Liberty Seated Dimes
1837 to 1859 | Circulated Through EF45

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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 is denoted in the Variety column.

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There are 61 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on January 17, 2017

Photo Date Grade TPG Top 100
Variety
GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 10C 1837 1837
Large Date
EF45 raw
F-101b
Choice $665 New November 24! Near Gem Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray Patina, Formerly PCGS EF45 Holder.. A perfectly original 1837 Large Date dime with uniform gun metal gray patina that is ideal for a Whitman or Dansco album based type set. Surfaces are entirely blemish free while the strike is above average with only some mild weakness in the upper horizontal shield lines. The F-101b variety and die state features two long die cracks from below the shield and below the foot up into the mid section. This quality example was previously holdered by PCGS with an assigned grade of EF45. The old blue PCGS label is included with the purchase. Please don't think too hard about this offerings if in the market for an 1837 No Stars type coin. I strongly recommended this piece.
Seated 10C 1837 1837
Small Date
EF45 PCGS
28215135
F-103
Original $575 New January 10! Small Date, Original, Light Gray Surfaces, Conservative Grading.. An original first year strike with bold device details coupled with light gray patina. Fields exhibit a few random blemishes with none being distracting When first viewing this 1837 F-103 Small Date dime, I immediately saw an AU specimen with sharp rims. The assigned EF45 grade appears to be net grading decision by PCGS due to the field chatter as the major devices have minimal wear. Overall a nice example at an attractive offer price. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1837 1837
Sm Date
VF20 raw
TOP #2
F-103a
Original $245 Original, Horizontal Reverse Die Crack, Light Gray Patina. An accurately graded example with light gray surfaces. Accurately graded and no blemishes to report. The reverse is rotated typical 23 degrees left and the die crack UNIT(E)D into wreath and denomination is obvious.
Seated 10C 1837 1837
VF20 raw
F-104
Choice $265 Small Date, Choice Original, Attractive Gray Center Framed by Blue Rims.. I really like this 1837 Small Date dime! Surfaces are mostly medium grade on the obverse and then transition to deep gray blue at the rims. Reverse has similar characteristics with thicker gray blue arc along with aquamarine gray center. There are no blemishes to mention. Bottom line, a perfectly original piece with lots of eye appeal at VF20 grade level. A great type coin possibility from the Massachusetts Collection.
Seated 10C 1837 1837
Sm Date
VF30 raw
F-104
Choice $300 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Contrasting Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. Surfaces are entirely blemish free and choice original. Clashed reverse along with 6 degrees reverse misalignment right. A perfect No Stars type coin for a Whitman or Dansco album set. This lovely dime will certify in a heartbeat if that is the desired path. CAC approval is not out of the question if TPG accurately grades.
Seated 10C 1838 1838
Lg Stars
EF40 PCGS
81696548
F-106a
Original $245 Shattered Obverse Die #1, Near Terminal Die State, Original Gray, Accurately Graded, Wisconsin Collection. An attractive example of the 1838 F-106a shattered obverse variety with dual die cracks at Star 7. Of the three bisecting cracked 1838 obverse dies, the F-106 variety is the most available. However, locating the later die state F-106a will prove to be challenging. The offered example, from the Wisconsin Collection, has choice surfaces and was assigned an Original quality rating due to a divot below Star 6 that could be as struck. I've seen enough 1838 through 1841 date seated dimes with divots in that area that all appear to be cause by a filled die and not a post mint issue. This piece is accurately graded with a combination of gray rose on the obverse and mostly rose in the reverse. Other than the obverse divot, this piece is blemish free. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1838 1838
EF45 raw
TOP #8
F-110a
Original $200 Cracked Obverse #2, Original Gun Metal Gray,. After not seeing an1838 F-110a example for a over a year, two pieces arrive on consignment in the same lot. This is by far the most difficult of the three 1838 cracked obverse die varieties to locate. Old album toning is immediately noted on this specimen. The obverse has a thin layer of gold toning that is overlaid with darker gray while the reverse sports a gun metal blue/gray ring surrounding a rose gray denomination. Two tiny rim blemishes are noted for accuracy along with a toned over reverse line by A(MERI)CA.
Seated 10C 1839 1839
EF45
PCGS
26410143
TOP #10
F-105b
Choice $27500 Pie Shattered Obverse, 2nd Finest Known, Choice Original, Gerry Fortin Top 100 Varieties Collection. Ahwash 2, Greer 101, Pie Shattered Obverse. What else is there to say other than the Holy Grail of Seated Dime varieties! An incredible opportunity for the astute collection to own one of the heaviest cracked dies in all of numismatics. This variety/terminal die state is one of the four key dates in the Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Varieties set. The 1839 Pie Shattered obverse die state is extremely rare (R8 in VF or better) with the finest known example being the Ahwash and Greer plate coin graded PCGS AU55. The second finest known, is the offered example. At least three examples are known in PCGS Good 6 grade. The 1839 Pie Shattered obverse is known in four distinctly different die states without progressive diagnostics between the die states. The dies are initial employed for several proof strikes, followed by a limited number of circulation strikes with no die cracks. A third die state has the vertical die crack only up through the shield and into Liberty's mid section. The finally die state is the fully cracked obverse offered here. The die cracks are thick and elevated off the dime's surface indicating the obverse must be the anvil die and was held together during a small number of strikes. Housed in 2013 transition PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. Choice original surfaces and CAC approved. This piece is so high on the cool scale....question is, who will be the next owner?
