100 Duels with 1 resulting in death and my NEWP 1806 DBH
Yes, my discussion title is odd, but I looked up events that transpired in 1806 since that is the date of my new draped bust half. I found an interesting reference to Andrew Jackson, many years before he became President:
"On May 30, 1806, future President Andrew Jackson kills a man who accused him of cheating on a horse race bet and then insulted his wife, Rachel.
Contemporaries described Jackson, who had already served in Tennessee’s Senate and was practicing law at the time of the duel, as argumentative, physically violent and fond of dueling to solve conflicts. Estimates of the number of duels in which Jackson participated ranged from five to 100."
More on his temperament and his duels:
"Andrew Jackson, the controversial seventh president of the United States, was notoriously thin-skinned. He had a temper that landed him the reputation of a volcano that “only the most intrepid or recklessly curious cared to see it erupt,” according to biographer H.W. Brands. Jackson seemed to recognize that about himself, once saying, “I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me.”"
"Not every time Jackson lost his cool with a gun in his hand is documented, but here are four that helped give him his reputation as a rage-filled lunatic — and a few that left his body rattling “like a bag of marbles.”"
I decided on buying this CRO coin because I didn't have a DBH and I found the VF half alluring due to its color vs the common gray toned coins often seen. For those variety collectors, this is Overton variety 119 (Rev DS-3), R3. Exhibits strike weakness on obverse center and on eagles right wing. A photo is below and a video link so you can see the coin as it is tilted:
Most of my small type collection is AU and above but there is quality in every grade and, with early pieces especially, budget is always a limitation for me. Of course, if I had .25M, I could always go for this MS66+:
Yes, I'm highlighting an extreme difference by comparison, but mine was under 1K. Always wonder if I paid too much with CRO, but I sure like their quality offerings.
Thanks for reading my post and please feel free to share your favorite DBH, regardless of condition.