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1814 Bust Half Dollar

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In 1814 there were an estimated 1,039,075 Bust Half Dollars Minted

8 Obverse Dies & 9 Reverse Dies were used to produced 9 different Die Marriages.




Images by: Alan Stullenbarger


Diagnostic Photos:




Many criss-crossing die lines arranged irregularly around the curl above the clasp



Usually letters of “LIBERTY” are clashed below right wing, and in shield stripe area


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Alan (or whomever), given the hardness of the surface of the die, can you speculate as to what kind of tool might have been used to make the die gouges on the portrait? Could a mint employee have done it with his pocketknife, or would it require something harder?

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