The Top 30

Before selecting the top-30 variety set we thought it best to define a set of objectives that we wished to achieve with this set.

  1. Increase collector knowledge.

    Raise awareness of Liberty Seated Dollars by creating an achievable collecting goal that includes not just dates and mintmarks but also varieties. This would require that collectors build an understanding of the die preparation process, die wear, and minting conditions in the mid 1800ís. We believe that collectors will become more dedicated not only to a particular series but to numismatics in general if time is taken to acquire this in-depth knowledge.

  2. Include a cross-section of variety types.

    Include variety types that are accepted and popular with collectors of all United States coinage. Important die variety types include repunched dates and mintmarks, misplaced date punches, excessive die wear and shattering of dies, and die doubling during the die hubbing process.



  3. Create an achievable but challenging set.

    The set must be achievable in circulated and/or Mint State grades, but at the same time must be a challenging project that brings a sense of accomplishment as it is assembled. The completion of a Top-30 Liberty Seated Dollar varieties set should be a major numismatic event, and should be recognized within the Liberty Seated Collectors Club.



Top-30 Seated Dollar Varieties


The following table lists the individual dates and varieties which make up the Liberty Seated Dollar Top-30 Variety Set.

Click the links below to view the details of each variety.

Top-30 ##
Variety
Type
Rarity
Description
1 1840 OC-2 R4+ Repunched Stars
2 1842 OC-7 Misplaced date R4+ Misplaced 2 in rock
Late die state with 3 full obverse rim cuds
3 1844 OC-1 Misplaced date
Doubled die obverse
R2 Doubled die obverse
Misplaced 18 in gown
4 1846 OC-P1 Repunched date R6- Boldly repunched date
5 1846-O OC-1 Rotated dies R5 Late die state with 45 degree die rotation
6a 1850 OC-1 Repunched date R3- Repunched 0
(2 die marriages share this variety)
6b 1850 OC-P1 Repunched date R6- Repunched 0
(2 die marriages share this variety)
7 1853 OC-1 R2 Chin Whiskers
8a 1854 OC-P2 Blundered date R6- Blundered date
(2 die marriages share this variety)
8b 1854 OC-P3 Blundered date R7 Blundered date
(2 die marriages share this variety)
9 1856 OC-1 Mispunched date R5 Mispunched 6
Early die state, states a or b
10 1859-S OC-1 Repunched date R2 Repunched 18
Early die state
11 1865 OC-1 Repunched letter R4+ Repunched U in UNITED
12 1865 OC-3 Repunched date R5+ Multiply Punched 5
13 1865 OC-4 Blundered date R4+ Bar 6
14 1865 OC-P2 Doubled die R3 Doubled die obverse
Doubled die reverse
15 1866 OC-1 Repunched date
Doubled die
R2 Repunched date
Doubled die reverse
16 1867 OC-1 Repunched date R2 Repunched date, large over small
17a1868 OC-2 Misplaced date R4- Misplaced digit, MPD-001
(2 die marriages share this variety)
17b1868 OC-3 Misplaced date R4- Misplaced digit, MPD-001
(2 die marriages share this variety)
18 1868 OC-P1 Misplaced date
Repunched date
R4+ Misplaced 18 on rim
Repunched 1
19 1869 OC-1 Doubled dies R4 Doubled die obverse
Doubled die reverse
20 1869 OC-2 Misplaced date
Rotated dies
R2 6 in denticles, MPD-001
Late die state with rotated reverse
21 1869 OC-3 Misplaced digit R3+ Misplaced 1
22 1869 OC-5 Misplaced date R3+ Multiple misplaced digits
23 1869 OC-6 Doubled die R5 Doubled die obverse
24 1870-CC OC-8 Rotated dies R5 Rotated dies
25 1871 OC-8 Doubled die R4 Doubled die obverse
26a 1871 OC-14 Misplaced date R5+ Misplaced 187 in denticles
(2 die marriages share this variety)
26b 1871 OC-12 Misplaced date R3+ Misplaced 187 in denticles
(2 die marriages share this variety)
27 1871-CC OC-1 Misplaced date R4+ Misplaced 1 in denticles
28 1872 OC-3 Misplaced date
Doubled die
R1 Misplaced digits in rock
Doubled die reverse
29a1872 OC-10 Misplaced date R5- Misplaced digit in denticles
(3 die marriages share this variety)
29b1872 OC-11 Misplaced date R5 Misplaced digit in denticles
(3 die marriages share this variety)
29c1872 OC-12 Misplaced date R6- Misplaced digit in denticles
(3 die marriages share this variety)
30a1872 OC-P1 Doubled die R2 Doubled die reverse
(2 die marriages share this variety)
30b1873 OC-P1 Doubled die R3 Doubled die reverse
(2 die marriages share this variety)

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