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Date Variety Rarity Grade Description Price Photos
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, Lg. 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 Shield XF 40 Of 4 die pairs for the year only the O.104 features a small 3.  Handsome medium grey toning, a bit lighter on the high points.  Solid for the grade with well struck devices.  PCGS Price Guide suggests $3,000.   $2,575
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1805/4 O.103a R.5+ Raw F.15 Housed in an older PCGS "Genuine" holder, with no mention of a sharpness grade.  I settled on F.15 and expect to argument.  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 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. $3,250
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1805 O.111 R.3 PCGS XF 40 Light grey toning with soft luster throughout.  Typical striking weakness at drapery lines and left wing.  This date is undervalued vis-a-vis the far more common 1806 and 1807.  PCGS suggests $2,100. $1,600 SOLD
1806 Knob 6, Small Stars O.106 R.4 PCGS XF 40 A classy example, solid for the assigned grade, richly toned in deep antique grey.  Strong details except for tip of bust and one cloud.  The eye appeal of the coin is well above average.  Bargain priced! $1,750
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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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$2,995
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1806 Pt. 6 with stem, Large Stars O.110, T-10 R.6 NGC VF 20 New York collector Mark Schimel found this rarity lurking in Stack's December 1984 sale, lot 827 (insert accompanies).  Schimel's interest in bust halves dates to the 1970's.  He focused on the flowing hair and draped bust series, acquiring many high grade and rare die pairs.  Steve Tompkins examined and photographed Schimel's coin some years ago.  It became the "T-10" Plate Coin (page 303) for Tompkins' 2015 tome on Early U.S. Half Dollars.  The coin is light grey, a tad darker through the stars and legend.  No marks deserve mention.  The "elephant trunk" die break is in its early stage, Tompkins die state 2.  The sharpness grade is better than VF 20.  Note, especially, the feather detail and adjoining reverse devices.  Ubiquitous softness in Liberty's drapery lines and the crown of her head explain the conservative grade.

Before parting with his prize from 34 years ago Schimel remarked: Easily recognizable with the large die crack running out of Liberty's mouth, this exceptionally rare variety is also under-appreciated by collectors. For the longest time, the only example of this variety I found was one with a hole in it which I still have and carry as a pocket piece! The present coin is the finest specimen I have ever come across in all my years of searching.
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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 with stem, Large Stars O.110, T.10 R.6 PCGS Fair 2 Never did I imagine offering 3 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 O.121 R.4 ANACS F.15 Just surfaced after a 10 year rest, having been misplaced in the back of my safe deposit box.  Natural grey toning, lighter on the devices.  Photo not yet available.  But all sales include a 5-day return privilege.  This one is a keeper at a super bargain price. $350
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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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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.106, T-6 R.3 PCGS AU 55 Precious little wear on this 1807.  The even grey-gold toning moderates the luster.  Later die state, with obverse and reverse die breaks. (Tompkins die state 3.)  The strike is balanced, without a serious weakness.  Both Tompkins and Herrman list an AU 55 from this die pair as #5 in the Condition Census, behind four UNC's.  Most high grade 1807's are O.102 or O.105.  A nice coin for those assembling an AU date or type set. $3,350
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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 NGC AU 58 Frosty luster with a lovely halo of gold through the stars and legend.   The obverse well struck, the reverse with occasional 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 Lg Stars 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS XF 40 A sweet, natural grey with luster framing all devices.  Some iridescent color at the peripheries.  PCGS has these at $1,600.  Too high.   $950
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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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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 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.2 ANACS VF 35 Light to medium original grey toning.  A heavy die break bisects the obverse; the reverse strike is uniformly soft.  Very nice surfaces for this modest grade.  PCGS Price Guide suggests $350.  Let's knock off $100. $250
