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.
A classic rarity with a mintage of 23,464 and from the first year the Mint issued silver coinage for circulation. This is a pleasing example with even steel-gray surfaces, strong detail, and no adjustment marks.
2 Leaves. Pleasing for the grade with the major detail and a full date showing.
CAC. 2 Leaves. O-122. R-5. Well detailed with beautiful natural color and surfaces.
Knob 6, Small Stars. Well detailed with pleasing light silver-gray surfaces.
Large Stars. Wonderful silver-gray surfaces highlight a coin with good detail and eye appeal.
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.
III Edge. The Mint experimented with two edge lettering variations in 1809 . They put a 'III' between words as on this example and also put 'XXX' between words as another experiment. This is an attractive upper-end XF with a trace of luster off light silver-gray surfaces.
Well struck and lustrous with just a touch of wear. The surfaces are a pleasing silver-gray with gold and turquoise at the rim. Wonderful eye appeal!
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 detail with a lustrous white core and turquoise and gold toning at the rim.
CAC. E Over A in 'STATES'. A 'Red Book' listed variety. Eye-catching gray shaded surfaces.
CAC. Beautiful problem-free light silver-gray surfaces and sharply detailed.
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.
Extremely well struck with rich satiny white luster. Outstanding for the grade with strong eye appeal.
Well struck with a lustrous silver patina and just a touch of 'rub'. A beautiful original coin!
Well struck with lustrous champagne-silver surfaces that show just the slightest trace of 'rub'.