1820 P Capped Bust Half Dollars : All Varieties

Lettered Edge

Mintage: 751,122
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: John Reich
Metal Composition: 89% Silver - 11% Copper

Diameter: 32.5 mm
Mass / Weight: 13.48 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1820 Capped Bust Half Dollar Varieties - Difference and Comparison Diagnosis
There were numerous varieties and sub-varieties of the 1820 Capped Bust Half Dollar. The first two varieties we look at are the 1820/19 overdate varieties. Both of them have an 1820 date struck over an 1819 date which resulted in a "20" over "19" overdate where parts of the underlying "19" is clearly visible within and around the "20". One sub-variety features a square base "2" with a flat and square base while the other variety features a curled and curved base as depicted above in the example comparison image.

The next major variety features a normal 1820 date with three sub-varieties dealing with the style of the number "2" in the date. The first variety is the curl base "2" which again features a curled and curved base to the number "2". This variety always features a small date and no knob on the "2". The other two varieties feature a square base "2" with a flat and square base. The square base 2 variety always has a large date but has two sub-varieties as well - One variety features a knob on the upper tip of the "2" while the other variety as no knob and instead curls around and up. The difference between these varieties and sub-varieties is depicted below starting with the square base 2 vs curl base 2:

1820 Square Base 2 vs Curl Base 2 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Difference and Comparison

Knob 2 vs No Knob 2:

1820 Knob 2 vs No Knob 2 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Difference and Comparison

Small date vs Large Date:

1820 Small Date vs Large Date Capped Bust Half Dollar - Difference and Comparison

The last major variety deals with the reverse of the coin and features no serifs at the top and bottoms on the back of the letter E's in the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". In addition: The letter A's also have a defect in that the bottom-right foot of the "A" is missing - so this is another easy way to identify this variety. The difference between the "No serifs on E's" reverse vs Normal reverse is depicted below in the example image:

1820 No Serifs on E vs Normal Reverse Capped Bust Half Dollar - Difference and Comparison

Major Varieties:
1820/19 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Square Base 2
1820/19 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Curl Base 2
1820 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Curl Base 2 - Small Date
1820 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Square Base Knobbed 2 - Large Date
1820 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Square Base No Knob 2 - Large Date
1820 Capped Bust Half Dollar - No Serifs on E's

Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
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