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1815/2 50c Capped Bust Half Dollar - PCGS VF30 - Nice Original Coin

1815/2 50c Capped Bust Half Dollar - PCGS VF30 - Nice Original Coin

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This is an PCGS Graded Coin. You will receive the pictured coin. You are Buying an 1815/2 Capped Bust Half Dollar graded VF30 by PCGS. The coin has nice even wear and a nice original look. Key to a date collection of Capped Bust halves, the 1815/2 was struck from a single die pair. No normal date 1815 halves are known. The present midgrade representative displays dusky olive-green and steel-gray toning. The eagle's plumage has ample detail and marks are unexpectedly minor given the 30 points of wear. Half dollar production was restricted by low silver bullion deposits in 1815, due to the harsh economic situation at the end of the War of 1812. Near the end of the year, enough bullion was accumulated to allow a small coinage of Capped Bust half dollars. A pair of dies left over from 1812 was pressed into service, and a numeral 5 was stamped over the 2 in the date to provide a suitable die for that year's coinage. The resulting mintage was a meager 47,150 pieces, the smallest total in the Capped Bust series.
This is an excellent coin to add to your collection.

Coin Features:
  • PCGS graded VF30
  • A Nice Original Coin
  • Known as a Capped Bust Half Dollar
  • Obverse: Bust of Liberty Wearing a Phrygian Cap Facing Left
  • Reverse: 3/4 Facing Heraldic Eagle Bearing Arrows and an Olive Branch

Capped Bust Half Dollar Lettered Edge (1807 – 1836) – John Reich took over as engraver at the Mint in 1807. He immediately began work on redesigning the nation’s coinage. He created the Capped Bust motif that was used across denominations for the next three decades. The obverse features a depiction of Lady Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap, a symbol of freedom. The reverse shows a heraldic eagle with the denomination below and the words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above. In the edges the phrase FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR was impressed. This edge lettering was to discourage charlatans from shaving silver off and passing the underweight coins off to merchants. The series is extremely popular and has a number of varieties where extensive study has been done. Attribution has been recorded accounting for the exacting use of obverse and reverse dies. Enthusiasts collect the series by these die pairings.  Reich’s time at the Mint ended in 1817, but his works continued in production until two decades later when the Mint upgraded their facilities, and the Capped Bust coinages gave way to Christian Gobrecht’s seated designs.

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    capped bust
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    vf 30
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