Flowing Hair, Draped and Capped Bust Half Dollars

To Order: Contact Gerry (207-329-9957 / wuximems@hotmail.com) or click

Collecting Bust Half Dollars can be approached from several vantage points. Most individuals build early United Stated coinage type sets and required only one example of the Flowing Hair, Draped Bust, Capped Bust and Reeded Edge halves. Then there are the variety specialists who take collecting to a precise level by seeking out individual die pairings within a date.

The Overton and Parsley reference books for collecting Bust halves by variety are well known and loved. All Gerry Fortin Rare Coin offerings are attributed to the Overton variety classification system. Rarity numbers are from the same source. When no rarity number is shown, then an R1 (common) rarity is implied.

GFRC has joined with Dave Cinquina to cross-link Bust Half Dollar variety information. Dave is constructing a free online resource (BustHalfAddict.com) that illustrates the Overton varieties with GFRC providing sponsorship. As a result of this partnership, each GFRC listing carries an Overton number and link to the relevant page at BustHalfAddict.com. By simple clicking on the Overton number, access to specific variety information and high resolution images is provided at the Dave Cinquina site.

Happy Hunting to all! Please do not hesitate to provide feedback on how Gerry Fortin Rare Coins might improve your Bust Half Dollar acquisition experience.

There are 115 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on December 30, 2016

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Flowing Hair
Flowing Hair  1795 1795
Two Leaves
VF25 Details raw
O-105
R4
Original $1850 New November 24! Two Leaves, Attractive Original Surfaces, Obverse Scratches, Value Priced Type Coin. GFRC seldom handles Flowing Hair half dollar type coins and this offering, even with problems, is special. This 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar actually has original surfaces with just honest wear. A VF25 grade level is appropriate and fair. The obverse is toned a uniform golden gray with even strike while the reverse has less golden hues. Remaining device details are crisp including deeply impressed hair curls and nicely rounded stars. On the reverse, the small eagle offers residuals feathers on left and right wings along with nicely outlined wreath elements. Unfortunately, the obverse has two scratches that are faintly noticeable during in hand viewing and but obvious under a 10x loupe. The GFRC images are accurate and worst case. If you can live with this coin's appearance in the GFRC images, then you will be pleased with the coin in hand. Mintage is 299,680 with the two leaves variety being the most available. CoinFacts review indicates that a strictly original and problem free example is a $4000 coin. CDN bid in Good is $1800 and an NGC VF Details example recently sold at this pricing level. Therefore, I'm pricing this piece at $1850 and soliciting offers. This piece is a great value for a half dollar type set given the original surfaces and crisp device details.
Draped Bust
Draped Bust  1803 1803
Large 3
VF35 raw
O-101
Cleaned $625 New November 30! Well Struck, Bold Steely Gray Appearance, Light Cleaning. A could not resist adding this 1803 O-101 Large 3 draped bust half to inventory due to the sharp details and overall eye appeal. Surfaces have received a light cleaning resulting in a glossy sheen rather than dull silver gray. The cleaning was not abrasive in any way as the fields are hairline free and the main device details are sharp defined. Strike is uniform and well impressed too. I grade this example a full VF35 and have priced at F15 level. This is a perfect piece for a budget type set when detail devices and balance eye appeal are desired.
Draped Bust  1805 1805
VG10 raw
O-109a Original $325 Original Gray. Surfaces are toned a light gray and appear to be original. There is some enhanced toning on the left reverse and near Stars 1 through 3. There is a toned over scratch on the obverse in front of Liberty's face. This is later die state example with lower reverse die crack through the arrow heads and lower shield.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
Pointed 6
Stem
EF40 PCGS
28268216
O-118a Choice $2200 Pointed 6, Stem, Choice Original, Motor City Collection. A no question choice original example of the challenging O-118a variety with bisecting reverse die crack. Surfaces are covered gray patina that is lighter in the obverse center and on the upper left reverse. Bright light viewing exposes golden hues in the darker regions. Strike is complete and there are no blemishes to mention whatsoever. Provenance dates back to Paul Padgett, MSNS Spring Convention, March 27, 1986. Graded by the consignor and housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. Definitely a quality piece for the selective advanced collector.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
EF40 PCGS
81383776
O-118a
R3
Original $2100 Shattered Reverse Die, Near Choice, Uniform Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. A pleasing 1806 Draped Bust half dollar with cool shattered reverse that is documented as O-118a in the Overton and Parsley reference books. Accurately graded by PCGS. Surfaces are covered with crusty gray patina that also contains rose and subtle gold hues when placed under bright light. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes worth mentioning. The reverse die cracks are most apparant with a cud inside (O)F. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another quality offering from the Osprey Collection.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
F12 ANACS OWH
2636630
O-116
R3
Choice $485 Choice Original, Old Time Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Accurately graded with all Overton 116 diagnostics readily visible. The contrast between darker gray fields and lighter main devices is obvious and results in decent eye appeal. The enhanced wear on the obverse at the the hair curls matches same on the reverse left wing. Was the planchet uneven in that location as a die bulge should not cause this situation? An interesting 1806 Draped Bust example seeking a new long term home in an appreciative collection. Housed in old white ANACS holder and typical quality from the Burchs Creek Collection.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
Pointed 6
Stem
G6 PCGS
31375139
O-116 Choice $230 Pointed 6, Stem, Choice Original, Honest Wear, Seal Beach Collection. A lovely choice original example that appears to be have struck from a bulged die given the uneven obverse wear. Surfaces are covered with natural gray patina along with lighter coloring on the wear points. Obverse has repunched LIBER(TY) along with a die crack at base of date that proceeds left through several stars. The reverse is also cracked; a die crack crosses the lower tip of eagle's tail feathers and circles to left joining top of UNITED. There are no blemishes worth noting. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. In summary, just honest wear and original surfaces.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
Pointed 6
Stem
VF30 raw
O-114a
R4
$875 Pointed 6, Stem, Hanes Park Collection. A nice O-114 example with ample remaining device details and bold variety diagnostics. Fields are toned a charcoal gray with lighter shades at the primary wear points. The TY in LIBERTY is boldly doubled. The reverse features a die crack from the right wing to AM(E)RICA. Surfaces are blemish free while strike is uniform. Another interesting variety from the Hanes Park collection.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
VF30 PCGS
33246489
O-109
Choice $1150 Choice Original, Antique Gray Patina, Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. What a lovely 1806 draped bust half for the selective collector! Surfaces are fully choice with a soft crusty gray patina along with lighter shades at the wear points. Bright light viewing exposes gun metal blues between rim and obverse stars and completely surrounding the reverse legend. Believe the GFRC images are quite accurate. Also, there are no blemishes. A well above average example housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
Pointed 6
Stem
VF30 Details ANACS OWH
O-115 $560 Old Album Toning. Regardless of the early ANACS grading and designation, this piece is quite attractive in hand with gun metal gray centers that transition to sky blues at the obverse and reverse rims. This is typical of storage in old paper albums where the toning ring starts at the rims and progresses inward. ANACS designated this piece as cleaned and damaged. All I can see for damage are several tiny obverse divots on Liberty's cheek and by Star 9. The reverse is blemish free.
Draped Bust  1806 1806
VF35
PCGS
27973676
O-117
R4
Gem $1685 Pointed 6, Stem, Gem Original, Golden Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. A gem Draped Bust half example with superior eye appeal. Surfaces are perfectly original with a combination of light gray and gold patina. The golden toning is much more prevalent on the reverse. Strike is quite adequate with fully defined reverse eagle wings and shield lines. The motto scroll is crisp except for wear at (PLU)RIBUS. There are no blemishes whatsoever. The O-117 diagnostics are present with substantial die crack from the right bust line moving clock wise through the lower date digits and through left obverse stars. A small internal cud is forming below Star 1. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval is completely warranted. GFRC images are accurate so if you like the coin in the images, you should be pleased with the piece in hand.
Draped Bust  1807 1807
VF20 PCGS
28237008
O-105a Original $600 Original Crusty Gun Metal Gray, Motor City Collection. Another strictly original offering from the Motor City Collection with provenance dating back to a Paul Padgett fixed price list purchase on August 30, 1986. Surfaces are toned a uniform gun metal gray with darker shades surrounding the obverse stars and portions of the left reverse. The O-105a variety is well described on the BustHalfAddict website as, "O-105a: In addition to a crack joins STATES OF at top, there is a break from edge that forms a large lump between ED. Another from first S down through Ta to base of second T and clouds. Another crack from the lump at ED circles right across wing to clouds. Break disfigures F." Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. Holder label reads "Draped Bust Overton 105a."
Draped Bust  1807 1807
VF25 PCGS OGH
4337635
O-106
R3
Choice $1050 Choice Original, Golden Gray Patina, Conservative Grading, Union Bridge Collection. Strike variability was a substantial issue for the early Philadelphia mint on large denomination coinage. Obverse relief was a problem area and even today, grading Draped Bust halves can be challenging. I mention these thoughts to frame the description of this lovely 1807 half dollar from the Union Bridge Collection. Let's start with the surfaces; strictly original and choice with no blemishes to discuss. Early PCGS grading is quite conservative as this half must be graded by the reverse and not the obverse due to shallow relief. Please check the eagles wing tips and boldly defined shield lines on the reverse to validate that VF25 is more than fair as the assigned grade. Housed in PCGS old green holder. The old green holder label uses the early PCGS designation of DRAPE BUST and not Draped Bust as is currently seen on new holders.
Draped Bust  1807 1807
Sm Stars
VG10
PCGS
19704126
O-108 Choice $525 Small Stars, Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. A noteworthy offerings given the "small stars" obverse designation. Surfaces are choice with the only blemish found being a tiny center "dot" below the ear. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder. Holder label reads "Small Stars" which may imply the O-101 variety and listed as such in the PCGS population report. CAC approval validates what the eyes see; a choice early half dollar with original gray/rose patina and choice surfaces at the assigned grade level.
Capped Bust
Capped Bust  1807 1807
Lg Stars
VF25
PCGS
22027819
O-112 $895 Large Stars, 50/20C Choice Original, Even Gray. I've added this transition year Turban Head bust half dollar to inventory for a simple reason, the eye appeal. Surfaces are covered with strictly original gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. The high points, that are subject to wear, have a lighter toning that provides nice contrast. Strike is typical for the variety with the reverse being in a late die state. The residual 20 under 50C diagnostic is obvious and listed on the PCGS holder. Under bright light the obverse turns to rose gray while the reverse offers blue hues. There is one fully toned over obverse line from Star 1 to the chin. Housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder and approved by CAC.
Capped Bust  1809 1809
VF35 PCGS
80654224
O-105
R2
Choice $415 Choice Original, Golden Rim Toning, Conservative Grading. Residual luster highlights the subtle light gray obverse and reverse centers that turns to rose/blue/gold at the rims. Typical O-105 strike weakness on reverse with missing upper left wing feathers and partial eagle head details. Otherwise nice device frost and luster in the protected areas. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A very impressive piece in terms of originality and eye appeal. PCGS was most conservative with the grading.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
VG Env NGC
O-109 Original $95 Original, Gun Metal Blue/Gray Patina. I believe the images well represent the darker original patina on this piece. Under a bright light, the obverse toning is gun metal blue/gray. For the assigned grade, the surfaces are problem free but the reverse does have two rim bumps.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
EF40 raw
O-102 Choice $350 Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Early Date. An attractive example that is accurately graded. Obverse offers medium gray toning in hand which transitions to a rose center and aquamarine + gold surrounding the stars. The reverse remains gun metal gray both during in hand and bright light inspection. Reverse is in a late die state with significant die cracks. There is some wear through the patina on the left wing under 10x loupe.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
EF45 PCGS
29562776

