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Date Variety Rarity Grade Description Price Photos
Flowing Hair Half-Dollar, 1794-1795
1794 O.104 R.5 PCGS VG 10 From the Robert P. Hilt, Jr. Collection as NGC F.12 at $9,400 in April 2015. (NGC label accompanies.) Even medium grey toning. Solid for the grade.  The outpouring of over 100 1794's from Terry Brand's estate has pulled the carpet out from under this date.  Prices are down 15% to 20%.  Good news for collectors. $7,500
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Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Half-Dollars, 1801-1807
1801 O.101 R.3 PCGS XF 40 Even crust of natural toning.  Strong central details and nice fields.  An unobtrusive tick on dentil, left of date, is the sole blemish.  Nifty coin for the date or first year type set collector.  This date gets very expensive in higher grades. $5,250
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1803 Large 3, Sm. Rev. Stars O.103 R.3 PCGS XF 40 Balanced strike with even, natural grey toning.  No significant marks.  Spot-on for the grade.  PCGS Price Guide tells us $2,300.  Let's try something less. $1,850
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1803 Small 3 O.104 R.3 NGC XF 45 Light grey, darker at the peripheries with subtle iridescence.  Contact marks and detail of an XF 40 and priced as such. $2,400
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1803 Small 3 O.104 R.3 PCGS VF 25 CAC Handsome coin with natural grey toning, lighter on the devices.  Superior eye appeal. $1,325 SOLD
1805 O.104a, T.10 R.6+ PCGS VG 08 With 13 or 14 known specimens, this die state [Tompkins' DS-5] barely escapes an R.7 rarity rating.  I've not handled an example since offering the Meyer VF for $6,750 in 2008.  Until the appearance of this coin there was but one auction appearance in the past decade, an ANACS graded F.12 at $5,000 in 2012.  Dark grey fields, lighter devices.  The full, retained cuds at stars 10-12 sounded a death knell for the obverse die; they are, however, an Ode to Joy for the growing number of collectors fascinated with early US coins featuring such magnificent cuds.   $4,900
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1805 O.111 R.3 PCGS VF 35 Light grey with nice surfaces.  Pushing XF, but the grade is right.  This date is undervalued in comparison to the more common 1806's and 1807's. $1,250
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1805/4 O.103 R.5+ Raw VF 20 From the James Ross collection.  A handsome coin, naturally toned.  Three surface imperfections may prevent the coin from receiving an unqualified grade at PCGS or NGC.  There is a nick over the 8 in the date; a rim bump is seen on the reverse between TE in UNITED; and a tiny puncture effort lies near the reverse rim at 5:30. Here is the early die state of the boldest overdate in the entire series of bust half-dollars.  A faint die break runs from star 8 to Liberty's nose.  This charismatic overdate is avidly sought by devotees of early half-dollars. $2,450
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1805/4 O.103 R.5+ PCGS F.12 Another example of the charismatic "high, wide date."  Traces of album toning through the stars and legend survived a dipping of 50+ years ago.  The centers are now pale grey.  The coin survived its tour in circulation without signifcant marks.  The hallmark die break, star 8 to nose, is complete.  I think the grade is right though some would argue for VF.  The coin has rested in a southern California collection for over 25 years. $1,900 SOLD
1805/4 O.103a R.5+ Raw Fair 2 Well worn with central design elements, date and much of legend visible.  This is Tompkins' coveted Die State 4, with a triangular raised cud enveloping stars 1 and 2.  Light to medium grey.  I don't recall an O.103a being offered or auctioned at less than $1,100 -- including a fair number of damaged specimens.  This one has been in the back of my safe for a few years.  Time for a new, appreciative owner. $375 SOLD
1805/4 O.103a R.5+ Raw F.15 Housed in an older PCGS "Genuine" holder, with no mention of a sharpness grade.  The look and detail match that of the accompanying PCGS F.15 O.103, but with hairlines;  the label includes PCGS' .92 designaton for cleaning.  Though in an early stage, the all-important triangular die break at stars 1 and 2 is distinct.  Circulation ticks are consistent with the grade.  Despite its modest grade this is an important coin, to be warmly received by an advanced, knowledgeable collector. $1,695
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1806 E over A O.124 R.6 PCGS VG 08 Evenly worn with light grey toning and smooth surfaces.  The sparse population of this noted Redbook rarity is infested with problems: scratches, cleaning and assorted surface imperfections are the norm, even on high grade pieces.  Herrman's AMBPR and Rutherford's Internet list of prices provide ready confirmation of this anomaly.  What a relief to offer an E over A that requires no qualification!  Act quickly if this one is on your Want List. $2,900
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1806 Knob 6 O.105 R.2 PCGS VF 20 CAC Medium antique grey toning.  Very early die state, not mentioned in Overton or Tompkins: no die break through stars or date.  Faint die break joins tops of LI in LIBERTY.  PCGS label incorrectly notes "small stars."  Students of the series generally agree that this die pair [O.105 and T.5] has large stars. $875
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1806 Knob 6, Small Stars O.106 R.4 PCGS XF 40 A classy example, richly toned in deep antique grey.  Strong details except for tip of bust and one cloud. $1,750
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1806 Pt. 6 with stem, Large Stars O.110 R.6 PCGS Fair 2 Never did I imagine that I might offer 2 examples of this rarity in the same price list.  This one, shall we say, is perfect for the grade!  The smooth, naturally toned surfaces strongly suggest that in the 1800's it spent a decade or more as a pocket piece.  The familiar "elephant trunk" die break is faint but still there.  Never thought you'd fill that hole in you 1806's?  Here is your chance, at a manageable price. $495
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1806 Pt. 6 with stem, Large Stars O.110, T.10 R.7+ PCGS F.12 One of three known true primes!  The O.110 is an established rarity, still rated R.6.  Tompkins provides photos of 10 examples, all with the familiar die break from the rim between stars 11-12 to Liberty's mouth.  In the 1980's Richard Pugh coined the quaint moniker, "1806 Elephant Trunk," to identify the variety.  (Offering a bow to Overton's "1807 Bearded Goddess.")  Sometime in the 1990's, as I recall, Brian Greer uncovered the first known Elephant without its trunk - a "prime" 1806 O.110, struck from perfect dies.  This and one other example have since surfaced.  The coin is essentially perfect for its modest grade.  Natural toning and smooth surfaces will appeal to fastidious collectors.  Shallow drapery lines and corresponding softness at the eagle's right wing tip are mandatory, even on high grade O.110's.  The true sharpness grade is Fine 15, perhaps VF 20.  No matter.  The coin is both important and attractive.  It should be noted that the large star obverse punch was last used on this die pair, making it the only "Pointed 6, with stem" Redbook variety with that feature. $8,500
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1806 Pt.6 No Stem O.109 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Antique grey toning, a bit lighter on the reverse. Soft luster enlivens the devices. This a common variety, suitable for a high grade type set.

