Gem State 1792-1964 Complete US Type Set Coin Album

Entire Image Gallery ›

1804 1/2C Crosslet 4, Stems MS62BN PCGS #1069

The Draped Bust Half-Cent is a beautiful early copper issue and the first produced in reasonable quantities. This example demonstrates some peripheral die erosion near the rims but features exceptionally bold central details. The planchet is smooth and color is a nice chocolate brown.

1834 1/2C MS65BN PCGS #1165

This coin has quite a bit of red showing in protected areas. Detail is outstanding and surfaces show no distracting marks on a nice, even planchet.

1854 1/2C MS65BN PCGS #1230

Half cents get no respect. This little coin has outstanding detail and a nice, even chocolate color. It also has outstanding luster in-hand. I love the width of the rim on these coins.

1795 1C Plain Edge VF30BN PCGS #1380

The early large cents represent a time of rapid innovation and advancement in our Federal coinage. This example has nice, even color and good detail for the assigned grade, especially over the reverse. A few as-minted planchet irregularities are seen traversing the portrait. In all, just a nice, pleasing coin to enjoy.

1802 1C XF40BN PCGS #1470

This coin shows nice surfaces without distracting marks. Wear is even on a decent planchet. Color is slightly more chocolate than shown in the photo. BW-13, S-242, B-19.

1814 1C Crosslet 4 VF35BN PCGS #1573

The classic head cent is a bit of a challenge when it comes to early copper. This example shows nice, smooth fields and excellent detail, especially for the assigned grade. A few rim nicks are evidence of its many years of service in everyday commerce.

1820 1C Large Date MS64BN PCGS #1615

Wonderfully detailed with full cartwheel luster. It's hard to believe this coin is almost 200 years old. I love the chocolate brown color with blue iridescence. Likely a coin from the Randall Hoard. N-13.

1853 1C MS66BN PCGS #1901

Large cents with great luster are really fun. This coin has an awful lot of red for a "BN" coin, especially over the reverse. Detail is incredible and there are no distracting marks. For type, it would be hard to do better.

1857 1C Flying Eagle MS63 PCGS #2016

Well-struck and exceptionally nice for grade. Some planchet striations are visible. Nice luster twirls around in-hand. From Rick Snow.

1909 1C Indian MS66RD PCGS #2237

Some coins are tremendously enjoyable beyond what can be described by a numerical grade. This one looks like it was pulled from a fresh roll yesterday. Sharp strike, even, smooth coloration and no distracting carbon spots make it truly exceptional. From Dave Wnuck.

1944-D 1C MS67+ RD PCGS #2725

Once common in circulation, the mighty wheat cent is now only rarely encountered. Brenner's design was the first departure from an allegorical figure of Liberty on US coinage. This example demonstrates tremendous luster, full red coloration, and sharp details.

1943-S 1C MS67+ PCGS #2717

The zinc-coated steel cents are rather unique in the history of US coins. While they are subject to corrosion and spotting, some have survived in incredible condition. This example boasts clean surfaces, sharp detail, and swirling chrome-like luster. Die polish lines are evident in the fields - vertically oriented on the obverse with horizontal lines on the reverse.

1864 2C Large Motto MS65RB PCGS #3577

This is an odd coin with what looks like two reverse designs to me. More lustrous than I'm able to capture in a photo. Lots of red for a coin made during the Civil War. From Mark Feld.

1851-O 3CS MS65 PCGS #3665

I love the "O" mint mark on this coin. This issue is the only 3-cent silver not minted in Philadelphia. This example sports really flashy luster and a golden center over a steel-blue background.

1881 3CN MS66 PCGS #3749

The three-cent nickel is a bit of an oddity and the series is somewhat unpopular with current collectors. While the reverse design is a bit uninspired, the obverse features one of the nicest depictions of Lady Liberty to grace our coinage. This example is stellar with sharp detail, deep luster, and clean surfaces.

1866 5C Rays MS64+ PCGS #3790

For some reason I've always liked shield nickels with rays. This one has a touch of rim color and a nice overall patina. A few die polish lines are evident on the reverse fields and a few hits are scattered along the reverse rim. Overall, a nice coin.

