1806/5, Near-Gem, Steely Reflectance, Rose-Gray Coloration, CAC Approval. Locating unmolested Draped Bust halves can be challenging. This Summer FUN 2022 new purchase offers perfectly original surfaces that have retained their steely texture leading to pleasing reflectance under angled lighting. Strike is well executed on the reverse while the obverse has typical weakness at the left stars. Coloration is rose-gray on the obverse and mostly gray on the reverse. A few ancient lines in the right obverse field preclude a higher quality rating. I fell in love with this piece upon first sight and believe the buyer will too. CAC population is 9 at grade with a sharp drop off starting at the AU level. EF45 is the last affordable point before rapid pricing premiums increases. GFRC images are 100% accurate as to the eye appeal. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust
Capped Bust  1808/7 1808/7
EF45
PCGS
18761630
O-101
Choice $1350 New July 26! Gorgeous Eye Appeal, Golden-Olive Gray Toning, Noteworthy Residual Luster, Near-Gem. How I enjoy photographing and describing coins at near-gem and gem quality levels. This lovely 1808/7 O-101 offers ample amounts of residual luster that is concentrated at the peripheries. Near-gem surfaces are toned a golden-olive gray. The late die state die cracks and clash marks are well defined as is the metal erosion into the milling. Bright light viewing is downright sweet. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
AU53
PCGS
13168541
O-102
Choice $1300 New July 1! Choice Original Early Strike, Golden Gray Patina, Residual Frosted Luster. 1810 Capped Bust half dollars contains no rare die pairings or overdates. However, this early date is pursued by collectors, especially those with choice original surfaces and/or full strikes. This 1810 O-102 half offers old time golden-gray surfaces along with residual frosted luster. Originality is unquestionable and worthy of its CAC green bean. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder and an ideal candidate for higher circulated grade Capped Bust date set. Try building the date set with only CAC approved coins for a higher degree of difficulty.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
VF30 PCGS
44354386
O-101
Choice $385 Superb Circulated Eye Appeal, Natural Olive Gray Toning, Steely Fields. Some early Capped Bust halves will surface with lightly circulated cameo eye appeal that collectors enjoy adding to their holdings. This 1810 O-101 specimen is one of those cases that should be easily communicated via my images. Steely surfaces are toned over with olive-gray shades on both sides with the higher wear points being nicely contrasted. A premium example that will please the new owner. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 holder.
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 Granular Frosted Luster, Pristine Surfaces, Heavy Die Clashing, Center Dot. Granular frosted luster and light gray patina are promptly noted when inspecting this choice 1812 O-107 half. It is difficult to imagine how such an early piece of Americana can be so well preserved. Surfaces are pristine with any abnormalities being die clashing. A small obverse center dot is evident along with die crack from milling up through the lower bust. Another GFRC new offering that is certain to please the knowledgeable numismatist. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1812 1812
AU50
PCGS
37500804
O-103
Choice $1200 New June 21! Crusty Olive-Gold, Frosted Luster, Late Die State, So Choice. Locating unmolested early date Capped Bust halves can prove challenging, especially with bold strikes. The early dates are notorious for center weakness and partial left facing wing. This 1812 O-103 was added to inventory as the full deal for collectors. Surfaces are covered with a crusty olive-gold skin that still allows frosted luster to radiate during angled lighting review. Strike is well executed with bold hair curls. Additionally important are the unabraded fields. This is a late die state example with metal flow lines and reverse clashing. What is there not to like about this choice offering? Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  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
EF40 NGC
3753237007
O-105
Choice $595 Crusty Rose-Gray Patina, Steely Fields, Fully Choice. A crusty 1814 O-105 that show garner some attention for its originality and old time natural rose-gray coloration. Steely fields are essentially unabraded except for a tone over micro mark at star 3. This is a premium example for mid-grade collectors at a fair offer price. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. The O-105 attribution is featured on the brown label.