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1806/9 O.112 R.4 PCGS VG 10 Light grey toning, darker on the reverse. Heavy obverse die break, star 11 to bust, is a bonus for this charismatic Red Book variety.  Obverse adjustment marks blend with Liberty's curls. $625 SOLD
1807 O.101 R.5 Raw VG 8 Until the O.115 was discovered the O.101 was the "stopper" among 1807 draped bust die pairs.  The variety continues to demand a premium.   I found this example last month in a group of "old coins" held by a family in Castro Valley, CA.  It has natural, medium to dark grey toning and would probably pass muster at the grading services.  I didn't bother.  A little dirt and insignificant marks befit the grade.  Another affordable rarity. $295 SOLD
1807 O.105 R.1 PCGS VF 30 CAC Light grey with lightly iridescent copper toning through the stars and legend.  Striking weakness in the left wing.  Strong drapery lines support the CAC approved choice VF designation. $900
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1807 O.105a R.1 PCGS VF 25 Somewhat irregular smoky grey toning infused with pale russet iridescence and a surprising dose of mint luster. From the James Ross Collection. $750
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1807 O.109a R.3 PCGS VF 25 PCGS label notes, "Manhattan Collection."  Striking weakness at the centers is typical of the die state.  Decent wing feathers, strong drapery lines.  Natural grey toning. $900
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1807 O.110a R.2 PCGS XF 40 Lightly toned and awash with luster, too much for a "40."  A bit of softness in the central devices may have influenced the PCGS graders.  Short drift mark crosses the arrows, as made.  A nifty coin for the date or type collector. $1,900
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Capped Bust Half-Dollars, 1807-1836
1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Terrific "flash" and eye appeal, unusual for this first year of issue.  The lustrous centers are surrounded by halos of copper toning.  CAC had no trouble conferring its little green bean; the owner who submitted the coin to PCGS, however, came away disappointed - surely expecting a "58" designation.  Perhaps PCGS did not care for the weak dentils and soft rims.  Liberty's curls and the eagle's left wing show minor weakness, nothing unusual. $3,200 Sale Pending

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1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 NGC AU 58 Frosty luster with a lovely halo of gold through the stars and legend.   The obverse well struck, the reverse with occassional weakness.  A "flashy" coin with superior eye appeal.  From the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection. $3,950
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1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 53 Pale blue and gold iridescence beneath natural grey toning.  Strike similar to the previous example, with a bit more wear.  Pretty coin! $2,250
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1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Light grey toning; pale gold through stars and legend.  Plenty of luster in the fields.  Solid for the grade. $1,825
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1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS F.15 Natural grey toning, lighter on the devices.  Luster adheres to protected areas.  Softly struck wings may account for the conservative grade. $450
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1807 Bearded Goddess O.111b R.5 PCGS VF 30 Simply magnificent!  Rich antique grey toning, luster in protected areas, a balanced strike and lovely surfaces.  This one has it all.  Most important, perhaps, is the fact that PCGS attributed it properly.  There are a distressing number of pieces from this die pair incorrectly labeled "O.111b Bearded Goddess" Many are O.111a's.  Overton's 111b demands more than a die break from chest to chin.  The break must continue on a northward path through Liberty's eye and headband, ending with a least a tiny spike in the cap.  I found this amazing coin at the Jan. 2018 FUN Show.  The price matched its quality.  Beware!  Once this coin is in your hand it will not make a return trip. $8,950 SOLD
1807 Early Bearded Goddess O.111a R.5 Raw VF 20 A 1.5mm spike protrudes from Liberty's chest, a precursor to the familiar chest to chin "beard."  The toning and surfaces of the coin are lovely.  I did not submit the coin for grading because of a few nicks on the reverse rim.  Look closely at the photo.  You'll find them.  Were the coin to be encapsulated it might be impossible to see these miniscule defects.  A bit of numismatic irony. $1,325 SOLD
1807 Large Stars O.114 R.3 NGC XF 45 Antique, medium grey toning througout.  Luster sparkles in the stars and through the legend.  Some striking weakness on the portrait.  Both sides exhibit full dentils.  This is a handsome coin, just right for an XF Red Book set.  The 1807 O.114 is not to be confused with the far more common 1807 O.112.  Though both have large stars, the O.112 is struck from different dies, obverse and reverse (with the 50/20 feature). $1,750 SOLD
1807 Small Stars O.113 R.2 PCGS VF 30 CAC Silver grey toning with luster through stars and most of the legend.  Soft wings are typical.  No significant marks. $1,525
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1807 Small Stars O.113a R.3 NGC AU 53 CAC Halo of blue, gold and aqua with iridescent antique-grey centers. Sharply struck obverse, the reverse better than most with softness around the eagle's head. A very pretty coin. $5,300
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1808/7 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Thoroughly original antique grey toning, obverse and reverse, a tad uneven on the obverse. Unbroken luster in the fields. $1,495
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1808/7 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 50 CAC Light toning with cartwheel luster rolling through the fields.  A sweet coin for the grade. $1,750
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1808/7 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Old Green label, used between 1993 and 1998.  Blazing luster throughout; sharply struck, with a bold overdate. Two toning spots on the reverse earmark this flashy coin. $2,850 SOLD
1809 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 53 CAC Well struck for the issue.  A blanket of natural antique grey toning will appeal to knowledgeable collectors.  Strong luster for the grade made this one an easy call for CAC. $1,150
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1809 O.104 R.5- PCGS Gen XF Details PCGS correctly spotted ancient hairlines under the  battleship-grey toning; so, "cleaned."  The eye appeal, however, is not at all shabby!  Luster flickers through the stars and legend.  The toning is even and, I suspect, natural rather than chemically induced.  All-in-all, a handsome coin -- and RARE! $575 SOLD
1809 O.105 R.2 PCGS Shield AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Charles Link, as noted on the PCGS label.  Enticing if not colorful "grey dirt" toning with a burst of underlying luster.  The soft chin and left wing are ubiquitous on this die pair.  High rims and full dentils frame this handsome coin. $1,600
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1809 III Edge O.109b R.4 PCGS AU 53 CAC Strong luster and scrumptious toning!  Aqua, gold, turquoise and rose accent the rich antique patina. Smooth fields are a bonus.  A couple of marks on Liberty's lower neck are hidden beneath the toning.  This is a "wow" coin for the Red Book collector. $2,300
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1809 III Edge O.111a R.2 PCGS AU 50 The smooth surfaces are encased in original, lightly iridescent dove-grey toning.  The central devices are well detailed despite the late die state.  Another prize for the Red Book enthusiast.  From the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection. $1,250
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1809 XXX Edge O.108a R.4 Raw AU 50 The number of AU O.108's may be counted on the fingers of one hand.  This example was cleaned.  The detail is there, but the luster is diminished.  An even blanket of medium grey toning is a bonus. $975 Sale Pending

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1810 O.103 R.2 PCGS XF 40 Richly toned.  Deep antique grey obverse, with subtle iridescence throughout; the stars are encased with sparkling luster.  The reverse, a shade lighter, features silver-grey toning and considerable luster in the fields and around the devices. $395 Sale Pending

