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.
2 Leaves. Well worn but still attractive. Most would grade the obverse Good with strong detail including a clear date. The reverse is Almost Good.
Large 3. Well detailed with attractive medium silver-gray surfaces.
Large Stars. 50/20 Reverse. O-112. Very attractive with nearly full detail and rich brilliant silver-gray luster.
Draped Bust. Two-toned surfaces with charcoal gray fields and dove-gray design features. The detail is bold and even on this beautiful early half dollar.
Capped Bust. O-112, Large Stars, 50/20. Evenly struck with strong detail for the grade.
Well detailed with attractive two-toned charcoal and dove-gray 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.
Small 8. Well detailed with beautiful lustrous smooth surfaces that have a faint golden hue. Very attractive!
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.
Well struck and lustrous with just a touch of wear. The surfaces are a pleasing silver-gray with gold and turquoise at the rim.
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.
Very pleasing with silver-gray surfaces and a trace of luster. Great clashing on both sides.
O-109a. Nearly full detail with just a touch of 'rub' and very nice lustrous cream-white surfaces.
Very sharp detail with just the barest touch of wear. The surfaces are very pleasing with brilliant mint luster and a just a trace of golden-tan toning.
Broken 3. Well detailed with pleasing surfaces.
A bold even strike with beautiful shimmering mint luster. The surfaces show no significant marks and have a light golden glow. Super quality!
A needle-sharp strike and very nearly mint state with just the barest trace of wear. The surfaces show vibrant mint luster with a light champagne tint. Very attractive.
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!