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Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Half-Dollars, 1801-1807
1801 O.101 R.3 PCGS XF 40 PRICE REDUCED!
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.
$4,950
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1803 Large 3, Lg. Rev. Stars O.103 R.3 PCGS XF 40 PRICE REDUCED!
Balanced strike with even, natural grey toning.  No significant marks.  Spot-on for the grade.  PCGS Price Guide tells us $2,050.  Let's try something less.
$1,695
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1805 O.104a, T.10 R.6+ PCGS VG 08 PRICE REDUCED!
With 13 or 14 known specimens, this die state [Tompkins' DS-5] barely escapes an R.7 rarity rating.  Aside from the Jules Reiver specimen (that sold instantly) I've not handled an example since the Meyer VF sold for $6,750 in 2008.  Until the appearance of this coin there was but one auction offering in the past decade, a dismal looking piece graded F.12 by ANACS at $5,000 in June 2012.  Barry Broyde's F.12 was a steal last November, selling for $2,400.  This offering features 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 who covet early US coins with magnificent cuds.
$2,495
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1805 O.112 R.2 PCGS Gold ShieldXF 40 NEW
Lovely, original antique grey toning.  Luster in protected areas, especially through the stars and legend.  The surfaces are immaculate.  An ideal coin for the collector needing an XF for his or her date of type collection.  Another eye-appealing coin from the estate of  Barry Broyde.
$2,250
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1806 Pt.6 No Stem O.109 R.1 PCGS AU 50 PRICE REDUCED!
Antique grey toning, a bit lighter on the reverse. Soft luster enlivens the devices. This is a common variety, suitable for a high grade type set.
$2,250
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1806 Pt. 6 with stem, Large Stars O.110, T.10 R.6 PCGS Fair 2 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 your 1806's?  Here is your chance, at a manageable price. $495
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1806 E over A O.124 R.6 PCGS VG 08 PRICE REDUCED!
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.
$2,395
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1807 O.105 R.1 PCGS VF 30 CAC Original 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 PRICE REDUCED!
Somewhat irregular smoky grey toning infused with pale russet iridescence and a surprising dose of mint luster. From the James Ross Collection.
$625
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Capped Bust Half-Dollars, 1807-1836
1807 Lg. Stars 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Silver-grey with abundant luster to support the AU designation.  The reverse rims show some weakness; the central devices are decently impressed.  In all, a wholesome, eye-appealing example of this first year of issue.  From the collection of the late Van Harvey, an early member of the Bust Half Nut Club. $1,700
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1807 Lg. Stars 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. $1,700
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1807 Lg. Stars 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 53 Pale blue and gold iridescence enhances the natural grey toning.  Good luster.  Pretty coin! $2,250
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1808/7 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Thoroughly original antique grey toning, obverse and reverse. Unbroken luster in the fields.  Attractive iridescence through the stars and legend. $1,395 SOLD
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 VF 20 Natural silver and grey toning.  Hints of luster throughout.  Standard striking weakness at the left wing.  No surfaces problems.  Solid for the grade. $325
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1808 O.102a R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC PRICE REDUCED!
Simply gorgeous!  Soft sunset colors blend with the antique grey toning.  Luster dances under the toning.  Iridescent streaks of turquoise and gold frame the stars and legend.  An 1808 with eye appeal deserves attention.  You won't be disappointed.
$2,400
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1809 XXX Edge O.102 R.1 PCGS Gold Shield VF 35 Handsomely toned in natural grey with iridescent turquoise highlights at the lower obverse peripheries.  Sharply impressed obverse, indicative of the early die state.  The XXX edge appears only on these early die states of the O.102.  The reverse die was in its 3rd use, after the 1809 O.101 and 110.  The R.1 rarity rating of the die pair has no relation to the scarcity of examples with the XXX edge.  I'd venture R.4+ or R.5 if we confine our search to those with the "experimental edge." $825
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1809 III Edge O.109a R.2 PCGS AU 50 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Tom Sears.  Evenly toned, light grey with hints of pale gold;  smooth surfaces and loads of luster.  A first rate "AU 50."
$1,275
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1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS MS 61 PRICE REDUCED!
