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    Capped Bust Half Dollar Question.

    I paid $45.00 for a 1818 Capped bust on ebay. It appears to have the pincher eight variety. How much do you think it is worth in this condition and with the rare variety. oh yeah you can not see the pinchers that well in the picture
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    What? Your name is Coinman" and you don't own "The Offficial Red Book" for checking US coin values? ;-)

    My 2007 copy of that book ("A Guide Book of United States Coins" by R.S. Yeoman) says the lowest-condition (Good-4) of the most common variety of US half-dollar coin was $60. Scarcer varieties of the 1818 in Good-4 condition were $85. Note, that was six years ago. You can buy the up-to-date edition of that book for about $15.

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    Yes I do own the redbook but this variety is not in there.

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    Hard to say from the image you provided but im pretty sure it would grade a details coin(i.e. damaged/cleaned etc.. ). I would say good buy if it is indeed the variety but like i said the image is poor and no reverse photo makes it hard to value.
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    Coinman123, I did notice that the "pincher 8" variety is not listed in the Red Book, but I figured it (the Red Book) would at least give you a bottom-floor value -- which is higher than what you paid for your 1818 half-dollar.

    As Coinguy*matthew mentioned, well-focused closeup photos of your coins front and back would be helpful.

    Since it's not in the Red Book, please educate us about the "pincher 8" variety. I'd like to learn about it, and perhaps others here would too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy View Post
    Coinman123, I did notice that the "pincher 8" variety is not listed in the Red Book, but I figured it (the Red Book) would at least give you a bottom-floor value -- which is higher than what you paid for your 1818 half-dollar.

    As Coinguy*matthew mentioned, well-focused closeup photos of your coins front and back would be helpful.

    Since it's not in the Red Book, please educate us about the "pincher 8" variety. I'd like to learn about it, and perhaps others here would too.
    Notice how the top of the eights on the coin have gaps those are the pinchers
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    Upon researching the "pincher" variety, it seems to be a Overton 108, Very Common one and I would think what you paid is in the ball park for that variety, based on what I have seen listed at auctions.


    Russ Logan's Collection The below is copied from this link, you can open the link and click on the camera icons for photos and descriptions.

    $550/ 2341 1818/7 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-102a. Rarity-2. Small 8. AU-50
    $1,200/ 2342 1818/7 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-103. Rarity-3. Large 8. EF-40
    $175/ 2343 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-104a. Rarity-3. EF-40
    $900/ 2344 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-105. Rarity-3. F-12
    $200/ 2345 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-106a. Rarity-3. VG-8
    $160/ 2346 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-107. Rarity-1. EF-40
    $340/ 2347 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-108. Rarity-1. EF-40
    $200/ 2348 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-108. Rarity-1. VF-30
    $120/ 2349 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-108. Rarity-1. VF-20
    $50/ 2350 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-108. Rarity-1. VG-10
    $100/ 2351 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-108. Rarity-1. VG-10
    $200/ 2352 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-109. Rarity-1. VF-35
    $220/ 2353 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-110. Rarity-4. VF-35
    $1,100/ 2354 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-111. Rarity-1. MS-63
    $140/ 2355 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-112. Rarity-1. EF-40
    $160/ 2356 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-113. Rarity-3. EF-40
    $200/ 2357 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-114a. Rarity-3. EF-45
    $470/ 2358 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-115. Rarity-4+. VF-30
    $1,300/ 2359 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar O-115. Rarity-5. F-12

    Also here is a link to another O-108 listed for sale at $95 to compare with.
    Capped Bust Half Dollars > 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar COIN
    "The mantra has always been don't clean a (copper) coin or it will lose value.
    For undug coins this is true. For dug coins this is untrue.
    The value will increase with judicious cleaning."

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    did you try numismedia.com?updated constantly
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