Liberty Seated Dimes For Sale - Gerry Fortin Rare Coins

1837 To 1891 Dates - AU and Mint State Business Strikes

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Liberty Seated Dime Purchase Criteria: eye appeal, original surfaces and full strikes including a full head. Seated dimes that meet these combined attributes provide the best value for the money including being the easiest for resale when upgrading a collection. It is recommended that buyers consider these criteria when contemplating a purchase from any dealer.

Top 100 Varieties: Any Seated dime that conforms to requirements for inclusion in a Top 100 Varieties set is designated with a deep blue bold marker along with its Top 100 Varieties #.

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Date

Grade

Price

Variety and Description

1837 Large Date

NGC
AU 58

$1,100

New April 25! F-101b, Near Gem Original, Late Die State Pie Cracks, Accurately Graded. A beautiful 1837 Large Date example with strictly original surfaces that are covered with gray/brown patina. Under bright light, the patina melts away and exposes a combination of luster and blue hues. NGC grading is accurate as there is some faint rub on the lower leg and the upper shield. Strike is complete with all horizontal shield lines being deeply impressed. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Rims are bold with a continuous group of cuds on the obverse from 1:00 to 4:00. This offering is a perfect example of the F-101b variety/die state immediately prior to the die clashing that results in F-101c die state. The obverse pie shaped die crack are crisply defined and meet at a center to the right of the upper shield. Housed in 2016 generation NGC holder with large font label. If you are a serious student of the Liberty Seated dime series, then please consider this offering. One can secure a combination of full strike, originality and eye appeal for the F-101b variety. Please note that the light reverse area on the image at (ST)ATES is holder lighting reflections during photography.

1837 Small Date

NGC
AU 55

$875

F-103, Choice Crusty Original, Medium Gun Metal Gray/Blue. A strictly original Small Date example with crusty toning. Surfaces are covered with uniform gun metal blue/gray patina and completely blemish free. Bright light viewing activates the blue hues. Reverse is rotated slightly right as is typical for die pairing. For the collector who requires strict originality and toning. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.

1837 Small Date

NGC
MS 62

$1,750

F-104, Clashed Reverse, Original, Rose/ Gold Luster, Eye Appeal, Birmingham Collection. An attractive 1837 Small Date dime with bold strike and blemish free surfaces. Don't let the NGC holder and assigned grade hold back a purchase decision as this piece is better than most seen at MS62 grade level. Grading was conservative during the early 1990s and this piece is indeed consistent within that timeframe. Surfaces are covered with a light rose/gold patina that is accentuated with plenty of luster under bright light. Small Date 1837 dimes in mint state are much more challenging than their Large Date counterparts. Housed in early generation NGC holder with serial number 2016069-005.

1838-O

PCGS
AU 55

$2,350

New May 28! F-102, Choice Original, Light Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Woodlands Collection. May I recommend this wonderful offering to advanced collectors seeking a No Stars type coin or filling the 1838 New Orleans slot in a date minmark set? Originally sold at GFRC when listed from the Motor City Collection and now back again about being upgraded by the Woodlands consignor. Surfaces are original with considerable frost and metal stress flow lines given the late die state nature of the New Orleans used to strike the piece. A faint golden patina covered both obverse and reverse. Strike is well executed as is so typical for No Stars dimes while the fields and main devices are entirely blemish free. Kam Ahwash indicates that on May 7-8, 1838, the first 30 specimens of this variety were struck with 10 pieces placed into the cornerstone of the New American Theatre in New Orleans and the remainder distributed as souvenirs. An additional striking of 367,434 pieces occurred during June and July 1838. This example was most likely struck in the July 1838 timeframe given the late die state condition. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with several number 27906705 and accurately graded. An infrequent offering for the selective Liberty Seated dime collector.

1838 Small Stars

AU 53

$450

F-101, Small Stars, Early Die State, Frosty Surfaces, Web-Book Plate Coin. A fully struck example of the 1838 Small Stars variety that is in an early die state. The obverse die crack through left stars and into date is faint while the reverse die doubling on lower wreath and (O)NE (D)IME is bold. Surfaces are an even creamy white. Strike is complete and there is ample remaining luster. This dime was previoulsy in my Seated dime variety reference collection and remains as the F-101 variety page plate coin. This is a chance for a variety specialist to acquire an important Small Stars example.

1838 Small Stars

PCGS
AU 53

$450

F-101a, Choice Original, Frosty Light Gray, Late Date State. A crisply struck example and overall appearance consistent with what is expected for an 1838 Small Stars dime. Surfaces are light silver gray and choice with ample remaining luster and mint frost in the protected areas. This piece is clearly in the F-101a die state as the left obverse die crack runs through the stars and into the date digits. The reverse die doubling is most apparent on the denomination and lower wreath. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.

1838

NGC
MS 63

$715

F-102, Double Die Reverse, Original, Gun Metal Gray/Blue, Accurately Graded. A fully struck example with crusty gun metal gray and blue patina. Surfaces are strictly original though the luster is muted due to the thick patina. Under bright light, this piece has pretty blue ring toning, especially on the reverse. A closed 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes. The F-102 reverse is the same as paired with the Small Stars obverse and still retains clear doubling on (D)IME and the lower left wreath. During this pairing with a large stars obverse, the reverse develops a die long die crack through the tops of STATE(S OF AMER)ICA. Housed in mid 2000 vintage NGC holder. The holder plastic is worn leading to some image fuzziness during photography.

1838

AU 58

$325

F-103, Repunched Date, F-103 Web-Book Plate Coin, Gun Metal Gray/Blue. In the Fortin collection since 1992 and employed as F-103 web-book plate coin for illustrating the repunched date variety. In hand, the surfaces are toned with gun metal gray/blue patina throughout obverse and reverse. Under bright light, the surfaces are highly reflective and accentuate the toning with rose centers and sky blue rims. There is a tiny mark on O(N)E that is fully toned over and not in the least distracting. I will be slowly releasing web-book plate coins as it will take years to sell the vaste amount of Seated dimes in my collection.

1838

NGC
MS 64
Top 100 Holder

$2,150

F-106a, Late Die State, Shattered Obverse #1, Near Gem Mint State. Top 100 Varieties #6 but much later die state with dual die cracks starting at Star 7 and proceeding down through Liberty. An essentially perfect dime with sharp obverse and reverse strike and perfect fields. The obverse die crack is not the more common F-106 single crack but rather the double crack through Star 6 that is required for F-106a designation. Surfaces are evenly covered with gray/brown patina that reminds me of Eric Newman coins. Dime is housed in older NGC holder without edge view prongs. For the variety collector who only wants the best in his Top 100 set. This dime is currently listed in my Top 100 set. NGC plate coin used in the NGC Top 100 Varieties press release. Holder serial number 1748327-001.

1838

SEGS
MS 60

$575

F-109, Partial Drapery, R5, 2nd Reverse Die Pairing. It really is amazing to be offering two examples of the F-109 variety at the same time; this second partial drapery die pairing is so much scarcer than the Red Book listed F-108a. The F-109 variety results from a re-marriage of the heavily clashed Partial Drapery obverse with a second unclashed reverse. This die pairing is rated R5 as so few have been seen after years of searching. This example from the Hamden and Gerry Fortin Collections has been off the market since the the mid 1990s. Original purchased by me from the Hamden Collection since I required an F-109 example for the web-book varieties guide. This piece was sold back to the Hamden collector and is now being offered by GFRC. What I really like about this piece is the bold residual die clashing that forms the partial drapery. Obverse fields are reflective with light gold surrounding the stars; the reflective fields provide strong contrast for the die clash mark below Liberty's arm. The reverse is covered with light gray patina that turns darker at portions of the rim. Strike is full and crisp. Housed in old SEGS holder since being acquired by the Hamden Collection.

1838

AU 55

$425

F-109, Partial Drapery, R5, 2nd Reverse Die Pairing, Old Album Toning. This is only the third or fourth F-109 seen during my years of collecting the series. The F-109 variety results from a re-marriage of the heavily clashed Partial Drapery obverse with a second unclashed reverse. This die pairing is rated R5 as so few have been found. Now let's move on to the actual dime. Lots of remaining luster coupled with old album toning results in an attractive offering. I suspect that this piece was dipped long ago and sat in an old paper album to produce the bullseye toning pattern, especially on the reverse...nice rose center framed by aquamarine surrounding the legend. This piece also is very attractive under bright light with ample luster.

1839-O

AU 50 Details

$975

F-108, Huge O Variety, Rare Grade, Top 100 Varieties #14. Definitely a rare grade for the 1839-O Huge O reverse variety when AU details remain. This specimen easily grades AU+ but has dark vedrigris covering the obverse stars and date regions coupled with the entire reverse. The dark surfaces were result in a PCGS grade designation of AU Details code 97 (environmental) if holdering were to be attempted. Few examples are know at this grade level and a truly problem free specimen would be priced in the $2000+ range. Offers are welcomed as the dime is listed to sell.

1839-O

Mint State
Details

$1,250

F-109, Huge O Obverse/1840 Small O Reverse, Rare Die Pairing and Grade Level. A very special GFRC offering for the advanced Liberty Seated dime varieties collector. How about a mint state details example of the R6 F-109 die pairing? The obverse is a very late die state example of the famous polished obverse (weak stars 1-3 and date) first paired briefly with a small O reverse (F-107) and then the Huge O reverse (F-108). In the final die pairing, this obverse is paired with an 1840-O Small O reverse (Reverse C) which is a fresh working die. This is only the second example of this die pairing that I have seen...the first is the web-book plate coin owned by Kevin Zeitler. The offered dime has mint state details but has granular obverse surfaces that are seen on higher grade example with this obverse die. The reverse is boldly struck with natural surface but two faint points of planchet delimination. Obverse has a few minor blemishes for accuracy. Pricing this dime is challenging and if perfect original, then it would be a multi four figure asking price. The listed price is considered to be a fair balance between rarity and obverse surface conditions.....as Jim O'Donnell would say...."go find another!"