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
EF40 raw
F-105b
Choice $215 Choice Original, Large O, Late Die State F-105b, Attractive Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina . A perfectly original 1839 New Orleans strike with lovely gun metal gray/blue toning. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. The F-105 Large O die pairing may be common but one infrequently sees later die state examples with eroded dies and die crackes through obverse stars. A choice example and perfect for Whitman or Dansco set.
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
Genuine (MS60) PCGS
15037040
TOP #12
F-104a
Original $1450 Historically Important Ahwash Plate Coin, Original Surfaces, Repunched Large O Mintmark, Reverse Die Crack, Gerry Fortin Top 100 Varieties Collection. Ahwash 3, Greer 102, Repunched Large O Mintmark, Reverse Die Crack. Plate coin employed by Kamal Ahwash for his pioneering Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Dimes 1837 - 1891 reference published in 1977 and 1981. The offered example was sold by Ahwash to Allen F. Lovejoy privately on April 21, 1976. This piece remained in the Lovejoy Collection until the Stacks' LoveJoy Sale held on October 16, 1990 where it was acquired by an imtermediate owner followed by the Gerry Fortin collection during March 1995. Since 1995, this dime become the reference example for the Ahwash 3, F-104a variety and Web-book plate coin during 2004 launch. A bisecting reverse die crack and sharply repunched Large O mintmark are the primary diagnostics for the F-104a late die state variety. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with gray patina that includes russet, blues and some gold hues. There are pin scratches in the upper right obverse field resulting in the Genuine PCGS designation. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. The PCGS label reads, "No Drapery, RPM FS-501 (FS-003.28)". A piece of numismatic history with Ahwash, Lovejoy and Fortin pedigrees. Who will be the next to own this piece?
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
VF20 raw
F-107
Market Acceptable $275 Original Gray, Lapped Dies, Huge O Obverse Paired with Small O Reverse. . An R6 variety that gains little respect as compared to the Huge reverse die pairing. The offered dime has substantial device details remaining and is so challenging to locate in any grade or condition. Though the surfaces are strictly original, there is a obverse mark between Liberty's arm and Stars 12 and 13. Regardless, if you seek an F-107 for your collection, then this piece might just work given the original toning.
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
VF25 PCGS
30806826
TOP #14
F-108
Choice $675 Huge O, Choice Original, Early Die State, Conservative Grading. Huge O dimes are infrequently seen in this state of preservation and most come with problems or lack of device details. The F-108 variety results from the pairing of a lapped 1839 New Orleans die with left over reverse from 1838. The combination of a polished obverse and worn reverse dies leads to poor striking characteristics. This specimen is clearly an early strike as the date is stronger than seen on most; Stars 1 through 3 are well defined. Reverse is also well struck with denticle erosion. PCGS was tough on this piece as I would grade full VF30. The obverse is a nice original medium gray with the reverse is same color with a vertical toning streak. Housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder. Unfortunately, this holder has already seen much scuffing resulting in reverse image being impacted. Please trust me that the reverse is fully problem free. For the specialist who desires a top quality piece in their Top 100 Varieties set.
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
VF30 raw
TOP #14
F-108a
Market Acceptable $495 Original Kam Ahwash Flip, Huge O, Light Golden Gray Toning. Buried away in safe deposit box since the late 1970s and purchased in a high grade lot by GFRC. Buyer will receive the dime residing in original flip along with Kam Ahwash insert as shown. Back in the 1870s, the Huge O reverse variety was considered excessively rare in EF or better as few examples were known. With time and publicity, more examples have been discovered and entered the market. It is interesting to see Ahwash pricing this example at $525 when a high grade 1839-O AU58 dime would be priced at about $250. This dime grades a full VF30 in my humble opinion while Ahwash had graded as EF40. This is a late die state example (F-108a) with severe obverse die lapping with typical diagnostics including weak date and Stars 1-3. The reverse die crack from STATE(S) to rim is present. Surfaces are toned a light reflective gray with gold hues and few blemishes. I suspect a long ago cleaning is present while the retoning is attractive. An important piece of Liberty Seated history and fairly priced....actually below Kam's flip price!
