O-101 1815/2 Half Dollar, AU58
1815/2 50C AU58 PCGS. O-101, the only dies for the year,
R.2. Ex: Brown. Half dollar production was restricted by low silver
bullion deposits in 1815, due to the harsh economic situation at
the end of the War of 1812. Near the end of the year, enough
bullion was accumulated to allow a small coinage of Capped Bust
half dollars. A pair of dies left over from 1812 was pressed into
service, and a numeral 5 was stamped over the 2 in the date to
provide a suitable die for that year's coinage. The resulting
mintage was a meager 47,150 pieces, the smallest total in the
Capped Bust series.
'Queen of the Capped Busts'
The present coin is an rare near-Mint survivor, with sharp striking details and no noticeable marks. Each side shows rich rose, gray, and blue toning. Light die clashing is evident in the fields of both sides. Population: 12 in 58, 6 finer (3/10).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24F5, PCGS# 6108)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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