Choice $500 New December 24! Choice Original, Lovely Gray-Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1810 1810
VF30 raw
O-108 Original $220 Thick Original Gray Patina, Eye Appeal, Reverse Luster. Considerable obverse and reverse die erosion with denticles nearly effaced. All reverse diagnostic die cracks per Parsley are obvious. For complete accuracy, there is a tiny rim mark on the reeding below 50. A nice example for those that want old time originality.
Capped Bust  1812 1812
EF40 raw
O-110
Choice $325 Choice Original, Old Album Rose/Blue Bullseye Toning, Accurately Graded. A lovely 1812 O-110 Capped Bust half with attractive old album bullseye toning. This piece is perfectly original and struck from eroded dies. Bright light viewing is where this half excels as the obverse offers a rose center that surrounded by aquamarine blues at the stars along with some gold at the immediate rim. The reverse appears even gray in hand, but shifts to aquamarine surrounded by gold at the legned with a light source. There are no blemishes to discuss whatsoever. No all great coins are found in TPG holder. This offering will easily grade at a TPG if that is the intended route.
Capped Bust  1812 1812
VF20 ANACS OWH
930075
O-103
Market Acceptable $240 Secondary Rich Gold Toning, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. Another attractive offering from the Upstate New York Collection. This 1812 Philadelphia struck half is housed in small old white ANACS holder and features eye catching golden toning with blues surrounding the stars and reverse legend. A close inspection suggest that the toning is secondary in nature as the surfaces are too reflective to be original at the VF20 assigned grade level. As a result, a Market Acceptable quality rating is shown for originality evaluation. Having said that, there are a fair number of early type coins in TPG holders with secondary toning including some with CAC approval. Surfaces are entirely blemish free.
Capped Bust  1812 1812
VF25 raw
O-110
Original $195 Strictly Original, Gun Metal Gray, Eroded Dies, Accurately Graded. An original O-110 example with blemish free surfaces and uniform light to medium gray coloring. Milling is completing gone due to well eroded dies. A quality example at a fair price.
Capped Bust  1812 1812
VF30 raw
O-107 Choice $195 Choice Original, Even Medium Gray, LDS. If strictly original gray surfaces are your cup of tea, then might I recommend this 1812 capped bust half dollar? Accurately graded and covered with a uniform light to medium gray patina. There are no blemishes to note either. Reverse is in a late die state with the legend connected to the milling.
Capped Bust  1813 1813
EF45 PCGS
26435483
O-101 Choice $1150 50c/UNI, Choice Original, Gold/Gray Patina. Really a superb example if choice originality is your cup of tea along with eye appeal. In hand, the obverse has a gold under layer that is blanketed with even brown/gray patina while the reverse is toned an even gray with intermixed rose. Placing this piece under bright light becomes exciting. The obverse gold is strong and complimented by soft blues at the rim/stars. The reverse is a host of colors with blues, rose, gray and gold. Though conservatively graded at EF40, the surfaces offer nice residual luster. There are no blemishes whatsoever to detract the viewing experience. This is the 50C/UNI variety with struck portion of UNI inverted to the right of the C and between 0 and C. Both the obverse and reverse are heavily clashed. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with blue and white label. The Overton 101 50c/UNI variety is listed on the PCGS label.
Capped Bust  1813 1813
AU50 PCGS
80602493
O-107a
Choice $885 Choice Original, Fully Struck, Uniform Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. A superior 1813 O-107 Capped Bust half with perfectly original surfaces. This piece offers considerable eye appeal given the lighter main devices that are nicely framed by darker gun metal gray/blue fields. Adding a light sourced softens the patina and expose more of the light blue along with aquamarine hues. Strike is full and addes to their piece's desireability. The O-107 variety is easily diagnosed by a long obverse die line through the top most hair curl by the ear. This feature is now known as the Comb in Hair variety. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. GFRC is looking at many Capped Bust halves these days and this piece immediately stood out for its overall strike and eye appeal.
Capped Bust  1813 1813
VF30 PCGS
81926244
O-103
R2
Choice $280 New December 22! Choice Original, Attractive Old Album Toning, Accurately Graded, Upstate New Year Collection . Another lovely Capped Bust half dollar that is so typical of Upstate New York quality and eye appeal. Surfaces are choice with residual mint frost surrounding the obverse stars. Gray-olive toning is predominant with bold golden hues on the reverse. This lovely 1813 O-103 example is entirely blemish free. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Ideal for a mid circulated grade capped bust half dollar set.
Capped Bust  1814 1814
VF25 raw
O-104a
R2
Choice $225 Choice Original, Even Gray Patina, Scarce Date. A strictly original example with even light to medium surfaces. Dies are severely eroded with metal stress lines through obverse and especially on the reverse. Reverse legend and denomination are bridged to the milling. There is long die crack from (U)NITED through left wing and into right claws. Surfaces are blemish free. An attractive example for collectors who appreciate originality.
Capped Bust  1817 1817
VF20 PCGS
24740247
O-112
R2
Choice $265 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray/Blue, Bright Light Eye Appeal, Woodlands Collection. A lovely Capped Bust half with dual personalities that required a detailed description. Surfaces are strictly original and choice with no blemishes to discuss. When viewing in hand, the patina is mostly even gray with lighter centers and faint deep blue hues at the rims. Bright light viewing activities beautiful obverse bullseye toning with soft rose center that is surrounded by a blue ring followed by faint gold at the stars....really amazing color transition. The reverse performs in a similar manner with broader rose center and a gun metal blue ring at the legend. Housed in 2012 generation PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. A wonderful specimen for the selective collector.
Capped Bust  1817/3 1817/3
VF35 PCGS
28555809
O-101 Choice $1150 Choice Original Overdate, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Rochester Collection. A special GFRC offering from the Rochester NY Collection. Surfaces are strictly original with lovely gun metal gray patina that also offers rose hues. The 7/3 over date is so bold with the underlying 3 digit still showing a full lower loop that is easily seen on the images. Surfaces are fully blemish free and any "lines" seen on images are from die clashing. This piece is an early die state example with no reverse die crack at (AME)RICA whatsoever. For the Capped Bust half dollar variety collector who appreciates strict originality and a bold overdate. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1818 1818
VF35 raw
O-104b New Price
$375
R3 marriage, R6 die state, Hanes Park Collection. Another scarce base Overton variety rated R3 coupled with R6 late die state as within AMBPR (Auction and Mail Bid Prices Realized by Steve Herrmann). The 104(b) die state diagnostics include bold die crack to the right of Star 7 down into cap and a die crack connecting Stars 8 through 13. A severe die crack through the first 8 digit in the date has effaced the right side of digit. The latest AMBPR shows multiple auction appearance between 2009 to 2012 for pieces graded AU and realizing between $975 to $2300. The offered example is accurately graded given the cracked obverse die. There is remaining mint frost in the protected areas between stars and rim and inside the reverse claws and olive leaves. Surfaces have an even light gray appearance from long ago cleaning though no hairlines are present. Definitely a rare variety for the advanced bust half dollar collector.
Capped Bust  1818/7 1818/7
Sm 8
AU53 NGC
3896639001
O-102 Choice $1500 Choice Original, Late Die State Filled 8, Maine Collection. An incredible example with bold luster throughout obverse and reverse coupled with gold/rose/blue rim toning. This is a late die state example with the top loop of the small 8 digit completely filled. Housed in Wayte Raymond album page for several decades and holdered by NGC in late 2014. Offers are welcomed.
Capped Bust  1819 1819
VF20 PCGS
81926246
O-101
R2
Original $165 New December 22! 1819/8, Original Gun Metal Gray, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. The 1819/8 overdate which is fairly common as a die pair variety. Surfaces are original with uniform gun metal gray patina. An accurately graded example housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The 1819/8 overdate not listed on PCGS label. A solid offering from the Upstate New York Collection.
Capped Bust  1819 1819
VF35 ANACS OWH
390928
O-111
R2
Original $185 Gun Metal Gray Patina. Images do not fully represent this piece. Under light, the obverse patina is a combination of gray centers turning to blue near the rim while the reverse is more even medium gray. Fields and devices are blemish free under 10x loupe.
Capped Bust  1819/8 1819/8
VF20 raw
O-101 Original $165 1819/8 Overdate, Original Gray. Strictly original example with natural gray patina with contrasting lighter main devices. The 9/8 overdate diagnostics are clear. The only distraction is a rim anomaly below the 18 digits which has been reflected in the price. A nice early Capped Bust half for a Dansco album.
Capped Bust  1821 1821
EF45 PCGS
28785946
O-103
R2
Choice $425 Choice Original, Accurately Graded. As a starting point, this piece looks much better in hand than on the images so the description is of importance. Obverse offers crusty original gray/rose baseline toning that is contrasted with ebony surrounding the stars and date. The reverse toning is closer to a gun metal gray/blue which the images have not properly captured. Strike is bold with only Stars 5 and 6 not having complete dentrils. 1821 is a better date for earlier bust halves and that fact plus the strictly originality is basis for adding this piece to GFRC inventory. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
AU58 NGC
3512927002
O-110
R2
Original New Price
$895
Early Die State, Ugly 3 Variety, Original Gun Metal Gray Patina, Highwoods Collection. Thick gun metal gray patina covers this high grade O-110 example. Surfaces are original and offer some luster under bright light, though the toning is not overly transparent. Under 10x loupe inspection, one faint and completely toned over obverse line is seen on the lower bust into curls. Checking the BustHalfAddict.com website reveals the following commentary concerning the early die state O-110 variety; the O-110 is a highly sought Redbook variety. There are high grade examples available, as it is a somewhat common marriage. Appearances of the 110a though does cause collectors to come out of the woodwork. Housed in newer NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
EF40 PCGS
82255733
O-108a
R3
Choice $335 New December 30! Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. A better Overton variety and die state with strenghten 3 digit in the date and a bold horizontal die crack from Star 6 through cap and exiting opposite rim. Strictly original surfaces are covered with gun metal gray patina. Residual mint frost is seen in the lower reverse devices and surrounding some of the letters in the legend. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality Capped Bust half from the Osprey Collection.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
VF30 PCGS
32608001
O-103
R2
Original $200 Eye Appealing Toning, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. In hand viewing under a bright light is necessary to appreciate this lovely example. Thought not strictly original and probably with secondary toning, the eye appeal is hard to beat. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and typical quality from the Upstate New York Collection.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
VF35 PCGS
26631252
O-112
R1
Original $200 Crusty Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Woodlands Collection. Strictly original with thick crusty gray patina covering both the obverse and reverse. This piece performs well under bright light with golden hues appearing. There are several well toned over lines to mention. The most obvious appears as the "worm" hanging from the eagle's beak that is a line in the field. The second is a faint line on Liberty's jaw. Housed in 2012 generation PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert.
Capped Bust  1823 1823
VF35 raw
O-101
R3
Original $525 Broken 3, Gun Metal Blue/Gray Patina, Hanes Park Collection. A popular Capped Bust half die variety due to oddly shaped 3 digit in the date. The 3 digit is broken in the center, with upper and lower halves that are incompletely joined. This 3 digit punch is also atypical in that it leans to the right while all other 1823 varieties have upright 3 digits or those leaning left. A typical raw offering from the Hanes Park collection with thick uniform gun metal blue/gray patina. Surfaces are original with verdigris surrounding most of the stars.
Capped Bust  1824 1824
EF40 NGC
3468969010
O-104
R2
Original $265 Crusty Original Medium Gray. Surfaces are covered with thick medium gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. NGC grading is conservative with light wear seen on the tops of the left and right wings and above the eagle's eye. These can be seen as lighter coloring on the images. Otherwise the hair curls are sharply defined as are the feathers in both wings. When adding coins to GFRC inventory, my primary criteria are eye appeal and originality along with accurate grading. This piece met my standards and I believe it would meet yours also. Housed in new NGC holder.
Capped Bust  1824 1824
EF45
NGC
3338017007
O-113
Choice $450 New December 30! Choice Original, Perfect Gray-Brown Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. "Eagle drops the snake" variety given a large die defect above the upper left wing. A choice O-113 example with gray-brown patina and traces of residual luster. Surfaces are entirely blemish free and a pleasure to examine under 10x loupe. Housed in newer NGC holder. CAC approval is definitely warranted given the assigned grade and strict originality. A quality offering from the Osprey Collection.
Capped Bust  1825 1825
EF45 PCGS
13022702
O-103
R4-
Original $250 New December 22! Better Overton O-103 Variety, Original Gray with Golden Hues, Upstate New York Collection. Crusty olive gray surfaces are definitely original. The 1825 O-103 die pairing is quite scarce and listed as an R4- rarity. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. Another strict original offering from the Upstate New York collection.
Capped Bust  1825 1825
F15 raw
O-107
R2
Choice $85 New November 30! Choice Original, Lovely Ebony/Gray Patina, Problem Free. A completely problem free 1825 capped bust half dollar with choice original surfaces. Top quality here at the Fine 15 grade level.
Capped Bust  1825 1825
VF35 PCGS
80654227
O-114
R1
Choice $195 Choice Original, Medium Gray Toning, Conservative Grading. A strictly original 1825 Capped bust half dollar example with medium gray toning. There is good contrast between the higher wear points that are lightly toned against the darker fields. Overall strike quality is high with minor weakness in the upper left wing. Surfaces are blemish free and attractive under 10x loupe. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. I do my best to stock original silver coins and this bust half is an example of the typical quality available at GFRC.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
AU50 raw
O-102
R1
Choice $295 Choice Original, Ebony/Brown Patina, Eye Appeal. A perfectly original capped bust half dollar with thick gun metal gray patina. Surfaces are entirely blemish free with minimum wear. The O-102 die pairing is common, therefore this offering is recommended for those wishing to build a top quality type set with a strict originality theme.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
AU55
PCGS
25234084
O-110
R2
Gem $675 New December 2! Gem Original, Superior Bright Light Colors, Fully Struck and Lustrous, Accurately Graded. If planning to add an AU Capped Bust half dollar to a type set, then please consider this incredible 1826 offering. This piece is perfectly balanced in terms of eye appeal, strike and originality. A Gem quality rating has been assigned given the active luster that dances with gray olive centers that transition to bright gold near the rims. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Strike is full with round stars and well impressed eagle feathers. Placing this bust half under bright light is so much fun. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1826 1826
AU58 PCGS
28237011
O-102
R1
Choice $1350 Choice Original, Cartwheel Luster, A Perfect AU58, Motor City Collection. A perfect AU58 is the best approach for describing this lovely 1826 Philadelphia struck half dollar. Surfaces are strictly original with ample mint frost and soft satiny luster that is so typical of old time collections. A faint golden patina surrounds the stars and reverse legend. An overall well struck example with only stars 5 and 6 lacking dentrils. Provenance dates back to a Paul Padgett fixed price list purchase on February 3, 1988. Absolutely fresh to market as graded by the consignor. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. Holder label reads "Overton 102."
Capped Bust  1826 1826
EF40 raw
O-116a
R1
Choice $200 Choice Original, Ebony Gray Toning. A nice balance between originality and eye appeal on this lovely 1826 Capped bust half. Fields are toned a uniform ebony/gray while the main devices are toned a lighter gray resulting in good contrast. Reverse exhibits the 0-116a long die cracks through 50 C and STA(TES OF AMERICA). For collectors who enjoy strictly originality and blemish free surfaces.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
AU53 raw
O-120a
R3
Original $385 Old Album Toning, Exceptional Eye Appeal, Value Priced. A better Overton variety 1827 Capped Bust half with square based 2 digit. Eye appeal is substantial on this attractive example. Centers are toned a light gray with rose hues while the rims quickly transition to aquamarine and blues surrounding the stars and reverse legend. The obverse has some faint hairlines suggesting that this piece was stored in an old album for years after a light dipped or wipe. There are many capped bust halves with secondary toning that do certify and this piece has a shot. For the collector who still appreciates raw early type coins at are attractive.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Sq Base 2
AU55
NGC
2655550007
O-138
R4
Choice $750 Choice Crusty Original, Accurately Graded. The 1827 Capped Bust date can be both overwhelming and challenging for die variety collecting. O-138 examples, with parallel die lines above Liberty's cap, are rated R4. The BustHalfAddict.com website indicates, "Generally a tougher marriage with MS64 at the head of a small group of MS specimens. AU's are generally tough as well." Surfaces are covered with thick crusty gray patina. I could not find any blemishes to complain about. Please note that the darker surfaces on Liberty's check is crusty toning and not a blemish. Housed in newer NGC holder. CAC approval is fully warranted due to the perfectly natural surfaces.
Capped Bust  1827 1827
Sq Base 2
EF40 raw
O-115
R2
Choice $225 Choice Original, Medium Gray Patina. A strictly original example of the O-115 variety which can be easily diagnosed due to the solid 6th set of reverse shield lines. Surfaces are covered with gun metal gray toning coupled with lighter shades on the higher wear points. Surfaces are fully blemish free and the grading is accurate. If you seek a lovely 1827 half for a Dansco album set, then please consider this offering.
Capped Bust  1828 1828
53 NGC
3698231006
O-118a
R3
Choice $485 Choice Original Even Gray. The 1828 bust half date has numerous varieties with square and curl base 2s and small and large reverse letters. The O-118a variety features a square base 2, large letters and die cracks throughout the reverse. Surfaces are incredibly original with uniform light to medium gray patina and ample remaining luster. Under bright light, the areas surrounding the stars and reverse legend turn to golden hues. This piece is fully blemish free. Housed in new NGC holder as recently certified and fresh to market. If collecting strictly original early type coins is your fancy, then please give this piece some consideration.
Capped Bust  1828 1828
AU53 ANACS OWH
2636633
O-118
R3
Choice $750 Choice Original, Steel Gray Surfaces, Hammered Strike, Undergraded, Burchs Creek Collection. Wow! What a great strike on this 1828 Overton 118 half dollar as every star is perfectly rounded as are the individual hair curls. With a 10x loupe, micro die frost can be seen inside the hair curl recesses. In my humble opinion, this piece is undergraded and deserves extra points for the satiny cartwheel luster under a light source. Definitely a superior example that is housed in old white ANACS holder. The ANACS label designates the SQUARE BASE 2 attribution.
Capped Bust  1828 1828
EF45 PCGS
25036008

