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Date Variety Rarity Grade Description Price Photos
Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Half-Dollars, 1801-1807
1801 O.101 R.3 PCGS XF 40 Even crust of natural toning.  Strong central details and nice fields.  An unobtrusive tick on dentil, left of date, is the sole blemish.  Nifty coin for the date or first year type set collector.  This date gets very expensive in higher grades. $5,250
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1803 Large 3, Sm. Rev. Stars O.103 R.3 PCGS XF 40 Balanced strike with even, natural grey toning.  No significant marks.  Spot-on for the grade.  PCGS Price Guide tells us $2,300.  Let's try something less. $1,850
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1803 Small 3 O.104 R.3 NGC XF 45 Light grey, darker at the peripheries with subtle iridescence.  Contact marks and detail of an XF 40 and priced as such. $2,400
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1803 Small 3 O.104 R.3 PCGS Shield XF 40 Of 4 die pairs for the year only the O.104 features a small 3.  Handsome medium grey toning, a bit lighter on the high points.  Solid for the grade with well struck devices.  PCGS Price Guide suggests $3,000.   $2,575
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1805 O.104a, T.10 R.6+ PCGS VG 08 With 13 or 14 known specimens, this die state [Tompkins' DS-5] barely escapes an R.7 rarity rating.  I've not handled an example since offering the Meyer VF for $6,750 in 2008.  Until the appearance of this coin there was but one auction appearance in the past decade, an ANACS graded F.12 at $5,000 in 2012.  Dark grey fields, lighter devices.  The full, retained cuds at stars 10-12 sounded a death knell for the obverse die; they are, however, an Ode to Joy for the growing number of collectors fascinated with early US coins featuring such magnificent cuds.   $4,900
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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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1805 O.111 R.3 PCGS XF 40 Light grey toning with soft luster throughout.  Typical striking weakness at drapery lines and left wing.  This date is undervalued vis-a-vis the far more common 1806 and 1807.  PCGS suggests $2,100. $1,650
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1805/4 O.103a R.5+ Raw F.15 Housed in an older PCGS "Genuine" holder, with no mention of a sharpness grade.  The look and detail match that of the accompanying PCGS F.15 O.103, but with hairlines;  the label includes PCGS' .92 designaton for cleaning.  Though in an early stage, the all-important triangular die break at stars 1 and 2 is distinct.  Circulation ticks are consistent with the grade.  Despite its modest grade this is an important coin, to be warmly received by an advanced, knowledgeable collector. $1,695
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1806 E over A O.124 R.6 PCGS VG 08 Evenly worn with light grey toning and smooth surfaces.  The sparse population of this noted Redbook rarity is infested with problems: scratches, cleaning and assorted surface imperfections are the norm, even on high grade pieces.  Herrman's AMBPR and Rutherford's Internet list of prices provide ready confirmation of this anomaly.  What a relief to offer an E over A that requires no qualification!  Act quickly if this one is on your Want List. $2,900
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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 with stem O.114a R.4 PCGS VF 35 A charismatic variety, hallmarked by a massive die beak that bisects the reverse from 3:30 to 9:30.  Luster abounds on this sharply detailed example.  The flashy, untoned reverse contrasts with an eye-grabbing technicolor obverse, a winning combination.  This was early BHNC member Curt Biebel's set piece, acquired between 1967 and 1970, the publication dates of Overton's 1st and 2nd editions.  Biebel's attribution, "O.25," and notes appear on his 2x2 cardboard holder, "O. 1st Ed. Lists XR."  Translation: Overton's 1967 1st edition proclaimed this die pair to be extremely rare. $1,750
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1806 Pt. 6 with stem, Large Stars O.110, T-10 R.6 NGC VF 20 New York collector Mark Schimel found this rarity lurking in Stack's December 1984 sale, lot 827 (insert accompanies).  Schimel's interest in bust halves dates to the 1970's.  He focused on the flowing hair and draped bust series, acquiring many high grade and rare die pairs.  Steve Tompkins examined and photographed Schimel's coin some years ago.  It became the "T-10" Plate Coin (page 303) for Tompkins' 2015 tome on Early U.S. Half Dollars.  The coin is light grey, a tad darker through the stars and legend.  No marks deserve mention.  The "elephant trunk" die break is in its early stage, Tompkins die state 2.  The sharpness grade is better than VF 20.  Note, especially, the feather detail and adjoining reverse devices.  Ubiquitous softness in Liberty's drapery lines and the crown of her head explain the conservative grade.

