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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 Small 3 O.103 R.3 PCGS VF 35 Even, antique grey toning with luster dancing around the stars and devices.  Last offered in an NGC XF 40 holder.  NGC label accompanies.  An all together pleasing examples. $1,725
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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.  Aside from the preceding Reiver specimen (that sold instantly) I've not handled an example since the Meyer VF sold for $6,750 in 2008.  Until the appearance of this coin there was but one auction offering in the past decade, 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 Knob 6, Small Stars O.106, T.4 R.4 PCGS AU 58 CAC A remarkable example of the scarce small stars variety, generally considered the 2nd or 3rd finest known, trailing the mint state Gardner coin.  Luster abounds on this CAC approved specimen.  Liberty's curls are nicely detailed.  Striking weakness is confined to the drapery lines and clouds opposite - a characteristic of the die pair.  Light turquoise toning encases stars 8-13, continuing through the lower bust and date.  Here is a wonderful coin for the advanced date, type or variety collector. $7,950 SOLD
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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$2,750
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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. $7,250
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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 a pair of 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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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.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 Lg Stars 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Silver-grey with plenty of luster to support the AU designation.  The reverse rims show some weakness; the central devices are decently impressed.  In all, a wholesome example of this first year of issue. $1,700
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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 NGC AU 53 Ex Jules Reiver.  Lot 22600 in Heritage's Jan. 2006 Sale @ $1,495.  Soft luster throughout, as expected.  Silver-grey with gold highlights around the devices, esp. the stars and legend.  Reiver's kraft envelope accompanies.  A handsome, evenly impressed example with only minor signs of circulation.   $1,425
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1808/7 O.101 R.1 PCGS VF 20 Natural silver and grey toning.  Hints of luster throughout.  Standard striking weakness at the left wing.  No surfaces problems.  Solid for the grade. $325
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1808 O.102a R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Simply gorgeous!  Soft sunset colors blend with the antique grey toning.  Luster dances under the toning.  Iridescent streaks of turquoise and gold frame the stars and legend.  An 1808 with eye appeal deserves attention.  You won't be disappointed. $2,550
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1808 O.103 R.1 PCGS VF 35 Nicely toned later die state.  Gunmetal blue and grey obverse, the reverse similar though lighter.  Soft luster surrounds the devices.  A handsome coin. $325
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1808 O.106 R.3 PCGS AU 53 Last offered at my Jan. 2014 FUN Show sale, MB 38, Lot 3 @ $2,640.  Earlier in the collections of James D. Brilliant, Robinson S. Brown, Jr. and Russ Logan, with auction tags from the 1992 Brilliant and 2002 Logan sales.  Logan acquired the coin in July 1994.  Russ disliked slabs.  He removed the coin from its NGC capsule but preserved the label that notes the Brown provenance (and AU 53 grade).  The light grey obverse displays even toning, strong luster and beautifully detailed devices.  The reverse is equally lustrous with areas of uneven toning. $1,195
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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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1809 O.106 R.3 PCGS XF 45 Attractive medium antique grey toning.  Even wear, balanced strike with occasional flashes of luster.  Very nice coin for the grade.  Ex David Kahn 7/13 @$625. $580
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1809 III Edge O.107 R.3 PCGS XF 45 Original, original, original.  Lovely antique grey toning sparkles with copper iridescence around the stars and legend.  Soft luster abounds.  Nice! $975
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1809 III Edge O.107 R.3 PCGS AU 53 Sharply impressed, early die state.  Detail of a "58" with subdued luster that accounts for the modest grade.  Few signs of contact.  The coin probably never circulated.  Medium grey toning, somewhat mottled.  The coin last traded, privately, in June 2012 @$1,450.  PCGS Price Guide today suggests $2,000. $1,100 SOLD
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 SOLD
