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1827 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Square Base 2, Stunning Near Bu Coin!
Year: 1827
Condition: PCGS/CAC AU-58
Description: (SOLD July, 2017 for $1,600, on ebay) Overton-118 (R-3). A stunningly attractive, original example - my images do not begin to do it justice. Just some light overall wear with few marks if any to note. Original toning indicating many years spent in an album somewhere, with light lilac fields (slightly more obvious on the Reverse), with yellow, blue & red highlights out towards the rim. The CAC sticker merely confirms the obvious ... this is a PRETTY coin. I believe that this is also in the Condition Census for the variety ... I will check and confirm that later. Perfect as an example for Type.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005841    See Details...
1828 Half Cent, 13 Stars, Original Choice Unc Example
Year: 1828
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-64BN
Description: (SOLD May, 2017 for $1,100) A stunningly original Choice Uncirculated piece, once more showing why you should not be afraid of a coin certified as "Brown". There are coins that are Brown and no more than that, and coins like this which shows a considerable amount of the original Red as background highlights and on the edge of certifying RB. Certainly PQ for the grade/color as attested to by the CAC sticker - CAC has stickered only 20 in this grade/color; the PCGS Pop is 88 and NGC is 99, so there is a lot of "dreck" out there in certified holders. I will note that Heritage recently sold another PCGS MS-64BN with far less Red and no CAC sticker (given, the coin was "obvious" and probably has a "bean" on it now) for MORE than my asking price - and that is before the 17% bite. Another PCGS example with far less life to the surfaces, no CAC sticker and an Obverse spot to boot, sold for $1000. Given that prices on these tend to all over the board, I do not feel that I am too far off for a solid, PQ coin. I am asking just a bit of a premium, but a 64RB is worth $1600+, and this is close.
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Item Id #004230    See Details...
1828 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1828
Condition: PCGS AU-50
Description: Square Base 2, Small 8's, Large Letters. Very original and attractive, and perhaps a bit of a conservative grade. The Reverse struck just a bit flat perhaps for PCGS, but I have seen worse looking coins in 53 and 55 holders. Attractive color, perfect for a Type example and should easily CAC.
Price: $425.00
Item Id #006835    See Details...
1829 Capped Bust Half Dime, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1829
Condition: PCGS AU-58
Description: (SOLD February, 2017 for $975) LM-7.1/Valentine-4 (R-4) A sharp example of the first year of Capped Bust Half Dime production, probably put away almost immediately as a souvenir of the new Type, as it saw very little actual use in circulation. Attractive old time album toning. This is also a tougher variety, noted as being very difficult to find above EF. This is the top example in the PCGS Population of attributed coins, and in fact is the very coin you will see on the Coinfacts page for this variety. Encompassing the entire "LM-7" family of three sub-varieties, this is solidly in the Condition Census, being the fourth finest known (there are three Uncirculated LM-7.3's, then this coin). There is a PCGS AU-55 attributed as LM-7.1 that sold for at a Bowers auction in 2013 for $1323, however I have been informed that this coin was mis-attributed and was actually a scarcer variety. Thus establishing a proper value is somewhat difficult; my asking price is based upon communication with some collectors of the series, however it is negotiable - interested parties are free to contact me about this coin.
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Item Id #004646    See Details...