1840
No Drapery

NGC
MS 62

$1,150

F-103, Frosty Original, Chin Whiskers, Top 100 Variety #15. Accurately graded by NGC as this piece has even silver/gray coloring with soft luster. Obverse has wispy deep gray toning in the fields. The die scratches under Liberty's chin are bold and nearly visible in hand due to the mint state contrast. Strike is a tad weak at Liberty's head and surrounding stars. Housed in new NGC holder with Top 100 labeling as follows; TOP 100 F-103, CHIN WHISKERS

1840
No Drapery

NGC
MS 62

$975

New May 19! F-103, Chin Whiskers, Attractive Toning, Highwood Collection, Top 100 Variety #15. A lovely Chin Whiskers example that is accurately graded. Original surfaces have acquired an old album rose/violet toning with deep blue at the rims. Bright light viewing is fun with glowing luster that is better than the assigned MS62 grade. This piece is fully struck as we must realize that 1840 No Drapery dimes are found with shallow die relief. The die polished lines (chin whiskers) are quite evident on the obverse image. A 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in newer NGC holder with serial number 3841310-005. From the Highwood consignor and definitely a quality piece worthy of consideration.

1840
No Drapery

PCGS
AU 55

$395

F-104a, Shattered Obverse, Frosty Luster and Eye Appeal, West Coast Collection. What an exciting example of the F-104 shattered obverse die state. Surfaces offer the typical frosty appearance that I see so often on 1840 No Drapery strikes. Strike is full with all stars rounded and complete hair curls. Late die state F-104a examples will have two die cracks in a pie shaped. These can be seen by clicking on the F-104a web-book link. On this specimen, he right die crack is bold while the left is faint but still seen with 10x loupe. The reverse has a mark above the denomination that is fully toned over. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert; serial number 21044846. I like this example for its originality and frosty devices.

1840-O

PCGS
AU 53

$1,650

F-101a, Original, Large O, Lapped Dies, Birmingham Collection. A little background is necessary to understand the New Orleans 1840 Large O variety...both obverse and reverse dies were lapped reducing the amount of device details with the date punch nearly effaced. The reverse die is also well worn and cracked. So strikes are consistently weak. This example offers original surfaces covered with light gray/rose patina on obverse and even silver gray on reverse. Under bright light, this piece retains ample luster, especially on the reverse with some mild PL reflections on the obverse. GFRC images do not well represent this dime and in hand reviewing is suggested. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with no CAC attempt.

1840 With Drapery

NGC
MS 62

$5,800

F-101, Original, Rare Mint State Grade, Old Album Toning, Florida Collection. 1840 With Drapery dimes are very challenging to locate in mint state grades as few exist. Let's start the description with PCGS population report as a reference. Six total in mint state with following distribution. MS62 (1), MS63 (2), MS64 (1) and MS65 (1). There are few auction appearanced reported on CoinFacts. The offered example last sold via Heritage auction during April 2006 and has been in strong hands since that time. The Florida consignor recently made an upgrade,s so this piece comes to market. Surfaces are naturally reflective and probably dipped years ago, and have fully retoned. The obverse has a faint gold center that transitions into deep rose/gold and then deep blue immediately at the rims. The reverse is similar with a wider blue rim surrounding the legend. This example is very well struck with no reverse weakness as seen on other higher grade pieces. Fields and devices are blemish free. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Serial number 1501423-002. This is one of the few opportunities for advanced Seated dime collectors to secure a mint state 1840 With Drapery dime so please consider carefully.

1841-O

NGC
MS 64

$2,400

F-109, Choice Original, Open Bud Small O. Birmingham Collection. An important offering as 1841 New Orleans dimes become quite scarce at the near gem level. This piece is well struck on the obverse with strong definition Liberty's head and hair curls while the the reverse bow knot is a rad weak as usually seen. Deep gray toning covers both obvere and reverse with strong underlying red coloration. This piece also shows thesatiny finish typically seen on many New Orleans struck coins. Very scarce at this grade level and reasonable priced. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert; serial number 323715-002.

1842

AU 50

$325

New May 29! F-103a, Original Patina, Scarce Rim Cud Variety, Top 100 Varieties # 21. Locating any 1842 F-103a examples with the bold obverse rim cud at 10:00 has become so challenging in the past decade. In the 1990s, this variety would occasionally be seen on at major shows or dealer price lists but no more. The limited supply has been absorbed by collectors. This offered example is from a GFRC consignor and long term Top 100 Varieties collector. He purchased this example directly from Brian Green during the 1990s as a toned AU50 example. I agree with the previously assigned grade. Surfaces are no question original and covered with uniform rose/gray patina. Strike is nearly complete with only a touch of weakness on stars 12 and 13. There are a few fully toned over scattered blemishes with none distracting. If submission to a TPG for grading and variety attribution is in your plans, then I am fully comfortable with this outcome.

1844

PCGS
MS 63

$14,500

New April 4! F-102, Choice Original, Superior Eye Appeal, Former Pickering Creek Collection, Florida Collection. The Little Orphan Annie dime has a long history including the formation of a substantial California hoard that was dispersed about 10 years ago. I remember selling G-VG examples into the hoard during 1989. Regardless of the number of circulated examples in the market, this date becomes rare in choice AU or better. The Fortin collection features a choice AU58 CAC specimen. Offered here is a wonderful PCGS MS63 example with sky blue patina that overlays a base gray foundation. Strike is complete with deep star centrils and full head details. Under bright light, this lovely dime exposes mirrored blue fields that simply glow. What fun! There are no blemishes. Housed in old blue label PCGS with standard ring insert; serial number 11455528. CAC approval is obviously warranted due to the superior eye appeal and originality. The provenance for this 1844 Orpan Annie is substantial with time spent in the Pickering Creek and Florida collections. If I were still actively collecting, this dime would head directly into the Fortin Collection....

1845

NGC
AU 50

$160

Updated March 26! F-105a, Choice Original, Attractive Rose/Gray, Flat Strike. Locating choice examples of the earlier Philadelphia With Stars dates is not that easily. So when a lovely example like this 1845 appears, then collectors should take notice. This piece is strictly original with attractive rose and gray patina covering the obverse and reverse. The obverse strike is a tad weak at the upper gown line and across the lower knee but the grading is accurate at the AU50 wear point. Fields and devices are completely blemish free. My images well capture the in hand appearance and colors. Under bright light, the obverse colors transition to light rose and blue rims along with ample luster. The reverse turns to a nice even gold. This is the F-105a variety and the reverse die crack through STAT(E)S into the upper right wreath is bold. Housed in new NGC holder; serial number 2550576-001. A real value at the asking price.

1845-O

PCGS
AU 50

$4,350

F-101a, Original, Very Scarce Grade Level, Gun Metal Gray, Underrated. GFRC has the pleasure to handle another incredible 1845 New Orleans dime in AU50 grade. This example has an exceptional strike with bold head and hair curls, star centrils and lower body definition on the obverse while the reverse offers full wreath leaves. Secondly, this piece has natural gun metal gray patina that is uniform and just a tad deeper on the reverse. The coloring is very consistent in hand and under bright light. The GFRC images well represent one of the finer examples to come to market. Housed in older PCGS holder with standard ring insert; serial number 90062686. Please remember the scarcity of 1845-O dimes in AU50 or better...(5) AU50, (1) AU53, (1) AU55, (1) MS62, (1) MS69. If you can't afford Gene Gardner's PCGS MS69 example, then this is the only other one available today. I well known the location of the other four AU50s and the AU55 (Gerry Fortin Collection Pittman Gold CAC).

1847

PCGS
AU 58

Hold $1,300

New May 28! F-102, Choice Original, Rose/Gold Patina, Rare Grade Level, Woodlands Collection. Let's start this description with a grade rarity discussion if you don't mind as I have a deep respect for the 1847 Philadelphia date in AU or better. If one visits the PCGS Price Guide, the plate coins are graded EF45, AU53 and AU55 with no signs of a mint state example. This illustrates the challenge in locating 1847 dimes in AU58 or better grades. PCGS has certified (4) in AU58, (5) in MS62 and (4) in MS63 since starting business back in 1986. These small population numbers will include a few resubmissions so the surviving population at these grade levels is closer to ten pieces. I'm so pleased to be offering this lovely AU58 example once again after selling into the Woodlands Collection. Now upgraded and available again for the GFRC customer base to consider. This is a choice example with original blemish free surfaces and light rose and gold patina throughout obverse and reverse. Strike is well executed with fully rounded star points and complete hair curls along with fully impressed wreath leaves. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and serial number 04135948. Definitely worth considering by collectors attempting to build a strong Liberty Seated dime date and mintmark set. The 1847 date is always so challenging based on personal experience with this design and denomination.

1849

PCGS
MS 63

$1,125

F-101, Creamy Original Luster, Very Scarce in Mint State, Birmingham Collection. I still don't understand why higher grade 1849 dimes lack respect. The PCGS population reports are low at (6) MS63, (9) MS64, (1) MS65 and (1) MS66. The MS64 number has regrade attempts due to a large MS65 price jump. The Birmingham Collection example has typical satiny surfaces with a hint of light gold. Strike is all there with complete head details and bold star centrils while the reverse has complete wreath leaves other than a spot at 10:00 which is typical for the F-101 variety. Surfaces are blemish free and attractive. Housed in old PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. No CAC attempt by the Birmingham owner. I hope that GFRC customers will carefully consider this offering.

1849

PCGS
MS 62

$1,250

F-104, One of the Finer Repunched Date Examples Known, Gem for Grade, Top 100 Varieties #30. When viewed in hand, the initial reaction is exciting due to the combination of strong luster and coloring. Then consider this is the challenging repunched date variety and one of the finer Top 100 variety examples known. Obverse has a natural light gray patina that floats on the surface with additional deep orange gold surrounding the date and stars. As beautiful as the obverse is, the reverse is better with green/gold on the denomination that transitions to fiery red and blue at the legend. The reverse luster is bold and powerful. Repunching within the upper loops of the 8 and 9 digits is crisp and obvious. This piece currently resides in Gerry Fortin Top 100 Collection and is being offered to other potential set builders who seek only the best. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with serial number 21190006.