Capped Bust  1817 1817
EF45 NGC
2093385001
O-107
Choice $525 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
VF35 NGC
3165308002
O-110a
Choice $350 Near-Gem at Grade, Steely Luster, Rose-Gold Toning, Thinning the Herd Collection. At first glance, one would assume that this 1817 O-110a half is a nicely lustered EF45. What a surprise when checking the label with its VF35 certification. As is typical with earlier capped Bust halves, center strikes were weak with flat surfaces easily showing wear while the fields retained luster. This is the case here. Steely fields are reflective. Rose-gold toning is semi-transparent to the remaining luster. Dies are aged with substantial metal flow lines. A single line on the chin was seen during 10x inspection. Housed in NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder.
Capped Bust  1818 1818
AU55
NGC
3174053006
O-114a
Choice $1525 Near-Gem, Steely Fields, Sharp Reflective Luster, CAC Approval. A gorgeous 1818 Capped Bust half that belongs in an advanced collection. Steely fields provide sharp reverse luster along with a moderate helpin in the obverse. Darker greenish-gray in-hand appearance shifts to pastel rose, gold, and blues during bright light inspection. The reverse cartwheel action is vibrant. Surfaces are essentially unabraded with only a single tick in the middle left obverse field warranting mention. Well struck with fully formed stars and all reverse motifs. Guaranteed to please the new owner. Housed in NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1819 1819
AU50 ANACS OWH
2388130
O-109
Choice $700 Rich Steely Luster, Rose-Gray, Peripheral Blues, Incredibly Choice and Pleasing. I'm continually surprised at the number of choice coins that remain in the mid 1990s vintage old white holders. Case in point is this superb 1891 O-109 Capped Bust half that is fully original and accurately graded. Angled light inspection exposes rose-gray toning that is predominant other than peripheral blues. Steely luster will tickle the eyes whenever viewed. Surfaces are essentially abraded too. The full package that is housed in ANACS old white holder.
Capped Bust  1819/8 1819/8
Large 9
AU58
PCGS
21541770
O-102
Choice $3950 New July 26! Popular Overdate, Superb Natural Surfaces, Sparkling Frosted Luster, Near-Gem at Grade. A near-gem example of the popular 1819/8 overdate with Large 9 O-102 variety designation. Sparkling frosted luster screams originality while tickling the eyes during angled lighting review. Swirling cartwheels are most impressive. For once, the gold and aquamarine peripheral toning is accurately captured by GFRC photography. Light coin gray shades are seen on both sides with peripheral aquamarine on the reverse. If higher end Capped Bust half dollar overdates are your primary wheelhouse, I would JUST BUY IT NOW as this is a superior offering. CAC population is only 11 at grade with a dramatic price premium in Mint State. Early capped bust halves at his quality level don't come by the office often! Housed in PCGS Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1819/8 1819/8
Large 9
AU55 NGC Fatty
280056017
O-102
Gem $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  1819/8 1819/8
Small 9
EF45 NGC
6448213005
O-101
Choice $545 1819/8 Small 9, Impressive Eye Appeal, Steely Reflectance, Choice Surfaces. Angled lighting exposes steely reflectant and peripheral mint frost on this 1819/8 Small 9 half. Luster is quite strong and well above average for the grade including sparkling reflections at the stars. Images accurately capture the mostly rose-gray obverse and deep olive-gray reverse. The reverse is particularly notable for having a sharp steely texture. Obverse strike is sharp with all star centerpoints present while the reverse is typical. Fully choice and recommended by me. Housed in new large font NGC holder with Small 9 and O-101 attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
Patched 3
MS62
PCGS
39322807