1829 Capped Bust Dime, First of the Small Sized Dimes
Year: 1829
Condition: PCGS AU-55
Description: (SOLD April, 2017 for $3,300) Small 10 C., JR-8, a scarce variety (R-4). A nice Choice AU example of the second year of small sized Dimes struck with the close collar. About half the luster remains on attractively toned surfaces, and no defects to note, which is a bit unusual. One of only two JR-8's certified by PCGS with an attribution, both AU-55. Of all of the Small 10 C. die pairs, only JR-7 and -8 do not have a PCGS certified Unc, in the case of JR-7 probably because that is an R-1 and "too common" for anyone to pay for an attribution. The other JR-8 AU-55 sold North of $5,000 at a Stacks auction in 2012. It is reasonable to assume that others exist and unattributed coins may lay within Uncirculated holders, but the population is not tremendously large, and many survivors are impaired. The variety is scarce enough that it would be worth re-certifying an Unc coin with an attribution, if only to attract a Registry Set owner. Neither of the two top PCGS Registry Sets of Dimes by JR number contain one of this variety, which says something about its scarcity as a certified coin. For reference, NGC has ONE attributed, a Good-4; lower grade pieces typically are not submitted for grading/attribution, and I have noted a few available. Heritage has sold only four JR-8's since 2002, three damaged/impaired and the one NGC piece. This says a lot about the clubbish nature of the Capped Bust Dime collecting community, as scarce date & varieties typically trade by private treaty through specialists who maintain want lists. One of those specialists has an unattributed NGC AU-50 available at present, to my eye not that attractive of a coin (dark and closer to EF in my opinion than AU), certainly not to match the present specimen. This priced in the range of offers I have received when this was listed on a different web location - interested parties are welcome to contact me to inquire (and please remember my standard 5% "cash" discount for payment by check). As a date, a reasonably large mintage makes this an excellent choice for Type, as there are a reasonable number of coins to chose from. Amazingly enough, there are four distinct Reverse types known, distinguished by the size of the "10 C." (not including an "overtype" Small over Large 10 C.), and two different Obverse types distinguished by the shape of the base of the "2" in the date - not to mention innumerable specific die combinations attributed to JR number.
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Item Id #004582    See Details...
1829 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Choice Extremely Fine
Year: 1829
Condition: EF-45
Description: A very sharp, well balanced strike. This came out of a very old set and was almost certainly lightly cleaned at one point. No noticeable hairlines or other obvious signs, just an assumption on my part based upon the age of the set. Certainly NOT what would be defined as a “problem coin” today. This was impounded for many years and developed very attractive color, with a bright blue ring around the outer part of the rim.
Price: $239.00
Item Id #006135    See Details...
1832 Half Cent, Choice Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1832
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated
Description: A nice problem free coin, equivalent to what will certify as AU-55 generally. Original chocolate Brown surfaces, with some hints of original planchet color remaining around some of the stars and lettering. Perfect as an example to represent the Classic Head Type.
Price: $199.00
Item Id #006881    See Details...
1834 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Original AU Coin
Year: 1834
Condition: Almost Uncirculated
Description: Large Date, Small Letters, Overton-106, Large 4 over Small 4. An original coin, this appears to have completely been missed by the legions of those who cleaned such items in the 1950's/60's, suggesting that it was never owned by a collector. The moderate blue-grey toning does not hide the luster visible underneath, although it may not be obvious in my images. Almost Uncirculated in my opinion, while understanding the realities of "commercial" grading, which rewards flash over substance, so that very possible they would only certify this as a EF-45. Be that as it may, a great coin as a Type example, if you like originality. An interesting side-light is the strike-through that appears at the "LI" of LIBERTY beneath the cap edge. This is NOT a scratch as it travels "below" the letters, and probably was the result of a piece of wire from the brushes used by the Mint to clean out the dies prior to use.
Price: $265.00
Item Id #006955    See Details...
1834 Capped Bust Half Dime, Original Almost Uncirculated Coin
Year: 1834
Condition: AU-50+
Description: (This coin has been SOLD; I left listing posted for the info on die states) An original AU+, sharply detailed with nice color and remaining luster around the rims. My estimate of an equivalent certified grade would be AU-55. This is an example of LM-2 (V-1a?), a medium die state with the Obverse heavily die clashed and showing the curve of the eagle's wing in front of Liberty's face. This does show some light old scratches that are hard to see unless under magnification - the grade "netted" to AU-50+ and price reduced just a bit for that.
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Item Id #002683    See Details...
1834 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Small Date, Original EF/AU
Year: 1834
Condition: PCGS EF-45
Description: (SOLD August, 2015 for $449) Overton-118, 1834/1834 overdate (repunched date). R-4, this coin is just below the Condition Census - there are 2 coins in PCGS Unc and four between AU-53 and AU-58. This is one of three EF-45's, and the case can be made that this is undergraded just a tick. It displays significant luster under the pearl gray toning, and the assigned grade shows PCGS's typical bias against original somewhat more darkly colored coins - they tend to like "white" coins and reward coins with "blast". Unfortunately, it is my opinion that this tends to encourage rather than discourage abuse in the attempt to get higher certified grades. Regardless, certainly a PQ example - I bought this unattributed mainly for the almost perfect color, as it shows some attractive color toning highlights. Difficult to price as there are apparently no records of any of the PCGS EF's selling at auction, and the variety does not trade too often in a public forum, so pricing information is not readily available - I priced it based upon my cost and opinion of value as a near "perfect" circulated example of this popular series. I have also included images of the coin prior to being certified as I feel these better reflect the actual color of the coin.
