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Capped Bust Half Dollar Die Varieties, Part III (1829-1836)

This section covers later date Capped Bust Half Dollars from 1829 to 1836. Earlier dates are described in the previous two sections.

The Capped Bust Half Dollars of 1807-1836 are quite popular with both die variety specialists and date collectors. Among early USA coins, they are easily the ones most widely collected by die varieties. Since many of the design elements required to complete a die were punched into it by hand, each die is readily distinguishable, and well catalogued in the standard reference to the series by Al Overton. The Capped Bust half dollar type is 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 dollar die varieties from 1829 through 1836. Die varieties in Overton's system are given the number 101 for the first die variety listed, 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, 1834 half dollar die variety 115 is identified successively as O-115 and O-115a.

A more recent publication that offers a "quick-finder" attribution guide for Overton half dollar die 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 half dollar die varieties.

Below is a list of half dollar die varieties NGC recognizes, beginning with 1829 early half dollars and ending with 1836 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:

Early Half Dollar Varieties (1794-1807) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1807-1821) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1822-1828) | 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
50CMS1829/1827 -
50CMS1829/1827 $15O-101
50CMS1829/1827 $15O-101a
50CMS1829/1827 $15O-102
50CMS1829/1827 $15O-102a
50CMS1829 LARGE LETTERS$15O-110
50CMS1829 LARGE LETTERS$15O-110a
50CMS1829 MEDIUM LETTERS$15O-116
50CMS1829 MEDIUM LETTERS$15O-116a
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-103
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-104
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-104a
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-105
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-105a
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-106
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-107
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-108
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-108a
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-109
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-109a
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-111
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-111a
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-112
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-112a
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-113
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-113a
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-114
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-115
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-117
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-118
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-119
50CMS1829 SMALL LETTERS$15O-120
50CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15O-114
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-101
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-102
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-103
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-104
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-105
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-106
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-106a
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-107
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-107a
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-108
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-109
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-110
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-111
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-112
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-112a
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-113
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-115
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-116
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-117
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-118
50CMS1830 SMALL 0$15O-119
50CMS1830 LARGE 0$15O-120
50CMS1830 LARGE 0$15O-121
50CMS1830 LARGE 0$15O-122
50CMS1830 LARGE 0$15O-123
50CMS1831 $15O-101
50CMS1831 $15O-102
50CMS1831 $15O-103
50CMS1831 $15O-104
50CMS1831 $15O-105
50CMS1831 $15O-106
50CMS1831 $15O-107
50CMS1831 $15O-108
50CMS1831 $15O-109
50CMS1831 $15O-110
50CMS1831 $15O-111
50CMS1831 $15O-112
50CMS1831 $15O-113
50CMS1831 $15O-114
50CMS1831 $15O-115
50CMS1831 $15O-116
50CMS1831 $15O-117
50CMS1831 $15O-118
50CMS1831 $15O-119
50CMS1831 $15O-120
50CMS1832 LARGE LETTERS$15O-101
50CMS1832 LARGE LETTERS$15O-101a
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-102
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-102a
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-103
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-104
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-105
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-105a
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-106
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-107
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-108
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-108a
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-109
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-110
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-111
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-112
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-113
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-113a
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-114
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-115
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-116
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-117
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-118
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-119
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-120
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-120a
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-121
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-121a
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-122
50CMS1832 SMALL LETTERS$15O-123
50CMS1833 $15O-101
50CMS1833 $15O-102
50CMS1833 $15O-103
50CMS1833 $15O-104
50CMS1833 $15O-105
50CMS1833 $15O-105a
50CMS1833 $15O-106
50CMS1833 $15O-107
50CMS1833 $15O-108
50CMS1833 $15O-109
50CMS1833 $15O-110
50CMS1833 $15O-110a
50CMS1833 $15O-111
50CMS1833 $15O-112
50CMS1833 $15O-113
50CMS1833 $15O-114
50CMS1833 $15O-115
50CMS1834 LG DATE LG LETTERS$15O-101
50CMS1834 LG DATE LG LETTERS$15O-102
50CMS1834 LG DATE LG LETTERS$15O-103
50CMS1834 LG DATE SM LETTERS$15O-104
50CMS1834 LG DATE SM LETTERS$15O-105
50CMS1834 LG DATE SM LETTERS$15O-106
50CMS1834 LG DATE SM LETTERS$15O-107
50CMS1834 LG DATE SM LETTERS$15O-108
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-109
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-110
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-111
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-112
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-113
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-114
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-115
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-115a
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-116
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-117
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-118
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-119
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-120
50CMS1834 SM DATE SM LETTERS$15O-121
50CMS1835 $15O-101
50CMS1835 $15O-102
50CMS1835 $15O-103
50CMS1835 $15O-104
50CMS1835 $15O-105
50CMS1835 $15O-106
50CMS1835 $15O-107
50CMS1835 $15O-108
50CMS1835 $15O-109
50CMS1835 $15O-110
50CMS1836 LETTERED-
50CMS1836 8/3 $15O-108
50CMS1836 8/3 $15O-108a
50CMS1836 50/00$15O-116
50CMS1836 $15O-116a
50CMS1836 BEADED REVERSE$15O-106
50CMS1836 BEADED REVERSE$15O-106a
50CMS1836 $15O-101
50CMS1836 $15O-101a
50CMS1836 $15O-102
50CMS1836 $15O-103
50CMS1836 $15O-104
50CMS1836 $15O-104a
50CMS1836 $15O-105
50CMS1836 $15O-107
50CMS1836 $15O-109
50CMS1836 $15O-110
50CMS1836 $15O-111
50CMS1836 $15O-112
50CMS1836 $15O-113
50CMS1836 $15O-113a
50CMS1836 $15O-114
50CMS1836 $15O-115
50CMS1836 $15O-117
50CMS1836 $15O-118
50CMS1836 $15O-119
50CMS1836 $15O-120
50CMS1836 $15O-121
50CMS1836 $15O-122
50CMS1836 $15O-123


* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
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