Choice $300 Choice Crusty Original, Rich Brown and Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. A perfectly original 1828 Capped Bust half dollar with thick crusty brown and gray patina. PCGS grading is accurate at the assigned EF45 level. Strike is bold with deeply impressed hair curls and all feathers present on the left and right eagle wings on reverse. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. A strong offering from the Upstate New York Collection and housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
AU50 raw
O-111
R2
Choice $295 Choice Original, Considerable Luster, Well Struck, Conservative Grading. A choice Capped Bust half with light gray toning that is transparent to the underlying luster. The assigned AU50 grade is conservative given the delicate device details. There is some obverse verdigris at Liberty's nose and below star 7. This verdigris validates the originality and I would recommended that no attempts be made to remove the verdigris towards achieving a higher TPG grade. Attractively priced given the residual luster and choice surfaces.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
AU58 NGC
67996107
O-112
R1
Choice $925 Bold Flashy Cartwheel Luster, Choice Surfaces, Untoned, Accurately Graded. The combination of fully struck devices and bold cartwheel luster provide substantial eye appeal. Surfaces are essentially untoned with a hint of gold and are entirely blemishe free. Adding a light source, while viewing this choice piece, leads to an eye pleasing experience. The lightly mirrored fields fully radiate the incoming light with gusto! Housed in early NGC holder and ready for inclusion in an advanced collector. In hand viewing is recommended as GFRC images are unable to do this 1829 O-112 Capped Bust half justice.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF40 raw
O-109 Cleaned New Price
$175
Ex. Jules Reiver, Hanes Park Collection. Another challenging die pairing variety with reverse die line in olive branch as the key diagnostic point. A die crack is starting to appear at tops of UN(IT)ED but not advanced enough for O-109a designation. Surfaces are recovering nicely from an old cleaning with faint rose on the obverse and deeper gray on the reverse.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF40 raw
O-112
R2
Gem $185 New November 30! Gem Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray, Sharp Strike. A gem at the assigned EF40 grade level. Surfaces are perfectly original with limited honest wear. A candidate for TPG certification and CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF40+ raw
O-114
R3
Choice $250 Choice Original Gray. About as original as one could expect at the assigned grade level. This is a pretty piece with medium gray/ebony patina and perfect surfaces. Residual luster peeks through the toning and adds to the eye appeal. The Overton 114 variety is slight better at R3 rarity and can easily be diagnosed with filled A2 and A3 letters in the reverse legend. I would suggest careful inspection of the images and consideration of this above average offering.
Capped Bust  1829/7 1829/7
AU53
PCGS
33535048
O-101a Choice $985 29/27 Overdate, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Conservative Grading. A popular overdate in the Capped Bust half dollar series that is well represented by this example. Surfaces are fully choice with ample remaining mint frost surrounding the stars and reverse legend. A light gun metal gray patina covered both the obverse and reverse and is quite transparent. During bright light viewing, the gray patina color softens and allows the residual luster to be activated. Blemishes are limited to a single fully toned over hairline below star 3 that is mentioned for accuracy. The reverse denomination weakness is typical for the O-101a die pairing and die state. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A lovely Capped Bust half that is worthy of CAC approval due to strictly originality and eye appeal.
Capped Bust  1829/7 1829/7
XF40 PCGS
15650873
O-102
R2
Choice $330 29/27 Overdate, Choice Original, Steel Gray Patina, Conservative Grading. An eye catching example of the popular 1829/27 overdate. Blemish free surfaces are covered with a steely gun metal gray patina that transitions to deep blue under a light source. The overdate is obvious under 10x loupe. PCGS grading is conservative while the strike is well executed. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
EF45 NGC
O-102
R3
Original $200 Well Struck, Scarce Variety. Definitely a better variety at R3 rarity. This is a lustrous piece with silver gray surfaces and sky blue rim toning on the left obverse. Accurately graded with no blemishes. This is a later die state piece with considerable metal flow lines and reverse denticle erosion. Housed in older NGC holder. Attractively priced.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
EF45 raw
O-104
R3
Choice $285 Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Uniform Gun Metal Gray/Blue, So Nice!. An absolutely original capped bust half dollar and also a better die pairing with R3 rarity rating. How can you go wrong when purchasing this piece? Surfaces are choice and covered with thick gun metal gray patina. The reverse strike is well executed with the left eagle wing offering crisp feathers. Yes, (PL)URIBUS is a tad weak but the eagle feathers in left wing are in the prime focal plane and much more important when viewing capped bust halves. There are no blemishes to discuss. Under 10x loupe inspection, one can see some faint ebony verdigris surrounding the main reverse devices, again further validation of the strict originality. Note the large leaning 5(0) as the O-104 diagnostic point.
Capped Bust  1830O 1830-O
Sm O
EF45 raw
O-118
R3
Choice $215 2nd Die Marriage, Choice Original, Even Gray Patina. A better die marriage example is strictly original and covered with gun metal gray patina. Reverse strike is nice and crisp while the obverse has a weak clasp that is more strike than wear related. Surfaces and devices are blemish free. Overall, an attractive piece with that even gray "Gerry look".
Capped Bust  1830O 1830-O
Sm O
VF35 PCGS
80654229
O-106a
R2
Choice $185 Choice Original, Late Die State, Conservative Grading. Gun metal gray patina covers this strictly original half dollar. Fields and devices are blemish frees and pristine. Reverse is in a late die state with heavy metal/die flow lines from STA(TES OF AMERICA) to rim. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU58 PCGS
12865218
O-104
R1
Gem $950 Gem Original, Bold Luster and Eye Appeal. An incredible Capped Bust half for the assigned AU58 grade. Bold cartwheel luster radiates from this gem and highlights the light toning. A faint rose covers the center obverse with a delicate ring of aquamarine surrounding the upper stars while the reverse spots golden hues at the legend and rims. Strike is consistent with the Overton plate coin. All obverse stars and main devices are deeply impressed with the reverse being consistent except for weakness at EPLU(RI)BUS. Overall eye appeal warrants long period of inspection and enjoyment. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Bottom line...this bust half is as attractive as many MS63s on the market. Please consider this one.....
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU50
PCGS
29275037
O-111
R1
Gem $750 Gem Original, Superior Eye Appeal, Undergraded, Motor City Collection. A specular offering for advanced Capped Bust half dollar collectors. The Motor City collection is from an early LSCC member who has recently decided to sell a few pieces to test the market for old time choice coins. This lovely 1831 capped bust half is a special piece with bold luster and rose and blue toning that we expect from strictly original early halves. The PCGS assigned grade is not too relevant as the eye appeal is huge, especially under bright light. My images reflect the in hand appearance but angled lighting immediately exposes the true beauty of this piece. Please trust me here. Recently graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. CAC approved is more than warranted on this lovely capped bust half. From the Bowers & Merena, Phillip Mann / Glen Smedley Sale held during September1998 and in the Motor City collection since that time.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU50 ANACS OWH
2636635
O-113
R4
Original $345 Original, Medium Gray, Ebony Rims, R4 Overton Rarity, Burchs Creek Collection. Accurately graded with dirty gray patina over lustrous surfaces. There is plenty of remaining luster that comes to life with a light source. Housed in old white ANACS holder with O-113 designated on the label. More great quality from the Burchs Creek Collection.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU50 ANACS OWH
1381904
O-115
R4
Choice $475 Choice Original, Old Time Patina, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. A no question choice original struck with eroded dies resulting in considerable metal stress lines in the fields and some frost on the main devices. Obverse is covered with a light golden patina that transitions to deep blues at the extreme rim. The reverse is toned an even medium gray with dark blue patina surrounding the legend and denomination. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. A better Overton variety with R4 rarity rating. Housed in old white ANACS holder and off the market for several decades in the Burchs Creek Collection.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU53 PCGS
33104343
O-104
R1
Choice $475 Choice Original, Uniform Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. An attractive specimen with perfect surfaces and light crusty gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. This piece features a hammered strike while dies are in a later die state. There is considerable die erosion surrounding stars. Reverse die is in early die state and sharper. Overall, a lovely original bust half for the fussy collector. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU53 ANACS OWH
1381896
O-101
R2
Choice $475 Choice Original, Old Time Golden/Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Old time gray/brown patina dominates on this lovely 1831 capped bust half. Accurately graded with excellent bright light performance. With a light source, the transparent patina shifts to rose with peripheral blues. There are no blemishes whatsoever and the strike is complete with nicely rounded stars and hair curls. Housed in old white ANACS holder. Another superior capped bust half from the Burchs Creek Collection that needs to find an appreciative home.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU53
PCGS
31689942
O-105
R3
Choice $485 Choice Original, Beautiful Bright Light Eye Appeal, Conservative Grading. Even olive gray in hand appearance gives way to gorgeous blue and rose during bright light viewing. This is a perfect original Capped Bust half dollar with choice surfaces. Also a better Overton variety within the omnipresent 1831 mintage. Ideal as a type coin and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval is obviously warranted.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
EF40 PCGS
26125423
O-116
R3
Choice $230 Choice Original Gray. Nice subtle eye appeal with even light to medium gray surfaces and darker shades at the obverse and reverse rims. Obverse right rim turns to gold while the reverse rims are mostly aquamarine with some gold mixed in. Surfaces are blemish free and the variety is slightly better. Housed in 2012 PCGS holder with solid blue label and edge view insert.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
EF45
PCGS
32254099
O-103
R1
Choice $295 Crusty Choice Original, Medium Gray Patina, Accurately Graded . A crusty original example that offers blemish free surfaces. Thick gun metal gray patina coveres both obverse and reverse exactly as one would expect from an 180 year old silver piece with some light circulation. Recut upright of 5 digit in denomination designates the O-103 variety. Housed in 2015 styled PCGS PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
AU50 ANACS OWH
2636638
O-112
R2
Original $325 Crusty Original, Old Time Eye Appeal, Conservative Grading, Burch Creek Collection. A perfectly original O-112 example with crusty medium gray patina along with traces of vedigris in protected areas. Adding a light source shifts the coloring to gun metal blues surround stars and reverse legend. Surfaces are blemish free other than a fully toned over mark in the upper right field that is inconsequential. Typical quality from the Burchs Creek Collection and housed in old white ANACS holder.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
AU50 raw
O-103
R1
Original $295 Original Light Gray Dusty Patina, Remaining Luster. Another strictly original offering from GFRC via walk up purchases at coin shows. Surfaces are covered with a uniform light dusty gray patina. There is residual luster present and quite evident when viewing under a light source. Strike is well executed, especially on the reverse. The O-103 die pairing can be easily diagnosed via a recut 5 digit in the denomination. There are no blemishes to discuss either, just a wholesome capped bust half dollar that has been well preserved.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
AU53 ANACS OWH
1381895
O-102
R1
Choice $500 Choice Original, Frosty Luster and Eye Appeal, Conservative Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. Frosty cartwheel luster dominates when viewing this choice original capped bust half. Donít I love swirling this piece under a soft light and watching the light golden hues coming to life. Yep, I really like this piece. Conservatively graded by ANACS and housed in their classic old white holder. Strike is complete and there are no blemishes whatsoever. Another choice piece from the Burchs Creek Collection that was assembled in the 1980s and graded in the early to mid 1990s.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
AU53 ANACS OWH
1381893
O-102
R1
Gem $525 Gem Original, Spectacular Toning, Conservative Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. This wonderful 1832 Capped Bust half is simply a gem and one look will probably have you agreeing. Both obverse and reverse are covered with darker blue patina that remains transparent. Shifting this piece under a light source, ever so slighty, brings about radiate fields and sky blue coloring that is most attractive. In hand viewing is definitely recommend to appreciate what capped bust half has to offer. Typical question from the Burchs Creek Collection and housed in old ANACS white holder.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
AU53 NGC
2671236001

