Big Nub Numismatics's Blog

05 Aug 2018

Capped Bust Half dollars

Coins | Big Nub Numismatics

Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 15, and celebrated by going to find coins. To get a little discount, I brought my half dollars I bough for face value, and paid with them. With this in hand, I traveled around the coin dealers, until something struck my eye. Two very brilliant 1938-D buffalo nickels. Each had every minute detail, and made my other buffalo nickels seem unimportant for some reason. Full horns, shiny surface with no spots, and the small detail in the feathers. I thought I had gotten the deal of a lifetime, two of these for five Kennedy halves, until the dealer said," I am going to give you something you will never forget" and promptly handed me an 1836, lettered edge, half dollar. I had never seen so much kindness, I did not know what to say. I thanked him as much as I could, and I was ecstatic the rest of the day. I would grade it as Choice Very Fine 32. It's obverse is evenly colored, with the clasp bold, along with liberty standing out in front on the cap. what hindered this fine coin from probably making it to the EF-40 range was some even wear on the motto on the reverse. It was missing half the word Pluribus. The lettering on the edge was clear as day, and made me dive into the world of early half dollars.

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