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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1829 CAPPED BUST 50C MS66

SMALL LETTERS. O-112. ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$17,500.00

1829/7 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65

LIGHT MOTTLED TONING. O-102. RARITY-2. ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$16,500.00

1831 CAPPED BUST 50C MS65+

GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH DELICATE ROSE/BLUE TONING. CAC.
$19,750.00

1831 CAPPED BUST 50C MS66

GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH LIGHT RUSSET TONING. ONLY THREE COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$27,500.00

1832 CAPPED BUST 50C, SMALL LETTERS MS65

SMALL LETTERS. O-103. WELL STRUCK WITH STEEL GREY TONING.
$6,000.00

1832 CAPPED BUST 50C, SMALL LETTERS MS65

SMALL LETTERS. LOVELY TONING.
$6,750.00

1834 CAPPED BUST 50C, LARGE DATE, LARGE LETTERS MS67

O-109. SMALL DATE, SMALL LETTERS. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$41,250.00

1834 CAPPED BUST 50C, LARGE DATE, SMALL LETTERS MS66

LARGE DATE. SMALL LETTERS. O-106. ONLY A SINGLE COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. THIS IS THE SECOND HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$39,500.00

1834 CAPPED BUST 50C, LARGE DATE, SMALL LETTERS MS66

LARGE DATE, SMALL LETTERS. ELECTRIC BLUE PERIPHERAL TONING. ONLY TWO COINS GRADE HIGHER AT NGC.
$17,500.00

1836 CAPPED BUST 50C, REEDED EDGE MS63

REEDED EDGE. ONLY 5,000 STRUCK.
$18,700.00

1837 CAPPED BUST 50C, REEDED EDGE MS66

REEDED EDGE. SATIN SURFACES. AMONG THE FINEST.
$30,250.00

1838 CAPPED BUST 50C, REEDED EDGE MS65+

GEM, MOSTLY WHITE SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY FOUR COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$27,500.00

1838 CAPPED BUST 50C, REEDED EDGE MS65+

REEDED EDGE. GEM WELL STRUCK SURFACES. LIGHT AMBER TONING. ONLY 4 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$27,500.00

1839 CAPPED BUST 50C LL, LARGE LETTERS MS65

REEDED EDGE. LARGE LETTERS. ELECTRIC BLUE/GREEN PERIPHERAL TONING MAKES THIS A TRUE PIECE OR 19TH CENTURY ART. ONLY TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$40,000.00

1839-O CAPPED BUST 50C MS64

WELL STRUCK WITH LUSTROUS SURFACES. VERY SCARCE ISSUE FROM THE NEW ORLEANS MINT.
$38,500.00

1839-O CAPPED BUST 50C MS65

GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY TWO GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$68,750.00

1830 CAPPED BUST 50C, SMALL 0 MS65+

SMALL O. O-101. WELL STRUCK WITH LOVELY IRIDESCENT TONING. CAC.
$17,500.00