Choice $7250 Patch 3, Exceptional Eye Appeal, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Very Scarce CAC Approved. A luscious 1823 O-101a Patched 3 offering that would be a highlight in an advanced Capped Bust half dollar collection. Beautifully preserved with a stunning presentation of brilliant frosted luster and surrounding copper-gold and aquamarine-blue peripheral toning at the rims. A few luster breaks in the left obverse field account for the technical grade. Eye appeal however, is that of a higher grade. Mint worker efforts to "patch" the center of the digit is easily seen under 10x. This is a low CAC population variety that is always popular. Only three have been approved at this grade level with six finer. The pricing premiums grow much more substantial at Choice Mint State. I like this piece so much that a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is warranted as this is such a pretty example. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
Patch 3
AU55 PCGS
25629056
O-101a
Choice $2750 Challenging Patch 3 Variety, Superior Eye Appeal, Brilliant Luster. The 1823 patched and broken 3 die varieties have been consistently popular with Capped Bust collectors. When appearing on the market, I make of point of adding to inventory as in the case for this choice example. Steely luster dominates during bright light inspection along with vibrant cartwheels. Peripheral aquamarine and gold toning decorates lightly toned centers. A few well hidden lines in the left obverse field are of no consequence as this is an eye appeal and luster coin. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  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
MS63+ NGC
6061326003
O-101
Gem $2800 New July 24! Exceptional Eye Appeal, Granular Frosty Luster, Years of Viewing Enjoyment. A magnificent 1825 O-101 Capped Bust half with exceptional eye appeal. Yes, there will be many superlatives in this description as I'm loving this offering. Struck by partially eroded dies resulting in thick granular mint bloom. Angled lighting exposes rich frosted luster and swirling cartwheels. Fields are entirely unabraded with the certified grade limited by a few ticks on the cheek and lower neck. Eye appeal is of a higher grade. Previously sold by GFRC and bought back as part of a larger deal. I was thrilled to have this gem back in inventory. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1825 1825
AU55 PCGS
29192403
O-111
Choice $950 Choice Original, Light Gold Patina, Frosted Luster, Sooner Collection. A well preserved Sooner Collection offering with ample amounts of frosted luster. Silver-gray coloring dominates with peripheral with peripheral gold at the stars and legend. Accurately grade with light rub on the cheek and reverse wing tips. Reverse strike is particularly well executed with intricately defined claws and arrow feathers, an a typical situation for the issue. This 1825 Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder.
Capped Bust  1825 1825
AU50 PCGS
16053864
O-108
Original $450 Scarce O-108 Die Variety in AU, Original Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. The West Texas Collection presents yet another old time quality Capped Bust half dollar. The 1825 O-108 offering is a better die variety at the AU grade level and worthy of consideration. One immediately notes the natural silver-gold patina that is deeper at the peripheries. Residual mint frost is present around the stars, the reverse legend and within protected device relief. The ample mint frost results in frosty cartwheels under a light source. An accurately graded example with no blemishes worthy of mention; just old time quality for the selective collector. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
EF45 PCGS
83795162
O-118a
Gem HOLD
$435
New July 26! Exceptional Eye Appeal, Brilliant Frosted Luster, A Superb Gem. An exceptional 1826 O-118a Capped Bust half with gorgeous eye appeal. GFRC images accurately capture coloration and presentation. This is little else to say other than JUST BUY IT NOW! Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Square Base 2
MS63 PCGS
83817655
O-107
Choice $2800 Shimmering Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Choice Surfaces, Better Die Variety, Fort Lauderdale Collection. This 1827 O-107 Capped Bust half is a compelling offering when considering the combination of an R3 rarity rating along with substantial eye appeal. Shimmering frosted luster and vibrant cartwheels promptly appear when placed under a light source. The darker gray-gold toning, as seen in the GFRC images, transition to soft rose-gray with subtle blue highlights at the rims. Obverse strike is nearly full with only a few stars lacking center points. Strike weakness at the reverse scroll is seen, otherwise the primary devices are fully impressed. A thoroughly pleasing specimen that belongs in an advanced cabinet. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with "Square Base 2" attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Sq Base 2
