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Flowing Hair Half-Dollar, 1794-1795
1794 O.104 R.5 PCGS VG 10 From the Robert P. Hilt, Jr. Collection as NGC F.12. (NGC label accompanies.) Even medium grey toning. Solid for the grade. $9,750
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Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Half-Dollars, 1801-1807
1801 O.101 R.3 PCGS XF 40 Even crust of natural toning.  Strong central details and nice fields.  An unobtrusive tick on dentil, left of date, is the sole blemish.  Nifty coin for the date or first year type set collector.  This date gets very expensive in higher grades. $5,250
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1803 Small 3 O.104 R.3 NGC XF 45 Light grey, darker at the peripheries with subtle iridescence.  Contact marks and detail of an XF 40 and priced as such. $2,400
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1803 Small 3 O.104 R.3 PCGS VF 25 CAC Handsome coin with natural grey toning, lighter on the devices.  Superior eye appeal. $1,325
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1805 O.111 R.3 PCGS VF 35 Light grey with nice surfaces.  Pushing XF, but the grade is right.  This date is undervalued in comparison to the more common 1806's and 1807's. $1,250
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1806 Knob 6 O.105 R.2 PCGS VF 20 CAC Medium antique grey toning.  Very early die state, not mentioned in Overton or Tompkins: no die break through stars or date.  Faint die break joins tops of LI in LIBERTY.  PCGS label incorrectly notes "small stars."  Students of the series generally agree that this die pair [O.105 and T.5] has large stars. $875
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1806 Knob 6, Small Stars O.106 R.4 PCGS XF 40 A classy example, richly toned in deep antique grey.  Strong details except for tip of bust and one cloud. $1,750
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1806 Pt.6 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. $3,950
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1806/9 O.112 R.4 PCGS VG 10 Light grey toning, darker on the reverse. Heavy obverse die break, star 11 to bust, is a bonus for this charismatic Red Book variety.  Obverse adjustment marks blend with Liberty's curls. $625
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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.109a R.3 PCGS VF 25 PCGS label notes, "Manhattan Collection."  Striking weakness at the centers is typical of the die state.  Decent wing feathers, strong drapery lines.  Natural grey toning. $900
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Capped Bust Half-Dollars, 1807-1836
1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 NGC AU 58 Frosty luster with a lovely halo of gold through the stars and legend.   The obverse well struck, the reverse with occassional weakness.  A "flashy" coin with superior eye appeal.  From the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection. $3,950
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1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 53 Pale blue and gold iridescence beneath natural grey toning.  Strike similar to the previous example, with a bit more wear.  Pretty coin! $2,250
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1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Strong luster, gorgeous color, nice surfaces and decent strike yield a coin with exceptional eye appeal.  Camouflaged scrape under the left wing is the sole distraction.  An 1807 to fall in love with! $3,750
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1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Light grey toning; pale gold through stars and legend.  Plenty of luster in the fields.  Solid for the grade. $1,825
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1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS XF 40 CAC Antique grey with hints of turquoise and gold at the peripheries.  VERY nice surfaces!  For the collector who covets originality. $1,525 SOLD
1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS F.15 Natural grey toning, lighter on the devices.  Luster adheres to protected areas.  Softly struck wings may account for the conservative grade. $450
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1807 Bearded Goddess O.111b R.5 PCGS VG 10 Coveted die state, with heavy die break chest to chin, extending through Liberty's eye to headband.  Dusky grey toning.  Contact mark at top of cap; toning spots atop right wing.  You'll have no quarrel with the modest grade.  Better act fast on this one! $1,450 SOLD
1807 Small Stars O.113 R.2 PCGS VF 30 CAC Silver grey toning with luster through stars and most of the legend.  Soft wings are typical.  No significant marks. $1,525
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1807 Small Stars O.113a R.3 NGC AU 53 CAC Halo of blue, gold and aqua with iridescent antique-grey centers. Sharply struck obverse, the reverse better than most with softness around the eagle's head. A very pretty coin. $5,300
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1807 Small Stars O.113a R.3 PCGS VF 30 Remember the aborted sale of the Overton Collection back in 1993?  Lenny Schramm conferred his annual Can of Worms award on me when I withdrew the Overton coins from MB 9 a couple of weeks before the July 1993 ANA Convention in Baltimore.  Most forget that the auction sale, though eviscerated, went forward.  Among the 85 surviving lots was this 1807 small stars.  It was lot 3 in the sale, offered raw, graded VF 35 and described as follows: From the David Davis collection.  Medium grey toning.  Loads of luster in the fields,  A technical XF that we've downgraded because of the "typical" strike for this issue: softness in the central portrait, left wing and eagle's head.  Nice rims with full dentils.  VERY tough to find in decent condition.

I'd purchased the Davis collection outright earlier in the year and offered some of Dave's more interesting coins in the sale.  The foregoing description did not mention the fact that the coin was struck on an oversize planchet, 33mm instead of the standard 32.5mm.  Small and large planchets are found on the four capped bust die pairs of 1807; it is my experience that the small stars variety comes with a greater percentage of "large planchets" than the others.

