Flowing Hair, Draped and Capped Bust Half Dimes

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There are 34 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on March 23, 2017

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Flowing Hair
Flowing Hair  1794 1794
AU Details raw
LM-4 R4 Original $3750 V-4, Original Surfaces, Clipped Planchet, Formerly ANACS AU50 Details Holder, Slight Bend, West Texas Collection. Initial year of circulated strike half dime coinage with tiny mintage of 7,756 piece. The offered example has original gray surfaces and is in remarkably good condition but does have a rim compression issue at obverse 10:00 that resulted in a slightly bent planchet. If looking closely at the GFRC images one see the clipped planchet at obverse 4:00. This piece was previously submitted to ANACS where they assigned an AU50 Details, Bent opinion. The blue ANACS label remains with the piece. Here are my thoughts on this early piece as the surfaces are original with natural gray patina. If you can look beyond the rim issue, this piece provides an attractive option as a value type coin. Checking CoinFacts, there are two PCGS EF45 examples that sold 6/16 ($7600) and 3/15 ($5900), none in AU50 and two in AU53 that sold 7/13 ($11750) and 5/13 ($11200). This is the price range for a certified example. The West Texas Collection is a no question AU50 example with original surfaces. We are offering at $3750 and consistent with the limited VF20 auction records. The goal is to sell this rare initial year example into a type coin collection with the buyer being pleased with the value.
Flowing Hair  1795 1795
AU Details raw
LM-6 R4 Original $2750 V-6, Original Surfaces, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Remaining Luster, Obverse Scratches, West Texas Collection. A popular selection for a United States half dime type set as the mintage is 78,660 resulting in higher availability than the first year 1794 strikes. The offered example strictly original with ample remaining luster and gun metal gray patina throughout obverse and across portions of the reverse. Bright light viewing is a lot of fun as this early piece offers a gold toning ring surrounding the stars and light blue hues at the reverse legend. This half dime was previously holdered by ANACS with AU50 Details, Scratched opinion. These ancient scratches are located on the obverse; two parallel lines in front of Liberty's chin and two parallel lines up from the date into Liberty's bust. This piece is very well struck with bold hair curls and small eagle details. Pricing a nice original coin with a technical issue is always challenging. CoinFacts was employed to set the asking price. Specifically, we found several NGC auction records for AU50 Details examples and set the price accordingly. Frankly, I like the West Texas piece much better than either of the NGC AU50 Detail listings due to strictly originality and bright light viewing.
Draped Bust
Draped Bust  1801 1801
EF40 Details raw
LM-2 R4 Original $2000 Original Surfaces, Compressed Rims, Uniform Gun Metal Gray Patina, West Texas Collection. A nice 1801 half dime with strictly original surfaces. Formerly graded by ANACS and housed in their newer generation blue label holder before being cracked out by the West Texas consignor. ANACS opinion was stated as EF40 Details, Damaged Bent. While the surfaces are covered with gun metal gray patina, the rims have been compressed at several points. I don't understand the "Bent" issue as this piece lays perfectly flat on a flat surface. Rims have been compressed at obverse 10:00 and 4:00 but retain the original gray toning. I don't see the rim issue as being significantly distracting once placed in a type set album. Pricing an original early type piece with a technical issue is always challenging as being fair to GFRC customer and consignor are important. Since there are no EF40 Details listings in CoinFacts for the 1801 date, we priced this piece at Fine 12 auction results. An interesting offering from the West Texas Collection.
Draped Bust  1803 1803
EF40 Details raw
LM-1 R6 Cleaned $2950 V-3, Small 8, R6 Rarity, Old Cleaned, Obverse Scratches, West Texas Collection. A legitimate R6 variety in the Draped Bust half dime series according to Logan-McCloskey reference. Previously graded EF40 Details by ANACS and housed in their blue label holder. Obverse details are closer to AU grade with two horizontal pin scratches. I would grade the reverse as VF30. This piece has been cleaned/dipped and recovered color by sitting an old paper album for years. Golden patina covers the obverse while the reverse remains essentially untoned. This is another rare early piece with issues that is difficult to price. The LM-1 Small 8 variety is recognized by PCGS price guide and listed as approximately 25 known. The most recent auction appearance occurred May 2015 at Stacks auction where a PCGS AU58 realized $50,000. Prior to that example, a PCGS EF40 example with clipped planchet sold for $5200 during March 2011. I believe the asking price allows a die variety specialist the opportunity to acquire this rarity without breaking the bank.
