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Liberty Seated Dimes - Top 25 Shattered Dies

The collecting of Seated coinage with shattered dies and die cuds is quite popular among Liberty Seated Collector Club (LSCC) members. E-Gobrecht and Gobrecht Journal advertisements for buying Seated coins with major die cracks are prevalent. Therefore, it was obvious that the first Liberty Seated dime specialty set should focus on major shattered dies. Liberty Seated dimes with shattered dies can be spectacular in appearance regardless of whether in circulated or in mint state condition. The 1839 Pie Shaped shattered obverse is by far the key date to the Top 100 Variety set and now the Top 25 Shattered die set. The boldly cracked reverse of 1839-O designated F-104 and appropriately called “The Cobweb” shattered reverse has been popular for years among LSCC members. The 1854-O shattered obverse with its massive raised die crack through the date and arrows is another highly desirable prize for variety specialists. Some of you may question the difference between a cracked die and a shattered die? To be included in the “shattered dies set”, each cracked die variety must be in or approaching a terminal die state. The terminal die state should constitute and justify the labeling as a shattered die.

Availability is important if collectors attempt a new collecting objective. Selecting candidates for the Top 25 Shattered Dies set was a balance of eye appeal and the ability to locate examples with diligent searching. Some of the set entries are easily found with the 1839-O Cobweb reverse coming to mind along with the 1875 Carson City and San Francisco entries. Other set listings are obviously rare. They will take years of searching at local and national coin shows. Having a strong network within the LSCC is useful for having first claim on duplicates that may appear from time to time.

- Gerry Fortin



Click Collection Name to view its composition. The Blank Collection is an empty version.

Collection Rating Complete Weighted Grade caccoin.com Last Updated
The Tim Cook MD Collection 54.6 100% 54.6 16% January 10, 2017
The Dale Miller Collection 39.5 96% 41.5 33% January 16, 2017
The Tony Alberts Collection 19.6 96% 20.6 0% January 9, 2017
The Gerry Fortin Collection 16.1 28% 53.9 43% December 26, 2016
The David Miller Collection 4.2 36% 10.7 0% February 20, 2017
The Newtown Collection 3.3 8% 60.0 0% February 6, 2017
The John Okerson Collection 3.1 8% 49.3 0% December 26, 2016
The Blank Collection
Collection Rating Complete Weighted Grade caccoin.com Last Updated
The Tim Cook MD Collection 54.6 100% 54.6 16% January 10, 2017
The Dale Miller Collection 39.5 96% 41.5 33% January 16, 2017
The Tony Alberts Collection 19.6 96% 20.6 0% January 9, 2017
The Gerry Fortin Collection 16.1 28% 53.9 43% December 26, 2016
The David Miller Collection 4.2 36% 10.7 0% February 20, 2017
The Newtown Collection 3.3 8% 60.0 0% February 6, 2017
The John Okerson Collection 3.1 8% 49.3 0% December 26, 2016
The Blank Collection

Rating: The weighted average of all coin grades (i.e. aggregated sum of each coin grade + CAC premium multiplied by its rarity factor divided by the sum of all rarity factors). Missing coins are included and assigned a grade of 0. This metric is the basis for order rank.

Complete: The number of coin entries divided by the total number of coins in the Set.

Weighted Grade: The weighted average of all coin grades (see calculation above), but excluding any missing coins.

%: The ratio of coins certified by CAC (either green or gold sticker). Calculated as the number of CAC coins divided by the total number of entered coins.

Rarity Factor: The rarity assessment for each date/variety uses the Sheldon scale of R1 through R8 with a R1 weight being the most common while an R8 weight being the most difficult to locate. Rarity estimates are by Gerry Fortin as listed in the Definitive Resource for Liberty Seated Dime Variety Collectors webbook.