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1808 O.104 R.2 PCGS Shield XF 45 Ex (Dr. Glenn) Peterson, noted on the PCGS label.  Ample luster rolls beneath the silver-grey toning.  Occasional striking weakness at the rims and the eagle's left wing.  An attractive coin with a distinguished provenance. $660
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1808 O.109a R.3 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears.  Slate grey with bold luster throughout.  No signs of actual circulation.  A high-end "55." $1,750
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1808 O.109a R.3 PCGS AU 50 Friction on the high points.  Subdued luster befits the grade.  Light russet and grey toning.  A problem-free 1808. $950
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1808 O.110a R.4+ PCGS XF 45 Ex Tom Sears.  The "stopper" for those seeking a complete die variety set of 1808s.  This die pair usually comes with a die break, star 7 to nose.  The I in Pluribus is far right of the 2nd T in STATES.  Though easy to spot, the O.110 remains difficult to find, especially in high grade.  This lightly toned example has good luster for the grade. $1,450
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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. $1,050 SOLD
1809 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears.  Untoned with blazing luster and nice surfaes.  Virtually full left wing, most unusual for the variety.  This eye-catching early die state is ideal for the date collector.   $2,750
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1809 O.104 R.5- PCGS XF 40 Ex Tom Sears.  Antique grey with subtle turquoise highlights.  Luster in protected areas.  A truly handsome example of this rare die pair.  Acquired from me as a raw XF in Dec. 2013. $975
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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 O.105 R.1 PCGS XF 40 Antique grey with occasional flashes of subtle blue and aqua iridescence.  Good luster for the grade.  In all, a handsome coin for the date collector.  Yes, the soft left wing is standard for the die pair. $495
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1809 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 53 A flashy, untoned 1809.  Formerly in the collections of John Tidwell and Dan Holmes (of large cent fame).  Recently crossed from an NGC AU 55 holder.  (NGC label accompanies.)  Decently struck and too much luster for a mere "53."  Nice coin! $925
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1809 III Edge O.108 R.4 PCGS XF 40 A handsome, original coin with exceptional detail, hints of luster and natural antique grey toning.  The O.108 is a VERY tough R.4, rarely seen in XF and almost never in AU.  This is a prize for an astute collector. $1,150
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1809 III Edge O.109a R.2 PCGS AU 50 Ex Tom Sears.  Evenly toned, light grey with hints of pale gold;  smooth surfaces and loads of luster.  A first rate "AU 50." $1,350
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1810 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC A layer of soft gold overlays the lustrous surfaces.  Well struck obverse; the reverse displays weakness in the left wing, as usual, but is distinctly better than most from this pair of dies.  All 13 stars show center points.  Date and Registry Set collectors know how tough it is to find a CAC approved 1810 in "58." $2,750
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1810 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 58 Richly toned, with iridescent turquoise and gold highlighting the stars and legend.  Students of the series will marvel at the almost fully struck left wing and crisp detail in Liberty’s curls.  Lot 620 in Superior Galleries’ Oct. 1989 Heifitz Sale (plated), without auction insert. $2,500
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1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via private treaty, March 2016 (at $3,500).  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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1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC 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. $3,500
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1810 O.110 R.2 PCGS AU 55 OGH Full luster.  It is a challenge to spot any luster breaks on this lightly toned 1810.  The green PCGS label dates to 1993-1998.  Weak rims, the centers decently impressed.  Lovely surfaces. $1,175
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1811/10 O.101 R.1 Raw AU 50 Untoned with scads of luster.  Moderate hairlines prevent slabbing.  No marks or other signs of abuse.  A flashy coin for your high grade Red Book set. $825
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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 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 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 Small 8 O.113 R.5 PCGS AU 50 Ex Tom Sears.  The O.113 is a killer R.5, missing in most die variety collections.  High grade specimens are seldom seen.  This richly toned example features soft luster throughout and a better strike than most.  (Both dies were worn from use on other marriages.)  A first rate coin for a first rate collection. $2,200