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
VF35 NGC
1652175009
TOP #14
F-108
Original $1495 Huge O, Choice Original, Birmingham Collection. This is one of the better examples seen while working with the Liberty seated dime series. Most Huge O dimes comes with some type of problem and strictly problem free examples in EF or better grades are rare. So along comes this wonderful example from the Birmingham Collection. Accurately graded and very close to EF due to the lapped obverse die and well worn reverse from 1838. Surfaces are covered with strictly original and uniform gun metal gray patina with hints of blue and rose intermixed. Strike is bold validates this is a middle die state example since there is no die crack from (U)NITED to the rim. In terms of blemishes, there are a few fully toned over old lines on the obverse but given this piece's grade rarity, they don't bother me in the least and should not bother the buyer. Housed in old NGC holder with standard circular insert. As a serious student of the Liberty Seated dime series, I enjoy handling consignment dimes that bring a good balance of quality, rarity and eye appeal.
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
VF35 raw
1002126
F-101
Choice $165 Choice Original, Small O, Even Light Gray, Osprey Collection. A perfect example for the 1839 New Orleans small O mintmark variety. Surfaces are strictly original and completely blemish free. An early die state F-101 die pairing. Guaranteed to grade at TPG if the desired route.
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
VF35
PCGS
33867997
F-104
Choice $450 New December 30! Repunched Mintmark, Early Die State, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Osprey Collection. One does not often see early die state examples of the 1839-O F-104 variety with boldly repunched mintmark but with a trace of the horizontal bisecting die crack. This piece, from the Osprey Collection, is an early die state example with choice original surfaces. Light gray patina covers both obverse and reverse. Grading is accurate while the surfaces are fully blemish free. Housed in 2015 style holder with CAC approval. PCGS label reads "No Drapery RPM FS-501, F-104, (FS-003.28)". A special offering for the Liberty Seated dime variety specalist.
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
Sm O
VG10 raw
F-107
Original $350 New Orleans Collection, Lapped Dies, Huge O Obverse Paired with Small O Reverse. . An R6 variety that gains little respect as compared to the Huge reverse die pairing. The offered dime is original with medium gray surfaces. Obverse is attractive with its lapped date and Stars 1-3 region. The reverse is also original gray but one can see two points where the rim was filed. The filing slopes down toward the reverse side of the coin and is visible in the images. I do look forward to the day when RAC can offer an original and problem free F-107 example but that specimen will be priced above the Huge O reverse pairing.
Seated 10C 1840 1840
No Drapery
EF45 raw
TOP #15
F-103
Choice $235 Choice Original Medium Gray, Chin Whiskers Variety, Well Struck. A super original example of the popular 1840 No Drapery Chin Whisters variety. Surfaces are covered with thick medium gray patina and deeper ebony on the reverse. Strike is full as one expectes from most 1840 No Drap dimes. Fields and main devices are entirely blemish free. A great piece for a Top 100 Set.
Seated 10C 1840 1840
No Drapery
VF35 PCGS
31556818
F-106
Choice $120 Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina. It is doubtful that a collector could locate a more original 1840 No Drapery dime than the offered example. Surfaces are covered with uniform medium gray patina and are without a single blemish. Accurately graded and housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder. This is the first F-106 example handled by GFRC.
Seated 10C 1840O 1840-O
Sm O
EF40 PCGS
28715648
F-110
Original $495 Small O, Original Medium Gray, Gerry Fortin Reference Collection, Web-Book Plate Coin. Yes, I'm slowly releasing Liberty Seated dimes from reference collection. Offered here is the New Orleans 1840 F-110 web-book plate coin that was purchased during February 2001 and PCGS graded during 2014. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with a uniform gun metal gray patina. This one of the small O varieties and in an early die state. Surfaces are entirely blemish free but there is a small rim bump at 8:00 on the reverse. Overall, an attractively graded early Liberty Seated dime. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1840O 1840-O
EF40
PCGS
12942571
TOP #16
F-106a
Choice $975 Medium O Mintmark, Reverse Die Crack, Choice Original, Greer Plate Coin, Gerry Fortin Top 100 Varieties Collection . Ahwash 2, Medium O Mintmark With Die Crack. A historically significant offering given continual variety plate coin status since 1992. Surfaces are fully choice and perfectly original. This dime first appears in Brian Greer's The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Dimes when published in 1992. Though only graded EF40, this piece is the plate coin for the Medium O mintmark size. Greer calls the Medium O, "the scarcest in all grades. It is easily the scarcest mintmark size and is very rare above VF." Greer assigns an R5 rarity rating in EF/AU grades. The offered example was purchased from Greer after his Guidebook release and become the 1840-O Medium O plate coin in the Fortin web-book. An incredible example with well worn reverse die and long vertical die crack through STAT(E)S. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. The perfectly original surfaces demanded CAC approval. This dime is not on any First Right of Refusal and is immediately available.
