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1867 No Rays Nickel, Original EF
Year: 1867NR
Condition: EF-45
Description: (SOLD August, 2015 for $70) A nice problem free EF+ example, with some obvious luster remaining. This is also a minor doubled die, which I have not had the time to research yet.
Price: Price On Request
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1867 No Rays Shield Nickel, Original AU
Year: 1867NR
Condition: AU-55
Description: A solid, problem free original Choice AU example, with the slightly "greasy" gray-green color an unmolested Shield (or Liberty) Nickel should be. A full balanced strike showing all star radials and shield lines, and only one tiny die crack. The Reverse rim shows a bit of a "fin" of metal where it squeezed out between the die and collar - most likely struck fairly early after the Reverse hub design was changed to the "No Rays" Type, and the Mint was learning how to balance the striking pressure on the press.
Price: $115.00
Item Id #005065    See Details...
1867 With Rays Shield Nickel, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1867WR
Condition: PCGS AU-50
Description: An original if slightly grubby coin, in an old PCGS holder (OGH). VERY well struck for this issue, with little if any evidence of die cracks, which is rare - there are a couple of light cracks on the Reverse. If the holder and label combination are not critical, I would suggest cracking this coin out as it could stand a "wash" to remove some encrusted dirt - this would not affect re-certification, and frankly I think that this really just belongs in an album, rather than a slab.
Price: $295.00
Item Id #005303    See Details...
1868 Nickel Three Cents, Choice Uncirculated, Well Struck
Year: 1868
Condition: PCGS MS-63
Description: A very well struck Choice BU example, and very PQ. Frankly, blatantly undergraded by PCGS. There are no major or even minor bothersome marks to explain the grade. However, there are obvious die polish lines running East-West on both sides, which may have bothered the graders for some reason. Otherwise, bright and flashy with bold luster under a very slight original haze to show that it has not been abused. A very nice example for Type.
Price: $179.00
Item Id #006912    See Details...
1868 Nickel, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1868
Condition: AU-53+
Description: A nice problem free original AU example, with significant luster under light pearl gray toning. Oddly enough for an 1868, this does not appear to be a variety of any kind!
Price: $105.00
Item Id #004161    See Details...
1868 Seated Half Dime, Choice Proof
Year: 1868
Condition: PCGS/CAC PR-64
Description: (SOLD February, 2017 by private treaty to a dealer for $825) An original old time Proof example in a brand new holder. This came out of an old Type set and was undoubtedly cracked out of a first generation PCGS or NGC holder to place into the album, based upon the age of the set. Nice deeper natural toning on deep mirrors, and this certainly looks to have some Cameo contrast, probably just not quite enough to garner a CAM designation at PCGS. Combined PCGS/NGC Pop of 112 coins; CAC only THREE (as of April, 2016). One of the other 2 CAC coins was recently available at $1,050 - it seemed just a touch darker and "less lively", so my equivalent price should be reasonable.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #004692    See Details...
1868 Seated Liberty Half Dime, Better Date
Year: 1868
Condition: PCGS XF-40
Description: An original high grade circulated example of this scarcer post-Civil War date, with a low mintage of less than 89,000 coins. The emergence of hoarded Silver coinage in 1865 after the cessation of hostilities meant Mint production of minor coinage dropped for a number of years afterward. One estimate is that as few as 300 pieces survive in all grades. 10 in the grade at PCGS, with only 37 higher in circulated grades (50+ in Uncirculated grades).
Price: $349.00
Item Id #006786    See Details...
1868 Seated Liberty Dime, Better Date
Year: 1868
Condition: Choice Very Fine
Description: A date of reasonable Mintage, however noted by Greer as getting scarce above VF (R-3+). This is a solid Choice VF, equivalent to what will typically certify as VF-30 or 35, and seems original although it does show some light rim issues. These are mainly on the Reverse, and would not likely show once placed into an album. This appears to be Fortin-107 (his R-4), showing a downward sloping date and a broken S in STATES.
Price: $99.00
Item Id #006893    See Details...