The coin comes with the original auction tag from the "Overton Sale."  It was sent to PCGS for grading this month.  Frankly, I expected an XF because of the excess luster and nice surfaces.  In all events, it is a nice coin with an interesting history.
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1808 O.108a R.3 PCGS AU 53 CAC Original antique grey-gold toning. The central devices well struck.  Soft luster throughout.  A couple of ticks alongside the eagle's neck are insignificant.  From the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection. $1,495 SOLD
1808 O.110a R.4+ PCGS VF 35 The long established key to a die variety set of 1808's.  Thin die break from rim, through star 7 to nose is diagnostic.  The die pair comes well struck, usually with full dentils, as here.  Light to medium grey toning. Davignon's PCGS VF 35 brought $836 in Jan. 2015 (MB 40, lot 27). $700 SOLD
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 55 Old Green label, used between 1993 and 1998.  Blazing luster throughout; sharply struck, with a bold overdate. Two toning spots on the reverse earmark this flashy coin. $2,950
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1808/7 O.101 R.1 PCGS XF 45 Pale gold toning with soft luster.  The reverse a bit lighter.  While free of heavy marks, the surfaces are a little busy for a "45." Priced accordingly. $595 SOLD
1809 O.104 R.5- PCGS Gen XF Details PCGS correctly spotted ancient hairlines under the  battleship-grey toning; so, "cleaned."  The eye appeal, however, is not at all shabby!  Luster flickers through the stars and legend.  The toning is even and, I suspect, natural rather than chemically induced.  All-in-all, a handsome coin -- and RARE! $575
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1809 III Edge O.109b R.4 PCGS AU 53 CAC Strong luster and scrumptious toning!  Aqua, gold, turquoise and rose accent the rich antique patina. Smooth fields are a bonus.  A couple of marks on Liberty's lower neck are hidden beneath the toning.  This is a "wow" coin for the Red Book collector. $2,300
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1809 III Edge O.111a R.2 PCGS AU 50 The smooth surfaces are encased in original, lightly iridescent dove-grey toning.  The central devices are well detailed despite the late die state.  Another prize for the Red Book enthusiast.  From the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection. $1,250
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1810 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 58 Sharply struck, with but a hint of weakness at the top of the eagle's left wing.  Robust luster flows across the lightly toned fields and devices.  All 13 stars show center points.  Die breaks through the date and stars 1-7 add character.  Act quickly to reserve this key early date. $2,725 SOLD
1810 O.102 R.1 PCGS MS 63 CAC Engaging eye appeal despite standard weakness (for the die pair) atop the left wing.  Rich, original toning glows with luster.  Superior eye appeal is confirmed by the CAC sticker.  Ex George Hamilton collection, dispersed by Heritage in Aug. 2016. $5,950 SOLD
1810 O.110 R.2 PCGS AU 58 A lightly toned 1810 with full, flashy luster.  Well struck centers.  The reverse rotated clockwise about 20°.  Short drift mark in the left field.  Very tough date in this grade.  Ex George Hamilton collection. $2,895 SOLD
1811 Sm. 8 O.105a R.2 PCGS AU 53 CAC Naturally toned in shades of steel grey. Crisp, well defined dentils, obverse and reverse. $1,095
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1811 Sm. 8 O.105a R.2 PCGS AU 58 Blinding luster over untoned surfaces; a hint of copper toning through the dentils.  The strike is first rate.  Check out Liberty's curls and drapery lines as well as the eagle's claws.  The Old Green PCGS label dates to 1993-98.  Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips collection. $2,495
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1811 Sm. 8 O.109 R.2 PCGS AU 55 Nice luster beneath iridescent blue-grey toning.  Contact marks on Liberty's neck and chin are the sole distraction. $850
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1811 Sm. 8 O.111 R.2 PCGS MS 61 Old Green PCGS label, style of 1993-98.  Booming luster with hints of turquoise and pale copper toning at the peripheries.  All devices nicely detailed.  PCGS Price Guide suggests a generous $3,700.  Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips collection. $1,950 SOLD
1811/10 O.101 R.1 PCGS VF 35 Handsome, original grey toning, a bit lighter on the obverse portrait.  Balanced strike with blemish-free surfaces. $450
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1811/10 O.101 R.1 PCGS XF 40 CAC Light grey, darker at the peripheries.  Later die state, exhibitiing some striking weakness.  Still, solid for the grade with good eye appeal. $795
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1811/10 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 53 Full cartwheel, protected by a natural grey patina.  Intermediate die state; the effaced 0 shows, bottom left and top right of the first 1 in the date.  Nice original look.  From an old time date collection of raw coins; just back from PCGS and probably headed to CAC if the buyer likes little green beans. $1,450 SOLD
1812 O.110 R.1 NGC MS 62 Perfect MS 62; not a hint of friction.  Original dove-grey toning glows with underlying, unbroken luster.  Note the unusual detail in Liberty's curls.  Early date UNC's are in demand.  Here is a nice one. $1,925 SOLD
1812/1 Sm. 8 O.102 R.2 PCGS XF 45 CAC Evenly toned in medium to dark original antique grey.  Very nice surfaces.  Luster around devices.  A handsome coin. $825 SOLD
1812/1 Sm. 8 O.102 R.2 PCGS AU 55 Translucent pale copper toning, enhanced by turquoise iridescence through stars 1-7.  A pretty coin with decent luster for the grade.  Struck from clashed dies.  No significant marks. $1,650