1809 III Edge O.109 R.3 PCGS VF 30 CAC Scarce early die state, lacking the familiar die break through AMERICA.  This is a choice, beautifully toned VF that will be at home in a collection of XF early half-dollars. $525
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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.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Very sharp strike with precious little wear.  Luster a tad subdued for the grade.  Even, pale grey toning.  Last appearing in Dave Olmstead's (Alpine) offerings of January 2006 @ $1,350. $1,295
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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.104a R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the fabled collection of BHNC co-founder Floyd Farley.  I offered it as a raw, choice AU in Mail Bid Sale No.22, Oct. 1998, lot 159; it brought $935, a strong price 2+ decades back.  Steel-grey toning is awash in luster.  The devices are decently impressed, obverse and reverse.  The surfaces are smooth.  CAC was impressed.  You will be too.  Farley’s personal insert accompanies, noting his purchase at the 1978 ANA Convention from “Sturtridge.”    $2,950 SOLD
1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS MS 61 An original bust half with a handsome “grey dirt” obverse and an outrageously colorful reverse that features shades of magenta and crimson.  Weak rims suggest a late die state.  The central devices, however, are decently impressed.  Recently removed from an NGC MS 62 capsule.  (The NGC label accompanies.)  From Heritage’s 1999 FUN Show Sale, lot 6725.  This is a “killer” date in AU and UNC. $3,500
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1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC 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! $2,750
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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. $3,100
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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 PCGS Secure Shield MS 64 From the Dale Friend Collection and so noted on the PCGS label.  Last appearing in my April 2012 MB Sale No. 35, lot 51, where it realized $22,385.  Unquestionably in the Condition Census.  Words will not suffice to describe the look and desirability of this popular overdate.  You must see the coin to appreciate it.  The strike and luster are off the charts.  There is a faint blush of rose toning on the obverse.  The reverse is wholly untoned with blinding luster.  Examine the photo and note the raised remnants of an underlying 0, bottom left and top right of the second 1.  Yes, this is an early die state, further enhancing its appeal.  I find three PCGS MS 64 examples of the 1811/10 offered at auction over the past 12 years.  Jim Pryor's wonderful coin brought $27,025 in Aug. 2016.  Another appeared in Stack’s/Bowers' 2011 ANA Sale; a third was offered by Heritage in its Jan. 2007 FUN Show sale.   The S/B and Heritage coins each brought $17,250.  Neither is a match for the Friend coin when we compare strike, die state and surfaces.  I could go on.  But now it’s your turn.  Expect a bow of reverence when I hand this remarkable coin to its new owner. $17,500
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1811/10 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58+ CAC Don't need an MS 64?  Here is regal example with pale auburn toning and deep, caky luster. The centers are well struck.  Ex Howard Sharfman, part of his No. 1 rated "Everyman" PCGS registry set. $6,250
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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. $10,250 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 Full, flamboyant luster with a veneer of silver-grey toning.  Well struck centers.  Strong eye appeal.  From the collection of Rex and Cindy Phillips offered by Heritage at the Aug. 2017 ANA Convention where it brought $3,055. $2,750
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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 SOLD
1813 O.108a R.2 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, who acquired it 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.103 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Ex Charlton Meyer, noted on the PCGS label.  Swampy bought this one privately in February 1986.  I graded it a "nice" AU 53 when I bought his collection in 2008, valuing it at $1,100.  Aside from ubiquitous clash marks the surfaces are remarkably smooth, exhibiting few signs of handling or circulation.  Soft luster runs, unimpeded, through the fields.  PCGS probably didn't care for the weak rims.  This is a handsome 1814. $800
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1814 Single Leaf O.105a R.4 PCGS XF 45 A killer Red Book variety in high grade.  This darkly (and evenly) toned example saw little circulation.  The strike is as strong as I've seen on this die state rarity.  The surfaces are virtually free of contact marks.  Luster is hidden under the smokey grey toning. $1,850