Before parting with his prize from 34 years ago Schimel remarked: Easily recognizable with the large die crack running out of Liberty's mouth, this exceptionally rare variety is also under-appreciated by collectors. For the longest time, the only example of this variety I found was one with a hole in it which I still have and carry as a pocket piece! The present coin is the finest specimen I have ever come across in all my years of searching.
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1806 Pt. 6 with stem, Large Stars O.110, T.10 R.7+ PCGS F.12 One of three known true primes!  The O.110 is an established rarity, still rated R.6.  Tompkins provides photos of 10 examples, all with the familiar die break from the rim between stars 11-12 to Liberty's mouth.  In the 1980's Richard Pugh coined the quaint moniker, "1806 Elephant Trunk," to identify the variety.  (Offering a bow to Overton's "1807 Bearded Goddess.")  Sometime in the 1990's, as I recall, Brian Greer uncovered the first known Elephant without its trunk - a "prime" 1806 O.110, struck from perfect dies.  This and one other example have since surfaced.  The coin is essentially perfect for its modest grade.  Natural toning and smooth surfaces will appeal to fastidious collectors.  Shallow drapery lines and corresponding softness at the eagle's right wing tip are mandatory, even on high grade O.110's.  The true sharpness grade is Fine 15, perhaps VF 20.  No matter.  The coin is both important and attractive.  It should be noted that the large star obverse punch was last used on this die pair, making it the only "Pointed 6, with stem" Redbook variety with that feature. $8,500
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1806 Pt. 6 with stem, Large Stars O.110, T.10 R.6 PCGS Fair 2 Never did I imagine offering 3 examples of this rarity in the same price list.  This one, shall we say, is perfect for the grade!  The smooth, naturally toned surfaces strongly suggest that in the 1800's it spent a decade or more as a pocket piece.  The familiar "elephant trunk" die break is faint but still there.  Never thought you'd fill that hole in you 1806's?  Here is your chance, at a manageable price. $495
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1806 Pt.6 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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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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1807 O.110a R.2 PCGS XF 40 Lightly toned and awash with luster, too much for a "40."  A bit of softness in the central devices may have influenced the PCGS graders.  Short drift mark crosses the arrows, as made.  A nifty coin for the date or type collector. $1,900
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Capped Bust Half-Dollars, 1807-1836
1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 NGC AU 58 Frosty luster with a lovely halo of gold through the stars and legend.   The obverse well struck, the reverse with occasional weakness.  A "flashy" coin with superior eye appeal.  From the Rex and Cindy Phillips collection. $3,950
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1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 53 Pale blue and gold iridescence beneath natural grey toning.  Strike similar to the previous example, with a bit more wear.  Pretty coin! $2,250
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1807 50/20 Rev. O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Light grey toning; pale gold through stars and legend.  Plenty of luster in the fields.  Solid for the grade. $1,825
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1807 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 Large Stars O.114 R.3 PCGS VF 20 Richly toned with luster circling the stars and legend.  A few circulation ticks lie hidden beneath the toning and are consistent with the modest grade.  The 1807 O.114 is not to be confused with the far more common 1807 O.112.  Though both have large stars, the O.112 is struck from different dies, obverse and reverse (with the 50/20 feature). $795
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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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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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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 Raw AU 55 Lightly toned, silver and pale gold.  Terrific luster, unbroken in the fields!  A strong AU coin that was wiped - probably DQing it from slabbing.  A couple of abrasions are noted in the field behind Liberty's head.  The strike is first rate.  Without the problems noted this would be a $3,000+ overdate.  Enjoy the eye appeal at half the price! $1,525
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1809 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 53 CAC Well struck for the issue.  A blanket of natural antique grey toning will appeal to knowledgeable collectors.  Strong luster for the grade made this one an easy call for CAC. $1,050 Sale Pending