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1813 O.104 R.4 PCGS AU 58 A Condition Census piece, one of the more important coins in this offering. The 1813 O.104 is notorious on 2 counts.  First, it generally comes with a mushy strike only its mother would like.  Second, high grade examples match the scarcity of hen's teeth. This example, from the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection, is a happy exception to both rules.  The eye appeal is first rate!  Luster in the fields matches that in protected areas.  The trace of friction on Liberty's cheek is as likely to be found on an MS 62 coin as on this AU 58.  The lightly toned centers are beautifully framed with rings of album toning.  In short, the coin is a connoisseur's delight.  Consider reaching for the phone to grab this one. $5,950 Sale Pending

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1813 O.107 R.4 PCGS VF 35 Rare early die state, without obverse die breaks.  Light grey toning, darker at the peripheries.  High rims and bold dentils confirm the unusually early die state.  Overton collectors will appreciate this opportunity. $350 SOLD
1813 O.108 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Another prize from the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection.  This date matches the 1810 in scarcity when it comes to high grade examples.  For some reason more 1811's and 1812's appear in high grade than 1813.  Virtually full, unbroken luster bursts through a veneer of pastel copper toning.  The strike, surfaces and eye appeal befit the lofty grade. $3,350
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1814 O.103 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Ex Keith Davignon and Charles Link.    An especially handsome example of the most common die pair of the year.  The rich, iridescent blue-grey toning displays a gloss of gold, more-so on the reverse.  Heavy clash marks punctuate the obverse while a notable injury to the die connects the scroll and left wing – each a hallmark of the die pair. $4,395 SOLD
1814 O.104a R.2 PCGS XF 40 Antique grey with iridescent color from album storage.  Pleasing surfaces.  Plenty of luster for an XF. $375 SOLD
1814 E/A O.108a R.1 PCGS XF 40 Standard strike from these well worn dies.  Abundant luster belies the grade.  Natural light grey toning.  Another coin for Red Book and Registry Set collectors. $975 SOLD
1814 Single Leaf O.105a R.4 NGC AU 50 Light rub on the cheek, ribbon and curls over the ear.  Soft luster throughout.  Light copper toning with attractive turquoise iridescence through the stars.  This is an important coin for Red Book collectors.  High grade example are genuinely scarce. $2,750
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1814/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 58 The stars are infused with pastel copper toning.  The untoned centers feature strong, unbroken luster.  The surfaces, of course, are rife with distinct clash marks and fabulous die breaks.  Red Book and Registry Set collectors, pay special attention.  This overdate is a devil to find in "58." $3,750 Sale Pending

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1814/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS VF 35 Silver-grey with abundant luster for a mere VF.  The overdate is plain while the remainder of the coin displays the usual blunt strike, punctuated by clash marks and die breaks.  The reverse is rotated about 20° clockwise.  No surface marks deserve mention. $600 SOLD
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 rotate 20° clockwise -- interesting, but not unusual. $2,575
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1814/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS XF 40 CAC Even medium grey.  Rather early die state with light clash marks above the date and the obverse die breaks still searching for maturity. $1,050
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1815/2 O.101 R.2 PCGS XF 45 Early die state, without reverse die breaks.  Slate grey, lighter on the devices.  No marks worth mention.  Balanced strike, the left wing with full feathers -- for once.  Evenly worn, though a tad short on luster for the assigned grade.  This date is rife with problem coins.  Here is a nice exception. $8,050
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1815/2 O.101a R.3 PCGS XF 40 CAC From the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection, featuring an old green PCGS label that dates encapsulation to the mid-1990's.  Lightly toned with "too much" luster for the assigned grade.  A short, vertical drift mark adjoins the tip of the left wing. Decent strike with some weakness atop the left wing.  The coin served a short hitch in commerce, retiring with no significant marks from circulation. This CAC approved key date won't last long.  Act quickly! $7,600
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1817 O.113 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Golden toning with crimson and orange highlights. From the Charles Link collection and so noted on the PCGS label. Earlier in the collection of Charlton E. Meyer, Jr.  Dr. Link's notes show his acquisition date, July 28, 2008. $3,495
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1817/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS XF 40 Luster flows through the stars, legend and around the devices. Light to medium grey toning with copper and rose highlights.  The central devices show modest striking weakness, as usual.  The 1817/3 is the strongest overdate of the series. $1,250
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1817/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS XF 40 Light grey; luster and strike similar to last with a few more signs of circulation. $975 SOLD
1818 O.104a R.3 PCGS AU 50 Ex Gehring Prouty collection; old green label from 1996 (or earlier), when offered as lot 16 in MB 17.  Intense luster, unbroken in the fields -- the way our AU 50's used to appear.  The brilliant centers are flanked by a thin halo of gold toning.  Terrific eye appeal! $900 SOLD
