After I graduated from college and landed my first job, I got my first early half dime, an 1800 “LIBEKTY.” This Red Book variety was created when Robert Scott, who probably made the dies, used a broken letter punch for the "R" in "LIBERTY" that had an open spot at the top. It is moderately scarce with perhaps 275 to 325 examples known. Here it is. And here is a close-up of the "LIBEKTY" The flat spot to the left of the eagle's beak is a die injury, not a defect on the coin. There are two "LIBEKTY" varieties. The other one does not have that injury, but since there are only 10 or so known, I'll pass. At any rate I am only collecting by Red Book vareity, so I don't need it. Over the years, I have collected all of the Red Book varieties except one, the 1802 half dime. This is a classic rarity that had been a collectors' treasure for over 150 years. The coin has always been out of my reach although I have seen seven or eight of the estimated 35 to 40 survivors. Heritage just auctioned one. It might be the worst known. Back in the mid 1970s I saw one like this at a coin show in Nutley, New Jersey. The asking price was $850, and it might have been this one, for all I know. At any rate, here it is. I would love to complete my set, but I could never bring myself to buy something like this. When I saw it in the auction, I speculated that someone would pay $10,000 for it, which seemed crazy to me. It reached that in the priliminary bidding before it got to the auction block. The selling price was $18,000. Oh well, I guess that will always be a hole in my set. It goes to show how far some collectors will go to fill a hole in a set.