50 Cents / ½ Dollar "Capped Bust Half Dollar"

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1807-1836
Value ½ Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.8924) (.1076 copper)
Weight 13.48 g
Diameter 32.5 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 10637
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 37
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

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: 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.

Reverse

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:
United 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.

Edge

1807-1813 Lettered
1814-1831 Lettered with star between DOLLAR and FIFTY
1832-1836 Lettered with vertical lines between words

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 standard weight of these coins was 208 grains and the silver content was 185⅝ grains, hence the unusual .8924 fineness.
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.
1809

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1834

1836

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1807  750 500 1.3% 50/20 in "50C"
1807  0.5% bearded Liberty
1807  1.3% large stars
1807  750 500 1.3% small stars
1808  1 368 600 $ 76 6%
1808  0.3% overdate 8/7
1809  1 405 810 5%
1809  0.16% |||| between words on edge
1809  0.16% XXXX between words on edge
1810  1 276 276 $ 52 5%
1811  1 203 644 1.4% dated 18.11
1811  1.9% large "8"
1811  3% small "8"
1812  1 628 059 4%
1812  1.7% large "8", overdate 2/1
1812  0.16% single leaf
1812  0.9% small "8", overdate 2/1
1813  1 241 903 3%
1813  1.1% 50/UNI
1814  1 039 075 3%
1814  0.5% E over A in STATES
1814  0.3% overdate 4/3
1814  0.3% single leaf
1815  47 150 0.8% overdate 5/2
1817  1 215 567 4%
1817  1.3% dated 181.7
1817  0.3% overdate 7/3
1817  0.16% overdate 7/4 (8 known)
1817  0.16% single leaf
1818  1 960 322 $ 71 6%
1818  0.6% large "8", overdate 8/7
1818  0.5% small "8", overdate 8/7
1819  2 208 000 $ 52 4%
1819  1.4% overdate large 9/8
1819  1.4% overdate small 9/8
1820  751 122 1.9% large date square base, knob 2
1820  0.3% large date, square base, curl top 2
1820  0.16% no serifs on E's
1820  0.3% overdate 20/19, curl base 2
1820  0.3% overdate 20/19, square base 2
1820  1.4% small date, curl 2
1821  1 305 797 4%
1822  1 559 573 5%
1822  0.16% overdate 2/1
1823  1 694 200 $ 84 5%
1823  1.1% broken "3"
1823  0.8% patched "3"
1823  0.16% tampered "3"
1823  0.9% ugly "3"
1824  3 504 954 8%
1824  0.5% overdate 4/1
1824  0.6% overdate 4/4, two types
1824  1.4% overdate 4/various dates
1825  2 943 166 8%
1826  4 004 180 $ 69 $ 133 $ 384 10%
1827  5 493 400 7% curled "2"
1827  0.3% overdate 7/6
1827  5% square "2"
1828  2% curled-base "2", knobbed "2"
1828  3 075 200 3% curled-base "2", no knob
1828  3% large "8"s, squarebase "2"
1828  2% small 8s, squarebase "2", large letters
1828  1.6% small 8s, squarebase "2", small letters
1829  3 712 156 $ 86 9% large letters
1829  0.5% overdate 9/7
1829  1.3% small letters
1830  4 764 800 3% large "0"
1830  3% large letters
1830  0.8% small "0"
1830  $ 52 $ 65 $ 75 8% small letters
1831  5 873 660 $ 79 11%
1832  4 797 000 4% large letters
1832  $ 84 10% small letters
1833  5 206 000 $ 92 $ 161 14%
1834  6 412 004 $ 83 $ 133 8% large date, large letters
1834  3% large date, small letters
1834  3% small date, large stars, small letters
1834  5% small date, small stars, small letters
1835  5 352 006 $ 76 $ 153 10%
1836  6 545 000 $ 48 $ 60 $ 61 14%
1836  0.5% 50/00 in "50 C"
1836  0.5% beaded border
1836  0.16% overdate 1836/1336

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 50 Cents / ½ Dollar "Capped Bust Half Dollar"
Katz
E-Auction 60
Lot 2646
Internet Archive
May 14, 2022 Undetermined AU USD 1442.33
(EUR 1420.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 50 Cents / ½ Dollar "Capped Bust Half Dollar"
Katz
E-Auction 60
Lot 2647
Internet Archive
May 14, 2022 Undetermined XF USD 132.04
(EUR 130.00)
(+ buyer's premium)

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