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1812/1 Large 8 O.101a R.5 PCGS VF 25 CAC Ex Charlton E. Meyer, Jr. who acquired it from me in 1991 for $5,000.  Earlier in the collection of BHNC member Jack Snyder.  Offered privately in July 2008 during my sale of the Meyer Collection.  Smooth surfaces grace the natural medim grey toning.  Hints of luster accent the stars.  If you've chased the busties for awhile you know how difficult it is to find this Overton/Red Book variety in decent shape and without problems.  Here is a CAC approved example with a distinguished provenance. $10,950
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1812/1 Large 8 O.101a R.5 NGC VF 35 Has the time arrived to fill that gaping hole in your 1812’s?  Here is a wholesome example of a classic rarity.  The pale grey surfaces, though lightly hairlined, display few contact marks.  Auction records are strong and consistent.  Priced to sell! $7,500
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1812 O.104 R.1 PCGS AU 50 The most common die pair of the year.  Frequently seen, as here, with a rotated reverse.  Light grey with a couple of swaths of copper toning.  Excellent luster for the grade. $495
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1812 O.109a R.2 PCGS Shield MS 63 CAC A spectacularly original 1812.  The sharply struck obverse features iridescent hues of blue; the reverse is painted with a protective coat of antique russet toning.  Luster flows across the fields and devices.  A classy coin in all respects! $3,500 SOLD
1812 O.110 R.1 PCGS 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.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.107a R.4 PCGS AU 53 Silver and copper toning, fired by exceptional luster for a "53."  Die breaks and striking weakness, here and there, are mandatory on this scarce subvariety.  Superior eye appeal. $975
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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.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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1814/3 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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1814/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 55 The PCGS label identifies the Overton variety, adding, “Mint Error … Reverse Planchet Flaw.”  The surfaces are painted with a shroud of deep gold toning, lighter through the stars and legend.  The obverse strike is unusually strong.  The reverse as well, though not without slight weakness in the left wing.  Roughness through the junction of the eagle’s torso and left wing extends to the beak.  As noted by PCGS, it is not to be confused with environmental damage; it is simply the product of a poorly prepared planchet. $1,175
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1814 E/A O.108a R.1 PCGS VF 20 Light to medium grey.  Heavily clashed surfaces that are surprisingly free of contact marks.  Late die state with expected weakness at the rims and some devices.  In all, a nice coin for the grade. $450 SOLD
1814 O.109 R.2 PCGS MS 63 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.   $3,500
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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. $8,900
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1815/2 O.101 R.2 PCGS Shield AU 53 Spot-on for the grade.  Album toning encases the stars and legend.  The lustrous centers are lightly toned.  Superior strike for the issue, explained by a reasonably early die state.  Clash marks are standard issue.  No marks deserve mention.  It is my experience that the grading services are overly lenient when assessing 1815s.  Not here. This is a VERY nice example of the key date.  You will not be disappointed. $11,000
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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 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.105a R.4- PCGS Shield XF 40 Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Dr. Glenn Peterson, as noted on the PCGS label.  Light to medium grey toning.  Blunt obverse impression, typical of this scarce variety.  The revese always grades 5 points higher.  Plenty of luster for an XF. $440
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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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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 Sale Pending

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1818 O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 58 Untoned with blazing luster, crisp dentils and 13 stars with center points!  Nice surfaces too.   $1,500
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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.109a R.1 PCGS AU 53 Colorful rings of copper and turquoise album toning boost the eye appeal of this softly lustrous early date.  A few circulation tics are consistent with the grade; none deserve mention. $675
