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Capped Bust Half Dollar Die Varieties, Part I (1807-1821)

In mid-1807 the Draped Bust Half Dollar was succeeded by the Capped Bust of Liberty that featured a reverse known to collectors whimsically as the "sandwich board" eagle. Though modified several times over the next thirty years, this same basic design was struck every year but 1816 and was employed through 1836, when the lettered edge half dollar gave way to the reeded edge style. Subsequent half dollar types were largely standardized and feature only minor varieties. This section covers Overton die varieties for Capped Bust Half Dollars from 1807 through 1821. Later dates are described in the subsequent two sections.

Half dollar die varieties from 1807-1836 are quite popular with variety specialists. Since many of the design elements required to complete a die were punched into it by hand, each die is readily distinguishable. Half dollars are especially popular with collectors, since so many have survived at or near the mint state level. This was due to their relatively large mintages, combined with the fact that they often remained idle in bank vaults as a hard-money backing for paper currency.

NGC will assign Overton (O) numbers to all half dollars die varieties from 1807 through 1821. In Overton's system, the first die variety listed is given the number 101, and each date begins anew with this number, followed by O-102, O-103, etc. Later die states within a single die pairing use suffix letters. For example, 1808 variety 107 is identified successively as O-107 and O-107a.

A more recent publication that offers a "quick-finder" attribution guide for Overton varieties is the book by Glenn R. Petersen. Beginners will find this later effort quite useful. Also entertaining and useful is the Edgar Souders book, which imparts the sheer joy of collecting these handsome and varied issues. Mr. Souders also penned a quick-finder guide to some of the scarcer varieties.

Below is a list of half dollar die varieties NGC recognizes, beginning with 1808 half dollar varieties and ending with 1821 half dollar varieties. Access to the detailed pages of the half dollar die varieties you see below is part of NGC Collectors Society membership. Die variety detail pages contain population information as well as NGC database images for available half dollar varieties.

NGC also provides information on other half dollar varieties:

Half Dollar Varieties (1794-1807) | Half Dollar Varieties (1822-1828) | Half Dollar Varities (1829-1836) | Reeded Edge Half Dollar Varieties (1836-1839) | Seated Liberty Half Dollar Varieties (1839-1891) | Barber Half Dollar Varieties (1892-1915) | Walking Liberty Half Dollar Varieties (1916-1947) | Franklin Half Dollar Varieties (1948-1963) | Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)



Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC Label
50CMS1807 CAPPED-
50CMS1807 50/20 CAPPED$15O-111
50CMS1807 50/20 CAPPED$15O-111a
50CMS1807 50/20 CAPPED$15O-111b BEARDED
50CMS1807 50/20 CAPPED$15O-112
50CMS1807 50/20 CAPPED$15O-112a
50CMS1807 SM STAR CAPPED$15O-113
50CMS1807 SM STAR CAPPED$15O-113a
50CMS1807 LG STAR CAPPED$15O-114
50CMS1808/7 -O-101
50CMS1808 $15O-102
50CMS1808 $15O-102a
50CMS1808 $15O-103
50CMS1808 $15O-104
50CMS1808 $15O-104a
50CMS1808 $15O-105
50CMS1808 $15O-106
50CMS1808 $15O-106a
50CMS1808 $15O-107
50CMS1808 $15O-107a
50CMS1808 $15O-108
50CMS1808 $15O-108a
50CMS1808 $15O-109
50CMS1808 $15O-109a
50CMS1808 $15O-110
50CMS1808 $15O-110a
50CMS1809 XXX EDGE$15
50CMS1809 XXX EDGE$15O-101
50CMS1809 XXX EDGE$15O-102
50CMS1809 XXX EDGE$15O-102a
50CMS1809 XXX EDGE$15O-108
50CMS1809 XXX EDGE$15O-108a
50CMS1809 XXX EDGE$15O-110
50CMS1809 III EDGE$15
50CMS1809 III EDGE$15O-107
50CMS1809 III EDGE$15O-107a
50CMS1809 III EDGE$15O-108
50CMS1809 III EDGE$15O-108a
50CMS1809 III EDGE$15O-109
50CMS1809 III EDGE$15O-109a
50CMS1809 III EDGE$15O-109b
50CMS1809 III EDGE$15O-111
50CMS1809 III EDGE$15O-111a
50CMS1809 $15O-102
50CMS1809 $15O-102a
50CMS1809 $15O-103
50CMS1809 $15O-104
50CMS1809 $15O-105
50CMS1809 $15O-106
50CMS1809 $15O-111
50CMS1809 $15O-111a
50CMS1809 $15O-112
50CMS1809 $15O-113
50CMS1809 $15O-113a
50CMS1809 $15O-114
50CMS1809 $15O-114a
50CMS1809 $15O-115
50CMS1809 $15O-115a
50CMS1810 $15O-101
50CMS1810 $15O-101a
50CMS1810 $15O-102
50CMS1810 $15O-102a
50CMS1810 $15O-103
50CMS1810 $15O-104
50CMS1810 $15O-104a
50CMS1810 $15O-105
50CMS1810 $15O-106
50CMS1810 $15O-106a
50CMS1810 $15O-107
50CMS1810 $15O-107a
50CMS1810 $15O-108
50CMS1810 $15O-108a
50CMS1810 $15O-109
50CMS1810 $15O-109a
50CMS1810 $15O-110
50CMS1811/10 -
50CMS1811/10 $15O-101
50CMS1811/10 $15O-102
50CMS1811 LARGE 8$15O-103
50CMS1811 LARGE 8$15O-103a
50CMS1811 LARGE 8$15O-104
50CMS1811 LARGE 8$15O-104a
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-105
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-105a
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-106
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-107
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-108
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-108a
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-109
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-110
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-110a
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-111
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-111a
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-112
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-112a
50CMS1811 SMALL 8$15O-113
50CMS1812/1 LARGE 8$15
50CMS1812/1 LARGE 8$15O-101
50CMS1812/1 LARGE 8$15O-101a
50CMS1812/1 SMALL 8$15
50CMS1812/1 SMALL 8$15O-102
50CMS1812/1 SMALL 8$15O-102a
50CMS1812 $15O-103
50CMS1812 $15O-104
50CMS1812 $15O-104a
50CMS1812 $15O-105
50CMS1812 $15O-105a
50CMS1812 $15O-106
50CMS1812 $15O-107
50CMS1812 $15O-108
50CMS1812 $15O-108a
50CMS1812 $15O-109
50CMS1812 $15O-109a
50CMS1812 $15O-110
50CMS1812 $15O-110a
50CMS1812 SINGLE LEAF$15O-110b
50CMS1813 50C/UNI$15
50CMS1813 50C/UNI$15O-101
50CMS1813 50C/UNI$15O-101a
50CMS1813 $15O-102
50CMS1813 $15O-103
50CMS1813 $15O-104
50CMS1813 $15O-105
50CMS1813 $15O-105a
50CMS1813 $15O-106
50CMS1813 $15O-106a
50CMS1813 $15O-107
