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 125 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on October 8, 2018

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1839 1839
Drapery
AU55+
PCGS
85740346

Choice $1325 Drapery, Choice Original, Olive Gray Patina, Golden Reflective Luster, Accurately Graded. A choice original example with light olive gray patina during in hand inspection. Adding a light source unleashes golden hues that are bold and more prevalent on the reverse. Fields are lightly mirrored resulting in sharp reflective luster. Strike is typical with a few of the upper stars lacking connected centrils. I'm comfortable with the assigned AU55+ grade as there is faint rub on the left facing breast and lower leg. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Attributing With Drapery 1839 halves is difficult as date positions are very similar between WB-5, WB-6 and WB-7 along with few die markers. The three die pairings are consistently listed as R3 rarity.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
EF45
PCGS
25254244
WB-2
R3
Choice $2800 WB-2, Important No Drapery Type, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Better Than Average Strike. A popular type set coin along with being an important starting point to a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. GFRC has handled numerous examples with high sales rates. A quick check of the Sales Archive will bear this out. This PCGS EF45 graded example is most pleasing for a variety of reasons. First is the strict originality based on natural gun metal gray patina that covers both the obverse and reverse along with choice unabraided fields. Second is the better than average strike with nearly all stars having connected centrils and the lower reverse eagle details being strong. Few have been seen 100% struck. Finally, this lovely example performs well under a light source with fields exposing embedded blues. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert along with CAC approval. CAC approval captures choice surfaces, strictly originality and accurate grading.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
AU50 PCGS
34943793
WB-4
R4
Choice $3300 WB-4, Popular No Drapery Type, Choice Original, Steely Gray-Gold Reflective Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Better WB-4 R4 die pairing. A consistently popular type set coin along with being key to a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. I've handled numerous examples and they typically don't last long on the price list. I really like this PCGS AU50 graded example for several reasons. First is the steely gray-gold coloring that screams originality. Second is the reflective cartwheel luster that is more consistent with a higher grade. Strike is typical with lower eagle/claw weakness that is consistent for the date as few are ever seen 100% struck. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Let's see how long this pleasing example lasts on the GFRC price list.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
AU55+ NGC
3518212011

Original $650 New September 13! Old Album Toning, Reflective Luster, Original Surfaces, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. If old album silver toners are your cup of tea, then please consider this lovely 1840 rev of 1839 half dollar from the New Jersey Collection. Immediately noted is the reflective luster and rich old album colors on both sides. Let's take a walk through bright light coloring as the GFRC images provide an excellent view of in hand colors. With lighting, the obverse offers an aquamarine center than is mostly surrounding by yellow and burnt gold on three sides. The reverse has more traditional ring toning with a rich aquamarine center surrounded by burnt gold that finally transitions to deep blues at the periphery. Strike is typical with a with a few weak stars at Liberty's head. Finally, there is a divot above the 1 in the date and also a rim mark below the date that must be noted. Graded as AU55+ and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
EF45 ANACS OWH
1416929
WB-10
Original $325 Double Date, Reverse of 1839, Original Light Gray Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Golden Harvest Collection. A lovely 1840 Small Letters half (Reverse of 1839) housed in mid 1990 generation ANACS old white holder. Surfaces are original light gray with intermixed golden hues that appear when viewed on a light source. Strike is nearly complete with only a touch of weakness at the lower left eagle leg and arrow feathers; a common issue for many Seated half dollar dates. This offering is also the Double Date die variety and listed by Bugert as WB-10 in his Federal Registry series on Seated half dollar die varieties. A closed 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes or contact marks worth mentioning. Overall a wholesome and attractive 1840 Small Letters half that is fairly graded. A quality duplicate from the Golden Harvest Collection.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
EF40
PCGS
28662857
WB-5
R3