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1809 O.105 R.2 PCGS Shield AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears.  Earlier in the collection of Charles Link, as noted on the PCGS label.  Enticing if not colorful "grey dirt" toning with a burst of underlying luster.  The soft chin and left wing are ubiquitous on this die pair.  High rims and full dentils frame this handsome coin. $1,600
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1809 O.105 R.1 PCGS XF 40 Antique grey with occasional flashes of subtle blue and aqua iridescence.  Good luster for the grade.  In all, a handsome coin for the date collector.  Yes, the soft left wing is standard for the die pair. $495
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1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via private treaty, March 2016.  Full cartwheel luster glimmers beneath a shroud of medium grey antique toning.  Act quickly if an AU 58 1810 is on your want list.  You have lots of company! $2,950
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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.108 R.2 PCGS Shield AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  Flashy luster, lightly toned.  Drawn stars attest to the late die state.  Pleasing surfaces.  A "rim pinch" beneath 18 of the date is Mint made - and not a "pinch."  The blank planchet failed to make a 180° rotation in the Castaing Machine.  The upshot, of course, was a failure to raise the rim in the flattened area.  This minor mint error does not affect value but certainly adds to our fascination for these products of the early Mint. $2,095
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1811 Sm. 8 O.112a R.5 PCGS VF 30 A morass of swirling die breaks sound the death knell for the obverse die.  This R.5 die state often comes ugly.  Here is a pleasant exception.  Soft luster rolls beneath attractive blue-grey toning.  Circulation marks are minimal. $475
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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 Raw AU 50 Untoned with scads of luster.  Moderate hairlines prevent slabbing.  No marks or other signs of abuse.  A flashy coin for your high grade Red Book set. $825
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1812 O.110 R.1 AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, from a Nov. 2010 Bowers & Merena auction.  This early date looks suspiciously like an uncirculated coin.  Untoned, with flashy luster.  The surfaces show contact marks but no real signs of circulation.  Treat this eye-catching coin as a high end AU and challenge your colleagues to find any signs of wear. $1,350
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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 wholesome example with a distinguished provenance.  Consider using the phone to reserve this prize for your collection. $10,950
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1813 O.102 R.4 NGC AU 50. Glossy antique grey toning.  The obverse die well worn, as always, on this very scarce die pair.  Few signs of circulation -- only the high points show wear -- though I'd like a bit more luster on an AU coin. $495
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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.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.

This coin was sold to an advanced collector but lost in the mail on the way to its new home.  PCGS cert # 32481323.  In Feb. 2018 it was twice offered on eBay and has been recovered by  the Office of Inspector General.  Criminal prosecution is underway.
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1813 O.108 R.3 PCGS AU 58 An uncirculated coin with unbroken luster, miniscule signs of contact and a trace of cabinet friction.  The strike is first rate, the surfaces free of clash marks -- most unusual for an 1813.  A pale ring of copper toning circles the silver-toned centers.  Strong eye appeal! $3,000
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1813 O.108 R.3 PCGS AU 58 A twin to the preceding 108, this with attractive toning.  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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1813 O.108a R.2 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, via private treaty in March 2016 [@ $1,700 as O.107].  Virtually full luster!  Die wear influenced the PCGS graders.  Largely untoned, with a blush of pale blue and rose here and there.  Exceptionally nice surfaces. $1,375
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1814 E/A O.108a R.1 PCGS VF 20 Light to medium grey.  Heavily clashed surfaces that are surprisingly free of contact marks.  Late die state with expected weakness at the rims and some devices.  In all, a nice coin for the grade. $450
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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."


This coin was sold to an advanced collector but lost in the mail on the way to its new home.  PCGS cert # 81629942.  In Feb. 2018 it was recovered by the Office of Inspector General.  Criminal prosecution is underway.
