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The 1839 Capped Bust Half Dollar is the second rarest of the four dates in this series; only the 1836 Reeded Edge boasts a smaller mintage. Calling this an 1839 Reeded Edge Half Dollar is incorrect, since the 1839 Seated Liberty Half Dollar also has a Reeded Edge. However, the connection goes even further than that. The 1839 Capped Bust Half Dollar comes with two different reverses: Large Letters and Small Letters. In actuality, the size of the lettering is almost identical, so we must rely on other characteristics to differentiate the reverses:
- Large Letters Reverse - legends close to the outer border. Eagle larger, with olive leaves and arrowheads closer to the border. This design was a holdover from 1838. Common.