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Bust Half Dollar

Bust Half Dollar (1794-1839)

The Half Dollar has been produced since the very first days of the United States Mint and was always a popular and useful coin among U.S. citizens. The first iteration of the Half Dollar, known as the Bust Half Dollar, was introduced in 1794. Produced through the late 1830s, the Bust Half Dollar stayed in circulation for an extended period of time. Due to the extreme age of these coins, it is difficult to find one in Good or better condition.

Their extreme age also drives the price of these coins even when they have not been well preserved. As time goes by, acquisition of Bust Half Dollars grows increasingly difficult as there are fewer and fewer on the market.

The Value of a Bust Half Dollar

The premium a reputable dealer may charge for a Bust Half Dollar depends on a few factors. Firstly, the mintage year means a great deal when it comes to determining a price point. Naturally, Busts produced during the 1700s and early 1800s are valued above those produced during the 1820s and 1830s.

Still, even the most recent Bust Half Dollars in Poor condition are not cheap. Bust Half Dollars can range from $40 to $30,000. The Flowing Hair Bust Half Dollar in excellent condition, for example, can sell for upwards of $10,000.

 
Bust Half Dollar (1794-1839) obverse

The Most Sought-After Bust Half Dollars

It is not happenstance that the most coveted Bust Half Dollars are also the most expensive. The first Bust Half Dollar, the Flowing Hair Half Dollar, is far and away the most desirable coin to serious collectors. This particular variety of Half Dollar was minted for just two years. Only a small number of these coins ever existed and their scarcity is practically alarming to consider. That being said, all types of Bust Half Dollar are sought by collectors.

These coins were some of the first ever minted and circulated in the newly founded United States and are beautiful, meaningful pieces of American history. Collectors generally prefer to include only the most well-preserved coins in their collection. Of course, when considering a coin that is 200 or more years old, “well-preserved” becomes a relative term. The standards of condition are lower for the Bust Half Dollar than for later versions of the coin.

 

Bust Half Dollars’ Future Value

It is not possible, even for experts, to determine what the exact value of a coin will be at some point in the future. However, experts agree the value of these coins will increase over time. Thanks to their extreme age, there are only going to be fewer Bust Half Dollars on the market in the future. There are literally fewer of these coins to go around with each passing year. Since these coins already enjoy considerable value regardless of condition, it makes sense to make a purchase sooner rather than later. The longer you wait to add one of these important pieces to your collection, the more expensive your Bust Half Dollar will be.



DATE GOOD FINE EXTREMELY FINE UNCIRCULATED
1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar $4,500 $12,500 $38,000 $75,000
1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar (Normal Date) $1,000 $2,750 $11,000 $19,000
1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar (Recut Date) $1,000 $2,750 $11,000 $20,500
1796 Draped Bust Half Dollar (15 Stars) $34,000 $52,000 $110,000 $165,00
1796 Draped Bust Half Dollar (16 Stars) $36,500 $56,000 $110,000 $170,000
1801 Draped Bust Half Dollar $800 $2,400 $6,500 $15,000
1802 Draped Bust Half Dollar $750 $2,500 $7,000 $17,000
1803 Draped Bust Half Dollar (Small 3) $350 $550 $2,600 $6,000
1803 Draped Bust Half Dollar (Large 3) $325 $500 $2,000 $5,000
1805 Draped Bust Half Dollar (5 Over 4) $290 $875 $3,500 $7,500
1805 Draped Bust Half Dollar (Normal Date) $260 $450 $2,250 $5,000
1806 Draped Bust Half Dollar (6 Over 5) $265 $450 $2,200 $5,000
1806 Draped Bust Half Dollar (6 Over Inverted 6) $300 $925 $3,000 $7,000
1807 Draped Bust Half Dollar $250 $400 $1,800 $5,000
1815 Capped Bust Half Dollar (5 Over 2) $1,250 $2,200 $5,150 $10,000
1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar $70 $100 $235 $600
1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar (8 Over 7 Small) $90 $130 $375 $950
1819 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Small 9) $75 $120 $275 $750
1819 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Large 9) $80 $140 $300 $2,000
1820 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Square 2) $100 $140 $475 $1,150
1820 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Curl Base 2) $90 $135 $450 $1,100
1821 Capped Bust Half Dollar $70 $100 $225 $650
1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar $70 $100 $225 $450
1823 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Normal) $70 $100 $180 $500
1824 Capped Bust Half Dollar (4 Over Various Dates) $70 $110 $220 $750
1824 Capped Bust Half Dollar (4 Over 1) $75 $115 $220 $750
1824 Capped Bust Half Dollar (4 Over 4) $75 $110 $210 $700
1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Curl Base Knob 2) $70 $95 $200 $700
1831 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Small Letters) $70 $125 $400 $750
1831 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Large Letters) $65 $90 $180 $375
1832 Capped Bust Half Dollar $60 $80 $180 $375
1833 Capped Bust Half Dollar $60 $80 $180 $375
1834 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Large Dt and Letters) $60 $80 $180 $375
1835 Capped Bust Half Dollar $60 $80 $180 $375
1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar $60 $80 $180 $375
1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Beaded Border on Reverse) $85 $120 $250 $525
1837 Capped Bust Half Dollar $70 $100 $215 $475
1838 Capped Bust Half Dollar $70 $100 $225 $475
1838 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Reeded) $70 $100 $225 $475
1838 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Reeded) (O) N/A N/A $250,000 $300,000
1839 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Reeded) $65 $100 $225 $500
1839 Capped Bust Half Dollar (Reeded) (O) $220 $700 $1,750 $2,100

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