An original bust half with a handsome “grey dirt” obverse and an outrageously colorful reverse that features shades of magenta and crimson.  Weak rims suggest a late die state.  The central devices, however, are decently impressed.  Recently removed from an NGC MS 62 capsule.  (The NGC label accompanies.)  From Heritage’s 1999 FUN Show Sale, lot 6725.  This is a “killer” date in AU and UNC.
$3,500
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1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC PRICE REDUCED!
Exceptional luster and "flash."  For eye appeal, a quarter notch above the scrumptious Sears coin.  Immaculate surfaces.  A minuscule toning spot over the eagle's beak will allow our posterity to identify the coin.
$3,000
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1811/10 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC NEW
Ex Tom Sears who acquired it privately following its appearance in Heritage's Oct. 31, 2016 sale in NYC, lot 5266 @ $7,050.  Even, silver-grey toning with virtually full luster.  Intermediate die state; the centers well struck - note, especially, Liberty's curls and the eagle's feathers and talons.  This CAC approved overdate will excite date, Redbook, Registry Set and die variety collectors.
$5,450
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1811/10 O.102 R.4 PCGS Gold Shield XF 40 NEW
Attractive - original - medium grey toning blankets the smooth surfaces.  This VERY scarce die pair is struck from a pair of previously used, well worn dies.  Luster surrounds the eagle and legend.  In all, a top notch XF with superior eye appeal.  From the estate of Barry Broyde.
$750 SOLD
1811 Small 8 O.106 R.3 PCGS Shield MS 62+ Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Dr. Charles Link.  Antique grey with deep, unbroken luster.  Weakness at the rims, the centers decently impressed.  Very nice surfaces. $2,775
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1811 Sm. 8 O.108 R.2 PCGS Shield AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
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.
$1,995
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1812/1 Sm. 8 O.102a R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC NEW
The only small 8 variety of 1812.  Struck from worn dies; otherwise a solid "58."  The surfaces are virtually free of contact.  Full luster with a whisper of friction on the cheek and wing tips.  A protective patina of "grey dirt" will appeal to collectors who covet originality.
$2,000
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1812/1 Sm. 8 O.102a R.2 NGC AU 55 NEW
Another prize from the Broyde estate.  Silver-grey toning oozes luster.  Later die state, thus weakness at the rims.  Note, however, the detail in the eagle's wings.  You'll have no quarrel with the choice AU designation.
$1,600 SOLD
1813 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 55 PRICE REDUCED!
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.
$1,295
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1813 O.107 R.4 PCGS AU 50 CAC "Grey dirt," a favorite of CAC and experienced collectors, graces the lustrous surfaces of this very scarce die pair.  The detail in Liberty's curls provides assurance of an early die state and precious little time in circulation.  The coin is essentially without defects, needing only a place in your collection. $825
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1813 O.108 R.3 PCGS AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
Flamboyant luster with a veneer of silver-grey toning.  Well struck centers.  Strong eye appeal.  From the collection of Rex and Cindy Phillips offered by Heritage at the Aug. 2017 ANA Convention where it brought $3,055.
$2,500
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1813 O.108a R.2 PCGS AU 55 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Tom Sears, who acquired it via private treaty in March 2016 [@ $1,700, misattributed 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.  Just a trace of wear on the high points.  AU 58?
$1,325
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1814 E over A O.108a R.1 PCGS AU 50 CAC NEW
Did you miss out on the CAC approved AU in MB 50 (lot 35 @ $3,300)?  Here is a comparable specimen.  The silver-grey toning is original; luster flows across the fields.  PCGS cannot resist downgrading this die state because of striking weakness.  Beware the R.1 rarity designation.  High grade examples of this Red Book staple are rare.
$2,900
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1814 E over A O.108a R.1 NGC XF 40 NEW
Luster befits a higher grade.  Softness, inherent in the late die state, always discourages the grading services.  For some reason the bulk of this issue, a Redbook staple, saw heavy circulation; XF or better examples are scarce.  Light grey centers with a band of russet toning through the stars and legend.  In all, a wholesome E over A, free of problems. 