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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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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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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.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.101 R.3 PCGS XF 40 An especially handsome example from the Minnesota collection that included the preceding VF 25 1815/2.  Ex David Kahn.  Lovely blue-grey toning in the fields, lighter on the devices.  The overdate is bold, confirming an early die state.  Nice! $1,250
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1817/3 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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1818 O.108 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, via David Kahn.  Lightly toned with a blush of pale gold.  Evenly struck, perfectly centered with intense luster.  Not a hint of friction in the fields.  Tough to find this date in "58!" $1,950
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1818 O.115 R.R.5 PCGS XF 40 Silver-grey toning, with the date, stars, legend and central devices highlighted by luster.  A short die break runs from the rim, right of date, to Liberty's lowest curls.  In later die states [O.115a] the die breaks bisects the obverse, top to bottom.  The early die state, offered here, is difficult to locate.  A dab of PVC floats on the curl behind Liberty's ear.  PCGS will remove it and reholder the coin if asked.  This is a handsome, problem-free R.5, that rested in the previous owner's collection for 30+ years.  It is the key to completing a die variety set of 1818's. $2,425
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1818/7 Lg. 8 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears via private treaty, Feb. 2002.  Stunning eye appeal!  Iridescent album toning encases the stars and legend, the centers with fiery luster.  A full, rounded curl atop Liberty's ear hallmarks the full strike. $3,500
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1819 O.108 R.3 NGC MS 62 CAC Ex George Hamilton, a 1994 purchase, housed in an old style NGC capsule.  Lovely antique grey toning with iridescent copper highlights.  For those who enjoy their coins with nice surfaces and the look of originality!  A VERY tough date to find in mint state. $3,325
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1819 O109a R.2 PCGS Shield AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, privately from Legend Numismatics , May 2005.  Glittrering luster, the surfaces a tad busy.  Colorful album toning through the stars and legend.  An anomalous raised area to the right of stars 4-5 adds intrigue to this high grade early date. $1,650
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1819/8 Large 9 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears via an early 2016 Heritage auction.  Untoned with booming luster and lots of "flash."  The reverse is "58;" the obverse, with minor disturbances in the fields, kept this will struck overdate at the ''55" level. $925
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1820 Sq. w/ Knob, Lg. Date O.104 R.R.4+ PCGS XF 45 A distinctly rare die marriage!  This example will not be out of place in a collection of AU bust halves.  The natural grey toning features golden highlights and a raft of underlying luster.  Recent auction records for the "104" in this grade range to $2,760 (Don Frederick's example).  Don't dally. $1,575
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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 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! $4,200
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1821 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears.  A ring of intense copper toning, punctuated with a splash of electric blue, encases the stars and legend.  The brilliant centers exude luster.  Friction is confined to the obverse portrait; the reverse appears uncirculated.  This is a high-end "55," picked up at a Heritage auction in Feb. 2005. $1,750 Sale Pending

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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.104 R.1 PCGS AU 50 An original example of this scarce date.  Evenly toned with soft luster.  Some striking weakness on the portrait; all else is first rate. $425
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1821 O.105a R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears, privately from your cataloguer in Jan. 2013.  Brilliant, untoned with full cartwheel luster.  All 13 stars with center-points!  A top flight example of this scarce date. $2,250
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1822 O.109 R.2 Raw AU 53 Untoned with the luster of a choice AU.  Moderate hairlines prevent slabbing.  The coin saw little if any circulation.  It is well struck and offers the viewer a healthy dose of flashy eye appeal. $350
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1822 O.115 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, acquired privately, July 2010.  The obverse features a thin blanket of medium grey toning.  The reverse somewhat lighter.  Nearly full luster. $1,650
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1822/1 O.102 R.4+ PCGS VF 30 A distinctly scarce die pair and, perhaps, the only overdate of the year.  (Debate continues as to whether the 1822 O.101 is an overdate.)  Rich album toning blankets the obverse and circles the reverse periphery.  Circulation marks are few and, for the most part, confined to the reverse.  Here is a pretty coin to fill that void in your 1822's. $475
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1823 O.104 R.3 PCGS AU 50 A virtual twin to the earlier offered 1821 O.104.  Natually toned with decent luster.  A double profile is a common feature of bust halves struck in 1823. $325
