Len Augsburger published a nice article on Numismatic Literature for the
Liberty Seated Half Dime Collector in the Volume 8, Issue 12 (December 2012) issue of The E-Gobrecht, a publication of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club. Here's the first section, about two of the early publications on this series.
marathon trip thus turned into a long weekend vacation,
which included some time at the American Numismatic
Society, where I was able to review the literature
related to Liberty Seated half dimes.
The action begins in 1883, with Harold P.
Newlin’s A Classification of the Early Half-Dimes of
the United States. Published by John Haseltine in
Philadelphia, this volume was a natural extension of
Haseltine’s earlier (1881) Type Table, which enumerated
die varieties of silver dollars, halves, and quarters.
The Type Table, while a starting point, did not
comprehensively cover the Liberty Seated varieties,
and, sad to say, Newlin did not do much better. Nor
did he even make the pretense – “I do not propose to
give all the varieties of the later Half-dimes,” he
wrote, “for there are many, and differ so little, that it
would make this article too voluminous. I leave this
field for those, who, I hope, will write more at length
upon this subject, and will content myself by naming
only a few of the important varieties.” And that is
precisely what he did, confining discussion of Liberty
Seated half dimes to the major design types. With
printing limited to one hundred copies, the Newlin
work is thus a more appealing item to the literature
specialist, than to the collector attempting seated half dime attribution.
The record goes silent until 1927, when Will
W. Neil published a short article in the August, 1927
Numismatist, followed with an addenda in the December
issue noting a few later discoveries. Neil’s
effort is the first serious attempt at scaling the Liberty
Seated half dime variety summit.
of about a hundred varieties, perhaps reaching
only the base camp but at least getting started. There
are no plates here, and like the Beistle half dollar
study of the same period, this is problematic for the
collector. Some of these varieties are hard to attribute
even with plates!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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