Draped Bust Half Dollars

Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1796-1797)

United States coin designs underwent rapid and sometimes radical change during the first few years of federal coinage. The fledgling U.S. Mint was keenly sensitive to criticism and seemed to be experimenting constantly in an effort to find just the right monetary image for the brand new nation.

The early silver coinage reflected this restlessness. Before the Mint was even ten years old, it had produced silver coins with three different designs. They weren’t entirely dissimilar; in fact, there was a great deal of overlap in their features as one type gave way to the next. Still, they have long been recognized by collectors as three distinct series, although admittedly short ones.

Not all the silver coins went through the entire progression; the dime and quarter were struck in only two types during that very first decade. The half dollar, however, was one silver coin that did touch all three .... (Expand Text)

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1797 DRAPED BUST 50C VG10

LOVELY, EVENLY WORN PLANCHET. ONLY 2,984 STRUCK. BELIEVED THAT LESS THAN 150 KNOWN TO EXIST IN ALL GRADES.
$47,500.00

1797 DRAPED BUST 50C, SMALL EAGLE AU55

VERY RARE. ONLY 2,984 STRUCK. JUST 6 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$195,000.00

1797 DRAPED BUST 50C, SMALL EAGLE VF30

ONLY 2,984 STRUCK. A RARE 2-YEAR TYPE COIN.
$79,500.00

1801 DRAPED BUST 50C, LARGE EAGLE AU50

VERY SCARCE DATE. ONLY 30,289 STRUCK.
$14,500.00

1806 DRAPED BUST 50C MS64+

POINTED 6, WITH STEMS. O-121. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$37,500.00

1806 DRAPED BUST 50C, 6/INVERTED 6, LARGE EAGLE MS62

6 OVER INVERTED 6. ROSE BLUE COLOR. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER.
$39,500.00

1806 DRAPED BUST 50C, OVERTON 115 POINTED 6, STEM, LARGE EAGLE MS62

O-115. POINTED 6, STEMS. LOVELY COLOR.
$10,500.00

1806 DRAPED BUST 50C, POINTED 6, STEM, LARGE EAGLE MS64

POINTED 6 WITH STEM. ONLY 3 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$29,950.00

1806 DRAPED BUST 50C, POINTED 6, STEM, LARGE EAGLE MS65

POINTED 6, STEMS. GEM SATIN SURFACES.
$92,500.00

1807 DRAPED BUST 50C, DRAPED BUST, LARGE EAGLE MS63

WELL PRESERVED SPECIMEN. LOVELY TYPE COIN.
$17,500.00

1807 DRAPED BUST 50C, DRAPED BUST, LARGE EAGLE MS66

GEM LUSTEROUS SURFACES. TIED WITH 2 OTHERS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$137,500.00