Lot Number:8
Start Time:5/30/2024 4:00:00 AM
End Time:6/16/2024 10:03:30 PM
Bid Count:24
Winning Bidder:R****8
Starting Bid:$1.00
Bid Increment:$4.50
Current Bid:$109.50
Bidding complete

The 1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar occupies a unique spot in the Capped Bust Half Dollar series (1807-1836) due to its edge design. Here's a breakdown of what makes it interesting:

  • Transitional Piece: The 1836 issue marks the final year of Lettered Edge Capped Bust Half Dollars. These coins have the denomination ("Fifty Cents" or "Half Dollar") inscribed around the edge.

  • Shift to Reeded Edge: Later in 1836, the production of Capped Bust Half Dollars transitioned to Reeded Edges, which is the standard edge design for most U.S. coins today. So, the 1836 issue has some of both Lettered and Reeded Edge varieties.

  • Value: The value of an 1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar depends on the specific edge design:

    • Lettered Edge: These are generally more valuable, especially in higher grades. Depending on condition, they can range from around $70 to $10,400 or even higher for exceptional specimens.
    • Reeded Edge: These are less common than Lettered Edge from 1836, but not as valuable overall. Their value can range from around $40 to $4,000 depending on condition.

Additional factors affecting value:

  • Condition: As with most coins, the overall condition is a prime factor affecting value. A well-preserved coin will be worth more than a worn one.
  • Grading: Obtaining a grade from a reputable grading company like PCGS or NGC can enhance the value and authenticity of your coin.


  • If you have an 1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar, identifying the edge design (Lettered or Reeded) is crucial for determining its potential value.
  • Consulting a professional coin dealer or numismatic expert can provide a more accurate valuation based on the specific characteristics of your coin.
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