1850

NGC
MS 63

$625

New April 25! Unlisted, Choice Original, Old Time Album Toning. A strictly original and choice 1850 Philadelphia strike with unlisted die pairing. Obverse is covered with a deep blue patina that melts into light sky blue under bright light. Reverse toning is intermixed rose and blues. Accurately graded with a hammered strike. Every star is deeply impressed along with head and hair curls plus the wreath devices on the reverse. When attempting to attribute the variety, the obverse is most likely a later die state beyond that during the F-107a die pairing. The reverse has different die cracks that those mapped out for F-107a. Before this piece is shipped to customer, I will find the time to complete the attribution and update the web-book accordingly. This is an opportunity to purchase a discovery piece. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert and serial number 3745498-009.

1851

PCGS
AU 55

$285

New April 13! F-101, Original, Lustrous Gray, Challenging Date in AU, Accurately Graded. A strictly original F-101 example struck with a misaligned reverse hammer die by 16 degrees left. Surfaces carry ample remaining luster and some light wear. Strike is full from worn dies. A blemish free piece also. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with serial number 32247985. Might I suggest your visit eBay and other online markets for 1851 dimes to check on their availability. They may be quite difficult to locate in AU. GFRC offers a quality example that is accurately graded. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.

1852-O

PCGS
MS 62

$4,250

New April 4! F-102, Choice Original, Reverse Rainbow Toning, Rare In Mint State, Florida Collection. Talk about eye candy on a rare New Orleans Seated dime date! The Florida consignor has been collecting for about 35 yields across all United States coinage denominations. He seeks silver coins with above average toning patterns and eye appeal. Mint state examples of the 1852 New Orleans date are infrequently seen and some are not choice when located. PCGS population reports indicates MS62 (5), MS63 (8), MS64 (5). There are no MS63 auction records in CoinFacts for either PCGS or NGC. Where are these 8 MS63 examples and do they exist or regrades for the large MS64 price jump? Researching mint state availability is important. GFRC images are very accurate in terms of luster and colors as this piece was photographed under bright sunlight. Housed in old blue label PCGS with standard ring insert; serial number 21316733. Definitely a specimen for an advanced collection and worthy of consideration.

1852-O

PCGS
AU 50

$395

F-101, Original, Mottled Golden Patina, Accurately Graded, West Coast Collection. A strictly original 1852 New Orleans strike with mottled golden patina. Strike is crisp with nicely round stars and head details. GFRC images are accurate in terms of coloring. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert. Serial number is 27552002.

1853 WA

AU 58

$395

Hubbed Date and Arrows, Choice Original, Maine Collection. Fresh to market and housed in Wayte Raymond album for decades. Incredible original toning covers this special Seated dime. Obverse is toned with mottled gray patterns that turn darker at the rim while the reverse is even gun metal gray face on but has rose/gold hues under bright light. The patina is thick throughout this piece and I believe my grading is accurate.

1853 WA

AU 53

$175

F-105, Choice Crusty Original, Shattered Reverse, Hubbed Date/Arrows. A perfectly original late die state 1853 hubbed arrows and date specimen with crusty original toning that signifies unmolested silver surfaces. Reverse die is fully shattered with internal cuds in the right wreath. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes whatsoever. I will guarantee TPG certification and believe CAC approval is realistic for this piece. For collectors who appreciate crusty surfaces.

1853 WA

PCGS
AU 53

$200

Hubbed Date and Arrows, Choice Original, Mottled Gray Patina, Central California Collection. A strictly original example of the popular with arrows and stars type. This piece was struck from obverse die that had the arrows and date hubbed into the master die. Mottled gray toning dominates the obverse and reverse with rose and gold hues throughout the surfaces. Strike is typical for this date with nearly complete head details and bold reverse wreath devices. Surfaces are completely blemish free. Bright light viewing releases ample residual luster. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder; serial number 27471988.

1853 WA

NGC
MS 63

$800

F-114, Choice Original, Superb Eye Appeal, Gerry Fortin Collection. Purchased during 1998 and presently the F-114 Unhubbed Date and Arrows web-book plate coin. This lovely dime offers attractive ring toning on obverse and reverse and is so choice for the assigned grade. As with most of the Seated dimes in my collection, this piece is fully struck and blemish free. The images well represent the in hand eye appeal and it only gets better under bright light. This would be a great additional for a type set too! Housed in old NGC holder (small square ANA hologram label) with no CAC attempt. Holder serial number is 241585-009.

1853 WA

AU 53

$145

Hubbed Date/Arrows, Choice Original, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. Initially purchased from GFRC and pleased to be offering once again. This 1853 With Arrows dime is perfectly original with a complete strike. The obverse strike might appear a tad soft but this is due to the use of a weakly hubbed working die produced from the date/ arrows in the master die. I've seen a fair number of Hubbed Date/Arrows obverses with poor date/arrows transfer. This lovely dime is attractive due to the nice contrast between the dark steely gray fields and the lighter devices. No blemishes either. A offerings for those building a Dansco type set and seeking natural looking coins.

1853 WA

NGC
AU 50

Hold $135

F-123, Choice Original Surfaces, Few F-123 Varieties Seen, Accurately Graded, Mountain View Collection. A strictly original example of the very scarce F-123 variety. The obverse die that struck this dime had hand punched arrows and date digits. Surfaces are covered with natural gray patina and blemish free. Freshly holdered during early 2015 at NGC without CAC attempt. A perfect type coin.

1854 WA

PCGS
MS 64

$795

Choice Original, Light Violet Patina, Very Well Struck, Birmingham Collection. 1854 Seated dimes are probably tinted by their omni present 1853 With Arrows counterparts. The PCGS MS64 population is only 35 pieces and is fairly low given the high 4.4M mintage. Examples do come to market on a regular basis so locating an above average example is the challenge. This offering has been off the market for years, is accurately graded and attractive. Surfaces are pristine with satiny light violet toning and luster. Strike is complete throughout obverse and reverse. Housed in old PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. No CAC attempt.

1854 WA

PCGS
AU 58

$345

New June 5! Choice Original, Frosty Silver Gray Surfaces, Accurately Graded. Yes, this lovely 1854 With Arrow dime was the opening lot at the 2015 LSCC Club Treasury Benefit auction in Chicago, IL. Len Augsburger, former Heritage Auction cataloger, wrote the following description for this piece in the LSCC auction catalog, "This highly lustrous dime features ample mint frost in the protected areas with gray toning in the fields. A few toning dots are noted in the drapery and right obverse field, and the CAC approval attests to the overall eye appeal. This is the quintessential type coin, featuring the With Arrows design used on Seated coinage between 1853 and 1855 to denote the weight reduction legislated by Congress in 1853." Housed in 2013 transition blue label PCGS with edge view insert. Serial number 26656277. There is not much else to say. 10% of the sales proceeds will be donated to the LSCC Treasury by the consignor!

1854-O WA
PCGS
MS 64
$2,500

Unlisted, Choice Surfaces, Crusty Original Patina, Full Strike. It is doubtful that GFRC customers will locate a more obviously original example than this piece. Obverse is covered with crusty gray toning while the reverse features light mottled gray over undisturbed lustrous fields. Under bright light, the obverse transitions to an attractive gray/gold. Device and fields are fully blemish free. This piece is an unlisted variety with reverse die cracks from AMERI(CA) to rim. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with three prong edgeview insert. If strict originality on mint state dimes is a priority, then please consider this wonderful example. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. Any white lines or areas on the images are plastic scrapes on the holder and not on the offered dime.

1855 WA
AU 53
$95

F-102, Well Struck, Eye Appeal, Gold Toning. An attractive AU 1855 dime that has seen an old wipe and subsequently retoned an even gold on both obverse and reverse. I bought the dime as very well struck and really market acceptance in terms of appearance and eye appeal. Mint frost remains in the reverse veins and bow knot and overall there is little wear on Liberty's gown line or the lower leg. Please remember that higher grade 1855 dimes are much more difficult to locate as compared to 1853 and 1854 counterparts.

1856 Large Date

PCGS
AU 58

$625

F-104, Original, Lustrous, Mottled Toning, Florida Collection. I believe that GFRC customers recognize the 1856 Large Date as being rare in mint state. PCGS pop reports indicates only (11) in all mint state grades while the 1856 Small Date has over (100) pieces shown. In AU58, the PCGS pop of (14) is high due to ongoing attempts by crack out dealers to win mint state grades and the pricing premium. My own experience suggest a population of 6-7 would be more accurate. This offered F-104 example is quite scarce at the AU58 grade level. Let's move to the dime. Surfaces are original with luster to be expected from an AU58. There is a light gold patina across most of the coin coupled with heavy mottled toning that is gray/blue. Strike is full with all star centrils connected, full head and strong reverse wreath. There are no blemishes to discuss either. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder serial number 30442468.

1856 Large Date

AU 58

$395

F-104, Original Light Gray. Scarce in AU58. The 1856 Large Date dimes are known to be much more difficult to locate in AU or better than their more plentiful Small Date counterparts. The offer piece was purchase during 1993 from Brian Greer and has remained dormant in the bank box since then. Surfaces retain considerable luster with light gray obverse patina while the reverse has a darker toning regions surrounding A(MERI)CA. There is ever so faint rub on the obverse device high points otherwise a mint state grade might be possible. No blemishes are seen whatsoever. Please give this important dime your consideration.

1856 Small Date
NGC
MS 62
$750

F-110, Doubled Die North, Deep Gray Patina, Top 100 Varieties #42. This dime has deep original toning that surrounds Liberty while reverse is more a bit lighter and more uniformly toned. The die doubling above the shield and scroll is bold and obvious. Strike is better than most F-110 examples I've seen with complete facial and hair details. Reverse exhibits bold veins and mint frost across all wreath leaves. This dime is fairly graded and would not look as dark if sitting in NGC four prong holder. Please remember this is a challenging Top 100 Varieties entry.

1856 Small Date
AU 50
$250

F-110, Doubled Die North, Original Luster & Old Album Toning, Top 100 Varieties #42. A pretty example of the obverse doubled die north variety and perfect for advanced Top 100 collection. Residual surface luster is obvious and covered with multi color old album toning. Obverse strike is a tad weak as frequently seen for this variety and 1856 Small Date dimes in general while reverse has some weakness in the upper wreath leaves.

