NEWP Late Die State CBH with a story or two
Picked up several coins from the Founding Fathers Collection that went off at HA right before Christmas. The package showed up yesterday and after a long siesta after work, I have been struggling tonight trying to get some decent images.
These came out pretty good and so I'll share.
Overall, 1817 seems to be a pretty tough date to find, from my somewhat limited experience in chasing Bust Halves, and this, to me, is one of the more interesting Die Marriages for the date, for a couple of reasons.
First, the Obverse Die is the 181.7 "Punctuated Date" ... however as a very late die state, this example has lost the original "punctuation" die dot between the second 1 and the 7. The coin has started to develop the second die dot, a bit lower and closer to the 7 than the original one, although the raised area there is faint. Close study of this coin and the few images of others I found from this state lead me to believe this is from Die rust, which can been seen most prominently on the drapery at the Bust and lower curl.
Another interesting fact about the Die Marriage is that the Reverse Die is the die used for the famous 1817/4 examples (with a different Obverse Die, of course!).
Seeing the prohibitive cost of any example of an 1817/4, this example might the closest I ever get to ownership ... hmmmm ... so maybe I own a half of a 17/4 Half?!
Feel free to GTG, and post your 1817's, especially the Punctuated Date, or a 17/4 if you own one.
And without further ado ... one of the newest girls to grace my collection.
1817 O-103a (or possibly considered the 'b')
“We are only their care-takers,” he posed, “if we take good care of them, then centuries from now they may still be here … ”
Todd - BHNC #242