Liberty Seated Dimes Top 100 Die Varieties

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Photo Date Grade TPG Top 100
Variety
GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated  1837 1837
Large Date
AU55 PCGS
11904516
TOP #1
F-101c
Original New Price
$1200
Clashed/Cracked Obverse, Top 100 Varieties, Original Gray Patina, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Indiana Collection. This 1837 Large Date F-101c example definitely warrants consideration! The late die state obverse cracks are thick and crisply defined while the die clashing is bold from a hammered strike. Some F-101c examples will exhibit most of the terminal die state diagnostic but this example has every clash mark deeply impressed. Strictly original surfaces are entirely covered with a light gray patina. There are a few micro lines in the right obverse field that hold this first year Seated dime strike back from a Choice quality rating. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. An important Top 100 offering from the Indiana Collection.
Seated  1837 1837
Small Date
VF20 raw
TOP #2
F-103a
Original HOLD
$220
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  1838 1838
Small Stars
MS61 PCGS
81753436
TOP #4
F-101a
Choice $775 Small Stars, Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Conservative Grading, Washington State Collection. A Top 100 Varieties offering. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. No CAC attempt. A choice offering from the Washington State Collection.
Seated  1838 1838
Large Stars
MS64 NGC
1748327001
TOP #6
F-106a
R4
Choice $2350 Late Die State, Shattered Obverse #1, Near Gem Mint State. Top 100 Varieties #6. . A much later die state example with dual die cracks starting at Star 7 and proceeding down through Liberty. An essentially perfect dime with sharp obverse and reverse strike coupled with blemish free 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 old paper envelope toned coins. For the variety collector who only wants the best in his Top 100 set. NGC plate coin employed for the NGC press release that announced Liberty Seated Dime Top 100 Varieties being added to VarietyPlus attribution service. Holder serial number 1748327-001.
Seated  1838O 1838-O
Repunched Mintmark
AU55 PCGS
21922297
TOP #3
F-101
Choice $2300 Repunched Date, Near Gem Original, Conservative Grading, Osprey Collection. A near gem example of the only No Stars dime design type to be struck at the New Orleans mint. A important offering with semi transparent gray fields and ample remaining luster under bright light. Residual mint frost surrounds the main devices and the rim denticles. Several well toned over field ticks in the right field hold this one back from potential gem quality rating. The overall balance between strike, light gray toning and luster is outstanding. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another quality offering from the Osprey Collection.
Seated  1839O 1839-O
VF35 NGC
1652175009
TOP #14
F-108
R6
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  1839O 1839-O
AU50 Details raw
TOP #14
F-108
R6
Market Acceptable $975 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 verdigris 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.
Seated  1840 1840
No Drapery
MS62
NGC
2025164001
TOP #15
F-103
R3
Original $1095 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
Seated  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  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  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  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  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  1841O 1841-O
AU55
PCGS
06935835
TOP #19
F-101
Gem $35000 Transitional Large O Closed Bud Reverse, Finest Extant, Gem Original, Greer Guidebook Plate Coin, Gerry Fortin Top 100 Varieties Collection. Ahwash 1, Greer 102, Transitional Large 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. Large O Closed Bud dimes can be located in lower circulated grades between AG and VF. Most will be found with problems due to lengthy time in circulation. Obtaining problem free and original examples in EF or better will require a long term collecting horizon as few are known. Once obtained, these specimens will typical reside in an advanced seated coinage collection for multiple years. At the certified AU grade level only two examples were known to the hobby; PCGS AU58 (Jack Marston Collection) and PCGS AU55 (Gerry Fortin Collection). Upon Jack Marston's untimely death, the PCGS AU58 example was placed at Heritage auction and sold. This piece can be easily identified by a mark on the lower right reverse wreath. The Fortin AU55 example is easily recognized by the lovely bullseye toning pattern on obverse and reverse. I've taken the liberty to call out the Fortin example as the finest known since crack out dealers have messed with the Jack Marston piece and added toning towards securing a PCGS MS62 certified grade. The Gerry Fortin example is completely natural and received Gold CAC approval during 2014. I would much rather own this AU55 example with Gold CAC rather than the AU58/MS62 example that no longer looks fully natural. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. The PCGS label reads, "Transitional Rev Large O, FS-902". A very special offering for the advanced collector who desires the finest numismatic properties and a piece of numismatic history given the Greer Guidebook plate coin pedigree.
