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Half dimes sell

Capped Bust and Seated Liberty half dime sets purchased together for $2.2 million from one collector by Legend Numismatics were sold intact to another collector for an undisclosed price, the Lincroft, N.J., firm announced July 15.

Highlight of the two sets is the unique 1870-S half dime that is valued at $1.4 million. It is graded MS-64.

Not only do the sets include the great rarity, but when the 93 coins are considered together they comprise the top-rated sets of Capped Bust and Seated Liberty half dimes in the Professional Coin Grading Service Set RegistrySM.

Buyer of the two sets is an unnamed Western states collector, said Laura Sperber, Legend founder. Together, Sperber dubbed them the Law Collections.

“The buyer is especially excited about the Mint State Liberty Seated half dimes because they will complement his collection of proof half dimes,” Sperber explained.

“These sets have been a 16-year labor of love. It took a great deal of time, but it was tremendous fun and I loved putting them together,” said the unidentified Law Collector, who is from New Jersey and who began collecting half dimes in 1992.

He credited Sperber with locating 95 percent of the coins for him.

“I had real visions of putting together the ultimate set, and I finished it in 2008,” the Law Collector said.

For detailed information about the individual coins in the sets, visit Legend’s Web site at www.LegendCoin.com.

The firm can also be reached by telephoning toll-free (800) 743-2646.

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