Once you have completed the usual series such as Lincoln Cents and
Mercury Dimes, you often find yourself wanting a challenge. For more
than 150 years, one of the most popular challenges in numismatics has
been the Bust Half Dollar series. With many varieties identified by
the characteristics of individual dies, each coin can provide hours
of study and discovery. Yet the price of most remain very affordable
and you have the hope of finding one of the new varieties discovered
every few years. Who can ask for more in a pastime? The major types
in this series are the Flowing Hair Type (1794-95), the Draped Bust
Type (1796-1807) and the Capped Bust Type (1807-1839). If you are
ready for a challenge, get your reference books and magnifying
glasses ready and go forward; pleasure awaits you in this series.
Good reference works for those with more interest in this type of coin are The Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins by Walter Breen and Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836 by Al C Overton and editied by Don Parsley.
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