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.
Attractive dove-silver and subtle champagne surfaces. Remnant luster is strong for the grade and blends in nicely. The strike is sharp and even. A lofty grade for the issue. Only 12 coins have graded finer at PCGS, including just 3 mint state: 1 MS-60 and 2 MS-62.
Large 3. Well detailed with beautiful smooth battleship-gray surfaces that retain remnants of mint luster.
O-111a, 6 over Inverted 6. Strong detail with medium gray surfaces that have a touch of gold at the periphery.
CAC. Overton-115. Pointed 6, Stem. Strong detail with pleasing, problem-free steel-gray surfaces that retain a touch of luster.
CAC. Pointed 6, Stems. Well detailed with nice original light steel-gray surfaces.
Capped. 50/20. O-112. Attractive white surfaces exhibit brilliant remnant luster and a touch of peripheral color on the reverse. A corrected die engraving mistake on the denomination resulted in a desirable and popular variety.
Capped Bust. 50/20 O-112. Well detailed with steel-gray surfaces. A corrected die engraving mistake on the denomination resulted in a popular variety.
Draped Bust. Very strong detail for the grade with pleasing original steel-gray surfaces. Housed in an old light blue label holder.
Draped Bust. Attractive steel-gray surfaces that retain a fair amount of brilliant luster on the reverse. Well detailed and quite attractive.
Attractive frosty white surfaces that exhibit champagne-gold tints and just the slightest 'rub'.
Well detailed with attractive khaki-gray surfaces.
III Edge. Attractive olive-gray surfaces with noticeable underlying luster and a sharp strike.
Solid detail with pleasing steel-gray surfaces.
O-101. Pleasant steel-gray surfaces and solid detail.
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.
Problem-free light steel-gray surfaces with solid detail.
O-101. Sharp detail with attractive light silver-gray surfaces that still exhibit ample amounts of remnant luster.
Sharp detail with light silver-gray surfaces that retain considerable original mint luster. A scarce date with just 47,150 minted. The dates before and after had mintages in the millions!
A 'key' date with steel gray surfaces that offer a subtle two-tone effect and a touch of color. The strike is sharp and even. Just 47,150 pieces were struck.