50CMS1813 $15O-107a
50CMS1813 $15O-108
50CMS1813 $15O-108a
50CMS1813 $15O-109
50CMS1813 SINGLE LEAF$15O-109a
50CMS1813 $15O-110
50CMS1814/3 -
50CMS1814/3 $15O-101
50CMS1814/3 $15O-101a
50CMS1814 E/A$15O-108
50CMS1814 E/A$15O-108a
50CMS1814 $15O-102
50CMS1814 $15O-102a
50CMS1814 $15O-103
50CMS1814 $15O-104
50CMS1814 $15O-104a
50CMS1814 $15O-105
50CMS1814 SINGLE LEAF$15O-105a
50CMS1814 $15O-106
50CMS1814 $15O-106a
50CMS1814 $15O-107
50CMS1814 $15O-107a
50CMS1814 $15O-109
50CMS1815/2 -
50CMS1815/2 $15O-101
50CMS1815/2 $15O-101a
50CMS1817/3 -
50CMS1817/3 $15O-101
50CMS1817/3 $15O-101a
50CMS1817/4 -
50CMS1817/4 $15O-102
50CMS1817/4 $15O-102a
50CMS1817 181.7$15O-103
50CMS1817 $15O-103a
50CMS1817 $15O-104
50CMS1817 $15O-104a
50CMS1817 $15O-105
50CMS1817 $15O-105a
50CMS1817 $15O-106
50CMS1817 SINGLE LEAF$15O-106a
50CMS1817 $15O-107
50CMS1817 $15O-108
50CMS1817 $15O-108a
50CMS1817 $15O-109
50CMS1817 $15O-110
50CMS1817 $15O-110a
50CMS1817 $15O-111
50CMS1817 $15O-111a
50CMS1817 $15O-112
50CMS1817 $15O-112a
50CMS1817 $15O-113
50CMS1817 $15O-113a
50CMS1818/7 -
50CMS1818/7 SMALL 8$15O-102
50CMS1818/7 SMALL 8$15O-102a
50CMS1818/7 LARGE 8$15O-101
50CMS1818/7 LARGE 8$15O-101a
50CMS1818/7 LARGE 8$15O-103
50CMS1818/7 LARGE 8$15O-103a
50CMS1818 $15O-104
50CMS1818 $15O-104a
50CMS1818 $15O-105
50CMS1818 $15O-105a
50CMS1818 $15O-106
50CMS1818 $15O-106a
50CMS1818 $15O-107
50CMS1818 $15O-107a
50CMS1818 $15O-108
50CMS1818 $15O-109
50CMS1818 $15O-109a
50CMS1818 $15O-110
50CMS1818 $15O-111
50CMS1818 $15O-112
50CMS1818 $15O-112a
50CMS1818 $15O-113
50CMS1818 $15O-114
50CMS1818 $15O-114a
50CMS1818 $15O-115
50CMS1818 $15O-115a
50CMS1819/8 -
50CMS1819/8 SMALL 9$15O-101
50CMS1819/8 LARGE 9$15O-102
50CMS1819/8 LARGE 9$15O-103
50CMS1819/8 LARGE 9$15O-103a
50CMS1819/8 LARGE 9$15O-104
50CMS1819/8 LARGE 9$15O-104a
50CMS1819/8 LARGE 9$15O-105
50CMS1819/8 LARGE 9$15O-106
50CMS1819 $15O-107
50CMS1819 $15O-107a
50CMS1819 $15O-108
50CMS1819 $15O-109
50CMS1819 $15O-109a
50CMS1819 $15O-110
50CMS1819 $15O-110a
50CMS1819 $15O-111
50CMS1819 $15O-112
50CMS1819 $15O-112a
50CMS1819 $15O-113
50CMS1819 $15O-114
50CMS1819 $15O-115
50CMS1820/19 -
50CMS1820/19 SQUARE 2$15O-101
50CMS1820/19 SQUARE 2$15O-101a
50CMS1820/19 CURLED 2$15O-102
50CMS1820 SM DATE CURLED 2$15O-103
50CMS1820 SM DATE CURLED 2$15O-103a
50CMS1820 LG DATE SQ KNOB 2$15O-104
50CMS1820 LG DATE SQ KNOB 2$15O-104a
50CMS1820 LG DATE SQ KNOB 2$15O-105
50CMS1820 LG DATE SQ KNOB 2$15O-105a
50CMS1820 LG DATE SQUARE 2$15O-106
50CMS1820 LG DATE NO SERIFS$15O-107
50CMS1820 LG DATE SQUARE 2$15O-108
50CMS1821 $15O-101
50CMS1821 $15O-101a
50CMS1821 $15O-102
50CMS1821 $15O-103
50CMS1821 $15O-103a
50CMS1821 $15O-104
50CMS1821 $15O-104a
50CMS1821 $15O-105
50CMS1821 $15O-105a
50CMS1821 $15O-106
50CMS1821 $15O-106a
50CMS1821 $15O-107


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References:
Overton, Al C. Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836, 3rd Edition. Donald L. Parsley, Escondido, CA, 92025 (a 4th edition has been published, but the 3rd Edition is recommended)
Peterson, Glenn R., M.D. The Ultimate Guide to Attributing Bust Half Dollars. Money Tree Press, Rocky River, OH, 2000
Souders, Edgar E. Bust Half Fever 1807-1836. Money Tree Press, Rocky River, OH, 1995
Souders, Edgar E. The Top 100 R4 and R5 Capped Bust Half Dollar Varieties & Sub-Varieties. Money Tree Press, Rocky River, OH, 2002