$750
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1814 O.109 R.2 PCGS MS 63 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Tom Sears.  The surfaces shimmer with deep, vibrant luster.  Lightly toned with subtle iridescent hues.  Toning spot at star 4, the reverse rotated about 15°.  Smooth surfaces save for standard clash marks.  A top flight 1814 is significantly tougher to locate than those from 1811 and 1812.  PCGS tells us $4,750.
$3,350
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1815/2 O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 58 PRICE ON REQUEST
A diaphanous blanket of gold toning envelops this lustrous key date. The strike is first rate for the issue. Note, especially, the detail in Liberty's curls and the eagle's feathers. The coin never circulated. Traces of friction are confined to the chin and upper breast. Here is a sweet coin for a very special collection.  Ex Howard Sharfmann who acquired it from Stack's/Bowers in 2013.
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1817 Punctuated Date O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 55 PRICE REDUCED!
Strong cartwheel luster rolls across the smooth, untoned surfaces. The punctuation mark between 1 and 7 is sharp.  A light, vertical toning streak crosses the right side of the eagle.  Choice AU examples of this Red Book variety never go unnoticed. This one brought $4,700 in Legend's Sept. 2018 sale of The Konstantine Collection.
$3,795
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1817 Punctuated Date O.103 R.2 PCGS Gold Shield AU 55 NEW
Pale grey toning with just the right dose of cartwheel luster.  The strike is generally balanced though some weakness shows in the eagle's claws and neck.  The centers are framed by high, well separated dentils.  Having two choice AU examples of this popular Red Book variety at the same time is a rare and welcome event.
$3,650
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1817 O.110 R.2 PCGS AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Howard Sharfman registry set.  Crisply struck throughout.  Only star 2 lacks a center point.  Untoned with vibrant cartwheel luster.  Nifty coin for the date or type collector.
$1,950
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1817 O.113 R.2 Gold Shield PCGS MS 62 PRICE REDUCED!
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.  Meyer purchased the coin from me in Nov. 1999.
$3,300
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1819/8 Small 9 O.101 R.1 NGC AU 55 PRICE REDUCED!
Light toning with luster one expects of a 55.  A bit of iridescence at the rims contributes to the eye appeal.  Just one of six overdate varieties from 1819 features a small 9.  Housed in an older NGC capsule; last offered by Dave Olmstead at the Aug. 2007 ANA Convention @ $1,095.
$895
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1820/19 Curl 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
A beguling look of originality that features iridescent  turquoise through most stars and much of the legend. Nearly full luster under the natural toning.
$3,250
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1820/19 Curl Base 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Light grey centers, overlayed with a pastel gold patina, are surrounded by a halo of soothing iridescence.  Luster matches or exceeds our expectations for the grade.  The coin is well struck for the issue and essentially without faults.  Strong eye appeal earned it a CAC sticker. $2,950
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1820/19 Curl Base 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 55 NEW
Cartwheel luster is unbroken through the fields and across the devices.  A blush of pastel gold has invaded the lightly toned, smooth surfaces.  The strike in first rate.  A pretty one!
2,950
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1821 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC NEW
Light grey toning with soft luster throughout.  The reverse rotated 15° counterclockwise.  A handsome coin for the date or type collector.
$975
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1822 O.115 R.3 PCGS AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Tom Sears, acquired privately, July 2010.  The obverse features a thin blanket of medium grey toning.  The reverse somewhat lighter.  Nearly full luster.
$1,350
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1823 O.105 R.1 PCGS AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
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.
$1,025
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1823 O.109 R.5+ PCGS VF 30 PRICE REDUCED!
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!
$1,650
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1824 O.105 R.2 PCGS MS 62 NEW
Ex Charles Link; provenance and variety noted on the PCGS label.  Link acquired the coin privately in Jan. 2012.  Iridescent toning and bold luster befit a higher grade.  Link awarded this one an A- for eye appeal.  A truly high-end "62."
$1,500
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1824 O.108a R.2 PCGS AU 55 Even medium grey toning blankets nearly complete cartwheel luster.  Some softness in the obverse devices is traditional for this later die state.   You'll have no argument with the grade. $395
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1824 O.111 R.2 PCGS AU 58 NEW
Ex Charles Link; provenance and variety noted on the PCGS label.  Link acquired the coin from Keith Davignon in Sept. 2013.  Russet toning through the stars and legend frames the brilliant centers.  Exceptional luster is a match for coins graded Mint State.