Seated  1841O 1841-O
Transition Reverse, Large O
AG03 PCGS
81638051
TOP #19
F-101
Original $575 New June 11! Transitional Closed Bud Reverse, Large O, Original Medium Gray Patina, Top 100 Varieties Set #19, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. The Closed Bud Transitional reverse die varieties were struck during early 1841 at the New Orleans mint while awaiting fresh reverse dies from the mother mint in Philadelphia. Strikes from left over Large O and Small O reverse were first identified in the 1970s but early researchers Kam Ahwash and John McCloskey and later made popular by Greer. This example is so typical with an obverse that grades full Good but with a badly worn reverse. PCGS assigned an AG03 grade which is accurate. Surfaces are toned over with original gray patina. This piece is freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The PCGS label has everything one needs to know about this variety, Trans Rev, Lg O, Sm Lett, FS-902 (FS-003.3), F-101. A nice original offering from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated  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  1842 1842
MS63 ANACS OWH
2632470
TOP #21
F-103a
Original New Price
$725
Obverse Rim Cud, Rainbow Toning, Challenging Variety, Top 100 Variety. A lovely mint state 1842 F-103a dime is offered here. The F-103a variety features are large rim cud adjacent to stars 3 through 5. This example resides in old white ANACS holder and features intermixed rainbow toning throughout obverse and reverse. A no question mint state example glowing luster under bright light that activatives golden and blue shades. One must inspect this piece in hand to appreciate as difficult to describe. GFRC images provide an idea of the in hand appearance but not the luster. A well struck dime with deeply impressed obverse devices and just a touch of weakness on the upper left reverse leaves. There are no blemishes whatsoever.
Seated  1842O 1842-O
AU50
PCGS OGH
3298678
TOP 23
F-103
Choice $1950 Shattered Reverse Die of 1841, Medium O, Choice Original, Fully Struck, Light Gold Patina, Gerry Fortin Top 100 Varieties Collection. Ahwash 3, Greer 101, Medium O, Shattered Reverse Die of 1841. Reverse C for the 1842-O date is a left over die from 1841. It was previously labeled as the 1841 Reverse D. When reused in 1842, the die has degraded further with numerous die cracks and considerable weakness in the legend. It is likely that this reverse was lapped considering the reduction in wreath and legend details when compared to the bolder reverse strikes on 1841-O Medium O examples. Many circulated 1842-O examples are seen struck from this die pair with the legend being barely visible outside of the wreath leaves. The position of the die crack through STAT(ES) is the primary diagnostic for this variety. The offered example is the Fortin web-book plate coin and off the market for over a decade. Surfaces are covered with a uniform light gold patina and blemish free. Just try finding a better example at the AU grade level given the badly lapped reverse die and low survival rates in AU and Mint State graded. Housed in PCGS old green holder with CAC approval.
Seated  1842O 1842-O
Sm O
VF30 raw
TOP #24
F-104a
Original $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  1843 1843
VG10 raw
TOP #25
F-102
Original $40 1843/1843 Repunched Date, Original Gray, Few Obverse Marks, New Jersey Collection. An inexpensive example of the popular 1843 doubled or repunched date. Surfaces are perfectly original with a few obverse micro lines. A Top 100 set candidate.
Seated  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  1847 1847
VF20 PCGS
83049803
TOP #29
F-101
Choice $200 New June 10! Date Overlaps Base, Crusty Original, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. The definition of crusty original! Surfaces are natural gun metal gray with no blemishes whatsoever. A strong VF20 due to strike weakness, especially on the reverse wreath leaves. The F-101 die pairing, Date Overlaps Base, is part of the Top 100 Varieties set. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A perfectly original offering from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated  1849 1849
EF45 PCGS
32249252
TOP #30
F-104
Original HOLD
$245
New June 27! Repunched Date, Hammered Strike, Old Album Toning, Fairly Graded, Under Construction Collection. Challenging repunched date die variety that was listed for years as 1849/8 overdate. Study by Greer and Fortin confirmed the presence of only date repunching. Repunching is seen the upper ovals of the 8 and 9 digits. This example offers a hammered strike with minimal wear. Surfaces probably were dipped long ago followed by long storage in a paper album. The result is pretty rose-gold obverse toning with blues at the immediate obverse rim. PCGS grader appears to have net graded this piece as the wear is consistent with AU50 grade. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with edge view insert. Part of the Top 100 Varieties set and listed as #30. From the Under Construction Liberty Seated Dime set on the www.seateddimevarieties.com Open Registry.
