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.
Pointed 6, Stem.
Large Stars. Well detailed for the grade with nice silver-gray surfaces.
Capped Bust. O-112, Large Stars, 50/20. Evenly struck with strong detail 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.
Well detailed with attractive two-toned charcoal and dove-gray surfaces.
CAC. Large Stars. 50/20. Well struck and very attractive with problem-free surfaces that retain considerable mint luster. Most dealers and collectors would grade this coin Almost Uncirculated!
A pleasing, well detailed example of this early Bust Half.
Solid detail and an even strike with very pleasing color and surfaces.
III Edge. An experimental edge that resembles edge reeds, but are unevenly spaced. This is a very pleasing example with strong, even detail and very nice surfaces.
Nearly XF with beautiful dove-gray surfaces and excellent eye appeal.
Well detailed with considerable brilliant luster and no defects or distractions. Outstanding for the great with super eye appeal.
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.
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.
E/A. Remnants of a misplaced A are found under the E of STATES on the reverse of this popular variety.