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1823 O.105 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Virtually full luster with faint rub on the portrait.  Silver centers with a couple of arcs of album toning, obverse and reverse.  A flashy coin for the high-grade date or die variety collector.  Bargain priced, but I bought it right. $1,250
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1823 O.107 R.2 PCGS AU 55 Ex Tom Sears.  Light silver toning, a tad uneven on the obverse.  The reverse may be UNC.  A light horizontal drift mark, as made, is seen above Liberty's breast and may have cost this one "58" status. $625
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1823 O.109 R.5+ PCGS VF 30 From a Minnesota collection, Ex John Tidwell.  Even light grey with hints of luster in protected areas.  Moderately busy surfaces but free of significant marks.  The `23-109 is a killer R.5 with auction records to prove it.  This one is bargain priced.  Don't delay! $1,950
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1823 O.112 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Ex Tom Sears, from Jason Carter, June 2002.  A beautifully impressed 1823; untoned with spectacular cartwheel luster.  Virtually no signs of contact.  This is a showpiece coin for your date collection. $2,400
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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.104 R.2 PCGS XF 45 A "meaty," problem-free coin with original grey toning.  The grade is just right. $280
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1824 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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1824/4 O.109 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC Ex Tom Sears, privately from your cataloguer, May 2008.  An ancient crust of silver toning protects the surfaces of this fully lustrous coin.  A faint double profile is common on this popular Red Book variety.  The "recut 4" die pairs of 1824 remain in demand.  This is a nice one! $3,500
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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.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.113 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Soft silver-grey with virtually unbroken luster.  Decently struck with nice surfaces.  The CAC sticker was awarded with room to spare. $575
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1825 O.114 R.1 PCGS AU 53 OGH Housed in a 1st generation PCGS holder circa 1986-89, a green label "rattler."  Untoned and fully lustrous, the quality we expect of today's AU 55's or low-end 58's.  The surfaces are unquestionably choice.  A prize from the dawn of slabbed bust halves. $795
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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.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.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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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 Curl Base 2 O.146 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Ex Tom Sears from Heritage's April 2017 auction @ $2,820.  Pale gold toning with a balanced strike and not a hint of rub.  UNC examples of the Curl Base 2 remain scarce and in demand. $2,500
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.106 R.2 NGC AU 55 Even, medium grey glossy toning.  Short on luster for a 55 and priced accordingly.  No other problems. $360
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.113 R.4- PCGS AU 55 Even, medium grey toning with soft luster, unbroken in the fields.  Smooth surfaces save for unobtrusive abrasions above the cap.  A moderately scarce die pair, worth a slight premium. $550
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.117 R.3 PCGS Shield AU 55 Ex Tom Sears, earlier in the Robinson S. Brown, Jr. collection as NGC AU 58.  The NGC label, noting the Brown provenance, accompanies.  Album toning is stronger on the obverse, the centers untoned with adequate luster for a "55."  Well struck portrait except for folds in the cap and lower drapery. $675
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.131 R.2 PCGS Shield AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via David Kahn, June 2015.  Original, antique grey toning.  Caky, unbroken luster in the fields. Beautiful detail in Liberty's curls.  A connoisseur's piece. $1,175
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.135 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears from your cataloguer, privately.  Silver-grey with strong luster.  Later die state, soft at the rims with decently impressed central devices.  Cherry pickers know that this obverse later appeared on the rare 1827 O.124. $1,050
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1827 Sq. Base 2 O.142 R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via Heritage during the 2017 ANA Convention.  Blinding luster throughout.  Just a whisper of toning alongside stars 1-7.  The strike is first rate.  Nifty coin for the date or type collector. $1,175
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1827/6 O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  The lustrous, untoned centers are framed by a thin ring of iridescent copper toning.  The overdate feature is unusually strong, suggesting an early die state. $1,500
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1828 Curl 2 No Knob O.102 R.2 PCGS MS 63 Ex Tom Sears from an Aug. 2012 Heritage auction.  Original, silver-grey patina, a bit mottled on the obverse.  A solid, uncirculated coin with a razor sharp portrait and eagle.  Weakness in the stars and lowest drapery lines is standard for the issue. $2,450
