US Capped Bust Half Dime  1829 to 1837
US Capped Bust Half Dime 1829 to 1837

Hi Carla -- The words on your cardboard holder are true. Well, sort of. All capped bust half dimes are rare. In fact 1835 is the most common date of old half dimes. What can make a half dime truly rare is the condition it is in. Most of the specimens that you see resemble our picture, or worse. At CoinQuest we call that 'worn.' But coin collectors have another word for it: 'fine.' If it were even more worn, coin collectors still don't give up. They would call it 'good.' You should see what a coin looks like when coin collectors call it 'poor!'

So, for half dimes, dates don't really matter, but condition does. Here is what the catalogs say about bust half dimes of all dates:

worn (like our picture): $30 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (better than our picture): $120
well preserved: $350
fully uncirculated: $1000
capped bust dimes dated 1822 are very rare, cataloging at $2500 in average circulated condition

These are approximate catalog values which apply to coins that do not have problems, like scratches, spots, stains, nicks, bending, or cleaning. It is best to take your coin to a knowledgeable collector or a professional coin dealer for an in-person appraisal.


Use our Important Terminology page to understand what 'catalog value' means.

Coin: 2679 , Genre: United States
Requested by: Carla, Sat, 16-Jan-2010 18:53:02 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 22-Aug-2013 23:54:08 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 09-Aug-2015 00:29:12 GMT
Requester description: 1835 Front: Bust of a woman, stars around the edge. Back Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 5 C. Picture of eagle holding a shield.
Tags: half dime dimes woman stars star inscription monogram united america 5 eagle shield femal women lady female feminine fem womans females womens ladys princess ladies starrs script letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials amero americas american ameria ameri amirica amerique americana amer americans usa eaglets egals egal eagles eagel arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon liberty ribbon hawk falcon starburst burst


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