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.
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!
Well detailed for the grade with pleasing light gray surfaces. Just 30,289 minted.
Well detailed with pleasing medium gray surfaces. Just 30,289 minted.
CAC. Overton-104. R-5. Strong detail with beautiful light silver-gray surfaces that retain a trace of luster in the protected areas of the design. The surfaces are particularly nice and problem-free.
Pointed 6, No Stem. Strong detail with lustrous light silver-gray (almost white) surfaces.
Pointed 6, Stem. Solid detail with nice original steel-gray surfaces.
Pointed 6, Stem. O-115. Pleasing soft gray surfaces.
CAC. Pointed 6, Stem. Solid detail with beautiful light steel-gray surfaces and a touch of mint luster remaining.
Knob 6, Small Stars. Well detailed with pleasing light silver-gray surfaces.
Beautiful light gray original surfaces and strong detail.
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. Well detailed and problem-free with light steel-gray surfaces.
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.
XXX Edge. Solid detail with problem-free gray surfaces.
Sharp detail with pleasing light silver-gray surfaces that retain a trace of mint luster.
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.