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1828 Curl 2 No Knob O.105 R.5+ Raw F-VF One of the "killer" R.5's.  The soft obverse contrasts with a reverse that has enough meat for a VF designation.  Classic album toning is a big plus for this offering.  The coin was cleaned, not harshly, before storage in one of Wayte Raymond's National Coin Albums.  This attractive rarity is priced to sell.  $475
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1828 Small Letters Reverse O.119 R.3 Raw XF 45 Dense hairlines extinguished the luster on this lightly worn Red Book coin.  The strike is dandy and the surfaces are virtually free of marks.  Even, light grey toning. $195
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.111 R.4 PCGS XF 45 Ex Tom Sears, earlier in the collection of Jules Reiver as NGC AU 50.  The NGC label, noting the Reiver provenance, accompanies.  Lightly toned with good luster for a "45."  Busy surfaces contributed to the PCGS downgrade.  The O.111 die pair is genuinely scarce, esp. in higher grades.  I would argue for an R.4+ rarity rating.  The coin brought $345 in Heritage's Jan. 2006 sale of the Reiver collection, lot 23076. $350
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.112 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  Fully struck centers with complete, crisp dentils.  Some stars lack center points.  A veneer of natural grey toning, infused with subtle rose and blue highlights, yields strong eye appeal.   $1,325
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.120 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Mostly brilliant centers; the peripheries with remnants of ancient toning.  The coin was dipped but NOT cleaned.  Flashy luster befits the grade. $525
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1828 Sq. Base 2, Sm. 8's, Lg. Lt. O.122 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, from your cataloguer, privately.  A flashy coin.  Untoned except for a swath of light charcoal through stars 8-10.  Early die state, with the beginnings of the familiar die break between stars 5-6.  All devices sharply struck. $950
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1829 O.105 R.1 PCGS MS 62 CAC Sharply struck, obverse and reverse.  Mint frost mingles with remnants of prooflike surfaces, esp. on the reverse.  A pleasing crust of light, antique grey toning will entice advanced collectors.   $1,550
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1829 O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears.  A ring of album toning is a bonus to this high grade 1829.  Short die lines, right of the date, appear on early die states and signal a well struck example of this common die pair.  It is worth noting, however, that the obverse die appears in a later die state on the prohibitively rare O.120 (only 3 known examples). $875
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1829 O.114 R.3 ANACS MS 61 Smooth surfaces coated with medium grey toning, kissed with pale rose iridescence.  Well struck and not a hint of friction. $975
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1829 O.115 R.1 PCGS XF 45 CAC Soft luster under a blanket of even, medium to dark antique grey toning.  A sweet coin for the grade. $295
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1830 Sm.0 O.116 R.2 PCGS AU 50 Silver-grey, darker at the peripheries with speckels.  Very smooth surfaces, suggesting brief circulation and careful storage.   $350
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1831 O.101 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC A crust of grey dirt cannot hide the underlying luster. Reverse die rotated 25°, not uncommon in the capped bust series. $1,595
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1831 O.103 R.1 PCGS MS 62 CAC Pale gold toning, nice luster and well struck.  Ex Rex and Cindy Phillips.  Minuscule signs of contact.  Students will note the 3-dot signature of the ejection mechanism and faint roller marks.  (Planchet strips were "rolled" to proper thickness.  Blanks cut from the strips sometimes carried an imprint of the rolling machine.)  These mint made curiosities, similar to clash marks, do not affect value.  Superior eye appeal, well deserving of the little green bean applied by CAC. $1,325
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1831 O.105 R.3 PCGS MS 63 OGH Ex Tom Sears; acquired privately in Feb. 2009.  Pale grey with hints of pastel iridescence on the obverse; the reverse darker with orange highlights.  Both sides with strong cartwheel luster.  Dies lines around tip of the bust confirm an early die state; the familiar trio of dots on upper beast (from ejection mechanism) and planchet roughness right of 50C are mint-made.  Exceptionally smooth surfaces.  A pretty coin, housed in a PCGS generation 3.1 holder with old green label. $2,400
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1831 O.109 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears.  Light to medium grey toning, somewhat mottled.  Good luster, smooth surfaces.  Common date and variety for the date or type collector. $875
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1831 O.113 R.4 AU Ex Tom Sears.  The PCGS label identifies the scarce Overton variety and notes "cleaning -- AU details."  The latter qualification must have been a disappointment to the submitter.  Though brilliant from dipping, the surfaces were only lightly wiped and might well have passed muster in the grading room.  An unobtrusive planchet imperfection atop the left wing may have influenced the graders.  In all events, the coin is a solid AU with virtually no contact marks. $275
