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!
Solid detail with pleasing gunmetal-gray surfaces.
Large 3. Well detailed with attractive medium silver-gray surfaces.
Nice original surfaces with an olive and silver-gray core with burnt-orange and a touch of turquoise at the rim. Very nice for the grade.
Pointed 6, Stem.
Pointed 6, No Stems. Well detailed and problem-free.
Well struck with solid detail and nice original surfaces.
Capped Bust. O-112, Large Stars, 50/20. Evenly struck with strong detail for the grade.
Charcoal with dove-gray highlights.
CAC. Capped Bust, Large Stars, 50/20, O-112. Strong even definition and problem-free. The surfaces are almond-white and retain a trace of original mint luster. Very nice for the grade.
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. Well struck with just a touch of wear and lustrous olive-green, and gold-gray surfaces. Very attractive!
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.
CAC. Sharp detail with pleasing light silver-gray surfaces that are problem-free and retain a trace of luster.
CAC. Punctuated Date. Well detailed with beautiful two-toned charcoal-gray and dove-gray surfaces.