1898 Newfoundland 50c - NH1 or NH2?

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Techmoe
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1898 Newfoundland 50c - NH1 or NH2?

Post by Techmoe » Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:16 pm

Hi Folks,
Any thought?
Thanks
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Techmoe
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Re: 1898 Newfoundland 50c - NH1 or NH2?

Post by Techmoe » Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:17 pm

Reverse and Obverse
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coinguy
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Re: 1898 Newfoundland 50c - NH1 or NH2?

Post by coinguy » Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:46 pm

NH1 SW

JNOD
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Re: 1898 Newfoundland 50c - NH1 or NH2?

Post by JNOD » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:01 pm

I *think* it's an obverse #2 though I may be mistaken. I have one of both and, even though I've been staring at them for some time now, I still struggle to tell them apart. Key details include the eye (which is deeper set in obv #2) and the mouth (which is a little more frown-y in obv #2). I'm told the insertion of the uppermost of the laurel leaves in between the E and the I of DEI is a red herring. [I believe it's cited in Charlton].

But take that with a grain of salt - it's a super-hard distinction to make.

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Re: 1898 Newfoundland 50c - NH1 or NH2?

Post by Techmoe » Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:28 pm

Appreciate all of the input. I've looked at all of the known details too, leaning more towards NH1, tough one though, for me anyways :D

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Re: 1898 Newfoundland 50c - NH1 or NH2?

Post by JNOD » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:25 am

You may be right - as I say, I find this to be a particularly difficult distinction. One person who could tell you in one second is Hugh Powell. He's the top expert in Newfoundland coins, certainly in Canada, possibly in the world. I have been dealing with him for a while as a client and have found him to be very generous with advice. This is his website: https://www.newcancoinsandcurrency.ca.

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