Liberty Seated Dimes Top 100 Die Varieties

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There are 55 Top 100 Coins for Sale. Last addition on February 14, 2017

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
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  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
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  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  1838O 1838-O
Repunched Mintmark
AU55 PCGS
21922297
TOP #3
F-101
Choice $2300 New January 9! 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  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  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  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  1839O 1839-O
VF25 PCGS
30806826
TOP #14
F-108
R6
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  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
VF30 raw
TOP #14
F-108a
R6
Market Acceptable HOLD
$300
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  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  1840 1840
No Drapery
MS62 NGC
3841310005
TOP #15
F-103
R3
Choice New Price
$875
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.
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  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  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  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
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  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
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
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 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  1843 1843
VG10 raw
TOP #25
F-102
Original $40 New January 27! 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  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  1856 1856
Sm 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  1856 1856
Sm Date
AU50 raw
TOP #42
F-110
R4
Original $250 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.
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
V35 PCGS
32617833
TOP #56
F-105
Choice $950 Double Die Reverse, Choice Crusty Original, Well Struck, Conservative Grading, Michigan Collection. A super example of the Top 100 1872 Double Die Reverse variety whereby the reverse working die was hubbed twice with the second hubbing being 180 degrees out of phase with the first hubbing. Please check the Liberty Seated dime web-book for the primary diagnostic points. This example is so choice and well struck. PCGS grading is most conservative as I would grade full EF40. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. From the Michigan Collection
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
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  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  1873 1873
With Arrows
F Details PCGS
27279262
TOP #60
F-103
Cleaned $725 Rare Doubled Die Obverse Variety, Top 100, Light Gray Surfaces, Accurate Details Grade . An inexpensive offering of the doubled die obverse key date variety with nearly VF details. Surfaces are toned mostly gray with darker gun metal gray/blue at obverse and reverse rims. The PCGS details designation is due to some obverse lines and tiny marks while reverse exhibits some micro porosity. The doubling to the right of the shield is obvious under a loupe. Unless you are fortunate to cherrypick an example, this is about as inexpensive an option considering the amount of residual details and shield doubling. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with label reading, "Arrows DDO FS-101"
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  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  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
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  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  1876 1876
EF45 raw
TOP #68
F-104
Cleaned $50 New February 14! 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 II
MS64
PCGS
03190357
TOP #75
F-101
Gem $3450 Gem Frosty Original, Rare Type II Reverse, Gerry Fortin Top 100 Varieties Collection. Ahwash 4, I really dislike the thought of selling this incredible 1876 Carson City Type II Reverse dime. For those new to Liberty Seated dime varieties, only one die pairing is known with a Type II reverse die. This variety is listed in Cherrypickers and part of the Top 100 Varieties set. Locating examples in any grade will be most challenging. The offered piece is within the condition census. Mint frost luster drips off this incredible piece. Strike is hammered with every hair curl and reverse wreath details being crisp and fully defined. Eye appeal is 5 Stars. PCGS grading is conservative given the old generation holder. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. The PCGS label reads "Type 2 Rev FS-901 (FS-005). No one should be surprised with the CAC approval given the gem surfaces and substantial eye appeal. If this piece has old time bullsye toning, then a Gold CAC may have been possible considering the bold luster. Ready for a new home in an advanced Top 100 Collection. I'm so sad to see this piece go.....
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
MS64 NGC
2653307003
TOP #73
F-110
R5
Choice $2450 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.
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  1876CC 1876-CC
AU58 raw
TOP #74
F-111 FS-301
Cleaned HOLD
$200
New February 14! Misplaced Digits in Gown, Cleaned, ANACS Detailed Holder. Housed in ANACS gold holder with AU58 Cleaned designation. Strong strike with white surfaces but no hairlines. Indiana Collection
Seated  1877 1877
F15 raw
TOP #76
F-105
R5
Original $100 New January 21! 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  1877 1877
VF30 raw
TOP #76
F-105
R5
Choice $250 New January 21! 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  1877CC 1877-CC
Type 2 Reverse
VF30 raw
TOP #78
F-107
R4+
Original $100 New January 22! 1877/6 Overdate, First Die Pairing, Original Medium, Important Top 100 Variety Offering. A strictly original example of the 1877/6-CC Overdate with natural medium gray surfaces. The overdate is not visible on flag of second 7 digit due to wear. In reality, only AU and Mint State examples will show traces of the overdate. This F-107 example is important as listed in the Top 100 Varieties set and challenging to locate as compared to more common F-108 second die pairing. I like this dime given the bold diagnostic include scratch in shield and repunching above the base of 1 digit. If in the market for an 1877-CC F-107, then JUST BUY IT NOW.....
Seated  1887S 1887-S
VF35 raw
TOP #82
F-104
R4
Original $85 New January 21! 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  1890 1890
VF30 raw
TOP #91
F-106
Market Acceptable $80 Four Misplaced Digits in Gown, Medium Gray, Old Wipe. This is one of the better looking F-106 pieces I've had in inventory. Obverse is toned an even light gray while the reverse has nice medium gray fields that highlight the wreath. The extra four misplaced digits are obvious. Though I don't believe this dime is strictly original, it does have a reasonable chance of grading at TPG due to color and surfaces.
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 New January 21! 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  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.
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
Genuine PCGS
15037046
TOP #98
F-109
Market Acceptable HOLD
$650
Medium O over Horizontal O Mintmark, Rare AU58 Grade Level, Light Gold Patina, Gerry Fortin Top 100 Varieties Collection . Ahwash 7, Greer 101, Medium O over Horizontal O, One attempt at PCGS back in 2011; this dime will eventually straight grade. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder. PCGS label reads, "O/Horiz O FS-501 (FS-005.6)", Full description shortly.
Seated  1891O 1891-O
VF25 raw
TOP #98
F-109
R6
Original HOLD
$225
New January 21! Very Scarce O/Horizontal O Mintmark Variety, Original Ebony Gray, Indiana Collection. An original example of the scarce and most popular 1891-O variety; O mintmark with addition horizontal O punch within the final internal oval. The offered example has ebony-gray patina throughout obverse and reverse and just honest weak. The horizontal O mintmark punch is bold and easily seen with a 10x loupe. A difficult Top 100 varieties offering from the Indiana Collection.