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1803 Draped Bust Half Dime
bikergeek
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Old Post Posted Yesterday   12:05 pm
Hey, @trdhrdr007, I am (becoming) a specialist in the capped bust half dimes. But I'm interested in learning about the early half dimes too. I consulted with an expert I know, who shall remain nameless, and they say:

"The 1803 small date half dime, LM-1, is a very scarce variety. The population is around 20, but more are probably out there. It is listed in The Red Book. That increases its value.

The value on this one is probably in the $1,500 to $2,500 range because it's in a "bent" holder. All of the examples I have seen personally had one problem or another, but got straight grades anyway. It could be more in an auction if you have two or more people chasing it."
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins
 
Any Half Dime Collectors Here?
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Old Post Posted 02/02/2023  3:29 pm
1795 LM-9, obverse 7 and reverse F. Rarity 4.
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins
 
What Classic Series Can Be Completed Without Spending Over $500 On A Single Coin
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Old Post Posted 02/02/2023  1:26 pm
Lots of interesting perspectives here! I like the idea of focusing on "short sets" like the Walkers in 33-47. Within a budget (in this case $500, but everyone will have their own limits), you can get WONDERFUL coins; there are a couple of toughies in the short set but not out of scale.

And as stated, the V nickels ("excepting the 1913") and the Barber dimes ("excepting the 1894-S") are a sensible approach. (Although personally I hate to have that one hole in a set for perpetuity--that's my own issue though. lol)

I want to extoll the virtues of the Capped Bust Half Dimes. The series ran from 1829 to 1837 (nine years). There's a major variety set of 14 coins that includes the various combos of large/small dates and large/small 5c denominations. The (redbook / greysheet?) set is 16 coins, with the 14 major varieties plus the 3 over inverted 3 issues that occurred in 1834 and 1836. You could currently complete this set up to about mid-AU grades for all of the above configurations! Some exceptional AU55s and most AU58s, which is a high-demand grade, would price you out of the $500 zone. But with a little careful shopping and patience you can assemble a gorgeous set of almost 200 year old coins that still exhibit mint luster, often with interesting toning and unique die cracks and clashes and even cuds (although the cuds get snagged quickly).
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins

1803 Draped Bust Half Dime
bikergeek
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Old Post Posted 02/02/2023  02:30 am
Following.

I'm interested in the fact that your first post was 1/14, and by 1/31 ANACS had already graded it. Kudos to them for rapid turnaround!
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins
 
Raw 1916-D Mercury For Authenticity
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Old Post Posted 02/01/2023  1:43 pm
Congrats, @trdhrdr007!

By the way, I tried to pronounce your username and I figure I'd better not. heheh
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Counterfeit Coins In Online Auction
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Old Post Posted 01/24/2023  9:35 pm
You guys are probably right - someone got fleeced. But if we see these coins start showing up individually on eBay with high price tags, we'll know that my third option above came true - some unethical person is planning to pass the pain along.

It's a low down dirty shame either way.
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins
 
Counterfeit Coins In Online Auction
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Old Post Posted 01/24/2023  6:17 pm
Here's the link just for convenience. https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-..._8CA4F16A63/

I too was wondering if this would be taken down. The only nod to these coins' illegitimacy is the words "& Replicas" in the title. It's possible that someone in the community who researches counterfeits bid on this, and I hope that's the case. The alternatives are, someone got fleeced, OR, someone bought these expecting to fleece others.

I do want to say, the auction house shares culpability, but it's Neely Auction out of Lantana, FL that actually listed this merch. Along with 300-odd other lots of miscellaneous objets d'art. The only other related one was the final, lot 322, which had bullion (or, to have it their way, boullion which makes me oddly hungry for some hot broth). I dunno if folks are faking bullion, but at $375 for that lot it bears scrutiny. https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-...s_60E4E458A2
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins
 
A New Coin Cleaning Project. 1803 Large Cent
bikergeek
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Old Post Posted 01/23/2023  10:45 pm
So, CarrsCoins, in other words: you're gonna push it, right?

heheheheh
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins
 
Look What Little Surprises That I Found! Walking Libs!
bikergeek
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Old Post Posted 01/18/2023  3:38 pm
My dog left me a little surprise the other day, but it wasn't a happy one.

:-) sorry, couldn't resist
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Raw 1916-D Mercury For Authenticity
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Old Post Posted 01/17/2023  3:34 pm
In my (limited) experience in authentication, I think the MM looks good. But to take another tack: are there any other fans of "originality" here? I know my 16-D here is grittier than some folks like, but I LOVE the originality and the gray dirt on my coin, and the (minor) orange and green metallic toning. I just wanted to provide this for the sake of comparison - but I'd never discourage anyone from acquiring a key coin in a higher grade!
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins
 
Anyone Here Dream Of Getting A 1792 Half Disme?
bikergeek
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Old Post Posted 01/16/2023  01:22 am
It's one of my dream coins, frankly. And that's where it shall remain. I did notice that David Lawrence Rare Coins had one recently (forget the grade). It was priced at $80k, and looked pretty dipped out - but within a pretty short period of time it sold.
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins
 
