My US Type Set - Part 1 - Half Cents

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by kanga, Jan 24, 2021.

  1. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    First I want to specify the criteria I've been used to decide what was to be included in my US Type Set.
    I looked at the following:
    -- the Red Book
    -- the PCGS Registry Type Sets
    -- the NGC Registry Type Sets
    -- the Dansco Type Set

    My first criterium was what to include.
    I finally decided that the NGC Registry Type Sets were the most complete.
    -- the NGC Registry 1792-1964 Copper/Nickel/Silver Type Set
    -- the NGC Registry 1834-1933 Gold Type Set
    Then I augmented them with some Red Book listed varieties that NGC didn't include.
    Currently my definition of a US type set includes 117 coins, some which I don't have -- yet :rolleyes:.

    My next criterium was grade.
    Basically it was the best coin I could afford AND was of reasonable quality to show what the US Mint had in mind.
    I tried for VF or better but had to back off that in a number of cases.
    I tried for original surfaces but had to go with DETAILS coins in some cases.

    Obviously I'm not going to show them all at once.
    I'll start with the half cents and keep each group to about 5 at a time.
    Fortunately there are only five half cents in my type set.

    1/2¢ Liberty Cap, Head Left 1793 NGC F-12 BN

    1/2¢ Liberty Cap, Head Right 1795 PCGS XF-40 Lettered Edge

    1/2¢ Draped Bust 1806 NGC AU-58 BN

    1/2¢ Classic Head 1834 NGC MS-63 BN C-1

    1/2¢ Braided Hair 1854 NGC MS-64 BN C-1

    Assuming I haven't botched this badly, in a couple days I'll start the 1¢ coins.
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  3. AuldFartte

    AuldFartte Supporter! Supporter

    That's a very nice set of Half Cents!
  4. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    Def. A great feat ! Can't wait for the Cents . That should take you awhile /. Good Luck. :)
  5. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    wow.gif Very nice set, I look forward to seeing the rest! thumbupp.gif
  6. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Very nice @kanga. It's a real challenge to even get close to completing any part of these sets when money is part of the equation as it is for most of us.

    My type set is very close to the same criteria you've used but I have included colonials with some colonial currency examples. Like you, I excluded the pre-1834 gold types, way too expensive for me. But I was surprised to see the NGC Registry set for copper/nickel/silver includes the 1792 date. Does it really include the 1792 half disme?
  7. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    As I recall, yes.
    But it's been a while since I looked and I believe NGC has been toying with their registry set definitions.
    I think Gobrecht Dollars were part of it too.
    I didn't even consider them also.
  8. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Great looking set.
  9. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    @kanga, My half cent type collection is also complete and one of these days I'll post it up but not now or here. I don't want to detract in any way from your fine achievement.
  10. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    Sounds like you've got a great half cent type set.

    In addition to what I showed, I also have a full Classic Head Half Cent set with all of the Cohen varieties.

    And I also have a full Braided Hair business strike half cent set (no 1852's because they are proofs).
    And I don't have any of the 1840-1849 proofs.
    I made a decision long ago not to collect proofs of anything.
    EXCEPTION: My birth year (1941) set includes the proofs.
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