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Collecting Franklin Half Varieties

 
 
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 Posted 06/11/2019  7:59 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add HappyHippo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I love Franklin half dollars for some reason. I collected all the circulated ones. Then, I collected all the uncirculated ones. Then I collected all the ones in mint cello. Then I got the proofs (except I still need 50,51,and 52). Then I got a few varieties: 55 bugs, 56, 58 and 59 type 1 and type 2. So now I'm wondering if I should start getting more varieties. Which ones are worthwhile? I was thinking of getting only slabbed ones, to make sure it is verified. The varieties in anacs slabs seem the most plentiful. So I started at the beginning and just ordered 1948 fs801 and fs401 in anacs slabs on ebay. Where is a good source for price list for varieties? Where is the best place to get varieties (my lcs doesn't have many)? Are coin shows better than ebay? Any thoughts of wisdom as I go down this rabbit hole? Thanks.
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 Posted 06/11/2019  9:00 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not that it's amazingly accurate but PCGSCoinfacts App has a price guide for variaties. eBay sold history is still the best indicator.
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 Posted 06/11/2019  9:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add HappyHippo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, I ran across that site once before but lost track. It was what for which I was looking. Looks like I didn't do too bad on my first 2 purchases; albiet, the coins were graded by anacs and not pgcs.
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 Posted 06/12/2019  1:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SDcoinguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i was just looking them up here..

https://www.NGCcoin.com/variety-plu...s-1948-1963/
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 Posted 06/13/2019  08:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add HappyHippo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is interesting, for the example of 1948, the NGC site doesn't have the fs401 and the PCGS site doesn't have the d/d vp001.
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My understanding is that PCGS and NGC are picky on which varieties they will slab with attribute number and which ones they won't and it can differ from company to company which ones they do or don't do. Goes for any coin series also.

ANACS seems to be the most "liberal" with slabbing the most varieties by attribution numbers. Where the big two have many attribution numbers they don't want to put on the slab's for whatever their reasoning. It will vary by the grading company what they will or won't put on slab labels. For instance PCGS excludes some FS numbers. They only recognize 317 Morgan dollar VAMS and 52 Peace dollar VAMs out of like 3000. I'm sure NGC does the same type of thing. I think they base it off of significance, and if determined not significant enough, they don't do it.

In my opinion ANACS is best for varieties and error authentication, although their slabbed coins don't have the best of resale values.
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