1882 5C MS66 PCGS #3812

Somewhat like the two cent coin, the design of the shield nickel is somewhat unusual. This example sports really nice luster and sharp detail. There is a bit of light toning and a few die polish lines are evident on both sides.

1883 5C No CENTS MS66+ PCGS #3841

The story of conniving individuals gold-plating these and passing them off as $5 coins is interesting and apparently quickly led to a design change. Fortunately, many of the first year of issue survived in good condition. This one has a nice, even look with booming luster and a sharp detail.

1911 5C MS66 PCGS #3872

This little coin is an absolute jewel. Glacier-blue toning meets gold against the rim and violet-rose hues over the portrait. In-hand luster really pops. The little toning spot below and to the left of the V is only visible at certain angles.

1913 5C Type 1 MS67+ PCGS #3915

The buffalo nickel is an American classic, and arguably the most successful of the "Renaissance" coins in terms of public recognition and uniform appeal. This example is stellar, with sharp detail, beautiful color, and flashy luster.

1935 5C MS67+ PCGS #3974

For a type set, everyone does the 38-D. Well, everyone except me. Sometimes opportunity knocks. This buffalo is really fun to look at. The detail is tremendous, there's a bit of color, and there's not a thing distracting about it.

1938-D 5C Jefferson MS67FS PCGS #84001

While not as beautiful as the Buffalo design, the Jefferson Nickel is the least objectionable of the modern "Politician" coins in my opinion. This example is superb, with deep luster and almost perfect design details. It's hard to believe the design is almost 80 years old.

1943-D 5C MS67+ FS PCGS #84020

The added silver gives war nickels a different look with deeply lustrous surfaces and nice patina. This example demonstrates reverse die polish lines and exceptional detail.

1794 H10C VF20 PCGS #4250

Minted five years prior to Washington's death, the 1794 half dime is rare in all grades with only 7,756 coin minted. While not in a high state of preservation, it demonstrates adequate detail and a pleasing patina. Die cracks are abundant. The lack of denomination is reminiscent of a more sensible age. Think of where it has been!

1796 H10C LIKERTY F15 PCGS #4254

I figured out what this coin cost me in dollars per gram and I shouldn't have. This little coin saw plenty of action back in its day but somehow survived without any significant blemishes except for a small rim hit at the 6 o'clock position. All small-eagle material is special, but only 10,230 of these were produced. Perhaps 500 survive in all grades. Detail is perhaps slightly weak for grade, but smooth surfaces and even toning add significant appeal.

1837 H10C No Stars, Small Date MS62 PCGS #4312

The small date variety is identified by the flat-top "1". I have always loved the no-stars variety as these coins are like miniature Gobrecht dollars. This example is extraordinarily nice for the assigned grade. Luster is outstanding and the patina radiates nice shades of green and gold.

1805 10C 4 Berries F15 PCGS #38769

Early US type is always fantastic, even at relatively low grades. This coin shows the evidence of many travels and clearly served its intended purpose well. Crusty, toned, and without distracting marks is a perfect look for a 210 year-old coin.

1834 10C Large 4 AU58 PCGS #38873

This little coin is a fantastic representative of type with no distracting marks and superb detail. It shows layers upon layers of originality and just a trace of wear, primarily discernible from a few faint contact lines. Luster pops through the patina. From the recently auctioned Gorman collection of Capped Bust Dime varieties which contained 122/123 of the known die marriages.

1886 10C MS65 PCGS #4696

Well-struck, lustrous, and great eye appeal with blazing orange and rose surfaces. For a type coin, it's hard to do better.

1910 10C MS67+ PCGS #4854

Ex. Duckor. This little coin is just incredible with sharp detail and virtually perfect surfaces. Brilliant luster erupts through a nice golden patina. One one example has graded higher, a beautiful 68+ from the Simpson collection.

