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09 Oct 2020

Auction Action: Four Capped Bust Half Dollars

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

I just got these four Capped Bust Half dollars in the mail from my auction win on Sunday night. Designed by John Reich the coin is composed of .8924 silver and .1076 copper, weighs 13.48 grams and its diameter is approximately 32.5 mm due to these coins being struck in an open collar. The edge of these four coins are smooth and reads Fifty Cents or Half A Dollar with a star between Dollar and Fifty 1814-1831. From 1832- 1836 there were vertical lines between these words. The lettered edge varieties were struck from 1807 to 1836. The remainder of designs minted featured a reeded edge. There is a reeded edge variety of the 1836 of the half dollar which commands premium prices.


These are the first Capped Bust Half Dollars to enter my collection. I have a capped bust quarter and want to put together a set of the Capped Bust Half Dime, Dime, Quarter, and Half Dollar. No dollars of this design were struck.

Comments

CoinHunter

Level 5

Nice coins!

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 5

Cool designs. I wish today's coins had even a small amount of the art used back then. Nice collection. Maybe I can add one in the future.

Kepi

Level 6

Great auction wins! Beautiful coins! Nice additions to your collection ; )

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Nice coins. Early halves are so cool but as you know can quickly go way up in price.

Long Beard

Level 5

Some spectacular starter pieces you have. The Bust denominations are by far my favorite of the early mint issues.

s12k3

Level 4

Nice win Bama!

Longstrider

Level 6

Very nice. I think you did well at the auction. I like the '26 myself. Good luck on your sale. Thanks.

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

I like that one too... A really nice tonnage on it.

It's Mokie

Level 6

A really nice haul of beautiful halves. Thanks for sharing, I have two but always on the lookout for others.

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Nice win! Keep up the good work Bama! Cheers, NM

I have an 1836 lettered edge, the only one I've got, but it is a great representation of the design.

coinsbygary

Level 5

I have always liked bust halves. They have a nice classical design, and they're large. That said, I have found many of the circulated grades of common date bust halves to be great values. Like VAM's for Morgan and Peace dollars, the die varieties of bust halves can be collected by Overton classifications.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

@ Gary... I was noticing the o designations, now I need to learn more and figure out these coins. You just gave me a starting point!

Stumpy

Level 5

Beautiful coins, but like a lot of older coins the Eagle's neck is the least attractive aspect of the coin. Still a great design and a sweet coin. Thanks for sharing. Later!

Mike

Level 7

The question is so you know why this coin has edge writing?. They would get these coins and carefully take silver off the rims.. Think about it. So much silver they had to do something. So on went the edge writing. There a great coin with great history. Enjoy them.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Also why they went to reeding which probably was even better

Golfer

Level 5

You have 4 more than I do in my collection. Awesome coins. Are you going to have them graded? Good luck on putting together a set of them. Looking forward to seeing the next additions. Keep us posted.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

@ Golfer....I'm going to keep the best one or maybe two and sell two. I haven't decided about having them graded but I'm considering it. The 1826 is the nicest followed by the first shown 1836.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

It's interesting how different they look under magnification with the loupe vs these photos. I took them with a cell phone.

"SUN"

Level 6

You have some nice additions to your collection.

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