Market Analysis: Rare 1815/2 Capped Bust half dollar

October 20, 2021 1 min read

Market Analysis: Rare 1815/2 Capped Bust half dollar

By Steve Roach , Coin World, Published: Oct 19, 2021, 8 AM

An 1815/2 Capped Bust half dollar that was a recent European discovery sold for $39,600 at Heritage’s Oct. 7 Premier Session auction in Dallas.

Coin World’s Paul Gilkes shared its story with our readers in the Sept. 21, 2020, issue, writing that it was discovered among several thousand U.S. and world coins stored in tobacco tins, secured in a canvas bag and kept for decades under the staircase of a British home.

Gilkes reported that Darren Edmonds, from Halesowen, England, said he had inherited the coins a decade ago, upon the passing of his mother, and said the coins had been in his family for at least 80 years.

According to Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794–1836 by Al C. Overton, with later editions revised and edited by Donald Parsley, “Unused dies from 1812 were retrieved from the unused die storage area of the Mint and a 5 was punched over the 2. This obverse die and a single accompanying reverse die were the only set of dies used to produce all the estimated 47,150 pieces dated 1815.”

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