Capped Bust Half Dollars

Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807-1836)


Some coins are admired by collectors. Many are coveted. Only a precious few are truly beloved. Early United States coppers (large cents and half cents) fall into this special category, and so do Capped Bust/lettered edge half dollars or, as they’re widely known with warm affection, “Bust halves.”

Bust half dollars with lettered edges have undeniable charm, much like the copper coinage of early America. They were struck with screw presses, and each working die was prepared individually, the date, stars and lettering being punched in by hand. These elements resulted in a myriad of varieties. They’ve also enabled specialists to pinpoint just which die struck any given coin. And this marvelous diversity is the yeast that keeps interest rising in these coins. The term “Bust halves” actually applies to both Capped Bust half dollars and the Draped Bust coins that preceded.... (Expand Text)

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1811 CAPPED BUST 50C, SMALL 8 MS66+ PCGS

SMALL 8. OVERTON 107. RARITY 4. A STUNNING LUSTROUS SPECIMEN OF THIS VERY SCARCE VARIETY. ONLY TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCHS. CAC.
$74,250.00

1819/8 CAPPED BUST 50C, LARGE 9 MS65 PCGS

LARGE 9. WELL STRUCK WITH LOVELY AMBER BLUE TONING ANNOINTING THE LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY FOUR COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. O-102. RARITY-2.
$28,600.00

1836 CAPPED BUST 50C, 50/00, LETTERED EDGE MS64+ PCGS

50/00. LETTERED EDGE. OVERTON 116. GEM DELICATELY AMBER/BLUE TONING IS NICELY LAYERED ON LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$27,500.00

1807 CAPPED BUST 50C, LARGE STARS 50/20 MS64+ PCGS

LARGE STARS 50/20. GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. BLUISH AMBER TONING. O-112. LESS THAN A HANDFUL GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$49,500.00

1808 CAPPED BUST 50C MS67 PCGS

GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH ELECTRIC BLUE PERIPHERAL TONING. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$77,000.00

1808/7 CAPPED BUST 50C MS64+ PCGS

GEM SURFACES WITH LIGHT IRIDESCENT PERIPHERAL TONING. ONLY 2 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$38,500.00

1809 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65+ PCGS

GEM SURFACES ENHANCED WITH LIGHT BLUE/ROSE PATINA. O-103. CAC.
$27,500.00

1811/10 CAPPED BUST 50C MS64 PCGS

RICHLY TONED, WELL STRUCK SURFACES. ONLY A HANDFUL OF COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. O-101 OVERDATE.
$22,000.00

1812 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65+ PCGS

GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. O-105A. ELIASBERG PEDIGREE.
$24,750.00

1812 CAPPED BUST 50C MS66 NGC

A FABULOUS GEM. O-110. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$18,700.00

1812/1 CAPPED BUST 50C, LARGE 8 AU55 NGC

LARGE 8. SUBERB, EVENLY WORN SURFACES. O=101. RARITY-5. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$49,500.00

1812/1 CAPPED BUST 50C, SMALL 8 MS64+ PCGS

SMALL 8. O-102. FABULOUS COLOR. JUST ONE MS65+ GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. TIED WITH TWO OTHER COINS FOR SECOND HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$31,350.00

1814 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65 PCGS

GEM SURFACES. IRIDESCENT TONING. O-109. RARITY-2.
$22,000.00

1815/2 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65 PCGS

GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES ENHANCED WITH A LIGHT AMBER/ROSE PATINA. O-101. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$175,000.00

1817/3 CAPPED BUST 50C MS62+ CACG

VERY CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. O-101a. SHARP, CLEAR OVERDATE. CAC.
$17,600.00

1817/3 CAPPED BUST 50C MS63+ PCGS

RICH AMBER BLUE PERIPHERAL TONING. CLEAR SHARP OVER DATE. JUST A HANDFUL GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$30,250.00

1818 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65 PCGS

GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES. O-107. RARITY-1. TIED FOR SECOND FINEST KNOWN.
$13,200.00

1819/8 CAPPED BUST 50C, LARGE 9 MS65 PCGS

LARGE 9. 0-102. RARITY-2. GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH ELEGANT LIGHT BLUISH/ROSE PATINA.
$28,600.00

1820/19 CAPPED BUST 50C, SQUARE BASE 2 MS65 PCGS

SQUARE BASE 2. GEM SATIN SURFACES. O-101. JUST A SINGLE MS65+ GRADED HIGHER. ELIASBERG PEDIGREE. RARITY-2.
$45,000.00

1821 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65 NGC

GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH LIGHT AMBER TONING. O-105a. ONLY SIX COINS GRADED HIGHER. RARITY-1.
$12,100.00

1822/1 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65 PCGS

GEM SURFACES. JUST TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER. THIRD HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$45,000.00