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1831 O.119 R.3 PCGS AU 58 Ex Tom Sears, from Brad Karoleff in Jan. 2011.  Earlier in the fabled collection of Gehring Prouty.  The caky luster is encrusted with beautiful gold and aqua highlights.  A trio of ejection marks in the lower left field are mint made.  The fields are otherwise immaculate.  One linear contact mark on Liberty's cheek will serve as a marker for this lovely coin. $1,150
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1832 Large Letters Reverse O.101 R.2 Raw XF 40 Light grey with abundant luster and few signs of contact.  Were it not for subtle hairlines I'd settle on XF 45.  This one might pass muster at PCGS or NGC.  Or not.  Very early die state with a thin, broken die break under the left wing.  Will the day come when a "prime" O.101 is uncovered?  What a treasure that would be! $225
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.106 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Rose highlights enhance the toning. Superb surfaces. $375
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.106 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via private treaty, April 2016.  Full luster; friction confined to the cheek.  Balanced strike with nice surfaces.  Pale gold toning encases the stars and legend.  The centers offer a subtle but enticing patina of pastel blue and gold.  Strong eye appeal, as expected of a CAC approved AU 58. $1,250
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.109 R.4 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Tom Sears via David Kahn, May 2009.  Original antique medium grey toning.  Strong, undisturbed luster in the fields.  Weakness in the lower drapery folds, otherwise well struck.  Back in the `80's and `90's the O.109 was an R.5.  Then Mike Summers and Brian Greer systematically uncovered a host of mostly Fine to VF examples.  If you insist on a nice AU and find this die pair absent from your 1832's you have company.  High grade examples are genuinely scarce. $795
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.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.115 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Profoundly deep luster embraces and enlivens this wonderful 1832.  The late die state accounts for weakness in stars 1-6 and adjoining rims.  The centers are generally well struck.  A whisper of friction kept this one from a mint state designation. $850
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Soft, unbroken luster.  Silver-grey toning with a blush of turquoise iridescence through the legend.  Remnants of a fingerprint linger in the field behind Liberty's head - a welcome sign of originality!  From MB 40, lot 76 , Jan. 2015. $475
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the Eric P. Newman Collection, ex Col. Green, as noted on the PCGS label. Light rub on the cheek, the remainder with deep, undisturbed luster. Strong cartwheel beneath the lovely kraft envelope toning. Lot 33656 of the Newman sale as NGC AU 58 CAC @ $1,527.  NGC label and Newman envelope accompany. $1,500
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 MS 62 Cartwheel luster flows across the fields and devices.  A splash of album toning runs through the legend.  A full motto, detailed feathers, claws and curls alongside a full set of dentils will appeal to date and type collectors.  Nice coin! $1,250
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.118 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  Light to medium grey toning.  Smooth surfaces.  Thick luster in the fields. $925
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1832 Sm. Lets. O.122 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Caky luster and lovely surfaces owe much to a protective patina of “grey dirt.”  Well struck central devices are a nice plus.  This is a coin for the connoisseur.  Ex MB 30, lot 35, March 2005 as NGC AU 58.   $975
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1833 O.106 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Ex Tom Sears, from a June 2008 Heritage auction (@$1,625).  An eye-catching 1833.  Electric blue toning circles the stars and legend.  The fully lustrous centers are pale rose and free of distractions.  A pretty coin! $1,575
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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 AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears via Richard Irons during the Aug. 2016 ANA Worlds Fair of Money.  Sunset colors are the backdrop for this lustrous, exceptionally well struck 1833.  Note the detail in all devices as well as the surrounding dentils.  Sharply struck, eye appealing 1833's are in short supply.  Don't hesitate if this is the quality you seek. $1,050 Sale Pending

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1833 O.110a R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Sears, from David Kahn Aug. 2016.  Mostly silver-grey, with an attractive splash of color through the date.  Good luster, nice surfaces. $975
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1833 O.115 R.5+ PCGS Gen. VF Details The PCGS label correctly notes "cleaned."  With a loupe you'll see hairlines and some roughness under the natural light to medium grey toning.  You won't be disappointed in the eye appeal.  This is the "stopper" for those hoping to complete a set of 1833's.  Ex BHNC stalwart Van Harvey who passed away, too young, 3 years ago. $775
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1834 Lg. Dt & Lets O.101 R.1 NGC AU 55 Ex Tom Sears from your cataloguer, Jan. 2014, being lot 34476 of Heritage's Nov. 2013 sale of the Eric P. Newman collection.  The NGC label notes the provenance -- "Colonel" E.H.R. Green Estate to Newman's partnership with B.G. Johnson, then to Newman alone.  The coin was stored for many decades in an oversized brown envelopes, noting Newman's $4 purchase price.  It is richly toned.  The stars and legend sparkle with colorful iridescence.  Every serious collector of bust half-dollars should have a memento from the Newman collection. $595
