Earlyhalves

Current
Rank
2
Set
Complete
100.00%
Set
Rating
57.633
GPA with
Top Bonuses
57.633
GPA
Weighted
57.573
About This Set: Collectors love Bust Halves so much that enthusiasts are called “Bust Nuts.” These coins are available enough in circulated grades to attract a large number of collectors, yet challenging enough in high grades and rare varieties to test the patience of the most determined.
The coins are large and beautiful and they are the handiwork of craftsmen working at America's modest early mint in Philadelphia. Hand worked dies led to many fascinating overdates and popular varieties. Everyone loves overdates, and between 1808 and 1829 there are nineteen different types. The toughest are the 1817/4 and the 1812/1 Large 8. Other fascinating varieties resulted from blunders made while working the dies. Some favorites are the 1807 50/20, 1813 50C/UNI, 1814 E/A and the 1836 50/00. In 1823, the 3-punch gave the mint workers a fit, leading to the “Broken 3," the “Patched 3” and the “Ugly 3”—all are beautiful to me!
If these varieties aren’t challenging enough for you, join the hundreds of others who collect the 453 Overton varieties spanning the years 1807-1836. There’s just no end to the fun!
Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1807 Large Stars, 50/20 6086 1807 50C MS63 8 6 811
Beautiful multicolored Toning
1807 Bearded Goddess 39358 1807 50C AU53 3 1 32
O.111b, Ex. Frederick, Pugh, Prouty. Full Beard extending through eye into headband.
1807 Small Stars 39360 1807 50C MS63 1 1 42
Ex. Dale Friend - CAC
1807 Large Stars 39361 1807 50C AU55 1 7 317
O.114, Ex. Prouty
1808 6090 1808 50C MS62 13 47 1560
1808/7 6091 1808/7 50C MS64 7 1 103
1809 6092 1809 50C MS64+ 2 2 26
1809 XXX Edge 6093 1809 50C AU55 8 10 1317
O.102, Ex. Link
1809 III Edge 39383 1809 50C MS63 1 4 28
Ex. Link
1810 6095 1810 50C MS64 8 1 153
1811 Large 8 6096 1811 50C AU58 53 88 6195
1811 Small 8 6097 1811 50C MS64 26 8 3317
O.110a CAC
1811/10 6099 1811/10 50C MS62 5 13 818
O.101, Overdate
1812 6100 1812 50C MS64 59 25 6635
1812/1 Large 8 6102 1812/1 50C AU55 1 0 20
O.101, R5, New Discovery in 2011, Tied with one other for finest known.
1812/1 Small 8 6101 1812/1 50C MS63 7 9 813
1813 6103 1813 50C MS64 21 7 2511
1813 50C/UNI 6104 1813 50C MS64 6 1 82
O.101, 50/UNI
1814 6105 1814 50C MS64 29 15 3422
O.105 CAC
1814 Single Leaf 39481 1814 50C XF45 5 10 510
O.105a, SINGLE LEAF
1814/3 6106 1814/3 50C AU55 38 28 3936
1814 E/A in STATES 6107 1814 50C AU58 3 4 55
1814 O.108, AU58
1815/2 6108 1815/2 50C AU58 20 9 2414
Ex. Auction 89 and Norweb
1817 6109 1817 50C MS62 20 46 2758
O.112a
1817 Single Leaf 39516 1817 50C AU58 1 3 13
O.106a Single Leaf, R5
1817/3 39512 1817/3 50C MS63+ 2 1 35
O.101, Ex. Friend
1817/4 39513 1817/4 50C VG8 1 2 15
O.102, Tenth Known, discovered in 2012
1817 181.7 6110 181.7 50C AU58 3 3 48
O.103, Punctuated Date
1818 6113 1818 50C MS63 31 40 3852
O.110, Scarce R4 Variety
1818/7 Small 8 6114 1818/7 50C MS63 4 2 55
O.102a
1818/7 Large 8 6115 1818/7 50C MS64 9 0 101
O.101, Ex. Friend
1819 6117 1819 50C MS64 15 9 1912
O.108
1819/8 Small 9 6118 1819/8 50C MS63 10 7 1110
O.101, Amazing Toning
1819/8 Large 9 39557 1819/8 50C MS62 2 0 1029
1820 Curl Base 2, Small Date 39563 1820 50C MS62 2 1 710
O.103a
1820 Square 2, Large Date, Knob 2 39565 1820 50C MS62 1 3 714
O.104
1820 Square 2, Large Date, No Knob 39569 1820 50C MS63 2 4 67
O.106
1820 No Serifs 6124 1820 50C MS62 1 1 11
1820/19 Square Base 2 6125 1820/19 50C MS63 2 2 37
1820/19 Curl Base 2 6126 1820/19 50C MS63 5 4 95
1821 6128 1821 50C MS63 23 26 2636
O.105a
1822 6129 1822 50C MS64 45 17 5824
1822/1 39604 1822/1 50C MS63 3 4 812
O.101
1823 6131 1823 50C MS64 49 13 5521
O.112
1823 Broken 3 6132 1823 50C MS62 2 3 34
O.101
1823 Patched 3 6133 1823 50C MS64 3 2 55
O.102, R4, Ex. Kahn
1823 Ugly 3 39623 1823 50C MS63 4 2 62
O.110b
1824 6137 1824 50C MS64 60 26 6131
1824/1 6139 1824/1 50C MS63 13 9 1416
O.101 Overdate
1824/4 39643 1824/4 50C MS64 1 1 1610
1824 Various Overdates 6138 1824 50C MS62 8 19 823
O.103 Overdate
1825 6142 1825 50C MS64+ 8 29 1137
1826 6143 1826 50C MS64 110 50 12362
1827 Square Base 2 6144 1827 50C MS64 83 30 10437
1827 Curl Base 2 39749 1827 50C MS64 2 0 52
O.146
1827/6 6147 1827/6 50C MS63 18 7 1916
O.103 R4, Ex. Graham
1828 Curl Base 2, No Knob 6148 1828 50C MS63 43 32 4538
O.102
1828 Curl Base 2, Knob 6149 1828 50C MS63 5 2 87
O.106, R4+, Ex. Link, Second Finest known of this Scarce Varity
1828 Square Base 2, Large 8's 6150 1828 50C MS63 9 17 1123
O.109
1828 Square Base 2, Small 8's, Large Letters 6151 1828 50C MS65 9 1 106
1828 Square Base 2, Small 8's, Small Letters 39780 1828 50C MS64 2 1 52
O.119
1829/7 6155 1829/7 50C MS64 21 25 2330
O.102
1829 6154 1829 50C MS63 74 67 8685
O.107
1829 Large Letters 39791 1829 50C MS61 1 4 16
1830 Small 0 6156 1830 50C MS64 85 36 9445
O.115
1830 Large 0 39834 1830 50C MS63 3 6 2945
O.123
1830 Large Letters 39836 1830 50C MS63 3 0 30
O.114, R5+, Tied for FINEST KNOWN of this Notable Rarity
1831 6159 1831 50C MS64 152 71 16282
O.107
1832 Small Letters 6160 1832 50C MS64+ 12 13 1317
O.110, Pure Silk
1832 Large Letters 6161 1832 50C MS64 6 1 71
O.101, Medium Die State, Ex. Friend
1833 6163 1833 50C MS64+ 11 22 1228
1834 Large Date, Large Letters 6164 1834 50C MS64 56 15 6021
O.101
1834 Large Date, Small Letters 6165 1834 50C MS64 30 18 3221
O.106-1834/4 Overdate, Lovely warm toning with iridescence in the stars and letters.
1834 Small Date, Small Letters 6166 1834 50C MS64 69 17 7628
O.110, Ex. Richard Graham
1835 6168 1835 50C MS64+ 4 3 710
O.101, Liquid Surfaces
1836 Lettered Edge 6169 1836 50C MS63 74 63 7982
O.101
1836/1336 Overdate 39957 1836/1336 50C MS62 4 2 64
O.108a
1836 Bar Dot 39959 1836 50C MS62 2 2 410
O.112
1836 Beaded Reverse 39967 1836 50C MS63 2 1 43
O.106a, CAC. Light golden-brown and apple-green toning visits the borders of this thoroughly lustrous and minimally marked half dollar. Several stars are incomplete but the strike is otherwise good.
1836 50/00 6170 1836 50C MS63 6 1 74
O.116
1836 Reeded Edge 6175 1836 50C MS64 6 1 62
Beautiful warm toning.
1837 Reeded Edge 6176 1837 50C MS63 114 127 114128
1837 Reeded Edge
1838 Reeded Edge 6177 1838 50C MS62 83 146 83148
1838 Reeded Edge
1839 Reeded Edge 6179 1839 50C MS64 50 4 506
1839 Reeded Edge
1839 Reeded Edge, Small Letters 6180 1839 50C VF35 1 2 13
Ex. Richard Graham
1839-O 6181 1839-O 50C MS63 10 15 1019

