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Most Popular Half Dollar Series

ZoinsZoins Posts: 34,110 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited April 3, 2022 3:49PM in U.S. Coin Forum

I was thinking about Liberty Seated Half Dollars given the 1843 Seated Half with Wild Reverse Die Cracks... thread by @MrEureka and my love of the Liberty Seated series, which got me wondering about popularity of various series. I wanted to compare these to say the Capped Bust Half Dollar series and was surprised by what I found:

  • 363 Early Half Dollars - Major Sets
  • 134 Liberty Seated Half Dollars - Major Sets
  • 222 Barber Half Dollars Major - Sets
  • 733 Walking Liberty Half Dollars - Major Sets
  • 2,334 Franklin Half Dollars - Major Sets
  • 1,503 Kennedy Half Dollars - Major Sets

I even checked Commemoratives:

  • 455 Silver Commemoratives 50 Piece Type Set, Circulation Strikes (1892-1954) - Major Sets
  • 147 Silver Commemoratives 144 Piece Mintmark & Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1892-1954) - Major Sets

I was surprised that Liberty Seated Half Dollars have the fewest sets given the LSCC to promote them.

I was also surprised by the strength of Frankies, Go Ben!

So... given the above, are the Liberty Seated Half Dollars one of the rarest sets to collect?

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    TomBTomB Posts: 20,896 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It wouldn't be one of the series that I hold near and dear; Reeded Edge half dollars.

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    JBNJBN Posts: 1,809 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Seated half dollars have two issues that are not attainable to any save the most wealthy collectors. Early small eagle half dollars are much the same.

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    jayPemjayPem Posts: 4,057 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm having a hard time understanding what your data points even are... are these registry sets or something?
    If so, I guess its reasonable to extrapolate the popularity of each type outward from there, but who really knows?
    I've never once considered doing a registry set or anything of the sort.
    I'm sure the majority of collectors out there are similarly uninvolved with them.
    Maybe a more accurate way to determine this might be to ask all of the coin folder and album manufacturers which albums they sell the most of?
    It kind of reminds me of that time Naploen called Uncle Ricos football tape pretty much the worst video ever made.. to which Kip replies.." Napoleon, like anyone could even know that..."

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    ZoinsZoins Posts: 34,110 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 3, 2022 6:19PM

    @jayPem said:
    I'm having a hard time understanding what your data points even are... are these registry sets or something?

    Yes. they are the sets maintained by this site's host, PCGS and Collectors Universe.

    If so, I guess its reasonable to extrapolate the popularity of each type outward from there, but who really knows?
    I've never once considered doing a registry set or anything of the sort.
    I'm sure the majority of collectors out there are similarly uninvolved with them.

    Sure, but if the inclination is similar across series, it should still provide a reasonably accurate picture.

    Maybe a more accurate way to determine this might be to ask all of the coin folder and album manufacturers which albums they sell the most of?

    It's an option if they publish that info. Do album publishers publish this data like Collectors Universe does for Registry Sets?

    It kind of reminds me of that time Naploen called Uncle Ricos football tape pretty much the worst video ever made.. to which Kip replies.." Napoleon, like anyone could even know that..."

    Did he have data across all types, like we do from PCGS Set Registry?

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    amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @crazyhounddog said:
    For whatever reason I find seated anything unattractive.

    :o

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    Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 11,235 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’ve collected walkers, Barbers, and seated half dollars.
    Walkers are challenging in a few dates and grades, Barbers are challenging in a significant number of dates and grades, and seated halves are extremely challenging in many dates and most grades.

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    alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,780 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 3, 2022 8:32PM

    @crazyhounddog said:
    For whatever reason I find seated anything unattractive.

    @amwldcoin said:

    @crazyhounddog said:
    For whatever reason I find seated anything unattractive.

    :o

    LMAO
    :o

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    ShaunBC5ShaunBC5 Posts: 1,650 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have several Walkers and lots of Franklins (almost a complete set). I can’t tell you I like either one better than the Seateds because Seateds have bee out of my price range except for just a type piece (which I’ll get around to). If the budget goes up, maybe I’ll venture into them and find out how popular they really are or aren’t for me.
    They might just sit in that sour spot between low budget guys like me and high budget guys and don’t get appropriate love from either of us.

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    jayPemjayPem Posts: 4,057 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Zoins said:

    @jayPem said:

    It kind of reminds me of that time Naploen called Uncle Ricos football tape pretty much the worst video ever made.. to which Kip replies.." Napoleon, like anyone could even know that..."

    Did he have data across all types, like we do from PCGS Set Registry?

    Ok, I gotta agree that the registry data is probably as good as any in terms of determining the ratio of set building between one half dollar type and another, sure...
    But, with the various fifty cent types, popularity is also a very emotional thing. Try to imagine the surge of energy one might feel acquiring their first 1796 half dollar, your first 1817/3, or a truly dcam 52?
    The chakras will open one after another and a fountain of pure energy will be released high into the sky.
    When it comes to really understanding what the most popular 50c piece is, I gotta agree with Kipper, how Could anyone even know that?

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    ZoinsZoins Posts: 34,110 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 3, 2022 10:59PM

    @jayPem said:

    @Zoins said:

    @jayPem said:

    It kind of reminds me of that time Naploen called Uncle Ricos football tape pretty much the worst video ever made.. to which Kip replies.." Napoleon, like anyone could even know that..."

    Did he have data across all types, like we do from PCGS Set Registry?

    Ok, I gotta agree that the registry data is probably as good as any in terms of determining the ratio of set building between one half dollar type and another, sure...
    But, with the various fifty cent types, popularity is also a very emotional thing. Try to imagine the surge of energy one might feel acquiring their first 1796 half dollar, your first 1817/3, or a truly dcam 52?
    The chakras will open one after another and a fountain of pure energy will be released high into the sky.

    I can imagine the surge of energy from my first CBH, LSH, WLH, BFH, and JFK :)

    That being said, my first purchases for those didn't release a "one after another" for me since I focus on attractively priced toners, and those can be really hard to come across!

    When it comes to really understanding what the most popular 50c piece is, I gotta agree with Kipper, how Could anyone even know that?

    Just look at Registry Sets, like this "I gotta agree that the registry data is probably as good as any in terms of determining the ratio of set building between one half dollar type and another" :)

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For me, I have always considered the WLH to be the most attractive half dollar coin in design. Far better than any of the other standard issues. I do have sets of the Franklin and Kennedy halves - but the WLH is best. Cheers, RickO

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    amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As per the registry numbers being used to determine which is the more popular...there are 2 flaws to this:

    1) availability of coins and number of sets possible.
    2) budget! Remove the constraints on folks having to collect on a budget and those rankings would change!

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    ZoinsZoins Posts: 34,110 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko said:
    For me, I have always considered the WLH to be the most attractive half dollar coin in design. Far better than any of the other standard issues. I do have sets of the Franklin and Kennedy halves - but the WLH is best. Cheers, RickO

    Good to know you have Franklin and Kennedy sets.

    Given your admiration of the WLH, do you have any WLH sets?

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