Try as I might my depth of knowledge of Liberty Seated Halves will never approach that of Bill Bugert and Randy Wiley. But with their work as guide I have tried to assemble the most complete set of this series in high grade mint state as possible, a quest for perfection. In a way such a quest can never be final as there is always that one more upgrade possible. While not complete and possibly not attainable it has been an exciting journey and one in which I have passionately loved every minute. My collection across all Liberty Seated coinage is extensive but this series is its heart.
Many of the great rarities of the series are represented by high grade specimens--the 1878-S in MS-64, the 1870-CC in MS-62, the 1839nd in MS-65, but the core of the collection really rests in the coins dated 1850-1852, all of which are top pops. The 1850 is the spectacular Eliasberg coin graded MS-67, while the 1851 comes from the Pittman collection, and the 1852 from Pryor. Truly an awesome assemblage of finest knowns all beautifully toned and original.
On the other side of the ledger several upgrades are still possible. Most notably the 1854 where the best I have been able to find so far is graded MS-64. The 1871 is another coin graded MS-64 where I am hopeful of being able to do substantially better.