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Contemporary Counterfeit Capped Bust Half Collectors Club

 

Known changes and error corrections to the Contemporary Counterfeit Capped Bust Half Dollars, 2nd Edition are posted in this section except for new discovery varieties made after the publication of the 2nd Edition which can be found in the New Discoveries section of this website.  Additionally, variety specimens that display greater detail than published in the 2nd Edition are also included in this section as updates.  These greater detailed specimens can significantly add to the further understanding of what the precise design element intents were of contemporary counterfeiters for individual varieties.  Higher grade specimen comparisons may also help to identify surviving specimens that have significant wear by matching combination of design elements that are unique to one particular variety.  (If you have a better detail variety specimen to share with fellow collectors please use the Contact Us section of this website to let us know.)  

The contents of this section are listed below.  To view a particular variety either click the underlined variety code in the list highlighted in blue or scroll down through the varieties that are sequenced in date order until you've reached the variety of interest:  

1808 2/B (2nd Edition correction)

1811 3/C (color image of 2nd Edition plate coin)

1815 3/C (higher grade specimen)

1818 2/B (higher grade specimen)

1821 2/E and 1821 3/E (2nd Edition correction)

1822 2/B (higher grade specimen)

1822 12/L (2nd Edition revetting) 

1823 4/D (higher grade specimen)

1823 6/F (higher grade specimen) 

1826 2/B (higher grade specimen)

1826 3/C (higher grade specimen and 2nd Edition correction)

1826 4/D (higher grade specimen)

1826 8/H (higher grade specimen and 2nd Edition correction)

1828 4/D (higher grade specimen)

1828 18/S (higher grade specimen)

1829 7/G (higher grade specimen)

1829 10/K (2nd Edition correction)

1830 10/O (higher grade specimen)

1830 17/S (higher grade specimen)

1831 11/K (two higher grade specimens)

1831 17/Q (two higher grade specimens)

1832 2/B and 1832 3/B (2nd Edition correction)

1832 4/D (2nd Edition correction)

1832 6/F  (higher grade specimen)

1833 1/A (higher grade specimen)

1833/0 3/C (greater detail specimen)

1833 19/BB (greater detail specimen)

1833 27/AA (higher grade specimen)

1833/X and 1833 41/X (2nd Edition correction)

1834 9/I (higher grade specimen)

1834 17/Q (higher grade specimen)

1834 19/S (2nd Edition correction)

1834 21/U (higher grade specimen)

1835 8/H (higher grade specimen)

1835 11/K (higher grade specimen)

1835 13/M (higher grade specimen)

1836-O 4/D (1) (2nd Edition correction)

1836-O 4/D (2) (higher grade specimen)

1836 5/E (higher grade specimen)

1837 2/B (higher grade specimen)

1837 4/D (higher grade specimen)

1838 6/G (higher grade specimen)

1838 7/H (greater detail specimen)

1838 17/R (2nd Edition correction)

1842 1/A (higher grade specimen)

1842 2/A (2nd Edition revetting)


 

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1808 2/B


The above images of the 1808 2/B variety were not included in the 2nd Edition.


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1811 3/C


This is the plate coin specimen in color of an 1811 3/C variety that provides missing details not able to be seen in the black and white image in the 2nd Edition.

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1815  3/C


This higher grade specimen of an 1815 3/C variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

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1818 2/B


This higher grade specimen of an 1818 2/B variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

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1821 2/E and 1821 3/D - On page 150 of the 2nd Edition the pictures for the top two coins were switched. The top pictures are actually the 1821 3/D and the second set of pictures are of the 1821 2/E.

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1822 2/B


This higher grade specimen of an 1822 2/B variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.


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1822 12/L


1822 (revetting of 1822 2/I as described in the 2nd Edition
Obv. 12   Tall ‘1’ in the date
Rev.  L    Second ‘T’ in STATES high
 
LES - Left tip of lower serif of D
RES - Right tip of right serif of A
 
Obv.   Tall ‘1’ in the date that extends well above the top of the ‘8’.  Star 7 points to the center of the headband.  Star 8 is close to the cap and points to the center of the flat
spot at the back of the cap.  Star 13 is very close to the dentil.  Liberty’s lower fore curl does not touch the forehead.
 
