Bust Halves-A Beautiful Design

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  1. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Here's my latest purchase: IMG_2811.JPG IMG_2816.JPG
    A nice 1929 Capped Bust Half. A bit hard to see in hand (due to the slab) is the edge lettering. It reads"FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR" and there is a Star between "Dollar" and "Fifty".

    And you thought the recessed edge lettering on modern Dollars was a new idea. Not so.

    The Capped Bust Half Dollar was designed by John Reich, a German immigrant who became a Mint engraver from 1807-1817.
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  3. toned_morgan

    toned_morgan Toning Lover

    Can't imagine the price of that coin! Nice purchase!
  4. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I got it for a very good price. Just couldn't pass it up for the grade, condition, PCGS and eye appeal. In hand it shows a faint amount of luster in places. The low price was a no brainer. Difficult to find coins like this lately.
  5. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody...

    Bust halves are the best series in all of US numismatics IMO. They are an attractive design that is affordable in the higher grades.
  6. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    And they're history in hand......what happened back in 1829?

    Most notably, Andy Jackson was inaugurated as the 7th President of these United States.
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  7. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister The Coin Scavenger © ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I'm with you all on the reverse, but Lady Liberty on the obverse is a bit too masculine for my taste.
  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    And the Georgia gold rush started.
  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Maybe but just a few years earlier we won the war of 1812 securing our independence. We didn't do it by looking like wimps. :)
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  10. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    I'm a fairly recent addict to the bust halves, but they can really grow on you. Liberty was reworked some through the years. Not to distract from the OP's coin, but the earlier coins looked a good bit different. IMAG0880.jpg
  11. YoloBagels

    YoloBagels Well-Known Member

    Best US Design IMO.
  12. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Supporter

    Love this series! Nice coin! I have also gotten addicted to these. I love to buy them raw, and usually go for a certain “look.” D3655D5F-A553-41AF-88CF-95D973AC3C2D.jpeg 105F5D81-1E01-441B-95E3-84B8EAC35313.jpeg
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  13. BigTee44

    BigTee44 Well-Known Member

    I love these lower grade coins that have been sitting in Wayte Raymond books for decades
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  14. YoloBagels

    YoloBagels Well-Known Member

    Heres one of my Bust halves.
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  15. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser Just plain busted

    Well, I've been specializing in them since 1970 so I think that they are OK.;)
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  16. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I started collecting these back in the 80s. After about 10 years, I moved on to something else. That was a mistake. The prices today are several times higher.
    Now I'm back to collecting them again.
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  17. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I hear you. And of course taste is entirely subjective..... I love her. She is majestic as heck to me. She looks ready to plow the fields and keep the kids in line!
  18. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Supporter

  19. Rushmore

    Rushmore Coin Addict

    Love me some Bust Halves too. Have a 23, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36. Not interested in the varieties though. Anyone here a member of the Bust Half Nut club?
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  20. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    She is the definition of a 'handsome' woman.
  21. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Supporter

    Indeed! Imagine all that she stood for in those early days of our Country!
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