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CAPPED BUST HALF DOLLARS (1807-1839)

Obverse of 1825 Half Dollar - Overton 106a   Reverse of 1825 Half Dollar - Overton 106a

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Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1807

750,500

0

This date comes with Large and Small Stars on the obverse.  One variety has 50 punched over 20 on the reverse, a mistake made by the engraver when he was preparing the die.

1808

1,368,600

0

Look for the slightly rarer 1808/7 overdate.

1809

1,405,810

0

Check the edge lettering on these - some come with irregular ornaments or  I's between the words.

1810

1,276,276

0

 

1811

1,203,644

0

Look for the slightly better "Punctuated Date" that has a defect that looks like a period between the 18 and 11 of the date.

1812

1,628,059

0

Look for the tougher 1812/1 overdates - if yours has a Large 8 in the date, you've got a real rarity!

1813

1,241,903

0

The engraver messed up again this year and created a scarce variety that has 50 C. punched over UNI on the reverse.

1814

1,039,075

0

Look for the 1814/3 overdate or the engraving blunder which places the E of STATES over an A!

1815

47,150

0

All examples known of this rare date are 1815/2 overdates.

1817

1,215,567

Rumored to exist

Two overdates are found in this year - 1817/3 (scarce) and 1817/4 (extremely rare and valuable).  Look for the 181.7 "punctuated date" variety.

1818

1,960,322

Rumored to exist

Several varieties including 1818/7 overdates.

1819

2,208,000

Rumored to exist

Includes some 1819/8 varieties.

1820

751,122

est. 5

Includes 1820/19 overdates.  The 2's in the date come with curved or straight bases - the 2's with straight bases come with or without knobs at the top.

1821

1,305,797

est. 5

  

1822

1,559,573

est. 5

  

1823

1,694,200

est. 5

For some reason, the engraver had a hard time with the 3's this year.  Popular varieties include "Broken 3", "Patched 3", and "Ugly 3".

1824

3,504,954

est. 5

Lots of overdates - 1824/1, 1824/4, and 1824 over who knows what!

1825

2,943,166

est. 10

 

1826

4,004,180

est. 10

 

1827

5,493,400

est. 10

Look for the 1827/6 overdate.  The 2's of this year are found with curved and square bases.

1828

3,075,200

est. 10

The 2's of this year are found with curved and square bases.

1829

3,712,156

est. 10

Look for the 1829/7 overdate.

1830

4,764,800

est. 10

Found with Large and Small 0's in the date.

1831

5,873,660

est. 10

 

1832

4,797,000

est. 10

 

1833

5,206,000

est. 10

 

1834

6,412,004

est. 10

 

1835

5,352,006

est. 10

 

1836

6,545,000

est. 15

Look for the blundered 50/00 reverse die.  Late in this year, the reverse was modified by replacing the C of the denomination with CENTS and the edge lettering was replaced with reeding (see the following)

REEDED EDGE, "CENTS" ON REVERSE (1836-1837)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1836

1,200

est. 20

 

1837

3,629,820

est. 10

 
 

REEDED EDGE, "HALF DOL." ON REVERSE (1836-1837)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1838

3,546,000

est. 5

 

1838-O

0

est. 20

An extreme rarity!

1839

1,392,976

est. 10

The "Small Letters" reverse is extremely rare - this appears to be a transitional design that was later used with the Seated Liberty design.

1839-O

178,976

est. 10

 
 
 

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