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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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1819/8 Small 9 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Blast white with extravagant luster.  The reverse appears UNC, the obverse with a whisper of friction.  Full dentils, 13 stars with center points and Liberty's curls on full display.  The "Small 9" overdate is outnumbered by 5 die pairs with a large 9.    $2,500
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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 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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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 Curl 2, Sm. Date O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 53 CAC Lovely iridescent toning, favoring gold and blue at the peripheries with antique grey centers.  There is nothing wrong with the strike and surfaces; it is, however, the COLOR that will make this offering disappear quickly.  The coin is as pretty as its photo suggests. $1,825
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1820 Curl 2, Sm. Date O.103a R.2 PCGS AU XF 45 Beautiful surfaces.  Luster flows through the stars, legend and around the central devices.  In all, a handsome example of an important Red Book variety. $825
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1820 Curl 2, Sm. Date O.103a R.2 PCGS Shield AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  Color!  Iridescent hues of gold, turquoise and aqua capture the eye.  Luster dances under the toning.  Smooth surfaces are a nice bonus. $2,750
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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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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 SOLD
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.107 R.3 NGC AU 58 CAC Cabinet friction - maybe - on the cheek.  Not a hint of friction elsewhere.  Blinding luster and an impressive strike make this 1821 a very special coin.  If it matters, you may expect this one to cross at PCGS without a hitch.  Well, you might end up with a 61 or 62; not good, I suppose, if you're looking for an entrant in PCGS' Everyman Registry Set.  :-) $1,995
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1822 O.106 R.3 PCGS MS 63 CAC Ex Tom Sears.  Another sparkling, original bust half.  Subtle hues of iridescent gold and aqua caress the surfaces.  The strike and luster are first rate.  The CAC sticker is well deserved.  Choice UNC 1822s are scarce. $3,100 Sale Pending

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1822 O.109 R.2 Raw AU 53 Untoned with the luster of a choice AU.  Moderate hairlines prevent slabbing.  The coin saw little if any circulation.  It is well struck and offers the viewer a healthy dose of flashy eye appeal. $350
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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 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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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 Ugly 3 O.110a R.3 PCGS Shield AU 58 CAC A thin crust of silver-grey toning envelopes this high grade example of the "Ugly 3."  It is neither of the two AU 58's offered in my August 2017 ANA Sale, MB 45 lots 20 and 82 (at $7,994 and $7,150, respectively).  This freshly certified, CAC approved example displays minuscule signs of handling, no marks worth mention and nearly fully cartwheel luster.  A pinpoint toning spot near Liberty's ear is a convenient identification marker.  The MS 63 in Legend's recently concluded Konstantine Sale (lot 43) brought nearly $15,000.  For half the price you get the same detail and an opportunity to post your prize in the PCGS Registry Set of your choice.  It goes without saying that an AU or finer Ugly 3 is far more difficult to locate than its R.3 rarity rating suggests.

The PCGS label verification, with photo, is found here: https://www.pcgs.com/cert/34835758
$7,450
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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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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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1824/4 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 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 NGC AU 55 CAC From the Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Collection, noted on the NGC label.  Later in the collections of Michael Summers and Peter Wesp.  The coin is magnificent.  Virtually full luster flows beneath a veneer of scrumptious iridescent antique grey toning, flecked with subtle gold and blue highlights.  For the past 23 years this little gem has been housed in the same “fattie” NGC holder. The coin is a lock to cross to PCGS at grade or, without surprise, a grade higher.  

The coin comes with a nifty bonus.  Immediately after the original strike a loose obverse die delivered a second, glancing blow.   A short trail of incused dentils alongside the inner points of stars 11-13 is nearly hidden by the rich toning.  Mike Summers spotted the double strike and found the coin irresistible when I sold the Brown collection in 1995.  Give this one an A+ for eye appeal, throw in the striking error, a distinguished provenance and place your order.