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1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via private treaty, March 2016.  Full cartwheel luster glimmers beneath a shroud of medium grey antique toning.  Act quickly if an AU 58 1810 is on your want list.  You have lots of company! $2,950
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1811 Sm. 8 O.105a R.2 PCGS AU 53 CAC Naturally toned in shades of steel grey. Crisp, well defined dentils, obverse and reverse. $1,095
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1811 Sm. 8 O.108 R.2 PCGS Shield AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  Flashy luster, lightly toned.  Drawn stars attest to the late die state.  Pleasing surfaces.  A "rim pinch" beneath 18 of the date is Mint made - and not a "pinch."  The blank planchet failed to make a 180° rotation in the Castaing Machine.  The upshot, of course, was a failure to raise the rim in the flattened area.  This minor mint error does not affect value but certainly adds to our fascination for these products of the early Mint. $2,095
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1811 Sm. 8 O.109 R.2 PCGS Shield AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears; earlier in the collection of Charles Link, as noted on the PCGS label.  Untoned with extravagant luster; just a whisper of friction on Liberty's chin.  Lovely surfaces.  The reverse features a mass of robust die breaks.  This is a wonderful coin! $2,500 SOLD
1811/10 O.101 R.1 PCGS XF 40 CAC Light grey, darker at the peripheries.  Later die state, exhibitiing some striking weakness.  Still, solid for the grade with good eye appeal. $795
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1812 O.105a R.2 PCGS MS 61 Ex Tom Sears via private treaty in 2009; earlier in the collections of David Kahn, Mike Summers and the late James Allen.  You'll not see a prettier MS 61!  The sharp strike, immaculate surfaces and rich iridescent toning befit coins graded 2 and 3 points higher.  PCGS likely viewed toning breaks on the chin and upper breast as cabinet friction - but could not bring itself to assign an AU designation.  Be assured that this WOW coin never saw a day of circulation. $2,750 SOLD
1812 O.110 R.1 AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, from a Nov. 2010 Bowers & Merena auction.  This early date looks suspiciously like an uncirculated coin.  Untoned, with flashy luster.  The surfaces show contact marks but no real signs of circulation.  Treat this eye-catching coin as a high end AU and challenge your colleagues to find any signs of wear. $1,350
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1813 O.102 R.4 NGC AU 50. Glossy antique grey toning.  The obverse die well worn, as always, on this very scarce die pair.  Few signs of circulation -- only the high points show wear -- though I'd like a bit more luster on an AU coin. $495
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1813 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, from David Kahn in 2012.  A pretty 1813 with nice surfaces and a rich gold patina.  Luster befits the grade.  The supply of AU 1813's, for reasons unknown, falls well short of those from 1811 and 1812. $1,425
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1813 O.104 R.4 PCGS AU 58 A Condition Census piece, one of the more important coins in this offering. The 1813 O.104 is notorious on 2 counts.  First, it generally comes with a mushy strike only its mother would like.  Second, high grade examples match the scarcity of hen's teeth. This example, from the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection, is a happy exception to both rules.  The eye appeal is first rate!  Luster in the fields matches that in protected areas.  The trace of friction on Liberty's cheek is as likely to be found on an MS 62 coin as on this AU 58.  The lightly toned centers are beautifully framed with rings of album toning.  In short, the coin is a connoisseur's delight.  Consider reaching for the phone to grab this one.

This coin was sold to an advanced collector but lost in the mail on the way to its new home.  PCGS cert # 32481323.  In Feb. 2018 it was twice offered on eBay and has been recovered by  the Office of Inspector General.  Criminal prosecution is underway.
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1813 O.108 R.3 PCGS AU 58 An uncirculated coin with unbroken luster, miniscule signs of contact and a trace of cabinet friction.  The strike is first rate, the surfaces free of clash marks -- most unusual for an 1813.  A pale ring of copper toning circles the silver-toned centers.  Strong eye appeal! $3,000
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1813 O.108 R.3 PCGS AU 58 A twin to the preceding 108, this with attractive toning.  Another prize from the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection.  This date matches the 1810 in scarcity when it comes to high grade examples.  For some reason more 1811's and 1812's appear in high grade than 1813. Virtually full, unbroken luster bursts through a veneer of pastel copper toning.  The strike, surfaces and eye appeal befit the lofty grade. $3,350
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1813 O.108a R.2 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, via private treaty in March 2016 [@ $1,700 as O.107].  Virtually full luster!  Die wear influenced the PCGS graders.  Largely untoned, with a blush of pale blue and rose here and there.  Exceptionally nice surfaces. $1,375
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1814 Single Leaf O.105a R.4 Raw XF 40 Light grey with hints of luster.  The surfaces hairlined from cleaning.  Typical soft impression.  The dies failed to obliterated some roughness in the planchet and, of course, were unable to fully reproduce the top pair of leaves. $335 SOLD
1814/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 58 The stars are infused with pastel copper toning.  The untoned centers feature strong, unbroken luster.  The surfaces, of course, are rife with distinct clash marks and fabulous die breaks.  Red Book and Registry Set collectors, pay special attention.  This overdate is a devil to find in "58."


This coin was sold to an advanced collector but lost in the mail on the way to its new home.  PCGS cert # 81629942.  In Feb. 2018 it was recovered by the Office of Inspector General.  Criminal prosecution is underway.
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1814/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC The soft glow of luster graces the blemish-free surfaces.  The strike is better than most and the overdate is distinct.  The reverse is rotated 20° counterclockwise -- interesting, but not unusual. $2,575
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1815/2 O.101 R.2 PCGS VF 25 The pale blue PCGS insert pegs encapsulation between 1998 and 2002, "Generation 4.0."  The coin was acquired from Holt Rarities of Tennessee and has been in a Minnesota collection for nearly 20 years.  The coin features light silver-grey toning and generous portions of luster around all devices.  A generally soft impression must have steered PCGS away from an XF designation. $4,500
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1815/2 O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 50 OGH The green PCGS label (gen. 3.1) dates to 1993-98.  Soft luster glows beneath a deep grey patina, enriched with occasional highlights of iridescent turquoise.  Slight weakness at the top of the left wing, otherwise well struck.  Liberty's portrait and curls are sharp.  The surfaces offer the usual clash marks, but no significant signs of contact or mishandling.  A short drift mark adjoins Liberty's curls in the right field, near stars 10 and 11.  It is difficult to see under the toning and is noted for the benefit of those wishing to trace high grade examples of this charismatic date. $9,250
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1815/2 O.101a R.3 PCGS XF 40 CAC From the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection, featuring an old green PCGS label that dates encapsulation to the mid-1990's.  Lightly toned with "too much" luster for the assigned grade.  A short, vertical drift mark adjoins the tip of the left wing. Decent strike with some weakness atop the left wing.  The coin served a short hitch in commerce, retiring with no significant marks from circulation. This CAC approved key date won't last long.  Act quickly! $7,500 SOLD
1817 O.103a R.3 PCGS AU 50 CAC Ex Tom Sears via private treaty in March 2013.  Album toning through the stars and legend, otherwise untoned.  Strong luster for the grade.  This is the late die state of the popular 1817 Punctuated Date. $925
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1817 O.108 R.4 Raw XF 45 Pale grey and gold toning with underlying luster and hairlines.  The O.108 is a devil to find in higher grades.  The old cleaning is not immediately apparent.   $495
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1817 O.113 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Golden toning with crimson and orange highlights. From the Charles Link collection and so noted on the PCGS label. Earlier in the collection of Charlton E. Meyer, Jr.  Dr. Link's notes show his acquisition date, July 28, 2008. $3,495
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1817 O.113 R.2 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears via private treaty, Dec. 2012.  A simply beautiful coin!  Cartwheel luster sparks an enticing blend of gold and antique grey toning.  All 13 stars display center points. High rims, rounded dentils and well struck devices leave nothing to be desired.  This is a quality coin for a first rate collection. $1,250 Sale Pending

