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Foreword

Being a coin enthusiast and history buff, the Pleez B. Seated Collection marks the culmination of my life long passion for collecting 19th century US coins. To me, this challenging set is a time capsule that marks fascinating events and periods in our past spanning 52 years from 1839 to 1891. The California Gold Rush, our Civil War, Lincoln's assassination, the Wild West antics and demise of Jesse James and General Custer's Last Stand are but a few. This set is true Americana and I have thoroughly enjoyed building it, coin by coin.

Inventory

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
AU53 PCGS
3725858

Choice New Price
$575
Near Gem Original, Lovely Gray/Gold Patina, Pleasing Luster, Conservative Grading, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in early PCGS holder with embossed gold PCGS logo on reverse and standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
EF40 PCGS
16012001

Original New Price
$260
Near Choice Original, Uniform Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
A&R
EF45 PCGS
13553846

Original New Price
$335
Classic Crusty Original Surfaces, Uniform Gun Metal Gray with Golden Hues, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1859O 1859-O
AU58 PCGS
29975029

Original New Price
$450
Near Choice Original, Glowing Rose/Gray Patina, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1859S 1859-S
EF45 PCGS
31709833

Original New Price
$395
Original Light Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
EF40 PCGS
32293402

Original New Price
$170
Original Gun Metal Gray, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1864 1864
EF40 PCGS
32109926

Original New Price
$375
Better Philadelpha Date, Original Light Gray Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1864S 1864-S
EF45 PCGS
33228817

Original New Price
$450
Original Old Paper Envelop Toning, Typical Strike, Accurately Grade, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1865S 1865-S
EF40 PCGS
15584811

Original New Price
$395
Original, Light Rose Patina, Typical Strike, Fairly Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in PCGS old blue label holder. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1869 1869
EF40 PCGS
16882273

Original New Price
$230
Original Medium Gray, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1870 1870
EF45 PCGS
18029021

Original New Price
$270
Pretty Old Album Rose and Blue Toning, Original, Typical Strike, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1874 1874
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
18188432

Choice New Price
$395
Choice Original, Perfect Type Coin, Olive Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.

Foreword

Description coming soon.

Inventory

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 10C 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 10C 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 10C 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 10C 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.

Foreword

This set was formed without a single, premeditated plan; rather, it evolved from an ongoing study of seated coinage and from a combination of three smaller and more focused sets. The starting point was a pair of sets I began assembling in 2006: a set of no drapery seated quarter die varieties and a pre-1853 date and mint seated half dollar set. As those sets were essentially completed and upgrades became more and more difficult, I went on to start a type set that included half dimes, dimes and dollars. The intent was to include one great example representing each of the major design types of Liberty Seated silver coinage. While searching for type set examples I got hooked on the earliest designs of each seated denomination: no drapery half dimes, dimes, and quarters, and the small letters half dollars. I decided to include all silver issues minted in 1837-1840 in the set. The eleven years devoted to forming the set as it exists today featured a great deal of buying, selling, upgrading, re-grading, and submitting to CAC. As I continued to learn and study the specific issues in the set, the inclusion criterion for new purchases evolved into a binary "hell yes" or no and I reached a point where it was a very rare event for me to find a coin for sale that I like better for its grade than the one in my set. To be included a coin had to grab my attention immediately, continue to impress under close examination with a glass, and then still make me love it after I had owned it for a few months. Eventually, the exercise became exclusively about quality rather than completeness and coins in the set that didn’t pass the "hell yes" or no test were parted with, even if no replacement was available. It's been great fun, and I hope the set speaks for itself, but it is time to move on. I hope the new owners enjoy these coins as much as I have.

Inventory

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Capped Bust 5C 1837 1837
Large 5C
EF45
PCGS
31429577
LM-1
R1
Choice $315 Repunched 7, Choice Original, Deep Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. Uniform olive gray patina validates the strictly original surfaces on this lovely 1837 capped bust half dime. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. The LM-1 variety attribution is easily seen due to bold repunching under the 7 digit in the date. Grading is accurate. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. Typical quality and original eye appeal from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 5C 1838O 1838-O
No Stars
EF40
NGC Fatty
299771017

Choice $2250 Rare Date and Grade, Choice Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina, Conservative Grading, Saw Mill Run Collection. A richly toned 1838 New Orleans strike that is so choice and covered with gun metal gray and blues. For those familiar with the 1838-O half dime date, many are seen with weak strikes and terrible obverse details. This example is atypical and offers bold design detail. Significant as the first New Orleans half dime issue, and the only O-mint variety without stars. Also scarce with PCGS population report indicating only 17 graded at combined EF40-45 level. Housed in NGC Fatty holder (Generation 5 1992-1997) coupled with CAC approval. Another superb offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 5C 1839 1839
MS64
PCGS
28267590