1868 Indian Cent, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1868
Condition: PCGS MS-63RB
Description: A nice bright RB example, with about half of the original Red surface remaining. No marks of any significance to note other than one small tick on Liberty's cheek. The Reverse has a slight sense of light "roughness" from exceedingly light contact with whatever this was stored with originally. My experience is that PCGS tends to "Net" grade Indians based more upon surface & color than marks above MS-62. Either way, a nice example.
Price: $635.00
Item Id #006385    See Details...
1868-S Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Massive Reverse Planchet Flaw
Year: 1868S
Condition: Very Fine
Description: Struck with a massive planchet flaw on the Reverse. Based upon the surface, it is most likely that the planchet contained some slag or other impurities, as besides the main central "divot" there are scattered disturbances and inclusions. Not terribly surprising that something like this occurred given some of the problems San Francisco had with assay efforts due to generally poor facilities. That this is not post strike damage can be seen by the lack of disturbance on the Obverse, impossible if someone dug out a chunk of this coin, as well as the pattern seen on the bottom surface of the void (the crystalline pattern of the alloy). Unusual to see such a large defect, but the inclusion must have fallen out after the coin was struck, then it was put aside as a "fido", as they used to say. Either way, very cool and unusual. This sort of coin is very difficult to value, so it is listed at an approximation of what I think it might be worth, as an item of curiosity if noting else - interested parties who disagree are free to contact me and discuss the matter. Out of an old set and lightly cleaned a very long ago, this has retoned some and shows some nice multi-colored rim toning on the Obverse.
Price: $99.00
Item Id #006208    See Details...
1869 Shield Nickel, RPD and Error Coin
Year: 1869
Condition: PCGS AU-55
Description: (SOLD May, 2015 for $300) An interesting example of this common date in the series. This is a Repunched Date variety, newly identified as a previously unknown die, as well as being a minor mechanical error coin. Obverse B/Reverse IIC Hub, with clear Repunching of the entire date, showing strongest at the "9" with sharp doubling below the primary digit. This is now listed as S5-3008 by Howard Spindel's "Shield Nickel Viewer". It resembles Fletcher F-409 (FS-005.6), however the repunching on the entire logotype is different, nor does the die crack match the image in Fletcher. Identified as a "new" discovery (new is in quotes as I have owned this coin for some time) by Howard, I have included some extra images of the date courtesy of him. A bit odd that this has not been noted before, given the fact that 1869 Nickels are relatively common, however the advanced die cracks it exhibits indicate this Obv. die may have had a short lifespan. This also exhibits a partial "Railroad rim", with about 20% of the flat part of the edge showing a "notch" of 90 degrees, where the planchet was not sitting fully within the collar when struck. This was commonly due to problems with the feed mechanism or strike timing, as the dies would come together before the planchet had been fully seated. In this case, with the large and obvious die cracks, it may well be that the dies themselves were not well seated. In any case, an interesting "trifecta", and a nice Almost Unc coin in the bargain.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003314    See Details...
1869 Two Cents, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1869
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-63RB
Description: (SOLD April, 2017 for $350) A nice Uncirculated example with a conspicuous amount of remaining mellowed Red, on original problem free surfaces. An excellent example for Type and very PQ, with a very low CAC population of only three coins. While this grade would not as commonly be submitted, the fact that there are 109 coins certified by PCGS & NGC combined in the grade (Sept., 2016), yet only three with a "bean", speaks volumes about the quality of this piece.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005119    See Details...
1870 Indian Cent, Original Fine, Very Scarce
Year: 1870
Condition: Fine-12
Description: A nice original Fine example of this tough date, struck from the Type One Reverse hub used since 1864 with a "Shallow N". The Reverse hub was redesigned by William Barber this year, strengthening and evening up the heights on all the lettering, and used from later in 1870 onward with one very notable and critical exception: all Key Date 1877 Indian Cents are supposedly struck from a "Shallow N" Reverse, for some reason (some controversy around this pops up from time to time). Problem free, this does show a large die crack on the Reverse.
Price: $219.00
Item Id #004175    See Details...