Choice $345 New August 27! WB-5, Large O, Early Die State, Choice Original Gray Surfaces, Accurately Graded. A popular date with collectors due to the numerous shattered reverse dies. This WB-5 Large O example was struck with early die state dies resulting in bold obverse and reverse device. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with a thin layer of gun metal gray patina. PCGS grading is accurate. Two tiny blemishes were seen with close 10x loupe inspection; a fully toned over line between Star 6 and Liberty and a mark above (A)MERICA, again ancient and completely toned over. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval for eye appeal and originality.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
VF30 PCGS
83151721
WB-5
R3
Original $210 WB-5, Popular Early New Orleans Date, Crusty Original, Rich Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. Early die state WB-5 die pairing for 1840 New Orleans mintage. This example is perfectly original with thick crusty gray patina. Wear is limited and the assigned VF30 grade level is appropriate. There are no reverse die cracks as attribution guides. Rather date position and Large O mintmark placement are the key points. Housed in 2015 style holder without CAC attempt. For fans of strict originality.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Very Small O
VF30 PCGS
28554146
WB-7
R4+
Choice $235 New September 23! Very Small O, 144 Reeds, WB-7, Choice Original, Old Time Gun Metal Gray Patina, Blemish Free, Decent Strike, West Coast Collection Purchase. An attractive 1840-O Very Small O half dollar with classic gun metal gray patina. !44 reed count per Bill Bugert's Federal Registry on Liberty Seated halves. Under angle bright light some blues are exposed, otherwise mostly deep gray coloring. Surface are choice and blemish free. Accurately graded and housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge insert.
Seated 50C 1841 1841
AU55 ANACS OWH
368442
WB-1
R3
Choice $950 Repunched 18, Choice Original, Reflective Luster, Old Album Toning, Fully Struck, Whiskey Run Collection. Many great coins remained housed in ANACS old white holder as grading standards were accurate during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Case in point is this choice 1841 WB-1 example. Reflective luster nicely accentuates rose and blue patina on the obverse and rose and teal shades on the reverse. Fields and devices are essentially mark free leading to a choice quality rating. Strike is complete with all star centrils connected and the lower eagle claws and arrow feathers well defined. Repunching below the 18 date digits is obvious under a 10x loupe. A fine numismatic property from the Whiskey Run Collection that needs to find a new home in another advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1841 1841
EF45 PCGS
33803090
WB-1
Original $435 WB-1, Original Gun Metal Gray Patina, Underrated Date, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Pleez B. Seated Collection. Strictly original example of the underrated 1841 date is back with GFRC. Surfaces are toned a light gun metal gray with residual luster evident during bright light viewing. This piece is blemish free with the darker obverse area being old time verdigris. Strike is essentially complete with some weakness on the lower left eagle claw noted for complete accurarcy. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection seeking another home in an advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1841 1841
AU58 NGC
554182006
WB-4
Original $900 New September 13! Underrated Date, Brilliant Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Completely Struck, Faint Gold Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. It is becoming well known that 1841 Philadelphia strikes are a better date and a bit underrated. Recently a fair number have appeared on the market, via GFRC, based on higher premiums. I am thrilled to be offering this example from the New Jersey Collection. The brilliant cartwheel luster on the 1841 half is absolutely stunning under a bright light. Surfaces are toned a faint gold which becomes more apparent under a light source. I believe these surfaces are strictly original though a long ago brief dip may have occurred. Strike is complete with all stars nicely rounded and with deep centrils. Ditto for lower reverse devices including those pesky eagle claws. The right obverse fields will show some wispy hairlines under a halogen light source. Accurately graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
VF30
PCGS
19737216
WB-2R