Seated  1851 1851
EF45 raw
TOP #32
F-105
Market Acceptable $95 New May 18! Repunched Date, Light Gray, Decent Strike, Top 100 Varieties . A decent example of the F-105 die variety with date repunching below the 851 digits. This dime has seen an ancient cleaning and has fully recovered on the obverse with nice light gray surfaces. The reverse is comparable with only a few subtle hairlines under DIME that have not completely toned over. Accurately graded at the EF45 level.
Seated  1853 1853
With Arrows
EF45 NGC
3652952030
TOP #35
F-107
Original HOLD
$215
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  1856 1856
Small Date
AU58 PCGS
30447896
TOP #42
F-110
R4
Choice $550 New May 27! Doubled Die North, Bold Luster, Light Gold at Rims, Choice Original, Accurately Graded, Gerry Fortin Collection and Web-Book Plate Coin. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with edge insert. Full description once images are available.
Seated  1856 1856
Small Date
MS62 NGC
1667468005
TOP #42
F-110
R4
Original $715 Double Die Obverse North, Original, Ebony Patina, Bold Luster, Accurately Graded, Top 100 Varieties #42. An accurately graded example of the 1856 Double Die Obverse North variety. Surfaces are darkly toned with strong underlying luster that is apparent under bright light. There are no blemished whatsoever on this Top 100 Varieties example. Strike is complete which is atypical for this variety as most are seen with striking issues. Housed in old NGC holder with standard insert.
Seated  1870 1870
VF35 PCGS
32617829
TOP #54
F-104
Original $150 Medium gray, original, obverse marks. A crusty original example of the popular 1870 repunched date variety. Surfaces are toned a medium to dark gray with a few random ticks on the obverse. Reverse is blemish free. Fresh to market and housed in new 2015 PCGS holder.
Seated  1872 1872
VG8 raw
TOP #56
F-105
Original New Price
$115
Double Die Reverse 180 Degrees, Top 100 Variety, Original Gray, Great Value Example. A value example of the Top 100 Double Die Reverse variety. Obverse is original gray while the reverse has lighter color. There is a field divot on the upper reverse above ON€.
Seated  1872 1872
VF25   PCGS
27552004
TOP #57
F-106
Original $70 Repunched Date, Top 100 Varieties, Original Gray, Accurately Graded, West Coast Collection. A quality example of the 1872 repunched date variety included in the Top 100 Varieties set. Surfaces are perfectly original and toned a uniform gun metal gray. Conservative grading by PCGS and housed in their 2013 generation holder. An excellent value at the asking price.
Seated  1872 1872
EF45 raw
TOP #57
F-106
Original $115 Repunched Date, Original Light Gray, Typical Strike, Scarce Variety. Accurately graded but with weak upper obverse strike as is so typical for the variety. Surfaces are strictly original with light gray patina. Repunching inside the date digits is clear and consistent with variety diagnostics.
Seated  1873 1873
Double Die Obverse
G06 PCGS
29820304
TOP #60
Original $800 New June 11! Double Die Obverse, Original Gray Surfaces, Top 100 Varieties #60, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. Another popular Top 100 Varieties set listing with bold doubling of the upper shield lines. This example is accurate graded with full reverse rims and nearly complete obverse rims. Full rims on both obverse and reverse are typically required for a VG08 designation. Surfaces have honest circulation and a light gray patina. The shield doubling is visible at the upper right top of the shield. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The PCGS label carries the appropriate attribution with "Arrows DDO FS-101, F-103." A quality low grade offering that is strictly original from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated  1873 1873
No Arrows
Closed 3
VF25 raw
TOP #59
F-103
Original $50 Repunched Date, Top 100 Varieties, Original Gray. . Light to medium gray toning. The repunching at the base of the date digits is difficult to see due to vedigris but the upward sloping date and positioning obvious match the repunched date obverse. There is a line through Liberty's mid section that is toned over.
Seated  1873 1873
With Arrows
AU55 PCGS
15036925
TOP #60
F-103
Original $7450 Doubled Shield, Doubled Die Obverse, 3rd Finest Known, CoinFacts Plate Coins, Crusty Original, Gerry Fortin Top 100 Varieties Collection . Greer 101, The third finest example known based on TPG holder designations but frankly, I believe this is the second finest given the NGC MS61 example has been dipped out. The finest example is the Bob Simpson/Eugene Gardner PCGS AU58 CAC example which brought in excess of $20,000 at its Eugene Gardner sale. This example is old time crusty original with a fully toned over reverse mark. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. PCGS label reads, "Arrows DDO FS-2101". A detailed inspection is possible by visiting CoinFacts and the Double Die Obverse variety designation; this is the PCGS plate coin.
