The August 2012 issue of The E-Gobrecht, the electronic newsletter of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, pictured an interesting engraver 1840-O Half Dollar. Here are the images and accompanying text. Can anyone help?
Club member Brian Greer sent in an interesting
1840-O half dollar (imaged below). It is a WB-
13, a rare variety. On first appearance, it is a very
nice original XF coin but close observation shows
hand engraving on the reverse. The engraving says
“13.244 grams” which appears to be contemporary.
Assuming it to be the weight of the coin, I weighed
the half dollar with my modern digital scale and
came up with 13.24 grams! Indeed, it is the weight
of the coin.
Now for the hard part, other than to prove the
weight of the coin for some reason, why would you
want to weigh and annotate this commonly (then!)
circulating half dollar. Think about it and send your
comments to the E-Gobrecht editor.
editor is Bill Bugert, and he can be reached at
Wayne Homren, Editor
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