Choice $2850 WB-2R, Baseball Die Crack Reverse, Choice Original, Seal Beach Collection. An important opportunity for the advanced collector of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties. One does not often see a WB-2R Baseball Die Cracked Reverse offering with choice original surfaces and CAC approval. Gray toned surfaces provide balanced contrast between darker fields and lighter main devices. The ebony-gray ring between obverse stars and the rim provides additional eye appeal. There are two distinctly different die states for the WB-2 Baseball Cracked Reverse. WB-2 is the first die marriage with strong obverse device details including foot and underlying support from the base. On the second die marriage, for the same die pair (WB-2R), the obverse comes much weaker with much of the foot support area polished out. Strike is uniform with no points of weakness to mention. There are a few tiny blemishes consistent with the assigned grade and acceptable to CAC. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and CAC approval. Previously sold into the Seal Beach Collection and back again at GFRC as a top quality offering from the Seal Beach Collection of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
EF40 raw
WB-3
R3
Original $225 Late Die State, Typical WB-3 Weak Strike, Original Gun Metal Gray-Blue Toning, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection . The WB-3 die pairing comes with eroded dies and weak strikes as documented by Bill Bugert in his Federal Register series. This example is typical of the variety with flat eagle's head and no neck feathers. Obverse denticles are heavily eroded with major devices not being sharp. Uniform gun metal gray patina is seen throughout the obverse with a dark gray blue ring at the immediate rim. This coloring is seen across the reverse. Surfaces are essentially blemish free with a few random field ticks to be expected for the grade. A cool Liberty Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
Large O
VF30 PCGS
29848824
WB-5
R4
Original $220 New September 23! Large O, WB-5, Original, Old Album Peripheral Rainbow Toning, Silver Gray Centers, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, West Coast Collection Purchase. Pretty old album rainbow rings toning on both sides is the highlight of this 1841-O WB-5 half. WB-5 is a better variety with R4 rarity rating. Obverse is well struck with typical weakness on lower reverse at eagle's left leg and claws. Fairly grade and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. From a West Coast collection purchase.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
AU55 raw
WB-102 WB-7
Cleaned $300 Reverse Rim Cud, Reflective White Luster, Old Dip, Half Way There Collection. A popular Liberty Seated half dollar variety with well defined reverse rim cud above S(TAT)ES. This is a blast white piece that has been dipped. Residual luster is reflective and indicative of lightly mirrored fields. Accurately graded at the AU55 level with just a few bagmarks in the right obverse field. Strike is a bit inconsistent with bold scroll edge but a weak gown line. From the Half Way There Collection of slightly imperfect Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU58 PCGS
34633223

Choice $800 Medium Date, Near Gem Original, Crisp Reflective Luster, Mirrored Field, Light Rose Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection . A stunning 1842 Medium Date half that will please the most selective fan of the series. This near gem offers lightly mirrored fields with crisp reflective luster. Surfaces are covered with a transparent layer of rose-gold patina that glows during bright light viewing. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed some very faint chatter in the right obverse field and faint rub on the left facing breast and lower leg. PCGS grading is accurate coupled with eye appeal being superior. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Prior ownership by the Upstate New York Collection and originally the Burchs Creek Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars housed in ANACS old white holders. Now back to GFRC for an encore appearance as a Seal Beach Collection duplicate.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
VF30
PCGS
33553457

Choice $250 Choice Original, Light Gun Metal Gray Patina, Blemish Freer, Attractive and Accurately Graded, Seated Appalachian Collection. Gun metal gray patina covers both sides of this lovely 1842 Medium Date Seated half dollar. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. A choice example for the selective collector from the Seated Appalachian Collection.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
EF40 PCGS
28886733
WB-10
Choice $170 New September 23! Medium Date, WB-10, Choice Original, Aquamarine-Rose Patina, So Pleasing Under Bright Light, Accurately Graded, West Coast Collection Purchase. Ok, 1842 Medium Date Seated halves are not difficult to find. So why should you consider purchasing this offerings. The simple answer is the wonderful aquamarine-rose patina on both sides and choice surfaces. Strike is typical with no blemishes worthy of mentioned after a 10x loupe inspection. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge insert. From a wonderful West Coast Collection purchase.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU53
PCGS
29360229
WB-104