1856-O
NGC
AU 55
$400

F-101, Original Gray, Large O, Polished Reverse Die. A lovely example of the F-101 Large O variety with thick original gray and rose surfaces. There is considerable luster remaining under the patina while the surfaces are essentiall blemish free. The F-101 variety can be characterized by the weak legend through out the reverse strike. Housed in new NGC holder and accurately graded.

1856-O

PCGS
AU 50

$500

F-108a,Medium O, Choice Original, Under Graded, Florida Collection. I really like this seated dime for its strict originality that appears as even gray surfaces on my images. I would also like to point out that this dime is undergraded. Surfaces are blemish free and toned an even light gray with a rose/blue ring surrounding the stars and legend. There is remaining mint frost in the protected areas including between the star points and the rim. Strike is full and always appreciated for this design. Bright viewing brings out some pretty luster and coloring. The F-108a variety/die state records the popular Medium O reverse die cracking at the lower left reverse. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Serial number 16772228. Please pay attention to this offering.....

1856-S

PCGS
AU 58

$4,150

New April 5! F-101, Choice Original, Even Gray, Accurately Graded, Florida Collection. Advanced collectors should carefully examine this 1856 San Francisco strike for potential inclusion in their sets. Frankly, this key date dime has it all and easily listed as choice. Surfaces are no question original with natural gray patina. The strike is well executed throughout obverse and reverse. This subtle aquamarine hues add character. Being critical, blemishes are limited to a fully toned over mark on the jaw line and some micro chatter in the right field. The natural color uniformity leads to considerable eye appeal for those searching out crusty original coins for their sets. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard right insert; serial number 21412959. A wonderful duplicate from the Florida Collection.

1856-S

PCGS
AU 58

$3,850

New April 5! F-101, Original, Mottled Gun Metal Gray/Gold, Hammered Strike, New Jersey Collection. GFRC is blessed to have two PCGS AU58 examples in stock at same time. This key date example is also graded AU58 but with different characteristics. Mottled toning dominates the surfaces with gun metal blues along with golden hues. Residual luster is bold resulting in glowing golden appearance during bright light viewing. This dime is fully struck with rounded stars and complete head/hair curl details. Similarly, all reverse wreath devices are deeply impressed. There are no blemishes to discuss. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard right insert; serial number 03582595. An example that has been off the market for over a decade.

1857

PCGS
MS 64

$950

F-107, Original Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded and Choice, Birmingham Collection. The 1857 date is considered to be common in the Seated dime series but locating well struck and attractive examples may not be straightforward. This example from the Birmingham Collection is definitely worthy of consideration due to the bold cartwheel luster and frosty surfaces. Images well capture the luster and eye appeal. This is a full MS64 piece any day of the week and should be considered for an advanced dime collection. Housed in old PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. No CAC attempt.

1857
PCGS
MS 65
$2,450

Updated May 1! F-114, Gem Proof Like, Stack's Lemus Sale 2005. This is the first 1857 F-114 offered by GFRC and what an incredible example. The F-114 variety features badly rusted obverse and reverse dies. Areas of die rust are seen on Liberty's right arm under the pole/cap and throughout the reverse denomination letter and legend. To minimize the rust defects, Mint workers heavily polished the dies resulting in proof like surfaces. Couple the proof like fields with multi color patina and bold strike and the result is huge eye appeal. This piece is sitting in front of a window so light reflects at an angle across the surface. On the obverse, I see an aquamarine/teal center that transitions to rose/gold surrounding the stars and some reds at the date. Angling the obverse under bright light results in more colors that are difficult to describe. Reverse has a rose center at the denomination that converts to sea blue around the legend. Provenance dates back to the Stack's NYC Lemus sale. I remember seeing this dime at the preview and it sold raw during auction. Stack's was the first to diagnose the rusted die variety per observation on this discovery piece. There is only one issue holding this dime back and that is trying to photograph the proof like surfaces and colors straight on. The images in no way do this coin justice and you will have to trust me on the gem eye appeal. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and serial number 08175509.

1857-O
AU 58
$265

F-106, Large O, Original Luster and Eye Appeal. Light golden brown patina covers original reflective surfaces. This piece is fully struck with nicely rounded stars, a completel head and crisp hair curls along with well defined veins in reverse wreath leaves. Fields and devices are blemish free.

1858-O

AU 53

$315

Choice Original, Even Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded. 1858 New Orleans dimes are always in demand when choice and this piece sure fits the bill. Purchased from a type set collector who broke out TPG coins for album storage. This piece was previously graded and housed as ANACS AU55 and I'm more comfortable at the AU53 grade. Surfaces are nice and original with just light wear. The remaining luster is ample for bright light viewing. Perfect for a Dansco set or returning into another TPG holder.

1858-S
NGC
AU Details Cleaned
POR

F-102, Even Gray/Lavender, Light Wipe. Scarce Date. The early San Francisco dime dates are always in demand and difficult to maintain in stock. This example is accurately dispositioned as having an old light wipe that rendered the surfaces with a light sheen. The residual details are consistent with the AU grade while the strike is bold. Hair curls and all star centrils are very well defined while the reverse wreath leave veins are mostly present. Added to price list on December 26 while working through a fair asking price with consignor. Housed in new NGC holder. Offers welcomed.

1858-S

PCGS
AU 50

$2,850

F-103, Choice Original, Outstanding Luster, Birmingham Collection. For those advanced collectors seeking a superior AU50 1858 San Francisco dime, then please let me introduction this lovely candidate. This piece really belong in my personal collection for the F-103 variety spot but I just can't keep buying more Seated dimes....My images are unable to properly represent what is seen in hand or under bright line. Bold luster dominates the appearance with no interruptions or distractions. There is some wear on the lower leg and breasts so the AU50 grade is accurate. Strike is complete throughout obverse and reverse with no points of weakness. In terms of blemishes, a critical inspection could only revealed a faint mark under Star 1. Housed in old PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert; serial number 5714171. CAC approval is fully warranted.

1859

PCGS
MS 65

$2,350

New May 18! F-106, Gem Original, Outstanding Luster and Surfaces, Woodlands Collection. Wow! I really like this 1859 Seated dime for many reasons. As a long time collector of the series, it is quite straightforward to identify those pieces that are superior for the grade. This is one of those examples. Surfaces are perfectly original with old time gray, ebony and rose patina. This is exactly how a 150+ year gem original dime should look. Then there is the luster and the bright light eye appeal. Adding a light source to illuminate results in an obverse with sky blue center and golden hues surrounding the stars and date punch. The reverse coloring shifts to a rose center that is nicely framed by blues at the legend. Strike is nearly complete with only a tad of softness at the top of Liberty's head and on the upper left wreath. Most 1859 dimes will be found with striking weakness that is much worst that this example. Finally, there are no blemishes whatsoever as one would expect from a coin assigned an MS65 grade and approved by CAC. The lines from star 8 through the cap to star 9 are the primary diagnostic for the F-106 die variety. Bottomline....if I was still working in my Liberty Seated dime collection, then dime would be immediate purchased and added to the set. It is that nice! Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 25606381. I would have been shocked if this piece would not have been approved at CAC.

1861
MS 61
$285

F-107, Type I F-107 Obverse, Unlisted Reverse, Reflective Surfaces. Obverse is obviously from the F-107 die pairing with bold die clashes while the reverse has a host of vertical die polish lines not seen on any 1861 dime. More research is needed to properly list this die pairing.. Obverse surfaces are reflective with peripheral blue toning while the reverse has the slightest edge toning. The surface condition does not appear to be original but the overall appearance is market acceptable. For the collector who wishes to conduct further Liberty Seated dime variety research.

1861-S

PCGS
AU 55

$2,300

F-101, Choice Original, Light Gray/Gold Patina, Rare in AU, Birmingham Collection. Worthy of an advanced Registry collection. Definitely a choice original example with light rose/gold patina throughout obverse and reverse. Any wear is minimum as this San Francisco date used obverse design from Type I hub (all 1860, 1861-S and 1861 Type I) and is known to have soft device features that are prone to wear. If seeing this piece raw, I would probably grade AU58. Strike is better than average with strong scroll/shield and reverse devices. Only the top of Liberty's head and the upper left wheat grains are not fully defined. There are no blemishes to note on this lovely piece. In terms of rarity, the PCGS population in all AU grades stands at 7 pieces and I suspect several of the AU55s are regrade attempts since none have sold at auction since 2000. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder standard ring insert; serial number 5763048. There was no CAC attempt by consignor.. Pricing is consistent with the PCGS AU58 example recently sold by Heritage on 10/14. I like the offered example better due to the uniform toning and frosty obverse rather than the blast white dipped surfaces on the 10/14 lot.

1861-S

PCGS
AU 53
Hold $2000

New March 25! F-102, Crusty Original Ebony/Gray, Rare In AU Grade, Michigan Collection. This 1861 San Francisco dime would be the ideal poster child for crusty original surfaces. Experienced Liberty Seated dime collectors well understand how challenging this date is to locate in any condition let along AU. Add in an amazingly strong strike including a crisply defined gown line and upper left wreath wheat grains and the result is a desirable possibility for a date and mintmark set. Every wreath detail including the individual veins in the maple and oak leaves are deeply impressed. Mintage is a low 172,500 with PCGS grading (0) in AU50 and (3) in AU53. How is that for rare? The F-102 die pairing (Obverse 2) is much more difficult to locate than F-101 therefore, this piece offers good value in terms of rarity given the remote possibility for locating another any time soon. Fresh to market and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 32666556. There has been no CAC attempt.