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1817/3 O.101 R.3 PCGS XF 40 An especially handsome example from the Minnesota collection that included the preceding VF 25 1815/2.  Ex David Kahn.  Lovely blue-grey toning in the fields, lighter on the devices.  The overdate is bold, confirming an early die state.  Nice! $1,250
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1817/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS XF 40 Luster flows through the stars, legend and around the devices. Light to medium grey toning with copper and rose highlights.  The central devices show modest striking weakness, as usual.  The 1817/3 is the strongest overdate of the series. $1,250
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1818 O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears, privately from me, May 2011.  Hard to find a luster break on this untoned, fully lustrous coin.  The surfaces display insignificant signs of handling. Nicely impressed for the late die state. $1,350 SOLD
1818 O.108 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, via David Kahn.  Lightly toned with a blush of pale gold.  Evenly struck, perfectly centered with intense luster.  Not a hint of friction in the fields.  Tough to find this date in "58!" $1,950
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1818 O.110 R.4 PCGS XF 45 Ex Tom Sears from a March 2012 B&M auction, lot 3254.  If your die variety set lacks an O.110 be assured you have company.  There are two t-o-u-g-h R.4's in 1818, the O.110 and the O.115.  Dr. Sears had to settle for this XF 45.  To be sure, it's a nice coin; but his focus has been on AU or better specimens.  This untoned example has soft luster throughout.  A couple of faint drift marks appear in the left obverse field.  No marks deserve mention. $550 SOLD
1818 O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears, privately from Matt Kleinsteuber.  Fabuous iridescent gold toning gives this 1818 exceptional eye appeal.  A bit of striking weakness on the left wing is typical.  Nice luster. $1,350 SOLD
1818 O.115 R.R.5 PCGS XF 40 Silver-grey toning, with the date, stars, legend and central devices highlighted by luster.  A short die break runs from the rim, right of date, to Liberty's lowest curls.  In later die states [O.115a] the die breaks bisects the obverse, top to bottom.  The early die state, offered here, is difficult to locate.  A dab of PVC floats on the curl behind Liberty's ear.  PCGS will remove it and reholder the coin if asked.  This is a handsome, problem-free R.5, that rested in the previous owner's collection for 30+ years.  It is the key to completing a die variety set of 1818's. $2,425
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1818/7 Lg. 8 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears via private treaty, Feb. 2002.  Stunning eye appeal!  Iridescent album toning encases the stars and legend, the centers with fiery luster.  A full, rounded curl atop Liberty's ear hallmarks the full strike. $3,500
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1819 O.108 R.3 NGC MS 62 CAC Ex George Hamilton, a 1994 purchase, housed in an old style NGC capsule.  Lovely antique grey toning with iridescent copper highlights.  For those who enjoy their coins with nice surfaces and the look of originality!  A VERY tough date to find in mint state. $3,325
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1819 O.114 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears via private treaty.  Creamy antique grey toning with flashes of iridescent color here and there.  A pretty coin.  This date is tough in choice AU! $1,850 Sale Pending

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1819 O109a R.2 PCGS Shield AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, privately from Legend Numismatics , May 2005.  Glittrering luster, the surfaces a tad busy.  Colorful album toning through the stars and legend.  An anomalous raised area to the right of stars 4-5 adds intrigue to this high grade early date. $1,650
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1819/8 Large 9 O.103a R.4 PCGS Shield AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, earlier in the collection of Charles Link and so noted on the PCGS label.  A sticky die pair and subvariety.  The early die state, O.103, is still rated R.5.  This example lacks the "flash" that we enjoy on nice AU coins; the grey patina hides much of the luster .  It will, however, appeal to those who fancy smooth surfaces and original toning.  The coin saw very little circulation. $1,500 SOLD
1819/8 Large 9 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears via an early 2016 Heritage auction.  Untoned with booming luster and lots of "flash."  The reverse is "58;" the obverse, with minor disturbances in the fields, kept this will struck overdate at the ''55" level. $925
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1820 Curl 2, Sm. Date O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 53 CAC Marvelous iridescent toning, featuring shades of copper, gold and turquoise.  This die pair generally shows weakness in Liberty's curls.  A fully struck "103" is a great rarity.  This example is typical.  The eye appeal, however, is exceptional. $1,825 SOLD
1820 Curl 2, Sm. Date O.103a R.2 PCGS XF 45 A die break bisects the lower portion of the obverse, from left of the date to the rim at star 12.  Even, medium grey toning with significant luster in all protected areas.  Though a later die state, the strike is better than most from this die pair.  Pleasing surfaces and eye appeal. $825 SOLD
1820 Sq. w/ Knob, Lg. Date O.104 R.R.4+ PCGS XF 45 A distinctly rare die marriage!  This example will not be out of place in a collection of AU bust halves.  The natural grey toning features golden highlights and a raft of underlying luster.  Recent auction records for the "104" in this grade range to $2,760 (Don Frederick's example).  Don't dally. $1,575
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1820/19 Curl 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS XF 40 OGH Housed in a holder used by PCGS, 1993-98 (Gen. 3.1).  Even pale grey toning, with luster confined to protected areas around the devices.  The surfaces display wispy hairlines but lack the marks one associates with this an XF coin.  The curl base overdate generally comes with softness in the obverse portrait.  This example is a notch better than most; the reverse is sharply impressed. $795 SOLD
1820/19 Curl 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS XF 45 CAC Even, medium antique grey toning bespeaks originality.  Decent luster through the stars, legend and around devices, esp. on the reverse.  CAC appreciated the quality.  You will too. $1,125 Sale Pending

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1820/19 Curl 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Similar to last -- strong luster beneath a gloss of antique grey toning.  The reverse is especially nice.   $3,950
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1820/19 Curl 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 This and the following coin are virtual twins, acquired from the same source.  They are similarly toned, with beguling looks of originality. This example sports iridescent  turquoise highlights through most stars and much of the legend.  Nearly full luster under the natural toning. $3,950
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1820/19 Sq. Base 2 O.101 R.2 PCGS 58 Even, silver-grey toning.  Deep, undisturbed luster.  Difficult to locate the friction on this one.  Would grade mint state on another day.  The square based 2 overdate is trickier to find than its curl 2 sibling.  Don't hesitate if this is on your want list! $3,950
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1821 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears.  A ring of intense copper toning, punctuated with a splash of electric blue, encases the stars and legend.  The brilliant centers exude luster.  Friction is confined to the obverse portrait; the reverse appears uncirculated.  This is a high-end "55," picked up at a Heritage auction in Feb. 2005. $1,750 Sale Pending