AU55
NGC
2655550007
O-138
Choice $750 Choice Crusty Original, Accurately Graded. The 1827 Capped Bust date can be both overwhelming and challenging for die variety collecting. O-138 examples, with parallel die lines above Liberty's cap, are rated R4. The BustHalfAddict.com website indicates, "Generally a tougher marriage with MS64 at the head of a small group of MS specimens. AU's are generally tough as well." Surfaces are covered with thick crusty gray patina. I could not find any blemishes to complain about. Please note that the darker surfaces on Liberty's check is crusty toning and not a blemish. Housed in newer NGC holder. CAC approval is fully warranted due to the perfectly natural surfaces.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Sq. Base 2
AU53
PCGS
31429579
O-134
Gem HOLD
$715
New July 26! Square Base 2, Gem Original, Sparkling Frosted Luster, Superb Eye Appeal, CAC Approval. A superbly toned 1827 O-134 Capped Bust half that offers sparkling frosted luster and vibrant cartwheels. Light gray centers are well decorated by peripheral orange-gold and the thinnest of an aquamarine ring at the rim. Unquestionably an eye appeal play for type as 1827 is one of the most common bust half dates. The O-134 die pairing has an R4 rarity rating which further enhances importance of this gorgeous offering. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval and Square Base 2 attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
VF35 NGC
4715997005
O-106
Choice HOLD
$250
New July 26! Eye Appeal of Higher Grade, Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels. I did a double take when first evaluating this superb 1827 Capped Bust half as there is a disconnect between the coin and certified grade. Both sides present natural frosty luster with active cartwheels. Obverse toning is a light golden-gray surrounded by peripheral blues and ebony while the reverse is intermixed aquamarine-gold. Surfaces are unabraded. The assigned grade is much too conservative from a market grading perspective. Let's see how long this one lasts on the price list at the asking price. Housed in new large font NGC 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
Curl Base 2, Knob 6
AU50 PCGS
41819729
O-106
Original $1300 R4+ Die Pairing, Partially Mirrored Fields, Peripheral Gold, Fort Lauderdale Collection. GFRC is pleased to be adding an R4+ rarity 1828 O-106 Capped Bust half dollar to its inventory courtesy of the Fort Lauderdale Collection. Only two obverse dies with a Curled Base and Knob 2 are known and listed as O-106 and O-107. O-106 is the rarer of the two die pairing, both with the same reverse die. The obverse dies can be easily differentiated by the position of star 13 with respect to the adjacent hair curl. This specimen presents partially mirrored fields and peripheral gold coloration. A stray arcing line through the eagle's left facing lower wing hold s this piece back from a Choice quality rating. Serious Overton collectors should take note! Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 holder with "Curl Base 2, Knob" attribution on the label.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
AU58 Details raw

Market Acceptable $450 Dansco Album Candidate, Hammered Strike, Light Cleaning. At first glance, this 1829 capped Bust half might appear to be a Mint State example. Strike is hammered while fields have a steely texture. Peripheral toning further enhanced the eye appeal. Mint frost surrounds the stars and legend. A 10x inspection under bright light revealed faint cleaning hairlines around in the date and in the left obverse field. Additional hairlines are evident on the reverse between eagle and scroll. I'm assigning a Market Acceptable quality rating as this is an attractive piece that has been lightly mistreated. Perfect for a Dansco or Whitman bookshelf album project.
