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!
Pointed 6, Stems. Solid detail from a nice even strike. Pleasing steel-gray surfaces.
Well struck with solid detail and nice original surfaces.
Charcoal with dove-gray highlights.
Well detailed with pleasing steel-gray surfaces.
Well detailed with pleasing light olive-green and gray surfaces that are remarkably free of defects. Premium quality for the grade.
E/A. Remnants of a misplaced A are found under the E of STATES on the reverse of this popular variety. Weakness on the eagle's head and left wing are diagnostic of the variety. This is a very attractive problem-free coin!
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. Nice silver-gray core with peripheral toning.
Well detailed with pleasing olive-green surfaces that show a touch of mint luster.
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!
Large 8, Square 2. O-108.
Well struck with nice bright white luster and very few marks.
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!
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.