1818 O.109a R.2 PCGS AU 58 The lustrous surfaces are bathed in a gloss of golden toning.  High rims and full dentils nicely frame the central devices. $1,525 Sale Pending

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1818 O.114a R.3 PCGS MS 62 CAC Caky, unbroken luster blankets the smooth, untoned surfaces.  A first-rate strike further qualifies the coin for an important collection of high grade bust half-dollars.  This one is a beauty!  Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips. $3,250 SOLD
1818/7 Lg. 8 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU Details Cleaned, as noted on the PCGS label.  Subtle hairlines under natural grey toning.  Soft luster.  Virtually free of contact marks.  Will fit nicely in an XF-AU date or Red Book set. $275 SOLD
1818/7 Lg. 8 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 58 A trace of friction on the cheek.  That's it.  Vibrant luster coats the untoned centers.  A halo of album toning yields exceptional eye appeal.  Check the photo and the detail in Liberty's curls.  Wow! $3,200 SOLD
1819 O.108 R.3 NGC MS 62 CAC Ex George Hamilton, a 1994 purchase, housed in an old style NGC capsule.  Lovely antique grey toning with iridescent copper highlights.  For those who enjoy their coins with nice surfaces and the look of originality!  A VERY tough date to find in mint state. $3,325
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1820 Lg. Date, No Knob O.108 R.2 PCGS AU 53 CAC Smooth, hard surfaces painted with natural blue-grey patina.  Iridescent gold and turquoise toning encases the stars and legend.  STRONG eye appeal for the assigned grade.  Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips. $1,475 SOLD
1820/19 Curl 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Similar to last -- strong luster beneath a gloss of antique grey toning.  The reverse is especially nice.   $3,950
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1820/19 Curl 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 This and the following coin are virtual twins, acquired from the same source.  They are similarly toned, with beguling looks of originality. This example sports iridescent  turquoise highlights through most stars and much of the legend.  Nearly full luster under the natural toning. $3,950
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1820/19 Curl 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Light toning with an arc of pastel copper through stars 1-7.  A few circulation marks, nothing serious, put this on the border between AU 53 and 55. $1,850
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1820/19 Curl 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 55 The uniform grey patina is kissed with iridescent turquoise through the legend.  Soft cartwheel luster flows through the fields.  Precious few signs of contact.  PCGS says $2,500 retail. $1,950
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1820/19 Sq. Base 2 O.101 R.2 PCGS 58 Even, silver-grey toning.  Deep, undisturbed luster.  Difficult to locate the friction on this one.  Would grade mint state on another day.  The square based 2 overdate is trickier to find than its curl 2 sibling.  Don't hesitate if this is on your want list! $3,950
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1821 O.101a R.1 PCGS VF 30 Antique grey with hints of luster throughout.  A bit of dirt on the surfaces attests to originality.  Low mintage date. $175
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1821 O.105 R.1 PCGS XF 45 Silver-grey with subtle gold highlights.  Luster befits an AU coin, making this one an upgrade candidate.  Fresh from the slab factory after repose in a old-time date set. $385 SOLD
1821 O.105a R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Davignon.  Bold, unbroken luster confirms the grade.  Subtle turquoise iridescence is a nice bonus.  There is a trace of friction on the cheek.  The reverse appears UNC.  Here is a dandy coin for a date or type collector. $2,100
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1822 O.111 R.2 PCGS XF 40 Natural medium grey, lighter on the devices.  Very high rims feature a complete set of distinct dentils. $225 SOLD
1823 O.104 R.3 PCGS AU 50 The more lustrous reverse qualifies as AU.  The somewhat softly impressed obverse falls a tad short.  No problems, just light wear.  Natural grey toning. $295 SOLD
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. $1,250
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1823 O.106a R.2 PCGS MS 62 A charming coin with nice luster, satiny silver-grey toning and uncommonly smooth surfaces. Sharply struck, especially for this later die state.  The O-106a, is occasionally misattributed as the broken or patched 3 as the 3 in the date has been reworked in some fashion. $1,775 SOLD
1823 O.109 R.5+ PCGS AU 55 What to say about a high grade `23-109?!  If you're interested, you already know how tough the die pair is -- in any grade.  This is the first choice AU that I recall handling since De Olden's NGC AU 55 in 2006 (at $12,403).  Davignon settled for a nice XF 40, never latching on to one of the few AU's.  Soft luster runs under an even blanket of grey toning.  The coin is well struck, the surfaces without problems, aside from a little roughness (as made) in the planchet alongside Liberty's nose.  Run, don't walk to your phone or computer if you want this one! $10,000 SOLD
1823 Broken 3 O.101 R.3 PCGS AU 53 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Soft luster throughout.  Light grey toning.  The centers decently impressed.  A paradigm for the assigned grade. The "broken 3" remains a favorite of Overton, Red Book and registry set collectors.  PCGS suggests a retail price of $2,850.  Don't delay on this one! $2,495