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1814 O.107 R.2 NGC AU 58 Ex Jules Reiver, Lot 22730 in Heritage's Jan. 2006 sale @$1,265.  Full, caky luster under a gloss of light grey toning.  A trace of friction on the cheek; that's it.  Smooth surfaces save for standard clash marks and a minor disturbance, star 3 to nose.  These dies were used to strike the charismatic platinum half-dollars of 1814. $1,350 Sale Pending

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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 AU 58 A diaphanous blanket of gold toning envelopes this lustrous key date. The strike is first rate for the issue. Note, especially, the detail in Liberty's curls and the eagle's feathers. The coin never circulated. Traces of friction are confined to the chin and upper breast. Here is a sweet coin for a very special collection.  Ex Howard Sharfmann who acquired it from Stack's/Bowers in 2013. $21,500
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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 contact marks deserve mention.  It is my experience that the grading services are 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 Punctuated Date O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 55 Strong cartwheel luster rolls across the smooth, untoned surfaces. The punctuation mark between 1 and 7 is sharp.  A light, vertical toning streak crosses the right side of the eagle.  Choice AU examples of this Red Book variety never go unnoticed. This one brought $4,700 in Legend's Sept. 2018 sale of The Konstantine Collection. $3,950
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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.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.110 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Crisply struck throughout.  Only star 2 lacks a center point.  Untoned with vibrant cartwheel luster.  Trace of friction on the cheek.  Nifty coin for the date or type collector. $2,300
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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.107 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Virtually full luster.  The lightly toned centers are encased in a haunting halo of iridescent copper and turquoise album toning. $1,900
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1818 O.108 R.1 PCGS AU 53 CAC Overton's "pincher 8's" variety.  Scrumptious album toning with a healthy dose of underlying luster.  The coin is essemtially without faults.  Here is a prize for those who covet a bust half with exceptional eye appeal. $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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1819/8 Small 9 O.101 R.1 NGC AU 55 Light toning with luster one expects of a 55.  A bit of iridescence at the rims contributes to the eye appeal.  Just 1 of 6 overdate varieties from 1819 features a small 9.  Housed in an older NGC capsule; last offered by Dave Olmstead at the Aug. 2007 ANA Convention @ $1,095. $995
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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 Sq. Base 2 O.101a R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Charlton Meyer, Jr., noted on the PCGS label.  Last offered at my sale of the Meyer collection during the July 2008 ANA Convention.  Swampy acquired the coin via private treaty in 1983.  He stored it in a brown kraft envelope where it took on a beguiling, diaphanous patina of pastel gold.  The coin is charming.  It features full cartwheel luster with friction confined to high points of the obverse portrait and tops of the eagle's wings.  There are a few contact marks, obverse and reverse, none particularly distracting.  The square base 2 overdate of 1820 is significantly more difficult to find than its curl base sister.  Choice AU and UNC examples are rare.  PCGS suggests a retail price of $5,750 for the issue.  Auction prices support the estimate.  Don't dally if you'd like this one! $4,150 SOLD
1820/19 Curl 2 O.102 R.2 PCGS AU 55 This one walked up to my ANA table in Rosemont dressed in the buff.  Yes, raw!  Just back from PCGS (11-11-19) and headed to CAC if it survives the Baltimore show. The coin enjoys near perfect surfaces beneath a light antique grey patina.  Luster and eye appeal befit AU 58. $3,250
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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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1822/1 O.102 R.4+ PCGS VF 30 Wholesome antique grey toning, lighter on the devices.  Even wear throughout with softness at the lower drapery lines and motto (opposite).  A short scrape hides under the toning, between S1 and the bust. $440
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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.113 R.3 PCGS AU 53 Richly toned with notable luster.  A high-end "53.  A pair of shallow planchets voids under Liberty's chin are not to be confused with contact marks.  This is a particularly sweet coin from the collection of the late Van Harvey. $425
