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1813 Capped Bust Half Dollar

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I am wondering what may have contributed to the condition of my coin. The dentils surround ~60% of the coin. The Stars appear to have "slid" into position as the points extend toward the edge of the coin. It also looks to be slighly off-center, the date is a good example of this, the 1 is much closer to the edge than is the 3. The lettering on the reverse is incomplete in areas, the tops of the letters are jagged. Areas were the letters are incomplete also show these extensions toward the edge of the coin. It does have lettering on the edge and is ~33 mm.


Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance,




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The effect of lettering, the date, and stars being drawn to the edge of early Bust Halves is due to the dies being in a worn condition. This is a common occurrence throughout the pre-1836 Bust Half series. As for the date, the numbers for the date were punched in by hand. This caused many instances of uneven dates with numbers appearing higher, lower, closer to, or further away from each other. The mentioned characteristics will be apparent on even all specimens of the same variety. Due to the image given we are unable to determine the exact Overton variety of the half, we would have to see the coin to make a determination.

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