1939-D 10C MS68+ FB PCGS #5019

The talents of Mr. Weinman are masterfully displayed in this timeless renaissance design. This superb jewel sports blazing, penetrating luster that boasts vibrant splashes of color. One trivial hit on the fasces is all that keeps this coin apart from the finest known in the entire series.

1946-S 10C MS67+ FB PCGS #85084

I don't love the design of these miniscule coins, but this example is technically fantastic. Sharp detail, booming luster, and nice eye appeal are all present.

1875-CC 20C MS62 PCGS #5297

The dip bucket spared only a few Seated Liberty coins and most double-dimes are dull, boring things. This little example shows a nice patina, attractive color, adequate luster, but a bit of softness in the central devices. One is allowed a few compromises to include issues from the smaller mints.

1806 25C F12 PCGS #5314

Early bust type is cool no matter what it is. This piece is as close as I'll ever get to a 1796 quarter. It's nice, with only a single well-concealed hit in Liberty's top curl. From Gary Adkins.

1831 25C Large Letters AU55 PCGS #38984

Just a really nice original Bust quarter. Was NGC AU58. Ex. Jules Reiver.

1861 25C MS64 PCGS #5454

I once found an 1861 quarter in a junk silver lot. It was my introduction to Seated Liberty coins and and since then this particular issue has always fascinated me. I've been looking for a BU coin for several years. For a relatively common Civil War coin, nice ones are surprisingly hard to locate. This one is not terribly flashy, showy, or perfectly clean. However, it is solid in every attribute and I think it is perfect for the assigned grade.

1889 25C MS65 PCGS #5522

Many of the late-date seated quarters had low mintages and this coin is one of only 12,000. This particular specimen is a magnificent representative with deep radiating luster and excellent detail. Obverse and reverse patina is perfectly matched and features champagne centers deepening to electric blue at the rims. Detail is complete. From Tom Bush.

1916-D 25C MS67 PCGS #5674

This coin is just fun to examine. Detail is good with just a touch of softness on star 11, the upper-right of the shield (which is almost universal) and the eagle's left claw. Color is exceptional with shades of silver-green and pink. Luster really pushes this coin into the upper grades and cascades over the surfaces nicely. A few linear toning breaks could easily be mistaken for scratches, but there is no disturbance of metal or luster in these areas. The 16-D is a common coin in gem condition, but this example is a cut above.

1917 25C Type 1 MS66FH PCGS #5707

What a wonderful, gorgeous, stunning coin! Eye appeal is off the charts. SLQ's simply do not come like this. The coin is hammered, insanely lustrous, and technically excellent. Some examples might be graded higher, but it would be virtually impossible to find one better. From Tom Bush.

1930-S 25C MS66FH PCGS #5781

Slightly soft strike, but a nice overall look.

1946-S 25C MS67+ PCGS #5832

A glowing salmon/cinnamon patina adds to the nearly flawless surfaces of this Washington. Other than a touch of softness of detail in the eagle's breast feathers there isn't much to complain about here. From Larry Shapiro.

1795 50C F15 PCGS #6052

I love coins with character. This 200+ year old coin has developed a pleasing patina over the years. The rugged veteran of commerce earned a few minor scattered abrasions but nothing that detracts from a classic design. It's amazing to consider that it was minted four years prior to Washington's death. O-125, R4.

1806 50C Pointed 6, No Stem AU50 PCGS #6073

Wow! Eye appeal and originality are off the charts here. Luster is deep and glowing. So very few coins from this era look like this. From John Agre.

1812 50C MS64+ PCGS #6100

I decided to look for a common-date CBH for my type set and was going through lots at a Heritage Auction when this one popped up. The deep luster of this piece drew me in, and somehow I ended up with an early coin, full of character. O-103.

1837 50C Reeded Edge MS62 PCGS #531071

I'm not sure why, but a nice Reeded-Edge half has eluded me for many years. The vast majority of these are really lacking in eye appeal. This one is no gem, but it has nice surfaces and better-than-expected luster. I'm guessing that the toning is secondary to a remote dipm, but it has come back nicely. Interesting prominent strike weakness is seen around the 6 o'clock reverse and 12 o'clock obverse. This is undoubtedly the grade-limiting attribute of the coin.

