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Finished my 1936-1942 Walking Liberty Half Proof PCGS+CAC Set ✅

P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

I bought my first WLH Proof in Feb 2021, a 1941 PR67 CAC to serve as my type set example. The flashy coin with original haze/toning was one I kept returning to, and later that year I casually embarked on assembling the 7-coin set of these. My criteria was PCGS+CAC, and retaining the original haze and/or iridescent toning that these coins picked up from being stored in their original packaging. CAC does sticker blast white examples, but they seem to prefer this look.




It's only a 7-coin set and these aren't rare by any means, but the restrictions of prior CAC-approval plus the surface characteristics forced patience. The 1936 is by far the scarcest of the issues, and I tracked my example down after perusing CoinFacts, seeing an example that fit my requirements, and then messaging the owner of the Registry set it was in and coming to terms in private treaty. If not for that, I might still be looking for the key date.




I recently sent the entire set to @FlyingAl for a photography session, and I couldn't be more pleased with how Alex captured the originality of the coins. Many collectors may prefer blast, brilliant white surfaces for these proofs, but I think the character of this "look" makes these special and stand out from the crowd. All of the photos below (and the 1936 above) were taken by Alex.





While my amateur photography leaves a lot to be desired, here's a group photo of the 7 sisters:



The set is currently ranked #10 in the PCGS Registry for CAC-approved examples. @winesteven has a beautiful blast white set that's ranked #5. I highly recommend this set to anyone who likes proof coins or Walkers!

Nothing is as expensive as free money.

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    pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,594 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice! WTG!!


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    Eldorado9Eldorado9 Posts: 2,113 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Really Gorgeous set! Love the originality of all these! Great photos by @FlyingAl too.

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    kazkaz Posts: 9,067 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's a beautiful set!

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    WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,355 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations on putting this set together.
    Hopefully it will inspire others to do this set.
    Wayne

    Kennedys are my quest...

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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,318 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is impressive, Eric. Congratulations on such a spectacular set. So refreshing to see a completed set all with the same toning hues. Thank you for sharing.
    Jim


    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.....Mark Twain
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    jfriedm56jfriedm56 Posts: 847 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations on the completion of your set. Quite the endeavor. I have also been in the pursuit of completing this set in PR-67, but without the toning. I'm more than half way there, but stalled as I have not been able to find the right ones to fit this set. Again congrats! Zack

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    lermishlermish Posts: 1,954 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lovely and unique set, well done!

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    P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @FlyingAl superb slab shots!! 💯

    Nothing is as expensive as free money.

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    winestevenwinesteven Posts: 4,077 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You did a phenomenal job in putting together your gorgeous set! As you indicated, you imposed two significant hurdles - having that great eye appeal that most serious collectors prefer, and finding those coins in the grade you want (with the eye appeal you want), and that each merit a CAC sticker!

    Enjoy. and kudos!!!!!!!!

    Steve

    A day without fine wine and working on your coin collection is like a day without sunshine!!!

    My collecting “Pride & Joy” is my PCGS Registry Dansco 7070 Set:
    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/type-sets/design-type-sets/complete-dansco-7070-modified-type-set-1796-date/publishedset/213996
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    ThreeCentSilverFLThreeCentSilverFL Posts: 1,659 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice set!

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    WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,976 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 30, 2024 10:12AM

    Beautiful set and remarkable achievement!

    I have often thought of putting a proof Walker set together, as those are coins that I've never obtained but have always admired.

    But, I keep getting pulled in other numismatic directions. Maybe SOMEDAY...

    Congrats!!

    “I may not believe in myself but I believe in what I’m doing” ~Jimmy Page~

    My Full Walker Registry Set (1916-1947)

    https://www.ngccoin.com/registry/competitive-sets/16292/

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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,318 ✭✭✭✭✭

    BTW Eric, what is the best organized article/book, in your opinion, that would offer a good guide for these proof coins?
    Jim


    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.....Mark Twain
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    johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,521 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice, I like 👍

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    CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,605 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jesbroken said:
    BTW Eric, what is the best organized article/book, in your opinion, that would offer a good guide for these proof coins?
    Jim

    I would like to answer your question! I think this book is great!

    https://wizardcoinsupply.com/united-states-proof-coins-1936-1942-eightieth-anniversary-edition

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
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    Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,364 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Pretty cool Walker proofs. What's not to like? Beautiful!!!