Choice $550 WB-104, Colonel Green/Eric P Newman, Original Old Paper Envelope Gray Patina, Tenafly Collection. Ex. Seal Beach Collection. Originally sold at the November 2013 Heritage auction of the Eric P Newman collection as Lot 34500 and certified NGC AU55 CAC. The thick original toning on this 1842 half dollar is typical of silver pieces within the Eric Newman collection due to storage in old paper envelopes for decades. This piece shows gorgeous blue-gray toning with gold highlights and a few very small shallow circulation marks, none of which detract from the coin's wonderful appearance. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. Another quality Seated half dollar offering from the Tenafly Collection.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU50 raw
WB-106
Choice $385 Repunched and Misplaced 8 Digits. Choice Original, Attractive Toning. A naturally toned Seated half dollar that is covered with mostly even light gray patina on the obverse and old album rose, blue and gold on the reverse. Blemishes are minimal with a few scattered field ticks consistent with the grade as this piece did circulate for a short time. This offering becomes more desirable when the variety is considered; WB-106 with repunched 8 digit and a misplaced upper right loop of an 8 digit into the lower gown fold. Strike is boldly impressed with all stars centrils present. An opportunity for Dansco collectors to acquire a choice 1842 Medium Date example with cool variety as a plus.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU50 PCGS OGH
2551411
WB-12
Choice $495 New September 5! WB-12, Triple Punched Date, Cracked Reverse, Frosty Luster, Rose Toning w/Blue Arc, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Running Boar Collection. A choice original 1842 Medium Date Liberty Seated half dollar struck from WB-12 dies. I'm impressed with this lovely example to the point of issuing a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. The rose and blue arc toning is most attractive and pleasing. Frosty luster is dominant while viewing under a light source. Desirability increases due to the heavy reverse die cracks through HALF DOL and corresponding obverse die cracks as defined by Bugert in his Federal Registry on Philadelphia strikes. A carefully 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes worthy of mention since there are none.... Accurately graded and housed in PCGS old green holder. Pleasing eye appeal and special value from the Running Boar Collection that should garner special consideration.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
EF40 PCGS
84657372
WB-12 WB-105
R3
Choice $235 WB-105, WB-12, Repunched Date, Choice Original, Steely Gray-Blue Patina, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. Gun metal gray-blue patina is immediately evident and covers both sides. Bright light viewing exposures residual steely luster that is pleasing. Strike is typical with a few stars lacking connected centrils. Repunching below the 8 digit in the date is bold and obviously under 10x loupe. Reverse die cracks are consistent with the WB-12 plate coin as illustrated by Bill Bugert. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with attribution on label as follow; RPD FS-301 WB-105 Medium Date. A quality offering from the Seal Beach Collection of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Small Date
AU50 PCGS
30847584

Choice $485 Choice Original, Light Gray Surfaces, Golden Luster, Attractive and Accurately Graded, Seated Appalachian Collection. Ex. Tenafly Collection. A scarce date size variety with low surviving populations in EF and AU grades. PCGS population report indicates a total of 18 examples iat EF45 level while AU50 has 15 graded. This example resides in 2014 generation PCGS holder with light gray patina along with intermixed golden shades. The golden coloring becomes dominate under a light source. Strike is complete with blemish free devices and fields. A choice example for the selective collector from the Seated Appalachian Collection.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Small Date
EF45 raw
WB-101
Market Acceptable $300 Small Date, Conservative Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. When one first views this 1842 half, the immediately suggestions is that of an AU example due to the reflective or lightly PL fields. Actually, this piece does have some wear but has been lightly dipped resulting in the AU appearance. Strike is full with complete head and all star centrils visible. Would this piece grade if purchase? There are no hairlines and PCGS does suggest dipping certain coins before submission.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Small Date
AU53 PCGS OGH
8454393
WB-6
