1834 Capped Bust Half. Edge Lettering Issues
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Just bought this 1834 Capped Bust Half.  Weight and diameter is good but the edge lettering is messed up,  doubled and extra letters.

Reads FIFTYTY CENTSTS HALF A DODOLLAR

Thoughts?

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Edited by benjmurts

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Because of the way the letters were applied, edge lettering errors are not terribly uncommon on Bust Half Dollars,although I thing doubled lettering may be a bit less common than some other types

. Looks like an O-110, Small Date,Small Letters, which is listed as an R3.

I found a post by Conder101 on another forum from 2008 that had drawings  of the Castaing machine used to apply the letters.

https://www.cointalk.com/threads/capped-bust-lettered-edge-half-dollar.39789/

 

And here is a picture of one on display in the ANA museum:

 

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