$975
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1824 O.116 R.3 PCGS MS 62 PRICE REDUCED!
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."
$1,750
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1825 O.104 R.4+ PCGS AU 55 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Tom Sears.  Astute die variety collectors know the O.104 to be a tough R.4, worth a hefty premium over common die pairs.  Tom acquired this one from Dave Kahn awhile back (@ $1.200).  The smooth surfaces display an attractive blanket of antique toning.  Luster befits the grade.  In all, a coin without faults and superior eye appeal.
$995
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1825 O.110 R.2 PCGS AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
Even, medium grey toning with soft underlying luster.  Ex Dr. Charles Link and Howard Sharfman; last appearing in MB 37, lot 44, Aug. 2013, where it brought $880.  The streaks under the eagle's right wing are drift marks, a product of the imperfect refining process employed by the early Mint.
$625
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1825 O.112 R.3 PCGS Gold Shield MS 66 PRICE REDUCED!
Electrifying eye appeal!  The iridescent toning is surreal.  Dalí would approve.  So did the noted collector Jm O'Neal when he spotted the coin in Heritage's Aug. 2015 ANA Sale.  (Lot 4055 brought $17,625.)  O'Neal is the retired CEO of Frito-Lay International as well as PepsiCo Restaurants International (think Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut.).  Here is a coin that must be seen.  The accompanying photo is a mere hors d'oeuvre.  Is it the finest known of the die pair?  NGC graded the Kauffman specimen MS 66.  It is a sparkling gem, though dipped.  I'll put my money on the O'Neal coin.
$14,950
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1825 O.113 R.1 PCGS Gold Shield MS 64 NEW
An exquisite, original capped bust half-dollar.  The pristine surfaces are coated with a patina of grey dirt and subtle blue and gold highlights.  Well struck throughout.  Ex Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  Acquired privately (for $3,750) in Jan. 2014.  This one is a humdinger!
$3,000
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1825 O.114 R.1 PCGS Gold Shield MS 65 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Dale Friend
, noted on the PCGS label.  Yet another 1825 with dramatic eye appeal.  It is the PCGS CoinFacts plate coin for Overton-114 and generally considered the 2nd finest known of the die variety.  Intense cartwheel luster rolls beneath the reddish bronze and sea green toning.  Iridescent turquoise and gold enliven the stars and legend.  A beauty!
$5,525
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1825 O.114 R.1 PCGS MS 64 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Keith Davignon
.  The semi-prooflike surfaces drew Keith to this coin when he acquired it by private treaty.  Fully struck devices and the absence of clash marks suggest that the coin was one of the first struck from the O.114 die pair.  A gloss of pale gold toning enhances the eye appeal.  I note that the reverse is rotated 15° counterclockwise.   
$2,900
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1826 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Tom Sears.  The coin is a captivating steel grey with minimal friction and nearly full luster.  Nice surfaces too!
$850
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1826 O.102 R.1 PCGS MS 62 PRICE REDUCED!
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.
$1,700
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1826 O.105 R.3 PCGS Gold Shield MS 62 NEW
Caky cartwheel luster blankets the silver-grey fields and devices.  The stars sparkle with iridescent hues of turquoise and copper.  Sharply struck.  The PCGS label includes the variety and provenance, Charles Link.  Last appearing in Bowers & Merena's Jan. 2010 FUN Sale.
$1,250
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1826 O.109 R.1 PCGS AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Tom Sears from your cataloguer, Aug. 2016 @$900.  Untoned with full cartwheel luster.  Decent strike and very nice surfaces.
$850
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.118 R.3 PCGS Gold Shield MS 64 NEW
This lightly toned coin features a razor sharp strike.  Look carefully at Liberty's curls and the eagle's wings and claws.  Luster befits the grade.  Contact marks are minuscule.  Here is an ideal coin for the fastidious date, type or Red Book collector.  The coin last changed hands in Oct. 2010 at $3,250.
$2,750
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1828 Curl 2 No Knob O.102 R.2 PCGS Gold Shield MS 63 PRICE REDUCED!