1797 Half Dime Value
bikergeek
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Old Post Posted 01/13/2023  11:41 am
TimNH and Nickelsearcher, your words are very kind. I have come to understand why this is a community.
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins
 
1797 Half Dime Value
bikergeek
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Old Post Posted 01/12/2023  1:55 pm
That R6 was an estimate. The rarity number could go down if/as more LM-4s are discovered. (R5 is 31-75 estimated extant). I saw that the Logan McCloskey book (published 1998) called it R6. And the 2019 half dime census published by the John Reich Collectors Society (JRCS) also maintained the R6 estimate. However, a search of Heritage Auctions to see if they had any low-grade examples like yours (they don't) show that they were calling the marriage R5, starting in about 2010. And that's looking reasonable to me - simply judging from the number of different 1797 LM-4's they've offered in the last 20-some years.

https://coins.ha.com/c/search-resul...veTab-071515

This is a VERY timely conversation for me to be involved in, as I'm currently assisting the primary author of the upcoming 2023 JRCS half dime census, and I intend to discuss the possible downgrading of this marriage to R5. And if anyone joins the JRCS, you'll get the "JR Journal" when that census is published (April I think). (Anyone is welcome to message me with any questions about that).

Thanks for sharing your story and images!

-Sean
Forum: US Classic and Colonial Coins

1797 Half Dime Value
bikergeek
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Old Post Posted 01/12/2023  1:31 pm
@Crazy Monkey, thanks for sharing the reverse pic. I'm sold on the LM-4 attribution. As I looked closer, the placement of the stars on this Obverse 3 is waaay different from the first two obverses that year, the 15-star Obv 1 and the 16-star Obv 2. The reverse you uploaded is clearly Reverse E. Pickup points are clear and include the branch stem touching the last A in AMERICA.
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1797 Half Dime Value
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Old Post Posted 01/12/2023  12:39 pm
I'm a half dime fan, but my interest is capped bust half dimes (1829-1837) so I don't know much about these early half dimes. I do, however, have the Logan-McCloskey book "Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837." There is only one recognized die marriage that year that has 13 stars - it's the LM-4. Regarding rarity, the book says: "R-6. A rare die marriage that is usually seen well worn. Extremely rare in mint state." An R-6 means that there's an estimated 13-30 examples extant. So, even though it's got some miles on it, it's a special coin.

Caveat: I usually try to attribute half dimes before I opine about them, and in the case of this one, I don't see enough detail (nor do I see the reverse) so I couldn't attribute it. But I'll assume your dad passed on good info to you and you're confident. Either way, the other three die marriages (LM-1 thru LM-3) are, respectively, R3, R4, and R5 - so none is what you'd call "common."
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1870-S Unique Seated Liberty Half Dime On Auction In January 2023
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Old Post Posted 01/11/2023  9:19 pm
@kbbpll, I watched it too! I got a kick out of the auctioneer who said, "I'm speechless... but I won't be in a minute when I'm selling this coin..." (or words pretty much to that effect... I was chuckling at the time and didn't catch it.)

Sometimes I have an impulse to bid a coin like this up a bit, just to make the buyer pay more. But then I remember, my Heritage max bid amount is considerably lower than 7 figures so they wouldn't even accept my bid. :-)
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1870-S Unique Seated Liberty Half Dime On Auction In January 2023
bikergeek
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Old Post Posted 01/10/2023  9:32 pm
@westcoin, I predicted that the half dime would sell for about $2.6M. But as you say, with the $3 gold piece going for $5.5M I am starting to feel like maybe I have undervalued it a bit. Jeekers!
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A New Coin Cleaning Project. 1803 Large Cent
bikergeek
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Old Post Posted 01/06/2023  12:27 pm
Really coming along! I wouldn't have believed it! Remind me, I've got an Indian Head Cent I wanna show you sometime... may need a little tlc. :-)
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A New Coin Cleaning Project. 1803 Large Cent
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Old Post Posted 01/06/2023  11:38 am
CarrsCoins - methinks it's about time for an update on this one! Got new pics? :-)
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Why Did Baby Boomers Collect Coins Compared To Later Generations?
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Old Post Posted 01/04/2023  5:33 pm
I would like to change the tense of the verb, if I may: "why DO (us) baby boomers collect?" Quick answer: cuz it's FUN! Longer answer: when I was a kid there was still (a little) bit of silver hanging out. (I'm a very late bloomin' boomer). At my local savings and loan, I could buy a few rolls of dimes, sit out on their lawn, pull any silver, re-roll, and come back in the lobby and trade for another few rolls. Rinse and repeat. Sure beat mowing lawns!

Over time, as an adult and now a graybeard, my goals and perspectives (and budget) have changed quite a bit. But I still have the opportunity to be a temporary steward of a precious piece of history that has intrinsic worth and often considerable artistic value. I can pursue the acquisition of complete sets of things. I can engage in friendly competition with other like-minded folk (and generally speaking, what a friendly bunch you are!)

So I did - and do - enjoy coins... but I'm also trying to introduce my progeny to the hobby... definitely don't want my sets to die with the boomers.
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