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 for the grade with nice even steel-gray surfaces.
Large 3. Well detailed with attractive medium silver-gray surfaces.
Capped Bust. O-114. Large Stars. Well stuck with lustrous surfaces that have a light golden glow. A scarce coin in this high of grade.
Large Stars. 50/20 Reverse. O-112. Very attractive with nearly full detail and rich brilliant silver-gray luster.
Draped Bust. Strong detail and problem-free with beautiful battleship gray surfaces. A Gem for the grade.
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.
Strong and evenly struck with brilliant white mint luster. Nearly mint state with just slight wear at the high points.
Small 8. Well detailed with beautiful lustrous smooth surfaces that have a faint golden hue. Very attractive!
Small 8. Strong detail with pleasing problem-free surfaces.
CAC. Sharp detail and problem-free with light silver-gray surfaces. Outstanding for the grade!
CAC. Small 8. Beautiful frosty white luster and a solid strike with nice smooth surfaces. The reverse is fully mint state while the obverse has the barest touch of 'friction'. Both sides show nice luster 'cartwheels'.
O-101. 50c/UNI. Boldly struck with vibrant brilliant mint luster that shows a touch of gold mainly at the borders. Very flashy with excellent eye appeal. This popular Redbook error is the result of a mint worker punching the eagle onto the reverse die, then starting to enter UNITED in the wrong location. The 50c was later added over the UNI of the misplaced UNITED.
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. Very attractive with strong detail and nice dove-gray surfaces.
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.