1838 50C Reeded Edge AU50 PCGS #6177

Reeded-Edge half dollars are one of the more interesting subtypes in Bust coinage. This one looks old, and probably did its job well.

1853 50C Arrows and Rays XF45 PCGS #6275

The Arrows and Rays one-year type coin is a beauty. These are ridiculously expensive in most MS grades so this example suits me nicely. Color is outstanding for a circulated piece. This one was probably stored in an album for years. There is a bit of strike weakness on stars 6 and 7, but little else to complain about. In-hand, quite a bit of mint luster remains.

1876-S 50C MS65+ PCGS #6354

This coin is a fabulous example of type, with great originality, sharp detail, and deep, beaming luster. We owe a large debt to prior generations who safeguarded treasures like this one.

1906-D 50C MS66 PCGS #6505

The Barber Half is the most difficult coin in the typical 20th Century Type Set. This example displays immensely lustrous devices above a light rim toning. Slight weakness of strike is seen on stars 11 & 12 and also in the upper right of the shield and adjacent eagle's wing. Not much else to complain about here! From Mark Feld via Heritage Auction.

1940 50C MS67+ PCGS #6609

Walkers are some of my favorite coins, especially the early dates. For a type coin, this one makes the cut. The design is easily in my top 5 of all US coins. This example is well-struck with just a bit of typical weakness on the hand and chest of the eagle. Luster in-hand is really nice and cascading. A bit of rim toning adds to the effect.

1957 50C MS67FBL PCGS #86672

The Franklin Half is a strange coin, with a ridiculously small eagle and flat, bland obverse. The coin honors a great American and fits squarely between the beautiful Renaissance Walking Liberty and the modern politician Kennedy design. This example is superb, with deep luster emanating through fantastic color. From Larry Shapiro.

1964-D 50C MS66+ PCGS #6707

A splendid example of a design that is getting tired. Luster and strike are quite nice and overwhelm the few miniscule hits.

1795 $1 2 Leaves F12 PCGS #6853

A tremendous coin which came to me via Mark Feld after many stops along the way. It was sold to a B&M by an old man carrying it in his pocket with loose change. Strong obverse clashes add character. The overlay photo shows how these happened. Outstanding detail for grade. B-9 BB-13 Die State 2. I now have the old ANACS photocertificate that goes with the coin.

1795 $1 2 Leaves F12 PCGS #6853

A tremendous coin which came to me via Mark Feld after many stops along the way. It was sold to a B&M by an old man carrying it in his pocket with loose change. Strong obverse clashes add character. The overlay photo shows how these happened. Outstanding detail for grade. B-9 BB-13 Die State 2. I now have the old ANACS photocertificate that goes with the coin.

1797 $1 9X7 Large Letters VF30 PCGS #6863

The duration of the hunt for this coin set a new personal record. Small Eagle dollars aren't terribly difficult to locate, but good luck finding nice ones! The present example is nice for the grade and, apart from a small rim bump, is free of any distractions.

1798 $1 Large Eagle VF30 PCGS #6873

A nice early dollar with deep red-brown toning and no distracting marks. A small area of retained luster is seen on the eagle's right wing. From Mark Feld.

1843 $1 AU53 PCGS #6929

This dollar is a nice example of the clean, open design of no-motto seated coins. Nice original color with exceptional detail for grade. From HLRC.

1869 $1 MS62 PCGS #6962

In general, I prefer the clean look of the no-motto dollars but this example is stunning. Like most coins of this era there is a good chance it was dipped, but if so, it has returned with outstanding color. Luster and eye appeal are quite nice for the assigned grade. From a Heritage auction via Mark Feld.

1878-S T$1 Trade AU58 PCGS #7048

This is my kind of AU58! There is almost no wear and no distracting features apart from a few scattered hairlines on the obverse. Really tremendous color in-hand.

1900 $1 MS66+ PCGS #7264

For some reason I prefer Peace Dollars, but this Morgan is a great example. Strike is slightly soft, but the toning and surfaces are nice.

