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.
O-101a. From the first year the U.S. minted half dollars with a mintage of just 23,464. This example is well detailed for the grade with nice steel-gray surfaces. All 4 digits of the date and LIBERTY are readable on the obverse as is the entire legend on the reverse.
CAC. 2 Leaves. Well detailed with super attractive light silver-gray surfaces. Excellent eye appeal!
CAC. An exceptionally pleasing and problem-free example of this classic early half dollar!
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.
CAC. Well detailed with attractive color and surfaces.
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.
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 approved. Sharp detail on the obverse with a bit of softness in the center of the reverse. The pleasing original color and outstanding surfaces are what make this coin special
CAC. Punctuated Date. Well detailed with beautiful two-toned charcoal-gray and dove-gray surfaces.
CAC. Well detailed with nice problem-free silver-tan surfaces.
CAC approved. Square Base 2. 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!
A fantastic Bust Half with remarkably intense original luster and a needle-sharp strike. The obverse has light iridescent toning of champagne-gold and blue. It has only a few very minor marks. As neat as the obverse is, the reverse is even better. It has a bit less color and is essentially void of marks. This beautiful coin really is a work of art!
Evenly struck with very sharp detail and pleasing golden-brown toning.
O-114. Sharp detail and lustrous surfaces with a dove-gray patina that has subtle shades of turquoise and gold.
Small Date, Small Letters. Very attractive multicolor toning over outstanding surfaces.
Very well struck with a nice silver-gray patina.
Reeded Edge. Very nearly Extra Fine with solid detail and pleasing silver-gray surfaces. The 1836 Reeded Edge halves were struck with new steam presses introduced at the Philadelphia Mint in November of 1836. The size and design were modified slightly from the earlier Lettered Edge halves. The estimated mintage was a tiny 1,200 pieces.