Early United States

Half Dollars

When you get tired of just filling holes in your coin albums and building sets of modern coins, consider collecting bust half dollars. Many of these big beautiful silver coins from the early 1800's are still available today and are very reasonably priced for a coin of their age.

Bust half dollars were produced at the first mint of the United States. Each die, obverse and reverse, that were used to produce these coins, were hand cut and had minor differences and imperfections that tell us something about the history of our country in its early days. These small differences did not mean anything at the time, but today they are the basis of collecting bust half dollars by varieties.

If you haven't had a bust half dollar in your hands recently, you might consider picking one up and looking at it. You might decide at that time to start collecting them yourself. A year set of capped bust halves from 1807-1836 is still an affordable set to build. The 1815 is the only key date that is expensive. The overdates are also some of the most interesting pieces in the set. You might even catch the 'fever' while collecting them and decide to collect as many of the 450+ varieties that exist in the capped bust half dollar series!

---Harvey Bastacky    

Early US Half Dollars
General Articles
Flowing Hair
1794 to 1795
Draped Bust,
Small Eagle Reverse
1796 to 1797
Draped Bust
Heraldic Eagle Reverse
1801 to 1807
Capped Bust
1807 to 1839
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Early US Half Dollars
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CoinFacts.com (Type History and Images)
Auction Survey of 1794-1797 Half Dollars -- CoinFacts.com
PCGS Coin Guide

 

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Flowing Hair Half Dollar

Flowing Hair Half Dollars
1794 to 1795

 

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NGC information pages via The Tulving Company
PCGS Coin Guide

 

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Draped Bust Half Dollar, Small Eagle Reverse

Draped Bust Half Dollars
Small Eagle Reverse
1796 to 1797

 

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NGC information pages via The Tulving Company
PCGS Coin Guide

 

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Draped Bust Half Dollar, Heraldic Eagle Reverse

Draped Bust Half Dollars
Heraldic Eagle Reverse
1801 to 1807

 

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NGC information pages via The Tulving Company
PCGS Coin Guide

 

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Capped Bust Half Dollar

Capped Bust Half Dollars
1807 to 1839

 

CoinFacts.com (Information Pages by Type and Date)
Lettered Edge (1807 to 1836)  NGC information pages via The Tulving Company
Reeded Edge (1836 to 1839)  NGC information pages via The Tulving Company
The 1836 Reeded Edge Half -- coinpassion.com
Lettered Edge, 1807 to 1836 -- PCGS Coin Guide
Reeded Edge "50 C."  1836 to 1837-- PCGS Coin Guide
Reeded Edge "HALF DOL."  1837 to 1838 -- PCGS Coin Guide

 

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