Choice $400 New December 22! Choice Original, Satiny Rose-Gold Patina with Sky Blue Rims, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. Hell Yes and JUST BUY IT NOW are the best approach to describe this lovely 1832 O-103 Capped Bust half. Satiny luster accentuates the deep rose-gold patina and blue rims. The reverse is especially attractive with vibrant coloring and a large sky blue ring surrounding the legend. Struck from late die states and presently blemish free. Grading is accurate and fair for the overall quality. Housed in new large font NGC holder. A choice offering from the Upstate New York Collection.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
Sm Letters
AU55 PCGS
10968721
O-112
R2
Choice $600 Choice Original, Light Golden/Gray, Eye Appeal, Union Bridge Collection. An eye catching half for fans of strictly originality and unmessed with surfaces. Strike is crisp and uniform throughout obverse and reverse. There are no blemishes whatsoever for the most selective GFRC customers. Actually, this half dollar qualifies for Gerry's "Just Buy It Now" designation as fully choice. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. This attractive Capped Bust half is a strong candidate for CAC submission as so choice and will be submitted if not sold by the Central States show. If it receives CAC approval, then a premium will be warranted above current asking price....hint, hint.....
Capped Bust  1832 1832
Sm Letters
AU58
PCGS
29250430
O-106
R1
Choice $1100 Near Gem Original, Golden Luster, Full Strike Woodlands Collection. Another wonderful offering from the Woodlands Collection that has the perfect balance between originality strike and eye appeal. One immediately notice the cartwheel luster that radiates through the thin gold patina. Strike is complete and so well balanced between obverse and reverse. Obverse stars are all rounded with deep connections are center points. Every eagle feather along with claws are well defined. There are no blemishes whatsoever. This piece is beyond choice at the AU58 grade level and is a near gem. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval is fully warranted.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
AU58 ANACS OWH
1381892
O-110
R1
Original $650 Crusty Original, Rich Golden Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Strictly original surfaces are covered with copper gray colored patina that could be called crusty in nature. Adding a light source shifts the obverse coloring to blues and browns over reflective fields while dirty golden gray dominates the reverse. Old time quality from the Burchs Creek collection. Housed in old white ANACS holder and off the market since the early 1990s.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
EF40 ANACS OWH
2636636
O-108
R3
Original $185 Original, Uniform Medium Gray, Conservative Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. Medium gun metal gray patina covers both the obverse and reverse on this strictly original capped bust half dollar. A well struck O-108 example that has been conservatively graded due to missing horizontal lines in the reverse shield that is typical for the variety. Bright light viewing exposes blue hues, especially on the reverse. A quality piece from the Burchs Creek Collection and housed in old white ANACS holder.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
EF40 raw

