AU55 CAC Nice Original Coin. This is a PCGS Graded Coin. You will receive the pictured coin. Bust Half Dollar O-101, R.1, graded AU55 and CAC Approved. This lightly circulated representative displays rich peripheral golden-brown, forest-green, and rose-red toning with steel-gray centers. There are no detractions, and the eye appeal is impressive.
The traditional Guide Book overdate variety, identified more often by the spike atop Liberty's cap than the die dot between the 81 in the date. O-102 shares the same obverse die, but shows minimal evidence of an overdate.
This is an unblemished later die state example with dentils absent from the reverse and the obverse. Capped Bust Half Dollar Lettered Edge (1807 - 1836). John Reich took over as engraver. At the Mint in 1807. He immediately began work on redesigning the nation's coinage.He created the Capped Bust motif that was used across denominations for the next three decades. The obverse features a depiction of Lady Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap, a symbol. The reverse shows a heraldic eagle with the denomination below and the words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above. In the edges the phrase FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR was impressed. This edge lettering was to discourage charlatans from shaving silver. Off and passing the underweight coins off to merchants. The series is extremely popular and has a number of varieties where extensive study has been done. Attribution has been recorded accounting for the exacting use of obverse and reverse dies.
Collect the series by these die pairings. Reich's time at the Mint ended in 1817, but his works continued in production until two decades later when the Mint upgraded their facilities, and the Capped Bust coinages gave way to Christian Gobrecht's seated designs. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins: US\Half Dollars\Early Halves (1794-1839)". The seller is "uscoinsandjewelry1" and is located in this country: US.This item can be shipped to United States.