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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.102 R.1 PCGS Shield MS 64 Ex Tom Sears.  Intense luster under rolls beneath the toning.  The semi-prooflike obverse showcases a deep blue-grey patina; the reverse glistens with iridescent shades of gold. $2,900
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1825 O.104 R.4+ PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears.  Astute die variety collectors know the O.104 to a sleeper.  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. $1,075
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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.109 R.5 PCGS XF 45 Ex Tom Sears.  A solid R.5.  Hints of copper toning through the stars and legend.  The centers untoned with soft luster.  The double profile is a fairly common feature of this date (as well as 1823 and 1824).  The surfaces are a little busy.  A couple of scrapes lie below and through the right side of the motto. $895
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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.113 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Ex Tom Sears.  Pastel russet centers, surrounded by a halo of iridescent turquoise and electric gold toning through the stars and legend.  A pretty coin that last traded hands at $2,600.  $2,100
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1825 O.117 R.4 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  This is an important coin.  The `25-117 is a "tough" R.4, esp. in high grade.  You will love the strike and flash of this fully lustrous coin.  Even, soft gold toning enhances the eye appeal. $1,850
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1826 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  The coin is a captivating steel grey with minimal friction and nearly full luster.  Nice surfaces too! $875
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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.103 R.5- XF 45 XF 45 or better, housed in a PCGS holder as "Genuine," but cleaned.  The coin has terrific eye appeal!  Luster dances through most devices.  The modest cleaning is all but hidden under attractive toning.  On another day the coin might have passed muster.  It saw very little circulation.  Contact marks are minimal.  The O.103 die pair is an established rarity, a "stopper" for those seeking to complete a die variety set of 1826's.   $775
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1826 O.103 R.5- PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears.  Nice cartwheel on this high grade rarity.  Even silver-grey toning.  A couple of light toning spots at the back of Liberty's cap survived a careful dipping some years back.  Minor luster breaks on the obverse, none on the reverse.  AU R.5's are caviar for die variety collectors.  Pass the blinis! $1,400
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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.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.112 "prime" R.4+ PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Robinson S. Brown, Jr. as noted on the PCGS label.  The antique grey toning, with occasional iridescence, is clearly original.  Well struck throughout, a testment to the coveted early (prime) die state without a die chip in the N of UNITED.   $650
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1826 O.114 R.4+ PCGS AU 53 Ex Tom Sears.  Another of the sticky R.4's.  This with copper and turquoise toning through the stars and legend.  Above average luster for a "53."  Friction confined to the high points.  An attractive - and scarce - coin. $550
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1826 O.117a R.2 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Keith Davignon.  Full, boistrous luster.  A trace of friction on the cheek.  The uncirculated reverse is untoned; the obverse is similar, with soft album toning through the stars.  A classid AU 58. $925
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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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1827/6 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 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.113 R.4- PCGS AU 55 Even, medium grey toning with soft luster, unbroken in the fields.  Smooth surfaces save for unobtrusive abrasions above the cap.  A moderately scarce die pair, worth a slight premium. $550
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.125 R.3 NGC MS 62 Immaculate surfaces, unbroken luster, the centers well struck.  In short a NICE coin for the grade.  Dipped awhile back, but never cleaned.  A veneer of silver-grey toning has returned to the obverse.  The reverse will remind you of a freshly struck Franklin half-dollar. $1,750
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.127 R.5 PCGS Shield XF 45 Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Jules Reiver.  Light grey toning with soft luster throughout.  Better struck than most from this RARE die pair.  Reiver acquired the coin in June 1986 after I found it, unattributed, at the Long Beach Show.  He paid a hefty, for the day, $375.  Twenty years later it brought $2,530 when Heritage offered it as NGC XF 45 in Jan. 2006 sale of the Reiver Collection, lot 23033.  An important, high grade coin from two important collections. $1,625
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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.  Cakey, 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.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.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.145 R.5 PCGS Shield AU 55 Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collections of Charlton Meyer, David Rutherford and Keith Davignon.  Last offered in my Jan. 2014 FUN Sale, lot 67, bringing $3,748.  I provided the following description:

Charlton “Swampy” Meyer spotted and purchased it at a Louisiana coin shop in 1978.  At the time it was the finest known.  That mantle is now worn by the Newman example, NGC MS 64, which brought a modest $7,050 in Heritage’s Nov. 2013 sale, lot 33609.  The Meyer coin remains a Condition Census piece.  It sports the now familiar album toning that graces so many of Eric Newman’s coins.  Intense iridescence envelopes the stars and legend.  The centers are largely untoned.  Ex Davignon Collection via your cataloguer in Nov. 2009; previously in the collection of Dave Rutherford who purchased it in August 2008 when I presented the Meyer Collection at the ANA Convention in Baltimore.  The PCGS label notes the Meyer provenance.