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.
$2,350
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1828 Curl 2 No Knob O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC PRICE REDUCED!
Lot 63 in my Jan. 2016 FUN Show Sale, MB 42.  There described: An engaging crust of antique grey toning is surrounded by a halo of iridescent gold with flecks of copper and emerald green.  The luster and smooth surfaces are all we expect of our 58’s.  Howard Sharfman prevailed at $1,290.
$1,095
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1828 Curl 2 No Knob, Lg.8s O.103 R.2 NGC AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
Lot 180 in my Nov. 1999 MB 24 at $410.  (Ah, the good old days.)  Handsome grey toning, decent luster, well struck and perfectly centered.  The surfaces are virtually immaculate.  A nifty coin from yesteryear.
$660
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1828 Sq. Base Knob 2, Lg. 8's O.108 R.3 PCGS Gold Shield MS 64 PRICE REDUCED!
Rich antique toning with deep, deep, deep underlying luster.  The PCGS label includes the provenance, Dr. Charles Link.  The coin rates No. 3 in the Condition Census.  Overton identified 23 die pairs for 1828.  Just two feature a square base, knob 2 with large 8s.  This was lot 56 in Legend's Sept. 2018 of "The Konstantine Collection," bringing $4,113, a rare bargain in that important sale.  My personal notes emphasized the original toning and surfaces that grace this scarce Red Book variety.
$4,400
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1828 Sq. Base Knob 2, Lg. 8's O.108 R.3 PCGS MS 62 NEW
A second example.  Deep iridescent toning, 100% original though somewhat mottled.  The luster and surfaces suggest a higher grade.  As noted above, just two of 23 die pairs in 1828 feature a square base, knobbed 2 with large 8's.  Auction records reflect the demand for this Red Book variety.
$1,800
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1828 Sq. Base Knob 2, Lg. 8's O.109 R.3 NGC AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
Untoned, the luster lightly disturbed in the obverse fields.  Well struck.  Only 2 of 23 die pairs in 1828 have a square base, knob 2 with large 8s.  High grade examples carry a premium.  Last offered at my Jan. 2007 FUN Show table.
$595
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.117 R.1 PCGS Gold Shield MS 62 PRICE REDUCED!
A patina of silver-grey fails to subdue the cartwheel luster.  The strike is first rate.  As often occurs, the reverse grades a point higher than the obverse.  Look carefully at the obverse photo.  You will see that the coin was struck through a stray filament of thread (or bent wire?) that lay on the planchet, from rim below the bust to the clasp.  This minor mint error adds value for some and intrigue for all.  It was of no consequence to the PCGS graders.
$1,200
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.117a R.1 PCGS MS 63 NEW
One for you color enthusiasts.  Antique grey centers with iridescent flames of a winter fire through the stars.  The legend displays electric blue and turquoise.  Ex Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.
$2,250
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1828 Sm. Letters Reverse O.119 R.3 ANACS EF 45 Untoned with considerable luster for the assigned grade.  The surfaces are smooth though a tad busy.  This Red Book variety is represented by a single pair of dies in 1828.  High grade examples are scarce and bring a significant premium.  Last seen in Dave Olmstead's price list of March 2011. $325
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.123 Prime R.7- PCGS XF 40 NEW
Perhaps the 2nd finest known of the exceedingly rare early die state.  Ex David Kahn, Rick Irons and Dr. Charles Link.  Semi-prooflike surfaces mark the coin as among the first struck from the O.123 dies.  There is no hint of an obverse rim break nor the familiar "railroad tracks" on the reverse.  Luster dances in all protected areas.  Contact marks are consistent with the grade, the heaviest lies in front of the eagle's beak.  The PCGS Price Guide suggest $5,250 for an XF prime O.123.  Herrman's latest AMBPR lists but one PCGS graded example to have sold at auction, a Gd. 4!  Here is a true prize for the advanced collector.
$3,500
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1829/7 O.101a R.1 PCGS MS 62 NEW
Pale gold toning.  Undisturbed luster throughout.  A paradigm MS 62.
$2,000
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1829 O.108a R.3 PCGS MS 62 PRICE REDUCED!