Seated 10C 1840O 1840-O
EF40 PCGS
20315364
TOP #16
F-106a
Original $450 Original Light Gray, Late Die State Reverse Crack, Perfect Example for Grade, Tenafly Collection. Original surfaces are tone a soft light gray on the Top 100 Medium O variety example. Struck from eroded dies including cracked reverse at E in STATES and loss of lower wreath details. The circulated example is accurately graded at the EF40 level and lacks any blemishes whatsoever. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. An opportunity to acquire an important Top 100 Variety from the Tenafly Collection.
Seated 10C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
EF40
PCGS
12264772
F-108
Choice $550 New December 21! Choice Original, Medium Gun Metal Gray, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. Small O. The lovely 1840 New Orleans strike offers choice original surfaces that are covered with gun metal gray patina. Strike is a tad weak at Liberty's head and adjacent Star 7. Accurately graded and housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval recognizes the strict originality and accurate grading. Another top quality offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 10C 1840O 1840-O
Lg O
F 15 raw
F-105
Original $185 Obverse 2 Paired with Large O Reverse, Original Gray.. An original dime with severe die erosion on the obverse with heavy metal flow lines from rim to stars and date. Reverse is a bit better than VF20 but has several toned over marks on the denomination.
Seated 10C 1840O 1840-O
F12 raw
TOP #16
F-106a
Original $85 Medium O, Crusty Original, Late Die State. A late die state example of the Top 100 Medium O with bold vertical die crack through STAT(E)S. Reverse die is well worn and weak during the striking of this dime. Surfaces are covered with crusty gray patina. A challenging variety and die state to locate with strictly original surfaces.
Seated 10C 1840O 1840-O
VF20 raw
TOP #16
F-106a
Original $175 Original Gun Metal Gray, Medium O, Late Die State Reverse Crack. Even gun metal gray/blue toning covers obverse and reverse. There are minor toned over lines on the obverse while reverse has a tiny rim mark at 8:00. These are mentioned for accuracy. Reverse is obviously late die state with the die crack through STAT(E)S. Conservative grading as there is substantial details remaining on this difficult variety.
Seated 10C 1841 1841
EF40
PCGS
26580340
F-102
Choice $165 Choice Original, Uniform Crusty Gray Patina, West Coast Collection. 1841 Philadelphia strikes are more challenging to locate than their New Orleans counterparts thought New Orleans strike have the pricing advantage. This Philly piece is perfectly original and accurate graded. Surfaces are covered with crusty gray patina. Obverse strike is a tad weak at the gownline but the stars are nicely rounded and connected. About as original as a collector could find. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. Accurate graded and approved by CAC. You can't go wrong with this piece.
Seated 10C 1841O 1841-O
EF45 raw
F-111a
Market Acceptable $195 Rusted and Cracked Dies, Rare Die State.. Just added as web-book plate coin since previously specimen was only VG10 and borrowed from LSCC member. A well struck specimen that borders on AU grade with die rust pitting and reverse die cracks being so evident. Surfaces a blemish free except for a toned over obverse depression by Star 5. I believe this dime was dipped in the past and has since retoned.
Seated 10C 1841O 1841-O
Genuine PCGS
15036924
TOP #20
F-102
Market Acceptable $14500 Transitional Small O Closed Bud Reverse, Rare AU Grade, Gerry Forting Top 100 Varieties Collection . Greer 101, Discovered after Ahwash published his Encyclopedia. Transitional Small O Closed Bud Reverse. Struck in early 1841 at the New Orleans mint with a left over Closed Bud reverse die from 1840 due to lack of die shipment of the new Open Bud reverse design. Greer indicates that "transitional Large and Small O dimes were struck from leftover 1840-O reverse dies most likely before the arrival of the first reverse dies of 1841 Open Bud which were delivered on Apri 7, 1841. Mint records for 1841 show 160,000 dimes were delivered from New Orleans prior to April of that year. I believe that these were deliveries included the Closed Bud 1841-O dimes, as well as many dated 1840-O. The extreme rarity of both closed bud varieties indicates a very small mintage." Collectors have been attempting for years to cherrypick examples due to substantial premiums in all grades. I consider both the Large and Small O Transitional Closed Bud dimes to be key entries in the Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Variety set. Small O Closed Bud dimes are more difficult to locate in EF or better with few known in AU and none in mint state. Most will be found with problems due to lengthy time in circulation. This example grades a full AU but has probably seen an old obverse wipe many years ago. The obverse is toned a light golden gray with deeper coloring across Liberty and the right field. The reverse is toned a uniform gun metal gray. Device details are crisp on the reverse allowing for an understanding of the Small O reverse die preservation state (die used to strike 1840-O F-107 dimes) in early 1841. The obverse has strike weakness at the gown line, head and stars 7 and 8. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and assigned a Genuine designation. The PCGS label reads, "Transitional Rev Sm O Sm Lett, FS-901". I get the Small O labeling by PCGS but not the Small Letters. Regardless of the PCGS Genuine designation, this is one of the finest 1841-O Small O Closed Buds extant and indicative of how rare a certifiable example actually is. A very special offering for the advanced collector who desires the finest numismatic properties.
