complete and cut Bust Halves that were found -- examples of complete and cut Spanish Colonial were much more common. We were told that a soldier's pay was $5 per month, paid as ten half dollars; hundreds of soldiers were stationed at the fort, so many nice halves entered the local economy, either whole or in pieces. I believe 130 coins have been found so far.
Look for a book by Lawrence J Lee, titled The Coins of Fort Atkinson, later in 2014. It should cover details from the recent digs, photos from a reconstructed fort, as well as original records that were referenced (I think he mentioned that one year of records from the fort's sutler are known). From the photos shown in the presentation, I attribute two 1817 halves as O-111 and O-112, which are common R1 and R2. I do not have the dime book handy, so the one found dime, dated 1821, remains unattributed -- also, only the obverse was pictured, probably making attribution more difficult.
As soon as I got home with the coin, I looked up the emission sequence for 1814 Bust Halves. The O-103 is the next to last die marriage listed for 1814 out of a total of 9 die marriages. So, I think it's possible that it could have been struck during the time of the Battle of Ft. McHenry. September 14, 1814 was a Wednesday, so the Mint was in operation that day. My question to Bust Half experts is, if the information on the Mint delivery warrants is known for that year, is it possible to definitively tell what die marriage was being made on September 13/14, 1814?
Visiting Ft. McHenry is very patriotic and moving, so I hope that anyone who visits Baltimore will stop by at Ft. McHenry. Also, if you have a chance today, take a few minutes to sing the Star-Spangled Banner to celebrate it's 200th Anniversary.
Garrett Ziss (JRCS 1465)
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