Raw - 1830 Capped Bust Half Dollar

Some 23 die marriages resulted from various combinations of 15 obverse dies and 20 reverses. One of the latter was a Large Letter die used to coin 1828 half dollars, as well. The U. S. Mint was not particular about the date each die carried, and it was not unusual for coins bearing one date to be struck before ones carrying an earlier date. In this instance, however, the 1830 coins appear to have come later and are fairly rare. The Large Letters O-114 brings a strong premium. The remaining die marriages are divided into ones have a Small 0 in the date (18) and a Large 0 (four). There is no premium attached to these date sizes, as both are fairly common.

The half dollars of 1830-33 are often seen poorly struck from quite worn dies. The original mint facility of 1792 was showing its age, and a new one was already under construction. This distraction seems to have affected the quality of the coins during these years, and locating a sharp 1830 half dollar from fresh dies can be quite challenging. The savvy buyer will hold out for such a coin and may obtain it without a significant premium, as the quality of strike is not a major factor in grading.

Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,764,800
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.43 (3/11/2018)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered

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1830 Capped Bust Half Dollar

  • Product Code: 1830_Capped_Half
  • Availability: Out Of Stock
  • $35.00

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