1817 P Capped Bust Half Dollars : All Varieties

Lettered Edge

Mintage: 1,215,564
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.):
1817 Capped Bust Half Dollar Varieties - Differences and Comparison
There were multiple varieties of the 1817 Capped Bust Half Dollar. The most common variety is simply the "Normal Date" variety which featured no errors or special features as depicted in the image above. There were three major varieties of the 1817 date. One variety is the 1817/3 Overdate which features an 1817 date struck over an 1813 date which resulted in an underlying "3" being clearly visible around the "7" as depicted below:

1817/3 Capped Bust Half Dollar - 7 Over 3 Overdate

A similar variety is the 1817/4 half dollar which features a "7" over "4" overdate. However this variety is extremely rare and valuable - making it one of the most valuable varieties in the entire half dollar series:

1817/4 Capped Bust Half Dollar - 7 Over 4 Overdate

The next major variety is the 181.7 Punctuated Date variety which features a dot within the 1817 date due to a die defect:

1817 Capped Bust Half Dollar - 181.7 Punctuated Date

The last major variety is the 1817 "Single Leaf" type which features only a single leaf on a branch under the eagle's wing instead of the normal two leaves:

1817 Single Leaf Capped Bust Half Dollar

Major Varieties:
1817 Capped Bust Half Dollar - Normal Date
1817/3 Capped Bust Half Dollar - 7 Over 3 Overdate
1817/4 Capped Bust Half Dollar - 7 Over 4 Overdate
1817 Capped Bust Half Dollar - 181.7 Punctuated Date
1817 Single Leaf Below Wing Capped Bust Half Dollar

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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