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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 2/I and 1822 12/L (2nd Edition reidentification) 

1823 4/D (higher grade specimen)

1823 6/F (higher grade specimen)

1824 1/A (higher grade specimen) 

1826 2/B (higher grade specimen)

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

1826 3/C and 8H (2nd Edition reidentification and higher grade specimens)

1826 4/D (higher grade specimen)

1826 10J and 14/N (2nd Edition reidentification)

1828 4/D (higher grade specimen)

1828 12/L and 1828 1/A (2nd Edition notation already stated as reidentification)

1828 18/S (higher grade specimen)

1829 7/G (higher grade specimen)

1829 10/K (2nd Edition correction)

1829 15/P and 1829 8/H (2nd Edition reidentification)

1830 2/B and 1830 2/Ba (2nd Edition update) 

1830 10/O (higher grade specimen and 2nd Edition Correction)

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 reidentification)

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 reidentification)

1834 9/I (higher grade specimen)

1834 17/Q (higher grade specimen)

1834 19/S and 1831 12/L (2nd Edition reidentification)

1834 21/U (higher grade specimen)

1835 8/H (higher grade specimen)

1835 9a/R and 1835 18/R (2nd Edition reidentification)  

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)

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1838 7/H (greater detail specimen)

1838 16/Q (higher grade specimen)

1838 17/R (2nd Edition correction)

1842 1/A (higher grade specimen)

1842 2/A (2nd Edition reidentification)


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 2/I and 1822 12/L Further research has determined that the 1822 2/I is distinct from the 1822 2/B and has been reidentified as the 1822 12/L described below. The 1822 2/I variety has been discontinued. 


1822 12/L


1822 (reidentified 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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1824 1/A


This higher grade specimen of an 1824/1A 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 and 1826 8/H Further research has determined that the 1826 8/H is the same as the identified 1826 3/C variety. The 1826 8/H variety has been discontinued.

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.

Note - 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


 

This higher grade specimen of an 1826 3/C provides missing details for the obverse.  This specimen's obverse is slightly double struck that can be noticed in the date.  The 1826 3/C (and former 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.


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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 10/J and 1826 14/N Further research has determined that the 1826 10/J is the same as the identified 1826 10/J variety. The description for the 1826 14/N is more detailed than the description for 10/J and should be kept.  The 1826 10/J variety has been discontinued.  However, the phrase "1 high and tilted to the left" should be correctly stated as "1 tilted / rotated to the right " and the phrase "stars 9, 10, 11, 12 nearly touch" (from the 10/J description) should be added to the obverse  description for the 14/N.


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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 12/L and 1828 1/AFurther research as already stated in the 2nd Edition determined that the 1828 12/L is the same as the identified 1828 1/A variety. The 1828 12/L variety was discontinued.

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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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1829 15/P and 1829 8/HFurther research has determined that the 1829 15/P is the same as the identified 1829 8/H variety. The 1829 15/P variety has been discontinued.

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1830

Obv2    Small, wide date

Rev. Ba. Very high 50 C. period 

   

LES – Left stand of E
RES – Inner left stand of A

   

Obv. Small. Wide date.  Identical to prime state (a.k.a. 1830 2/B).

   

Rev. Very high 50 C. period.  Recutting of right lower serif of all three A’s in legend,

bottom of lowest arrowhead, end of olive branch, and all three sets of olive leaves

making the central set much smaller than on the prime specimen. 

 

Notes:  

1) Edge for state “a” contains an error with the N of cents backwards. Same error is

found on prime state 1830 2/B examples.

2) Comparison of the edges shows spacing of letters in the words and letters themselves

are identical. However start and end points of FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR

differ between the two specimens suggesting that the lettering was applied like regular

mint products,

3) State “a” known from two examples.  First found 10/2009 is high grade (VF+) but

holed (e.g. top two images). Exhibits a dull copper to orange tone. Second found 5/2016 

(e.g. bottom two images) and is lower grade (VG). More normal silvery appearance

possibly cleaned. 

4) Ring test suggests slight difference in composition between the two specimens.  

   

Very Scarce

   

ccCBHcc vetted 08/2016


1830 2/B and 1830 2/Ba Further research has determined that a group the identification of the 1830 2/Ba likely the result of a formerly used die purposely recut significantly and then placed back into service. 2/B and 2/Ba represent "different" engraved/punched a new set of letters (i.e. different than a die state where there is some type of wear or failure that results in a crack or CUD  There have been occasional instances of very minor recutting in early US coinage. But the 2/Ba is significantly greater in terms of the number of locations and the degree of recutting.  The 1830 2/Ba is identified below: 


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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.

In the 2nd Edition the variety was identified as "Similar to O-119".  Through additional study the variety has been reidentified as struck from a transfer die of an O-117.  Note that the variety 1830 18/T which is a cast of an O-117 also exists.

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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 Further research has determined that the 1832 3/B is the same as the 2nd Edition identified 1832 2/B variety. The 1832 3/B variety has been discontinued.  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/X- Further research has 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.  The 1833 33/X variety has been discontinued. [This reidentification has been discussed in the When 1 variety + 1 variety = 1 variety article in the Collectors Corner section of the website ( http://cccbhcc.com/collectors-corner.html#Mar 2016 ).]  

 


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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 and 1831 12/L - Further research has determined that 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. The 1834 19/S variety has been discontinued.

 

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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 9a/R and 1835 18/R Further research has determined that the 1835 9a/R is a distinct variety and has been reidentfied as variety 1835 18/R listed below. The 1835 9a/R variety has been discontinued.


1835 18/R

   

Obv. 18   Flat top 3 in date

Rev. R     I between T and E

   

Les - Middle of D
Res – Inside right stand of M

   

Obv. Similar to Obv. 9, however the date and stars 8 – 11 have all

been recut, and the left side of the bottom loop in 8 is open with 8

and 3 showing recuttings.  

   

Rev. Obviously the same counterfeiter as Rev. I, but with the
following 
differences.  Broken third arrowshaft, N in UNITED is
much higher at 
the base than U and I. I is between the T and E.
ICA in AMERICA 
distant form each other.

   

NoteThis is a revetting of previous 1835 9a/R variety as its
own 
unique variety.  The edge is hand-engraved with lines
looking like 
'reeding'. It is possible that this example did not go
through the milling 
or castaing machine like other 'Mexican Head'  
varieties did.  This example is within the 'Mexican Head' family. 

Only one piece known. Rare

ccCBHcc revetted 11/20/2016


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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.  (Note that the die break line to the right of the 5 on the reverse may not be present on all specimens that were struck prior to the die breaking.)

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1838 16/Q


This higher grade specimen of an 1838 16/Q variety provides missing details not able to be seen in the image of the variety in the 2nd Edition.  The image in the 2nd Edition is only a black and white image from the 1845 publication A Monograph of the Silver Dollar: Good and Bad by J. L. Riddell, an employee of the New Orleans Mint.

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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 -  Further research has reidentified the '1842 1/A with Recut Date' as described in both the 1st Edition and 2nd Edition as a distinct variety. 



1842 2/A 
   
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!)
   
Note - See Taxay, Counterfeit Mis-Struck and Unofficial U.S. Coins.
   
One specimen known.  Rare
   
ccCBHcc revetted 12/2013
   
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