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1834 Lg. Dt, Sm. Lets O.108 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Ex Jules Reiver, noted on the PCGS label; later in the collection of Keith Davignon.  Reiver's envelope accompanies, noting his purchase at a Heritage auction, June 6, 1986.  Natural grey toning with gentle cartwheel luster.  The centers are sharply struck. $795
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1834 Lg. Dt, Sm. Lets O.109 R.1 PCGS MS 62 Ex Tom Sears, a Feb. 2017 acquisition from Aspen Park.  Iridescent turquoise toning enflames the stars, the centers with rich antique grey and rose toning.  Pretty! $1,450
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.111 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Ex Tom Sears, from Robert Zornes, privately, December 2002.  A lustrous blanket of pale gold toning suggests storage in kraft envelope.  Iridescent turquoise encases the dentils and portions of the adjoining peripheries.  The strike is first rate, making this a dandy coin for the date or type collector.  $2,250
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.113 R.1 PCGS MS 62 A beautiful coin, richly toned in subtle shades of rose and turquoise.  Give this one a solid "A" for eye appeal.  Here is a wonderful type coin. $1,250
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.114 R.1 NGC AU 50 Even light grey toning.  Soft luster.  Some striking weakness.  Nice surfaces. $310
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1834 Sm. Dt & Lets O.116 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Ex Keith Davignon.  Acquired at Heritage's Platinum Night session of its 2012 FUN Show Sale, lot 3536.  Shimmering luster under a crust of amber toning.  Immaculate surfaces save for the oft seen dots impressed by the ejection arm of the coining press, above and right of the date.   $1,950
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1835 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Keith Davignon.  Original!  The epitome of "grey dirt," with full luster beneath the protective patina.  Just a whisper of rub on the portrait.  Beautifully impressed throughout; the pristine fields are utterly free of contact.  Short of a select or gem unc I cannot imagine a more desirable example of the date.   $1,250
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1835 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58+ Ex Tom Sears, acquired privately in July 2002 as PCGS MS 62!  More grey dirt.  A fraternal twin to the preceding Davignon coin. Cakey luster flows beneath the protective patina.  The coin flaunts its originality.  Is there really any rub on the coin?  Doubtful.  Here is a prize for the bust half connoisseur and, especially, for those posting their holdings to PCGS' Everyman Registry Set. $1,500
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1835 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Keith Davignon.  Classic “grey dirt.”  If you like original coins with cakey undisturbed luster this is your coin.  Sharply struck!  A quality coin for a quality collection. $1,150
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1835 O.104 R.3 PCGS AU 50 Glossy medium grey.  Pleasing surfaces.  A handsome coin though not "flashy."   $375
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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 Beaded Border O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Raucous luster graces the untoned surfaces.  Despite a later die state the tiny beads, unique to the reverse die, are distinct.  The die, of course, was first used on the crushed lettered edge proofs dated 1833, 1834 and 1835 -- struck in 1836 alongside the Class 1 1804 dollars.  A small toning spot at the front of Liberty's cap serves as an identifier. $1,050
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Capped Bust Half Dimes, 1829-1837
1829 10¢ Sm ¢ JR-6 R.3 PCGS MS 63 Ex David Davis, as noted on the PCGS label. A piece with the comforting look of originality. Luster rolls under the protective crust of silver-grey toning. From Bowers & Merena's Aug. 2012 ANA sale of the Davis Collection, lot 5436. Lot tag and Davis' envelope accompany. PCGS lists but one example of this die pair graded in MS 63, none higher. Stack's/Bowers suggested it was #2 in the Condition Census. $2,425
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Draped Bust Dollars, 1795-1804
1800 AMERICAI B-19 R.1 PCGS XF 40 Light grey with the usual assortment of circulation ticks, none worth mention. A wholesome example of this well known Red Book variety. $4,875
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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 as The Coin without a Country as neither side includes the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This transitional pattern resulted from the Mint's decision to move the legend from the reverse to the obverse. Anthony Paquet's 1859 seated liberty figure is paired with James Longacre's new reverse. Neither design incorporated the legend. About 100 pieces are known, many in high grade as they were not coined for circulation. The Simpson coin, PCGS MS 68, is the finest; it may be viewed HERE. All examples show areas of striking weakness. This example last appeared in Stack's/Bowers 2014 Americana Sale. It is semi-prooflike with indescribably pretty toning, likely imparted by storage in tissue paper. As with all coins in this offering it comes with a 5-day return privilege. Beware -- once the coin is in your hands you will NOT let loose of it! $9,200
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