Steve Crain Liberty Seated Half Dime Die Variety Reference Collection Now Online
I am pleased to announce that the Steve Crain Liberty Seated half dime die variety reference collection is now online, at https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/imagecollection/514182.
Steve has doggedly pursued Liberty Seated half dime die varieties for many years, and, when David Perkins approached me several months ago with the opportunity to document the collection, I knew we had to find a way to honor Steve's legacy, which represented the most comprehensive set ever built. Many of these pieces would not have been photographed in the normal course of business as their commercial value did not justify it. The research value, on the other hand, is a completely different story. We now have the best photographic guide to the Valentine varieties, with individual examples carefully sought out by Steve after much searching, numbering nearly a thousand coins altogether.
Primary funding for this project was provided by the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, with the Liberty Seated Collectors Club also contributing. Steve Herrman, author of the ongoing Bust half dollar die variety census, provided the photography. Finally, we are grateful to Dave Perkins and the Crain family for their permission to document the collection in this way.