Silver-grey toning, a bit mottled on the obverse.  Nice surfaces and decent luster.  A “no problem” MS 62.
$1,175
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1829 O.109 R.4+ PCGS Gold Shield MS 61 NEW
Ex Charles De Olden and Dr. Charles Link.  Last offered in my June 2006 sale of the De Olden collection.  Lot 99, then in an NGC MS 62 capsule.  I described the coin, in part, as follows.  "Medium steel grey with a blush of golden highlights....  Cartwheel luster radiates through the fields.... The selling point here is the originality of the coin and its placement [in the] Condition Census for the prime version of the die pair."  De Olden acquired the coin in 2005 from the late Brad Higgins.  Higgins found it in ANR's Jan. 2005 pre-FUN Show sale, lot 521.  The coin realized $1,843 fourteen years ago.  The Link provenance is noted on the PCGS label.
$1,750 SOLD
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 PRICE REDUCED!
Smooth surfaces coated with medium grey toning, kissed with pale rose iridescence.  Well struck and not a hint of friction.
$800
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1830 Sm.0 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Original! Antique grey toning with iridescent highlights. Full, caky luster.  A connoisseur's coin from Howard Sharfman's renowned Everyman Registry Set. $900
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1830 Large 0 O.122 R.1 PCGS AU 58+ CAC Light toning; full luster with sharply struck centers. Uncirculated save for cabinet friction on the cheek. Another nice coin from the Sharfman registry set. $1,100
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1831 O.101 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC PRICE REDUCED!
A crust of antique grey toning fails to hide the caky underlying luster. Reverse die rotated 25°, not uncommon in the capped bust series.  A sweet, original coin.
$1,495
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1831 O.102 R.1 PCGS Gold Shield AU 58+ CAC PRICE REDUCED!
Here is a common date and variety with all the bells and whistles.  Registry set collectors pay attention.  The coin has full luster, minimal signs of handling and a trace of friction that you’ll have to find.  I cannot.  Brilliant and untoned, the + grade and CAC sticker are well deserved.
$995
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1831 O.109 R.1 PCGS Gold Shield MS 65 A gem bust half with smooth, satiny surfaces, robust luster and spectacular iridescent toning.  The central devices are sharp.  Note the detail in Liberty's curls and eagle's feathers.  Slight weakness at the lowest drapery lines and motto opposite is typical for this die pair.  (Compare the Overton plate coin.)  A delight for the date or type collector. $5,750
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1831 O.110 R.2 PCGS MS 64 PRICE REDUCED!
Astute collectors will recognize and appreciate the "originality" of this 1831.  Careful storage over the past 189 years was required to preserve the deep, unbroken luster while encouraging a protective patina of antique grey with hints of pastel lilac and russet.  OK, the motto is weak and a stray thread lay across Liberty's bosom when the coin was struck.  All else suggests a gem designation.  Pretty!
$2,400
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1831 O.119 R.3 PCGS AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
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.
$800
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1831 O.120 R.6 PCGS Gold Shield VF 20 PRICE REDUCED!
A bulge in the left obverse field is the calling-card of this rarity.  It is easy to spot, yet only 20 or so examples have surfaced since Don Gunnett discovered the variety in 1970, immediately after Al Overton published the 2nd edition to his standard reference.  I've traced 33 auction appearances over the past 30 years.  Most are second and third appearances of the same coin.  I've yet to spot an unqualified XF encapsulated by NGC or PCGS.  The Tetenhorst-Byers-Link prooflike MS 63 Wonder Coin is the finest by far.  Charlton Meyer had a PCGS AU 50; a generously graded NGC AU 53 passed through the hands of BHNC notables Mike Summers, Charles De Olden, Troy Nelson and Keith Davignon.  An unattributed PCGS AU 55 appeared late last year and quickly found a home at this year's FUN Show.  Most of the others are cleaned, scratched, plugged, burnished or environmentally damaged.  This one has an indentation near the top of the diagnostic bulge, in front of Liberty's nose.  It is consistent with the grade.  The light to moderatly toned surfaces require no other qualification.  The overall detail is VF 25.  PCGS probably docked the coin 5 points on account of the referenced mark.  For many years veterans of the die variety wars put 3 coins in the the same basket for purposes of assessing rarity and value: the 1817 O.104, 1827 O.137 and 1831 O.120.  The 1827 O.148 has joined the group and the 1823 O.113 may soon catch up.  The owner of any of these die marriages merits respect and, yes, a touch of jealousy from his or her collecting friends.  Here is your chance to garner a claim to fame in the world of bust halves.  Ex Chris Merrill Collection.
