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    Lover of pretty busts.
  • Birthday 06/08/1952

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  1. As Jeff said, it is Overton 102. I would also call it a VF. As for the wear on the brow, most of it isn't wear. It was never there in the first place.
  2. It was a dark and rainy Monday night in Baltimore late in October 1832. Miss Liberty was counting out the receipts from her boarders prior to taking them to bank the following morning when there came a knock on the kitchen door... Who was it who broke in and savagely slit Miss Liberty's throat?
  3. Edited after rereading the OP and figuring out that he was laughing at letter not passing it on.
  4. Actually, yes it is. The pages simply aren't numbered. Edit to add: This is a 300 dollar + book when you can find a copy. The willingness of the authors to put it up online for free is a GREAT thing. A huge Thank You to Randy and Bill.
  5. Does it look something like this one? If so, then this is fairly normal. It results from the fact that the deepest points of both the obverse and reverse dies are located directly opposite of each other. When a planchet is then struck there is insufficient metal flow to completely fill both dies. Even without looking I will bet that the end of Liberty's bust on the obverse is also weakly struck. Edit to add: I just noticed your title; if the edge is reeded rather than lettered it is a counterfeit, as the reeded edge halves weren't produced until the end of the following year.
  6. There are 2 varieties of 1818/7 based on 3 different die marriages. Overton 101 and 103 each share the same "large 8" obverse die (paired with different reverses) and the Overton 102 has a different obverse die this time with a "small 8" in the date. There is basically no difference in price between the 2 varieties .
  7. Chad is right when he says that there are many cleaned coins in NGC/PCGS slabs. In fact, MOST slabbed pre-Civil War coins have at least been lightly cleaned. Based on the pics, though, this particular coin is very nice and you have nothing to worry about.
  8. A couple of years later, but more additions to the "BabyDoll Memorial Collection"
  9. I don't like slabs...at all. But I do have to admit that as far as authenticity of the coin is concerned they are very helpful. My biggest peeve as far as numismatics is concerned is sellers who don't know the difference between errors and die varieties. When I do a search for errors I don't want to see doubled die cents. I don't want to see overdates. I don't care if there is a die gouge. These are all die varieties, not errors. Coins struck from these dies replicate EXACTLY what the mint meant for coins from those dies to produce.
  10. Before I could do that I would have to see my first one. I have never even received a Susie B in change let alone a presidential dollar.
  11. It is not illegal for a seller to sell such a replica to a buyer in the US--unless, of course, Maltese law states otherwise. Nor would there would be anything illegal for a US citizen to own such an item as long as it remained in Malta. It would, however, be illegal for the buyer to import the item into the US without stamping COPY onto it. It makes no difference where the point of sale occurs--it wouldn't legally pass customs whether shipped by the seller or hand carried by the buyer.
  12. Any replicas manufactured either manufactured in the US or imported from elseware AFTER 1975 must be labled under the HPA. However, the HPA is not retroactive. Nowhere does it say anything about stamping COPY onto anything which extisted prior to its passage. Thus, no, you are not required to mark a contemporary counterfeit bust half dollar from 1832. It is not a loophole; it is merely common sense.
  13. No, I have no interest in replicas. But, I have knowingly bought counterfeit coins and will continue to do so as they come available. As Just Carl said above I will oftem pay multiples more for an interesting comtemporary counterfeit then I would have for a genuine coin of the same date/grade.
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