1828 P Capped Bust Half Dollars : All Varieties

Lettered Edge

Mintage: 3,075,200
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.):
1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar Varieties - Difference and Comparison
There were multiple varieties and sub-varieties of the 1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar. The two major varieties deal with the style of the number "2". One variety has a curved or curled base on the number "2" while the other variety has a square base 2 with a flat base that comes up at a straight angle as depicted above the example comparison image.

The curl base 2 has two major sub-varieties. One variety has a knob on the upper tip of the "2" while the other has no knob - but instead curls around and up as depicted below in the example comparison image:

1828 Knobbed 2 vs No Knob 2 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Difference and Comparison

The square base 2 also has a few sub-varieties as well. One variety has small 8's which are spread out with more spacing between the numbers. The large 8's variety has the numbers more closely spaced together. When lining up the tops of the "1" and first "8" in the 1828 date: The line intersects the "2" in the small 8 variety whereas the line goes above and over the "2" in the large 8 variety as depicted below in the example comparison image of the large 8s vs small 8s:

1828 Small 8s vs Large 8s Capped Bust Half Dollar - Difference and Comparison

Lastly: The square base 2 - small 8's variety has two more sub-varieties of its own. The small letters variety happens to have smaller letters on the reverse of the coin whereas the other variety has larger letters. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish the difference - but there are a few things to look at.

The left side of the "S" in the word "STATES" will line up with the left side of the letter "P" in "PLURIBUS" in the small letters variety - but will be oriented more to the left in the large letter variety. The right side of the first "A" in "AMERICA" will line up with the right side of the "M" in "UNUM" in the large letter variety - but the "A" will be oriented more towards the right in the small letter variety. The letters "S A E" in the word "STATES" have been repunched in the small letters variety. A slight doubling of those letters can be seen just to the left of the overlying letters. The top have of both letter A's in the word "AMERICA" have been filled in somewhat in the small letters variety as well. The difference between the 1828 Small Letters vs Large Letters half dollars is depicted below in the example comparison image:

1828 Small Letters vs Large Letters Capped Bust Half Dollar - Difference and Comparison

Major Varieties:
1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Curled Base No Knob 2
1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Curled Base Knobbed 2
1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Square Base 2 - Small 8s - Large Letters
1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Square Base 2 - Small 8s - Small Letters
1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Square Base 2 - Large 8s

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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