1870 Shield Nickel, Choice Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1870
Condition: ANACS AU-58
Description: A nice original example of this better date, in an old ANACS "mini slab". Graded accurately, this would easily cross to either PCGS or NGC at the same grade, however I don't really see the point to the exercise. Oddly enough for a Shield Nickel, not a variety of any sort!
Price: $210.00
Item Id #006993    See Details...
1870 Indian Cent, Extremely Fine, Very Scarce
Year: 1870
Condition: EF-40
Description: A tough date to find in any grade above Fine, and well struck for a date that is notorious for poor quality. Snow notes that strike-throughs due to water or grease on the dies are common. This does show some of that effect on the Reverse, which gives the appearance of light "roughness". Otherwise problem free and original; the "issue" on the Reverse should not prevent certification.
Price: $420.00
Item Id #006009    See Details...
1870 Indian Cent, Pick Ax Variety, Original AU Coin
Year: 1870
Condition: PCGS AU-50
Description: (THIS COIN HAS BEEN SOLD - the listing left posted for information on the variety) FS-303 (Snow-7a). An original Almost Uncirculated example of this Key Date, and an example of one of the popular varieties in the Indian Cent series, the so-called "Pick Ax". So named for a large, obvious die gouge in the space between Liberty's hair ribbon and the designer's initials. Oddly enough, this Obverse die is know with five different Reverse die combinations, indicating that the Mint didn't notice, or didn't care, about the damage. Low PCGS attributed population, 4 in AU grades, 8 in Unc. Some of this may be due to the difficulty of finding gradable AU & better 1870 Cents, but with almost 300 1870 Cents PCGS certified in AU grades plus 500+ in Uncirculated, it gives an idea of the overall scarcity of the variety.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #006553    See Details...
1871 Two Cents, Choice Uncirculated, Scarce Date
Year: 1871
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-63BN
Description: (SOLD March, 2017 for $700, on ebay) Obverse of 1870 over Obverse of 1869. The Obverse die was initially hubbed with the 1869 Obverse master, then re-hubbed with the modified 1870 Hub, producing a Doubled Die. Listed as Flynn KF-2-TDO as well as FS-02-1871-103 in the Cherrypickers Guide. Doubling is most obvious on the "N" of IN and the "W" of WE as shown in the enlarged image. Of interest is that Flynn notes that the 1869 Hub had an extra leaf in one of the clusters on the left side of the wreath compared to the 1870 Hub, which normally shows as a ghost image on this variety. The extra leaf does not show on this example, which may be explained by the presence of die cracks, indicating that the die may have been refinished. Flynn does not note die cracks in his listing of this variety, so this is obviously a later die state. Beyond that, a nice Brown Unc example of this tougher date. Valuing the variety is difficult due to a lack of trades as well as the thin nature of the 2 Cent variety market. Cherrypickers shows the variety in MS-63 at $900 versus $375 for a "normal" coin; the PCGS Price Guide lists this date at $425. Splitting the difference in all this should be reasonable and leave someone some room to get the coin recertified with the variety noted should they choose. Regarding the CAC sticker, this date is very scarce as such, with only 11 coins from a PCGS/NGC population of 142 coins (Sept., 2016) which speaks volumes about the fact that CAC does NOT like "Brown" coins and passes very few, in my direct experience.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005120    See Details...
1871 Indian Cent, Choice Extremely Fine, Very Scarce
Year: 1871
Condition: EF-45
Description: Like all of the 1868-1873 coinages, a tough date to find in any grade above Fine. Very well struck for a date that is notorious for poor quality, with no planchet problems. This displays details appropriate to an AU coin, but is just a touch dark, with surfaces that appear a bit "dried out". This is the result of how it was stored, but no problems such as corrosion or pitting. A possible candidate for judicious conservation, but the value does not support that process for me to entertain the notion. This should fit into any high grade circulated set.
Price: $475.00
Item Id #006197    See Details...