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Item Id #004264    See Details...
1834 Capped Bust Half Dime, Original Choice Uncirculated Coin, Nice Color!
Year: 1834
Condition: PCGS MS-64
Description: Just plain wow ... an original, moderately toned Choice Unc coin out of a very old Type Set. Light gold centers with some soft red highlights, becoming electric blue at the rims. Certainly worth a reasonable premium for the originality and attractive toning. Thankfully, somehow this managed to avoid any numismatic abuse!
Price: $1,315.00
Item Id #006321    See Details...
1835 Half Cent, Unc Details
Year: 1835
Condition: Uncirculated
Description: Cohen-2. A nice sharp example, but showing a few very minor problems from storage. There is some minor staining on the Reverse, as well as what appears to be a grease spot struck into the Obverse at 3:00 (between Star #11 and the rim). Some minor marks here and there, signs of having been stored in a loose group of coins. Almost certainly to have been part of the Elmer Sears hoard of this date that emerged during the Depression, which consisted of several hundred to a thousand Uncirculated specimens, mostly spotted Red Uncs. Well distributed into the hobby through the 1940's and 1950's, selling for as little as 25 Cents each (!!), most survivors have faded to Brown by now. This coin has nice glossy surfaces with some hints of bricky red and much luster showing. This is Breen 2 (Gilbert 1), Die State VI, showing the characteristic and distinctive die cracks on the Reverse, plus multiple clash marks on both sides (the clashing of the dies causing the dies to crack). Due to the minor "problems", if certified this would likely grade AU-58 as a "Net" grade, however I recently submitted an 1830's Half Cent to NGC that was effectively equivalent that came back MS-62, so it depends on how they see the coin on the day in question (plus the phase of the moon, whether the grader had a hangover, etc., etc.). My price should be reasonable either way you happen to look at it, as it is priced BELOW the equivalent of an AU-58 value.
Price: $255.00
Item Id #002052    See Details...
1835 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1835
Condition: PCGS AU-50
Description: Very original and perhaps a bit of a conservative grade. The Reverse on its own is clearly nicer, with well over 50% of the luster remaining. Excellent color, a sort of smoky grey, that does not hide the obvious luster. Perfect for a Type example and should easily CAC. PCGS Price Guide value of $375.
Price: $329.00
Item Id #006836    See Details...
1835 Capped Bust Half Dime, EF With Nice Old Album Toning!
Year: 1835
Condition: EF-45
Description: (SOLD June, 2015 for $245) LM-10, Small Date. An "obvious" die attribution, as the "3" in the date hangs significantly low compared to the other digits. Apparently a slightly earlier die state for the Reverse, as the characteristic crack through the "T" to the scroll had not developed yet. In any case a nice EF+ showing great old time album toning. Sharp stars and some remaining luster on the Reverse, just not enough for me to call it AU. Worth the small premium for the gorgeous toning, which is a bit more unusual on a coin this small (guaranteed genuine and to cert as such).
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Item Id #004534    See Details...
1837 Reeded Edge Bust Half Dollar, Interesting Variety
Year: 1837
Condition: Almost Uncirculated
Description: GR-14, from the recent text on Reeded Edge Half varieties. Seems like a later die state, with a strong and evident die crack from outside star #4 completely around to star #12. Choice AU details, equivalent to an AU-55, with the inevitable old cleaning. This was very light and the coin would normally almost certainly certify today. However, I suspect that it was lightly wiped in the date area, leaving a small patch of hairlines, so did not bother to submit the coin. This is hard to see unless you look for it and largely toned over. The coin retains a considerable amount of luster and displays attractive color, so would make an excellent Type example for someone who isn't worried about having a coin entombed in plastic. Absent the minor problem, a $650+ coin in a PCGS holder (more like $850 if they like it and graded it AU-58!). My price seems reasonable ...
Price: $425.00
Item Id #006956    See Details...
1837 Reeded Edge Bust Half Dollar, Choice Extremely Fine
Year: 1837
Condition: PCGS XF-45
Description: A nice example of the most common of the Reeded Edge Half dates, and the only affordable one with the "50 Cents" Reverse. Finding a sharp example with a balanced strike is another matter, as the Reverse Hub used seems to have had a shallow raised rim, often causing the lettering to look mushy or to wear into the edge. This is a well struck, original coin that came out of a very old accumulation off the market for well over a Half Century. This coin has also not been reviewed for any potential variety found in the Graham reference.