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1824 O.115 R.2 PCGS AU 53 Original silver-grey toning with a nice dose of luster.  Immaculate obverse surfaces, the reverse with minor signs of handling. $315 SOLD
1824 O.115 R.2 PCGS MS 64 Intense luster and immaculate surfaces match the lofty grade. Stunning originality!  High rims and crisp dentils are a bonus.  Antique toning highlights the devices.  Here is a lovely, fairly priced offering for the collector seeking choice bust halves for his or her date set.  PCGS suggests $4,000 for a "64." $2,950 SOLD
1824 O.116 R.3 PCGS MS 62 A blast of luster greets the eye.  Untoned, save for a spot of pale rose at star 1.  Well struck, with Liberty's curls on proud display.  Nifty surfaces contribute to the eye appeal.  Here is an 1824 with terrific "flash." $1,775
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1824 Over Var. Dates O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Silver-grey with abundant underlying luster.  No problems and just right for the grade.  AU and UNC examples of this Red Book variety are increasingly difficult to find. $965 SOLD
1824/1 O.101a R.2 PCGS XF 40 CAC Rich antique grey toning with flashes of turquoise iridescence on the obverse.  Pleasing eye appeal and CAC approved. $325 SOLD
1824/4 O.110 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Silver and russet centers with gold and turquoise album toning through the stars and legend.  The surfaces are free of distractions.  A distinct Red Book variety; just 2 of 17 die pairs for the year feature the recut 4. You will like the eye appeal! $2,150
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1824/4 O.110 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Bold luster, encased in a pale gold patina with flecks of copper.  A bit more wear than the preceding AU 58, but not much; the surfaces befit a higher grade.  PCGS suggests $2,000 for this quality. $1,350
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1825 O.101 R.1 PCGS MS 62 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  A regal "MS 62," with satiny surfaces and a gossamer blanket of golden toning.  It is a challenge to find signs of contact on the smooth surfaces.  Top quality for the grade. $1,975
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1825 O.101 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Ex Keith Davignon.  Scintillating luster will grab the inquiring eye from across a crowded room.  A thin ring of gold encases the dentils.  Beautifully impressed, save for hints of weakness at the drapery lines.  The surfaces are immaculate.  This offering has everything one expects of a choice uncirculated bust half. $2,500 SOLD
1825 O.102 R.1 PCGS MS 62 Subtle blue iridescence, with hints of rose, lend an ethereal look to this gorgeous 1825.  The smooth fields are utterly free of contact marks.  Another "wow" MS 62! $1,975
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1825 O.104 R.4+ PCGS XF 45 Luster flows through the fields and across the devices.  I'd have wagered the house that this one would grade AU something.  But it didn't.  C'est la vie.  More important, the die pair is genuinely scarce, especially in high grade.  Naturally toned in shades of grey and iridescent gold, the eye appeal is first rate.  Value the coin as a nice AU.  You'll be happy you did. $795 SOLD
1826 O.106 R.3 PCGS MS 62 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Attractive pale blue-grey toning.  Cartwheel luster.  First rate strike!  Very few marks or signs of handling.  A pretty coin. $1,750 SOLD
1826 O.112a R.2 PCGS AU 55 From an old-tme collection.  Silvery-grey with flashes of iridescent aqua and turquoise.  Exceptional eye appea!  Our friends at CAC await its arrival. $595 SOLD
1826 O.114 R.4+ PCGS MS 63 Ex Charlton Meyer, James Ross and Charles Link.  Housed in a green label PCGS holder that predates Charlton Meyer's acquisition from me in Sept. 1991, then the finest known example of this rare die marriage.  A protective crust of antique auburn toning took decades to develop.  Cakey luster rolls, undisturbed, beneath the patina.  The surfaces are smooth as glass save for an ancient scuff near the olive stem and denomination.  At the August 2008 ANA Convention it was among the rarities from the Meyer Collection offered for private sale.  James Ross was pleased to take it home at $4,950.  He later traded it to Dr. Charles Link.  (Link now owns the NGC MS 64 offered by Heritage in its Jan. 2008 FUN Show sale, lot 1494.  It later crossed to an MS 64 PCGS holder.)  The originality of the current offering puts it in the horserace for win, place or show in the Condition Census. $4,495
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1827 Curl Base 2 O.146 R.2 NGC AU 55 The obverse is mostly brilliant, with strong luster; the reserve, with an equal dose of luster, is gorgeously toned, as though plucked from a Wayte Raymond album.  If you need the `27 curl 2 for your Red Book or registry set, here is a very nice example. $625 SOLD
1827 Sq. Base 2 O.110 R.4- NGC AU 58 CAC An heirloom coin from the Eric P. Newman Collection, ex Col. Green as noted on the NGC label. Luster sparkles beneath the rich grey and rose toning that proclaims the originality of this gorgeous piece. How nice that it is a scarce die pair! Lot 33660 from the Newman sale @ $2,467. $2,000 SOLD
1827 Sq. Base 2 O.117 R.3 PCGS XF 40 Old Green Label, circa 1993-98.  Richly toned with pleasing surfaces and abundant luster.  Might grade AU today, though the late die state and concomitant strike could keep it at XF.  Nice, original look. $225 SOLD
1827 Sq. Base 2 O.134 R.4 PCGS XF 40 Light grey, darker around the devices.  Somewhat soft impression.  A moderately scarce R.4 $165 SOLD
1827 Sq. Base 2 O.135 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Untoned with virtually full luster.  Decent strike for this often poorly impressed die pair.  Memorize this obverse.  It appears on the rare 1827 O.124. $900 SOLD
