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 Posted 09/21/2022  9:13 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add ElmerFlick to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've decided to try putting a set of Seated half dimes in F12 to Xf45 condition. Any advice would be appreciated with regard to dealer sources of coins, known "common" counterfeits to look out for, recommended references, unappreciated rareities, tips on grading, etc. I'm basically starting from scratch and have a lot to learn. Thanks in advanced.

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 Posted 09/21/2022  9:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@elm, this sounds like a fun idea. Are you planning to get one from each date, or include all mints as well?
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 Posted 09/21/2022  9:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ElmerFlick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes Spence, going for the "complete" set by date and mint and will likely go after the more noteable varieties listed in Redbook/Greysheet. I like collecting oddball sets like 3 cent silvers and nickels, Shield nickels, etc. and Seated half dimes are the only seated set that I think I have a reasonable chance to finish without going bankrupt.

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 Posted 09/21/2022  9:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ElmerFlick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Less the 1870-S and the transitional variety..
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 Posted 09/21/2022  10:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Larry Briggs, Brian Greer and Gerry Fortin always have a lot.

I ran into a bunch of them at a local coin shop completely by chance, and bought several semi keys. My 1846 was also random luck, in a Florida shop.






Not a thing of great beauty, but it fills the hole. It taught me to always be looking for what you're not looking for.

"Two minutes ago I would have sold my chances for a tired dime." Fred Astaire
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 Posted 09/21/2022  11:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ElmerFlick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I lucked into these 2 at a local shop today.

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 Posted 09/22/2022  03:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There wasn't many contemporary coin collectors when these were issued into circulation.
That means it will only be possible to complete a set in lower grades.

Should be a very interesting goal to attempt to achieve, anyway.
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 Posted 09/22/2022  09:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I lucked into these 2 at a local shop today.
Excellent!

Good luck with the set!
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 Posted 09/22/2022  10:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Even though I am not a half dime specialist collector, I find your beginning journey both informative and entertaining. Feel free to post your progress, what coins you find, and what interesting facts you learn!

Great finds at the local coin shop! Both half dimes have great originality.

What do you plan to house your collection in?
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 Posted 09/22/2022  4:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ElmerFlick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Luckily I had the foresight to buy the Dansco album several years ago for $30. I just never got around to actually collecting the coins until I decided to yesterday.

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Luckily I had the foresight to buy the Dansco album several years ago for $30.
Excellent!

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I just never got around to actually collecting the coins until I decided to yesterday.
Better late than never!
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 Posted 09/22/2022  5:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very well, a Dansco album will suit your collection nicely.
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 Posted 09/23/2022  07:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ElmerFlick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Three more from a different lcs yesterday.



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Congrats on the new coins Elmer! That looks to be a nice set you are building. I always liked the half dime series as well, and a moderately affordable set if shooting for XF/AU and under coins.

If you don't already have Al Blythe's book "The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated half dimes" here is a link to the online file and PDF link to download it.
https://archive.org/details/compgui...dime1992lawr

and Daniel Valentine's older "The United States half dimes" book with annotations by Walter Breen (scanned from his library holdings).
https://archive.org/details/unitedstateshalf00vale

I also have a set of nicely scanned Valentine's plates which can really aid in trying to ID a particular variety or date position. Shoot me a message and I'd be happy to send them over to you, or you can find them here...(Clint Cummins site) I have the entire site set so I can use it offline, it's really neat.

The link to Clint Cummins half dime project:

https://sites.google.com/view/clint...bution-guide



Already mentioned is Gerry Fortin Rare Coins he regularly has a nice selection of Seated half dimes in inventory:
https://www.seateddimevarieties.com...eated_5C.php

As does Brian Greer:
https://www.briangreerrarecoins.com...ry.html?c=25

and Larry Briggs:
https://larrybriggsrarecoins.com/in...gory&path=44

Those 3 are the top half dime specialist dealers I know of and have done business with in the past all stand up guys and honest as well.
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