before, the fact that so much can be put on such a small coin in a way that creates only beauty and not clutter draws me to
this series. There are, of course, other factors of the CB half dimes that lend to its collectibility.
coin can appeal to many different types of collectors.
Set collectors enjoy the fact that the CB
half dimes are priced well enough that an extremely eye appealing mint state example can be found for a mere fraction of what
the other denominations of the era would cost.
Set collectors should revel in the CB half
dimes as the set has just nine (9) coins with no "stopper key dates". A date set at any grade level is quite an
Book collectors have even more reasons to
be happy. Every good Red Book collector loves a few varieties thrown into the mix to spice up a collection! To
collect the Capped Bust half dimes via Red Book standards the set jumps from nine (9) coins to an impressive fourteen (14)
coins. All still quite affordable in most grade levels.
Marriage collectors come into their own when
tackling this beautiful coin series. This particular method of collecting is where the task of completion becomes considerably
more arduous. The Die Marriage collector currently has ninety two (92) coins in their impressive set of Capped
Bust half dimes. These collectors enjoy studying the coins and drawing out information from the coins as to the actual
dies that produced them. They love examining their coins to the finest detail as a detective would a crime scene.
It's been my personal experience that at this level of collecting is where the eccentricity of the individual collector begins
to skyrocket, Haha!
Marriage / Die Re-Marriage collectors have
taken the heavy task of the Die Marriage collector and thrown on an additional thirty one (31) coins just for the heck of
it. That's right folks. These collectors work on a set of only Capped Bust half dimes that consists of a whopping
one hundred twenty three (123) coins! A set to rival just about any other series of U.S. coin (Modern or Early) in numbers and difficulty. These collectors not only study and examine their coins as
the Die Marriage collectors do but they live for chronicling the actual time line in which these coins were produced.
The usage of a particular die to strike a particular coin, then another die to strike another coin, then that first die back
to strike the first coin yet again! And so on and so on it goes. The wonderful world of Die Marriage / Die Re-Marriage
collecting offers challenges unsurpassed. To date, only a literal handful of collectors have achieved a 100% complete
set by this method of collecting. I hope that I will, one day, join the ranks of those esteemed men as I am indeed a
collector of this variety.