1827 Sq. Base 2 O.135 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Removed from an NGC MS 62 holder and graded this week by PCGS.  NGC label accompanies.  Blazing, unbroken luster blankets the untoned surfaces.  I've no clue where the graders found rub on the coin.  The centers are sharp, the rims soft -- standard for the issue.  Perhaps confusing to PCGS. $1,250 SOLD
1827/6 O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Untoned centers with a ring of album toning through the stars.  Well struck!  The reverse is UNC.  The obverse with a trace of friction and a few handling marks.  Solid for the grade. $1,500 SOLD
1827/6 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Lightly toned.  The luster, though unbroken, is more subdued than the preceding 1827/6.  No significant marks. $1,250
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1827/6 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Even, pale gold toning over vibrant luster. Decent strike.  One contact mark on Liberty's neck, nearly hidden by her curls.  Smooth fields. $1,295
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1828 Curl 2 w/Knob O.107 R.2 PCGS XF 45 CAC A charming coin, save for an unobtrusive scratch in front of Liberty's top, front curl.  Luster matches that of an AU 53 or better. Pale grey toning is highlighted by colorful iridescence at the peripheries.  Aside from the blemish first noted the surfaces are smooth as glass.  Though "R.2," the O.107 commands a significant premium.  Only two of 23 die pairs come with the knobbed, curl base 2.  The other, O.106, is a very tough R.4, avidly sought by die variety collectors.  The last CAC approved XF 45 I handled (MB 43, lot 61, Aug. 2016) brought over $800. $375
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Lg. 8's O.108 R.3 NGC XF 45 Ex Jules Reiver, as noted on the NGC label.  Pleasant, natural grey toning with a few hints of luster.  A wholesome coin, free of problems, but closer to XF 40 than 45. Heritage had NGC grade the Reiver coins shortly before its monumental sale in January 2006. $225 SOLD
1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.114 R.3 PCGS AU 55 Ex Charlton Meyer, Jr.  Last offered raw in 2008, resurfacing at the Denver ANA.  Graded this week by PCGS.  Meyer acquired the coin from Ivan Leaman in the early 1970's.  Well struck with strong luster.  Untoned with a modicum of wispy hairlines. $450 SOLD
1828 Sq.2, Sm.8's, Lg. Lt. O.113 R.3 PCGS VF 35 Untoned, the surfaces lightly wiped though infused with a grandiose helping of luster.  Portions of the central devices are softly struck.  The PCGS label incorrectly notes, "Large 8's." $150
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1828 Sq.2, Sm.8's, Lg. Lt. O.122 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips. Flashy and untoned with a gangbuster strike (except for stars 8-13).  The hard, flat surfaces burst with luster.  The die break on the rim, between stars 6-7, has appeared.  Unless you demand color, this one has all we expect of our AU 58's. $975 SOLD
1829 O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Sharply struck early die state.  Untoned with absolutely full luster.  You find the rub; I can't.  Minor contact marks, none worth noting.  Same obverse die as the R.7+ 1829 O.120.   Ex MB 35, lot 69, April 2012 at $908. $1,095 SOLD
1829 O.114 R.3 ANACS MS 61 Smooth surfaces coated with medium grey toning, kissed with pale rose iridescence.  Well struck and not a hint of friction. $975
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1829 O.114 R.3 PCGS MS 62 Untoned, with full, flashy luster.  Well struck.  A few stray hairlines. Virtually no marks. $1,495 SOLD
1829/7 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 55 Scintillating luster!  A near twin to the preceding `28-122, with a trace of friction in the fields.  Untoned and flashy.  PCGS says $1,300.  Enjoy this bargain! $950 SOLD
1830 Medium 0 O.119 R.1 PCGS MS 62 Superbly toned!  A blend of sea green, gold and rose provides a satiny, eye-cathching encasement while allowing bold, unbroken luster to flaunt its cartwheel.  Lovely surfaces too!  Why only "62?"  Most likely the softly impressed shield played a part - inherent in this die pair.  Overton labeled this obverse as one with a "medium 0" (the only one of the year); PCGS recognizes only large and small 0's. $1,525 SOLD
1830 Sm.0 O.102 R.3 NGC AU 58 A lustrous, untoned example.  Full motto.  Crisp stars and dentils.  Vibrant luster through the stars and across the entire reverse.  Faint rub in the obverse fields.  No marks worth mention. $595 SOLD
1830 Sm.0 O.108 R.1 PCGS XF 40 Light to medium grey toning.  Some luster in protected areas.  No problems. $145
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1830 Sm.0 O.113 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC Once dipped, now with light toning that includes golden iridescence on the reverse. Strong, flashy luster and a crisp strike make this a winner for the date or type collector. $1,775
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1830 Sm.0 O.117 R.2 PCGS XF 40 Pretty toning, a lovely blend of turquoise, gold, pale rose and antique grey.  Luster surrounds the stars and legend.  Undergraded? $195
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1830 Sm.0 O.118 R.3 PCGS XF 40 Similar to last, with extra luster.  Attractive, glossy grey toning. $145 SOLD
1831 O.101 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC A crust of grey dirt cannot hide the underlying luster. Reverse die rotated 25°, not uncommon in the capped bust series. $1,595
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1831 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Cakey luster rolls across the untoned surfaces.  Just a hint of friction on the cheek.  Decent strike, with full motto.  On another day this one would grade MS 62.  A great coin for the date or type collector. $1,095
