1810 Capped Bust Half Dollar Grading Opinions

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by BryceS, Aug 17, 2022.

  1. BryceS

    BryceS Member

    A few weeks ago, I purchased an 1810 Capped Bust Half Dollar at auction. Now that I've had the coin in hand for a bit over a week, I figured that I would ask you all what you think the coin would grade at. Before I post the pictures, I'll have you know a couple of things: 1. This coin is the O-102a variety, a variety that displays a weakly struck left wing on the reverse. 2. I've included three sets of pictures. The first set shows the coin without much light, the second set shows the coin with more light on the surfaces, and the third set shows the photos from the seller. The seller's photos are closest to the actual color of the coin, and there is no blue or yellow hue like the second set of photos would suggest. 3. The coin has a light film on it that somewhat subdues the luster. Although this might make the surfaces look a bit washed out, after looking at it several times, I don't believe the coin has been cleaned. With that said, I'd love to hear everyone's opinions on the grade. Thanks in advance!

    1810 Bust Half.jpg 1810 Bust Half 2.jpg 1810 Obverse 2.jpg 1810 Reverse 2.jpg

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  3. BryceS

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    Here's the third set:

    1810 Half Obv(1).jpg 1810 Half Rev.jpg
  4. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser I may be old but I still appreciate a pretty bust Supporter

    Nice coin...I would call it 53 to 55.
  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    She’s an AU beauty.
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  6. mrweaseluv

    mrweaseluv Supporter! Supporter

    yup yup that wear on the reverse limits her to AU but I would give her a 55 no problem :D
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  7. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

  8. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes?

    I like it at 55, but this has a decent shot at 58.
  9. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Ditto 55. And, where ya been @physics-fan3.14? Missed your cogent, pithy and sometimes acerbic commentary. I'll bet you were off world through the Stargate (Been binging the old series with my wife. Who knew she'd enjoy it.)
  10. BryceS

    BryceS Member

    Thanks for the responses so far; keep them coming! Just for reference, here's an 1810 Overton-102a graded MS-66 by PCGS. Note that the weakness in the left feather is due to strike, not wear. Some mint-state coins actually show even more weakness in the wing than this coin does.

    PCGS 1810 Half.jpg
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  11. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder Supporter

    Agree with AU55, looks nice.
  12. Anthony Mazza

    Anthony Mazza Well-Known Member

  13. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Going by the photos, I would say AU-58. Let’s hope you get graders who knows about the strike issues for this variety.

    I think that the piece that PCGS graded as an MS-66 is over graded. That is a very lofty grade for one of these coins, and I am not impressed with the look of MS. Liberty’s face and the surfaces in front of it. When a coin gets the MS-66 grade, you should have to hunt to find imperfections.
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  14. BryceS

    BryceS Member

    Just to update everyone, I brought this beauty into my local coin shop yesterday to seek out a grade estimate and value assessment on the coin. One gentleman working at the shop thought that it would reach AU-58 with an outside shot at garnering a mint state grade. However, the other attendant thought that the coin was AU-50/53 details (cleaned). Even as such, they offered me a good bit more than what I paid for the coin, so I ended up selling it. They told me that they'll send it in to be professionally graded by NGC, making sure to note that the coin is the O-102a variety. As a bonus, if the coin does come back with an AU-58 or higher grade, they'll pay me a few hundred dollars on top of what they already gave me.
  15. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Glad you made out well and have an honest LCS. I doubt I could have sold her.
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