NEWP: A Compelling Capped Bust Half and Reflections on the CU Forum
Collecting compelling coins is only one aspect of my hobby enjoyment. Participating in this forum is another where we can share our new pieces, learn about the minting process and errors therein, the history behind the coin, and the repartee (and drama) to witness and sometimes engage. Over the years, I’ve been educated here and seen my discernment grow.
A special pleasure has been the opportunity to acquire coins from specialists/experienced collectors who regularly post here. I’ve bought coins from great dealers, auctions, and at major shows, but directly contacting several here has led to some very satisfying new pieces finding their way into my collection. I thank all those who have been willing to share their coins with me.
My latest new piece was acquired via private treaty (yes, ridiculous for that fancy phrase to apply to my humble purchases, but I always wanted to write that – and now I have!) from one of our great forum members, @lkeigwin . I have watched Lance’s posts over the years and knew, as a type collector, that when I was ready to buy a CBH, such a specialist would be a good person to know. Plus, beyond his expertise, he’s one heck of a nice guy and an excellent photographer. I just wish I lived near him so I could buy him a drink.
As all know, the Capped Bust Halves series is filled with interesting varieties and when choosing one for my type set, I wanted an example that has die clashes and other interesting features such as a later die state (“bleeding” stars for example). So, I PM’d Lance and he was generous with offering a coin even though it would leave a gap in his registry set. I couldn’t resist its charm.
So, here’s my PCGS MS62 new piece. The 1814 O-103 has plenty of obverse clashing -- both wings (the left one twice), leaves at S7, scroll above the date and to S1, stripes below the ear, arrows at S8. Even some of the motto through the date. On the reverse you can see the clashing of Liberty's turban through the denomination and arrows and to the right wing, curls above the right wing, drapery below the scroll. And of course the thick die break, left wing to the start of the banner as a key marker for the variety. While listed as a R-1, I don’t think there are many that have this level of eye appeal.
Here are Lance’s pictures along with a different CBH showing an overlay of the designs merged together. My coin’s clash is slightly rotated but you can get the idea by comparing his two photos!
It's Friday! A happy day, sipping my bourbon, and gazing at a wonderful token of history and numismatics. I hope you find it of interest too.