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. Solid detail with pleasing light gray surfaces.
Large 3. Sharp and even detail with remnants of mint luster.
Well detailed with pleasing medium gray surfaces.
Well struck with original surfaces that are light silver-gray with forest-green and gold hues.
Pointed 6, Stem. Sharp detail with richly toned surfaces.
O-111a, 6 over Inverted 6. Strong detail with medium gray surfaces that have a touch of gold at the periphery.
Pointed 6, Stem. Well detailed with nice original surfaces that retain some mint luster.
Attractive coin-gray surfaces with solid detail and strong eye appeal.
Overton-103a. Large Stars. Nice problem-free surfaces that are light silver-gray and retain a fair amount of mint luster.
Draped Bust. O-105. EF-40 Details. Scratched, cleaned.
Capped. 50/20. O-112. Strong detail with lustrous dove-gray surfaces and a touch of gold at the perimeter.
Draped Bust. Overton-105a. Lustrous with a silver-gray center and iridescent peripheral toning.
Well detailed with attractive silver-gray surfaces that retain some mint luster.
Well detailed and lustrous with rose, blue and golden-gray toning.
A beautiful borderline unc. with very lustrous champagne-white surfaces, a sharp strike, and just the barest touch of friction.
III Edge. Sharp detail with pleasing light silver-gray surfaces that retain a fair amount of remnant luster.