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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. $2,000
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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 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 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, 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 who covet early US coins with magnificent cuds. $3,250
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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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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 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. $2,525
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1806 E over A O.124 R.6 PCGS F.12 Even, dusty grey toning.  Never before have I been able to offer a pair of this seriously rare Red Book variety.  The strike is typical: weak around the eagle's head and top of left wing.  A raft of curls and drapery lines more than support the F.12 designation.  Faint - and I DO mean faint - scratches are seen with a loupe on Liberty's chest, entirely consistent with the grade. $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 SOLD
1807 O.110a R.2 PCGS XF 40 Lightly toned and awash with luster, too much for a "40."  A bit of softness in the central devices may have influenced the PCGS graders.  Short drift mark crosses the arrows, as made.  A nifty coin for the date or type collector. $1,900
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Capped Bust Half-Dollars, 1807-1836
1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 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.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. $925
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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.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 SOLD
1809 O.105 R.2 PCGS Shield AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Charles Link, as noted on the PCGS label.  Enticing if not colorful "grey dirt" toning with a burst of underlying luster.  The soft chin and left wing are ubiquitous on this die pair.  High rims and full dentils frame this handsome coin. $1,600
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1809 III Edge O.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! $3,100
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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 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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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.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 SOLD
1812 O.110 R.1 PCGS AU 50 CAC Soft luster runs through the fields. Minor ticks from circulation include a faint hairline in the field near star 1 to Liberty’s bustline. A handsome, original "grey-dirt" 1812. $425
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1813 50/UNI O.101 R.2 AU 55 The Charlton Meyer specimen, acquired privately from Julian Leidman in Oct. 1984.  Sharply struck, early die state with a bold UNI showing under and between 50 C.  Currently housed in a PCGS "Genuine" holder (AU details) on account of a smattering of wipe lines.  Bold luster rolls through the fields and devices.  This flashy Red Book staple deserves a spot in a top flight collection. $1,750
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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.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 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 SOLD
1817 O.103a R.3 PCGS AU 50 CAC Ex Tom Sears via private treaty in March 2013.  Album toning through the stars and legend, otherwise untoned.  Strong luster for the grade.  This is the late die state of the popular 1817 Punctuated Date. $925
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1817 O.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 SOLD
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 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.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 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 A beguling look 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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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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1822 O.103 R.5- PCGS XF 45 CAC This lightly circulated rarity retains much of its original luster. Struck from an early state of the dies.  A patina of "grey dirt" attests to originality.  Light drifts marks in the planchet run through the left wing and star 7.  PCGS and CAC were not concerned.  A very handsome coin - and R.5 to boot! $725
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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.109 R.5+ PCGS VF 30 From a Minnesota collection, Ex John Tidwell.  Even light grey with hints of luster in protected areas.  Moderately busy surfaces but free of significant marks.  The `23-109 is a killer R.5 with auction records to prove it.  This one is bargain priced.  Don't delay! $1,950
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1823 O.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. $290 SOLD
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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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 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. $1,900 Sale Pending

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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- 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.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 Sq. Base 2 O.106 R.2 PCGS AU 53 Even, medium grey glossy toning with nice detail and modest luster.  Removed from an NGC AU 55 capsule (NGC label accompanies).   $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. $1,500 SOLD
1827 Sq. Base 2 O.126 R.2 PCGS MS 61 Flashy luster throughout.  A pale ring of gold encases the stars and legend.  Well struck throughout.  Just right for the assigned grade. $1,625
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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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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. $425 SOLD
1829 O.105 R.1 PCGS MS 62 CAC Sharply struck, obverse and reverse.  Mint frost mingles with remnants of prooflike surfaces, esp. on the reverse.  A pleasing crust of light, antique grey toning will entice advanced collectors.   $1,550
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1829 O.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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1830 Large 0 O.123 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Soft sunset colors enhance the luster and eye appeal of this coin.  A nifty piece for your date or Red Book set. $950
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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 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.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.106 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Rose highlights enhance the toning. Superb surfaces. $375
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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.112 R.2 PCGS MS 62 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. $1,450
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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.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 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. $3,300 SOLD
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 PCGS XF 45 Even light grey toning.  Soft luster.  Some striking weakness.  Nice surfaces.  Last offered as NGC AU 50 (label accompanies).  PCGS got it right. $245
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.116 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Ex Keith Davignon.  Acquired at Heritage's Platinum Night session of its 2012 FUN Show Sale, lot 3536.  Shimmering luster under a crust of amber toning.  Immaculate surfaces save for the oft seen dots impressed by the ejection arm of the coining press, above and right of the date.   $1,950
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1835 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Keith Davignon.  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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1836 50/00 O.116 R.2 PCGS XF 40 Even, medium grey toning.  Hnts of luster in protected areas.  The underlying 0, though never bold, is readily visible. The PCGS label omits the 50/00 feature. $395
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1836 Bar Dot O.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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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 Half Dime Judd-267 4 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.  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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