Comments


As far as I am aware, you are only the third collector to complete this set with you addition of the 1839 small letters reverse. Congratulations! Few collectors have had the privilege of completing a set that also includes the famous 1817/4 half dollar.

Posted at 5/1/2017 1:57 PM by icrf03

What a nice example of the prohibitively rare 1839 small letters reverse half dollar and literally from the collector who wrote the book on Reeded Edge Halves!

Posted at 5/1/2017 1:54 PM by icrf03

Hey Tim, I suspect some pretty cool 1820 half dollara are going to hit your set very soon!

Posted at 8/9/2014 12:20 AM by icrf03

Wonderful new and pedigreed to Dale Friend for both coins. Simply scrumptious!

Posted at 5/27/2013 11:26 AM by icrf03

Wow, two super coins, great additions

Posted at 5/25/2013 12:42 PM by Bustnut

Great addition of another superb coin

Posted at 1/20/2013 7:28 PM by Bustnut

Two more great additions to your superb collection!!! These are both amazing coins with terrific eye appeal and overdates - wow - high high can you go! Great to see you at the ANA Bayou Boy.

Posted at 8/17/2012 2:42 PM by icrf03

Now you have reached the top with an amazingly original 1817/4 King of Bust Half Dollars!

Posted at 7/4/2012 9:52 AM by icrf03

An uncirculated 1836 reeded edge, tough coin, outstanding and rare addition to your wonderful set! Keep up the strong showing, up, up and away!

Posted at 8/28/2011 9:34 AM by icrf03

Wow, what a fantastic 1812-101. Congratulations Bustnut

Posted at 3/18/2011 9:22 PM by Bustnut

That's an incredible early die state of a 1812/1 Large 8 Half and an amazing find. Hats off to you once more!

Posted at 3/14/2011 3:23 PM by icrf03

Great upgrades T. The 1813 50 C/UNI in PCGS MS64, a top pop coin, and all the other upgrades sure keeps the pressure on me to keep getting better! Great to see you at the show and best wishes for a fabulous 2011!

Posted at 1/10/2011 1:19 PM by icrf03

You have added some superb coins! The 20-107 in MS62 and the 30-114 in MS63 are fantastic condition rarities. Congrats on your continued achievements with this fantastics set.

Posted at 3/14/2010 9:43 PM by icrf03

All the coins you have pictures of are really fantastic, great eye appeal. Bustnut

Posted at 3/13/2010 12:35 PM by Bustnut

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