Seated 10C 1841O 1841-O
VF20
PCGS
29739515
TOP #19
F-101
Choice $2200 Large O, Closed Bud Transitional Reverse, Choice Original Gray, Accurately Graded.. Please don't under estimate the importance of this offering as locating a choice original 1841-O Closed Bud dime at or above the VF grade level will take years rather than months. I am pleased to offer this strictly original and choice example to GFRC customers. Both obverse and reverse devices are well struck considering the reverse die is well worn, cracked and left over from 1840. On the offered example, the die cracks from UNITED to rim are overtly defined. Remember that 1841 Transitional dimes were struck at the New Orleans mint during January 1841 with left over 1840 reverse dies since no new 1841 reverses were available. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS with serial number 29739515. The PCGS label reads, "Trans Rev, Large O, Sm Lett, FS-902 (FS-003.3). This label allows the new owner to immediately add into PCGS Set Registry's new Top 100 Seated Dime Varieties set. Asking price is fair for the quality and grade rarity.
Seated 10C 1842O 1842-O
EF45 raw
F-101a
Cleaned $175 Lapped Dies, Retoned, Light Gray Patina, New Jersey Collection. A classic example of the F-101a variety and die state with lapped obverse and reverse dies. This variety comes with poorly defined head and stars along with erratic reverse wreath leaves. The offered example has seen an old time cleaning resulting is reflective surfaces at the EF45 grade level. Faint hairlines are visible in the obverse fields with most covered by a new layer of gray patina. Removed from a Library of Coin album and off the market for several decades.
Seated 10C 1842O 1842-O
Sm O
VF30 raw
TOP #24
F-104a
Original New Price
$425
Original, Difficult Small O Reverse, Later Die State, Accurately Graded. Deeper medium gray toning covers original surfaces. This is a well struck example and rather atypical for this variety. Priced consistent with web-book Top 100 Varieties pricing guide.
Seated 10C 1842O 1842-O
VF30 ANACS
686769
F-104
Choice $375 Choice Original, Small O, Early Die State.. Housed in an early generation ANACS white holder with the Breen 3241 designation on the label. For those who appreciate strictly original dimes, this piece is for you! Surfaces are toned an even medium gray and fully problem, blemish and mark free. This is essentially a perfect 1842-O small O example at the VF30 grade level. An obvious early die state with no cud formation on the left upper rim.
Seated 10C 1842O 1842-O
VF35
PCGS
12863108
F-102
Choice $350 Medium O, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina, Eye Appeal, West Coast Collection. A choice F-102 cracked reverse example with die cracks from rim to STATES. 1842 New Orleans dimes are notorious for being weakly struck. This example is well struck with rounded stars and nearly fully head details. Surfaces are covered with original medium gun metal gray/blue patina with the blues dominating under bright light. There are no distracting blemishes. Accurately graded and approved by CAC. Housed in older blue label PCGS with standard ring insert. Another strictly original piece of Seatd coinage from the West Coast collection.
Seated 10C 1843O 1843-O
VG8 PCGS
30799085
F-101
Choice $365 Choice Original, Uniform Crusty Gray Patina, Michigan Collection. . Scarce date that is always in demand. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with medium gun metal gray patina. Rims are bold with five letters in LIBERTY showing. No blemishes whatsoever. Bottomline, a wholesale well circulated 1843 New Orleans strike that is accurately graded. Fresh to market from the Michigan collection and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1844 1844
EF45 NGC
3832833016
Original $1795 Scarce Date/Grade, Web-Book Plate Coin, Old Paper Envelope Toning, Accurately Grade. . Fully toned due to storage in a Numismatic Gallery (42 E. 50th St., N.Y.C. and 8943 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA) paper 2x2 envelope for decades. Numismatic Gallery was founded in 1937 by A. Kosoff and dissolved during 1954. Hand written on the envelope is "1844-10c Evann Abt Unc". Rotating the dime in light produces highly reflective fields with fiery gold and rose colors on obverse and soft blues on the reverse. This dime was purchased during 2002 timeframe and remains as part of reference collection but time to sell duplicates.
Seated 10C 1844 1844
VF25 PCGS
31916903
Original $585 New January 17! Little Orphan Annie Date, Original Ebony Gray Patina, Conservatively Graded, Massachusetts Collection. Popular 1844 date that is often referred to as the Little Orphan Annie date due to early 1990s dealer promotion. Low mintage and scarcer date in VF or better and downright rare in EF or better. This original example is covered with ebony-gray patina and is conservatively graded at VF25. Might I suggest VF30 as a fairer grade? Strike is bold with ample remaining device details. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A quality duplicate offering from the Massachsetts Collection.