$3,200
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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 Curl 2 No Knob O.105 R.5+ Raw F-VF One of the "killer" R.5's.  The soft obverse contrasts with a reverse that has enough meat for a VF designation.  Classic album toning is a big plus for this offering.  The coin was cleaned, not harshly, before storage in one of Wayte Raymond's National Coin Albums.  This attractive rarity is priced to sell.  $475
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1828 Curl 2 No Knob O.105 R.5 PCGS Shield XF 40 CAC Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collections of Richard Pugh, Dr. Glenn Peterson and Brad Higgins.  The Pugh-Peterson provenance is noted on the PCGS label.  The 1828 O.105 is a killer R.5.  I've yet to cherry one in 36 years of looking!  Richard Pugh was an early mentor.  He lived near Long Beach and never missed a coin show within 200 miles.  In the 1980's he cherrypicked nearly all the R.5's, a few R.6's, including two 1827 O.137's and the same number of R.7 1827 O.148's!  Cancer took his life in early 1992.  Superior Galleries sold his collection in June of that year.  This was lot 1355 of its "Dr. Jack Adams Collection Sale."  It brought $825.  I was the underbidder.  The coin is beautiful, as suggested by the CAC sticker.  The smooth surfaces enjoy glossy, medium grey toning, highighted by luster around all devices. $1,700
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1828 Curl 2 w/Knob O.106 R.4+ PCGS XF 40 Ex Tom Sears.  Yet another rarity from Tom's collection.  Attractive light grey toning blends with abundant luster, yielding a handsome XF.  A smattering of hairlines kept this away from a "45" designation.  Red Book and die variety collectors collide when a curl base 2 with knob is offered.  Just two of 23 die pairs in 1828 feature the combination.  The other, 1828 O.107, a "common" R.2 die pair, brings a premium on account of its Red Book status.  The O.106 is far more difficult to locate and, in my opinion, significantly undervalued. $475
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.117a R.1 NGC MS 62 The full strike, blinding luster and smooth surfaces are a match for most MS 63's.  This is a first rate "62," missing the usual cabinet friction.   $1,550
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1828 Small Letters Reverse O.119 R.3 Raw XF 45 Dense hairlines extinguished the luster on this lightly worn Red Book coin.  The strike is dandy and the surfaces are virtually free of marks.  Even, light grey toning. $195
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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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1829 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 55 The engaging obverse toning features raucous shades of copper, blue and turquoise.  The reverse is lighter, with pastel russet iridescence through the legend.  The smooth surfaces are virtually free of contact marks.  Pretty coin, worth a premium for eye appeal! $550
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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.108a R.3 PCGS MS 62 Silver-grey toning, a bit mottled on the obverse.  Nice surfaces and decent luster.  A “no problem” MS 62.  $1,225
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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.115 R.1 PCGS Shield MS 62 CAC Crusty, original antique grey toning.  Remakably well struck.  Examine the photos and note, especially, the rims, stars, curls, drapery lines, wing feathers and claws.  The luster is deep and unbroken.  63 quality in a 62 wrapper! $1,950
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1830 Sm.0 O.107 R.2 PCGS Shield MS 63 CAC Ex Tom Sears.  Tom purchased this handsome coin in an NGC MS 64 holder.  (NGC label accompanies.)  Lightly toned with deep, undisturbed luster and lovely surfaces.  Well struck with a full motto.  Date collectors should be picky with dates in the 1830's.  This high end MS 63 deserves consideration. $2,100
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1830 Sm.0 O.110a R.4 PCGS Shield MS 63 Original!  Medium antique grey toning, augmented and enhanced with flashes of iridescent color through the stars.  A wispy die break connects stars 4-7.  Despite the later die state the coin displays a full motto and complete dentils. $1,975
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1830 Sm.0 O.115 R.2 PCGS Shield MS 64 Ex Tom Sears.  This untoned gem greets the eye with blinding luster.  Fully struck throughout!  OK ... star 8 lacks a centerpoint.  Everything else is there -- in 3D.  Here is a "WOW" coin, tied for spots 3-4-5 in the Condition Census. $3,050
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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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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 MS 62 Pale russet encases most stars.  Otherwise untoned with fiery luster.  The surfaces approach MS 63 quality.  I wonder if PCGS was misled by the familiar group of 3 dots in the obverse field.  They are, of course, from the ejection mechanism associated with the screw press.  This is a heck of an MS 62.  Well struck to boot. $1,325
