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1808 Capped Bust Half Dollar Obverse   1808 Capped Bust Half Dollar Reverse
  


1808 HALF DOLLAR

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 1,368,600
Proofs: 0

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 32-33 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%

Weight:  208 grains (13.48 grams)

Edge: Lettered ("FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR")

Mintmark: None (all 1808 Half Dollars were struck at Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Varieties (10):
I. 1808/7 Overdate
      Overton 101 - "1808 over 7"
II. Normal Date
      Overton 102  
      Overton 103 
      Overton 104  
      Overton 105  
      Overton 106  
      Overton 107  
      Overton 108  
      Overton 109  
      Overton 110  

Notes:
The finest 1808 Half Dollars graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's.

The finest "1808/7" Half Dollars graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65's.

Significant examples:
See variety listings

Recent appearances:
See variety listings

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836", Third Edition, by Al C. Overton and Don Parsley

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service