Seated 10C 1845O 1845-O
EF45 raw
F-101
Cleaned $425 Challenging High Grade, Old Clean and Retoned, New Jersey Collection. Locating strictly original and problem 1845 New Orleans dimes in EF or better is quite challenging. New Orleans strike saw heavy circulation with few surviving choice. This EF45 example has been cleaned/lightly polished as the surfaces are too reflective to be original. A uniform gray patina now covers both obverse and reverse. Strike is hammered with all stars having rounded points and the reverse leaves crisply defined. From the New Jersey collection and off the market for multiple decades.
Seated 10C 1845O 1845-O
VF25
PCGS
16772219
F-101a
Original $550 Original, Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded.. A perfect example at the VF25 grade level with strictly original gray patina and well balanced contrast between the fields and main devices. Strike is all there and there are no blemishes to mention. Approved by CAC and housed in older PCGS blue label holder with circular ring insert. Just a nice 1845-O dime with honest wear.
Seated 10C 1847 1847
VF35 raw
TOP #29
F-101
Original $225 Date Overlaps Base, Top 100 Varieties, Crusty Original, Antique Gray Patina, Michigan Collection. An attractive example of the Date Overlap Base (F-101) die pairing that is quite popular among collectors. Surfaces are original and covered with crusty gray along with some ebony highlights closer to the rim. A strong overall strike with just a tad of weakness at the head and gown line. From the Michigan Collection.
Seated 10C 1848 1848
F12 raw
Original $40 Near Choice, Even Medium Gray, Better Date. A quality example of the 1848 date. Surfaces are strictly original. I would have called choice except for a tiny reverse rim mark above STA(TE)S that is slightly visibile on GFRC images. Perfect for an album set.
Seated 10C 1849O 1849-O
Small O
EF45 PCGS
11778906
F-102
Choice $495 New January 11! Small O, Near Gem Steely Gray with Light Gold Rims, Residual Luster, Conservative Grading. When buying new GFRC inventory, I typically place a collector hat on and search out those coins with superior eye appeal while being accurately graded. Having a keen sense of individual Liberty Seated dime strike characteristics is also quite helpful. When I first laid eyes on this 1849-O dime, the purchase decision process was short and predicated on a reasonable price for the quality. Why do I like this piece so much? 1849 New Orleans dimes are poorly struck as a rule coupled with many pieces being produced from lapped dies. These dimes circulated heavily and most are seen with one problem of the other. This F-102 example is one of the better seen in a number of years. The assigned PCGS EF45 grade is conservative and more related to obverse strike weakness than wear. Surfaces are essentially pristine with lovely original gold ring surrounding the stars. Residual luster is quite evident under a light source. Trust me that 1849-O dimes don't often come this nice. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. The asking price is high but so is the quality on this example.
Seated 10C 1849O 1849-O
VF30 PCGS
28176897
F-103c
Original $295 Original Gray. Undergraded, Rusted Die, Small O. . The F-103c variety results from a lapped and rusted obverse die paired with fresh reverse die. Of all the 1849-O die pairing and die states, the F-103c probably comes the best struck. However, the date digits are quite weak due to die lapping. This specimen exhibits even gray toning and the surfaces are blemish free. I would grade this dime as VF35 due to strong head and gown line details on obverse and strong wreath leaves. The light rust pits for the variety on obverse wear quickly and are not too evident on this piece.
Seated 10C 1849O 1849-O
VF30 raw
F-101
Market Acceptable $185 Typical Large O Strike, Retoned Surfaces, New Jersey Collection. Yes, the 1849-O F-101 Large O dimes are typically with weak obverse strikes including flat heads and stars. Locating a fully struck F-101 1849 New Orleans will take years of searching. This example has seen a long ago clean and is complete retoned and attractive gray with rose and blue hues. I've designated this example as "market acceptance" due to the quality of the secondary toning. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in Library of Coin album for decades and fresh to market.
Seated 10C 1849O 1849-O
VF30
NGC
4206292008
F-101b
Original $350 Large O, Late Die State, Original Uniform Light Gray, Conservatively Graded, Tenafly Collection . 1849 New Orleans F-101 strikes are notorious for being weakly struck. During later die states with a crack reverse die (F-101b), the obverse is always weak with flat heads and stars being the rule. This example, from the Tenafly Collection, is typical and is undegraded based on wear at the assigned VF30 grade level. This example is a full EF40 if not better, but the TPG will net grade the strike. CAC review resulted in a green bean due to strictly original surfaces and conservative grading. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 10C 1850 1850
VF20   PCGS
11439127
F-110a
Original $55 Weak Stars 1-6, Original Gray, Scarce Variety. . This is the first F-110a example handle at GFRC. This variety features a lapped obverse die which results in weak definition of Stars 1 through 6 along with loss of main device details. This can immediately seen on the images with the obverse being one full grade lower than the reverse. Surfaces are toned an even medium gray with some rose under bright light. There are a few scattered lines on the obverse. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard right insert.