Capped Bust  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
MS62 PCGS
38353548
O-123
Choice $1400 Large 0, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Pewter-Gold Coloration. Shimmering frosted luster borders on satiny textures due to being struck by partially eroded dies. This 1830 Large 0 O-123 example displays light pewter-gold coloration and a typical strike. Choice surfaces are unabraded. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Large 0
AU58 PCGS
27336768
O-123
Original $800 Price Reduction October 12, 2019 - O-123, Large 0, Frosty White Luster, Active Cartwheels, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Twins Lakes Collection. Textured frosty surfaces and swirling cartwheel luster are the highlights of this 1830 O-123 Capped Bust half dollar. Surfaces are a uniform white probably from a dip prior to certification. Strike is typical. Light rub is evident on the cheek. Accurately graded and housed in 2013 generation holder with blue-white label and edge view insert. Another divested offering from the Twins Lakes Collection.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
Small 0
EF45 NGC
3737020002
O-116
Choice $275 New August 4! Natural Coin Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Choice Original, Lakeland Collection. A strictly original 1830 O-116 Caped Bust half that will be appreciated by the new owner. Both sides are toned a consistent coin gray while the fields retain ample amounts of steely reflectance. Strike is nearly complete with undisturbed fields. Yet another offering that is typical of the Lakeland Collection quality. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
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
VF35 PCGS
84679830
O-109
Choice $175 Crusty Gray Patina, Well Preserved, Choice Surfaces, Pikes Peak Collection. A pleasing 1831 O-109 Capped Bust half that is well preserved. Crusty gray patina highlights the lighter colored wear points. Bright light review exposes steely fields and traces of residual luster. Overall, a choice example that is attractively priced. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
Smaller Letters
AU58
PCGS
43607812
O-110
Choice HOLD
$1125
New June 17! Sparkling Frosted Luster, Bold Strike, Choice Surfaces, CAC Approval. Fans of the Capped Bust half dollar series will undoubtedly appreciate this 1832 O-110 offering for its sparkling brilliance and superb presentation under angled lighting. Dancing cartwheel further add to the overall eye appeal. Strike is essentially complete with only stars 8 and 9 lacking deep center points. Peripheral gold adds a nice charm too. Please note that there is a string like strike through error on the eagle's neck and out into the field. This is as made. Perfectly original and housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
AU55 PCGS
2755720

Choice $700 Superb Eye Appeal, Sparkling Luster, Copper-Gold Peripheral Toning. A superb 1833 O-104 example that would fit nicely into an advanced collection. Those only certified as AU55, this offering overperforms with eye appeal of a higher grade. Brilliant frosted luster is continuous on both sides as is the cartwheel action. During bright light assessment the only "distraction" is a substantial clash mark in the left obverse field. Peripheral copper-gold toning nicely decorates both sides. A new purchase with CAC submission status being an unknown. There is no time to ship this one off to CAC prior to the Winter FUN show, rather it is going directly to the price list. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) holder.
Capped Bust  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
MS61
NGC
3828019006
O-116
Gem $1500 New July 11! Superb Eye Appeal, Granular Frosted Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Low CAC Population. Let's kick off the introduction of Summer FUN 2022 new purchases with this gem 1834 O-116 Small Date half that deserves a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. The certified grade is much too conservative given overall eye appeal including brilliant frosted luster from granular mint bloom. Cartwheel are intense and so pleasing. Toning is intermixed olive, rose, gold, and gray. Bright light viewing leads to light rose-gold with shimmering luster. Why MS61? Someone at NGC was having a bad hair day and took it out on this beautiful Capped Bust half as I'm unable to find any abrasions that explain the low Mint State grade. O-116 captures Obverse Hub 8 with double outline of clasp. CAC population is two at MS61 and eight at MS62. Well worth the asking price. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert and CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Small Date, Small Letters
AU58
NGC
4928462013
O-113