Price: $315.00
Item Id #006327    See Details...
1838 Reeded Edge Half Dollar, Original AU
Year: 1838
Condition: Choice AU
Description: (SOLD September, 2015 for $400) A nice sharp example, with surfaces and detail equivalent to an AU55+ I would say. A bit less difficult to find this way than an example from 1836/37, as the Mint had begun to learn how to properly strike Half Dollars with the new machinery using a "close collar". Dies however continued to be a problem, as this coin shows. The Reverse is struck from a severely cracked die, and the Obverse also shows two fairly significant cracks. Oddly enough, the overall detail is very sharp and "fresh" looking, so the dies must have almost new and cracked soon after entering service, but the coin was struck before they were repolished to refinish the surfaces. Otherwise a wonderfully original coin that escaped being cleaned, and problem free other than a couple of very minor edge problems typical of a coin that saw some use but not abuse (these should not show once placed into an album). A very meaty coin for the price.
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Item Id #002916    See Details...
1839 Seated Liberty Half, First Year of Type
Year: 1839
Condition: AU Details
Description: (SOLD October, 2015 for $349 - the listing left posted for the information value) WB-102, With Drapery (R-3). A coin with sharp AU detail, but that was cleaned at some point in the dim past. It must have been in the early part of the 20th Century or before, as this has fully toned back and shows some attractive touches of color. While some hairlines are visible, all in all a very nice coin considering the light impairment,and still worthy as a Type example -discounted a bit however for the "issues". I would not usually purchase a cleaned coin like this, however I have always felt that this date was ridiculously undervalued. While the first years of most issues are relatively easy to find due to saving by the public as souvenirs, and many specimens tend to be available in better grades as they were put away soon after being issued, the 1839 Seated Half definitely DOES NOT fit this pattern. Despite a mintage of almost 2 Million, I almost never see this date available at shows (that also includes the 1839 Bust Half). My only guess is extreme pressure as a "Type Date" means these sell almost immediately, which has been the case in my own experience, or a large percentage may have been melted or shipped outside the country. 1839 was in the middle of the "Hard Times" period, and there was significant disruption of the agricultural economy, particularly in the South. Bank insolvencies and the inability of debtors to repay loans due to the drop in crop prices may have led to mass shipment of Silver coin out of the U. S. through Southern ports as many plantation owners were forced to operate on a "cash and carry" basis. This is all speculation on my part, but under these conditions, Half Dollars would have been the preferential means of payment - the New Orleans Mint as well did not produce a significant mintage of Halves until 1840. Who knows!
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #004709    See Details...
1839 Seated Liberty Half, First Year of Type
Year: 1839
Condition: AU-53
Description: (SOLD November, 2014 for $475.00) WB-102, With Drapery (R-3) The first year of the Seated Liberty Half type, this date is ridiculously priced. While most First Year of Type coinage is relatively easy to find due to saving by the public, and many specimens tend to be available in better grades as they were put away soon after being issued, the 1839 Half definitely DOES NOT fit this pattern. Despite a mintage of almost 2 Million, I almost never see this date available at shows (that includes the 1839 Bust Half as well). My only guess is extreme pressure as a "Type Date" means these sell almost immediately, which has been the case in my own experience, or a large percentage may have been melted or shipped outside the country. 1839 was in the middle of the "Hard Times" period, and there was significant disruption of the agricultural economy, particularly in the South. Bank insolvencies and the inability of debtors to repay loans due to the drop in crop prices may have led to mass shipment of Silver coin out of the U. S. through Southern ports as many plantation owners were forced to operate on a "cash and carry" basis. This is all speculation on my part, but under these conditions, Half Dollars would have been the preferential means of payment - the New Orleans Mint as well did not produce a significant mintage of Halves until 1840. Who knows! In any case, a nice coin that came out of the Midwest region, and the first that I have had the opportunity to purchase in quite a while.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003550    See Details...