Draped Bust  1805 1805
EF40 Details raw
LM-1 R4 Cleaned $3150 Underrated Date, Old Clean/Retoning, Sharp Device Details, West Texas Collection. Last year in the Heraldic Eagle series and the last half dime struck until 1829. Mintage is a tiny 15,000 pieces from one die pair. A scarce and underrate date with auctions results matching PCGS price guide levels. The offered example has seen an old cleaning resulting in dull gray surfaces. Over the years, the rims have acquired an ebony gray coloring. Device details are sharp with assigned EF40 Details grade being accurate. Problems on this example are relatively minor given the low mintage and survival rate. Asking price is at the F15/VF20 price level which is quite fair.
Capped Bust
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF40 raw
LM-13.1 Original $175 Maine Collection, Planchet Defect. Fresh to market as housed in pristine Wayte Raymond holders for years. Surfaces have typical Maine Collection toning with obverse covered in gray/rose while the reverse is a light uniform gray. As shown in the images, there is a toning streak across the obverse. Below and parallel to the toning streak is a planchet roller mark that pre dates the striking. This fact is evident by closely inspecting the area behind the 18 digits in the date. The roller mark is behind the date digits indicating an incoming planchet defect. Definitely a cool piece.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF45 raw
LM-5 Original $200 Crusty Original, Medium Gray, Conservative Grading. Collectors of the Capped bust half dime series will be hard pressed to locate a more original example of the 1829 LM-5 variety than this piece. Purchased at a small coin show in northern New England, this first year half dime has been off the market for years and never messed with. Surfaces are covered with crusty original medium gray patina that is a lighter in the center on obverse and reverse. A fully struck example that is conservatively graded. The LM-5 variety is cool with obverse beads rather than denticles.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF45 PCGS
26284494
LM-3 R2 Choice $245 New March 3! Near Gem Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded . Surfaces are completely natural and covered with a semi transparent gun metal gray skin. Conservative grading as I would consider this piece as close to AU50 due to minimal wear and sharp wire rims. Strike is sharp and uniform with all device details well impressed. There are no blemishes whatsoever to detract. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
F15 raw
LM-6.3 R5 Original $125 Original, Medium Gray, Rare Variety, Hanes Park Collection. First year of issue with a substantial number of die pairing varieties. The LM-6 die pairing and re-marriages are consistently rated as R5 rarity and challenging to locate. This example of the LM-6.3 pairing is strictly original with gun metal gray toning. The obverse offers rose/gold hues under bright light. The second S in STATES is filled and important 6.3 diagnostic.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
EF45 raw
LM-14 R3 Choice $180 Choice Original, Even Gray. A pleasing example and better variety for the selective collector. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with medium gray patina. Reverse strike is hammered while obverse is consistent with Logan-McCloskey plate coin with softness in the hair curls. The reverse dark spot adjacent to (U)NITED is verdigris.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
VF20 raw
LM-14 R3 Original $115 Original Gun Metal Gray, Better Variety, Hanes Park Collection. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with uniform gun metal gray patina. The LM-14 obverse is typically weakly struck while the reverse is the grading point with deeply impressed eagle and wing feathers. There are no blemishes to discuss.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
VF20 raw
LM-6 V-4 R4 $115 Medium Gray, Scarce Die Pairing, Hanes Park Collection. Surfaces are covered with medium gray patina that is more concentrated near the rims. There are two micro ticks on the obverse while the reverse is entirely blemish free. The LM-6 die pairing is rated as R5 rarity in the Federal Half Dime reference by Logan/McCloskey and is consider a rare die marriage. An opportunity for serious half dime variety collectors to acquire a challenging die marriage.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU50 raw
LM-7 R2 Original $235 Near Choice Original, Darker Gray Rims. Lighter Centers, Blemish Free. A near choice example of the LM-7 die marriage. Surfaces are blemish free with darker gray rims on obverse along with blue on the reverse. There is nice contrast between the lighter centers and deeper colored rims. A quality example for a type set or short date set.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU55 PCGS
80628647