1921 $1 Peace MS66 PCGS #7356

A collection is defined by its key dates and this is especially true of the 1921, the only coin in the series true to de Francisci's original design. This example has stellar luster and is beautifully toned in shades of gold, green, and magenta. This coin surely sat for years in an album. A real American Beauty! Sadly, this is the last of our nation's coin designs to feature Liberty and the last true silver dollar. From a Heritage Auction with help from Mark Feld.

1925 $1 MS67 PCGS #7365

Wow, what a coin! Peace dollars like this one are few and far between. This is the only Peace dollar I've personally seen with NO frost breaks. One little reedmark in the hair is the only visible flaw. Interesting die polish is noted around "IN GOD". From Larry Shapiro... He liked it so much it's featured in the logo of his website. ;)

1854 G$1 Type 1 MS64 PCGS #7525

The little Type I gold dollar is the nation's smallest coin. At a whopping 13mm in diameter, this series would not be a good choice for the visually-impaired. This example sports really nice detail and luster. The obverse would command a gem designation but is held back by the slightly weaker reverse.

1834 $2.50 Classic Head XF40 PCGS #7692

This piece has a nice crusty look consistent with its age. In-hand, it also demonstrates about 20 degrees of die rotation. From Gary Adkins.

1905 $2.50 MS65 PCGS #7857

Nice luster, solid strike, and clean surfaces combine to create a beautiful gem.

1925-D $2.50 MS64+ PCGS #7949

Along with the half-eagle, the incuse design of the Indian Quarter Eagle creates a memorable impression. This near-gem example shows sharp detail and nice luster.

1878 $3 AU58 PCGS #8000

From Russ Augustin. One of my favorite pieces. Exquisite for grade with ample luster and no distracting marks.

1852-D $5 XF45 PCGS #8252

Sometimes D does not stand for Denver. This is one of those times. This little coin has really nice character and richness of color that is appropriate to its age and a bit of time in commerce. Southern gold has a unique charm. This coin shows perfectly forgivable weakness in strike but enough luster that it could easily be in a lower-AU holder. From Doug Winter. 32-V.

1902-S $5 MS65 PCGS #8406

The Liberty Half Eagle is a coin that spans an incredible range of dates. This 20th Century example sports really nice surfaces and deep, rich luster. It looks as nice as the day it was made.

1912 $5 MS64+ PCGS #8523

The iconic Bela Pratt design is an American classic, and the incuse design represents a significant departure from tradition. This example demonstrates full detail and cascading luster over both the raised fields and devices. Only a few upper-right reverse field marks keep it from full gem status.

1799 $10 Large Stars Obverse AU50 PCGS #8562

For me, it was a longtime goal to someday own an 18th Century Eagle. I started looking in 2016 and started seeing what I had been told - that most had been dipped and stripped. Those were nice enough, but lacked the soul that should accompany a 200+ year old coin. A handful of others were beautiful, but outside of my budget in MS grades. Finally, this one showed up and looked to be perfect. It's a BD-2, and is one of an estimated 35-45 extant coins from this die pair. Detail is amazingly sharp with full rims and dentils. Feather and hair detail is complete. A few very light adjustment marks are seen on the shield. Plenty of luster remains and it's quite lively in-hand. By today's standards it would probably grade higher, but it's just fine in the rattler holder. What a treat!

1901-S $10 MS61 PCGS #8749

I don't know about you, but to me this is pretty cool. The coin is a fantastic example of type and the holder can't be beat. From RYK.

1904 $20 MS65 PCGS #9045

Liberty Double Eagles are impressive coins which represented an enormous store of value when produced. This common-date example demonstrates booming luster and no significant distractions. It's a true gem in every way.

1914-S $20 MS65+ PCGS #9166

This coin is just outstanding with rich color and deep luster. The surfaces demonstrate a flashy, pebbly surface that has the feel of old, original gold. The coin was part of the Crawford Collection and eventually made its way to the Simpson collection. It eventually made its way to RYK and I was lucky enough to acquire it from Doug Winter when he sold the bulk of his collection.