Choice $875 Small Date, Small Letters Type, Crusty Olive-Gold Gray, Choice Surfaces, Frosty Luster. A gorgeous 1834 O-113 Capped Bust half that presents a thick skin and frosty luster. Most later date halves will be found with brilliant luster after being dipped for the maximum possible TPG grade. Contrast those with this 100% original specimen with natural olive-gold and gray patina. Under a light source, the frosted surfaces display ample amounts of silky luster. Fields are entirely unabraded. If searching for natural coloring on your Capped Bust halves, this offering warrants serious attention. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Small Date, Small Letters
AU50 PCGS
42942072
O-116
Choice $365 A Toning Cavalcade, Frosted Luster, Premium Eye Appeal. Fans of colorful early silver type should pay close attention to this new offering. This piece brings a cavalcade of toning colors including mottled rose-blue on the obverse along with rich peripheral gold on the reverse. Bright light viewing is a wicked good (Maine slang for great!) experience as the natural frosted luster amplifies the toning colors. Strike is typical with unabraded surfaces. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Small Date, Small Letters
EF45 NGC
6100563020

Original $225 New August 4! Small Date, Small Letters Type, Light Gray Patina, Near-Choice, Lakeland Collection. Light gray toning hues nicely decorate both sides of this 1834 Small Date and Small Letters half. Residual frosted luster appears during angled lighting inspection as there is sufficient remaining mint bloom in the protected areas. Surfaces are essentially mark free with just a few scattered micro-ticks of no consequence. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
MS64+ NGC
4877569008

Gem $3950 Superb Gem, Glowing Frosted Luster, Center Rose-Gold, Peripheral Blues. GFRC could not be more pleased to be offering this superb 1835 Capped Bust half for those that demand the finest for their numismatic hobby. As usual, my images fall way short for accurately illustrating the exceptional eye appeal of this offering. This gem is resting on the office desk under an angled LED floor standing lamp. Intense frosted luster glows from both sides to the point of not being certain as to which side I like better. Toning is a light rose-gold with thin blue arcs at the peripheries. The obverse exhibits heavy die clashing in front of Liberty while the reverse is unclashed. Strike is better than average for the issue. This piece is ideal for those building a top end 19th century type set and searching for pieces with dripping luster and superior eye appeal. Housed in new large font NGC holder and heading to CAC if not promptly sold.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
AU58 PCGS
35339598
O-104
Choice $850 New June 21! Gorgeous Coloration, Sharp Reflectance, Close to Semi Prooflike. A near-gem 1835 O-104 Capped Bust half with semi-prooflike fields and gorgeous toning. Bright light inspection releases sharp colorful reflectance with both sides being consistently mirrored. Center rose transitioning into blue-aquamarine and culmintating into peripheral gold is a familiar toning pattern that collectors will recognize and appreciate. Fields are essentially unabraded other than an ancient reverse mark between AM(ER)ICA. This offering will provide hours of bright light viewing pleasure. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
AU50 NGC
343947003
O-109
Original $345 Near Choice Original, Dusty Gray Patina, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded. Near choice original surfaces that are covered with dusty gray patina resulting in a mild circulated cameo appearance. Well struck with no blemishes requiring mention. The thicker non transparent obverse toning spots hold this one back from a full choice quality rating. An obvious candidate for CAC approval given the strict originality and accurate grading. Housed in new large font NGC holder and an identical twin to the 1834 in NGC holder 343947-004.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
AU50 PCGS
31588956
O-104
Gem HOLD
$800
New July 26! Exceptional Eye Appeal, Steely Reflective Luster, Bright Light Eye Candy. Sadly, my images are unable to do this exceptional 1835 O-104 half dollar the proper justice. One session under angled lighting will make you a fan. The contrast between briliant steely luster and rose-blue toning is pleasantly stark and worth a second, and even third study as done while writing this description. An unquestionable gem with tons of eye appeal that is securing a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Lettered Edge
MS61 NGC
5952022005
O-120
Choice $1550 New July 12! Better Overton Die Pairing, Granular Frosted Luster, Rose Blue-Gold Coloration, City by the Bay Collection. As the lettered edge Capped Bust half dollar series came to a close during 1836, a fair number of better die varieties resulted. This O-120 "Bar Dot" can be easily attributed by a dot to the right of the 6 digit in the date and has been assigned an R4 rarity rating. Along with the scarce die pairing, this piece exhibits granular frosted luster and swirling cartwheels during angled lighting inspection. Rose-blue toning on the obverse and light gold on the reverse certainly enhances overall eye appeal. A special Capped Bust half that will undoubtedly be a prize in an advanced collection. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Lettered Edge