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1821 O.101a R.1 PCGS VF 30 Antique grey with hints of luster throughout.  A bit of dirt on the surfaces attests to originality.  Low mintage date. $175
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1821 O.104 R.1 PCGS AU 50 An original example of this scarce date.  Evenly toned with soft luster.  Some striking weakness on the portrait; all else is first rate. $425
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1821 O.105a R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears, privately from your cataloguer in Jan. 2013.  Brilliant, untoned with full cartwheel luster.  All 13 stars with center-points!  A top flight example of this scarce date. $2,250
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1821 O.105a R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Davignon.  Bold, unbroken luster confirms the grade.  Subtle turquoise iridescence is a nice bonus.  There is a trace of friction on the cheek.  The reverse appears UNC.  Here is a dandy coin for a date or type collector. $2,100 SOLD
1822 O.108a R.3 PCGS MS 62 Ex Tom Sears.  Richly toned, the peripheries enhanced by iridescent flashes of copper, gold and aqua.  More than decent strike despite the later die state. $2,100 SOLD
1822 O.115 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, acquired privately, July 2010.  The obverse features a thin blanket of medium grey toning.  The reverse somewhat lighter.  Nearly full luster. $1,650
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1823 O.104 R.3 PCGS AU 50 A virtual twin to the earlier offered 1821 O.104.  Natually toned with decent luster.  A double profile is a common feature of bust halves struck in 1823. $325
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1823 O.105 R.1 PCGS Shield AU 58 Ex Tom Sears via your cataloguer Feb. 2014.  Blinding luster!  Untoned save for a thin ring of copper art the peripheries.  A trace of friction on the portrait.  Nowhere else.  A first rate "58." $1,950
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1823 O.105 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Virtually full luster with faint rub on the portrait.  Silver centers with a couple of arcs of album toning, obverse and reverse.  A flashy coin for the high-grade date or die variety collector.  Bargain priced, but I bought it right. $1,250
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1823 O.107 R.2 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears.  Light silver toning, a tad uneven on the obverse.  The reverse may be UNC.  A light horizontal drift mark, as made, is seen above Liberty's breast and may have cost this one "58" status. $625
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1823 O.109 R.5+ PCGS VF 30 From a Minnesota collection, Ex John Tidwell.  Even light grey with hints of luster in protected areas.  Moderately busy surfaces but free of significant marks.  The `23-109 is a killer R.5 with auction records to prove it.  This one is bargain priced.  Don't delay! $1,950
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1823 O.109 R.5+ PCGS Shield VF 30 Ex Tom Sears, acquired privately at the 2016 FUN Show.  A killer R.5, with notable auction records.  I've scored but 1 cherry in 36 years!  Somewhat cloudy deep grey toning.  Near mark-free surfaces.  You'll have no quarrel with the sharpness grade.  Magnificent die breaks and a significant double-profile contribute to the intrigue of this RARE die pair. $1,500 Sale Pending

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1823 O.111a R.2 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, acquired privately in 2006.  A well struck, untoned beauty with lovely surfaces.  Bare traces of friction.  Another high-end "55." $695
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1823 O.112 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Ex Tom Sears, from Jason Carter, June 2002.  A beautifully impressed 1823; untoned with spectacular cartwheel luster.  Virtually no signs of contact.  This is a showpiece coin for your date collection. $2,400
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1823 Broken 3 O.101 R.3 PCGS AU 53 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Soft luster throughout.  Light grey toning.  The centers decently impressed.  A paradigm for the assigned grade. The "broken 3" remains a favorite of Overton, Red Book and registry set collectors.  PCGS suggests a retail price of $2,850.  Don't delay on this one! $2,495
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1824 O.104 R.2 PCGS XF 45 A "meaty," problem-free coin with original grey toning.  The grade is just right. $280
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1824 O.114 R.5- PCGS AU 50 Ex Tom Sears, earlier in the collection of David Kahn, acquired privately in July 2011.  This is an important coin.  The rarity rating has fallen mightly from Al Overton's R.8 designation in 1971.  The newcomers, however, are flooded with lower grade, problem pieces.  An AU O.114 is an elusive prize.  This untoned, lustrous example will grace an important collection.  The surfaces are a tad "busy" or one might argue for a higher grade.  The strike, of course, is blunt, obverse and reverse.  Each die saw prior use: the reverse on the 1823 O.106/106a, the obverse on the common 1824 O.113.  Consider a phone call if you want this one! $1,350 SOLD
1824 O.116 R.3 PCGS MS 62 A blast of luster greets the eye.  Untoned, save for a spot of pale rose at star 1.  Well struck, with Liberty's curls on proud display.  Nifty surfaces contribute to the eye appeal.  Here is an 1824 with terrific "flash." $1,775
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1824 O.117 R.1 PCGS MS 63 CAC Ex Tom Sears, from Dave Olmstead (Alpine Coins) at the 2008 FUN Show.  A veneer of silver-blue-grey toning is of ancient origin.  It appealed to CAC and will appeal to you.  The surfaces are exceptionally nice, fully justifying the lofty grade. $2,500 SOLD
1824 Double Struck O.117 R.1 NGC AU 55

Ex Robinson S. Brown, Jr., noted on the NGC label.  A loose obverse die struck the coin before it was ejected from the coining chamber, leaving a trail of incused dentils alongside the inner points of stars 11-13.  Mike Summers spotted the double strike and came away with it when I sold the Brown collection in 1995.  The consignor acquired it from Peter Wesp who had pried it from the Summers collection in 1996.  The coin is lovely!  The toning and surfaces are simply scrumptious.  No effort has been made to cross it to PCGS.  For the past 22 years it has been housed in the same “fattie” NGC holder.  Give this one an A+ for eye appeal, throw in the striking error, a distinguished provenance and pounce.  This one is a bargain!

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1824/4 O.109 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC Ex Tom Sears, privately from your cataloguer, May 2008.  An ancient crust of silver toning protects the surfaces of this fully lustrous coin.  A faint double profile is common on this popular Red Book variety.  The "recut 4" die pairs of 1824 remain in demand.  This is a nice one! $3,500
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1824/4 O.110 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Silver and russet centers with gold and turquoise album toning through the stars and legend.  The surfaces are free of distractions.  A distinct Red Book variety; just 2 of 17 die pairs for the year feature the recut 4. You will like the eye appeal! $2,150 SOLD
1825 O.102 R.1 PCGS MS 62 Subtle blue iridescence, with hints of rose, lend an ethereal look to this gorgeous 1825.  The smooth fields are utterly free of contact marks.  Another "wow" MS 62! $1,975
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1825 O.106 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, earlier in the collections of Henry Hilgard, Gehring Prouty and Tim Osborne - a Murderer's Row of respected bust half collectors.  The coin was lot 47 in MB 43, Aug. 2016, described as follows: A stunning, untoned coin with blinding luster.  The strike and surfaces are all one might hope for.  The reverse is surely uncirculated; the obverse with but a trace of friction on the portrait.  Tom was the winner at $1,375 $1,350
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1825 O.113 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Soft silver-grey with virtually unbroken luster.  Decently struck with nice surfaces.  The CAC sticker was awarded with room to spare. $575
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1825 O.114 R.1 PCGS AU 53 OGH Housed in a 1st generation PCGS holder circa 1986-89, a green label "rattler."  Untoned and fully lustrous, the quality we expect of today's AU 55's or low-end 58's.  The surfaces are unquestionably choice.  A prize from the dawn of slabbed bust halves. $795
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1826 O.102 R.1 PCGS MS 62 Ex Tom Sears.  Antique grey with iridescent gold, copper and turquoise highlights through the stars and legend.  A handsome coin with nice surfaces and original toning. $1,950
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1826 O.105 R.3 PCGS Shield AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  Raucous toning in shades of blue, turquoise and gold is this coin's selling point.  Tom couldn't resist when it appeared in the case of Eye Appealing Coins (Ray and Phil Hinkleman) in early 2016.  The coin may have a bit more wear than the usual AU 58, but its color provides adequate compensation. $1,150
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1826 O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears from a 2006 Heritage auction as NGC MS 61.  NGC label accompanies.  Gorgeous pale gold toning with a splash of electric blue and gold through AMERICA.  Intense luster befits that of a choice UNC bust half.  A smidgen of rub on the cheek kept this one at an affordable level. $1,495 Sale Pending