1863
NGC
MS 65
$4,150

F-101a, Gem Original, Light Mirrored Fields, Eye Appeal, Seated Dime Web-Book Plate Coin. . A no question 1863 business strike with silver centers that are nicely framed by gold and blue rims on the obverse. The reverse is essentially untoned with frosty devices. Fields lightly mirrored but regardless a business strike. Purchased in the late 1990s and a key date dime in my Liberty Seated Dime collection since that time. This is a choice specimen with well balanced color, eye appeal and luster. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert; serial number 373316-004

1863-S
PCGS
AU 53
$1,300

New May 18! F-101, Frosty Surfaces, Rare Civl War Date, Conservative Grading, Strong Hands Collection. An important opportunity for the advanced Liberty Seated dime collector arrives with the consignment of this frosty white 1863 San Francisco dime on the GFRC price list. Surfaces retain ample luster after an old time dip leading to the untoned appearance. GFRC images are accurate and provide an excellent representation of the residual luster and strike. This piece is well struck for an 1863-S dime with bold head details and hair curls with all (OF AMER)ICA fully defined. The reverse bow knot is also crisp with only a tad of weakness at the upper left wheat grains. PCGS was tough on this piece as there is little wear. I do see a few tiny obverse blemishes at A(M)ER(I)CA but nothing distracting. PCGS populations for the 1863-S date are very low! AU53 is only (3) while AU55 and AU58 are also (3) each. Definitely an opportunity for the advanced collector to acquire an rare Civil War date from one of the leading collectors of high grade San Francisco dimes. Housed in 2014 PCGS holder with serial number 25280114.

1863-S
AU 53
$900

F-101, Even Gray/Rose, Bold Strke, Birmingham Collection, Former Gerry Fortin Collection . One immediately notes the incredible strike on this high grade 1863 San Francisco dime. Head and hair curls are fully struck as are old reverse wreath elements including those pesky wheat grains at the upper left. A no question AU example with light rose reflective surfaces under bright light. Let's discuss strict originality concerning this piece...I believe this piece has natural surfaces but there are some faint hairlines across the reverse denomination lettering that might imply some portions of the dime were wiped. This is a superior 1863-S dime as compared to most on the market including those that are holdered. This dime was in my personal collection during the 1990s and was sold after upgrading to current high end mint state example.

1864-S
PCGS
AU 55
$1,500

F-101, Strictly Original, Gray Patina, Minimal Wear, Florida Collection. A later die state example with even gray toning and few signs of wear. There is little rub on the lower leg or reverse wheat stalks. Strike is adequate with all obverse devices well rendered except for some hair details. The reverse bow know is a tad weak but compensated by fully struck wheat stalks which is atypical for many Civil War S mint dimes. A review of CoinFacts indicates only one 1864-S dime sold in AU50-AU55 grades since records are available. The lone example graded PCGS AU55 sold 11-2012 for $1410. A few examples are recorded in AU58 in the 2008 timeframe. This is an opportunity for an astute seated dime set builder to acquire a difficult S mint date with bold devices at a competitive price. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with serial number 27418060.

1865

PCGS
MS 65

Hold $3,950

F-101a, Gem Original, Rare Business Strike, Silicon Valley Collection. It is a real pleasure to offer a gem 1865 F-101a Civil War era dime at GFRC. This piece is fully struck with no signs of any device weakness; Liberty's head and hair details are well defined and crisp. The reverse wreath devices are also hammered. Surfaces are a combination of frost on the main devices coupled with mildly PL fields. The luster is creamy in texture when viewing in hand but turns to reflective mirrors under bright light. A meager mintage of 10,500 pieces and this has to be one of the better examples extant. PCGS population report indicates (3) in MS65, (4) in MS66 and (2) in MS67. There are no auction records for MS65 grade in CoinFacts. As a side note, I own one of the four MS66 examples and one of the two MS67....so there are few available in this grade range. Freshly graded and residing in 2015 PCGS holder with serial number 32570014. This piece has Gerry Fortin's recommendation for quality and rarity.

1870

NGC
MS 65

$1,750

F-106, Frosty Original Gem, Scarce Variety, Florida Collection. As for February 2015, I had not handled any 1870 F-106 dimes and then within several months, two mint state examples appear. This example is a lovely gem with frosty devices and a hammered strike with sharp wire rims on both obverse and reverse. All device details including hair curls and upper wheat grains a fully visible. The F-106 variety can be diagnosed by a radial die crack through the 7 and 0 digits then up through Liberty's foot and into the legend. Some F-106 specimens come with proof like appearance and this example clearly has the strike characteristics of a proof. Housed in new NGC holder.

1871
NGC
MS 63
$425

F-102a, Choice Original, Crusty Gray, Business Strike From Proof Dies. A strictly original 1871 Philadelphia strike with thick crusty gray patina. The strike is complete with full head, hair curls and lower foot details along with crisp wreath elements on the reverse. This dime was struck from dies first employed for proof strikes. This is easily diagnosed by the die crack connecting the lower ribbon ends on the reverse. Scarcity is also an issue when considering the purchase of an 1871 dime. The amount graded is low for a date that is considered "common". Mintage is 906,750 and PCGS population report indicates (7) in MS63, (7) in MS64 and (6) in MS65. This is not a common date..... Housed in new NGC holder with serial number 4216505-010.

1871
ANACS
AU 53
$165

F-102a, Business Strike From Proof Dies, well struck with faint golden toning over lightly reflective surfaces. New ANACS gold holder.

1871-S

NGC
AU 58

$995

F-101, Repunched Date, Original, Deep Toning, Florida Collection. The 1871 San Francisco date is challenging in any grade and more so in AU. This example is richly toned with deep grays and blues. Strike is typical with some softness at the head, bow knot and upper left wreath. The F-101 variety results from an obverse die that has bold repunching above the flag of the 1 digit and top of 8 digit in the date. Surfaces are blemish free while the luster is muted under bright light due to the thick patina. Housed in newer NGC holder with serial number 1216597-002.

1871-S

PCGS
AU 50

$625

F-103, R5+, Original Gray, Challenging Die Pairing, Florida Collection. The 1871 San Francisco date is challenging in any grade and more so in AU. One issue is that F-103 examples (struck from old die that was polished) wear quickly on the reverse during circulation. PCGS has only certified (9) in all AU grades which is pretty remarkable after 30 years of grading. This example is one of the nine and happens to be a surviving F-103 that desires serious attention. This is only the second F-103 handled at GFRC in all grades. Surfaces are toned an even gray with darker coloring around the date and mintmark. I don't see any blemishes either. Under bright light. the luster is soft and consistent with the AU50 grade. Though this piece does not have huge eye appeal, please remember this is an F-103 and the rarity at this grade level. You may not see another AU for years on GFRC price list. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Serial number 14096488.

1872
PCGS
MS 63
$325

F-109a, Crusty Original Surfaces, Misplaced 2 in Base, Challenging Variety. Original crusty surfaces dominate this challenging misplaced date variety. This dime is strictly original with light luster due to the thick patina. Obverse is completely struck while the reverse suffers typical weakness at the upper left wheat grains. The 1872 misplaced 2 in base variety has been challenging to locate in circulated grades let alone in Mint State condition. For reference, at the 2013 ANA New Orleans show, Stacks Bowers auction sold a PCGS AU55 example for $400 which is a substantial premium over trends. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder

1873 WA
PCGS
MS 62
$525

 F-119, Original, Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Florida Collection. Accurately graded at the assigned MS62 level. Surfaces offer residual luster under bright light though a tad muted. Faint rose/gold is seen throughout the obverse and reverse. Strike is typical with weakness in the upper left wreath. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with serial number 29677879. .

1874 WA
AU 53
$235

F-102, Choice Original, Misplaced Digit in Denticles, Light Gray, Silver Luster. Fresh from a quality Maine type coin collection. An attractive F-102 example with much remaining luster and light gray surfaces. This is a choice example with no blemishes whatsoever. The top loop of an 8 digit is clearly visible in the denticle below the final 7 digit. Strike is typical for the F-102 variety with weak head.

1874 WA

PCGS
MS 64

$1,500

F-107, Choice Original, Mirrored Cartwheel Luster, Birmingham Collection. Always in demand as type coin due to the with arrows variety. Surfaces radiate a substantial amount of cartwheel luster under bright light and could be deemed proof like. Soft gold patina at the rims well frames the lustrous centers. There are a few obverse field ticks that resulted in the MS64 grade being assigned...otherwise, this dime has sufficient luster to be graded MS65. Reverse die is cracked with die cracks throughout the wreath devices. Housed in old PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert; serial number 21497792. No CAC attempt.

1874-CC
PCGS
AU Details Code 97
$19,500

F-101, Seated Dime Series Key Date, Mark Free Surfaces, Thick Old Paper Envelope Patina. Every Liberty Seated dime date and mintmark collector requires the very challenging 1874 Carson City date. Mintage is tiny 10,817 pieces with essentially all entering circulation and suffering environmental damage. Breen stated that the 1874-CC dime was extremely rare with "possibly 6-8 known". Today, we know that maybe a 100 or more pieces have survived but nearly all are found with surface problems that include severe porosity and special treatments to improve appearance and marketability. The appearance of an 1874-CC dime to the marketplace without surface problems is always significant event. The offered specimen is indeed important given the problem free surfaces and high grade. It's provenance is well documented in the July 1990 issue of the Gobrecht Journal. David Finkelstein reported visiting a Michigan collector on May 18th, 1990 who had accumulated a massive amount of complete Seated half dime and dime sets. David reported viewing 8 set of Liberty Seated dimes with two complete sets and three nearly complete sets. The current consignor of this piece bought the coin directly from this Michigan collector in the mid 1990s and kept the dime in a brown paper envelope for years. Now he has decide to release the dime to the marketplace and consign to GFRC.

I've studied this dime carefully given the PCGS opinion of Code 97 Environmental Damage/AU Details. The fields and devices are nearly problem free with no obvious signs of porosity or marks. Due to paper envelope storage, the surfaces have acquired a deep rose gray patina that is darker on the obverse than reverse. Rims are bold and indicates that this dime saw limited circulation. My assessment is that this dime is not strictly original due to the surface "sheen". A circulated dime that is strictly original should offer dull gray or gray/brown surfaces rather than the glossy gray/rose coloring seen here. Having said that, this piece should be "market acceptable" due to rarity and the essentially mark free surfaces. A stereo microscope review with bright light source reveals some extremely faint surface porosity that was not seen with a 10x loupe.