Original $140 Original Gun Metal Gray, Blemish Free, Nice Type Coin.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
Sm Letters
EF45 PCGS
80654230
O-113
R2
Original $215 Original Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina, Accurately Graded. A strictly original example with blemish free surfaces that are covered with rich gun metal gray/blue toning. Strike is excellent given the presence of all right and left wing features and also those on the eagle's neck. The lack of horizontal shield lines is consistent with the O-113 variety. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
EF45 PCGS
32910195
O-113
R2
Choice $250 Choice Original, Even Medium Gray. A lovely capped bust half dollar that is a slightly better variety. The surfaces are toned over with natural even gray patina with lighter regions at the highest points subject to wear. Surfaces are entirely blemish free and choice. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
VF35 NGC
3165992003
O-108
R1
Original $175 Crusty Original, Rich Gun Metal Gray Toning. Offered here is another choice Capped Bust half with strictly original surfaces. This 1833 O-108 half is covered with thick crusty gun metal gray patina and has no distracting blemishes whatsoever. Overall strike is adequate while the grading is accurate. Diagnosing 1833 half dollar varieties is fun due to the multiple variations in the flag shape in the (5)0 C. Housed in older NGC holder with standard insert. This is a choice piece that should please the selective collector.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
VF25
PCGS
26737611
O-103
R2
Original $145 Crusty Original Patina, Accurately Graded, Woodlands Collection. A crusty original example of the Overton 103 variety. Surfaces are blemish free and covered with thick gun metal gray patina that one would expect from 180 year old silver that is unmolested. Housed in 2012 generation PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. The thick original patina warrants CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Sm Date, Letters
EF45 PCGS
32812674
O-109
R1
Original $215 Original Gun Metal Gray. Rich gun metal gray patina covers the surfaces of this later date Capped Bust half. This half is a tad dark during in hand viewing and on the images but placing under bright light is a pleasure. Coloring shifts to gun metal rose with rose hues. The only blemish to discuss is a well toned over mark on Liberty's cheek. Housed in new 2015 PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
Lg Date, Sm Letters
EF45 raw
O-108
R2
Original $185 Original Mint Frost, Mint Planchet Error Lower Reverse, Hanes Park Collection. Surfaces are lightly toned with a thin and transparent gold patina. Luster is seen throughout the obverse and reverse with ample mint frost surrounding the stars and within the hair curls. The reverse offers an interesting planchet defect through the lower olive leaves and across 50 C.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
AU50 PCGS
80564556