$7,500
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.105a R.4 PCGS Gold Shield AU 58 NEW
Softly impressed, as always.  This scarce die pair was struck from worn dies.  The coin is untoned with virtually full luster.  But for the striking weakness it would have earned a Mint State designation.  Ex Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.
$850
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.106 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Tom Sears.  Gorgeous toning!  Sea green, copper, turquoise, aqua coat the surfaces.  Full luster contributed to CAC's confirmation of quality.  This is a showpiece 1832.
$1,025
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1832 Sm. Lets. Dash Date O.112 R.2 PCGS Gold Shield MS 62 PRICE REDUCED!
The dash date variety, also found on the R.7 proof-only 1832 O.123.  Even, light to medium grey toning.  Unbroken luster supports the mint state designation.
$1,275
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.114 R.4+ PCGS AU 55 PRICE REDUCED!
Untoned with blinding luster and just a trace of friction on the cheek.  Soft rims and drawn stars may have pushed the PCGS graders away from a "58" designation.  The worn obverse die (used first on the O.113) is quickly recognized by star 9: it is the only star with a center point; the others are flat.  The few contact marks are confined to Liberty's cheek.  The fields are immaculate.  This very scarce die pair commands a serious premium in higher grades.
$895
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC From MB 40, lot 76 , Jan. 2015.  The protective crust of medium grey toning yields to pastel iridescence through a few stars and most of the legend.  An ancient fingerprint in the obverse field is hard to find but confirms the originality of the coin.  This “look” is a favorite of the grading services, CAC included. $475
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Another well struck 1832.  Lightly toned with full luster.  A trace of friction on the cheek.  From Howard Sharfman's Everyman Registry Set. $850
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC PRICE REDUCED!
A magnificent bust half-dollar with original surfaces and toning, a rarity as such.  From the Eric P. Newman Collection, ex Col. Green, noted on the PCGS label. Light rub on the cheek, the remainder with deep, undisturbed cartwheel luster beneath lovely kraft envelope toning. Lot 33656 of the Newman sale as NGC AU 58 CAC @ $1,527.  If your collection lacks a coin from the Newman-Green Collection don't pass up this opportunity.  Warning -- after placing this one in your cabinet you'll want more just like it!
$1,000 SOLD
1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS Gold Shield AU 58 CAC PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  Light to medium grey toning.  Well struck with exceptionally smooth surfaces.  Thick luster in the fields.
$825
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1833 O.107 R.3 NGC AU 55 PRICE REDUCED!
Medium grey toning, decent luster throughout.  Struck from worn dies.  The surfaces are exceptionally nice.
$330
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1833 O.110a R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Tom Sears, from David Kahn Aug. 2016.  Mostly silver-grey, with an attractive splash of color through the date.  Good luster, nice surfaces full motto and strong eye appeal.
$850
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1833 O.112 R.2 PCGS MS 63 NEW
A "grey dirt" coin for the most part, certainly in terms of originality.  The protective crust is infused with delightful hues of rose and sea green.  The well struck devices and full motto are a bonus, especially for this date.  The PCGS label notes the attribution and provenance, "Link."
$1,900
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1833 O.115 R.5+ PCGS Gen. VF Details PRICE REDUCED!
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.
$675
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1834 Lg. Dt, Sm. Lets O.108 R.2 PCGS AU 58 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Jules Reiver, noted on the PCGS label; later in the collection of Keith Davignon, so you know it is pretty.  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.  Perfect coin for the date or variety.
$775
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.111 R.1 PCGS MS 63 PRICE REDUCED!
Ex Tom Sears, from Robert Zornes, privately, December 2002.  A lustrous blanket of pale gold toning suggests storage in kraft envelope.  Iridescent turquoise encases the dentils and portions of the adjoining peripheries.  The strike is first rate, making this a dandy coin for the date or type collector.
