Sunday, July 11, 2021

JR Newsletter: 11 July 2021 (537)


Winston Zack wrote:


I'll get right to the point.  I'm researching counterfeit Capped Bust Half Dollars for my next book. In several cases when counterfeiters got arrested the newspapers reported the quantity of counterfeit CBHs found in terms of bushels (8 dry gallons); apparently bushels were quite common, and many counterfeiters used them to accumulate their counterfeit coins and presumably other artifacts of counterfeiting. While this measure and volume was probably decently understood 'back in the day', it does not help me understand how many CBHs could casually fit inside one.


So, JR Newsletter audience, approximately how many CBHs (genuine or counterfeit) can you reasonably expect to fit in a bushel?  For many of you tackling this question and problem will be a math problem (which I've attempted but can't figure out - my answers don't seem realistic).  However, if you want to build greater authenticity into this answer, I recommend you go and acquire an antique bushel (if you don't already have one), dump your collections (I mean hoards) of raw CBHs into it and get a more realistic quantity.


Any and all answers here will be appreciated and I look forward to seeing your answers!


Thanks in advance,

Winston Zack