Liberty Seated Dimes Top 100 Die Varieties

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There are 48 Top 100 Coins for Sale. Last addition on February 8, 2018

Photo Date Grade TPG Top 100
Variety
GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
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  1838O 1838-O
F15 PCGS OGH
4298051
TOP #3
F-101
Original $325 New February 8! Better No Stars Type, Original Surfaces, Old Album Obverse Gray-Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. Classic eye appeal and appearance for Seated Dime No Stars type. 1838-O dimes were the first minted at the New Orleans mint with survivers in all grades up to AU. In Mint State, this date is very challenging. Offered here is a lovely Fine 15 graded example with strictly original gray surfaces and nothing but honest wear and two tiny reverse divots at STAT(E)S. Obverse has old album dark gray with embedded gold while the reverse is uniform gray. Strike is typical for the F-101 die pairing. Also a candidate for inclusion in a Top 100 die variety set. Housed in PCGS old green holder. A fine numismatic offering from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated  1839O 1839-O
AU55 PCGS
21071148
TOP #13
F-106a
Original HOLD
$750
New February 19! Cobweb Shattered Reverse, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Rose-Gold and Aquamarine Toning, Original Surfaces, Top 100 Varieties Set. The 1839-O Cobweb Shattered reverse is one of the most popular die varieties/die states in the Liberty Seated dime series. The reverse die saw considerable usage regardless of progressively worsening cracks throughout legend and wreath. Listed in the Fortin web-book as F-106a and part of the Top 100 Varieties set. The Top 100 set is part of the GFRC Open Set Registry. This example offers gorgeous rose-gold and aquamarine toning coupled with frosty cartwheel luster. The luster is equally balanced on obverse and reverse. The lower reverse has faint lines surrounding the bow knot and between the ribbon ends and the rim. I believe this F-106a example has been net graded by PCGS. Wear is limited to faint rub on the left facing breast and lower leg that is more consistent with AU58 grade. The luster is consistent with many low grade mint state examples. The assigned AU55 is balanced reflection of the strong characteristics and the lower reverse lines. Housed in early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and embossed PCGS logo on the reverse; circa year 2000 grading. Another fine numismatic property from the Newtown Collection.
Seated  1839O 1839-O
No Drapery
AU50 raw
TOP #14
F-108
R6
Market Acceptable $975 Huge O Variety, Rare Grade, Top 100 Varieties #14, Details Grade. 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
No Drapery
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  1840 1840
No Drapery
MS62
NGC
3841310005
TOP #15
F-103
R3
Choice $875 Popular Chin Whiskers Variety, Attractive Rose-Gray Blue Toning, Highwood Collection, Top 100 Varieties Set Candidate. A popular Chin Whiskers example that is accurately graded. Original surfaces have acquired an old album rose-gray toning with deep blue at the rims. Bright light viewing is fun with glowing luster that is above the assigned MS62 grade. This piece is fully struck as; remember that 1840 No Drapery dimes are found with shallow die relief. The die polished lines (chin whiskers) are evident on the obverse image. A 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in newer NGC holder with serial number 3841310-005 and CAC approval. From the Highwood consignor and definitely a quality piece worthy of consideration.
Seated  1840 1840
No Drapery
MS62 PCGS
81697805
TOP #15
F-103
Choice $895 New February 8! Chin Whiskers, Choice Original, Steely Light Blue-Gold Luster, Eye Appeal, Top 100 Variety, Indiana Collection. Chin Whiskers. A popular Top 100 variety with heavy die polish lines from Liberty's chin to bare shoulder. This example is offers brilliant steely blue-gold luster with rose and violet hues on the reverse. Under bright light, the obverse patina melts exposing lightly mirrored fields. Conservative grading given the eye appeal and nice strike. Ideal for inclusion in an advanced Liberty Seated dime die varieties collection. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Please pay special attention to this Indiana Collection offering.