Original $350 Original, Thick Golden Patina, Lustrous, Accurately Graded. A strictly original late date Capped Bust example with natural surfaces and no blemishes whatsoever. Golden brown patina is dominate during inhand viewing while adding a light source activates the ample remaining luster. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Overton variety attribution forthcoming.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
VF35 raw
O-101
R1
Choice $175 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray, Attractive. A perfectly original example with uniform gun metal gray in the fields. Eye appeal is quite high due to the nice contrast between the lightly colored main devices and the darker fields. There are no blemishes to discuss. This is a capped bust half for those who collect and appreciate strict originality.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
AU50 ANACS OWH
1381894
O-110
R1
Choice $385 Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina, Conservative Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. Another perfectly original 1836 capped bust half that is conservatively graded from the Burchs Creek collection. Surfaces are perfectly original and covered with gray/blue patina that is transparent to the underlying luster. Placing this piece under a light source releases reflective luster and rose/gold coloring. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in old white ANACS holder. Please give this capped bust half special consideration as no marketing hype. The Burchs Creek halves are superior.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
AU50 ANACS OWH
2636639
O-102
R3
Choice $400 Choice Original, Substantial Eye Appeal, Golden/Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Another 1836 Capped Bust half from the Burchs Creek collection with substantial eye appeal. The in hand gray/brown patina is transparent to the underlying luster that has cartwheel characteristics under bright light. A perfectly original example that is accurately graded. There is one faint obverse line to the left of Liberty's nose and the reverse has an uneven toning region at the denomonation. Otherwise, I would have assigned a Gem quality rating. Housed in old ANACS white holder and ready for transfer to a special collection.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
AU50
PCGS
24070467

