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 from the first year the Mint issued silver coinage for circulation. Just 23,464 were minted. 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.
O-126. Small Head. Problem-free original gray shaded surfaces display even detail and have a very attractive look for the grade. This is the only example for the date at this grade level with a CAC sticker.
O-108a. 2 Leaves. Well detailed with beautiful soft gray surfaces framed by peripheral light greenish-gold that even has a hint of luster remaining.
CAC. O-103a. Problem-free warm gray surfaces provide excellent eye appeal for this 'classic' issue.
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.
O-105. Knob 6. Small Stars. Attractive gray and amber shaded surfaces.
6 Over Inverted 6. Attractive well detailed gray shaded surfaces. An interesting overdate as the 6 in the date was punched in upside down originally and then corrected. A popular variety.
CAC. Pointed 6, Stem. Lovely steel-gray surfaces with blue and gold tinted luster at the borders.
Large Stars. Attractive gray shaded surfaces.
O-102. Large Stars. Attractive light silver-gray surfaces and the correct detail for the grade.
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. Nearly VF detail with very attractive light silver-gray surfaces that are problem-free.
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.
A beautiful early Bust Half with virtually full creamy white mint luster. Soft champagne accents cling to the periphery and the strike is bold and distinct. Quite attractive and desirable.
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.