Seated  1840 1840
No Drapery
EF40 PCGS
29181043
TOP #15
F-103
Original $250 New January 24! Chin Whiskers, Original Crusty Gray Patina, Conservative Grading Base on Wear, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. The 1840 No Drapery Chin Whiskers die variety (F-103) is popular among collectors. This example, from the AuburnNY Collection, offers original surfaces and medium gun metal gray patina. Based on wear alone, this piece is a full EF45. However, there are some faint hairlines in the left obverse field and residual reverse verdigris that probably resulted in a net grade of EF40. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert. Another nice Seated dime die variety offering from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated  1840 1840
No Drapery
VF35 PCGS
85100413
TOP #15
F-103
Original $195 Popular Chin Whiskers Variety, Original Medium Gray-Ebony Toning, Well Struck, Undergraded. An 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 nearly all 1840 No Drapery dimes. Fields and main devices are entirely blemish free. Heavy die polish lines under Liberty's chin are bold and easily seen with 10x loupe or on the GFRC images. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Please look closely at the GFRC images as this piece is undergraded at the VF35 level. I would grade EF40/EF45. An attractive original offerings for that #15 slot in a Top 100 Varieties 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  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
Transition Reverse, Large O
AG3 PCGS
81638051
TOP #19
F-101
Original $575 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  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
Small O
VF30 PCGS
85100414
TOP #24
F-104a
Original $465 Original, Difficult Small O Reverse, Later Die State Obverse Cud, Accurately Graded, Florida Collection. An important Top 100 Varieties set offering as the 1842-O Small O with bold obverse cud can be elusive. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with medium ebony-gray patina. This is a well struck Small O example and rather atypical for this variety. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with "F-104a" designation on the PCGS label. From the Florida Collection of fine numismatic properties.
Seated  1847 1847
VF20 PCGS
83049803
TOP #29
F-101
Choice $200 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  1854O 1854-O
EF40 PCGS
29200301
TOP #38
F-102
Market Acceptable $1650 Shattered Obverse, Top 100 Varieties Semi-Key Date, Golden Retoned Surfaces, So Close to Original, Accurately Graded, Cleveland Collection. An important Top 100 Varieties offering to consider. Some history is in order. This is the second time that GFRC has handled this 1854-O Shattered Obverse dime that resides in a PCGS EF Details - Cleaning holder. Surfaces are slightly dull in appearance as would be expected for a silver piece graded EF. The entire dime is covered with a uniform golden patina that becoming darker at the rims. Again normal for an original silver coin. The issue is the golden toning that results when a dipped coin sits in a paper 2x2 envelope for many years. Some silver coins will acquire golden coloring rather than grays. This is the case here as the offered F-102 dime has no signs of any mechanical cleaning. Eye appeal is strong for the variety with bold shelf metal through the date. There are no blemishes whatsoever to mention. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with PCGS Genuine Cleaning XF Cleaning label. From the Cleveland Collection with in hand inspection being recommended being drawing any negative conclusions.
Seated  1854O 1854-O
EF45 raw
TOP #39
F-103
Original $325 New November 30! Cracked Obverse, Oblique O Mintmark, Crusty Original Gray-Rose Patina, Challenging Top 100 Variety. During years of conducting Liberty Seated dime die variety research, I've seen my share of 1854-O dime with the oblique O mintmark reverse. However, later die state examples with bold die cracks from rim up to left arrow and 1 digit, are much scarcer. To qualified for inclusion into a Top 100 Varieties set, these die cracks must be present and obvious. This new example, from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection definitely qualifies for a Top 100 set and then some. The die cracks have transitioned in a nice internal die cud between the left arrow and 1 digit and also on top of the 1 digit. Probably one if the latest die state examples I've seen. Surfaces are original and covered with crusty gray patina with embedded rose hues. Strike is complete and surfaces are entirely blemish free. A fair value at the asking price.
Seated  1856 1856
Small Date
AU58 PCGS
30447896
TOP #42
F-110
R4
Choice $550 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  1872 1872
EF45 PCGS
29200347
TOP #56
F-105
Choice $1350 Double Die Reverse, Choice Original, Old Album Toning, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Cleveland Collection. The 1872 Double Die Reverse die variety is an important addition to any Top 100 Set. Nearly all example seen will have a weak obverse strike, especially at Liberty's head and gown line; this is the way the F-105 die variety is found. Many examples have been cherrypicked since the 175 degree rotated hubbing error was discovered back in 1999 and published in the Gobrecht Journal during 2003. I've seen a decent number of the cherrypicked examples with this Cleveland Collection offering being one of the nicest. Lovely blues surround rose colored centers on both the obverse and reverse. The coloring is stronger on the obverse and most attractive. Surfaces are blemish free and the grading is accurate for the variety. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder and deserving a place in an advanced Top 100 Varieties set.
