1836 Reeded Edge Capped Bust Half Dollar

The Capped Bust Half Dollar was issued from 1807 to 1836 with a design by John Reich and a lettered edge. A slightly different version of the design created by Christian Gobrecht was issued from 1836 to 1839. These coins carried different specifications and a reeded edge.

The transitional year saw the issuance of both the original and modified designs. The version with the lettered edge had a mintage of 6,545,000, the highest for the series. A mere 1,200 pieces were struck with the reeded edge.

Besides being notable for its low mintage, the 1836 Reeded Edge Capped Bust Half Dollar also marked the beginning of a new era at the Mint. The coins were struck after a steam-power press had com into use, producing coins with a closed-collar. Use of the new technology resulted in coins that were generally of higher quality and more standardized, in addition to the smaller diameter and reeded edge.