Seated  1874 1874
Polished Arrows
MS Details NGC
4189872002
TOP #62
F-106
Original $24500 Polished Arrows, Finest of Four Known, Struck From Mirrored Dies, Original Surfaces, Gerry Fortin Top 100 Varieties Collection. Greer 102, Polished Arrows. The finest known with research strongly suggesting this piece was struck during a Philadelphia mint experiment to gang arrows and date digits on the same punch. The experiment failed and a few specimens escaped the mint after the die were poorly reworked. Please allow me to walk GFRC customers through this dime's history. Brian Greer listed a "No Arrows" variety in his Seated Dime Guidebook during 1992. Greer indicated that "The arrows have either been filled in the die or were weakly punched and show only very faintly." This variety was discovered by James Skwarek and is considered extremely rare, as only two examples are currently known (this is 1992). A close study of the plate coin, as purchased at the 2003 FUN show, suggests an alternate theory for the presence of faint arrows. First, the plate coin was produced from polished dies and is prooflike. This suggests that the plate coin is from an early striking from a new set of dies. The digits in the date appear to be punched at least twice. The first date punch, as seen under the base of all four digits in the date, is weak and suggests that the die in the area of the date and arrows was polished. The polishing is most evident on the top of the 7 and 4 digits in conjunction with the left and right arrows. It is unknown as to why the mint employee attempted to remove the date and arrows by die polishing. After the polishing of the date area, a second attempt is made to repunch the date digits only. Evidence of the second punching of the date is clearly visible at the base of each digit. Since few examples are known, the Philadelphia mint employees at the steam press may have rejected this obverse die upon discovering that the arrows were very faint or not present. All 1874 dimes were struck with arrows, as required by law. The question now becomes that of how many examples were struck from this obverse die and released into circulation. Brian Greer indicated at the 2003 FUN, upon seeing the above plate coin, that the James Skwarek piece was the only one seen and was in a lower circulated grade. Fast forward to 2016 and currently housed in NGC MS Details holder with large font label. This is the finest of four examples known. This dime is original and the highly polished die surfaces confuse the TPG graders. PCGS has graded it questionable color in the past. This piece was originally purchased in an old white ANACS AU58 holder but cracked out as clearly mint state.
Seated  1875 1875
F15 raw
TOP #63
F-107
Original $75 Misplaced 1 in Denticles, Original, Top 100 Varieties #63.. Nice problem free example with darker gray patina. Conservative grading and perfect for a mid grade Top 100 set.
Seated  1875 1875
EF45 PCGS
33010521
TOP #63
F-107
Original $185 Misplaced 1 in Denticles, Crusty Original, Conservative Grading, Top 100 Varieties #63. . Wow! Talk about a Liberty Seated dime that is the definition of crusty original along with being the popular F-107 Misplaced Date variety. Surfaces are covered with thick golden gray patina that should be suitable for CAC approval. PCGS grading is conservative due to the crusty patina as the device details are more consistent with AU grade level. There are no blemishes to discuss while strike is typical for the variety. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A perfect Top 100 variety set example that is value priced.
Seated  1875 1875
EF45 raw
TOP #63
F-107
Choice $195 Misplaced 1 in Denticles, Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Popular Variety. A crusty original example with thick gun metal gray patina. About as nice an example seen for the assigned grade and the misplaced 1 digit protruding from the denticles.
Seated  1876 1876
EF45 raw
TOP #68
F-104
Cleaned $50 Scarce Double Die Reverse, Top 100 Varieties. Light From Old Clean, Indiana Collection. Cleaned with lots of contact marks; essentially a filler for a Top 100 Varieties set until a better example can be located.
Seated  1876CC 1876-CC
Type I Reverse
VF 35 raw
TOP #70
F-105
Original $285 Rare Die Pairing, Doubled Die Obverse with Greer Reverse C, Right C Lower than Left C. This is the earliest die state pairing for the Doubled Die Obverse and few examples were struck. Reverse C is easily identified by the downward sloping mintmark paired with obverse that has bold doubling within OF AMERICA. Rare in all grades. The offered piece is not perfect with an obverse rim mark at 9:00. Otherwise the fields are blemish free and a nice original gray. As Top 100 collecting increases in popularity, this is one variety will be see price increases due to its rarity.
Seated  1876CC 1876-CC
Type I Reverse
AU55 raw
TOP #74
F-111
R4
Cleaned $235 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.
