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-102. High R-4. Attractive warm gray surfaces with strong detail. The first year of the Heraldic Eagle reverse with a mintage of just 30,289 pieces.
Attractive pewter-gray surfaces with a touch of champagne shade. Detail is even and remnant luster is quite visible. The scarcest Heraldic Eagle Reverse Half with a mintage of 29,890. Housed in an old 'green label' holder.
Silver-gray surfaces with pleasant gold highlights.
O-109. Pointed 6, No Stem.
Pointed 6. Stem. Well detailed with steel-gray surfaces.
Draped Bust. Well detailed with pleasing gray surfaces.
Draped Bust. Battleship gray surfaces with even wear.
Draped Bust. Nice original surfaces.
Capped Bust. Large Stars. 50/20. Strong detail with attractive steel-gray surfaces.
Draped Bust. Steel-gray surfaces with even wear.
Draped Bust. Steel-gray shaded surfaces that appear more battleship gray on the reverse. Well detailed and quite attractive.
Lustrous mostly surfaces that are attractive and reveal only a touch of wear.
Very attractive with a strong cream-white luster cartwheel and just the barest touch of 'rub'.
Vibrant satiny white luster with a faint champagne hue. The strike is sharp and the surfaces are outstanding with just the barest touch of 'rub'. The AU-55 grade seems conservative!
CAC. Beautiful problem-free steel-gray surfaces with a touch of luster and a light golden hue.
Small 8. Rich steel-gray surfaces.
Sharp and even detail with nice problem-free surfaces.