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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1806 DRAPED BUST 50C, KNOB 6, NO STEM F12

KNOB 6, NO STEMS. O-108. EXTREMELY RARE. ONLY 5 TO 6 COINS KNOW TO EXIST.
$99,500.00

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

O-115. POINTED 6, STEMS. LOVELY COLOR. HIGHEST GRADED OF THIS VARIETY AT PCGS.
$10,500.00

1806 DRAPED BUST 50C, POINTED 6, STEM MS63

POINTED 6 WITH STEMS. O-121. LOVELY LIGHT IRIDESCENT TONING.
$19,500.00

1796 DRAPED BUST 50C, 15 STARS XF40

15 STARS. LOVELY SURFACES WITH UNIFORMED WEAR. ONLY 934 ORIGINALLY STRUCK. LESS THAN 100 KNOWN IN ANY GRADE EXIST TODAY.
$129,500.00

1797 DRAPED BUST 50C, SMALL EAGLE AU55

VERY RARE. ONLY 2,984 STRUCK. JUST 5 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$185,000.00

1801 DRAPED BUST 50C AU53

VERY SCARCE DATE. O-101.
$19,500.00

1801 DRAPED BUST 50C, LARGE EAGLE AU50

VERY SCARCE DATE. ONLY 30,289 STRUCK.
$13,950.00

1802 DRAPED BUST 50C AU55

WELL STRUCK, PROBLEM FREE PLANCHET.
$28,500.00

1806 DRAPED BUST 50C, 6 OVER INVERTED 6 MS62

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

1806 DRAPED BUST 50C, POINTED 6, STEM MS64+

POINTED 6, WITH STEMS. O-121. RARITY-4. FINEST GRADED BY EITHER SERVICE FOR THE VARIETY.
$37,500.00

1806 DRAPED BUST 50C, POINTED 6, STEM MS65

POINTED 6, STEMS. GEM SATIN SURFACES.
$105,000.00

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

POINTED 6 WITH STEM. ONLY 8 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$29,500.00

1807 DRAPED BUST 50C, DRAPED BUST MS63

ELEGENT SEAGREEN TONING WITH A FROSTED DEVICES.
$19,950.00

1807 DRAPED BUST 50C, DRAPED BUST MS64

WELL STRUCK WITH LOVELY LIGHT AQUA/ROSE PATINA.
$26,500.00

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

WELL PRESERVED SPECIMEN. LOVELY TYPE COIN.
$16,000.00

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

GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES. TIED WITH 1 OTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$137,500.00