Bust Halves on eBay - Overton?

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  1. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    So are the unattributed bust halves for sale online being attributed by potential buyers? A few, most, all?
    Assigning the Overton number to the photos, looking for a good one, I mean.
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018
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  3. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Beats me. What do you think? Attribution is difficult at best, at least for me. You gonna trust these guys unless, you yourself, can attribute accurately?
     
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  4. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted

    Of course, I try to attribute any Bustie on eBay which I like or consider buying. If it seems to be an R3 or scarcer variety then I am certainly more interested...
     
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  5. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    By some yes. It’s no different than anything else. The real question is if anyone who could attribute some of them has actually seen it

    No matter how dedicated some people are there’s A LOT to go through
     
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  6. BigTee44

    BigTee44 Well-Known Member

    You should ask the King of this game, @C-B-D
     
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  7. C-B-D

    C-B-D U.S. Type Coins or death! Supporter

    I wouldn't say I'm the king until I've found the R.8 1825. But yeah, I've had a few winners.
     
  8. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Well-Known Member

    Czar
     
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  9. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted

    There’s your king @okbustchaser
     
  10. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser Just plain busted

    Did one of you peasants seek audience with the King?





    Yes, I attribute any bustie I see--whether I'm thinking of purchasing or not. It's one of the symptoms of advanced Bust Half Fever.
     
  11. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Supporter! Supporter

    From the King (C-B-D) at a GREAT Price!
    I posted this before, but I'll use any excuse to post again, I'm really in love with this coin. IMG_1078.JPG IMG_1077.JPG Overton-143
    R3
     
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  12. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Nice one, Nathan.

    Yes, I check the Overton #'s.
    Most are ugh.

    and many abused or overpriced
     
  13. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    People that collect bust halves by variety WILL attribute unatttributed coins being sold. I collect Early large cents and you can best believe I do my best to attribute unattributed pieces being sold when I'm looking. I'm sure capped bust half dime dime and quarter collectors do the same as do half cent collectors. That's why every now and then you see an unassuming coins suddenly get bid up to moon money. Two specialists have spotted a rarity.
     
  14. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    Thanks to all who gave some input here. I recently bought 4 more pretty decent circs on eBay - afraid I'm getting a touch of the fever, I maybe ought to take an aspirin.
    Anyway, the first was easy to attribute, the second I spent a good bit of time on and still not sure.... now life has me hopping so the rest will have to wait.
    So, questions-
    Is using a lot of magnification normal?
    Can a specialist spot the most common die marriages with a brief look?

    Any other help? I've been using the online resources and just got the 5th ed. Overton - Parsley book.
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018
  15. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Try getting the Peterson book, I used it and Overton together
     
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  16. C-B-D

    C-B-D U.S. Type Coins or death! Supporter

    This is how I got interested in Overton varieties. I sold an 1809 that I figured would auction for $150 and it went for over $450. At first I was like, "YES!" And then I was like, "uh oh..." So I bought the book and told myself I'd never give away a free cherrypick to someone again.
     
  17. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser Just plain busted

    It's more likely that a specialist will recognize the rarer DMs with just a look. I know the pickups for any of the R-5 and above, along with many of the R-4s. Anything else (other than RedBook varieties such as 1823 Broken 3) I have to look up. I do know a couple of guys who can pretty well attribute just about all of them without the book, though.
     
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  18. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Well-Known Member

    I think you should trust yourself. For me it's simple. If you don't. you'll see a smile turned upside down when in hand maybe
     
  19. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Well-Known Member

    Czar
     
  20. C-B-D

    C-B-D U.S. Type Coins or death! Supporter

    Look what came in the mail today. An original Al Overton pedigreed NGC bustie. O-108 1836/1336. These have disappeared from the market, especially in their original holders, like this beauty.
    20180614_183400.jpg 20180614_183426.jpg
     
  21. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    What is typically used to attribute the Overton number as far as magnification?
    Naked eyeball? Loupe? Stereo microscope at 30x?
     
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