Bust Half Dollars were made from 1794 to 1839. All were minted at Philadelphia except in 1838 and 1839 when the New Orleans mint made Bust Half Dollars.
There are sub-types as follows: --- Flowing Hair (1794-1795) --- Draped Bust, Small Eagle Reverse (1796-1797) --- Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Reverse (1801-1807) --- Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807-1836) --- Capped Bust, Reeded Edge – 50 CENTS Reverse (1836-1837) --- Capped Bust, Reeded Edge – HALF DOL. Reverse (1838-1839).
Bust Half Dollars are extensively collected by date as well as by die varieties.
From the first year the U.S. minted half dollars with a mintage of just 23,464. This example is well-detailed for the grade with a bold date and legends.
CAC. 2 Leaves. O-122. R-5. Well detailed with beautiful natural color and surfaces.
Solid detail and pleasing problem-free surfaces. A scarce date with a mintage of just 30,289.
CAC. A beautiful two-toned silver-gray early half dollar with solid detail and excellent eye appeal.
Well detailed and pleasing with problem-free silver-gray surfaces.
Large Stars. 50/20 Reverse. Original problem-free surfaces with vibrant silver-white luster and just a touch of wear.
Large Stars. 50/20 Reverse. O-112. Very attractive with nearly full detail and rich brilliant silver-gray luster.
CAC. Capped Bust. 50/20. Very attractive.
Capped Bust. Large Stars, 50/20. An attractive well detailed example of this popular variety with a trace of peripheral luster remaining.
Strong detail with pleasing surfaces.
Experimental III edge. Very attractive with silver-gray surfaces that retain a touch of mint luster.
Strong and evenly struck with brilliant white mint luster. Nearly mint state with just slight wear at the high points.
Small 8. Well detailed with beautiful lustrous smooth surfaces that have a faint golden hue. Very attractive!
Large 8. Very well struck with crisp mint luster and a light golden-tan hue. Very nearly mint state with just the barest touch of 'rub'.
O-106. Strong detail with pleasing silver-gray surfaces. Dramatic die breaks on both the obverse and reverse.
CAC. A sharp even strike with lustrous surfaces and excellent eye appeal.
O-101. 50c/UNI. Boldly struck with vibrant brilliant mint luster that shows a touch of gold mainly at the borders. Very flashy with excellent eye appeal. This popular Redbook error is the result of a mint worker punching the eagle onto the reverse die, then starting to enter UNITED in the wrong location. The 50c was later added over the UNI of the misplaced UNITED.
Well struck and lustrous with just a touch of wear. The surfaces are a pleasing silver-gray with gold and turquoise at the rim.
Cleaning - AU Details. Very sharply struck with considerable mint luster and attractive light golden-tan toning over surfaces that were lightly cleaned many years ago.
CAC. Razor sharp detail and lustrous surfaces with original olive-green and gold toning. A beautiful Bust Half that's extremely close to being mint state.