Another item that caught my eye recently was this 1831 Full Brockage Obverse Half Dollar that Jeff Ambio of Stacks Bowers wrote up in a
September 15, 2016 blog post. -Editor
Highlighting our upcoming November 2016 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo is an exceedingly rare and extremely
important major early half dollar Mint error. The obverse is properly struck but off center a few degrees at 3 to 4 o'clock with no
denticulation along the lower right border.
The reverse, on the other hand, displays a full, well-centered incuse mirror image from the obverse of a previously struck 1831 half
dollar that had remained on the reverse die when the present example was struck. The error, known as a brockage, is rotated 180 degrees
from normal coin alignment. The detail to the brockage is excellent, sharper than that seen on the obverse, which displays moderate wear
appropriate for the VF grade from PCGS.
There are only two full obverse brockage errors known for the entire early U.S. half dollar series, 1794 to 1836, and interestingly they
are both examples of the 1831 Capped Bust issue.
To read the complete article, see:
Extraordinary 1831 Full Brockage Obverse Half Dollar to be
Featured in our November 2016 Baltimore Auction (www.stacksbowers.com/News/Pages/Blogs.aspx?ArticleID=2257)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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