 
Rev.    The second ‘T’ in STATES is well above both the ‘A’ and ‘E’ at the top.  Letters in ‘OF’ are well aligned.  ‘I’ in the motto is aligned with the right serif of the ‘A’ in the
legend, and all the letters of PLURIBUS are evenly cut and spaced.   
 

Note:  Two pieces known.  The two pieces seen were both struck from misaligned dies.

ccCBHcc.com revetting 01/2017

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1823 4/D


This higher grade specimen of an 1823 4/D variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

 

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1823 6/F


This higher grade specimen of an 1823 6/F variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

 

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1826 2/B


This higher grade specimen of an 1826 2/B variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

 

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1826 3/C 

This higher grade multiple struck specimen of an 1826 3/C variety provides missing details for the obverse not able to be seen in previously known specimens.  The 2nd Edition 1826 3/C plate coin's reverse though shows better detail than this specimen (except for the 50 C. area due to a hole).  Based upon the details of this 1826 3/C specimen's obverse plus the details of the 2nd Edition 1826 3/C plate coin's reverse an updated vetted description is as follows:

       


Obv. 3    Large crowded stars on left
Rev. C    UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA reads as one word

                 Les-Below right ¼ of E
                 Res-Below left serif, right stand of M
Obv.        Stars on left crowded.
Rev.        UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA reads as one word, with a high F in OF tilted to the upper left.  Very thin scroll, with S centered under S.

Both German silver and silver wash covered brass specimens are known.  No. 449 as listed in Riddell’s 1845 monograph.  Very Scarce 

ccCBHcc revetted update 09/2014

Note that the 1826 3/C and 1826 8/H have been determined to be the same Davignon variety to be identified as the 1826 3/C variety.

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1826 4/D (off struck obverse with slight multiple strike reverse)

This higher grade specimen of an 1826 4/D variety provides missing details not able to be seen in other known specimens.  Hopefully these added attributes will help fellow collectors for future finds!

  • E in LIBERTY on headband bottom is extremely faint making the letter look like an F (previously not stated).
  • Liberty's eye looks sleepy with enlarged upper lid (previously not stated).
  • Feather's towards tips of wings are not small individual feathers but rather fewer long single feathers (previously not stated).  
  • Top crossbars on shield waver on right side (previously not stated).
  • 5 in 50 C. tilts to upper left (previously not stated).
  • Lettered edge (previously not stated).
  • Obverse Note - Extreme 5 o'clock to 2 o'clock depression on rim due to off strike.  
  • Reverse Note - Upper left wing, bottom right wing, second A in AMERICA (A3) and top arrowhead are not recuts but are due to a slight multi strike. 

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1826 8/H (obverse only) - L. Newman collection.

This higher grade specimen of an 1826 8/H provides missing details for the obverse.  This specimen's obverse is slightly double struck that can be noticed in the date.  The 1826 8/H plate coin though provides clearer reverse detail due to a significant double strike of this specimen's reverse which distorts detail.  The specimen has a lettered edge.

Note that the 1826 3/C and 1826 8/H have been determined to be the same Davignon variety to be identified as the 1826 3/C variety.


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1828 4/D


This higher grade specimen of an 1828 4D variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

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1828 18/S


This higher grade specimen of an 1828 18/S variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

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1829  7/G


This higher grade specimen of an 1829 7/G variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

 


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1829 10/K  - The specimen pictured in the 2nd Edition is a cast of an 1829 O-119 (was referred to as a cast of an O-110). 

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1830 10/O


This higher grade specimen of an 1830 10/O variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.


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1830 17/S


This higher grade specimen of an 1830 17/S variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.


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1831  11/K


1831  11/K


Two higher grade specimens of an 1831 11/K variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

 

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  1831  17/Q


1831  17/Q


Two higher grade specimens of an 1831 17/Q variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

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1832 2/B and 1832 3/B It is possible that the 1832 2/B and 1832 3/B varieties are the same variety with the same obverse. The difference noted in the 2nd Edition could be from lapping. Often lapping will remove detail, but in some cases details from earlier die states will appear again.

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1832 4/D - The 2nd Edition incorrectly identifies a known example of the 1832 4/D.  The picture shown is actually a cast copy of 1832 O-110.  The last sentence of the description should say - "No. 459 as listed in Riddell's 1845 monograph. No pieces yet reported."  Shown below is the picture of the 1832 4/D found in both Riddell's and the First Edition.



