History, Information, and Value of 1808 Draped Bust Half Cent
Value of 1808 C-3 Draped Bust Half Cent
W-1 | C-3, B-3 | Breen dies: 2-B. | Perhaps 3,000 to 4,000 examples of the date can be found in all grades. Despite the large number of survivors from the Philadelphia Mint, the variety is nearly always seen at Good to VF, with anything finer ranging from scarce to downright rare. The obverse includes an interesting feature _ the second 8 of the date was made by using the small 0 punch from the reverse fraction and punching it in twice to make an 8. This variety shares the reverse of the 1808/7 W-2. This issue is often found on dark and pitted planchets and the location of a smooth example is quite the accomplishment.
Of the early Copper Half Cents, the Draped Busts are somewhat easy to come by for a low price, or easy to find in a pre-exsisting collection. If you have any questions about which die pair your coin was struck with, or general value questions, please contact our rare coin experts. Our experts will help you identify your coin, as well as determine a value. If you are looking to sell your coin, consider adding it to our rare coin auctions. We are coin buyers!