Seated  1877 1877
VF30 raw
TOP #76
F-105
R5
Choice $250 Rare Misplaced Date Offering, Choice Original for Variety, Indiana Collection. A rare Top 100 variety that is currently underrated at today's pricing levels. I've searched for this variety for several decades and have located only two examples with both being in circulated grades. Top 100 set building should immediately jump on this example and not think too hard. This choice example is covered with medium gun metal gray patina and conservatively graded. The $250 asking price is a bargain considering the amount of searching that will be necessary to locate a better example. From the Indiana Collection.
Seated  1877 1877
F15 raw
TOP #76
F-105
R5
Original HOLD
$95
Rare Misplaced Date Offering,. A rare Top 100 variety that is currently underrated at today's pricing levels. I've searched for this variety for several decades and have located only two examples with both being in circulated grades. This example F-105 example from the Indiana Collection is well worn but does have original gray surfaces. The ultimate buyer of this piece should give it a short acetone bath to remove some faint PVC residue.
Seated  1887S 1887-S
VF35 raw
TOP #82
F-104
R4
Original $85 Repunched Mintmark, Light Gray Surfaces, Top 100 Varieties, Indiana Collection. 1887 San Francisco die varieties are plentiful with two varieties (F-104 and F-107) being included in the Top 100 Varieties set. The F-104 variety features a boldly repunched mintmark as seen in the upper loop of the final S mintmark punch. This example, from the Indiana Collection, exhibits light uniform gray toning over original surfaces. There are several staining patches on the reverse to consider.
Seated  1890 1890
AU50 raw
TOP #90
F-105
Original $85 Misplaced Digit in Gown, Strictly Original Surfaces, Top 100 Varieties #90. There is considerable remaining luster on this nice 1890 Philadelphia strike that also happens to be one of the Top 100 misplaced digit entries for the date. Obverse is nice and frosty while the reverse has golden patina throughout. Strike is above average for a With Legend design dime. There are several obverse blemishes that are not distracting. Fairly priced for the variety and Top 100 status.
Seated  1890S 1890-S
AU58 raw
TOP #93
F-109
R3
Cleaned $135 Misplaced Date Obverse, Light Gold Patina, Top 100 Varieties #93.. This is the first 1890 San Francisco F-109 variety handled at GFRC and an important Top 100 Varieties candidate. The extra top loop of a 9 digit is easily seen to the right of the scroll end. This example has essentially no wear but has been dipped. Surfaces are now retoning with light gold patina that appears to be more red than gold in the images. There is one very thin line on the reverse in the left wreath mentioned for completeness but difficult to see even with 10x loupe. Since this dime is not strictly original, then I've priced at slihgtly above Top 100 price guide EF40 monies.
Seated  1891 1891
VF30 raw
TOP #95
F-109
R5
Cleaned $115 Challenging Double Obverse Die Top 100 Variety, Cleaned, Indiana Collection. There are several Top 100 varieties that I have deep respect for including the 1877 F-105 MPD and the 1891 F-109 Double Die Obverse due to the inability to locate after so many years of searching. This 1891 F-109 example, from the Indiana Collection, has been cleaned and is slowly recovering a gray patina along with some gold hues under bright light. Frankly, if you are pursuing a Top 100 set, this offering may be an excellent filler for the variety until a strictly original example appears. Again, this is a most difficult variety to locate with the assigned R5 rarity being conservative.
Seated  1891 1891
AU55 raw
TOP #95
F-109
R5
Market Acceptable $320 New May 1! Rare Double Die Obverse, Top 100 Varieties, Light Gold Surfaces, Old Dip. The 1891 Double Die Obverse die pairing is an elusive entry in the Top 100 Seated Dime Varieties set. Few examples have been seen during my years of searching out this variety. Now the Indiana Collection consignor is offering an AU55 example with strong doubling throughout the shield and at AMERI(C)A. All F-109 examples are typically clashed with heavy die clash lines behind the main Liberty devices and within the wreath on the reverse. This example has seen a long ago dip and has retoned with a thin skin of golden patina. Many Top 100 set collectors need this variety and an important opportunity.
Seated  1891O 1891-O
VF30 raw
TOP #96
F-106a
Original $85 Strictly Original, Heavily Clashed Dies, Repunched 89. Even medium gray toning throughout. Obverse diagnostics are readily visible except for date repunching which is hidden under verdigris in the date digit ovals. Slight reverse rotation right is evident similar to Fortin plate coin. A reverse mark on the denomination is noted for accuracy.
Seated  1891O 1891-O
MS66 PCGS
25356979
TOP #96
F-106a
R3
Choice $3000 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.