Choice $450 New September 13! WB-6, Small Date, Choice Original, Gorgeous Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Creamy Gold Patina, Hammered Strike. Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. Small Date. Is it my imagination or is the 1842 Small Date date punch much less available that the omnipresent Medium Date? A quick tally of PCGS pop report grades from EF45 to AU58 for both date punch sizes revealed a 2:1 ratio for Medium vs. Small Date. Ok, my observation are more like 3:1 or even 4:1 but that is the data. This example, from the New Jersey Collection is housed in PCGS old green holder and is worthy of special attention if the 1842 Small Date variety is missing in a collection. I really like this example for it creamy gold patina and frosty cartwheel luster that screams originality. Strike is hammered with high relief stars and primary devices. Reverse exhibits a faint bisecting die crack from STA(T)ES down through eagle to (D)OL. Housed in PCGS old green holder and off the market for several decades as purchased at the 1997 ANA from Jim O'Donnell.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Medium Date
EF40 PCGS
30909521
WB-9
R4
Choice $350 New September 23! Medium Date, WB-9, Choice Original, Crsuty Gray-Aquamarine Toning, Pristine Surfaces, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, West Coast Collection Purchase. A better 1842 New Orleans Medium Date die pairing along with pristine surfaces and crusty gray-aquamarine patina. Worthy of a choice original quality rating and then some. Colors remain fairly consistent during bright light viewing but the fields become quite steely and highlight the lack of distractions. Typical strike. Fairly graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with edge insert. Purchase out of a West Coast collection after being sold into same February 2015.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Reverse 1839
VF35 PCGS
14255608
WB-1
R5
Original $3750 WB-1, Rare Small Date Obverse, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Golden-Brown Patina, Oregon Beaver Collection. One of the challenging die variety rarities in the Liberty Seated half dollar series that is listed in the Redbook and on major price guides. Bill Bugert, in his Federal Register series on Liberty Seated half dollars, indicates that, "the first two months mintage, January and February, are generally accepted to include the small date varieties (WB-1, WB-2) althought the initial 1842 delivery of those coins on February 28, 1842 included some coins dated 1841. The remaining months are of the medium date mintage." On the WB-1 Small Date variety, the reverse strike is weak with poorly defined left leg, arrow feathers and left/right claws. This characteristic is present on the Oregon Beaver specimen. On the offered example, fields are lightly mirrored and covered with a transparent skin of gray-gold patina. Surfaces are essentially blemish free at the assigned VF35 grade level with only a small mark by Liberty's foot being noted. Obverse strike is also weak resulting in overall grading being conservative. Based on wear, this example is a full EF40. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. An important opportunity for serious Liberty Seated half dollar collectors to acquire an R5 date and reverse pairing die variety.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
AU53
PCGS
32031004

Choice $410 Early Die State, Choice Original, Gray-Gold Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, White Pine Collection. An early die state 1843 Seated half dollar with no diagnostics die cracks. It is well known that most 1843 halves will have some amount of reverse die cracks but not this lovely example. Surface are strictly original and choice. A gray-gold patina partially covers the obverse and reverse while steely residual luster is quite evident under a light source. Strike is complete with all devices being well impressed. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. A fine numismatic property from the White Pine Collection that deserves special consideration.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
EF40 PCGS
84161214
WB-1
Choice $215 WB-1, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Cracked Dies, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded. A lovely WB-1 example with choice original surfaces covered with uniform gun metal gray patina. There is a bold die crack from the denticles under left base up into the base forming a tiny cud. On the reverse, there is a heavy die crack from rim under (H)ALF up into HALF and through DOL. The reverse die is definitely broken at this point as shelf metal is beginning to delineate the surfaces on either side of the die crack. These diagnostic are consistent with a late die state WB-1. Strike is complete with a few ticks in the right obverse field to mention; all are fully toned over. Overall is an attractive example of the WB-1 cracked reverse die variety. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and accurately graded.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
AU55
PCGS
5829129
WB-22
R4