LM-1.3 Choice $295 Choice Original, Contrasting Gun Metal Gray Patina, Reverse Retained Cud, Accurately Graded. Considerable remaining luster under the obverse gun metal toning and nice blues under bright light. Reverse offers rich golden brown hues also. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and a strong offering.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
EF45 raw
LM-5 Choice $210 Choice Original. Lovely example with consistent light gray/brown patina. Residual luster is evident on this well struck piece. Reverse has die crack through ST(A)TES to the scroll along with minor die lines near arrow heads.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
AU55
NGC
3899688003
LM-13 R3 Choice $345 Highland Collection, Choice Original, Light Gray Patina. A lovely example with strictly original surfaces that are covered with light gray patina. Under bright light, the back ground luster becomes most apparent. Surfaces are completely blemish free. The LM-13 variety is rated as R3 and considered scarce. Diagnostics include the filled lower loop of the 8 digit as the second time this obverse is used while the reverse has been lapped and features weak legend and the "5" digit in 5C. Housed in new NGC holder coupled with CAC approval that is fully warranted. My images have a rose colored bias while the half dime in hand is solid even light gray.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
MS61
NGC Fatty
259080004
LM-3 Choice $590 Choice at MS61 Grade, Sharp Steely Luster, Pastel Toning, Accurately Graded, Wisconsin Collection. Super eye appeal dominates on this lovely 1832 LM-3 Capped Bust half dime. Flashy gold and sky blue luster is consistent across obverse and reverse and really pleases the eyes. I love this piece! So why the MS61 assigned grade? There are two ticks on the obverse that dropped the technical grade. The first is immediately left the mouth and the second, much smaller, is below the lowest hair curl. CAC approval validate my impression of this little near gem; huge eye appeal, accurate grading plus strict originality. Housed in old NGC fatty holder with CAC approval.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
VF30 PCGS
LM-5 R1 Choice $155 Choice Original, Even Medium Gray, Hanes Park Collection. Strictly original surfaces are covered with medium gray patina along with a few ebony specks on the obverse. Accurately graded and well struck. The LM-5 diagnostic filled N in UNITED and both S's in STATES are very obvious on this example. Housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder and well worth a look.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
VF35 raw
LM-12 R2 Original $145 Gun Metal Gray. The lower loop of the 8 digit is completely filled by a large die chip while the reverse has a center die bulge and blob definition of horizontal shield lines. These are the LM-12 diagnostics. Surfaces are obviously original with an even gun metal gray patina and no blemishes.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
VG8 raw
LM-3 Original $65 LM-3, Original Surfaces, Pretty Gun Metal Blue and Rose Toning, Seal Beach Collection. A quality offerings from the Seal Beach Collection and perfect for a Dansco or Whitman album set.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
AU58 raw
LM-3.2 R2 Choice $325 Choice Surfaces, Bold Luster, Heavily Clashed Die State. This is a stunning little gem in hand and under bright. Fields are mildy proof like and explode with cartwheel luster under bright light. Surfaces appear completely natural with ample mint frost surrounding stars and reverse legend. There are no blemishes to discuss as fully choice. This is the LM-3.2 variety with both obverse and reverse heavily clashed and faint repunching on the 1 digit. Close inspection of my images will show a radial line in front of Liberty's face and another through the tops of the date digits. These are heavy die clash marks. The reverse die has been lapped prior to this pairing and has weak olive leaf details and a filled S2 in STATES. I am very confidential that this piece will grade at the TPG and believe AU58 should be accurate.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
EF45 raw
LM-9 R2 $165 Clashed Obverse, LDS. Obverse is lapped to remove heavy die clash mark in front of face and is in a late die state with metal flow lines into face. Surfaces are silver colored from probable dipping. Residual devices are strong and close to AU grade. Reverse has strike weakness below left eagle wing as is common for the variety.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
AU50 raw
LM-4 Choice $210 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray/Blue. A lovely example for collectors who enjoy originally toned coins. In hand, this piece appears to have gun metal gray /blue patina with good light reflection. Under a loupe, there is a base gray patina with thicker blue/grap at the obverse starts and throughout most of the reverse field. The contrast between darker fields and main devices enhances the eye appeal.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
EF40 raw
