Capped Bust half dimes pictured in the standard reference on the
series and pedigreed to the collections of renowned numismatists are
offered in an Aug. 4 sealed-bid sale during the American Numismatic
Association World’s Fair of Money in Denver.
The coins will be featured in W. David
Perkins Numismatics’ fifth sealed-bid Half Dime Sale closing at
6 p.m. MT Aug. 4, in conjunction with the ANA convention.
The 25-lot sale will include rare to extremely rare die marriages,
remarriages, and die states including major die breaks, also known as cuds.
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Each of the coins is attributed by LM number as cataloged in
Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837 by Russell J. Logan and John W.
McCloskey, with many of the lots being the coins plated to illustrate
Several lots are pedigreed to the Russell J. Logan Collection, coins
that have not been offered publicly since 2002. Other pedigrees
include John J. Pittman, Harold Bareford, David J. Davis, and Wayte Raymond.
Some coins are in popular Professional Coin Grading Service “OGH”
(Old Green Holders), some bear a green sticker from Certified
Acceptance Corp. meaning the coin meets CAC’s strict standards for
quality, and at least one bears a gold CAC sticker as being qualified
to be upgraded.
Perkins will also offer another 22 lots to be sold at fixed prices.
These lots are typically available a week or two before the sealed-bid
sale by mail order on a first come, first served basis.
The lots for both the sealed-bid sale and fixed-price offerings were
cataloged by Richard Meaney, an advanced Capped Bust half dime
specialist, collector and author.
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Meaney also photographed all of the lots that illustrate the two sales.
Among the lots offered in the Sealed-Bid Sale are a Professional Coin Grading
Service Mint State 64, CAC, 1830 Capped Bust half dime, LM-9.1; a
PCGS Extremely Fine 40 1833 Capped Bust half dime, LM-1, with reverse
cud; a PCGS About Uncirculated 55 1833 Capped Bust half dime, LM-2;
and a PCGS AU-58 1834 Capped Bust half dime, LM-3.
1830 LM-9.1 half dime
The 1830 Capped Bust half dime of the LM-9.1 die marriage offered in
the sale was, at separate times, held by both Bareford and Raymond.
The lot description suggests the coin was sold as Lot 252 in Raymond’s
Nov. 5, 1946, auction. The coin was sold by Stack’s as Lot 38 in the
numismatic firm’s October 1981 sale where it realized $1,600. The coin
is plated on Page 180 of the Logan-McCloskey reference.
1833 LM-1 half dime
The 1833 Capped Bust half dime from the LM-1 marriage in the sale
exhibits a retained cud on the reverse spanning letters in UNITED
STATES. When the die broke, the broken portion was retained within the
collar, allowing the die to continue striking coins.
Meaney states he has not seen this die stage on any other LM-1 1833
half dime, even having examined numismatist Julius Reiver’s Die States
A, B, C and D in the 2006 sale of Reiver’s collection by Heritage Auctions.
1833 LM-2 half dime
The Logan-McCloskey 2 variety attribution and “LM PLate Coin” appear
on the PCGS grading label.
The die marriage carries a rarity rating of R-6, suggesting an
estimated 13 to 30 pieces known, according to researchers.
1834 LM-3 half dime
The LM-3 1834 Capped Bust half dime exhibits a 3 over Inverted 3 in
the date. The coin’s variety attribution appears on the PCGS grading label.
The coin, plated on Page 250 of the Logan-McCloskey book, was once
owned by David J. Davis, founding and longtime president of the John Reich Collectors
Society, holding JRCS Member No. 1.
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Lot viewing will be at Table 435 at the ANA convention starting
Tuesday, Aug. 1.
Sealed-bid sale lots and any unsold fixed-price list lots can also
be viewed at the bourse table Aug. 1 at the ANA convention, which will
be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.