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.
CAC. 2 Leaves. Well detailed with super attractive light silver-gray surfaces. Excellent eye appeal!
Solid detail with pleasing gunmetal-gray surfaces.
Large 3. Well detailed with attractive medium silver-gray surfaces.
Nice original surfaces with an olive and silver-gray core with burnt-orange and a touch of turquoise at the rim. Very nice for the grade.
Pointed 6, Stem.
Well struck with solid detail and nice original surfaces.
Capped Bust. O-112, Large Stars, 50/20. Evenly struck with strong detail for the grade.
Charcoal with dove-gray highlights.
Light silver-gray surfaces with a trace of mint luster. Extensive die breaks connect the stars and date on the obverse. Very nice for the grade.
Small 8. Strong detail with just the faintest touch of wear. The surfaces show nearly full luster with a light golden brilliant core and powder-blue and russet toning at the borders.
Very attractive with sharp detail and lustrous light silver-gray and champagne surfaces.
Cleaning - AU Details. Very sharply struck with considerable mint luster and attractive light golden-tan toning over surfaces that were lightly cleaned many years ago.
CAC. Razor sharp detail and lustrous surfaces with original olive-green and gold toning. Extremely close to being mint state.
CAC. Nearly XF detail with pleasing problem-free surfaces.
One of the 'keys' to the series with a mintage of 47,150 and a low survival rate. This example has very sharp detail and lustrous silver-gray and gold surfaces.
CAC. Well detailed with nice problem-free silver-tan surfaces.
O-105. Solid detail and very pleasing.
CAC. Square Base 2. O-131. A gorgeous coin with fiery mint luster and light golden-tan toning. The strike is sharp and there are very few marks on this very impressive, near-Gem early half dollar!
O-108a. Small Letters. Strong detail with light golden toning over shimmering mint luster.
A beautiful early half dollar with a needle-sharp strike, intense mint luster and fabulous eye appeal. The reverse is cream-white with a touch of gold while the obverse has the same golden hue with a bit of turquoise and orange.