Liberty Seated Half Dollars

1839 to 1855

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Liberty Seated Half Dollar varieties are attributed using Bill Bugert's multiple volume "A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties" and will be referenced as WB. Variety collectors are urged to add these Registers to their numismatic libraries.

There are 28 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on July 2, 2024

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1839 1839
With Drapery
MS64
PCGS Rattler
5083102
WB-5
Gem $9500 With Drapery, Gem Original, Newtown Collection.. Light russet toning at the rims highlights the swirling, frosted luster of this GFRC-rated Gem example. Occasional shades of olive and blue-green are additionally evident at the dentils, and the vibrant eye appeal is undeniable. Strike is typical, with some softness in the left leg. WB-5, with repunching in the 8. The CAC population is 58 pieces in all grades, with eight coins at MS64 and five examples higher, all at MS65. This piece won't sell cheaply, but coins of this quality are rarely acquired at bargain prices. Housed in a PCGS Gen 1.2 (1986-1989) rattler holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
With Drapery
MS64 PCGS
3423500
WB-5
Choice $5000 With Drapery, Choice Original, Newtown Collection.. Thick, old-time toning covers both sides of this With Drapery example. The rims reveal deep olive and slate patina, while the centers exhibit light rose and grey color. Cartwheels are active on both sides and original Mint frost is readily apparent. WB-7, with arcing lines through the skirt. This is a remnant of the lathe lines imparted during the creation of die, which normally were smoothed out by hand. In this case, the engraver was a bit hasty. The left leg is softly impressed, which is common among earlier-date Seated halves. PCGS has certified 20 examples in MS64 with only five finer, all at MS65. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) holder.
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
AU55 NGC
6771827002