Choice $600 WB-22, Choice Original, Light Gray-Gold Patina, Residual Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Grey Soldier Collection. A perfectly original 1843 Philadelphia struck Seated half dollar with light gray-gold patina on both sides. Seasoned collectors learn how to quickly recognize United States silver coinage that offers unmolested surfaces. This specimen has been well preserved with surfaces that are 100% natural. Strike is complete with all stars having connected centrils along with Liberty's head and hair curls being deeply impressed. Soft satiny luster is immediately evident when viewing under a bright light. Finally, there are no blemishes worthy of mention. An accurately graded Seated half dollar that is housed in old blue label PCGS holder plus standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s timeframe. CAC approval rewards the originality and accurate grading. Another super offering from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
AU58 PCGS
33161339
WB-11
R3
Choice HOLD
$925
WB-11, Large O, Choice Original, Bold Frosty Luster, Gold/Rose Rims, So Attractive, Seal Beach Collection . A fully choice example with frosty cartwheel luster that is nicely framed by a thin arc of golden rose patina at the obverse and reverse rims. Assigned an AU58 grade by PCGS which I consider to be accurate. Strike is nearly complete with only stars 12 and 13 lacking connected centrils. There is a bag mark in the upper left obverse field, by Liberty's face, that is the only blemish to note. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another top quality offering from the Seal Beach Collection and the second time through GFRC inventory. Perfect for the selective collector who enjoys originality coupled with eye appeal.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
EF40 NGC
4199856020
WB-11
R3
Original $270 Original Light Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. Surfaces are toned a uniform light to medium gray on this original 1843 New Orleans strike. A few rim abraisons are noted below the date digits. Strike is well executed with wear impacting the lower left eagle leg and arrow feathers. The WB-11 variety is easily identified against Bugert's New Orleans Register by mintmark and date placements. Housed in newer NGC holder. A solid offering from the Saco River Collection.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
AU55 PCGS
21004737
WB-7
R3
Choice $800 WB-7, Large O, Heavily Rusted Reverse Die, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Original Golden Patina, Fully Struck, New Jersey Collection . The New Jersey Collection New Orleans mint half dollar consignment continues with this lovely 1843-O strike. An impressive example with choice surfaces that provide ample reflective luster. Orange gold patina covers both sides with stronger concentration on the obverse. Strike is 100% complete with rounded stars and fully defined reverse devices. The WB-7 die pairing presents a heavily rusted reverse die with die rust throughout the legend, eagle and lower denomination. A closed 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes worthy of mention. Overall, this lovely 1843-O offering has it all and is accurately graded. Housed in old PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the pre 2000 era timeframe. Hurry on this example as I'm a big fan after attributing and studying its characteristics.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
EF40 PCGS
4063494
WB-7
R3
Original New Price
$265
New October 8! WB-7, Early Die State, Thick Crusty Gray-Rose Patina, Heavily Rusted Reverse, Conservatively Graded, PCGS Old Green Holder with Blue Label, Jim Poston Consignment. 10% Price Reduction October 7, 2018 - Lots to discuss concerning this 1843-O WB-7 half dollar offering from Jim Poston. Letís start with the die variety being WB-7 with heavily rusted reverse that has been lightly lapped along with a lapped obverse. Device features are reduced resulting in conservative grading at assigned EF40 level. I would grade this strictly original example as full EF45. Surfaces are covered with thick gray-rose patina and are blemish free. Then there is the PCGS holder. This is definitely an early 1990s old green holder with bar code. However the label is full blue color with no signs of paper fading or transitioning from original green color. This label looks to be have printed on original blue paper stock and not green. Could this holder be worth more than the housed coin? There is much to consider for this 1843-O Seated half from Jim Poston consignment.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
AU58 PCGS
12905379

Original $575 Frosty Original, Well Struck, Accurate Grading, Seal Beach Collection.. A strictly original example of the popular 1844 Philadelphia date that sports frosty surfaces. Any rub that may be present is minimal, rather I believe the assigned AU58 grade is a function of a luster break in the upper right reverse field. GFRC images accurate capture the luster break as one would see during bright light viewing. Strike is complete with all star centrils connected and lower reverse arrow feather and eagle claws being well executed. Surfaces have a few scattered ticks that is is consistent with an AU58 grade level. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert; serial number 12905379. Typical quality from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
AU58 NGC Fatty
281280006
WB-12