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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.104 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Thick grey/gold toning. Mark-free surfaces. $750
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1831 O.116 R.3 NGC MS 63 Rings of pastel copper circle the stars and legend, nicely framing the well struck, boldly lustrous centers.  Check out the detail in Liberty's curls and drapery lines and, especially, the eagle's claws and wings.  Wow!  This is a great coin for a date or type set.  Smooth surfaces conform to the choice UNC designation.  Note, again, the 3-dot signature of the ejection mechanism. $1,975 SOLD
1832 Sm. Lets. O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 53 Lightly toned with strong luster for the assigned grade.  Decent strike with full motto.  Solid for the grade. $325
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 53 Even, medium grey toning.  Iridescent sunset colors run through the stars.  Soft luster throughout.  An archetype AU 53. $375
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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.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Probably the prettiest coin in their collection.  The satiny surfaces are aglow with iridescent shades of green, rose, gold, aqua and turquoise, each in perfect proportion.  Give this one a WOW for eye appeal.  This is a centerpiece coin for a colorful date set. $2,400 SOLD
1832 Sm. Lets. O.112 R.2 PCGS AU 50 So-called Dash Date.  Full cartwheel, the luster slightly subdued.  Light grey.  Very nice surfaces. $320
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.115 R.1 PCGS AU 58 A ho hum year and ho hum variety.  BUT – what a coin!  Immaculate surfaces and a whisper of friction suggest a + grade for this beauty.  The real appeal of the coin, however, rests with its sultry, antique grey patina, glowing with soft red and gold iridescence.  A prior owner's notes, written on a 2x2 insert, comes with the lot: “Fantastic surfaces and unquestionably original.  I wish my whole collection looked this this one.” $895 SOLD
1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the Eric P. Newman Collection, ex Col. Green, as noted on the PCGS label. Light rub on the cheek, the remainder with deep, undisturbed luster. Strong cartwheel beneath the lovely kraft envelope toning. Lot 33656 of the Newman sale as NGC AU 58 CAC @ $1,527.  NGC label and Newman envelope accompany. $1,500
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  Light to medium grey toning.  Smooth surfaces.  Thick luster in the fields. $925
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1833 O.105 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Antique grey.  Original.  Full, strong luster under the toning.  The portrait a trifle soft, as so often with this date.  Magnificent surfaces!  Without the striking weakness, probably an MS 63. $1,425 SOLD
1833 O.106 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Lightly toned with superb surfaces.  Full, deep, unbroken luster.  Late die state, hallmarked by shallow rims.  The central devices, however, are well struck.  Prompted by a die line that joins Liberty's lips Al Overton called this the "laced lips" variety.  The die line disappears in later die states, as here. $1,375
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1833 O.108 R.1 PCGS XF 45 Familiar light grey toning.  "Too much" luster for the grade.  The surfaces are busy.  So a net grade of "45" is probably right despite the look of an AU.   $210
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1833 O.110a R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC Silvery grey with captivating pale gold iridescence.  Another coin from the Phillips collection with marvelous surfaces.  This one comes with a sharp strike.  Nice! $1,575 Sale Pending

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1833 O.112 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Even grey patina.  Rub on the chin and cheek.  That's it.  Full cartwheel luster.  An impressively struck 1833! $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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1834 Lg. Dt & Lets O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Blazing luster across untoned surfaces.  Nice surfaces, no problems. $950
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1834 Lg. Dt, Sm. Lets O.105 R.1 PCGS MS 62 For the "grey dirt" aficionados.  A protective antique grey patina developed over the ages.  Cakey luster rolls under the toning.  The surfaces are absolutely first rate!  This one's a sweetheart! $1,250 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.109 R.1 PCGS MS 63 OGH The green PCGS label dates to 1989-93.  Delicate silver-grey toning blankets the fields and sharply struck devices.  Virtually no signs of contact or handling.   $1,725
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.111 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Silver-grey centers with pale rings of iridescent colors of the sunset.  Thick luster.  Friction confined to Liberty's cheek.  Well struck throughout.  A nifty 1834 from an old-time date set. $795
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.111 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Spectacularly smooth surfaces, protected by an original patina of grey dirt.  A touch of friction on the portrait, consistent with a higher grade.  Undistrubed luster throughout.  Truly a "PQ" 1834. $495 SOLD
1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.113 R.1 PCGS MS 62 Antique grey with rose and turquoise highlights.  Exceptional eye appeal!  Thick luster rolls beneath the toning.  A high-end MS 62. $1,250 Sale Pending

