Early Half Dollars (1794 - 1836)
Bust Half Dollars - APMEX offers a superb selection of Early Half Dollars. Early half dollars were one of the most important and circulated coins in the late 18th century to the mid-1800s because of its necessity as currency. It came during a time in which currency was transitioning out of old world coins from England and Spain that were used during trade and commerce. Today, Early Half Dollars are highly collectible all over the world.
Early half dollars are comprised of the following types: Flowing Hair, Draped Bust and Capped Bust. Flowing Hair and Draped Bust types were designed by Robert Scot. The Draped Bust type has two distinct styles, the Small Eagle Reverse and the Heraldic Eagle Reverse. In 1807, John Reich designed the Capped Bust design that is incredibly popular with collectors today.
In 1967, Al C. Overton wrote a book titled, "Early Half Dollar Die Varieties" which revolutionized the collecting of Bust Halves. Today they are widely collected and there are thousands of people who have joined an organization dedicated to those magnificent coins. Early half dollars are an important part to our monetary history. Rare and highly valuable, Draped Bust halves and other early half dollars make great additions to any collection.
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