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.
CAC. 2 Leaves. O-122. R-5. Well detailed with beautiful natural color and surfaces.
2 Leaves. Strong and even design detail with beautiful battleship-gray surfaces displaying lighter tones on the high points of the design. A beautiful early half dollar with excellent eye appeal.
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.
CAC. Just 29,890 minted which is the lowest for any Heraldic Eagle half dollar. This is a beautiful problem-free example with nice two-toned gray surfaces and strong, even detail.
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.
Knob 6, Small Stars. Strong detail with beautiful dove gray surfaces. Adjustment marks, as made at the mint, are around the date.
O-109a. Pointed 6, No Stem. A beautiful early half dollar with a lustrous light lavender-gray core framed by bands of iridescent rainbow toning. The detail is very strong suggesting the assigned grade might be too low!
Large Stars. 50/20 Reverse. Original problem-free surfaces with vibrant silver-white luster and just a touch of wear.
CAC. Draped Bust. Exceptionally nice for the grade with beautiful original surfaces.
Very attractive with a strong cream-white luster cartwheel and just the barest touch of 'rub'.
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.
O-103. Outstanding detail (nearly XF) with beautiful problem-free soft gray surfaces.
Small 8. Creamy white luster rests upon nearly mint state surfaces. The strike is sharp and the eye appeal is outstanding.
CAC. Overton-101. A clear dot between the 8 and 1 of the date is diagnostic for the variety. This is a beautiful problem-free example with strong detail and nice olive-gray surfaces.
O-104a. Well detailed with beautiful steel-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.