Flowing Hair, Draped and Capped Bust Half Dimes

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There are 32 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on April 9, 2018

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Flowing Hair
Flowing Hair  1795 1795
AU50 raw
LM-6 R4 Original $1600 V-6, Original Surfaces, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Remaining Luster, Obverse Scratches, West Texas Collection. A popular selection for a United States half dime type set as the mintage is 78,660 resulting in higher availability than the first year 1794 strikes. The offered example strictly original with ample remaining luster and gun metal gray patina throughout obverse and across portions of the reverse. Bright light viewing is a lot of fun as this early piece offers a gold toning ring surrounding the stars and light blue hues at the reverse legend. This half dime was previously holdered by ANACS with AU50 Details, Scratched opinion. These ancient scratches are located on the obverse; two parallel lines in front of Liberty's chin and two parallel lines up from the date into Liberty's bust. This piece is very well struck with bold hair curls and small eagle details. Pricing a nice original coin with a technical issue is always challenging. CoinFacts was employed to set the asking price. Specifically, we found several NGC auction records for AU50 Details examples and set the price accordingly. Frankly, I like the West Texas piece much better than either of the NGC AU50 Detail listings due to strictly originality and bright light viewing.
Draped Bust
Draped Bust  1796 1796
LIKERTY
EF45
PCGS
50251261
LM-1 R3 Choice $9250 Rare Early Type This Nice! Choice Original, Gray-Gold Patina, Residual Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded. The 1796 half dime is the first year of the Draped Bust design. The V -1, LM-1 die pairing as been designated and popularized as the LIKERTY variety due to broken top and bottom loops of the B in LIBERTY. It is a scarce date that is at least as rare, if not more rare, than the 1794 Flowing Hair. Mintage is only 10,230 with low survival rate. This example is strictly original and offers choice surfaces covered with gray-golden patina. Struck is completely executed with prominent die clashing on the obverse. Reverse exhibits die cracks and an internal die cud between ST and ATES. A closed 10x loupe inspection revealed a few ancient lines on the lower obverse that did not bother PCGS or CAC. Only 15 examples in all graded have been approved by CAC. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. A magnificent offering from the Osprey Collection that last appeared at auction at FUN 2012 and realized $9200. Since that time, CAC approval has been added. Fairly priced for the overall quality.
Draped Bust  1803 1803
Large 8
EF40
NGC
2207069004
LM-2 R4 Choice $7950 New April 9! Choice Original, Highwood Collection. GFRC is so pleased to offer this early 1803 Large 8 LM-2 Draped Bust half dime that is housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval validates the importance and well preserved state of this early type piece. Mintage for 1803 half dimes is 37,850 with two different date punch styles; Large 8 and Small 8. The Small 8 (LM-1) is am R-6 die marriage while the Large 8 results in two die marriage (LM-2 R4, LM-3 R3). This offering is the better LM-2 Large 8 pairing. Surfaces are 100% original with natural gun metal gray patina. Device details ate bold due to limited wear and strong obverse strike. All hair curls are deeply impressed with wear concentrated on the lower bust line. Reverse strike is erratic with upper right clouds and surrounding stars being weak. CAC has approved a 19 in all grades with only 10 better. A marvelous early United States type coin offering from the Highwood Collection with CAC approval. Housed in old standard insert NGC holder and ready to move to another advanced type collection.
Capped Bust
Capped Bust  1829 1829
AU55 PCGS
85797183
LM-2 Choice $310 Choice Original, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Completely Struck, Conservative Grading. A lovely first year of issue strike with steely cartwheel luster throughout obverse and reverse. Surfaces are choice and covered with a semi-transparent layer of gun metal gray-blue patina that responses nicely to a light source. Strike is very well executed with no points of weakness. Rims are elevated and protected the surfaces from wear. Conservatively graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering that deserves special consideration if search for a first year type coin.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
EF40 raw
LM-13.1 Original $175 Maine Collection, Planchet Defect. Fresh to market as housed in pristine Wayte Raymond holders for years. Surfaces have typical Maine Collection toning with obverse covered in gray/rose while the reverse is a light uniform gray. As shown in the images, there is a toning streak across the obverse. Below and parallel to the toning streak is a planchet roller mark that pre dates the striking. This fact is evident by closely inspecting the area behind the 18 digits in the date. The roller mark is behind the date digits indicating an incoming planchet defect. Definitely a cool piece.
