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24 Oct 2021

Bust Half Dollars

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Bust Half Dollars were minted from 1794 to 1839. Today I will be talking about two basic designs, the Capped Bust and the Flowing Hair. Gilbert Stuart and John Reich are credited with designing the halves. Collectors will have their hands full with this series, and no complete set has ever been assembled as far as I know. Flowing Hair Bust Half Dollars were the first half dollars ever minted by the US government. Issues are scarce (especially in high grades) and many differences in design (varieties) are plentiful, especially with the 1795 date. The 1794 is the hardest to find, with 120 to 130 examples. The highest graded 1794 half dollar went for $10,016,875 the most (to my knowledge) a US coin had ever gone for to date.Capped Bust Half Dollars are readily found in circulated conditions. The main problem for collectors of the Capped Bust type is that there a dozens of varieties, so a COMPLETE collection is VERY rare. The hardest Capped Bust var. is the 1817 7 over 4, with 8 known examples.


Just a shorter blog today because I have other things I need to get done. Please check out my recent forum post. Thanks!

Comments

Long Beard

Level 5

Short and to the point. Well done. The Bust coinage are my favorite pre-1900 designs of both silver and gold. Especially with the right tone and patina.

Kepi

Level 6

Nice blog. Thanks! ; )

thatcoinguy

Level 4

No problem.

Longstrider

Level 6

Popular series for some people. Thanks.

CoinHunter

Level 5

Very nice blog!

Golfer

Level 5

Both out of my area. Dont collect either ones. Wish I had a few though. So many varieties would be nice to have some. Thanks

thatcoinguy

Level 4

I should probably get one when I have some cash just to have an example of it in my collection, as I really like the design.

AC coin$

Level 5

I would have liked to see the images of Bust half dollars . Great hunting .

thatcoinguy

Level 4

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