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.
15 Stars. An Early American classic. PCGS CoinFacts lists a mintage of just 934 coins with less than 100 surviving today. This example is very clean for the grade with pleasing light gray surfaces and solid detail. The Draped Bust Half with Small Eagle Reverse is a two year type with 15 Star and 16 Star varieties struck for 1796 and just a 15 Star obverse for 1797. All are rare with the 1796 coins being just slightly rarer. A great coin to add to an advanced collection!
Solid detail with pleasing dove-gray surfaces. Just 30,289 minted.
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.
Draped Bust. Solid detail with a touch of luster remaining and attractive light silver-gray surfaces.
CAC. Draped Bust. Exceptionally nice for the grade with beautiful original surfaces.
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'.
Well detailed with pleasing surfaces. The reverse die is rotated significantly.
Well struck and lustrous with just a touch of wear. The surfaces are a pleasing silver-gray with gold and turquoise at the rim.
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.
Well detailed and attractive.
Strong detail with light silver-gray surfaces.
Very attractive creamy white surfaces and a strong strike.
A sharp and even strike with rich lustrous surfaces that display attractive dove-gray, orange-gold and blue-green toning.
O-101. Well struck with bright lustrous surfaces and just a touch of wear.
Well struck with a lustrous silver patina and just a touch of 'rub'.