1815/2 Capped Bust Half Dollar

The 1815/2 Capped Bust Half Dollar has the lowest mintage for a regular issue of the series at 47,150 pieces. The key date coin was created in the wake of the conclusion of the War of 1812.

The turmoil of the final year of the war caused Americans to hoard gold and silver, resulting in very few deposits at the Philadelphia Mint. Near the end of 1815, sufficient quantities were finally received for the Mint to strike half dollars. The total production of 47,150 coins would be delivered on a single day in January 1816 and must have entered circulation quietly.

All known 1815 half dollars were struck with a single pair of dies, using an over dated obverse die, showing the final number in the date 5 over 2. Thus, the issue is usually referred to as “1815/2” or “1815, 5 over 2”.

Most surviving examples will show at least moderate wear, with uncirculated examples rare and infrequently offered. The finest known specimen of the 1815/2 Capped Bust Half Dollar is graded NGC MS 66. The coin sold in April 2009 for $97,750.