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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.116 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Ex Keith Davignon.  Acquired at Heritage's Platinum Night session of its 2012 FUN Show Sale, lot 3536.  Shimmering luster under a crust of amber toning.  Immaculate surfaces save for the oft seen dots impressed by the ejection arm of the coining press, above and right of the date.   $1,950
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.118 R.4 PCGS AU 58 CAC Sometimes catalogued as 1834/34.  Remnants of underlying digits show below the 3 and 4 of the date.  This example comes with raucous luster and untoned surfaces.  One of the few scarce die pairs of 1834.  Davignon's PCGS AU 58 brought $1,210 in 2014. $975
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.121 R.3 PCGS MS 62 Ex Keith Davignon.  Silver-grey with vibrant luster that befits this uncirculated survivor of the early Mint.   The eagle’s claws are honed and lethal. $1,395
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1835 O.108 R.3 PCGS AU 53 Light grey; soft cartwheel luster, stronger on the reverse and through the stars.  The toughest date in the 1830's to find in AU. $315 SOLD
1836 O.114 R.2 PCGS 62 CAC Original.  Pale gold patina protects the near immaculate surfaces.  Well struck to boot.  As nice as it gets for the assigned grade! $1,450 SOLD
1836 50/00 O.116 R.2 PCGS XF 40 Generally smooth surfaces.  The few contact marks are consistent with the grade.  Even grey toning with a few hints of luster.  Just right for a "40."  PCGS says "$600."  I bought this one right. $495
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1836 Bar Dot O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Superb "grey dirt" coats the fully lustrous surfaces.  Smooth surfaces except for a disturbance above Liberty's cap.  Sharp dot, right of the 6 in the date.  From an old-time date set of raw coins. $395
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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 Bar Dot O.122 R.2 PCGS AU 55 Untoned with nearly full luster.  Stray hairlines are from a day or two of circulation.  A 55 with exceptional "flash." $465
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1836 Beaded Border O.106 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Reasonably early die state with full dentils, obverse and reverse.  A short reverse die break connects the rim and upper arrowheads.  The reverse die, of course, appears on the crushed lettered edge proofs of 1833, 1834 and 1835.  The small, rounded dentils are unique to the die; all others, from 1807 forward, are elongated.  This handsome example is alive with cartwheel luster.  The untoned surfaces come with minuscule signs of handling.  A flashy coin for your Red Book set! $1,650
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1836 Beaded Border O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 53 Ex Gehring Prouty; his personal tag notes a purchase (from "S. Downey") during the Jan. 1994 FUN Show.  Graded this week after surfacing, still raw, at the recent Denver ANA.  Scarce late die state, with soft rims and a pair of swirling reverse die breaks.  Lovely, antique grey patina; soft cartwheel luster and nice surfaces. $495
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Reeded Edge Half-Dollars, 1836-1839
1839-O GR-1 R.1 PCGS Shield AU 55 Soft luster.  The surfaces display a number of small contact marks.  Mostly light grey, peppered with darker spots.  Value this one as an AU 50 to 53 and you won't be disappointed. $2,950
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Capped Bust Half Dimes, 1829-1837
1829 10¢ Sm ¢ JR-6 R.3 PCGS MS 63 Ex David Davis, as noted on the PCGS label. A piece with the comforting look of originality. Luster rolls under the protective crust of silver-grey toning. From Bowers & Merena's Aug. 2012 ANA sale of the Davis Collection, lot 5436. Lot tag and Davis' envelope accompany. PCGS lists but one example of this die pair graded in MS 63, none higher. Stack's/Bowers suggested it was #2 in the Condition Census. $2,425
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Draped Bust Quarters, 1796-1807
1805 25¢ B-2 R.2 PCGS F 15 From the Eric P. Newman Collection, ex Col. Green, as noted on the PCGS label. Richly toned in shades of antique grey, the surfaces mildly reflective. Ubiquitous striking weaknesses at RT of LIBERTY and in the upper clouds account for a truly modest grade. Detail in the drapery lines and in the eagle's wing feathers bespeak VF. Lot 33165 from the Nov. 2013 Newman Sale @ $1,645. Newman's kraft envelope accompanies, noting his purchase price, $12.50! $1,450
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Draped Bust Dollars, 1795-1804
1800 AMERICAI B-19 R.1 PCGS XF 40 Light grey with the usual assortment of circulation ticks, none worth mention. A wholesome example of this well known Red Book variety. $4,875
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Miscellaneous
1860 H10¢ Judd-267 PCGS MS 66 CAC One of the few US Patterns familiar to non-collectors of the series. It is known asThe Coin without a Country as neither side includes the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This transitional pattern resulted from the Mint's decision to move the legend from the reverse to the obverse. Anthony Paquet's 1859 seated liberty figure is paired with James Longacre's new reverse. Neither design incorporated the legend. About 100 pieces are known, many in high grade as they were not coined for circulation. The Simpson coin, PCGS MS 68, is the finest; it may be viewed HERE. All examples show areas of striking weakness. This example last appeared in Stack's/Bowers 2014 Americana Sale. It is semi-prooflike with indescribably pretty toning, likely imparted by storage in tissue paper. As with all coins in this offering it comes with a 5-day return privilege. Beware -- once the coin is in your hands you will NOT let loose of it! $9,200
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