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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.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.  Die 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.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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1831 O.120 R.6 PCGS Shield VF 20 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 and a generously graded NGC AU 53 passed through the hands of BHNC notables Mike Summers, Charles De Olden, Troy Nelson and Keith Davignon.  Most of the others are cleaned, scratched, plugged, burnished or environmentally damaged.  This one has a small dig 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, perhaps, 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. $8,250
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.102a R.3 PCGS MS 63 A thin ring of electric blue encases the dentils.  A gossamer blanket of gold toning embraces the centers.  Bold cartwheel luster is a further enticement to this eye-appealing 1832. $1,850
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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.106 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via private treaty, April 2016.  Full luster; friction confined to the cheek.  Balanced strike with nice surfaces.  Pale gold toning encases the stars and legend.  The centers offer a subtle but enticing patina of pastel blue and gold.  Strong eye appeal, as expected of a CAC approved AU 58. $1,250
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.109 R.4 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears via David Kahn, May 2009.  Original antique medium grey toning.  Strong, undisturbed luster in the fields.  Weakness in the lower drapery folds, otherwise well struck.  Back in the `80's and `90's the O.109 was an R.5.  Then Mike Summers and Brian Greer systematically uncovered a host of mostly Fine to VF examples.  If you insist on a nice AU and find this die pair absent from your 1832's you have company.  High grade examples are genuinely scarce. $795
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.110 R.1 PCGS Shield AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the now fabled collection of Gehring Prouty.  I'll let you find the friction on this wonderful coin.  I'm stumped.  The motto and lowest drapery lines are weak.  All else is first rate, including the toning, surfaces, luster and provenance.  Tom found this coin lurking in a Butterfield auction, some years after Gehring passed away.   $1,175
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.114 R.4+ PCGS AU 55 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. $1,150
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.114 R.4+ PCGS Shield AU 55 Ex Tom Sears.  A private acquisition from a BHNC member with an advanced die variety collection(whose personal notes accompany).  Earlier in the collection of David Kahn.  Kahn parted with the coin in July 2008 for $1,500.  Medium, steel grey toning.  Not quite the "flash" of the previous example, but a wholesome, accurately grade example of this rarity. $1,050
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.115 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Profoundly deep luster embraces and enlivens this wonderful 1832.  The late die state accounts for weakness in stars 1-6 and adjoining rims.  The centers are generally well struck.  A whisper of friction kept this one from a mint state designation. $850
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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.   Newman envelope accompanies. $1,500
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS MS 62 Cartwheel luster flows across the fields and devices.  A splash of album toning runs through the legend.  A full motto, detailed feathers, claws and curls alongside a full set of dentils will appeal to date and type collectors.  Nice coin! $1,250
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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.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.110a R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears, from David Kahn Aug. 2016.  Mostly silver-grey, with an attractive splash of color through the date.  Good luster, nice surfaces. $975