Gem $1050 Gem Original, Light Golden Gray Patina., Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. A gem original 1839 Philadelphia strike that is covered with light gray-rose patina. The assigned MS64 grade is accurate given the frosty cartwheel luster on such a small silver denomination. Strike is completely executed with rounded stars, full hair curls and all reverse wreath leaf veins being crisp. This lovely half dime offers the perfect balance of eye appeal, originality and strike and would please the most selective collector. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. A wonderful offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection that deserves your attention.
Seated 25C 1839 1839
No Drapery
EF40
PCGS
12773571
Briggs Rev A
Choice $585 Choice Orginal, Uniform Gray with Gold Hues, Typical Strike, Conservative Grading, Saw Mill Run Collection. Conservative grading is the rule for this strictly original 1839 No Drapery Seated quarter. The TPG struggle with discerning weak strikes from wear on these shallow relief issues. Surfaces are perfectly original and covered with gray-gold patina. A closed inspection revealed no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval validates the originality and grading. Another quality offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 5c 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
AU53
PCGS
24063935
V-4
Choice $750 V-4 No Drapery, Small O, Ex Al Blythe Collection, Choice Original, Golden Toning, Saw Mill Run Collection. A important offering given the challenging V-4 No Drapery Small O variety and Al Blythe pedigree. This lovely example is fully choice with frosty golden surfaces and luster. Struck from late die state dies as obvious metal flow lines are visible throughout obverse and reverse. The reverse also offers several die cracks including a horizontal crack from UNI(T)ED through wreath to (D)IME and another from the right ribbon end down to the denticles. Housed in 2013 PCGS transitional holder with blue label and edge view insert. CAC approval is completely warranted. A special opportunity for variety collectors from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 25C 1844O 1844-O
EF40 PCGS
11990588

Original $450 Original Surfaces, Uniform Gray-Rose Patina, Well Struck, Conservatively Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. When first examing this lovely 1844 New Orleans strike, my grading was EF45 or even a tad better. Then I was surprised to see that the PCGS blue label holder with an assigned EF40 grade. Really? This is quite the conservative grade. Overall, this example is quite nice with good balance of strike, original toning and blemish free surfaces (other than a toned over mark above the eagle's right wing. Adding a light source reveals blue obverse fields and rose-brown on the reverse with remaining luster. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Though not CAC approved, this is an above average piece and quality offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
EF45
PCGS
28373565

Choice $645 Choice Original, Steely Deep Gray and Gold Toning, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. A marvelous 1846 Tall Date Seated half dollar example at the EF45 grade level. Fully choice with steely surfaces covered with rich gray, brown and gold patina. Bright light viewing accentuates the golden hues embedded in the rich toning. Obverse strike is complete while the reverse has some weakness on the lower left eagle leg. Surfaces are blemish free while grading is a bit conservative. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. The Tall Date variety is listed on the blue-white PCGS label. Yet another superior offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection that deserves special attention.
Seated 25C 1848 1848
AU55 PCGS
15508844
Briggs 2-B
Original $975 Tripled Punched 1, Double Date, Frosty Golden Luster, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded, Kansas Collection. Ex. Saw Mill Run Collection, Triple punched 1 digit. It is always fun to have old friends returning to the GFRC office for another sales visit. Originally from the Saw Mill Run Collction and sold into the Kansas Collection. Now the Kansas consignor is pruning after a serious upgrading effort. This 1848 Seated quarter is accurately graded and strictly original. Frosty devices and satiny fields are immediately evident when viewed. Strike is complete with bold main devices. This piece is accurately graded against strict standards as there is minimal but evident wear. There is one faint toned over obverse line from foot to star 13 that holds back a Choice quality rating otherwise the eye appeal is sufficient for a higher quality assignment. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder. A special offering from the Kansas Collection.
Seated 25C 1849 1849
AU53 PCGS
21299669
Briggs 3-B
Original HOLD
$625
New November 1! Original, Ebony-Blue ans Golden Patina, Hammered Strike, Saw Mill Run Collection. An attractive 1849 Philadelphia strike with deeply impressed device details. Surfaces are completely original and covered with a mottled type ebony-blue and golden patina. Housed in early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and embossed PCGS on upper reverse. Another fine numismatic property from the Saw Mill Run Collection that will capture the attention of advanced Liberty Seated quarter collectors.
Seated 5C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU58
NGC Fatty
156432003

Gem $1150 New October 23! Gem Original, Rose Gold Patina, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, Indiana Collection. Ex. Saw Mill Run Collection. A gem original example of the scarce 1855-O date that every serious half dime collector needs in their collection. Mintage is 600,000 but a low survival rate makes locating choice examples rather difficult let along a gem AU58 specimen. PCGS population report indicates only 9 in all EF grades and 21 in all AU grades. This AU58 example is accurately graded and offers wonderful medium rose patina with darker blue highlights. More important is the original cartwheel luster that drove the Gem quality rating. Housed in old NGC Fatty holder (Generation 3 1987 - 1989). CAC approval is absolutely warranted. A superb offering from the Indiana Collection.
Seated 5C 1864S 1864-S
AU55
PCGS
24063937

Choice $950 Near Gem Original, Iridescent Gray, Rose-Gold, Fully Struck, Saw Mill Run Collection . A near gem offering of an 1864 San Francisco strike with low mintage of 90,000 pieces. Surfaces are perfectly original with semi transparent gray colored patina during in hand viewing. Adding a light source activates the underlying luster with the obverse shifting to golden and aquamarine hues while the reverse turns mostly rose. Strike is well executed with crisp obverse legend and full head details. The reverse is also deeply impressed with only a tad of weakness at the upper left wreath. This is an impressive piece that is so well balanced and pleasing. Housed in 2013 PCGS transitional holder with blue label and edge view insert. CAC approval is obviously warranted for this special example from the Saw Mill Run Collection. I do suggest that special consideration be given here as I don't often see Civil War S-Mint half dimes in this type of preservation state.
Morgan $1 1885O 1885-O
MS65
PCGS
13506084

Gem $325 Gem Original, Attractive Reserve Toning, Brilliant Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. Brilliant cartwheel luster dominates the eyes on this lovely 1885-O Morgan dollar. Add in a rainbow toned reverse and this piece becomes even more attractive. Accurately graded and a no question gem. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval is obvious warranted for this type of frosty originality. A top quality offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.