AU58 PCGS
36365457
O-123
Choice HOLD
$1050
Gorgeous Eye Appeal, R4 Overton Rarity, Copper-Gold with Peripheral Blues. This gorgeous 1836 Letter Edge half is yet another case were the GFRC images fail to capture the beauty of the subject coin. In-hand viewing is spectacular with rich copper-gold center and a thin peripheral blue arc. A bright light releases gobs of brilliant frosted luster that is certainly eye catching. Cartwheel action is vibrant. The Overton 123 variety is the last for the issue with an R4 rarity rating. This coin is attractive from multiple angles and deserves a JUST BUY IT NOW shout out. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
50/00 Lettered Edge
AU50 PCGS
19299616

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

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

Original $3900 Reeded Edge "50 Cents" Design Key Date, Grey-Gold Patina, Near-Choice Surfaces, Newtown Collection. 1836 brought a transition year for the U.S. Mint. Branch mints were authorized in 1835 leading to much planning and construction coordination. Steam pressed were introduced and Christian Gobrecht became the Second Engraver after Kneass suffered a stroke. The half dollar design was modified for better strikings with the new steam press equipment. Only 5,000 Reeded halves dated 1836 were struck due to problems with the steam press installation and first strikings taking place in November of that year. The Newtown Collection is releasing his 1836 RE example for your consideration. Steely fields are minimally abraded while the overall coloration is a medium gray with embedded gold. Strike is typical for the date with several partial stars in the right field. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder. The backside of the holder has two areas with missing plastic stacking guides.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Beaded Reverse

26267932
O-106a
Choice HOLD
$235
New July 26! Beaded Reverse, Crusty Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces. A particularly intriguing 1836 O-106a Capped Bust half dollar found in a late die state with completely effaced milling and rough surfaces. As stated by Overton, "This reverse is the only reverse in the lettered edge series that has a raised edge with beaded segments." Unfortunately, the late die state does not allow clear visual access to the earlier beaded segments. Surfaces are covered with a crusty gray skin. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder with CAC approval and Overton 106a, Beaded Reverse attribution on label.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Reeded Edge
AU58
NGC
2600918007
GR-5
Choice $925 Perfectly Original, Natural Coin Gray Toning, Soft Frosty Luster, CAC Approval. How I enjoy handling unquestionably original early type coins. Case in point is this lovely 1837 GR-5 Reeded Edge half with natural coin gray patina. As a result of the light crusty skin, the frosty luster is a bit muted. The question come down to collector preferences. Some want flashy bright white luster (from a dip) while others are students of natural gray toning. I'm in the latter camp and will continue to offer pieces as this 1837 half. A well struck specimen with peripheral gold mint frost. A typical CAC approve coin that is rewarded for strict originality. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Reeded Edge
AU58
NGC
289864003
GR-14
Choice $1425 New August 6! Superb Visual Presentation, Steely Fields, Reddish-Gray and Gold, CAC Approval. Little needs to be said for this attractive 1837 Reeded Edge half dollar lot. Under a light source, I see natural coin gray toning with embedded rose on the obverse and hints of aquamarine on the reverse. Peripheral gold is more dominant on the obverse. Fully struck from worn and cracked GR-14 dies. Fields are essentially unabraded. Housed in NGC Gen 7 (1997-2000) holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
MS62 PCGS
82415167
GR-12
Choice $2250 Better Die Pairing, Frosted Luster, Cracked Reverse, Circular Toning, Bright Light Eye Appeal.. Since designed by Christian gobrecht, the reeded edge rendition of Liberty has always been a personal favorite. The primary motifs and stars are of a lower relief as compared to the screw press John Reich designs. This fresh 1838 example would be ideal for a type collection given its attractive toning that excels under a bright light. Or the GR-12 R4 attribution might appeal to die variety collectors. GFRC images present an accurate picture of the in-hand coloring. Bright light viewing is where the fun is! Obverse coloring lightens to to a small rose-blue center dot surrounded by transparent light yellow-gold. The reverse coloring is classic center rose and peripheral acquamarine. In terms of the GR-12 variety, Graham states that, "a somewhat more difficult variety to find, and will take some patience to locate in nice original condition". Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
EF45 PCGS
26879030

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