$2,100
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.113 R.1 PCGS MS 62 PRICE REDUCED!
A beautiful coin, richly toned in subtle shades of rose and turquoise. Caky luster throughout. Give this one a solid "A" for eye appeal.  Here is a wonderful type coin.
$1,175
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.114 R.1 PCGS XF 45 PRICE REDUCED!
Even light grey toning.  Soft luster.  Some striking weakness.  Nice surfaces.  Last offered as NGC AU 50 (label accompanies).  PCGS got it right.  A nifty coin for the collector building an XF date or die variety set.
$240 SOLD
1834 Sm. Date & Letters O.115 R.2 PCGS Gold Shield MS 62 NEW
Ex Stewart P. Witham, BHNC #1.  Later in the collection of Dr. Charles Link.  The PCGS label identifies both collectors.  My mentor, Elton Dosier, frequently reminded me that the Witham collection had more "true UNC's" than any other.  Here is a charming, original 1834.  Caky luster rolls through the silver-grey fields and across Liberty's cheek.  A beguiling halo of gold and aqua iridescence circles the stars.  The reverse, with slightly darker toning, is equally lustrous and original.  Lot 4933 in Heritage's Aug. 2010 sale of selections from the Witham collection.
$1,395
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1836 50/00 O.116 R.2 PCGS XF 40 PRICE REDUCED!
Even, medium grey toning.  Hints of luster in protected areas.  The underlying 0, though never bold, is readily visible. PCGS suggests a retail price of $575.  Go ahead and steal this one!
$375 SOLD
1836 without O.116a R.6 PCGS Sold Shield VF 30 NEW
Just over a dozen confirmed examples have surfaced since Jon Kern discovered the variety over 30 years ago.  Jon showed the coin to me and Don Parsley during a Long Beach Show circa 1988.  After we confirmed the attribution he sold it to Barry Broyde who held it until his death, Sept. 30, 2018.  Stack's/Bowers sold the discovery coin in its Nov. 2019 Baltimore Sale, lot 7190.  It brought $7,800 as "PCGS cleaned, UNC details."  The buyer broke it out, dolled it up a bit and consigned it to Heritage (as PCGS MS 62!) for its April 2020 "Central States" Sale.  Lot 3509 sold for $13,200.  Buyer unknown.  The present example sports a blantantly honest antique grey patina.  The glossy surfaces are unusually free of contact marks.  The sole complaint is the soft strike and skimpy detail.  Without these demerits, of course, the coin would not qualify as an O.116a.  The PCGS label carries the correct attribution.  I was thrilled to acquire the coin, a new discovery, from a Virgina collector during this year's Jan. FUN Show.
$1,200 SOLD
1836 O.117 R.3 PCGS Gold Shield MS 62 NEW
Brilliant, untoned with exceptional "flash."  The cartwheel luster is undisturbed.  Ex Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  Link purchased this coin from me during the April 2012 Central States Show.
$1,395 SOLD
1836 Bar Dot O.121 R.5+ PCGS Gen XF Details PRICE REDUCED!
Hairlines are well hidden by the attractive medium grey toning, lighter on the devices.  The coin is decently impressed with very few marks. The `36-121 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.
$1,500
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Draped Bust Dimes, 1796-1807
1807 JR-1 R.1 PCGS XF 40 PRICE REDUCED!
A wonderful, original example that has been off the market for over 30 years.  The balanced strike features full drapery lines and nicely detailed hair curls.  Evenly toned, as my colleague and great friend Henry Hilgard used to say, "like grandma's silver."  This is a nifty coin for your date or type set.  From the Long Island collection that was featured in Mail Bid Sale No. 49.
$2,400 SOLD
Draped Bust Dollars, 1795-1804
1800 AMERICAI B-19 R.1 PCGS XF 40 PRICE REDUCED!
Light grey with the usual assortment of circulation ticks, none worth mention. A wholesome example of this well known 
Red Book variety.
$4,000 SOLD
Miscellaneous
1860 Half Dime Judd-267 4 PCGS MS 66 CAC PRICE REDUCED!
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.  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!
$9,000
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