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1826 O.109 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears from your cataloguer, Aug. 2016.  Untoned with full if not intense cartwheel luster.  Decent strike and very nice surfaces. $925
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1826 O.114 R.4+ PCGS MS 63 Ex Charlton Meyer, James Ross and Charles Link.  Housed in a green label PCGS holder that predates Charlton Meyer's acquisition from me in Sept. 1991, then the finest known example of this rare die marriage.  A protective crust of antique auburn toning took decades to develop.  Cakey luster rolls, undisturbed, beneath the patina.  The surfaces are smooth as glass save for an ancient scuff near the olive stem and denomination.  At the August 2008 ANA Convention it was among the rarities from the Meyer Collection offered for private sale.  James Ross was pleased to take it home at $4,950.  He later traded it to Dr. Charles Link.  (Link now owns the NGC MS 64 offered by Heritage in its Jan. 2008 FUN Show sale, lot 1494.  It later crossed to an MS 64 PCGS holder.)  The originality of the current offering puts it in the horserace for win, place or show in the Condition Census. $4,495
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1826 O.118a R.1 PCGS AU 53 CAC Silver-grey toning, infused with golden highlights.  Good luster.  Late die state explains softness in the left wing. $395 Sale Pending

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1826 O.120a R.3 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears from Dave Kahn, May 2013.  Beautifully toned in shades of deep blue, pale rose and turquoise.  Friction confined to high points.  Pretty! $750
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1827 Curl Base 2 O.146 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Ex Tom Sears from Heritage's April 2017 auction @ $2,820.  Pale gold toning with a balanced strike and not a hint of rub.  UNC examples of the Curl Base 2 remain scarce and in demand. $2,500
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.106 R.2 NGC AU 55 Even, medium grey glossy toning.  Short on luster for a 55 and priced accordingly.  No other problems. $360
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.106 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears and Dale Heisler via David Kahn, Jan. 2012.  Superb, rich antique grey toning with coloful, iridescent highlights.  Strong strike.  Perfect for a date or type set. $675 SOLD
1827 Sq. Base 2 O.117 R.3 PCGS Shield AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, earlier in the Robinson S. Brown, Jr. collection as NGC AU 58.  The NGC label, noting the Brown provenance, accompanies.  Album toning is stronger on the obverse, the centers untoned with adequate luster for a "55."  Well struck portrait except for folds in the cap and lower drapery. $675
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.131 R.2 PCGS Shield AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via David Kahn, June 2015.  Original, antique grey toning.  Caky, unbroken luster in the fields. Beautiful detail in Liberty's curls.  A connoisseur's piece. $1,175
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.134 R.4 PCGS Shield AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears, from Dr. Glenn Peterson who acquired the piece from your cataloguer in 2007.  Ancient dove-grey toning protects the lustrous surfaces and nicely impressed devices.  A high-end "55" with exceptional appeal to those who covet originality.  Moderately scarce R.4 $675 SOLD
1827 Sq. Base 2 O.135 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears from your cataloguer, privately.  Silver-grey with strong luster.  Later die state, soft at the rims with decently impressed central devices.  Cherry pickers know that this obverse later appeared on the rare 1827 O.124. $1,050
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.137 R.6 PCGS Gen. F. Details One of the great rarities in the Capped Bust series, missing in all but the most advanced collections.  For the past 35 years I've watched the population of the 1827 O.137 and 1817 O.104 march in tandem from less than 10 pieces known to their current populations of just over 20.  The 137 is invariably soft, obverse and reverse.  The obverse die lost detail after service on the O.136.  The 137 reverse was resurrected from an earlier year where it appeared on the 1825 O.109, another well known rarity.  This well circulated example has a number of light scratches, obverse and reverse.  They blend with the natural grey toning but prevented the coin from receiving an unqualified grade at PCGS.  Treat them as a blessing -- the coin is now within your price range. $2,100
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.142 R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via Heritage during the 2017 ANA Convention.  Blinding luster throughout.  Just a whisper of toning alongside stars 1-7.  The strike is first rate.  Nifty coin for the date or type collector. $1,175
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.144 R.5+ Raw VF 20 Ex Mike Marker and Lorene Farnsworth, two early members of the BHNC.  Farnsworth acquired the coin from Marker in 1997 as VF 25, paying $2,150.  I purchased the Farnsworth collection intact in 2007 and salted away some of her notable rarities.  This is the coin's first offering in over 20 years.  The coin has been cleaned, not harshly; it could pass muster at the grading services, but I'd say odds against.  High rims, and sharp dentils contrast with softness in the central devices - typical of this rarity.  A reasonable amount of luster survives, enough to support a higher grade. $875 Sale Pending