Choice $475 New December 30! Choice Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. An important piece of America history given that Texas had declared itself an independeant republic in March of that year followed by the Alamo battle on March 6. This antique piece is a perfectly original Capped Bust half dollar with CAC approval. Accurately graded with light honest wear and no distractions. Obverse is well struck while the reverse has weakness at the scroll. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. The PCGS blue label reads, "Lettered Edge". A quality offering from the Osprey Collection.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
AU55 ANACS OWH
1381897
O-110
R1
Original $625 Original, Eye Appeal, Golden Gray Patina, Accurate Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. A perfectly original late date capped bust half with significant eye appeal. Surfaces offer a steely gray apperance with transparent gun metal gray patina that shifts to blues at the rims. Strike is a bit soft on the left eagle wing otherwise typical. There are no blemishes to mention. Typical old time quality from the Burchs Creek Collection and housed in old white ANACS holder from early 1990s timeframe.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Lettered Edge
EF40 PCGS
33168846
O-108
R1
Original $165 Crusty Original Even Gray, Conservative Grading, Seal Beach Collection. Surfaces are covered with a thick gray patina that many refer to as crusty original. Strike is well executed. There are a few fully toned over lines on the obverse that are not distracting. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
EF45 ANACS OWH
1381903
O-116 50/00
R2
Choice $625 50/00, Choice Original, Gray/Brown Patina, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Another choice 1836 O-116 example with strictly original surfaces and attractive appearance under a light source. When viewed in hand, surfaces are toned an even gray/brown as one expects on original silver. The light source exposes patina's transparency and a lovely rose coloring along with some blue at the periphery. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in old white ANACS holder with "CAP BUST 50/00 O-116" on the label. A wonderful example for the selective collector.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
EF45 ANACS OWH
1381898
O-116 50/00
R2
Gem $725 50/00, Gem Original, Eye Appeal, Gray/Brown Patina, Conservative Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. When writing descriptions for individual coins, I will typically swirl the piece under bright to gain a sense of the attractiveness and eye appeal. When viewing this 1836 50/00 example, I immediately noticed the remaining reflective luster under medium gun metal gray patina. Once under a light source, the gray patina melts and allows gold, blue and brown coloring to emerge. Surfaces are perfect with no blemishes whatsoever and the overall appearance is that of a superior original silver piece. A Gem quality rating is listed and deserved. If in an accurately graded TPG holder, then this pieces should easily meet CAC approval. Housed in old white ANACS holder with "CAP BUST 50/00 O-116" on the label. Asking price is strong given the overall quality but offers are welcomed.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Lettered Edge
F12 raw

