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 Posted 05/19/2017  12:41 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add srs77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm hoping to find out what everyone's thoughts are on this 1854-O Seated Liberty Half. The obverse appears to have doubling, especially around Liberty's head but elsewhere as well.

The reverse has what appears to be a lamination at the 10 o'clock position.

Thoughts? Has anyone seen this before in this series? I'm not as versed on the Seated Liberty coinage and am hoping the experts here can help me out.

Thanks! Sorry for the large image size but I wanted to be sure to capture what I'm talking about.



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 Posted 05/19/2017  1:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add biokemist6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The device doubling is a known design issue and the reverse does indeed have a lamination.


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“Halos” can often be found around the stars, digits in the date, arrowheads, and often around the central devices (see photo at right). Sometimes unofficially called “Longacre doubling,” a term coined by J.T. Stanton and inappropriately applied by others to Liberty Seated coinage designed by Christian Gobrecht, it is the doubling often seen on coins designed by James B. Longacre. This doubling is a secondary image of the design appearing on all sides of a design element. Although various theories abound as to what caused this doubling, this doubling is commonly found on half dollars of many dates and is not and should not be confused with doubled dies and repunched dates. I believe this doubling was caused when the temporary master die was heavily impressed with all the design elements such that a halo became part of the temporary master die. Consequently, these halos transferred to the working hub, subsequent working dies, and finally the half dollars themselves.

Source: A Register of Liberty Seated half dollar Varieties Volume IV New Orleans Branch Mint 1853-O WA to 1861-O By Bill Bugert
http://lsccweb.org/BillBugertBooks/...NO-Part2.pdf



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 Posted 05/19/2017  1:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add srs77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks biokemist! That was very helpful!
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 Posted 05/19/2017  4:25 pm  Show Profile   Check Moe145's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Moe145 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
With Biochemist.

It does appear to be a lamination on your reverse too!
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 Posted 05/19/2017  5:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Same, I think we all fall in line behind biochemist.
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 Posted 05/19/2017  5:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BuffaloNuts to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is this device doubling the same and what I am seeing on my SL dime? Not sure if I see halos or not... My photography need work too...

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 Posted 05/19/2017  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add srs77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not sure BN. I think I see some but I'll wait for others to chime in.
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