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1827/6 O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  The lustrous, untoned centers are framed by a thin ring of iridescent copper toning.  The overdate feature is unusually strong, suggesting an early die state. $1,500
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1827/6 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Lightly toned.  The luster, though unbroken, is more subdued than the ensuing 1827/6.  No significant marks. $1,200 SOLD
1827/6 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Even, pale gold toning over vibrant luster. Decent strike.  One contact mark on Liberty's neck, nearly hidden by her curls.  Smooth fields. $1,200 SOLD
1828 Curl 2 No Knob O.102 R.2 PCGS MS 63 Ex Tom Sears from an Aug. 2012 Heritage auction.  Original, silver-grey patina, a bit mottled on the obverse.  A solid, uncirculated coin with a razor sharp portrait and eagle.  Weakness in the stars and lowest drapery lines is standard for the issue. $2,450
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.111 R.4 PCGS XF 45 Ex Tom Sears, earlier in the collection of Jules Reiver as NGC AU 50.  The NGC label, noting the Reiver provenance, accompanies.  Lightly toned with good luster for a "45."  Busy surfaces contributed to the PCGS downgrade.  The O.111 die pair is genuinely scarce, esp. in higher grades.  I would argue for an R.4+ rarity rating.  The coin brought $345 in Heritage's Jan. 2006 sale of the Reiver collection, lot 23076. $350
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.112 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  Fully struck centers with complete, crisp dentils.  Some stars lack center points.  A veneer of natural grey toning, infused with subtle rose and blue highlights, yields strong eye appeal.   $1,325
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.114 R.3 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, earlier in the fabled collection of Charlton Meyer (who acquired the coin from BHNC notable Dr. Ivan Leaman).  Bold, bold, bold luster!  Untoned and well struck. $625 SOLD
1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.120 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Mostly brilliant centers; the peripheries with remnants of ancient toning.  The coin was dipped but NOT cleaned.  Flashy luster befits the grade. $525
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.122 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, from your cataloguer, privately.  A flashy coin.  Untoned except for a swath of light charcoal through stars 8-10.  Early die state, with the beginnings of the familiar die break between stars 5-6.  All devices sharply struck. $950
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1828 Sq.2, Sm.8's, Lg. Lt. O.113 R.3 PCGS VF 35 Untoned, the surfaces lightly wiped though infused with a grandiose helping of luster.  Portions of the central devices are softly struck.  The PCGS label incorrectly notes, "Large 8's." $150 SOLD
1829 O.105 R.1 PCGS MS 62 CAC Sharply struck, obverse and reverse.  Mint frost mingles with remnants of prooflike surfaces, esp. on the reverse.  A pleasing crust of light, antique grey toning will entice advanced collectors.   $1,550
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1829 O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  A ring of album toning is a bonus to this high grade 1829.  Short die lines, right of the date, appear on early die states and signal a well struck example of this common die pair.  It is worth noting, however, that the obverse die appears in a later die state on the prohibitively rare O.120 (only 3 known examples). $875
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1829 O.114 R.3 ANACS MS 61 Smooth surfaces coated with medium grey toning, kissed with pale rose iridescence.  Well struck and not a hint of friction. $975
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1829 O.115 R.1 PCGS XF 45 CAC Soft luster under a blanket of even, medium to dark antique grey toning.  A sweet coin for the grade. $295
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1829 O.116 R.3 PCGS Shield MS 63 Ex Tom Sears, from Alpine Numismatics in 2003.  Raucous cartwheel luster befits the grade.  Very lightly toned.  The surfaces are immaculate.  Early die state, though not without subtle weakness in the left wing and motto above - characteristics of the die pair.  Compare the Overton plate coin. $2,500
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1830 Sm.0 O.108 R.1 PCGS XF 40 Light to medium grey toning.  Some luster in protected areas.  No problems. $145 SOLD
1830 Sm.0 O.111 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via your cataloguer; earlier in the Green/Newman collection as NGC AU 58 where (as guest cataloguer of Newman's bust halves) I described the coin: Deep steel-gray centers cede to forest-green fields and orange-gold margins. The cheek and curls display minor wear. Smooth aside from moderate marks near the 0 in the date.  The coin brought $1,645 in Nov. 2013.  The NGC label accompanies. $1,250 SOLD
1830 Sm.0 O.112a R.4+ PCGS AU 50 Ex Tom Sears via private sale in July 2008.  This is a very sticky die pair.  This lightly toned example of the later die state has drawn stars and weak obverse dentils, products of the worn die.  The reverse, as usual, is decently impressed.  Luster survives in the slightly busy fields.  No contact or handling marks require mention.   $475
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1830 Sm.0 O.113 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC Once dipped, now with light toning that includes golden iridescence on the reverse. Strong, flashy luster and a crisp strike make this a winner for the date or type collector. $1,775 Sale Pending

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1830 Sm.0 O.116 R.2 PCGS AU 50 Silver-grey, darker at the peripheries with speckels.  Very smooth surfaces, suggesting brief circulation and careful storage.   $350
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1830 Sm.0 O.117 R.2 PCGS XF 40 Pretty toning, a lovely blend of turquoise, gold, pale rose and antique grey.  Luster surrounds the stars and legend.  Undergraded? $195 SOLD
1830 Sm.0 O.118 R.3 PCGS XF 40 Similar to last, with extra luster.  Attractive, glossy grey toning. $145 SOLD
1831 O.101 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC A crust of grey dirt cannot hide the underlying luster. Reverse die rotated 25°, not uncommon in the capped bust series. $1,595
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1831 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Cakey luster rolls across the untoned surfaces.  Just a hint of friction on the cheek.  Decent strike, with full motto.  On another day this one would grade MS 62.  A great coin for the date or type collector. $1,095 SOLD
1831 O.103 R.1 PCGS MS 62 CAC Pale gold toning, nice luster and well struck.  Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Minuscule signs of contact.  Students will note the 3-dot signature of the ejection mechanism and faint roller marks.  (Planchet strips were "rolled" to proper thickness.  Blanks cut from the strips sometimes carried an imprint of the rolling machine.)  These mint made curiosities, similar to clash marks, do not affect value.  Superior eye appeal, well deserving of the little green bean applied by CAC. $1,325
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1831 O.104 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Thick grey/gold toning. Mark-free surfaces. $750 SOLD
1831 O.105 R.3 PCGS MS 63 OGH Ex Tom Sears; acquired privately in Feb. 2009.  Pale grey with hints of pastel iridescence on the obverse; the reverse darker with orange highlights.  Both sides with strong cartwheel luster.  Dies lines around tip of the bust confirm an early die state; the familiar trio of dots on upper beast (from ejection mechanism) and planchet roughness right of 50C are mint-made.  Exceptionally smooth surfaces.  A pretty coin, housed in a PCGS generation 3.1 holder with old green label. $2,400
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1831 O.109 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears.  Light to medium grey toning, somewhat mottled.  Good luster, smooth surfaces.  Common date and variety for the date or type collector. $875
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1831 O.113 R.4 AU Ex Tom Sears.  The PCGS label identifies the scarce Overton variety and notes "cleaning -- AU details."  The latter qualification must have been a disappointment to the submitter.  Though brilliant from dipping, the surfaces were only lightly wiped and might well have passed muster in the grading room.  An unobtrusive planchet imperfection atop the left wing may have influenced the graders.  In all events, the coin is a solid AU with virtually no contact marks. $275
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1831 O.115 R.4 PCGS AU 53 Ex Tom Sears, from David Finkelstein, July 2010.  Light grey with soft luster flowing through the fields and over the devices.  Both dies saw prior use.  This die pair always appears with weak rims and indistinct dentils.  Scarce! $375
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1831 O.117 R.4 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears, with an illustrious provenance.  In order: Don Frederick to Gerald Schertz to Gehring Prouty to Mike Summers to David Kahn.  Sears purchased the coin from Richard Irons in Jan. 2012.  Colorful iridescent toning is another plus.  The obverse die is in its 1st use; the reverse die saw earlier use on the 1831 O.116 and rarely appears (on the O.117) with full dentils.  This piece is a nice exception.  Don't be shy if you need this die pair! $725 Sale Pending