Capped Bust  1829 1829
F15 raw
LM-6.3 R5 Original $115 Original, Medium Gray, Rare Variety, Hanes Park Collection. First year of issue with a substantial number of die pairing varieties. The LM-6 die pairing and re-marriages are consistently rated as R5 rarity and challenging to locate. This example of the LM-6.3 pairing is strictly original with gun metal gray toning. The obverse offers rose/gold hues under bright light. The second S in STATES is filled and important 6.3 diagnostic.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
AU55 PCGS
28630915
LM-3 R2 Original $315 Original, Light Golden Gray, Reflective Luster, Accurately Graded. Near choice 1831 capped bust half dime with attractive surfaces and overall appearance. A Choice quality rating would have been assigned if the remaining luster was a bit stronger as there are no blemishes to mention. Strike is complete and uniform. Under bright light, the fields become lightly mirrored or steely. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
EF45 raw
LM-14 R3 Choice $180 Choice Original, Even Gray. A pleasing example and better variety for the selective collector. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with medium gray patina. Reverse strike is hammered while obverse is consistent with Logan-McCloskey plate coin with softness in the hair curls. The reverse dark spot adjacent to (U)NITED is verdigris.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
VF20 raw
LM-14 R3 Original $105 Original Gun Metal Gray, Better Variety, Hanes Park Collection. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with uniform gun metal gray patina. The LM-14 obverse is typically weakly struck while the reverse is the grading point with deeply impressed eagle and wing feathers. There are no blemishes to discuss.
Capped Bust  1830 1830
VF20 raw
LM-6 V-4 R4 $105 Medium Gray, Scarce Die Pairing, Hanes Park Collection. Surfaces are covered with medium gray patina that is more concentrated near the rims. There are two micro ticks on the obverse while the reverse is entirely blemish free. The LM-6 die pairing is rated as R5 rarity in the Federal Half Dime reference by Logan/McCloskey and is consider a rare die marriage. An opportunity for serious half dime variety collectors to acquire a challenging die marriage.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
AU50 raw
LM-7 R2 Original $235 Near Choice Original, Darker Gray Rims. Lighter Centers, Blemish Free. A near choice example of the LM-7 die marriage. Surfaces are blemish free with darker gray rims on obverse along with blue on the reverse. There is nice contrast between the lighter centers and deeper colored rims. A quality example for a type set or short date set.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
EF40 raw
LM-6 Original $160 Original Surfaces, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Well Struck. A strictly original 1831 Capped Bust half dime with uniform gun metal gray patina. Strike is very well executed while surfaces are blemish free. A perfect type coin for a Dansco or Whitman album set.
Capped Bust  1831 1831
VF20 raw
LM-2 R3 Original $175 Reverse Cud Over R in AMERICA, R3 Rarity, Original Gun Metal Gray Toning, Problem Free, Hanes Park Collection. Capped Bust half dime die varieties from the Hanes Park Collection for those attempting a Logan-McCloskey Ultimate die variety set in the GFRC Open Set Registry.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
MS65 NGC
4239133002
LM-3 Gem $1975 Gem Original, Amazing Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Aquamarine and Rose Patina, Accurately Graded. GFRC is pleased to offer this gorgeous 1832 LM-3 Capped Bust half dime for your consideration. Clearly in a gem original preservation state with colorful frosty cartwheel luster. Under a light source, the obverse exposes intermixed aquamarine and rose toning that is transparent to the underlying luster. The reverse has uniform light rose gold toning with darker shades approaching the rim along with eye catching luster. Strike is hammered with every minute device details being boldly defined. I've enjoyed inspecting this half dime due to every delicate mint frost line being so well defined. A superior offering that is housed in new large font NGC holder. 2016 NGC grading standards have tightened with this piece conservatively graded at the MS65 level. Fans of the Capped Bust half dime series should pay special attention here.
