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.
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!
III Edge. Nearly XF detail with very pleasing gunmetal 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. 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.
CAC. Small 8. Well detailed with pleasing gunmetal gray color and problem-free surfaces.
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.
One of the 'keys' to the series with a mintage of 47,150 and a low survival rate. This example has very sharp detail and lustrous silver-gray and gold surfaces.
CAC. Well detailed with nice problem-free silver-tan 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.
Pleasing even silver-gray surfaces and strong detail.
Strong detail with lustrous silver-gray surfaces.
Well detailed with very attractive light silver-gray surfaces.