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Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836)

John Reich designed this capped-head concept of Liberty. The Capped Bust style was used on most other silver coin denominations for the next 30 years. A German immigrant, Reich became an engraver for the Mint, and served from 1807 to 1817, after having been freed from a bond of servitude by a Mint official. He was the first artist to consistently include the denomination on U.S. gold and silver coins.

Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836)
1807 - 1808 | 1809 - 1833 | 1834 - 1836

First Style (1807 - 1808)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1807 - 1808
    Designer: John Reich
    Weight: 13.480 grams
    Diameter:32.5 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.8924 silver, 0.1076 copper
    Edge: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR

Remodeled Portrait and Eagle (1809 - 1833)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1809 - 1836
    Designer: John Reich
    Weight: 13.480 grams
    Diameter:32.5 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.8924 silver, 0.1076 copper
    Edge: (1809 - 1814) FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR, (1814- 1831) Star added between DOLLAR and FIFTY, (1832- 1836) Vertical lines added between words

Slightly Modified Portrait (1834 - 1836)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1834 - 1836
    Designer: John Reich
    Weight: 13.480 grams
    Diameter:32.5 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.8924 silver, 0.1076 copper
    Edge: Vertical lines added between words.
Grade Price Guide
Circ|MS|PF
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • G-4 Good. Good. Date and letters legible. Bust worn smooth with outline distinct.
  • F-12 Fine. Fine. Clasp and adjacent curl clearly outlined with slight details.
  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. Clasp at shoulder clear. Wear visible on highest point of curl. Hair over brow distinguishable.
  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. Clasp and adjacent curl fairly sharp. Brow and hair above distinct. Curls well defined.
  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Trace of wear on hair over eye and over ear.
  • AU-55 Choice About Uncirculated. Choice About Uncirculated.
  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes. Possible slide marks from storage handling.
  • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible.
  • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
  • 1807
  • 750,500
    • 1808
    • 1,368,600
      • Description
      • Mintage
      • G-4 Good. Good. Date and letters legible. Bust worn smooth with outline distinct.
      • F-12 Fine. Fine. Clasp and adjacent curl clearly outlined with slight details.
      • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. Clasp at shoulder clear. Wear visible on highest point of curl. Hair over brow distinguishable.
      • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. Clasp and adjacent curl fairly sharp. Brow and hair above distinct. Curls well defined.
      • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Trace of wear on hair over eye and over ear.
      • AU-55 Choice About Uncirculated. Choice About Uncirculated.
      • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes. Possible slide marks from storage handling.
      • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
      • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible.
      • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
      • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
      • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
      • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
      • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
      • 1809
      • 1,405,810
        • 1810

          1810

          Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1810
          Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1810
        • 1,276,276
        • 75
        • 1811
        • 1,203,644
          • 1812
          • 1,628,059
            • 1813
            • 1,241,903
              • 1814
              • 1,039,075
                • 1817
                • 1,215,567
                  • 1818
                  • 1,960,322
                    • 1819
                    • 2,208,000
                      • 1820
                      • 751,122
                        • 1821

                          1821

                          Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1821
                          Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1821
                        • 1,305,797
                        • 70
                        • 1822
                        • 1,559,573
                          • 1823
                          • 1,694,200
                            • 1824
                            • 3,504,954
                              • 1825

                                1825

                                Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1825
                                Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1825
                              • 2,943,166
                              • 75
                              • 1826

                                1826

                                Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1826
                                Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1826
                              • 4,004,180
                              • 75
                              • 1827
                              • 5,493,400
                                • 1828
                                • 3,075,200
                                  • 1829
                                  • 3,712,156
                                    • 1830
                                    • 4,764,800
                                      • 1831

                                        1831

                                        Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1831
                                        Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1831
                                      • 5,873,660
                                      • 65
                                      • 1832
                                      • 4,797,000
                                        • 1833

                                          1833

                                          Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1833
                                          Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1833
                                        • 5,206,000
                                        • 60
                                        • Description
                                        • Mintage
                                        • G-4 Good. Good. Date and letters legible. Bust worn smooth with outline distinct.
                                        • F-12 Fine. Fine. Clasp and adjacent curl clearly outlined with slight details.
                                        • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. Clasp at shoulder clear. Wear visible on highest point of curl. Hair over brow distinguishable.
                                        • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. Clasp and adjacent curl fairly sharp. Brow and hair above distinct. Curls well defined.
                                        • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Trace of wear on hair over eye and over ear.
                                        • AU-55 Choice About Uncirculated. Choice About Uncirculated.
                                        • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes. Possible slide marks from storage handling.
                                        • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
                                        • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible.
                                        • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
                                        • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
                                        • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
                                        • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                                        • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                                        • 1834
                                        • 6,412,004
                                          • 1835

                                            1835

                                            Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1835
                                            Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1835
                                          • 5,352,006
                                          • 60
                                          • 1836
                                          • 6,545,000
                                            • Description
                                            • Mintage
                                            • G-4
                                            • F-12
                                            • VF-20
                                            • EF-40
                                            • AU-50
                                            • AU-55
                                            • MS-60
                                            • MS-62
                                            • MS-63
                                            • MS-64
                                            • MS-65
                                            • PF-63
                                            • PF-64
                                            • PF-65
                                            • 1807
                                            • 750,500
                                              • 1808
                                              • 1,368,600
                                                • 1809
                                                • 1,405,810
                                                  • 1810

                                                    1810

                                                    Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1810
                                                    Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1810
                                                  • 1,276,276
                                                  • 75
                                                  • 1811
                                                  • 1,203,644
                                                    • 1812
                                                    • 1,628,059
                                                      • 1813
                                                      • 1,241,903
                                                        • 1814
                                                        • 1,039,075
                                                          • 1817
                                                          • 1,215,567
                                                            • 1818
                                                            • 1,960,322
                                                              • 1819
                                                              • 2,208,000
                                                                • 1820
                                                                • 751,122
                                                                  • 1821

                                                                    1821

                                                                    Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1821
                                                                    Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1821
                                                                  • 1,305,797
                                                                  • 70
                                                                  • 1822
                                                                  • 1,559,573
                                                                    • 1823
                                                                    • 1,694,200
                                                                      • 1824
                                                                      • 3,504,954
                                                                        • 1825

                                                                          1825

                                                                          Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1825
                                                                          Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1825
                                                                        • 2,943,166
                                                                        • 75
                                                                        • 1826

                                                                          1826

                                                                          Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1826
                                                                          Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1826
                                                                        • 4,004,180
                                                                        • 75
                                                                        • 1827
                                                                        • 5,493,400
                                                                          • 1828
                                                                          • 3,075,200
                                                                            • 1829
                                                                            • 3,712,156
                                                                              • 1830
                                                                              • 4,764,800
                                                                                • 1831

                                                                                  1831

                                                                                  Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1831
                                                                                  Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1831
                                                                                • 5,873,660
                                                                                • 65
                                                                                • 1832
                                                                                • 4,797,000
                                                                                  • 1833

                                                                                    1833

                                                                                    Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1833
                                                                                    Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1833
                                                                                  • 5,206,000
                                                                                  • 60
                                                                                  • 1834
                                                                                  • 6,412,004
                                                                                    • 1835

                                                                                      1835

                                                                                      Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1835
                                                                                      Half Dollars Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836) 1835
                                                                                    • 5,352,006
                                                                                    • 60
                                                                                    • 1836
                                                                                    • 6,545,000
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