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EPC Liberty Seated Half Dimes (Set 1 - Route 66)


Category: Half Dimes
Set Type: Seated Liberty Half Dimes 1837-1873
Owner: Electric Peak
Last Modified: 1/8/2017
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Rank: 1
Score: 172049
Leading by: 87215
Points to Higher Rank: N/A
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Set Description:

As I got close to completing my initial collecting goal (middle and late date large cent sets), I started building sets of half dimes in 2007: mint state Capped Bust; proof Seated from 1858-1873; and this business strike Liberty Seated set. Completion of this set is my primary goal.

I initially named the set Route 66 because the first few entries were graded MS66. Coins graded from AU53 through MS67 currently grace the set. I may stretch for an MS68 of a common date, and certainly will have to settle for lower graded examples of the keys, such as the 1853-O No Arrows already in the set. In a few cases, I have gotten AU place holders that I hope eventually to upgrade.

Although I may be able to complete the registry set someday, there is, of course, one coin I'll probably never add: the 1870-S. Only one is known, supposedly discovered in a dealer's "junk" box. The last I knew (2015), it was in the Law/Simpson collection, and was being offered through Legend Numismatics for $2,250,000. Barring some windfall, I'll never have anything close to that much to spend on coins for the rest of my life! If another exists in the cornerstone of the second San Francisco Mint, no collector will ever own it.

I expect to have fun building this set over the next several years. The challenge will be finding well struck pieces. I have passed on many poorly struck coins, but some issues just don't come fully struck. Like many new collectors, I initially favored "white" coins, but now welcome nicely toned pieces. By that I mean that toning should be pleasing color(s), should be even or smoothly varying, and should not obscure the luster or make evaluation of surface quality difficult.

Aside from someday completing the set, I have a goal to provide quantitative measures of various characteristics of the coins. So far, only the luster has been rated. Ratings range from 0 (no discernible luster) to 5 (superior luster), and are given separately for obverse and reverse sides. Of course, these 'quantitative' ratings will be my opinions. But I will do my best to be objective. Once I have ratings for other attributes (such as strike, toning, post-strike damage, eye appeal), I will use them to construct my own opinion of grade.

I was pleasantly surprised when this set was selected for one of the five Best Classic Set awards for 2015! It's not as awesome as the Gardner set or the Law/Simpson set, or others that surely exist, but it is pretty nice... Here's the citation:

This collection of Liberty Seated Half Dimes is nearly complete, lacking just ten coins at present, one of which is the unique 1870-S issue. All but a few of the coins are high-end, Mint State examples, and the owner has stated his goal of acquiring only well struck pieces. Also favored is attractive toning, which makes these coins quite pleasing to the eye. Among the highlights are 1839-O grading MS 66, 1848-O in MS 67 and 1864, also a MS 67 gem. Three of the coins in this collection carry the coveted NGC Star Designation for superior eye appeal, and two (1866 and 1868) are designated as Prooflike.

Since then, I have acquired a few more, so that only three holes remain (not counting the 1870-S, and a PCGS-graded 1866-S that is locked into another set.) Hopefully I'll be able to get nice examples of the remaining non-unique coins (and upgrade the handful of AU coins). And I'll be sure to keep an eye open for that "non-competitive, display-only" coin...

March 4, 2017
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View Coin 1837 MS 66 NGC 3712
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View Coin 1838-O MS 62 NGC 4290
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View Coin 1838 MS 66 NGC 3126
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View Coin 1839 MS 66 PCGS 3386
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View Coin 1839-O MS 66 NGC 4694
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View Coin 1840 No Drapery MS 66 NGC 3592
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View Coin 1840-O No Drapery MS 63 NGC 3783
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View Coin 1840 Drapery MS 65 NGC 3216
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View Coin 1840-O Drapery XF 45 NGC 1799
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View Coin 1841 MS 67 NGC 3852
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View Coin 1841-O MS 63 PCGS 2495
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View Coin 1842 MS 66 NGC 2960
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View Coin 1842-O MS 63 NGC 3057
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View Coin 1843 MS 66 PCGS 2614
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View Coin 1844 MS 67 PCGS 3885
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1844-O  
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View Coin 1845 MS 66 PCGS 2495
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1846  
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View Coin 1847 MS 66 PCGS 3057
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View Coin 1848 MS 66 NGC 3817
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View Coin 1848-O MS 67 NGC 5264
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View Coin 1849 MS 65 NGC 2352
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View Coin 1849-O MS 61 NGC 2910
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View Coin 1850 MS 66 PCGS 2834
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View Coin 1850-O MS 65 NGC 3694
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View Coin 1851 MS 66 NGC 2464
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View Coin 1851-O MS 65 PCGS 3427
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View Coin 1852 MS 67 NGC 4565
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View Coin 1852-O MS 62 NGC 2268
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View Coin 1853 No Arrows MS 66 NGC 3386
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View Coin 1853-O No Arrows AU 55 NGC 3800
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View Coin 1853 Arrows MS 66 NGC 3345
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View Coin 1853-O Arrows MS 61 NGC 1103
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View Coin 1854 MS 66 NGC 3486
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View Coin 1854-O MS 66 NGC 6021
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View Coin 1855 MS 66 NGC 3817
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View Coin 1855-O MS 65 PCGS 3765
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View Coin 1856 MS 66 NGC 2401
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View Coin 1856-O MS 66 NGC 3902
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View Coin 1857 MS 66 NGC 2161
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View Coin 1857-O MS 66 NGC 2985
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View Coin 1858 MS 67 NGC 3730
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View Coin 1858-O MS 66 PCGS 2754
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View Coin 1859 MS 67 NGC 4516
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View Coin 1859-O MS 66 NGC 3410
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View Coin 1860 MS 67 PCGS 3365
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View Coin 1860-O MS 66 NGC 2614
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View Coin 1861 MS 67 NGC 4452
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View Coin 1862 MS 67 NGC 3406
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View Coin 1863 MS 66 PCGS 2754
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View Coin 1863-S MS 65 PCGS 3506
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View Coin 1864 MS 67 NGC 4981
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View Coin 1864-S MS 65 NGC 3675
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View Coin 1865 MS 63 PCGS 2161
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1865-S  
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View Coin 1866 MS 65 PL NGC 2960
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1866-S  
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View Coin 1867 MS 66 NGC 4273
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View Coin 1867-S MS 65 NGC 3506
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View Coin 1868 MS 66 PL NGC 2936
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View Coin 1868-S MS 65 NGC 2807
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View Coin 1869 MS 67 NGC 3712
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View Coin 1869-S MS 67 NGC 6089
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View Coin 1870 MS 67 NGC 3564
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1870-S (non-competitive, display-only)  
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"1870-S (non-competitive, display-only)"  
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View Coin 1871 MS 67 PCGS 3601
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View Coin 1871-S MS 66 PCGS 3447
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View Coin 1872 MS 66 NGC 2197
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View Coin 1872-S MS 67 PCGS 3447
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View Coin 1873 MS 67 NGC 4756
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View Coin 1873-S MS 66 NGC 2643
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