Gerry Fortin Rare Coins – Open Registry

Liberty Seated Coinage - Advanced Type Sets

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My name is Ed Sims and I became interested in coins in 1966 and was actively collecting into the late 1980’s. My very first coin folder was a Dansco for Barber, Mercury and Roosevelt dimes all in one. I am a Marine Corps veteran serving from November 1974 through February 1983 and shortly after leaving the Corps I became a Life member of the ANA. I sold my first coin collection about 1987.

I got back into collecting coins in 2010 when I got a job at a company whose owner was a coin collector. I wanted to collect more of a variety of designs this time rather than just fill albums so I decided to assemble type sets. After completing a couple of 20th Century type sets I turned my focus to the 19th Century.

Liberty Seated coinage offered the variety and challenge I was looking for with each design modification having a story behind it. What makes the Liberty Seated coinage important to me is the tale they tell of the economy and significant events in our country’s history over that period of time, such as the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution.

Browsing the internet looking for more than the Red Book basics of this series, I found Gerry’s web site. I purchased a couple of coins, asked a lot of questions and with a few suggestions the type set developed into what it is now.

Ed Sims, September 2, 2014

The Liberty Seated Advanced Type set input form can be downloaded at the following link; Submitting a set is as easy as opening this link, adding your coins and descriptions and submitting to Gerry Fortin via email at Click here for Microsoft Excel Form; you can use the input form as a tracking method for contents of your collection.  Participants are encourage to provide links to online image posting website like

Please email your completed form to and I will do my best to quickly post your set or recent updates!


Liberty Seated Coinage - Advanced Type Sets

Excel Submission Form


% Completion

 Weighted Grade




The John Okerson Collection




November 25, 2014
The Ed Sims Collection




July 31, 2015
The Roger Terry Collection




February 3, 2015







% Completion: Number of coin entries divided by total entries requirement to complete a set; for Advanced Type Set, then 58 entries are required for a 100% completion.

Set Weighted Grade: The grade of each coin is multiplied by the "rarity factor", then summed and divided by the total of the "rarity factors" for those coin entries in the set.

Set Rating: The grade of each coin is mutiplied by the "rarity factor", then summed and divided by the total of all "rarity factors" for a completed set.

%: The ratio of coins certified by CAC whether green or gold sticker. The calculate is total number of CAC coins divided by number of entered coins in the respective set.

Rarity Factor: The rarity assessment for each denomination and design is estimated with a weight from 1 through 10 with 1 being very common and 10 being extremely rare. The weights were established by Ed Sims.


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