1839 Large Cent,
Year: 1839
Condition: PCGS AU-55
Description: (SOLD May, 2017 for $735, on ebay) Newcomb-8. This is the first of the Braided Hair Large Cent designs, the "Petite Head", also known as the Head of 1840. Fairly scarce with a mintage of only 200,000, and underrated. Certainly not too often seen today, especially with problem free surfaces. Most seen on the West Coast are darker or show corrosion, possibly as there was a problem with planchet stock. The Obverse of this coin is not as uneven in color as my image makes it appear - this seems to have been due to lighting conditions. Overall, this coin is a pleasing, natural dark mahogany Brown.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005873    See Details...
1839-O Reeded Edge Bust Half Dollar, RARE New Orleans Mint Issue
Year: 1839O
Condition: PCGS/CAC VG-10
Description: Popular as the only Capped Bust Half Dollar date struck at New Orleans (other than the uber rare 1838-O Specimen strike coinage), and also for having the unusual case of bearing the Mintmark on the Obverse of the coin. As a result, actual sales values trump supposed "retail" price guide values, including those at PCGS. My price based upon actual auction results in the last half of 2017. Otherwise, a nice problem free circulated example, confirmed by CAC - perhaps a bit unusual on a coin in this grade, but welcome nonetheless. This also shows the unusual feature of heavy die cracks on the Reverse, indicating die failure was not long off. That in itself is a bit unusual for a coin of which less than 180,000 were struck, but may say something about the relatively primitive nature of the equipment at the "Big Easy".
Price: $949.00
Item Id #006269    See Details...
1840 Seated Liberty Half, Reverse of 1839, Small Letters
Year: 1840
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated
Description: (SOLD July, 2016 for $479) A very original AU+ example of this popular Small Letters Reverse coinage, widely underrated by standard price guides. As this is the only Small Letters Reverse type that can be seen as "common", they tend to bring higher prices - the 1839's of a larger Mintage tend to be seen less often in my experience. This date is scarce in higher circulated grades as they seem to have gotten out and circulated widely. This is a sharp AU+, equivalent to PCGS AU-53/55 coins recently submitted, however may not certify due to the darker color on the Obverse if submitted without being "conserved". Regardless, what I would call an "obvious AU".
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #004138    See Details...
1840 Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Extremely Fine
Year: 1840
Condition: Extremely Fine+
Description: Reverse of 1839 (Small Letters). A solid EF+ example of the second year of production. Overall details of close to AU, the typical old cleaning causes me to Net this as EF+. Attractive old album color is visible when the coin is tipped to the light. I will mention here that the toning is not as obvious when the coin is stapled into a 2x2 holder. The coin needs to be outside a holder to see the full effect, as the mylar covering of a 2x2 tending to cause light reflection. For this reason, the coin may be removed from the holder for proper inspection, should the purchaser desire, without losing the return privilege.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #006526    See Details...
1840 Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Repunched Date
Year: 1840
Condition: Choice Extremely Fine
Description: Reverse of 1839 (Small Letters). WB-104/W-10 (FS-302), an obvious Repunched Date variety. The extra image of the date area is courtesy PCGS CoinFacts (not this coin). A sharp EF+ coin, close to AU for details and might grade as such if submitted. Nice color that suggests it is original, or at least has not been cleaned since the 19th Century. A few minor rim disturbances that would not show much once placed into an album. Solidly in the Condition Census for the variety. One each VF-35 and XF-45, three AU-55 and one MS-61 attributed at PCGS, plus perhaps three other known Uncirculated specimens, however those were sold unattributed. As is common to this series, which tends to attract the specialist, while quite scarce there appears to be little premium added for the variety.
Price: $369.00
Item Id #006580    See Details...
1842 Seated Liberty Half, Medium Date, Tripled Date
Year: 1842
Condition: PCGS/CAC AU-53
Description: (SOLD March, 2015 for $700, the listing left posted for its information value. Other better Seated Halves sold may be found in my Archive section) Medium Date/Large Letters Reverse, the size of the Reverse lettering changed sometime during the year to presumably improve the striking quality of the series. Modestly common as a date, but not looking like this. A stunning original AU coin with original pearl gray surfaces showing more luster than I could properly image,and PQ for the date & grade. This is also an example of WB-105, a Tripled Date variety, and so noted on the PCGS label. Rare, rated as an R-5 in the standard text on the series, and infrequently traded. From a small hoard that I recently purchased that has been off the coin market for probably three generations! All of these coins come with the original paper envelopes in which they were stored for many years.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #004131    See Details...