LM-4 Original $140 Original Gray, Typical Strike. Hanes Park Collection. Original surfaces are covered with uniform dull gray patina. About half the obverse stars have connected centrils. There are a few micro ticks on the obverse of no consequence. From an advanced collector of early Bust coinage varieties who is thinning his holdings.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
EF45 raw
LM-2 Choice $195 Choice Original, Crusty Ebony Patina. A strictly original half dime with hammered strike throughout obverse and reverse. Fields are covered with fairly uniform ebony patina while the main devices are much lighter. The resulting contrast makes for great eye appeal. This is a blemish free piece that is well graded and priced.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
F15 raw
LM-2 Original $85 Original Gray. Lighter gray patina with hints of rose toning. Note the filled S in STATE(S) as the reverse diagnostic for variety. Blemish free example and acceptable type coin.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
MS63 NGC
3812014002
LM-4 Choice $800 Choice Original, Steely Silver Gray Surfaces, Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded. An attractive 1834 Capped Bust half dime with plenty of luster. This piece is fully choice original with steely silver gray surfaces along with some mottled ebony patina. Strike is hammered with crisp hair curls and deeply impressed eagle feathers. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Grading is accurate and housed in newer NGC holder. Fairly priced for the overall quality.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
VF30 raw
LM-4 Original $135 Choice Original, Even Gray. A perfectly original bust half dime with even light to medium gray patina. There are no blemishes or other points of concern. There is a long die crack from rim through lower bust line into Liberty's chin.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
Sm Date
EF45 PCGS
32768121
LM-10 Choice $265 Choice Original, Light Gray, Conservative Grading. A well struck example with bold obverse devices and rounded stars. Only the eagle's neck lacks feathers otherwise the balance of the reverse devices are also crisp and well defined. Surfaces are perfectly original with no blemishes whatsoever. This piece was conservatively graded a so close to AU50. The LM-10 rarity is common with the 8 digit being above a low 3 digit. Fresh to market and housed in 2015 PCGS holder. A near gem example for the grade.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
Large Date
EF45 raw
LM-3 Original $185 LM-3, Near Choice Original, Light Golden Luster, Seal Beach Collection . A large date 1835 capped bust half dime example with uniform strike and plenty of remaining luster. At GFRC, conservative grading on raw coins is important to ensure customer are pleased with their acquisitions.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
Sm Date
MS61 NGC
4236745004
LM-3 V-3a Choice $585 Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Osprey Collection. Thought the Osprey consignor is primarly focused on acquiring quality United States gold from Europe adventures, he will occasionally locate quality early American type coins as this wonderful 1835 LM-3 half dime. Surfaces are perfectly original with frosty luster. Strike is crisp throughout obverse and reverse regardless of the eroded dies and heavy die clashing. Obverse features die cracks through the date and right hand stars. There is a long vertical die crack through the cap and curls that is easily seen due to mint state condition. Reverse is heavily clashed. Housed in new NGC holder. Fresh from Europe and recently graded. No CAC attempt.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Small 5C
AU55 PCGS
26580338
LM-4 R2 Choice $400 New March 23! Choice Original, Satiny Luster, Rose-Gold and Blue Patina, Accurately Graded. Small 5C, Stars 11 and 12 Boldly Repunced. Satiny luster dominates the eye appeal on this lovely LM-4 1836 half dime. Obverse offers rose-gold patina with lower blue surrounding lower bust and date punch. Reverse is entirely light rose-gold. Choice surfaces with no blemishes whatsoever. Strike is also complete. Housed in 2013 transitional holder with blue label and edge view insert. CAC approval validates the originality and accurate grading.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Large 5C
EF45
PCGS
31429577
LM-1 R1 Choice $315 Repunched 7, Choice Original, Deep Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. Uniform olive gray patina validates the strictly original surfaces on this lovely 1837 capped bust half dime. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. The LM-1 variety attribution is easily seen due to bold repunching under the 7 digit in the date. Grading is accurate. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. Typical quality and original eye appeal from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Large 5C
VF20 raw
LM-1 Original $95 LM-1, Crusty Original, Thick Medium Gray Patina, Seal Beach Collection. Thick crusty gray patina dominates the appearance of this last year of issue Capped Bust half dime.