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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 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. $1,125
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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 SOLD
1824/1 O.101 R.2 PCGS XF 45 Even, medium grey toning with hints of luster.  Balanced strike. $325 Sale Pending

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1824 O.108a R.2 PCGS AU 55 Even medium grey toning blankets nearly complete cartwheel luster.  Some softness in the obverse devices is traditional for this later die state.   You'll have no argument with the grade. $395
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1824/4 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! $3,100
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1824 O.114 R.5- PCGS Gd. 6 No argument with the grade.  Generally smooth surfaces.  No marks deserve mention.  Back in 1982, when I entered the bust half arena, the `24-114 was one of the few die pairs that Al Overton rated R.8.  I remember cherrying one at a small show in San Rafael, CA circa 1984.  What a thrill!  Upwards of 40 specimens are now known, most in low grade.  I quote my mentor of those halcyon days, Elton Dosier, "You don't find one of these under every rock."  Is it time fill that hole in your die variety set? $175
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1824 O.116 R.3 PCGS MS 63 Blazing luster, smooth surfaces and well struck.  This is a "WOW" coin.  Liberty sports a double profile, a common feature of half-dollars coined in 1823 and 1824. $2,350
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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.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.110 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Even, medium grey toning with soft underlying luster.  Ex Dr. Charles Link and Howard Sharfman; last appearing in MB 37, lot 44, Aug. 2013, where it brought $880.  The streaks under the eagle's right wing are drift marks, a product of the imperfect refining process employed by the early Mint. $650
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1825 O.112 R.3 PCGS Gold Shield MS 66 Electrifying eye appeal!  The iridescent toning is surreal.  Dalí would approve.  So did the noted collector Jm O'Neal when he spotted the coin in Heritage's Aug. 2015 ANA Sale.  (Lot 4055 brought $17,625.)  O'Neal is the retired CEO of Frito-Lay International as well as PepsiCo Restaurants International (think Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut.).  Here is a coin that must be seen.  The accompanying photo is a mere hors d'oeuvre.  Is it the finest known of the die pair?  NGC graded the Kauffman specimen MS 66.  It is a sparkling gem, though dipped.  I'll put my money on the O'Neal coin. $15,950
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1825 O.114 R.1 PCGS Gold Shield MS 65 Ex Dale Friend, noted on the PCGS label.  Yet another 1825 with dramatic eye appeal.  It is the PCGS CoinFacts plate coin for Overton-114 and generally considered the 2nd finest known of the die variety.  Intense cartwheel luster rolls beneath the reddish bronze and sea green toning.  Iridescent turquoise and gold enliven the stars and legend.  A beauty! $5,750
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1825 O.114 R.1 PCGS MS 64 Ex Keith Davignon.  The semi-prooflike surfaces drew Keith to this coin when he acquired it by private treaty.  Fully struck devices and the absence of clash marks suggest that the coin was one of the first struck from the O.114 die pair.  A gloss of pale gold toning enhances the eye appeal.  I note that the reverse is rotated 15° counterclockwise.    $3,100
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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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1827/6 O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Bold luster with minimal signs of handling.  Trace of friction on the cheek.  Brilliant and untoned save for a bit of amber and turquoise through some of the stars.  Superior eye appeal. $1,675
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1827/6 O.102 R.1 PCGS MS 61 Pastel copper and gold blend with iridescent turquoise, a beguiling combination.  Strong luster is a nice bonus.  Light handling marks, nothing significant, account for the modest grade. $2,375
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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 SOLD
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.141 R.3 PCGS AU 58+ CAC Full, caky luster usually found on select unc. coins. Antique grey toning. A sweet, original 1827.  A thread or somesuch was on the planchet (behind the eagle's neck) when the screw press tightened.  I'm guessing that PCGS docked the coin a couple of points for this bit of carelessness.  You, as I (and probably CAC), may find that it adds to the intrigue of this very high grade coin. $900