PCGS price guide in VF20 is $20,000 while VF30 takes a substantial jump to $25,000 and then $32,500 at the EF40 level. There are no pieces graded at VF30 with (1) at VF20, (3) at VF25 and (4) at EF40. This example is being offer at $19,500 which I believe to be entirely fair. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 33104339. As a comparison basis, please check CoinFacts. A PCGS EF40 example brought $21,150 at Heritage FUN auction on January 2013 and is not attractive. The GFRC offered piece has more device details and better coloring at $19,500 asking price.

1875-CC Below Wreath
PCGS
MS 63
$825

F-101, Original, Even Crusty Gray Patina, Birmingham Collection. The obverse on this Below Wreath dime exhibits a rich crusty gray patina with considerable luster peeking through. The reverse is lovely even silver gray with lavendar highlights. This specimen is fully struck from eroded dies as is quite comment for Below Wreath dimes. Blemishes are limited to one fully toned over faint lines on the obverse, otherwise mark free. Housed in old PCGS holder with standard ring insert. From the Birmingham Collection and ready for inclusion in a new advanced date and mintmark set.

1875-CC Below Wreath
PCGS
MS 63
$1,500

F-108, Choice Original, Lustrous Gray/Rose, Accurately Graded. The Below Wreath 1875 Carson City struck dimes still have a low TPG population in mint state after three decades of certification. This offering is a no question original example with full mint luster and metal stress lines throughout obverse and reverse. Surfaces are fully blemish free and only the luster keeps this piece from attaining a higher mint state grade. Obverse die is eroded while the reverse die is cracked throughout the left and right wreath for the F-108 variety. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder and approved by CAC. Holder serial number is 30479325. I hope you might consider this example for an advanced collection as so choice.

1875-CC
In Wreath
NGC
MS 67
$9,500

F-107, Super Gem Original, Heavily Frosted Surfaces. An incredible 1875 Carson City In Wreath example with only four certified at NGC and one at PCGS. Radiant luster from heavily frosted surfaces is immediately apparent when first examining this gem piece. The obverse is covered with metal floor lines throughout the main devices and field resulting from a prior die pairing with Below Wreath reverse die. The reverse was struck from a fresh die and every early die state defect clearly visible. Notable defects include a long die line from the left wreath into (D)IME and O(N)E and a second die line from above (O)NE. As would be expected for a dime at this grade level, there are no blemishes whatsoever. Strike is slightly uneven with weakness at (AM)ERICA on the obverse and corresponding lower right wreath on the reverse. Overall, the luster and coloring is fully consistent between obverse and reverse with no toning spots. This spectacular piece is housed in a new NGC holder with edge view. Worthy of the finest advanced date and mintmark or Carson City speciality collections.

1875-S
In Wreath

PCGS
MS 63

$500

Choice Original, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Central California Collection. I seem to have an affinity for 1875 San Francisco In Wreath dimes and this example is definitely worth considering. One immediately notes the original surfaces with a thin skin of rose/gold patina throughout obverse and reverse. Strike is so typical for the F-105 variety with partial head and weakness in the lower shield and rock immediately to the left. The reverse is better struck with the diagnostic die crack in the lower right wreath (see web-book for more information). A close inspection with 10x loupe revealed no blemishes. Overall, a strictly original and fully problem free example of the In Wreath variety for the selective collector. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with serial number 30941080.

1875-S
In Wreath
PCGS
MS 64
OGH
$1,500

F-105a Original, Incredible Golden Luster, Late Die State Cracks. Satiny surfaces with booming luster is the best way to described this high grade San Francisco In Wreath dime. Obverse strike is typical for the variety with soft head and lower shield device details. The reverse is perfect illustration of the F-105a die state with bold die cracks and the small rim cud at 9:00. This dime does have faint roller marks on the reciprocating obverse and reverse. The obverse roller marks can be seen on the lower shield and at the upper left reverse. Housed in PCGS old green holder which adds some charm to the coin. Few collectors realize that high grade mint state 1875-S In Wreath dimes are as scarce as the earlier 1873-S and 1874-S dates.

1875-S
Below Wreath
AU 55
$150

F-102a, Original, Shattered Reverse, Micro S, Rare. A very difficult shattered reverse variety to locate. Only 3-4 examples have been seen over the years with the web-book plate coin being a borrowed example. Reverse is completely shattered as illustrated in web-book along with obverse die cracks being present. Untoned surfaces are original with strong satiny luster, Strike is typical for variety. In terms of blemishes, there are a few wispy obverse lines that do not detract.

1875-S
Below Wreath
MS 60
$175

F-103 Original, Micro S, Filled Mintmark. Lightly toned with subtle gold hues over remaining luster. Micro S below wreath dimes are quite scarce and becoming more challenging to locate based on years of searching these out. This example has an acceptable strike with weakness in the upper left wheat stalks and at the top of Liberty's head. Most 1875-S dimes have striking issues regardless of Small or Micro S mintmarks.

1876
Type I Reverse

PCGS
MS 64

$425

Choice Original, Even Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Central California Collection. Locating 1876 Type I reverse examples is fairly easy. But locating choice original does take some patience when considering the combination of strike, originality and eye appeal. This piece offers a nice balance of all three selection criteria. Surfaces are obviously original and are covered with a light to medium silver gray coloring that is a bit more mottled on the reverse. Strike is excellent as all head details and reverse devices being completely defined. In terms of eye appeal, this piece has that wholesome untouched appearance that matches my expectation for what an original silver coin should look like. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert; serial number 20463095.

1876
Type I Reverse

MS 61

$175

F-107, Original, Olive/Gray Patina, Eye Appeal, Bright Light Performance. An attractive Seated dime with considerable eye appeal and superb bright light performance. The surfaces are no question mint state and covered with a uniform olive/gray or aquamarine colored patina. Adding a light source brings about a transition to sky blue obverse center that is framed with gold surrounding the legend. The reverse has a light golden glow under bright light. Strike is impressive for an 1876 dime with only a tad of weakness at the upper left wheat grains. In summary, perfectly original, attractive toning, near full strike but an obverse surface blemish between Liberty's head and cap that is difficult to see and fully toned over. I believe the pricing is fair for the quality.

1876
Type I Reverse
AU 53
$90

F-122, Die Blob Obverse, Discovery Coin, Type I Reverse. In the process of being added to web-book as F-122 variety and has obvious die blob to the right of horizontal shield lines. This dime is full AU50 or better with even copper/brown patina over lustrous surfaces. This is opportunity to acquire a web-book plate coin at PCGS trends guide.

1876
Type I Reverse
AU 53
$85

Crusty Original Patina, Unlisted, Accurately Graded. A no question strictly original 1876 Philadelphia strike with Type I reverse. Surfaces are covered with uniform crusty gray toning. The obverse shift to an even gold under bright light. Several fully toned over blemishes are seen on the obverse by Liberty's hair curls and in the right field. Regardless, the crusty original toning dominates during inspection.

1876-CC
NGC
MS 64
$2,500

F-110, Repunched 18, Choice Original, Condition Census, Top 100 Varieties #73. Freshly graded with Fortin Top 100 labeling on NGC holder. One of the finest known for the variety. Surfaces are completely choice and covered with light rose/gols patina throughout obverse and reverse coupled with nice satiny luster. Strike is full with complete head details along with entire reverse wreath devices being completely defined. This offering is the second highest graded piece seen other than the NGC MS65 in my personal collection. Price list images are temporary and cropped from pictures initially supplied by the consignor. An opportunity for the advanced Seated dime collector and those building Top 100 Varieties sets. Housed in new NGC holder with serial number 2653307-003.

1876-CC
AU 50
$235

F-111, Misplaced 76 Digits, Reflective Surfaces, Scarce, Top 100 Varieties #74. Mint States details but old surface wipe/polish renders the surfaces bright. Net graded AU50 and still a very desirable Top 100 Varieties dime. The 1876-CC die varieties are by far the most popular of all Seated dime dates with the 76 Misplaced Date being a top favorite.

1876-CC

PCGS
AU 50

Hold $185

New May 28! F-114, Choice Original, Light Gray Patina, Conservative Grading. A near gem early die state example of the F-114 die pairing. PCGS was so conservative with grading this lovely 1876 Carson City dime; an AU53 grade would have been more appropriate. Surfaces are perfectly original with light gray patina that turns darker at the obverse rim. Fields and devices are entirely blemish free. Strike is complete though a tad on the mushy side due to poor die maintenance practices at the Carson City mint during that timeframe. Heavy die polish lines are easy seen on the reverse with 10x loupe while the die cracks are marginally visible due to the early die state. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 80673862. No CAC attempt has been made but is definitely warrantly as this piece is strictly original.

1876-CC
AU 50
$110

F-124, Original, Medium Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. Surfaces are strictly original with a uniform layer of medium gray patina. The strike is bold and complete. The F-124 reverse diagnostic are evident under 10x loupe inspection. There are obverse rim nicks and a blemish between AME(RIC)A and the rim that are completely toned over but accounted for in the asking price. I believe this Carson City centennial dime has a decent shot at TPG certification.

1876-CC
PCGS
AU 53
$185

F-133, Repunched Right C, Crusty Original Gray Patina. An R5 variety that was discovered in the past few years. The right C in the mintmark has been repunched with extra metal visible above the top loop. Surfaces are strictly original with crusty gun metal gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Don't miss out on this opportunity as pricing is reasonable. This piece is in a later die state with strong repunching above the right C mintmark. The "horn" on top left side of the mintmark is hidden by verdigris.

1876-S Type I Reverse
MS 61
$215

F-106, Original Light Gray, Cracked Obverse, Web-book Plate Coin. A distinctive seated dime with heavily cracked obverse and poorly hubbed denomination and well illustrates the F-106 variety. I've used this piece as the web-book plate coin. Surfaces are an even light gray with some toning at the rims and mildly lustrous. The piece was probably dipped at some point but devices show no traces of wear and the fields are pristine. It is doubtful that I will ever upgrade the F-106 images so this piece will be a plate coins for years to come.

