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    Finally Found a Capped Bust Half Dollar... Sort Of

    I've been puzzling over this pewter disc all evening. Carefully cleaning the dirt off with a toothpick and trying to figure out what it is. There was obviously a design and writing, but it was just couldn't put my finger on it until I rotated it just right and... BAM!

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    Figures; despite everything I've dug to date, capped bust coins have been eluding me and instead of digging a real half-dollar I dig a pewter counterfeit. Definitely a good chuckle and it looks like a contemporary fake which is cool. I was actually able to get a faint date off the obverse and it looks like 1828. It makes me wonder if they lost it, or realized it was a fake and chucked it.

    There was a ton more at this site that I'm still cleaning and I'll post that stuff later, but I just had to upload this in the hopes that you would get a good laugh out of it too!

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    That's a heartbreaker,, congrats on the find,, sad that it's not real.
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    It's actually very nice. Contemporary counterfeits are collectible in themselves. The King George III counterfeits can be pricier than the originals.
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    A fake cap bust is better than no cap bust, which is what I got. At least it was crusty and didn’t fool you from the get-go.
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    2018 running totals: 33 silver Coins: 2 walking lib halves, 4 Washington quarters, 2 barber dimes, 19 mercs, 4 Rosies, 1 war nickel, 1 silver 2franc dogtag, 2 silver ring, 1 gold ring, 1 sterling fork.

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    So many old sites to hunt....so little time.

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    I love finds like these. Wish they could tell a story. I found a seated counterfeit half 4 or 5 years ago. One of my favorite finds. Congrats on yours!
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    Fake or Not, what a great piece of history you have found!!!! Awesome save in our books!!!!!
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    We might not be able to take it with us; but at least we can enjoy it after finding it!!!

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    A fake cap bust is better than no cap bust, which is what I got. At least it was crusty and didn’t fool you from the get-go.
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    2018 running totals: 33 silver Coins: 2 walking lib halves, 4 Washington quarters, 2 barber dimes, 19 mercs, 4 Rosies, 1 war nickel, 1 silver 2franc dogtag, 2 silver ring, 1 gold ring, 1 sterling fork.

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    I love finds like these. Wish they could tell a story. I found a seated counterfeit half 4 or 5 years ago. One of my favorite finds. Congrats on yours!
    Thank you! I'm definitely glad to have found it; and grateful that the soil was nicer to it than most of the pewter I've dug recently. I found it a good ways from the homesite down the side of an embankment and it does make you wonder if someone lost some real money with this counterfeit. I was looking at a few purchasing power calculators and depending on how you measure it, this would have been $150 to $300 in today's wages. Ouch.
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    Ha, dang. Still a lot closer than I've ever come to finding one. Nicely done!
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    I WILL TAKE IT FAKE OR NOT. SURE BEATS THE HELL OUT THEM DANG CANSLAW EARRINGS I HAVE BEEN FINDING.
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    It is a good find for sure. I found a 1/2 cut 8 real.
    Soon as this was cut someone knew it was fake
    Mine was copper plated with silver it was a good job for sure hh gl.
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    art

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    It's a cool find congrats
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    I think its a great find. Thinking of the time and everything else involved in making a coin counterfeit is a great character point. It should make a great conversation piece.
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    Very interesting coin find! Awesome piece of history with a great story behind it.

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    The date makes it all worth it. Congrats!

 

 
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