The following news release issued by Professional Coin Grading Service chronicles Baltimore collector Chuck Link's 30-year journey in assembling what the grading service identifies as the first complete set of Capped Bust half dollars by Overton variety with each coin graded and encapsulated by PCGS:
The Complete Overton: A 30-Year Quest for 453 Capped Bust Half Dollars
The final coin of the massive 453-coin Overton set reached the grading room of Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS.com), capping off a collector’s search that spanned three decades.
Chuck Link of Baltimore, Maryland, recently submitted a 1829 0.120, completing his Capped Bust Half Dollars Prime Die Variety set by Overton, Circulation Strikes (1807-1836) on the PCGS Set Registry. Link’s set also includes three Crushed Lettered Edge Proofs, bringing the total to 453 coins.
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These Capped Bust Half Dollars, detailed in the 1967 book Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836 by Al C. Overton, are highly sought after, especially amongst variety collectors.
Overton’s chronicle of Capped Bust Half Dollar varieties inspired many collectors throughout the decades to seek out coins to complete the set, in which collectors can obtain one representative for each of the “master” numbers.
Link’s set contains every Overton variety and is the first complete set graded by PCGS.