Capped Bust  1832 1832
VF35 raw
LM-12 R2 Original $145 Gun Metal Gray. The lower loop of the 8 digit is completely filled by a large die chip while the reverse has a center die bulge and blob definition of horizontal shield lines. These are the LM-12 diagnostics. Surfaces are obviously original with an even gun metal gray patina and no blemishes.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
AU58 PCGS
83989848
LM-9 R2 Choice $475 Choice Original, Satiny Luster, Heavily Lapped Obverse Die, Accurately Graded, Santa Fe Collection. When viewing this lovely 1833 half dime, one has to remember the LM-9 die variety is the last use of Obverse 2 with star 6 doubled. At this point, the die has been lapped due to heavy die clashing in front of face leading to weaker devices. Contrast this with the reverse which is bolder and in an earlier die state. With that said, let's describe the piece in hand and under bright light. A no question AU58 example with satiny luster on the obverse and glowing frosty luster on the reverse. Obverse coloring is dominated by aquamarine with intermixed rose while the reverse is transparent gold that glows under a light source. The reverse denomination is sharply doubled and demonstrates classic ejection doubling. Freshly graded by the Santa Fe Collection consignor and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Definitely worth consideration for an advanced collection.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
EF45 raw
LM-9 R2 $165 Clashed Obverse, LDS. Obverse is lapped to remove heavy die clash mark in front of face and is in a late die state with metal flow lines into face. Surfaces are silver colored from probable dipping. Residual devices are strong and close to AU grade. Reverse has strike weakness below left eagle wing as is common for the variety.
Image Available Soon 1833
EF45 PCGS
28989500
LM-10 Choice $260 Choice Original, Attractive Ebony-Rose Patina, Fully Struck. A lovely 1833 Capped Bust half dime with rich ebony rose patina during in hand viewing. Tilting this piece into a light source melts the darker toning and exposes light gray reflective surfaces. Strike is complete with choice original surfaces. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert. Definitely above average and ideal for the selective collector.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
VF35 PCGS
83105201
LM-3.3 Original $155 Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Decent Eye Appeal. A quality capped bust half dime that is strictly original with problem free surfaces. GFRC images accurately capture overall appearance and the pleasing surfaces. Attributed as LM-3.3 die state. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1833 1833
VF35 raw
LM-3.4 R2 Original $125 Both S in STATES Filled, Original Gray Patina, Mark Free Surfaces, Hanes Park Collection. Capped Bust half dime die varieties from the Hanes Park Collection for those attempting a Logan-McCloskey Ultimate die variety set in the GFRC Open Set Registry.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
MS64 PCGS
24927494
LM-4 Choice $1350 Near Gem Original, Aquamarine Gold Patina, Mirrored Fields, Accurately Graded, Above Average Eye Appeal. A superior Capped Bust half dime offering with mirrored fields and aquamarine-gold coloring. In hand viewing suggest medium colored patina but once a light source is added, the coloring melts and exposes mostly transparent gold on the obverse and darker shades on the reverse. Strike is well executed with fully rounded stars and bold eagle feathers. Mirrored fields are notorious for exposing any blemishes but, in the case of this 1834 LM-4 example, there are no blemishes to detract or any hairlines under bright light and 10x loupe inspection. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. An important offering for the selective collector who wants only the best possible at a fair price.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
MS63 NGC
3812014002
LM-4 Choice $800 Choice Original, Steely Silver Gray Surfaces, Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded. An attractive 1834 Capped Bust half dime with plenty of luster. This piece is fully choice original with steely silver gray surfaces along with some mottled ebony patina. Strike is hammered with crisp hair curls and deeply impressed eagle feathers. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Grading is accurate and housed in newer NGC holder. Fairly priced for the overall quality.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
EF40 raw
LM-4 Original $130 Original Gray, Typical Strike. Hanes Park Collection. Original surfaces are covered with uniform dull gray patina. About half the obverse stars have connected centrils. There are a few micro ticks on the obverse of no consequence. From an advanced collector of early Bust coinage varieties who is thinning his holdings.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
EF40
PCGS
35082806
LM-1 Gem HOLD
$245
New April 19! Gem Original, Undergraded, Gorgeous Aquamarine-Gold Obverse Toning, Guess the Grade Coin, Poston Collection. The Guess the Grade subject coin in a recent Daily Blog educational session. By now, GFRC customers can recognize this piece. Based on wear alone, this lovely 1834 LM-1 Capped Bust half dime is worthy of an AU53 or AU55 grade. However, the obverse strike features a weak center but with bold rounded stars and sharp rim resulting in PCGS assigned an EF40 grade. Yes, this messed this one up based on a simple review of the reverse devices and essentially no wear to be found. Both sides offer active luster that is again consistent with an AU grade. GFRC images accurately capture the obverse aquamarine and gold coloring. Fresh graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Definitely a conversation piece from Jim Poston.