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   1832 6/F


This higher grade specimen of an 1832 6/F variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

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1833 1/A


This higher grade specimen of an 1833 1/A variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.


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1833/0 3/C


Although the 1833/0 3/C plate specimen pictured in the 2nd Edition is in a higher grade even retaining most of its original silver wash, the 1833/0 3/C specimen pictured above shows greater contrasting detail.  Note that the test cuts on the obverse and reverse (most noticeably on the obverse by Liberty's eye and on the reverse from the left side of the shield extending through the legend) should not be confused with the die design of this variety (e.g. the line through the letter E in AMERICA is an extension of one of the test cuts as the variety shows no recut letter E).   The edge of this specimen shows strong lettering that is partial due to excessive reeding.

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1833 19/BB


This higher grade specimen of an 1833 19/BB (that includes a crude attempt at edge lettering but has no true letters visible) provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.

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1833 27/AA


This higher grade specimen of an 1833 27/AA variety provides missing details not able to be seen in previously known specimens.  

Note - The plate coin for this variety in the 2nd Edition is described has having a plain edge while this higher grade specimen has a lettered edge. 


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 1833 33/X and 1833 41/XIt has been determined that the previously known 1833 33/X variety (a multi struck specimen) and the 1833 41/X variety are in fact the same variety.  The now understood single variety will be known as the 1833 41/X due to the clarity of the 1833 41/X plate coin in the 2nd Edition.


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1834 9/I  - The Reverse I description is stated as "I centered below right side of E.  The description should be stated as "I centered on right side of T".

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1834 17/Q


This higher grade specimen of the 1834 17/Q variety provides missing detail not able to be seen in the discovery coin pictured in the 2nd Edition. Hopefully these added attributes will help fellow collectors for future finds!

  • Small serifs in T's in STATES (i.e. previously stated as upper left serif T in States missing).
  • 1 in date does have small serifs (i.e. previously stated with no serifs).
  • O in OF open at the bottom (i.e. previously not stated).
  • Thin first A in America (i.e. previously not stated).
  • Small 0 in 50 C. (i.e. previously not stated).
  • Wide space between Pluribus and Unum (i.e. previously not stated).
  • Large non uniform feathers in wings (i.e. previously not stated).

Note - This is another counterstamp specimen.  Three other counterstamp specimens are an 1820 1/A, an 1833 2/B and an 1837 4/D.

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1834 19/S  - The specimen pictured in the 2nd Edition and identified as an 1834 19/S is actually an 1831 12/L variety, a misattribution due to the extreme wear on the last date digit.

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1834 21/U


This higher grade specimen of an 1834 21/U variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1835 8/H


This higher grade specimen of an 1835 8/H variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1835 11/K


This higher grade specimen of an 1835 11/K variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1835 13/M


This higher grade specimen of an 1835 13/M variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1836-O 4/D - The variety should be entitled 1836-O instead of just 1836 in the 2nd Edition.

 

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1836-O 4/D


This higher grade specimen of an 1836-O 4/D variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1836 5/E


This higher grade specimen of an 1836 5/E variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1837 2/B


This higher grade specimen of an 1837 2/B variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1837 4/D


This higher grade specimen of an 1837 4/D variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1838  6/G


This higher grade specimen of an 1838 6/G variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1838  7/H


This higher grade specimen of an 1838 7/H variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1838 17/R


The above images of the 1838 17/R variety were not included in the 2nd Edition.

 

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1842 1/A


This higher grade specimen of an 1842 1/A variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.

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1842 2/A


 

1842 2/A (revetting of '1842 1/A with Recut Date' as described in both the 1st Edition and 2nd Edition
Obv.   Small, low 1 and 4 in date
Rev.    Right side of I under left side of T
            Les-Below lower right edge of E
            Res-Below left side, left stand of M
Obv.    Low 1 and small low 4 numerals in date. 1 of date close to dentils. 4 and 2 further left than on 1842 1/A. Stars large.
Rev.    5 in 50C. has short, small top (scroll above eagle and 50C. below obsolete since 1836!)
See Taxay, Counterfeit Mis-Struck and Unofficial U.S. Coins. One specimen known.  Rare
ccCBHcc revetted 12/2013
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