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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1824/4 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65

A SATIN GEM DISPLAYING AUTUMN-GOLD AND GUNMETAL-GRAY TONING. O-110. JUST ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$9,750.00

1826 CAPPED BUST 50C, LETTERED EDGE MS65

BRILLIANT WHITE GEM!
$8,250.00

1826 CAPPED BUST 50C, LETTERED EDGE MS65

GEM ORIGINAL. O-102. ELIASBERG PEDIGREE.
$8,250.00

1827 CAPPED BUST 50C, SQUARE BASE 2 MS65

SQUARE BASE 2. GEM SURFACES WITH LOVELY IRIDESCENT TONING.
$10,950.00

1827 CAPPED BUST 50C, SQUARE BASE 2, LETTERED EDGE MS67

0-120A. SQUARE 2. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$38,500.00

1829 CAPPED BUST 50C, LETTERED EDGE MS66

ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER!
$13,950.00

1829 CAPPED BUST 50C, LETTERED EDGE MS66

SMALL LETTERS. ONLY 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$13,950.00

1830 CAPPED BUST 50C, SMALL 0, LETTERED EDGE MS65

SMALL 0. O-107. JUST 5 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$7,750.00

1832 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65+

SMALL LETTERS. O-103. ONLY 6 HIGHER AT NGC.
$8,500.00

1832 CAPPED BUST 50C, SMALL LETTERS, LETTERED EDGE MS65

SMALL LETTERS. LOVELY TONING.
$6,950.00

1833 CAPPED BUST 50C MS66

GEM SURFACES. ONLY 4 HIGHER AT PCGS.
$19,500.00

1833 CAPPED BUST 50C, LETTERED EDGE MS66

FABULOUS GEM SURFACES. 0-108. ELISABERG PEDIGREE.
$14,950.00

1834 CAPPED BUST 50C, CRUSHED LETTERED EDGE PR67 Cameo

RESTRIKE. JUST 3-5 STRUCK. FINEST KNOWN. CRUSHED EDGE LETTER
$219,500.00

1834 CAPPED BUST 50C, LARGE DATE, LARGE LETTERS, LETTERED EDGE MS65

LARGE DATE, LARGE LETTERS. O-101. NICE LUSTER.
$6,500.00

1834 CAPPED BUST 50C, LARGE DATE, SMALL LETTERS MS65

LARGE DATE, SMALL LETTERS. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$6,500.00

1834 CAPPED BUST 50C, LETTERED EDGE PR65

GEM PROOF. ORIGINALLY ONLY 10 STRUCK. JUST 5-8 KNOWN TODAY. A PR67 IS THE ONLY ONE GRADED HIGHER. BRAND/NORWEB PEDIGREE.
$99,500.00

1834 CAPPED BUST 50C, LETTERED EDGE PR67

FLOYD T. STARR PEDIGREE. ONLY 10 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED
$165,000.00

1834 CAPPED BUST 50C, LG DATE, SMALL LETTERS, LETTERED EDGE MS66

LARGE DATE. SMALL LETTERS. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$13,500.00