Capped Bust  1834 1834
VF30 raw
LM-4 Original $135 Choice Original, Even Gray. A perfectly original bust half dime with even light to medium gray patina. There are no blemishes or other points of concern. There is a long die crack from rim through lower bust line into Liberty's chin.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
Small Date
MS61 NGC
4236745004
LM-3 V-3a Choice $585 Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Osprey Collection. Thought the Osprey consignor is primarly focused on acquiring quality United States gold from Europe adventures, he will occasionally locate quality early American type coins as this wonderful 1835 LM-3 half dime. Surfaces are perfectly original with frosty luster. Strike is crisp throughout obverse and reverse regardless of the eroded dies and heavy die clashing. Obverse features die cracks through the date and right hand stars. There is a long vertical die crack through the cap and curls that is easily seen due to mint state condition. Reverse is heavily clashed. Housed in new NGC holder. Fresh from Europe and recently graded. No CAC attempt.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
Small Date, Small Letters
AU58 NGC
2058091004
LM-10 Original $325 Original Surfaces, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Uniform Strike. A strictly original LM-10 example with crusty gun metal patina on the obverse and lighter shades on the reverse. Strike is uniform with nicely rounded stars and bold reverse eagle feathers. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
Small Date, Small 5C
AU55 PCGS
34681045
LM-10 Choice $290 Choice Original, Hammered Strike, Gray-Gold Patina, Reverse Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded. A lovely 1835 Capped Bust half dime that would be an ideal entry into a moderately priced type set. Though the "common" LM-10 die variety, this example offers much eye appeal. A choice original example with gray-gold obverse patina and reddish aquamarine coloring on the reverse. Residual reverse luster is active with obvious cartwheel effects under a bright light. Strike is deeply impressed with the reverse die crack through S(T)ATES and filled upper loops in both S1 and S2 being clear. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
Small Date
EF45 PCGS
32768121
LM-10 Choice $265 Choice Original, Light Gray, Conservative Grading. A well struck example with bold obverse devices and rounded stars. Only the eagle's neck lacks feathers otherwise the balance of the reverse devices are also crisp and well defined. Surfaces are perfectly original with no blemishes whatsoever. This piece was conservatively graded a so close to AU50. The LM-10 rarity is common with the 8 digit being above a low 3 digit. Fresh to market and housed in 2015 PCGS holder. A near gem example for the grade.
Capped Bust  1835 1835
Small Date, Small 5C
EF40 raw
LM-10 Original $130 Late Die State, Upper S2 Loop Filled, Crusty Original Ebony Gray, Accurately Graded, Gansu Collection. Small Date, Small 5C. A crusty original LM-10 die pairing example with dies being well eroded, clashed and a die chip on STATE(S). Surfaces are entirely blemish free and covered with thick ebony-gray patina. Accurately graded and a fair value from the Gansu Collection consignment. This collection was personally assembled by Gerry Fortin for a Chinese collector during the 2011-2013 timeframe.
Capped Bust  1836 1836
Small 5
AU58 raw
LM-4 R2 Choice $350 Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Gold Patina, Fully Struck. A lovely 1836 LM-4 Capped Bust half dime with frosty cartwheel luster. Mint frost is seen through obverse and reverse with just a touch of rub. A raw example that is fairly graded at the AU58 level.
Capped Bust  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.
Capped Bust  1837 1837
Large 5C
VF20 raw
LM-1 Original $95 LM-1, Crusty Original, Thick Medium Gray Patina, Seal Beach Collection. Thick crusty gray patina dominates the appearance of this last year of issue Capped Bust half dime.