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.142 R.3 PCGS AU 53 Flashes of turquoise and gold iridescence enliven the natural grey toning.  Lovely surfaces. $395
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1827 Curl Base 2 O.146 R.2 PCGS AU 53 Ex Stewart P. Witham, BHNC #1, noted on the PCGS label.  Stars 1-7 glow with iridescent album toning.  A crust of grey dirt lays across the remainder of the obverse.  The reverse is equally original but fails to match the eye appeal of the obverse;  the toning is darker and uneven.  I doubt that the coin ever saw circulation.  Luster is complete and unbroken.  Why only a 53?  Blame the reverse toning.  Here is a connoiseur's coin, witness the Witham provenance.  Only 2 of 49 die pairs in 1827 feature a curl 2.  But you knew that. $525 SOLD
1828 Curl 2 No Knob O.102 R.2 PCGS MS 63 Ex Tom Sears from an Aug. 2012 Heritage auction.  Original, silver-grey patina, a bit mottled on the obverse.  A solid, uncirculated coin with a razor sharp portrait and eagle.  Weakness in the stars and lowest drapery lines is standard for the issue. $2,450
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1828 Curl 2 No Knob O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Lot 63 in my Jan. 2016 FUN Show Sale, MB 42.  There described: An engaging crust of antique grey toning is surrounded by a halo of iridescent gold with flecks of copper and emerald green.  The luster and smooth surfaces are all we expect of our 58’s.  Howard Sharfman prevailed at $1,290. $1,175
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1828 Curl 2 No Knob, Lg.8s O.103 R.2 NGC AU 58 Lot 180 in my Nov. 1999 MB 24 at $410.  (Ah, the good old days.)  Handsome grey toning, decent luster, well struck and perfectly centered.  The surfaces are virtually immaculate.  A nifty coin from yesteryear. $725
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1828 Sq. Base Knob 2, Lg. 8's O.108 R.3 PCGS MS 64 Rich antique toning with deep, deep, deep underlying luster.  The PCGS label shows the provenance, Dr. Charles Link.  The coin rates No. 3 in the Condition Census.  Overton identified 23 die pairs for this year.  Just two feature a square based, knob 2 with large 8s.  This was lot 56 in Legend's Sept. 2018 of "The Konstantine Collection," bringing $4,113.  My personal notes emphasized the original toning and surfaces that grace this important Red Book variety. $4,500
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1828 Sq. Base Knob 2, Lg. 8's O.109 R.3 NGC AU 58 Untoned, the luster lightly disturbed in the obverse fields.  Well struck.  Only 2 of 23 die pairs in 1828 have a square base, knob 2 with large 8s.  High grade examples carry a premium.  Last offered at my Jan. 2007 FUN Show table. $625
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.117 R.1 PCGS MS 62 A patina of silver-grey fails to subdued the cartwheel luster.  The strike is first rate.  As often occurs, the reverse grades a point or two higher than the obverse. $1,250
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.117a R.1 PCGS MS 62 Ex Keith Davignon.  Superb eye appeal, as usual for coins with a Davignon provenance.  A panoply of glittering colors floats across the obverse.  The same colors grace the reverse while the texture of the regal patina bespeaks its antique origin.  It is appropriate that Keith found the coin in a 2016 Stack’s/Bowers auction that featured The Fossil Creek Collection. This is a marvelous coin.  You’ll love it! $2,150
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.117a R.1 PCGS 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.  Crossed from an NGC MS 62 capsule.  The NGC label accompanies. $1,775
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1828 Sm. Letters Reverse O.119 R.3 ANACS EF 45 Untoned with considerable luster for the assigned grade.  The surfaces are smooth though a tad busy.  This Red Book variety is represented by a single pair of dies in 1828.  High grade examples are scarce and bring a significant premium.  Last seen in Dave Olmstead's price list of March 2011. $365
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.122 R.3 PCGS MS 65 Immaculate surfaces, iridescent antique grey toning, booming luster and a bold strike add up to a gem half-dollar.  Crumbling at the rim between stars 5-6 has just begun, suggesting an early die state.  The O.122 is well known as the partner in a remarriage with the rare O.123; the reverse die hung around until 1830, reappearing on the R.5+ 1830 Large Letters. $5,750
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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 SOLD
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 Lg. Lets. Rev. O.110 R.2 PCGS XF 45

The reverse die is a holdover from 1828 (O.118a).  As the only "Large Letters" reverse of 20 known die pairs in 1829 it has earned a spot in the Red Book.  This is a particularly attractive example, featuring an unmistakeable look of originality.  The antique grey toning is enhanced by glowing luster through the stars and legend.  Ex Van Harvey collection.