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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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1833 O.115 R.5+ PCGS XF 45 Ex Tom Sears, via Heritage's Oct. 2011 sale, lot 3699 @ $4,600.  The 1833-115 was discovered in 1972 by Don Frederick, a bit too late to include in Al Overton's 2nd Edition.  For the ensuing 18 years it was one of the BHNC "Supplement" coins that pictured and described a few late - and uniformly rare - discoveries.  Don Parsley included a photo and description of the die pair in his 1990 3rd Edition of Overton's standard reference.  This coin is one notch away from the Condition Census, but certainly among the top 10 known examples.  It sports a crust of dark toning.  Luster flickers around the stars and legend.  The surfaces are remarkably smooth, assuring us that the saw minimal circulation and was properly stored over generations.  The PCGS holder needs to be replaced.  The spots and lines seen in the photos are NOT on the coin. $3,500
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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.111 R.1 PCGS MS 63 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.  $2,250
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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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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.119 R.4 PCGS Shield AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Dr. Glenn Peterson, as noted on the PCGS label.  This once obscure die pair has come into its own.  In high grade it is the scarcest of the 21 die pairs listed in Overton for the year 1834.  This example last appeared in MB 45, Aug. 2017, lot 46, part of the Keith Davignon collection, bringing $1,650.  I described it as follows: Ex Troy Nelson (Allgood Collection).  A gossamer veneer of golden toning suggests recent storage in a kraft envelope.  Bold cartwheel luster flows across the devices.  Liberty’s fully rounded cheek left little metal for the corresponding area on the reverse.  We see weak feathers and planchet striations at the junction of the eagle’s left wing and torso.

In Jan. 2011 Heritage offered the coin, unattributed, as part of the "Allgood Collection."  Davignon spotted it.  He warded off other sharp-eyed collectors, capturing the coin at $1,725.
$1,500
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1835 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58+ Ex Tom Sears, acquired privately in July 2002 as PCGS MS 62!  More grey dirt.  A fraternal twin to the preceding Davignon coin. Cakey luster flows beneath the protective patina.  The coin flaunts its originality.  Is there really any rub on the coin?  Doubtful.  Here is a prize for the bust half connoisseur and, especially, for those posting their holdings to PCGS' Everyman Registry Set. $1,500
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1835 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Keith Davignon.  Classic “grey dirt.”  If you like original coins with cakey undisturbed luster this is your coin.  Sharply struck!  Immaculate surfaces save for a near invisible hairline, ribbon end to S12.  A quality coin for a quality collection. $1,150
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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 Shield MS 63 Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Dr. Charles Link, as noted on the PCGS label.  A veneer of pastel gold toning graces the near immaculate surfaces.  The balanced strike has no areas of notable weakness.  Note, especially, the crisp lower drapery lines.  For reasons unknown this date remains the toughest to find in mint state among the so-called late dates, 1830-1836.  Here is a charming example. $2,150
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1836 Beaded Border O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Raucous luster graces the untoned surfaces.  Despite a later die state the tiny beads, unique to the reverse die, are distinct.  The die, of course, was first used on the crushed lettered edge proofs dated 1833, 1834 and 1835 -- struck in 1836 alongside the Class 1 1804 dollars.  A small toning spot at the front of Liberty's cap serves as an identifier. $1,050
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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 O.119 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Roger Solomon.  A beguiling halo of iridescent copper and turquoise toning frames the stars.  Luster breaks are confined to Liberty's cheek, cap and lower breast.  The reverse is uncirculated.  Exceptional eye appeal drew Solomon to the coin when he spotted it in the case of Early American Rarities during the January 2008 FUN Show.  His records show a purchase price of $1,200.  Chuck De Olden plucked the coin from my bourse case at the 2011 FUN Show, later passing it to David Kahn.  Sears paid Kahn $1,250 for the coin in 2017.  Here is a nice coin with an important provenance. $1,075
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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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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 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. $4,500
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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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