1882
NGC
MS 65
$850

Unlisted, Gem Original, Eye Appeal, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded. An incredibly beautiful Liberty Seated dime for collectors of strict originality and eye appealing toning. The GFRC images accurately capture the in hand appearance and mottled rose/blue coloring. Under bright light, the bold luster kicks in and further accentuates this pretty patina. Strike is complete with complete head details, crisp legend letters and all design elements in the reverse wreath including the problematic upper left wheat grains. There are no blemishes to discuss. Housed in early NGC Fatty holder with serial number 152158-003. CAC approval is icing on this lovely piece of eye candy.

1882
PCGS
MS 62
$185

F-109, Broken 2 Digit in Date, Crusty Original, Thick Brown/Gray Patina. Thick gray/brown patina covers both obverse and reverse on this nice original dime while soft luster peeks through the toning. 1882 dimes are grouped with the more available "common dates" but tougher than most would expect to locate in nice Mint State. The 2 digit is broken on the top loop along with the defect to the left of the ball. Reverse has die cracks that match the web-book plate coin. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder and probably worth of CAC approval due to the originality.

1883

PCGS
MS 65

$785

F-122, Gem Original, Thick Multi Color Toning, New Die Pairing (F-122), Florida Collection. When first attributing this gem 1883 dime, it seemed that the date was position far right. Making a Denticle Ruler measurement resulted in DR 1R and a new die pairing for the web-book. This is a no question gem dime with thick multi color toning coupled with strong luster that radiates copper and light gray, gold and aquamarine shades. This is how a 130 year old piece of silver should look when natural and untouched. Strike is nearly full with only the upper wheat grains being a tad soft. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Serial number 21167100.

1883

PCGS
AU 53

$120

F-122, Date Far Right, Choice Original, Upstate New York Collection. A strictly original example of the F-122, Date Far Right, variety from an old time collection. Most of the consigned Upstate New Year properties have been held for decades and are now being graded and released to the market. Surfaces are blemish free while the strike is nearly complete with only a tad of softness at Liberty's head. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 33742701. An inexpensive opportunity to acquire a new die pairing variety and a very fresh coin that has been off the market for years. No CAC attempt.

1884-S

ANACS
AU 55 OWH

$350

New April 18! F-102, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, New Jersey Collection. An old time 1884 San Francisco dime that has been housed in early generation ANACS while holder for decades. In hand appearance is well illustrated by the GFRC images. Surfaces are toned a thick mottled gray with some rose hues. Bright light viewing melts the thick patina and results in substantial luster being exposed along with rose/gold fields. Strike is well executed on the reverse with fully defined wreath devices. Obverse strike is nearly completed with only a tad of softness at the head. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in early ANACS old white holder with serial number 8303658.

1884-S
AU 55
$250

F-105, Frosty Luster, Light Obverse Wipe, Residual Eye Appeal. A date that is always difficult to locate and in demand. This 1884 San Francisco struck F-105 example is even white with substantial remaining luster though the obverse has been lightly wiped with some micro hairlines being seen under bright light. The reverse is fully original and well struck. Perfect for the collector who wants a mint state appearance at a value price.

1885
ANACS AU 53
$95

F-104, Original Gray/Rose Patina, Accurately Graded, Old White Holder. Thick original medium gray patina with brilliant rose covers the surfaces. Under light, the reflective surfaces accentuate the toning. There is an old obverse mark in the right field that is completely toned over.

1885

PCGS
MS 65

$795

F-107, Gem Original, Bold Frosty Luster, Eye Appeal, Birmingham Collection. What a pleasing Liberty Seated dime! Surfaces are heavily frosted with faint gold patina. Strike is exceptional with complete head details and all reverse wreath elements being crisp. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder. No CAC attempt. Please pay special attention to this lovely offering as it meets my strict standards for being above average

1886

PCGS
MS 65

$750

New April 12! F-115, Gem Original, Lustrous Pastel Toning, Fully Struck, Former Birmingham Collection. This is the second time that GFRC has the pleasure to offer this lovely 1886 Seated dime. Initially sold out of the Birmingham Collection and now upgrade and back on the market. Pastel toning is the highlight with intermixed aquamarine, gold and rose coloring on the obverse and mottled gray, ebony and rose on the reverse. Bright light viewing exposes the luster and accentuates the colors. The overall strike is crisp with no signs of weakness. Same for blemishes as none were seen. If this dime has just a bit more flashy luster, then it would be a candidate for MS66 designation. In the current PCGS holder, it is accurately graded. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert; serial number 3756017.

1886

NGC
MS 64

$375

F-103a, Business Strike from Proof Dies, Choice Original. If originality is your cup of tea, then please consider this lovely 1886 dime. Surfaces are perfectly original with mottled golden toning that quickly melts under bright light. The F-103 die pair is first employed for proof strike then reuse for business strikes. This example offers bold flashy luster under bright light and cartwheel appearance. Strike is absolutely complete including the pesky upper left wheat grains. I don't see any blemishes to mention here. Housed in new new holder with edge view insert; serial number 4237485-020. A quality Liberty Seated that has lots going for it.

1886
AU 50
$60

Original, Shattered Reverse, Unlisted, Upstate New York Collection. Original surfaces are covered with uniform copper gray patina. This a late die state example with heavily cracked reverse. Strike is nearly complete. There are no distracting blemishes to note.

1887
AU 55
$75

F-109, Massachusetts Collection, Choice Original, Late Die State. A pretty piece with rose gray obverse and reverse patina. Both obverse and reverse were struck from late die state dies with heavy metal flow lines evident. Obverse has die cracks through the legend consistent with web-book plate coin. There is little if any wear through there is some strike induced weakness at the head and through the wreath devices.

1887-S
MS 63
$295

F-116, Strictly Original, Misplaced 8 with Rainbow Toning. A lovely seated dime that is fully struck with reflective fields and original rainbow toning that collectors seek. Placing dime light releases a full range of color with obverse peripheral golds changing to blue/green at center. Reverse has peripheral blues that transition to rose then gold at the center. I don't see wear on this dime and comfortable grading it MS63 in raw state.

1888

PCGS
MS 66

$925

F-111, Misplaced 8 in Base, Proof Like, Gem Toning, Birmingham Collection. Rich gold and aquamarine patina covers this exceptional 1888 dime. Fully struck and attractive. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with serial number 50029230. No CAC attempt.

1888

PCGS
MS 66

$1,375

F-116, Gem Original and Pastel Toning, Frosty Luster, Woodlands Collection. What an exceptional 1888 dime from the Woodlands collection! Upon viewing this lovely dime for the first time, one immediately notes the bold frosty luster that accentuates the nearly transparent patina. Eye appeal is high whether viewing in hand or swirling under bright light. In hand coloring is a combination of light pastels including aquamarine and gold shades. Add a light source and the fun kicks in. The frosty cartwheel luster is activated with the coloring becoming much more vivid. This piece is fully struck with full head details and well defined wheat grains in the upper left wreath. Housed in fresh 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 25688726. A superb specimen that belong in an advanced collection.

1888-S
PCGS
MS 62
Hold $385

F-101, Attractive Old Album Toning, Birmingham Collection. A well struck example of the challenging 1888 San Francisco date in mint state. The eye appeal is high due to pretty old album rose and blue toning coupled with reasonable luster. The reverse is spectacular under bright light and has the appearance of a much higher grade piece. I believe the MS62 designation is the result of two tiny lines on the obverse coupled with softer obverse luster. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert;serial number 21459659.

1888-S
NGC
MS 63
$675

F-110, Frosty White, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded. The 1888 San Francisco date has always been challenging to locate in mint state but GFRC seems to be able to bring pieces to market. This offering sports frosty white surfaces that are very well struck. All head details are crisp as are the reverse devices. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed 1-2 tiny hairlines on the obverse that are consistent with the assigned grade...I'm being picky and thorough. Housed in new NGC holder.

1888-S
MS 60
$250

F-110, Web-book Plate Coin, Bold Strike, Gerry Fortin Collection. Clearly a mint state piece with bold strike as all devices are fully defined including the upper left wheat grains that are so problematic on With Legend dimes. The surfaces are reflective from an old cleaning with some residual obverse hairlines seen under bright light. Both obverse and reverse are toned a steel gray. 1888 San Francisco dimes in AU or better are currently under rated.

1888-S
AU 58
$250

New May 28! F-111, Original, Pretty Rose/Gold Patina, Ample Luster, Conservative Grading. A lovely 1888 San Francisco dime with considerable eye appeal and attractively toned surfaces. There is just a slight amount of rub on the Liberty's left breast that brought about the AU58 grade assignment to be conservative. Otherwise, I could easily see this colorful Seated dime residing in an MS62 holder. Overall strike is well executed with sharp devices including the obverse legend. 1888 San Francisco dimes become scarce in mint state grades.

1889

PCGS
MS 66+

Hold $3,250

Simpson Pedigree, Superb Gem, Blinding Satiny Luster, Pickering Creek Collection. What an amazing Liberty Seated dime and so pleased to be offeing at GFRC. The highlight of this 1889 Philadelphia struck dime is the nearly blinding luster and I'm most serious about this statement. When first attempting to attribute the variety, it was difficult to view this dime due to the excessive luster transmitted from the late die state surfaces. Yes, this piece was struck from eroded dies resulting in lots of metal stress lines that produce dazzling luster under bright light. Even during in hand viewing, the luster radiates off this little gem. Strike is essentialluy full with only a touch of weakness at the top of Liberty's head but who cares when there is so much luster? Why this piece was not graded full MS67 is beyond me. Rather it sits in an MS66+ holder and was previously part of the Bob Simpson collection. This is a coin for those who want the very best in preservation states as it is difficult to imagine another 1889 dime that would be more attractive. Housed in older blue label PCGS Security holder with standard ring insert. Serial number 06666867. CAC approval highlights that this piece is so close or at the MS67 grade level.