    Dave

    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
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    CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,605 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Love the set. Talk about a perfect design to capture in all its glory.

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
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    SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,257 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 30, 2024 1:17PM

    Nice set. What is that green check thing? Edit for mistype.

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    WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,976 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Smudge said:
    Nice we. What is that green check thing?

    It’s just an emoticon meaning that he’s completed the task.

    “I may not believe in myself but I believe in what I’m doing” ~Jimmy Page~

    My Full Walker Registry Set (1916-1947)

    https://www.ngccoin.com/registry/competitive-sets/16292/

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    SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,257 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Walkerfan said:

    @Smudge said:
    Nice we. What is that green check thing?

    It’s just an emoticon meaning that he’s completed the task.

    Ok, I guess a Whitman filled with junk silver wouldn’t count.

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    DeplorableDanDeplorableDan Posts: 2,560 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hell yea! I admire your set building efforts in making sure they all have the same “look”, you’re on a roll!

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    retirednowretirednow Posts: 474 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A very nice looking matched set and appeared you had accomplish your goal in a short order considering the desire for the same look. I like the TV's without the back grounds ... a nice presentation. well done

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    anablepanablep Posts: 5,032 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congrats on completing the set, you have a discerning eye. And the photography by @FlyingAl is top notch!

    Always looking for attractive rim toned Morgan and Peace dollars in PCGS or (older) ANA/ANACS holders!

    "Bongo hurtles along the rain soaked highway of life on underinflated bald retread tires."


    ~Wayne
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    CameonutCameonut Posts: 7,258 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice! Especially love that '36.

    “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson

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    goldengolden Posts: 9,069 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations!

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    Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,733 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice!

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    nwcoastnwcoast Posts: 2,845 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That’s really a beautiful set from one of my very favorite US coin series.
    Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

    Happy, humble, honored and proud recipient of the “You Suck” award 10/22/2014

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    JBNJBN Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations on a superb set. No designer initials example for 41 and the floating finger for your excellent 37.
    The photos (especially the full holder shots) show the set off beautifully. Wonderful set!
    Bears mentioning again - the 37 looks to be a really great coin!!!

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    ChangeInHistoryChangeInHistory Posts: 3,008 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations on completing the set!

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    P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JBN said:
    Congratulations on a superb set. No designer initials example for 41 and the floating finger for your excellent 37.
    The photos (especially the full holder shots) show the set off beautifully. Wonderful set!
    Bears mentioning again - the 37 looks to be a really great coin!!!

    The ‘37 was the most challenging to find for me, and the last coin acquired. Thanks for pointing out both of those varieties, as I hadn’t even realized. I need to reread the very good reference book suggested in the comments.

    Nothing is as expensive as free money.

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    jfriedm56jfriedm56 Posts: 847 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JBN said:
    Congratulations on a superb set. No designer initials example for 41 and the floating finger for your excellent 37.
    The photos (especially the full holder shots) show the set off beautifully. Wonderful set!
    Bears mentioning again - the 37 looks to be a really great coin!!!

    So I’ve never heard of the 1937 with the floating finger variety. I’m working on the same set, so of course I had to look at mine and bingo. Looks like mine is the same. Are these common on ‘37? And was this caused by over vigorous polishing of the die? Any stats on this variety? Thanks for answers in advance.

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    FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,857 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @P0CKETCHANGE said:

    @JBN said:
    Congratulations on a superb set. No designer initials example for 41 and the floating finger for your excellent 37.
    The photos (especially the full holder shots) show the set off beautifully. Wonderful set!
    Bears mentioning again - the 37 looks to be a really great coin!!!

    The ‘37 was the most challenging to find for me, and the last coin acquired. Thanks for pointing out both of those varieties, as I hadn’t even realized. I need to reread the very good reference book suggested in the comments.

    The floating finger is not a recognized variety.

    The “No AW” coins are.

    Both are caused by drastic over polishing of the dies, which lead to a lack of detail in the final coin.

    Young Numismatist, Coin Photographer.

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    Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Superb - excellent set.

    "When they can't find anything wrong with you, they create it!"

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    Ike1964Ike1964 Posts: 218 ✭✭✭

    Congratulations on completing your set. A great accomplishment.

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