Original $5500 New Orleans Medium Letters Reverse, No Mintmark, Late Die State, Osprey Collection. A special high grade offering of the 1840(O) design type for the advanced collector. The 1840(O) die pairing is necessary for both date/mintmark and type sets resulting in significant demand. The ongoing challenge is locating a choice original specimen as many are well worn or have been molested. GFRC is excited to be offering a mid grade AU example with golden gun metal gray patina and steely fields. The limited wear allows insight into the die rust throughout Liberty's gown lines. Bright light inspection reveals reflective luster and some embedded gold. A 10x inspection revealed chatter in the right obverse field that precludes a GFRC-Choice quality rating. Freshly graded and housed in new large font NGC holder. The 1840-(O) MED LETTERS attribution is illustrated on the NGC label. This lot has been to CAC for review and did not sticker as I'm certain that someone will ask the question.
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
AU53 PCGS
45878902
WB-4
Original $3150 New May 15! No Mintmark Reverse of 1839, Steely-Frosted Surfaces, Untoned, Newtown Collection. By now, Liberty Seated collectors recognize the importance of the 1840-O WB-4 die variety as struck by a mintmark less reverse die left over from the reeded edge Capped Bust era. This variety is straightforward to identify due to the larger reverse lettering and four different die cracks that exit to the rim. This Newtown release is well struck with die rust throughout the center motif. Fields present a steely texture resulting in reflective luster. The surfaces are untoned, probably from a past dip. During a 10x review, there are no marks worthy of mention. This variety has a limited population in AU grades and become quite rare in Mint State. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2024) holder.
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
Reverse of 1838
VF30 PCGS
18715992
WB-4
Original $1200 Popular Reverse of 1838 Type Coin, Light Gray, Steely Fields, New Orleans Collection. Consignor Price Reduction. The New Orleans Collection has released an example of the popular 1840 New Orleans struck half with a leftover bust era reverse die that lacks a mintmark. The reverse was previously employed for striking Reeded Edge design coinage during 1839 where the mintmark was placed on the obverse. Demand is always high for this issue since required for both a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set along with early coinage type sets. This survivor features even light gray surfaces with golden highlights. The characteristic die crack from the arrow feathers to HAL(F) is present and visible in the images. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
AU58 NGC
595467006
WB-7
Choice HOLD
$950
Very Small O, Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Sooner Collection. The initial year of Liberty Seated half dollar production at the New Orleans mint brought the usage of a Small Letters reverse. This surviving example offers noteworthy eye appeal along with choice surfaces and steely-frosted luster. Faint gold covers both sides with darker shades towards the peripheries. Mint frost surrounds the stars and date along with being present throughout Liberty's gown and within the shield. The same is true for the reverse with ample mint frost in the fields, surrounding the legend and within the eagle feathers. Obverse strike is complete while the reverse only lacks full definition of the lower left facing eagle left and claws. Housed in NGC Gen 7 (1997-2000) holder, Ex New Jersey and Newtown Collections.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
AU58 NGC
3099766013
WB-1
Choice $1260 Excellent WB-1 Variety Example, Steely Frosted Luster, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection. Steely frosted luster and light gray patina are consistent on both sides of this semi-scarce 1841-O WB-1 strike, When viewed under a bright light, some embedded gold, rose, and blues are seen. Strike is complete and reveals the full extend of the reverse die cracks through the eagle to the rim. Fields are essentially unabraded with the right obverse field and upper reverse being well preserved and with any contact marks. This is a fully choice example that is attractive priced for the overall quality. Housed in NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder. Ex Steve Studer Collection and last sold at March 2021 Stacks auction where it realized $1320.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
AU58 PCGS
27432425
WB-7
Original HOLD
$1400
Original, Emerald Collection.. Largely untoned surfaces admit smoky gray patina at the rims, more so on the reverse. Scattered marks are consistent with the assigned grade. WB-7, with a lump near star 10 and a die line extending from the third leaf on the left. This reverse is reused on the 1842-O WB-1. Typically struck, as is the Bugert plate coin, with softness in the head, stars, and feathers. PCGS notes 342 coins total, with 18 pieces in AU58 and 43 examples at the Mint State level. The PCGS guide price is $1,750 in AU58. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2012-2013) holder. PCGS #6237.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
MS62
PCGS
33491102
WB-8
Choice $2750 Choice Original, Newtown Collection. Brilliant satiny luster radiates through the pale pewter-dove-silver tone that caresses the surfaces of both sides. A full strike is apparent with the reverse die beginning to shatter, with die cracks coming in from the rim at 3:30 through the right wing and from the rim at 6:30, passing between AL and piercing the eagle's left talon, through the body, and ending in the field in front of the beak. Close inspection does reveal some minor scuffs on the reverse above the eagle's head, but nothing that is out of the ordinary for the MS62 grade, and the eye appeal is very strong for the grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval. Another fine release from the Newtown Collection that should garner immediate interest.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
VF30 NGC
3228846006