Seated 10C 1851O 1851-O
VF30 PCGS
26932443
F-101
Original $295 Crusty Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Florida Collection. 1851 New Orleans dimes are so challenging to locate choice in most grades and become very rare in AU or better when strictly original. Strike is also an ongoing issue as the single die pair was probably lapped resulting in many examples having weak center obverse and gown line details along with partial veins in the wreath leaves. This example, from the Florida Collection, is strictly original with typical weak obverse strike. Surfaces are covered with crusty gun metal gray patina and are blemish free. PCGS grading is accurate at the assigned VF30 level given the strike weakness. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1851O 1851-O
VF35 raw
F-101
Market Acceptable $185 Even Gray, Old Clean and Fully Retoned, New Jersey Collection. The uniform gray patina would convince most collectors that this 1851 New Orleans strike is original. Overall, an attractive example that has completely recovered from a long ago light cleaning. Strike is typical for the date with the assigned grade being accurate. Housed for decades in Library of Coins bookshelf album.
Seated 10C 1852 1852
EF45 raw
Original $85 Crusty Original Patina, Ebony/Gray, Well Struck. Thick crusty original patina covers both obverse and reverse. Ebony coloring dominates. Strike is essentially complete with just a touch of weakness at the head. Accurately graded.
Seated 10c 1852 1852
EF45 raw
F-101
Original $85 18 Digits Touch Base, Original Light Gray Patina, Bold Strike, Michigan Collection. Surprisingly well struck for the F-101 variety whereby the 18 digits in the date touch the base. Surfaces are original with medium gray patina. An above average example at the assigned grade level. From the Michigan Collection.
Seated 10C 1853 1853
With Arrows
EF45 NGC
3652952030
TOP #35
F-107
Original $225 Repunched Date, Original Light Gray, Scarce Variety. A challenging Top 100 variety to locate and much patience will be required to locate one among the hundreds of 1853 With Arrow dimes on the market. This is an even light gray example that is strictly original with die state somewhere between F-107 and F-107a. The obverse is lightly worn and exhibits a fair amount of die cracks while the reverse remains uncracked. Dime has remaining luster and is attractive at the EF45 grade level. Housed in newer NGC holder.
Seated 10C 1854O 1854-O
VF30 raw
F-102
Cleaned $1250 Shattered Obverse, Late Die State, Old Clean, Key Top 100 Varieties #38. . One of the key varieties to the Top 100 Varieties set due to a spectacular obverse die crack that extends from Liberty's head down through stars 9 - 13 and across the date digits into the left rim below star 1. The die break is severe with shelf metal throughout most of the die crack and one of the latest die states seen. Why this die held together is a function of being use as an anvil die in the production press. If the hammer die (reverse) were as cracked as the obverse, then it would probably have broken apart with some large cud forming. Instead we see the outlines of a fully cracked obverse die as a treat for variety collectors. Unfortunately this dime has been cleaned resulting in glossy gray surfaces when placed under bright light. I've net graded this example to Fine 15 and priced accordingly. Without the cleaning, this piece would easily be a $2500 coin.
Seated 10C 1855 1855
With Arrows
EF45 NGC
1619240001
Original $1250 Original Surfaces, Centered Broadstruck Error, Very Rare! . Why so rare? Please consider the striking process for a moment. A planchet is mechanically inserted into coinage press on top of anvil die (the reverse) and held in place with closed collar (adds reeding), then the hammer die (the obverse) strikes the planchet. If the closed collar is not activated to secure the planchet, then the planchet is free floating on top of the anvil die. Nearly all broadstruck coins are off center since there is no physical mechanism to center the planchet resulting in off center strikes that are popular with collectors. Consider the very low probability that a planchet would come to rest perfectly centered on the anvil die without the collar......I've reviewed HA archives and error coin sales; nearly all broadstruck seated dimes are off center. This is the first error coin to be purchased by GFRC and I am proud to offer to customers.
Seated 10C 1856 1856
Lg Date
VF35 PCGS
27788190
F-103a
Original $98 Lapped Die, Original Gray, Scarce Die State, West Coast Collection. . Definitely an under appreciated variety/die state in terms of rarity. Locating F-103 examples in VF or better will take patience and finding the lapped die state presents even more challenge. This example is accurately graded and considered the weak devices resulting from die lapping. Surfaces covered with an even light gray patina and essentially blemish free. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1856O 1856-O
Medium O
VF30 raw
F-108b
Choice HOLD
$225
New January 13! Complete Lower Reverse Cud, Choice Original Gray Surfaces, R6 Rarity, Accurately Graded. An unholdered example. Full description to follow shortly.
Seated 10C 1856O 1856-O
Large O
VF30 raw
F-104a
Original HOLD
$225
New January 13! Repunched 56 Digits Up, Shattered Obverse, R6 Rarity, Accurately Graded. An unholdered example. Full description to follow shortly.
