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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 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
EF45 PCGS
13553846

Original $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 $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 $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 1864S 1864-S
EF45 PCGS
33228817

Original $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 $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.

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. 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 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.

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 25c 1841O 1841-O
VF25 PCGS
34403781
Briggs 5-F
Original $250 Original Surfaces, Old Album Ring Toning, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. Mintage of 452,000 with low survival rate. Early New Orleans small denomination coinage saw extensive circulation in the deep south as U.S. efforts where underway to eliminate Spanish coinage. PCGS has graded a total of thirteen pieces at the VF25 grade level. This example is nice and original with old album aquamarine and gold ring toning on the obverse while reverse is even gray. Obverse strike is well excuted whule the reverse strike is weak. A challenging Briggs die pairing. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality Liberty Seated quarter offering 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 $595 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 1847 1847
F15
PCGS
34403786

Choice $100 Choice Original, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. Mintage of 734,000 and the only Fine 15 graded at PCGS and also the only Fine 15 approved at CAC. Talk about a unique Seated quarter that is fairly priced! Thick crusty orignal gray patina covers both obverse and reverse. This 1847 quarter has seen nothing but honest wear followed by the formation of thick original patina. A choice example that is housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. A quality Liberty Seated quarter offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
EF45
PCGS
30864496

Choice $450 Better New Orleans Date, Choice Original, Classic Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded. Ex. Saw Mill Run Collection. A well balanced and near gem original example of New Orleans strikes during 1848. A better date and a potential prize for collectors attempting an EF date and mintmark set. Surfaces are covered with classic gun metal gray patina and offer residual luster under a light source. Strike is essential hammered with no points of weakness. A careful inspection revealed no blemishes worthy of mention. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. We all understand the reputation of the Saw Mill Run Collection consignor for offering quality duplicates; this piece is no exception.
Seated 25C 1850O 1850-O
EF45
PCGS
13363335
Briggs 2-C
Choice $1100 Choice Original, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Typical Flat Obverse Strike, Conservative Grading, Saw Mill Run Collection. 1850 New Orleans Seated quarters are notorious for being poorly struck. Actually, I can't remember ever handling a problem free fully struck example since establishing GFRC back in 2013. This date is always a challenge to find choice with TPG grading being erratic due to strike issues. Offered here is one of the better examples seen and the only EF45 example approved by CAC. Surfaces are no question original with lightly mirrored fields throughout obvere and reverse. Liberty's gown and shield exhibit substantial die rust with similiar appearance on the reverse eagle feathers. Strike is typical with partial head details and all stars lacking centrils. The GFRC images accurately capture in hand appearance but not the glowing golden rose fields seen under a light source. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. An important numismatic property from the Saw Mill Run Collection that deserves special attention by astute Liberty Seated quarter collectors. One will be hard pressed to locate a nicer circulated example.
Barber 50C 1905O 1905-O
EF45
PCGS
13003676

Choice $695 New November 3! Better Date, Near Gem Original, Steely Luster, Light Gold-Rose Patina, Typical Strike, Saw Mill Run Collection. A wonderful 1905 New Orleans survivors with plenty of residual steely luster. Reverse luster offers mild cartwheels under a light source. Obverse is covered with light gray-gold skin while reverse is uniform rose-gold. Once does not often see this amont of residual luster on an EF45 graded coin other than Capped Bust halves. Close to gem original quality rating with a stronger overall strike lefting this coin to the next level. Mintage of only 505,000 with twelve (12) certified by PCGS at the EF45 grade level. CAC has certified with only three (3) in EF45: most CAC approvals are at the mint state level. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. An exceptional offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.