Seated  1872 1872
Double Die Reverse
EF40 PCGS
18724749
TOP #56
F-105
Choice $750 New January 12! Doubled Die Reverse, Choice Original, Light Silver Gold Patina, Conservative Grading, Top 100 Varieties, Grey Soldier Collection. A strictly original example of the double die reverse variety for your consideration. Nearly all example seen will have a weak obverse strike, especially at Liberty's head and gown line; this is the way the F-105 die variety is found. Many examples have been cherrypicked since the 175 degree rotated hubbing error was discovered back in 1999 and published in the Gobrecht Journal during 2003. I've seen a decent number of this variety over the years with this EF40 examples being one of the best in terms of uniform color, bold diagnostics and conservative grading. Silver gold patina covered both the obverse and reverse. Surfaces are blemish free and the grading is conservative for the variety. The scroll edges have little wear and are too sharp for the assigned EF40 grade. PCGS was grading strike and not wear on this piece. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. The old label contains the attribution as follow, "DDR FS-801". An important Top 100 die variety offering from the Grey Soldier Collection.
Seated  1872 1872
Double Die Reverse
F15 raw
TOP #56
F-105
Original $195 Doubled Die Reverse, Original Gray with Ebony, Typical Strike, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. A mid grade example of the 1872 double die reverse. Reverse die was hubbed twice with first hubbing 180 degrees out of phase with second hubbing. Remnants of the first hubbing are seen in the lower right wreath to the right of the lower corn ears. Surfaces are original with base layer of gray patina along with ebony highlights. There are a few scattered tick to consider. Listed in the Top 100 Varieties as #56. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated  1872 1872
VG08 raw
TOP #56
F-105
Original $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
PR64CAM PCGS
84145745
TOP #58
F-109
R5
Choice HOLD
$2300
New February 7! Misplaced 2 Digit in Base, Top 100 Die Varieties, Mirrored Fields, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded, Eliasberg Pedigree. The 1872 F-109 die variety, with misplaced 2 digit in the base, is a rare proof strike die variety and an R5 rarity rating that is probably conservative. The same die pair was employed for subsequent circulation strikes (F-109a) which are considered scarce. GFRC is thrilled to be handling its first F-109 example since being in business and the initial offering is from the Eliasberg collection. F-109 strikes are very well executed with wired rims and deeply impressed devices throughout obverse and reverse. This example is consistent with the few that I have seen. Fields are mirrored resulting in a Cameo designation. Bright reflective luster is readily apparent under a light source. A few micro hairlines in the right obverse field result in an accurate PR64 grade level. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The consignor indicates this dime was recently crossed from an NGC PF64CAM holder with CAC approval. This information will also be supplied to the buyer. A significant offering for Liberty Seated dime die variety specialists to consider.
Seated  1873 1873
Double Die Obverse
G06 PCGS
29820304
TOP #60
Original $800 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
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
MS62 NGC
4189872002
TOP #62
F-106
Original $24500 Polished Arrows, Finest of Four Known, Struck From Mirrored Dies, Original Surfaces, Details Holder, 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 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  1875 1875
VF30 raw
TOP #63
F-107
Original $125 Misplaced 1 Digit in Denticles, Original Gray Decent Strike, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. A popular misplaced digit die variety due to a bold top of 1 digit protruding upward from the denticles. Surfaces are blemish free and covered with light gray patina. This is a nice original example that will easily gray. Listed in the Top 100 Varieties as #63. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
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  1875S 1875-S
AU50 raw
TOP #65
F-104a
R6
Original $425 Very Rare, Unfilled Micro S, Reverse Rotated 18 Degrees Right, Light Silver Gray, Indiana Collection. An important offering of the 1875-S Below Wreath Micro S with unfilled mintmark and 18 degree reverse rotation. This Top 100 Variety has proven to be most elusive and is currently rated as an R6 rarity. I'm quite pleased to offer this nice original AU50 example for consideration; one of the highest grade pieces handled to date. Residual luster remains while the surfaces are toned a light silver gray. Obverse strike, with flat head, is so typical for the variety. Blemishes are minimal with a few scattered obverse field ticks of no consequence. The Micro S mintmark is unfilled with well defined upper and lower loops. From the Indiana Collection.