Original $85 Original Gray, Eye Appeal, Southern Maine Collection. An attractive later date Capped Bust half due to cameo contrast between the light colored main devices and darker fields. Just honest wear and appropriately priced. There is a small rim bump on the reverse under the denomination along with a few scattered ticks consistent with the grade. Off the market for decades and fun to be handling some nice raw coins.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Reeded Edge
AU55 PCGS
28530245

Choice $650 Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. I'm so pleased to offer this gorgeous 1837 Reeded Edge half for consideration. Every dealer would enjoy having this piece in inventory as collectors would in the Capped Bust sets too! Surfaces are old time lustrous with a faint layer of golden patina that darkens at the obverse and reverse rims. There are no blemishes to detract the overall beauty. Images accurately capture the in hand and bright light appearance. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Reeded Edge
EF45 raw
GF-14 Market Acceptable $250 GR-14, Light Silver/Gray, Conservative Grading, Hanes Park Collection. One immediately notes the bold strike throughout obverse and reverse. Surfaces have been dipped or lightly cleaned in the past resulting in light silver gray coloring. The GF-14 diagnostic are evident with repunched 7 digit and a bold radial die crack through the date and into stars 12 and 13. Reverse die is also heavily cracked. A nice specimen for the variety specialist.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
AU50
PCGS
29715694
GR-14 Choice $525 New December 21! Cracked Reverse, Late Die State, Perfectly Original, Light Gray/Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection . Choice original light gray patina dominates on this 1838 Reeded Edge half dollar. The overall appearance is well balanced with complete strike and light gold hues during bright light viewing. This lovely GR-14 example offers a heavily cracked reverse. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval validates originality and accurate grading along with eye appeal. Another top quality offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
AU55 NGC
3706278003

Original $550 Original Gray Patina, Rochester Collection. An original example of the popular 1838 reeded edge half dollar. Surfaces retain an ample amount of soft natural luster under bright light. A transparency gray patina covered both obverse and reverse along with darker gray toning on the right obverse and surrounding the reverse denomination. Fields and devices are blemish free. There is a bold die crack from the eagle's left claw, down between H(AL)F to rim. GFRC images present an accurate in hand view but this piece really excels under bright light. Housed in new NGC edge view holder.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
EF45 NGC
3324792004

Original $275 Original Medium Gray/Brown Patina. The bold obverse strike and remaining details jump out on this piece upon initial viewing. Surfaces are covered with thick medium gray/brown patina. A careful review with 10x loupe reveals no blemishes. HALF DOL is a tad weakly struck but otherwise a very solid example at the assigned NGC grade.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
EF45 PCGS
80673866

Choice $335 Choice Original+, Crusty Gray Patina, Conservatively Graded. A perfectly original 1838 reeded edge half dollar that is covered with thick ebony/gray patina. This is a no question choice example with uniform strike including deeply impressed hair curls and all star centrils connected. Reverse eagle claws and feathers are also crisply defined. To me, this is a no question CAC approval piece due to the conservative grading, crusty original surfaces and strong strike. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 80673866. Definitely an offering for selective collectors among the GFRC customer base.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
EF45
PCGS
20283009

Choice $335 Choice Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. Crusty gray patina dominates on this strictly original 1838 Reeded Edge half. Well struck from worn dies include bold reverse die cracks through nearly all legend and denomination lettering. There are no blemishes to mention. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Accurate grading and obvious originality warranted CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1838 1838
Reeded Edge
VF35 PCGS
33130799

Original $190 Original, Gun Metal Gray/Blue, Accurate Grading, Seal Beach Collection. This is a split personality reeded edge half when comparing in hand and bright light views. Let's start with the surfaces which are covered with a medium gun metal gray patina that provides good contrast between the fields and major devices. In hand coloring is even gray as shown in the images. Adding a light source exposes a completely different perspective. Surfaces shift to lovely gun metal blue with golden hues that are more evident at the rims. In terms of blemishes, there is on fully toned over line on the lower reverse that is well hidden but will be seen under 10 loupe inspection. Overall an attractive piece that is fairly priced. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1839 1839
Reeded Edge
AU55
PCGS
28785698

Choice $825 New December 21! Choice Original, Light Gold/Violet Patina, Typical Strike, Saw Mill Run Collection . Light golden gray patina covers choice original surfaces. During bright viewing, satiny luster is exposed. Strike is typical for the date and there are no blemishes whatsoever to discuss. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. Another quality offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Capped Bust  1839 1839
Reeded Edge
AU58 NGC
3807849003

Choice $985 Reeded Edge Design, Choice Original, Magnificant Obverse Ring Toning, Accurately Graded. Superior eye appeal is at hand on this lovely 1839 Reeded Edge half dollar that is a hair away from mint state. Obverse is offers pretty ring toning with rose center framed by a ring of deep blue surrounding the stars, date punch and Liberty's cap. Light golden toning is prevalent on the reverse along with flashy cartwheel luster. This piece is entirely blemish free. Housed in newer NGC holder. For the selective collector who appreciates old album toning.
Capped Bust  1839 1839
Reeded Edge
Lg Letters
EF40 PCGS
33168847

Market Acceptable $235 Uniform Medium Gray, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. This 1839 reeded edge half offers decent eye appeal and is value priced at the assigned EF40 grade level. Surfaces are recovering from an old wipe and have retoned to a uniform medium gray. Under bright light, both obverse and reverse fields offer considerable rose hues. Surfaces are completely blemish free. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1839 1839
Reeded Edge
Lg Letters
EF40 PCGS
33130790

Choice $275 Choice Original, Medium Gray, Accurate Grading, Seal Beach Collection. Surfaces are strictly original with typical gray patina that collectors expect on natural surfaces. This lovely reeded edge half performs well under bright light with golden and aquamarine hues. Strike is essentially complete with only star 1 lacking centrils. Obverse is entirely blemish free while the reverse has one toned over mark in the field to the upper left of the eagle's head. This blemish is not distracting. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Overall quality is high which leads me to declared this piece as a Gerry Fortin "Just Buy It Now" recommendation.
Capped Bust  1839 1839
Reeded Edge
Lg Letters
EF45 raw

Original $295 Original, Ebony Gray Patina, Attractive, Southern Maine Collection. A lovely Philadelphia struck reeded edge example with original surfaces and uniform ebony gray patina. Obverse offers a typical strike with some weakness in the left stars while the reverse devices are well impressed. Surfaces are fully blemish free. Overall, an attractive example and ready for insertion into a Dansco or Whitman album. From the Southern Maine Collection and off the market for decades.
Capped Bust  1839 1839
Reeded Edge
EF45 PCGS
33679289

Original HOLD
$285
New January 16! Near Choice Original, Olive-Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. A perfectly original and well struck 1839 Reeded edge half for your consideration. Surfaces are covered with semi transparent olive-gray patina that exposes residual luster and golden hues under a light source. Struck from early die state dies as not die cracks are seen with 10x loupe. A die spur is seen protruding into the left field mid way down Liberty's bust. There are no blemishes to mention whatsoever. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Strict originality on a quality reeded edge half from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.