Choice $215 Crusty Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Sooner Collection. This Sooner Collection release offers thick crusty gray patina that is consistent on both sides. Surfaces are essentially unabraded for the time in circulation. The TPG grading is accurate too. A lovely 1843-O half dollar lot that would fit nicely into a mid-grade circulated set given the attractive pricing. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
AU55 PCGS
27480105
WB-12
Choice $700 Cracked Dies, Steely Frosted Luster, Choice Surfaces, Emerald Collection. A choice example of the WB-12 die pairing during a late die state with die cracks throughout the obverse and reverse dies. Steely-frosted luster is readily evident during angled lighting inspection and consistent with the certified grade. Strike is fully executed and nicely complete towards showcasing the cracked dies. Fields have a few scattered micro-ticks of no consequence. This Emerald Collection offering is ideal for the die variety specialist. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
MS61 PCGS
43000313
WB-12
Choice $1065 Splendid Eye Appeal, Steely Reflectance, Swirling Cartwheels, Peripheral Copper-Gold, Quito Collection. Consignor Price Reduction. A lovely 1844 WB-12 Seated half that brings eye appeal of a high grade. Steely fields radiate bold reflectance along with swirling cartwheels. Coloration is gold with darker copper-gold at the peripheries. Why certified at the MS61 level? The upper right obverse field has chatter and one notable abrasion that is well hidden by the toning. A thoroughly pleasing offering that is well balance and worthy of the offer price. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
EF45
PCGS
28927551
WB-13
Choice $500 New July 2! Steely Fields, Bold Strike, Conservative Grading, Near-Gem Original, Port Matilda Collection.. Regardless of the strong offer price, I'm going with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation for this newest Port Matilda Collection release. The lot has been conservatively graded with bold devices and limited wear. Under a bright light, the fields are quite steely with considerable reflectance. The overall strike is complete with a high relief scroll and breasts that are just lightly worn. Toning is lovely bluish-gray that many collectors strive to locate. The CAC approved census currently is 62 pieces with 15 at the offered grade. Part of a three piece 1844 themed offering that should be purchased together as a starting point for a much broader project in CAC approved circulated grades. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
MS62 PCGS
33950126
WB-4
Choice $1450 Overlapping 8s in Denticle, Fully Struck, Fiery Orange-Gray Surfaces, Conservative Grading, Newton Collection.. This 1844 WB-4 is a noteworthy Newtown Collection duplicate and perfect Mint State specimen for the advanced collector. Strike is fully executed with all stars rounded along with deeply impressed hair curls. The reverse is also fully struck. Choice surfaces and luster appear to be superior for the certified MS62 grade level. In hand viewing, as seen in the GFRC images, results in gray-rose coloration. Under angled lighting, fiery natural orange-gray coloring is exposed throughout obverse and reverse. Blemishes are to a minimum with only two faint bag marks in the upper left reverse field that are old time and completely toned. This is an exceptional piece with the doubled misplaced 8 digits in the denticles directly below the space between 1(84)4 and a thick arcing line in the denticles above (UNIT)ED per the Bugert Register on Philadelphia die varieties. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
EF45 PCGS
13255602
WB-11
Original $395 Dirty Gray Patina, Steely-Foelds, Near-Choice, New Orleans Collection. Steely reflective fields are readily apparent, when viewed under a bright light, for this 1844-O WB-11 Seated half. In-hand inspection indicates a thin dirty gray patina that is consistent on both sides. Strike is typical with weakness at the eagle claws and leg facing leg. Sime obverse field hairlines preclude a full Choice quality rating. The WB-11 reverse diagnostics are clear under a 10x. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Doubled Date
EF45 NGC
2562207004
FS-301
Original $4000 Popular Doubled Date, Original, Sunset Collection. The 1844-O Doubled Date is one of the most popular verities in the Seated half series, with a plainly doubled date repunched to the south. The coiner initially placed the date far too high within the exergue and was forced to reposition and try again. The blundered date is readily apparent, and there is no need for a 16x loupe to reveal some subtle detail. This piece exhibits silver-gray shading with burnt tan at the lower rims, in addition to an aqua splash at the base of Liberty. The residual luster is partially mirrored. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert. NGC has certified 21 pieces in all grades, with nine higher, all at the AU level.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Doubled Date
VF35 PCGS
34010264
WB-22 WB-103
Original $2000 Popular Doubled Date, Light Gray Surfaces, Newtown Collection. Consignor Price Reduction. One of the more spectacular errors in all of U.S. coinage, the 1844-O double date exhibits a bold repunched date well north of the usual placement. This attractive specimen is toned a uniform light gray with darker shades at the peripheries. New Orleans Seated coins come with a variety of striking characteristics, and this piece is typical with some softness on the left leg. Fields are moderately reflective which is typical of the issue. An important offering from the Newtown Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
MS63 PCGS
83712290
WB-9
Choice $3250 Brilliant Frosted Luster, Choice Original, LaSalle Collection.. Handling Mint State Liberty Seated halves brings the opportunity to study native mint bloom that yields bright light radiance. This 1845-O WB-9 lot offers steely-frosted luster along with active cartwheels. Light gold toning, on the obverse, becomes more prevalent on the reverse. Strike is hammered as every minute device detail is clearly presented. At first glance, one might wonder why an early 19th century survivor, with this amount of eye appeal, could only be graded MS63. Upon 10x inspection, faint hairlines are seen in the right and light obverse fields. Though not impeding the luster, they can be seen by a TPG grader. Please note the fair auction reserve for potential acquisition. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. PCGS #6249.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
6/Horizontal 6
AU55
PCGS
20198692
WB-7
Gem $5750 New May 15! 6/Horizontal 6, Steely Fields, Light Gold, Gem Eye Appeal, Newtown Collection. The 1846 6 over horizontal 6 is a great "eyeball" die variety that is one of the most obvious in the Liberty Seated half dollar series. After punching the 184 digits with a three digit logotype, the mint engraver mistakenly punched the final 6 digit at a 90 degree angle. Realizing his mistake, he then punched the 6 digit in the correct position without an attempt to efface the former. Talk about having a bad day! This Newtown lot warrants a GFRC-Gem quality rating for its superb preservation, undisturbed steely reflective lust and complete strike. The last PCGS auction appearance dates back to October 2016 and is a dipped out example. CAC has approved 21 in all grades with six finer at the MS63/MS64 level with five figure premiums. The CAC price guide is $3,900 at the certified grade and increasing to $6,000 in MS60. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2024) holder with CAC approval. The PCGS label captures the attribution as WB-7, RPD FS-301, 6/Horiz 6 with a Randy Wiley pedigree.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Medium Date