1889

PCGS
MS 66

$1,275

New April 23! F-114, Gem Original, Natural Blue/Rose Patina, Heavily Clashed Die State, Florida Collection. Let's start off the description with a statement that I really like this dime due to the natural and untouched patina. This piece is a no question gem with thick blue gray toning that also includes rose on the obverse and aquamarine and yellow on the reverse. Under bright light, the baseline luster brings about a multi color glow especially on the reverse where the surfaces transition to deep blue. There are no blemishes whatsoever while the strike is nearly complete with the only weakness seen is at the upper left reverse wheat grains. Both the obverse and reverse dies are heavily clashed and not mentioned to date in the web-book. This dime and images will therefore added to the F-114 web-book page. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert; serial number 08724540. Please give this special offering your consideration.

1889
PCGS
MS 64
$400

F-115, Misplaced Digit, Choice Original. A superb seated dime that is so original. Light gray/rose surfaces also have some darker gray at the rims. Well struck with only the upper left reverse wheat stalks being poorly defined. The misplaced digit by the scroll end is better defined on this piece than on the web-book plate coin as validates my earlier observations. Housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder without a CAC attempt. I would strongly recommend this piece to the astute collector.

1889
MS 63+
$675

F-122, Choice Original, Bullseye Toning, Double Die Reverse #3, Repunched 1, Ex. Stacks' Lemus Sale. The 1889 F-122 variety was discovered Stacks during the cataloging of the Lemus dime collection. I purchased the newly discovered variety via personal attendance at the 2005 sale and initial utilized as the web-book plate coin. Subsequently, this piece was upgraded with an NGC MS66 example. Beautifully toned light golden patina throughout obverse and reverse along with sky blue surround a portion of the legend and date digits. The F-122 variety utlizes Reverse F which offers the most dramatic reverse doubling of all 1889 doubled reverse dies.

1890

NGC
PF 63 Fatty

$675

New May 13! F-101a, Choice Original, Nice Mirrors, Struck from Business Strike Dies. We typically expert proof dies to be reused for circulation strikes but in the case of the 1890 F-101 die pairing, circulation strike dies were polished and employed for proof strikes. The telltale diagnostic is a mint worker's attempt to tool out a faint reverse die crack on the circulation strike die. Please see the macro image taken from the web-book plate coin. The same diagnostic is available on this NGC PF63 example.

Overall, the offered example is choice at the PF63 assigned grade. Decent mirrors are covered with even gray patina on the obverse while the reverse is more reflective with deep blues. One cannot expect to have deep mirrors on this variety due to the original circulation strike dies. Housed in early NGC fatty holder with serial number 215471-020. There is not bar code on the label. CAC approval is definitely warranted. A cool variety!

1890

PCGS
MS 66

$1,350

New April 23! F-104a, Gem Original, Creamy Satin Patina, Proof Dies Origination, Florida Collection. A frosty gem Seated dime that is strictly original and struck from old proof dies. Surfaces provide ample satiny mint luster due to being struck with eroded dies that were previously employed for proof strikes. This is an attractive piece with creamy colored surfaces and no blemishes whatsoever. Strike is nearly complete with only the top of Liberty's head and the upper left wheat grains no fully defined. Housed in 2013 generation transition PCGS holder with blue label and edge view inserrt; serial number 26595718. CAC approval is definitely warranted due to the strict originality and eye appeal. This is a solid and wholesome Seated dime for the advanced collector.

1890

AU 55+

$75

F-111, Cracked Reverse, simply an original dime with grayish blue obverse toning near the rims. Reverse is very well struck and appears mint state. Rotating the dime under light reveals strong luster and amplifies the obverse toning; images cannot capture this effect. I don't usual buy common date dimes however this 1890 dime was an exception for the money.

1890-S
NGC
MS 62

$475

F-101, Choice Original for Variety, Misplaced 1 in Base, Challenging to Locate. A pleasing Liberty Seated dime that is choice original including undisturbed surfaces covered with light gray patina. The F-101 die pairing is infrequently seen as my F-101 web-book plate coin was only an EF40 piece until locating this example. The misplaced 1 digit in the base is obvious on the obverse while the reverse appears to have been polished at least once since the triple repunching is no longer evident. I believe that this dime has an interim die state reverse between F-101 and F-101a whereby during F-101a, the reverse die is heavily polished and a significant portion of the devices details are removed and the mintmark being very weak. I've updated the F-101 webpage and used this dime as a plate coin. Definitely a dime for the advanced variety specialist. Housed in new NGC holder with serial number 4189862-005.

1890-S

PCGS
AU 50

$200

F-111, Medium S, Crusty Choice Original, Conservative Grading, Central California Collection. I really like this 1890 San Francisco dime and would add it to my collection in a heart beat if I will still active. The overall quality is so evident....crusty original toning over blemish free devices and fields. This dime also performs well under bright light with a transition to gun metal gray/blue hues. Strike is a tad weak at the head as if frequently seen on 1890-S dimes. Overall, I believe the potential buyer will be very pleased for the $200 spent on this lovely dime. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder and ready for a home in an advanced collection.

1891
AU 50

$125

F-103, Original, Clipped Planchet, Very Scarce, Darker original gray/brown patina covers both the obverse and ligher on reverse. Residual luster is evident under bright light. A difficult Liberty Seated dime error and time to pass this specimen to another collector

1891

PCGS
AU 58

$195

F-107, Misplaced Digit on Rim, Original Gray, Top 100 Varieties #94. A fairly scare variety with the extra top loop of 8 or 9 digit punched on top of the denticles immediately below the date. This example is no question original with light gray patina across the obverse while the reverse is a tad lighter with most luster exposed. The F-107 die pairing is in a late die state when striking this example; reverse is cracked while the obverse shows metal stress lines into the denticles. Surfaces are essentially blemish free and the PCGS grading is accurate. Housed in new 2015 PCGS holder with serial number 33098531.

1891

PCGS
MS 63

$295

New April 25! F-119, Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. This description is rather simple to write. The images exactly capture the multi color toning arcs on obverse and reverse. Bright light viewing exposes gold hues on the obverse center. This is an original piece with mint frost covering the primary devices. Accurately graded at the MS63 level though there are no blemishes to discuss. A bit more luster would have pushed this lovely piece to MS64 attainment. Strike is typical for the 1891 date with some softness at Liberty's head and on the bow knot. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 32757327.

1891

PCGS
MS 65

$615

Unlisted Die Pair, Bold Cartwheel Luster, Birmingham Collection. A stunning 1891 Philadelphia strike with thick frosty luster through obverse and reverse. Strike is essentially full except for the upper left wreath wheat grains. Die pairing is unlisted with some obvious reverse die cracks. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert.

1891-O

PCGS
MS 66

$3650

F-106a, Heavily Clashed Dies, Repunched Date and Mintmark, Frosty Luster, Osprey Collection, Top 100 Varieties #96, Finest Known. Wow! A very special GFRC offering considering that the PCGS population for 1891 New Orleans strikes is a meager (11) pieces. Then add in the heavily clashed dies, a repunched date, a repunched mintmark and finally, substantial obverse rim cudding that are the primary characteristics of the F-106a Top 100 Variety. As would be expected for an MS66 example, the luster is bold and frosty while the strike is hammered. Surfaces are completely untoned and without any traces of a single blemishe. This piece is for the advanced collector attempting to be build the finest Top 100 Varieties set as this must be the finest example extant for the variety. Housed in 2013 PCGS holder.

1891-O

PCGS
MS 65

$1,750

F-113, Crusty Gem Original, Old Green Holder, Gerry Fortin Collection. One does not often see "crusty original" dimes graded MS65 but here is an example to consider. The strike is so well executed with bold devices throughout obverse and reverse. We surmise that many 1891 New Orleans dimes were struck on presses with high striking forces (for Morgans). In hand, the toning is dark but under bright light, this piece acquires a fiery red glow that is so attractive. Purchased during April 2007 from Warren Mills at Rare Coins of New Hampshire. Advanced collectors well know the quality coins sold by RCNH. Finally, this is also the Seated Dime web-book plate coin for the F-113 Repunched Date variety. Housed in PCGS old green holder; serial number 4219100

1891-O

PCGS
MS 63

$475

F-116, Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Conservative Grading, Central California Collection. A superior F-116 example with lots of eye appeal. This piece is no question original with considerable remaining luster, a nearly full strike and all the required die cracks as diagnostics for the F-116 variety. From the images, let alone in hand viewing, I believe you will agree that CAC approval is definitely warranted. This is another Gerry Fortin "Just Buy It" offerings as I'm sure the coin will exceed expectations once received. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert.

1891-O
PCGS
MS 64
$550

F-118, Crusty Original Gray Patina, Early Die State, Florida Collection. A strictly original example with surfaces that are covered with a crusty thick gray patina. The obverse die cracks through Liberty's head, the cap and OF are visible under a loupe but not as dramatic as on the web-book plate coin. Under bright light the surfaces come alive with reflective blues mostly on the reverse. GFRC photography is unable to well illustrate this piece and you will have to use some imagination on the reflective fields. Housed in older PCGS holder with standard ring insert.

1891-O
AU 55
$125

F-120, Original, Early Die State of Shattered Reverse, Proof Like, Web-book Plate Coin. A wonderful early die state 1891-O dime with proof like obverse fields and a boldly struck reverse. Surfaces show minimal wear and ample luster. Used as web-book plate coin to illustrate difference between very early die state and later die state with shattered reverse. Buyer will be pleased with this specimen in their collection.

1891-S
PCGS
MS 62 OGH
$350

F-115, Small S, Double Die Reverse #1, Original, Greer Plate Coin, Old Green Holder. As many collectors know, I bought a substantial portion of Brian Greer's collection employed as plate coin in his Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Dimes book published by DLRC Press during 1992. This is one of the those coin which still resides in old green PCGS holder. Greer used this coin to illustrate the Small S mintmarked 1891-S strikes on page 177. Subsequently, I have used the same coin as a web-book plate for the F-115 variety. Surfaces are strictly original with mainly rose toning coupled with darker toning streaks on the reverse. There are no blemishes on this piece and the strike is complete. Eventually, I will be releasing more Greer plate coins and do hope they migrate to another advanced collector for safe keeping. Housed in PCGS old green holder with serial number 8398240.

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