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1829 Lg. Lets. Rev. O.110a R.2 PCGS AU 55 Iridescent album toning encases the stars.  The lustrous centers are untoned.  Nice surfaces, obverse and reverse.  Choice AU and UNC examples of the variety are surprisingly difficult to find.  The reverse die first appeared on the 1828 O.118 and is the only large letters example to be found in 1829.  Research has shown that the 1828 O.118 and 1829 O.110 dies were remarried, presumably in 1829. $450 SOLD
1829 O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  A ring of album toning is a bonus to this high grade 1829.  Short die lines, right of the date, appear on early die states and signal a well struck example of this common die pair.  It is worth noting, however, that the obverse die appears in a later die state on the prohibitively rare O.120 (only 3 known examples). $875
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1829 O.114 R.3 ANACS MS 61 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 Sm.0 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Original! Antique grey toning with iridescent highlights. Full, caky luster.  A connoisseur's coin from Howard Sharfman's renowned Everyman Registry Set. $900
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1830 Large 0 O.122 R.1 PCGS AU 58+ CAC Light toning; full luster with sharply struck centers. Uncirculated save for cabinet friction on the cheek. Another nice coin from the Sharfman registry set. $1,100
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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 SOLD
1831 O.101 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC A crust of grey dirt cannot hide the underlying luster. Reverse die rotated 25°, not uncommon in the capped bust series. $1,595
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1831 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58+ CAC Here is a common date and variety with all the bells and whistles.  Registry set collectors pay attention.  The coin has full luster, minimal signs of handling and a trace of friction that you’ll have to find.  I cannot.  Brilliant and untoned, the + grade and CAC sticker are well deserved. $1,050
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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 MS 65 A true gem with satiny surfaces, robust luster and rich, iridescent toning.  The central devices are sharp save for weakness at the lowest drapery lines and motto opposite, typical for this die pair.  (Compare the Overton plate coin.) $5,750
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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.110 R.2 PCGS MS 64 Astute collectors will recognize and appreciate the "originality" of this 1831.  Careful storage over the past 188 years was required to preserve the deep, unbroken luster while encouraging a protective patina of antique grey with hints of pastel lilac and russet.  OK, the motto is weak and a stray hairline crosses Liberty's bosom.  All else suggests a gem designation.  Pretty! $2,550
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1831 O.116 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Sharply struck with deep, glossy antique toning.  Lovely surfaces.  Three dots above and adjacent to the center of Liberty's bosom were imparted by the ejection tool used by the early Mint to remove coins from the coining chamber. $695 SOLD
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 Lg. Letters O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Well struck early die state.  A crust of silver-grey toning is a marker of originality and will excite those seeking "grey dirt" coins for their date or variety sets.  The coin is an easy match for most bust halves graded AU 58.  Full cartwheel luster is undisturbed in the fields.  The reverse appears to be UNC.  A gold CAC sticker would have been no surprise.  Off the market since 2006 when the previous owner purchased it from me at the Jan. FUN Show. $545 SOLD
1832 Sm. Lets. O.103 R.1 PCGS MS 62 Dazzling luster hallmarks this offering.  Look a 2nd time and note the incredible strike: 13 stars with center points, a complete set of drapery lines, detailed curls and wing feathers, razor sharp talons, a motto free of weakness and each dentil complete and separated from its neighbor.  Remakable! $1,550
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.106 R.1 PCGS MS 63 This fully lustrous coin is wrapped in a blanket of pale gold.  You will love the iridescent copper and turquoise highlights through the legend and enjoy the well struck devices. $1,850 SOLD
1832 Sm. Lets. O.106 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Gorgeous toning!  Sea green, copper, turquoise, aqua coat the surfaces.  Full luster contributed to CAC's confirmation of quality.  This is a showpiece 1832. $1,195
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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.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Another well struck 1832.  Lightly toned with full luster.  A trace of friction on the cheek.  From Howard Sharfman's Everyman Registry Set. $850
