Clashing and Cracks and Re-punching ... oh my!! A new CBH
Seems like coins come to me in small groups, a few in a row, and then nothing for a spell. Monday, two newps arrived, which I shared here. Today, I went to the Post office right before lunch to pick this up.
This issue kind of stands alone as something I have been studying and considering for a while as a potential early-date purchase if the right piece became available at the right price. I hadn’t even really been looking, more studying the issue and hoping, figuring when the time was right I’d see her and hopefully would be ready.
And then, this one just fell onto my radar, and after some consideration, everything worked out.
The 1814 E/A, especially late and very late die states, are really quite the interesting examples. In my view, they provide almost everything that’s easy to love about Capped Bust Halves, and of early 19th Century silver issues in general.
. Heavy, multiple Die Clashing. Check.
. Multiple, wandering Die Cracks. Check.
. Die fatigue from Clashing and Lapping. Check.
. Unusual striking characteristics, and from the hand-fed, Screw Press process. Check.
. Hand-made dies with re-punched, misplaced or overstruck Lettering. Check.
And in this case, an example with mostly original surfaces and skin, pleasant toning and an attractive look. Check!
Check please! Check please!!
Damn sure wiped out part of the war-chest that checkbook represents, but I am super happy I was able to get this example, at a price that seemed reasonably fair for everything she is.
Feel free to GTG, provide any thoughts or comments, or share yours.
“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