The Capped Bust design appeared on United States half dimes, dimes, quarters, and half dollars from 1807 to 1839. It was conceived by John Reich, a German immigrant who accepted the position of U.S. Mint Assistant Engraver at the recommendation of Thomas Jefferson in 1807. His first task was to redesign the circulating coinage of Chief Engraver Robert Scot. The obverse of the Capped Bust coins features Liberty, facing left, wearing a headband with the inscription LIBERTY, as well as a Phrygian Cap. The latter was originally worn by emancipated slaves of ancient Rome and was a popular symbol of freedom during the American Revolutionary War. Thirteen stars surround the bust, representing the original states in the Union. The reverse features an American Bald Eagle with outstretched wings holding an olive branch and bundle of arrows in its talons. A scroll above the eagle includes the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM. The denomination appears at the bottom, which had not been consistently employed on earlier designs of U.S. coinage. The 1826 capped bust half dollar is one of the more common dates in the series but becomes more difficult to acquire in higher grades. Offered is here is a lightly circulated example with great eye-appeal. You will receive the unique coin shown in the photos housed in a plush-lined box with a certificate of authenticity.
Type: Capped Bust Half Dollar (1807-1839)
Variety: Type 1 (1807-1836)
Designer: John Reich
Weight: 13.5 grams
Diameter: 32.5 mm
Composition: 89.2% silver, 10.8% copper
Net silver weight: 0.38709 oz pure silver
Obverse Design: Liberty, facing left, with headband and Phrygian Cap / 13 stars
Obverse Inscription: LIBERTY / DATE
Reverse Design: Eagle with outstretched wings and shield, bearing olive branches and arrows in talons / Scroll
Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLURIBUS UNUM / 50 C.
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