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.
Small Head. Steel gray surfaces and solid detail for the grade. The date is very readable and surfaces are quite clean.
O-102. High R-4. Attractive warm gray surfaces with strong detail. The first year of the Heraldic Eagle reverse with a mintage of just 30,289 pieces.
Attractive dove-silver and subtle champagne surfaces. Remnant luster is strong for the grade and blends in nicely. The strike is sharp and even. A lofty grade for the issue. Only 12 coins have graded finer at PCGS, including just 3 mint state: 1 MS-60 and 2 MS-62.
Silver-gray surfaces with pleasant gold highlights.
Well detailed steel-gray surfaces.
O-109. Pointed 6, No Stem.
Knob 6. Small Stars. Pleasant light silver-gray surfaces exhibit attractive gold-blue highlights and a solid strike.
Pointed 6. Stem. Well detailed with steel-gray surfaces.
O-101. Large Stars. Attractive dove and steel-gray surfaces.
Capped Bust. 50/20 O-112. Well detailed steel-gray surfaces. A corrected die engraving mistake on the denomination resulted in a popular variety.
Draped Bust. Nice original surfaces.
Draped Bust. Steel-gray surfaces with even wear.
Draped Bust. Steel-gray shaded surfaces that appear more battleship gray on the reverse. Well detailed and quite attractive.
Lustrous mostly surfaces that are attractive and reveal only a touch of wear.
Attractive steel-gray surfaces with dove-gray on the high points and solid detail.
Vibrant satiny white luster with a faint champagne hue. The strike is sharp and the surfaces are outstanding with just the barest touch of 'rub'. The AU-55 grade seems conservative!
Problem-free rich steel-gray surfaces.
O-110. Rich steel-gray surfaces with solid detail and a sharp strike.