1871 Seated Liberty Half, Scarce High Grade Example
Year: 1871
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated
Description: (SOLD June, 2017 for $385) A little lesson in the eccentricities of the coin market. This is considered a "common" date ... with a total estimated survival of about 1,000 coins in all grades. This is from a mintage of just over 1.2 Million, making it a 8/10 of 1% survival rate. That includes all the crappy AG to low end VG coins. I can assure you that in EF and better, the numbers are much smaller. Compare that to the "rare" 1909-S VDB, which "Coinfacts" estimates at 50,000 coins, or 10+% (while I disagree, as I think it is more like 100,000+ coins surviving). Yet the coin offered here is worth less for some reason. Whatever, a Choice AU with great color - ignore the current plastic it is enclosed in as that is not really germain, however it assures you of authenticity. Sold for what I think it is worth ...
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005353    See Details...
1871 Indian Cent, Sharp EF/AU Coin, Very Scarce
Year: 1871
Condition: PCGS EF-45
Description: (SOLD January, 2017 for $469, on ebay) A very original, sharply struck example of this much tougher date. A low Mintage (for a Cent) combined with heavy melting by the Treasury meant low survivorship, especially in higher grades. The melting of previously issued Cents in the early 1870's would have caught most of the 1871's that were destroyed in Very Fine and better, hence the paucity of upper end circulated examples. The PCGS Population from EF-40 to AU-58 is less than 500 coins, and that is for a date whose value would encourage submission. Better yet, original and problem free, difficult enough in itself to find! I have left images posted of the coin prior to grading, as I believe they show the surfaces and color a bit better. Rarely found this NICE, grade aside ...
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005620    See Details...
1872 Seated Liberty Half Dime, Choice Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1872
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated
Description: A nice high grade example of this next to the last date in the series. Details of an AU-58, a bit bright as my opinion is that this was lightly dipped a long time ago, probably to try to make it appear "Unc". It should still pass muster if submitted for certification, at at least the AU-55 level, so that is how I have it priced. An obvious Repunched Date: there is the base of an additional "1" showing below base of the digit in the date, as well as the tip of the serif peeking out below the "flag" of same. Not noted in Breen; I was not able to confirm whether this was in Valentine or not. An early die state coin as otherwise this feature would likely have worn to invisibility rather quickly.
Price: $105.00
Item Id #005439    See Details...
1872 Shield Nickel, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1872
Condition: PCGS MS-63
Description: Considered a "common" date by some, despite an estimated survival of less than 10,000 coins in all grades out of a mintage of 6 Million. Perhaps common by typical Shield Nickel standards, however I can tell you I do not find Uncirculated examples available often. Well struck & original, and without the typical hairlines & scuffmarks that typically define a BU Shield Nickel in this grade range. As probably 90%+ of all Uncirculated survivors were put aside randomly and spent time hiding in a bag or box of other coins, issues such as these are the norm rather than the exception. The grade likely limited only by the somewhat "flat" nature of the luster on the Reverse, caused by environmental issues wherever it spent a Century hiding before I submitted it to PCGS.
Price: $319.00
Item Id #007037    See Details...
1872 Seated Liberty Half, Scarce & Underrated
Year: 1872
Condition: Choice Very Fine
Description: A much tougher date than commonly given credit for. Less than 900,000 struck, and by one estimate only about 600 left in existence. For reference, the 1855-S Half, most definitely considered a Key Date, has an estimated survival of 500 pieces. The 1888, one of the late 1880's low mintage issues is estimated to have more than 10% of the original mintage of 12,000 surviving, and costs several hundred Dollars in this grade. Yet the 1872 is lumped in with the "commons". In my opinion a great number were exported or melted for their slightly above face Silver content, or scraped out and re-coined at the new, post-1873 standard by the Mint. Either way, a decent coin despite a very old, light cleaning, many years ago. This has retoned back and shows some nice edge toning.
Price: $139.00
Item Id #006128    See Details...
1872 Shield Nickel, Certified Mid-Grade Example, Better Date
Year: 1872
Condition: PCGS VF-30
Description: A solid, problem free mid-grade circulated example of this better date. The Obverse die shows some heavy die cracks and was near terminal. I note that this older PCGS holder shows some minor damage to the Reverse "lip".
Price: $111.00
Item Id #005114    See Details...