Coin Collecting at the Safir House
The Bust followers have identified the majority of the actual dies used for Bust Halfs, both Obverse and reverse. This endlessly facinatates the Bust Nuts and they created a club called The Bust Half Nut Club Club which requires ownership of at least 100 Overton tpyes or die pairs.
The Bible for Bust Half Collectors is the Overton Reference and its updates written by D.L. Parsley.
There os a;sp the John Reich Collectors Society which produces an excellent jounal largely focued on Busts.
The 1831 O-105, (R-3)
The obverse of this die marriage was struck using Obverse Die 3. This was the first of two uses of the die. The die was later used to strike the common O-104 die marriage.
The reverse of this die marriage was struck using Reverse Die E. This was the second of two uses of the die. The die was used just prior to strike the scarce 1831 O-106, R3 die marriage.
The quick identifiers of this die marriage are:
(1) There are two distinct horizontal die defect line below the bust. The top line touches the drapery.
(2) The first 1 is sharply higher than the 8
(3) Almost all of the lines in the stripes extend up past the lower three crossbars in the shield. The most noticeable are the lines of the first two stripes
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This 1836 is described as follows:
836 O-120 VF/XF Bust Half Dollar. A wonderful example of the O-120 variety, with dark surfaces and lots of detail remaining. Overton lists the tell-tale signs of the variety as: Obverse: Stars are mostly sharp and close to the milling; Star 8 is recut at two upper points; Date 7.5 mm, with the 83 closer than the 18 or 36; Remains of a bar and dot show weakly to the right of the 6. Reverse: 50 C is a close 1mm, and rather high, with a well formed 5 a large C; I us centered under the left side of T; A in STATES is higher that adjacent T's at both top and bottom; The area between olive leaves and berries is noticeably filled. The O-120 variety has a R-4- rarity rating, meaning less than 200 are believed to exist.
This is an AU50 O.103 1812
This is a 1836 Lettered Edged XF45 in a PCGS slab
This is an 1812 XF45 in a PCGS slab which has double lettering on the edge. It has an o 106 obverse.
The slab is making it very hard to take a clean photograph so I'll need to try again at some point.
The Coin also has a die crack on the Reverse
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