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
VF35 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
F15 raw
TOP #70
F-105
Original $165 Double Die Obverse, Challenging Greer Reverse C, Mintmark Slope Down, Original Gun Metal Gray, Problem Free, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. A strictly original example of the challenging Double Die Obverse paired with Greer Reverse C. Reverse C has a downward sloping mintmark and is scarce in all grades. Surfaces are blemish free and covered with thick gun metal gray patina. Listed in the Top 100 Varieties as #70. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated  1876CC 1876-CC
VG10 raw
TOP #72
F-107
Choice $45 Doubled Die Obverse, Greer Reverse B, Upward Sloping Mintmark, Choice Original, Deep Gray Patina, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. Always popular and easily cherrypicked due to the bold die doubling on OF AMERICA. A choice original example with deep gray patina. There are no blemishes to mention. Listed in the Top 100 Varieties as #72. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
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
VG08 raw
TOP #74
F-111
Original $45 Misplaced Double 76 Digits, Original Gray, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. Another popular 1876 Carson City die variety due to a double set of misplaced 76 digits in the shield and to the right of the scroll end. Surface are toned a light to medium gray with no blemishes to mention. Listed in the Top 100 Varieties as #74. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated  1877 1877
F12 raw
TOP #76
F-105
Original $95 New January 14! Misplaced 1 in Base, Original Gray, Important Top 100 Die Variety. A very challenging Top 100 die variety to locate in EF or better. The extra base of a 1 digit was improperly punched into the base below the gown line. This outlet of the bottom of the 1 digit is quite clear regards of the assigned Fine 12 grade. This 1877 misplaced die variety comes weakly struck. I've net graded this offering to Fine 12 with the obverse being a bit better. A strictly original example for those building a Top 100 Varieties set. Surfaces are entirely blemish free.
Seated  1877/6 1877/6
F12 raw
TOP #78
F-107
Original $65 New January 14! 1877/6 Overdate, More Challenging Reverse Die Pairing, Original Surfaces, Top 100 Die Varieties. Popular 1877/6 overdate that was included in the Top 100 Varieties set. Die scratch is the shield is bold. Surfaces are original and covered with olive gray-patina. A decent filler example to occupy that hole in your Top 100 Varieties set.
Seated  1887S 1887-S
EF45
PCGS
28715664
TOP #83
F-107
R6
Original $650 Shattered Reverse, Top 100 Variety, Strictly Original Example with Natural Luster, Accurately Graded, Scarce This Nice, Cleveland Collection. . Let's open the description with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. A condition census example of the extremely popular 1887-S shattered reverse die variety that is required for every Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Die Varieties set. Surfaces are perfectly original with golden-gray obverse toning and mostly semi-transparent gray on the reverse. Faint residual luster remains under a bright light. Surfaces are blemish free at the assigned EF45 grade level. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. An important die variety offering from the Cleveland Collection.
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 HOLD
$120
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 ANACS OWH
2709183
TOP #94
F-107
Original $95 Misplaced Digit In Denticles, Original Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Top 100 Varieties, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. One does not often see the 1891 F-107 die variety with a misplaced digit in the denticles below the final 89 digits. This die variety is #94 in the Top 100 Varieties set. The offered example, from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection, resides in mid 1990s generation ANACS white holder and is accurately graded. Surfaces are strictly original with even light gray toning and without blemishes.
Seated  1891 1891
AU55 raw
TOP #95
F-109
R5
Market Acceptable New Price
$295
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
O/Horizontal O
VG10 raw
TOP #98
F-109
Original $95 New January 14! O/Horizontal O, Oriignal Gray, Rim Marks, Top 100 Varieties. Challenge Top 100 variety offering that has original surfaces. The horizontal O is well defined under the normally punched O. Rims have some minor cuts. A decent filler example at fair price.