MS64
PCGS
38453734
WB-1
Choice $5850 New May 17! Gorgeous Bright Light Eye Appeal, Lightly Mirrored Obverse, Near-Gem Original, Newtown Collection. This 1846 Medium Date WB-1 half warrants a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation as the bright light eye appeal is simply outstanding. This is a dual sided finish Newtown release with the obverse being lightly mirrored while the reverse is steely-frosted. Under a bright light, the darker olive gold-gray obverse toning melts away to reveal center pastel rose surrounded by a gorgeous peripheral yellow-gold ring. The eye appeal is compelling here. The reverse offers the similar center rose framed by aquamarine at the rims. The overall strike is complete other than a touch of weakness at the left facing claw. This lot showcases the WB-1 die pairing with boldly cracked reverse at (STA)TES and is way better in-hand than on the images. Please trust me here. Ideal as a No Motto type coin. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
VF35 ANACS
5270403
WB-12
Choice $335 Early Die State, Gray-Gold, Blue Device Halos, Emerald Collection.. Forget the gold label ANACS and just focus on this lovely 1846 Tall Date WB-12 offering from the Emerald Collection. Surfaces are toned a base light gray along with lovely blue halos surrounding most devices. The bright light viewing experience is most pleasing. A few scattered field ticks do not distract. Strike is essentially complete. Housed in new ANACS gold label holder with "Tall Date" indicated on the label.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
AU53 PCGS
24987468
WB-16
Choice $695 Medium Date, Lightly Mirrored Obverse, Rose-Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces. An early die state WB-16 example with a partially mirrored obverse strike and complimentary frosted reverse. How I enjoy handling dual finishes on Liberty Seated coinage. The reverse shows a faint die state at UNITED that become progressively more severe. This is a absolutely choice example with rose-gray dressing up the obverse reflectance while the reverse is an even light gray with peripheral blue shades. Fields are essentially unabraded and pleasing while the strike is typical. Overall a solid example that secures a GFRC-Choice quality rating. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2012-2013) holder. The label captures the Medium Date attribution.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
MS63 NGC
667206010
WB-13
Choice $2000 Repunched 184, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection. Protected areas host russet patina while the high points retain original silver color, all surrounded by more deeply shaded rims. Original Mint bloom is frosty and exhibits luster consistent with the technical grade. WB-13, with a downward sloping date and a tine to the left of the serif of 1. The strike is typical, with soft stars and weakness beneath the reverse shield. Some surface chatter is evident in the right obverse field. Housed in an NGC Gen 9 (2001-2003) holder. NGC has certified 12 pieces higher, all in MS64 and MS65.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
AU50 NGC
3817185007
WB-1
Original $675 New June 21! Difficult Date, Rose-Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Residual Steely Luster, Sooner Collection. 1849 New Orleans strikes always command respect when found. The date is scarce in AU and rare in Mint State. It appears that the large 2.3 million mintage went into circulation and remained there. Some may have become part of the silver arbitrage between 1850 and 1852. All New Orleans date of that period are much scarcer than their mintage would suggest due to export and melting for their silver bullion. This former Sooner Collection example returns to the price list for a second appearance. Fields have a steely texture and still retain luster during bright light review. Overall toning is a steely rose-gray with darker peripheral coloring that includes light blues and gold. Strike is typical with a few marks in the upper left reverse field. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
MS61 PCGS
83977936
WB-10
Choice $1750 Challenging In Mint State, Rusted Obverse Die, Choice Original, Newtown Collection. A crusty original Mint State example of the challenging 1849 New Orleans date that is conservatively graded. Advanced collectors of the Liberty Seated half dollar series should pay special attention to this offering. A no question uncirculated example with natural surfaces and reflective golden luster under a bright light. The obverse is rusted consistent with the WB-10 variety diagnostics. Die rust is seen within upper and lower gown folds and within the spaces between vertical shield lines. Strike is crisply executed with bold head details and hair curls while all stars have connected center points. Toning is thick and crusty with ebony coloring at the date and within the lower right field area. There are no blemishes worthy of mention. Reverse toning is more transparent than on the obverse. Adding a light source exposes reflection gold-rose fields that nicely contrast with the bold eagle. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. A lovely duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
MS64 PCGS
33841350
WB-2
Choice $5500 Rare Philadelphia Date, Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection. Brilliant, frosty luster reveals a pleasing mélange of color on both sides, with scattered shades of olive and blue-green splashed atop an underlying palette of silver-rose. The reverse shading is deeper, with aqua rims surrounding more intense gray hue throughout. Scattered marks are more consistent with the MS63 grade, with the 64 likely awarded by PCGS for overall eye appeal. This is a much better date among Philadelphia Seated halves, with 227,000 pieces coined. Stars are sharply struck, while the eagle’s claws to the left blend together. WB-2, with a strong die clash in the reverse shield, and the last digit in the date repunched. The PCGS population is seven examples in MS64, with three pieces higher in all grades combined. This is a most attractive example of a challenging issue, and sure to please the new owner. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
EF45 PCGS
38606601
WB-2
Choice $2500 New June 23! Choice Original, Spring Branch Collection.. 1851 Philadelphia strikes are a key date in the Seated half series as struck in low quantities during the silver arbitrager period of 1850 to 1853. This example is largely untoned, with crescents of russet patina present on both rims. Traces of granular frosted mint bloom remain around the stars and within protected areas. WB-2, with remnants of a 1 present in the date and extended shield lines on the reverse. An obverse die crack connects star 8 to the top of the cap. This piece is sharply struck, with defined star centers and delineated claw joints. Substantial bidder attention will accompany the sale of this scarce piece. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. PCGS #6266.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
EF45 PCGS
15406730

