50 Cents / ½ Dollar "Capped Bust Half Dollar"

Features

Country United States
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1807-1836
Value 1/2 Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.892)
Weight 13.48 g
Diameter 32.5 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 37
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Obverse

An American Bald Eagle, with wings spread and a bundle of arrows and an olive branch in its claws. A scroll above the eagle includes the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM, and nearly fully around is the country name. The denomination, which is expressed as 50 C., is below the eagle.

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
E PLURIBUS UNUM
50 C.

Translation:
Unity States of America
Out of Many, One
50 Cents

Engraver: John Reich

John Reich was an immigrant from Bavaria to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1800. Reich was a skilled engraver who sold himself into indentured servitude in order to finance his passage to the United States. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson recommended John Reich to be hired as engraver at the Philadelphia Mint.

Reverse

The bust of Liberty, facing left wearing a cap, which is referred to as a Phrygian or Freedom Cap, a symbol of the American Revolutionary War. Liberty’s hair is curling and flowing gently downwards and a small part of her dress can be seen just below the neck. There are seven stars in front and six additional stars behind, representing the original thirteen states in the Union. The headband carries the inscription LIBERTY, and the date, slightly curved, is seen beneath the portrait.

Lettering:
LIBERTY
******* 1808 ******

Engraver: John Reich

John Reich was an immigrant from Bavaria to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1800. Reich was a skilled engraver who sold himself into indentured servitude in order to finance his passage to the United States. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson recommended John Reich to be hired as engraver at the Philadelphia Mint.

Edge

Plain with lettering

Lettering: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR

50 Cents / ½ Dollar "Capped Bust Half Dollar" -  obverse

© David Mikeladze

Mint

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)

Comments

The bald eagle is the symbol of the United States. The white feathers of its head and tail appear only after 7 years hence its name bald eagle.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1807  0.6% "5" cut over "2" in "50C"
1807  0.4% bearded goddess
1807  0.9% large stars
1807  750,500 1.1% small stars
1808  1,368,600 90.87 5%
1809  1,405,810 4%
1810  1,276,276 4%
1811  0.9% dated 18.11
1811  1.7% large "8"
1811  1,203,644 3% small "8"
1812  1,628,059 3%
1812  1.9% large "8"
1812  0.9% small "8"
1813  1,241,903 3%
1813  1,241,903 0.9% 50/UNI reverse
1814  1,039,075 1.9%
1815  47,150 0.4% with overdate on "2"
1817  1,215,567 3%
1817  1.1% dated 181.7
1818  1,960,322 90.30 5%
1819  2,208,000 4%
1819  1.1% large "9"
1819  1.1% small "9"
1820  751,122 1.7% large date
1820  1.1% small date
1821  1,305,797 4%
1822  1,559,573 5%
1823  1,694,200 5%
1823  0.9% broken "3"
1823  0.6% patched "3"
1823  0.9% ugly "3"
1824  3,504,954 8%
1824  1.3% various dates variety
1825  2,943,166 8%
1826  4,004,180 82.54 130.43 8%
1827  5,493,400 8% curled "2"
1827  5% square "2"
1828  1.9% curled-base "2", knobbed "2"
1828  3,075,200 3% curled-base "2", no knob
1828  2% large "8"s, squarebase "2"
1828  1.7% small 8s, squarebase "2", large letters
1828  1.1% small 8s, squarebase "2", small letters
1829  3,712,156 111.48 9%
1830  2% large "0"
1830  3% large letters reverse
1830  4,764,800 8% small letters reverse
1831  5,873,660 11%
1832  4% large letters
1832  4,797,000 100.03 8% small letters
1833  5,206,000 109.01 191.92 13%
1834  6,412,004 98.61 100.00 7% large date, large letters
1834  2% large date, small letters
1834  3% small date, large stars, small letters
1834  5% small date, small stars, small letters
1835  5,352,006 100.33 9%
1836  6,545,000 50.04 80.25 13%

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