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC 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.  $1,200
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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.108 R.1 PCGS MS 64 CAC A stunning coin.  For an 1833 the strike is uncanny.  All devices are fully struck.  Only star 8 lacks a center point.  Pastel hues grace the fully lustrous, immaculate fields.  I found this gem in Rosemont at the recent ANA Convention.  It is a special coin.  Don't let it get away! $3,750
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1833 O.108 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Later die state than the ethereal MS64 O.108.  Deep gold with beguiling copper iridescence through the stars and legend.  From Sharfman's Everyman Registry Set. $800 SOLD
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.112 R.2 NGC AU 55 Ex Jules Reiver, noted on the label; this is lot 23268 from Heritage's Jan. 2006 sale; it brought $373.  Reiver's kraft envelope accompanies; he acquired the coin from Don Frederick Jan. 30, 1980.  Antique grey toning, infused with golden highlights, contibutes to the coin's excellent eye appeal.  Strong luster supports the choice AU designation. $355
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1833 O.115 R.5+ PCGS Gen. VF Details The PCGS label correctly notes "cleaned."  With a loupe you'll see hairlines and some roughness under the natural light to medium grey toning.  You won't be disappointed in the eye appeal.  This is the "stopper" for those hoping to complete a set of 1833's.  Ex BHNC stalwart Van Harvey who passed away, too young, 3 years ago. $775
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1834 Lg. Dt, Sm. Lets O.108 R.2 PCGS AU 58+ Brilliant, untoned with blinding luster.  A trace of friction on the cheek.  The central devices, including the motto, are fully struck. A new purchase, graded this week (11-11-19) for the first time.  Here is a "wow" coin for an Everyman Registry Set collector.  I repeat ... WOW! $925 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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1835 O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 50 CAC An especially sweet 1835, with attractive, original surfaces and toning.  Soft luster throughout, stronger between the stars and letters of the legend. $365 SOLD
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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1836 O.122 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Booming luster with but a hint of friction on the cheek.  Here is an "AU" that never saw circulation.  Faint contact marks are noted above the eagle's head.  You may need a loupe to see them.  The flash and eye appeal of the coin are first rate. $775
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Reeded Edge Half-Dollars, 1836-1839
1839-O GR-1 R.1 PCGS AU 53 A faint halo of gold inside the stars and legend frames the untoned centers.  The surfaces are busy; minor contact marks are consistent with the grade.  The `39-O is a charismatic issue, always in demand.  PCGS suggests $3,800 for an AU 53.  Yikes! $2,475 SOLD
1839 Reeded Edge GR-7 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Ex Charlton Meyer Collection, noted on the PCGS label.  Untoned with strong luster despite a gentle wipe.  Well struck.  Swampy acquired the coin from his friend and BHNC sponsor Floyd Farley (BHNC #2) in 1975. $525 Sale Pending

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Draped Bust Dimes, 1796-1807
1807 JR-1 R.1 PCGS XF 40 A wonderful, original example that has been off the market for over 30 years.  The balanced strike features full drapery lines and nicely detailed hair curls.  Evenly toned, as my colleague and great friend Henry Hilgard used to say, "like grandma's silver."  This is a nifty coin for your date or type set.  From the Long Island collection that was featured in my recent Mail Bid Sale No. 49. $2,450
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Capped Bust Quarters, 1815-1838
1834 O/F B-1 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Ex Eric Newman, lot 33173 in Heritage's Nov. 2013 sale as NGC AU 50 CAC where it brought $1,028.  The NGC label accompanies.  Kraft envelope toning with iridescent russet highlights will appeal to those seeking high-grade, original examples for their date or type sets.  Mint luster survives, yielding a delightful luminosity to the toning.  Recently crossed to PCGS.  A CAC sticker should be available to anyone seeking confirmation of the grade. $550
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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. $4,250
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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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Sheridan Downey, Numismatist
Oakland, California
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