Original $225 With Arrows Type, Sharp Reflective Surfaces, Gun Metal Bluish Gray, New Orleans Collection. Bold reflective luster originates from both faces of this New Orleans Collection 1854-O half when viewed under a bright light. Strike is bold though still lacking definition of the lower eagle left leg and claws. Coloration is best described as a gun metal gray with embedded blues. The obverse surfaces exhibit a faint amount of chatter leading to the Original quality rating. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
MS65 PCGS
35142422

Gem $5250 Gorgeous Steely-Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Hammered Strike. 1854 New Orleans struck Seated halves are well know for exhibiting a double strike outline or "halo" like features at the stars and date punch. This newly consigned example is so representative of the date with its brilliant frosted luster and vibrant cartwheels. The strike is absolutely hammered with every minute device detail fully struck. The mottled gray toning is much lighted in hand than on GFRC images. A thoroughly satisfying example that deserve a home in an advanced collector. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
EF45
CACG
617879900

Choice HOLD
$295
New June 7! Classic Coin Gray Eye Appeal, Accurately Grade, Choice Surfaces. GFRC images faithfully present the classic coin gray eye appeal offered by this 1855-O Seated half. A well preserved example with even wear and essential unabraded surfaces at the certified grade. Housed in new CAC Grading (2023) holder and graded consistent with CAC approval standards.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
VF30 PCGS
34387737
WB-1
Original $270 O/Horizontal O, Crusty Rose-Gray Skin, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection. A cool Liberty Seated half dollar variety with the first mintmark improperly punched in the horizontal direction. The first mintmark is seen at the top of the final punch. This example is accurately grade while the surfaces are overlaid with a thick rose gray-skin. Fields have a few ticks that are ancient and fully toned. Another variety offering from the Newtown Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.