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1831 O.119 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, from Brad Karoleff in Jan. 2011.  Earlier in the fabled collection of Gehring Prouty.  The caky luster is encrusted with beautiful gold and aqua highlights.  A trio of ejection marks in the lower left field are mint made.  The fields are otherwise immaculate.  One linear contact mark on Liberty's cheek will serve as a marker for this lovely coin. $1,150
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 53 Even, medium grey toning.  Iridescent sunset colors run through the stars.  Soft luster throughout.  An archetype AU 53. $375 SOLD
1832 Sm. Lets. O.106 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Rose highlights enhance the toning. Superb surfaces. $375
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.112 R.2 PCGS AU 50 So-called Dash Date.  Full cartwheel, the luster slightly subdued.  Light grey.  Very nice surfaces. $320 SOLD
1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Soft, unbroken luster.  Silver-grey toning with a blush of turquoise iridescence through the legend.  Remnants of a fingerprint linger in the field behind Liberty's head - a welcome sign of originality!  From MB 40, lot 76 , Jan. 2015. $475
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the Eric P. Newman Collection, ex Col. Green, as noted on the PCGS label. Light rub on the cheek, the remainder with deep, undisturbed luster. Strong cartwheel beneath the lovely kraft envelope toning. Lot 33656 of the Newman sale as NGC AU 58 CAC @ $1,527.  NGC label and Newman envelope accompany. $1,500
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  Light to medium grey toning.  Smooth surfaces.  Thick luster in the fields. $925
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.122 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Caky luster and lovely surfaces owe much to a protective patina of “grey dirt.”  Well struck central devices are a nice plus.  This is a coin for the connoisseur.  Ex MB 30, lot 35, March 2005 as NGC AU 58.   $975
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1833 O.106 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Lightly toned with superb surfaces.  Full, deep, unbroken luster.  Late die state, hallmarked by shallow rims.  The central devices, however, are well struck.  Prompted by a die line that joins Liberty's lips Al Overton called this the "laced lips" variety.  The die line disappears in later die states, as here. $1,375
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1833 O.107 R.3 NGC AU 55 Medium grey toning, decent luster throughout.  Struck from worn dies.  The surfaces are exceptionally nice. $350
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1833 O.115 R.5+ PCGS Gen. VF Details The PCGS label correctly notes "cleaned."  With a loupe you'll see hairlines and some roughness under the natural light to medium grey toning.  You won't be disappointed in the eye appeal.  This is the "stopper" for those hoping to complete a set of 1833's.  Ex BHNC stalwart Van Harvey who passed away, too young, 3 years ago. $775
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1834 Lg. Dt, Sm. Lets O.108 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Ex Jules Reiver, noted on the PCGS label; later in the collection of Keith Davignon.  Reiver's envelope accompanies, noting his purchase at a Heritage auction, June 6, 1986.  Natural grey toning with gentle cartwheel luster.  The centers are sharply struck. $795
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.109 R.1 PCGS MS 63 OGH The green PCGS label dates to 1989-93.  Delicate silver-grey toning blankets the fields and sharply struck devices.  Virtually no signs of contact or handling. $1,650 SOLD
1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.113 R.1 PCGS MS 62 A beautiful coin, richly toned in subtle shades of rose and turquoise.  Give this one a solid "A" for eye appeal.  Here is a wonderful type coin. $1,250
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.114 R.1 NGC AU 50 Even light grey toning.  Soft luster.  Some striking weakness.  Nice surfaces. $310
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.116 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Ex Keith Davignon.  Acquired at Heritage's Platinum Night session of its 2012 FUN Show Sale, lot 3536.  Shimmering luster under a crust of amber toning.  Immaculate surfaces save for the oft seen dots impressed by the ejection arm of the coining press, above and right of the date.   $1,950
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1835 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Keith Davignon.  Original!  The epitome of "grey dirt," with full luster beneath the protective patina.  Just a whisper of rub on the portrait.  Beautifully impressed throughout; the pristine fields are utterly free of contact.  Short of a select or gem unc I cannot imagine a more desirable example of the date.   $1,250
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1835 O.104 R.3 PCGS AU 50 Glossy medium grey.  Pleasing surfaces.  A handsome coin though not "flashy."   $375
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1835 O.108 R.1 PCGS XF 45 Light iridescence highlights the glossy medium grey toning.  From an old time Minnesota collection.  You'll like the eye appeal! $275
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1836 50/00 O.116 R.2 PCGS XF 40 Even, medium grey toning.  Hnts of luster in protected areas.  The underlying 0, though never bold, is readily visible. The PCGS label omits the 50/00 feature. $395
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1836 Bar Dot O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Superb "grey dirt" coats the fully lustrous surfaces.  Smooth surfaces except for a disturbance above Liberty's cap.  Sharp dot, right of the 6 in the date.  From an old-time date set of raw coins. $395 SOLD
1836 Bar Dot O.121 R.5+ PCGS Gen XF Details Hairlined under medium grey toning, lighter on the devices.  The coin is attractive and decently impressed.  Very few marks.  This die pair is a classic rarity, stubbornly refusing to give up its R.5+ status.  Decent VF's start at $2,000.  An XF example will bring twice that.  Here is a chance to complete your 1836's without breaking the bank.  Ex Van Harvey. $1,795
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1836 Bar Dot O.122 R.2 PCGS AU 55 Untoned with nearly full luster.  Stray hairlines are from a day or two of circulation.  A 55 with exceptional "flash." $465 Sale Pending

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1836 Beaded Border O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 53 Ex Gehring Prouty; his personal tag notes a purchase (from "S. Downey") during the Jan. 1994 FUN Show.  Graded this week after surfacing, still raw, at the recent Denver ANA.  Scarce late die state, with soft rims and a pair of swirling reverse die breaks.  Lovely, antique grey patina; soft cartwheel luster and nice surfaces. $495 SOLD
Capped Bust Half Dimes, 1829-1837
1829 10¢ Sm ¢ JR-6 R.3 PCGS MS 63 Ex David Davis, as noted on the PCGS label. A piece with the comforting look of originality. Luster rolls under the protective crust of silver-grey toning. From Bowers & Merena's Aug. 2012 ANA sale of the Davis Collection, lot 5436. Lot tag and Davis' envelope accompany. PCGS lists but one example of this die pair graded in MS 63, none higher. Stack's/Bowers suggested it was #2 in the Condition Census. $2,425
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Draped Bust Quarters, 1796-1807
1805 25¢ B-2 R.2 PCGS F 15 From the Eric P. Newman Collection, ex Col. Green, as noted on the PCGS label. Richly toned in shades of antique grey, the surfaces mildly reflective. Ubiquitous striking weaknesses at RT of LIBERTY and in the upper clouds account for a truly modest grade. Detail in the drapery lines and in the eagle's wing feathers bespeak VF. Lot 33165 from the Nov. 2013 Newman Sale @ $1,645. Newman's kraft envelope accompanies, noting his purchase price, $12.50! $1,450
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Draped Bust Dollars, 1795-1804
1800 AMERICAI B-19 R.1 PCGS XF 40 Light grey with the usual assortment of circulation ticks, none worth mention. A wholesome example of this well known Red Book variety. $4,875
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Miscellaneous
1860 H10¢ Judd-267 PCGS MS 66 CAC One of the few US Patterns familiar to non-collectors of the series. It is known as The Coin without a Country as neither side includes the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This transitional pattern resulted from the Mint's decision to move the legend from the reverse to the obverse. Anthony Paquet's 1859 seated liberty figure is paired with James Longacre's new reverse. Neither design incorporated the legend. About 100 pieces are known, many in high grade as they were not coined for circulation. The Simpson coin, PCGS MS 68, is the finest; it may be viewed HERE. All examples show areas of striking weakness. This example last appeared in Stack's/Bowers 2014 Americana Sale. It is semi-prooflike with indescribably pretty toning, likely imparted by storage in tissue paper. As with all coins in this offering it comes with a 5-day return privilege. Beware -- once the coin is in your hands you will NOT let loose of it! $9,200
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Sheridan Downey, Numismatist
Oakland, California
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