Seated 10C 1856S 1856-S
EF Det PCGS
30932654
F-101
Original $1250 Original Surfaces, Toned Over Scratches, Rare In EF Grade, Michigan Collection. . Experienced collectors well understand how rare the 1856 San Francisco date is in EF or better grades. Even examples with small issues still command strong monies due to the overall scarcity of this date. How about this example that is strictly original with uniform medium gray patina? Unfortunately, the obverse has a fair number of fully toned over lines and was properly graded by PCGS as EF Details - Scratch. GFRC images are accurate as to the amount of obverse lines and their location. On a positive note, these lines are old and are completely toned over. Fresh to market from the Michigan Collection and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. I have seen much more problematic examples of this scarce date being offered at higher prices and believe we have priced this one fairly.
Seated 10C 1857 1857
EF45 PCGS
24908827
F-106
Choice $95 Choice Original, Gray/Rose Patina, Bold Strike, Conservatively Graded, Tenafly Collection. Second time through the GFRC office for this Philadelphia struck 1857 dime. Please examine the images carefully as this dime is full AU with limited wear. The EF45 assigned grade is the result of strike variability that is so common on With Stars Seated dimes during that era. The higher design relief on both obverse and reverse, as compared to the No Drapery design, results in weak heads, gown lines, wreath leaves and stars on an ongoing basis. TPG graders must quickly judge strike versus wear and end up net grading based on strike. This is the case here. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. A quality offering from the Tenafly Collection.
Seated 10C 1857 1857
VF30 raw
F-111
Original $35 Original Light Grade, Typical Strike for Variety.. The 1857 F-111 die pairing is often seen with weak strike characteristics. I don't usually stock them for this reason. This example was added to inventory as a low cost original example. Surfaces are choice and strictly original but the weak strike does not allow for an overall choice designation.
Seated 10C 1857O 1857-O
VF35 PCGS
26169104
$120 Large O, Original Gun Metal Gray/Blue Toning, Great Bright Light Coloring. . A nice 1857 New Orleans strike that is quite attractive with gray/blue/rose centers that transitions to sky blue at the rims. Fields and devices are fully blemish free. Eye appeal is high when viewing under a light source as both obverse and reverse turn to sky blue. Housed in 2013 transition PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert.
Seated 10C 1858S 1858-S
EF45 PCGS
15043388
F-101
Choice $1950 New January 16! Choice Original, Typical Strike, Light Old Album Toning, Conservative Grading. The later date With Stars San Francisco strikes are always popular as semi key dates. Locating 1858-S examples is higher circulated grades that are problem free can be quite challenging. For your consideration is a lovely F-101 die variety example that has been graded EF45 by PCGS and resides in old PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. The assigned grade is accurate to a bit conservative given the non uniform striking issues with this date and also the subsequent 1859 date. Surfaces are original with residual luster. Gold and dark blue rim toning, typical of old album storage, is seen on both obverse and reverse. Obverse strike is reasonably strong with rounded stars but lack a full head and rounded lower leg. The reverse strike is so typical for the date with considerable weakness in the lower wreath leaves. I like this example as above average quality for most surviving examples seen as a collector.
Seated 10C 1858S 1858-S
VF35 PCGS
30941502
F-103
Original $1350 New November 30! Fully Struck, Undergraded, Original Crusty Gray, Massachusetts Collection. One has to wonder on who at PCGS graded this fully struck 1858 San Francisco dime from the Massachusetts Collection. This dime is clearly undergraded and a full EF40+ with full head details, rounded stars and a deeply impressed reverse wreath leaves. I immediately recognized this dime at the Westford show when taken in on consignment. This dime had been in my personal collection and sold to the Massachusetts consignor years ago via eBay. Now it was returning for another visit to the GFRC full time office. Seriously, this is a no question original example with crusty gray surfaces. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder and worthy of the asking price.
Seated 10C 1859S 1859-S
VF30 PCGS
24604657
F-101
Original $1750 New January 16! Key Date, Original Gray-Gold, Typical Strike Characteristic, So Undergraded! . 1859-S dated dimes are always a prize for those attempting to build a date and mintmark set. The survival rate in AU is miniscule with PCGS certification of only (9) examples in all AU grades. The situation improved with (11) in EF grades and (22) in all VF graded. This example is graded conservatively graded as VF30 due to typical striking issues that plagued this date. The complete scroll and rounded lower leg suggests at least an EF40 grade or better. Reverse strike is weak with poorly defined leaves that are missing most of their veins. An inexperienced grader with Seated dime With Stars strike characteristics could view the poor strike as wear and therefore a VF30 designation. Surfaces are original with uniform light gray-gold patina. This piece is essentially blemish free. Housed in 2012 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. Fairly priced at PCGS VF30 guide monies and consistent with CoinFact VF35 auction results. A rare semi key date that would fit nicely into many Seated dime date and mintmark set collections.