Choice $700 New September 13! Mirrored Fields, Proof Reflective Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Rich Gray, Rose-Blue Patina, Well Struck, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. Let's start off this description with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation if you are a fan of Proof Like Liberty Seated coinage. This 1844 half is absolutely stunning when viewed under a light source due to mirrored fields, on both sides, and crisp reflective luster that is nearly blinding. Seriously, this is a special offering from the New Jersey Collection that is not served well by GFRC images. In hand viewing brings gray-rose and deep blues at the upper obverse and surrounding the legend on the reverse. The WB-12 die pairing features a near rev cud at (UNI)TED that adds to the coolness of the piece. Strike is complete with bold devices and stars. Housed in NGC no line fatty holder with standard ring insert and worthy of special consideration. Purchased during August 1999 and off the market since that time. No, this half has not been to CAC as I know someone will email with an inquiry.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
MS62 PCGS
33950126
WB-4
R3
Choice $1375 WB-4, Overlapping 8s in Denticle, Choice Original, Fully Struck, Fiery Orange-Gray Surfaces, Conservative Grading. Completely fresh to market and just back from PCGS without a CAC submission; which is deserved given the natural surfaces. This WB-4, Overlapping 8 Digits in the Denticles, is an outstanding mint state specimen for the advanced collector. One immediately sees the complete strike with all stars nicely rounded and deeply impressed hair curls. The reverse also features a hammered strike. Surfaces are choice at the assigned MS62 grade level. In hand viewing, as seen in the GFRC images, produces gray-rose coloring. Adding a light source results in fiery natural orange-gray coloring being exposes 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 digit in the denticles directly below the space between 1(84)4 and a thick arcing line in t he denticles above (UNIT)ED per the Bugert Federal Register on Philadelphia die varieties. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. GFRC is proud to be offering this WB-4 example.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
AU58 NGC
675784008
WB-5
R2
Original $750 Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Original Surfaces, Mirrored Fields, Frosty Devices, Typical Strike, New Jersey Collection. One immediately notes the reflective cartwheel luster on this blast white 1844 New Orleans strike. Fields are lightly mirrored while the main devices have frosty. Obverse strike is a tad weak with a fair number of stars lacking centrils. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another important offering from the New Jersey Collection that was purchased during June 2000 and off the market since that time.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Double Date
VG08
PCGS
18715996
WB-22
R4
Choice New Price
$1195
New October 8! WB-22, Popular Double Date, Choice Original, Gray-Rose Patina, Blemish Free, Accrately Graded. 10% Price Reduction October 7, 2018 - It is always a pleasure to stock the popular 1844-O Doubled Date in stock especially when in mid circulated grades and affordable to a wide range of collectors. This VG08 example features honest wear and natural toned medium gray surfaces. Regardless of the lower grade, the eye appeal is pleasing due to darker hues outlining the stars, legend and major devices. The date doubling is crisp and easily seen without a loupe. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with CAC approval and perfect for the collector who wishes to add this variety to a circulated grade Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. Please note the white lines/haze on upper left obverse by Liberty's face are on the holder and not on the coin. There was too much holder haze to attempt to edit out of the image.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Double Date
AU55 NGC
1613067001
WB-22 WB-103 FS-301
R4
Choice New Price
$6500
New September 28! Popular Double Date Variety, Antique Gray-Gold Patina, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, Important Offering . Price Reduction and Super Value. Donít I enjoying having examples of the popular 1844-O Doubled Date in stock especially when this original and choice. A natural toned example with steely gray gold surfaces that emit steely cartwheel luster. Eye appeal is substantial overall with just a few shallow lines in the right obverse field that disturb the mint frost when view under a bright light. Strike is nearly completed with only a touch of weakness at the top of Liberty's head and at stars 7 and 8. The date doubling is crisp and easily seen without a loupe. House in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. Potential buyers are welcomed to visit the GFRC Sale Archives to check on past sales records and validate the discounted asking price. I believe that I've done that work for you but best to check.
Seated 50C 1845 1845
AU58 NGC
961133006
WB-1
Original $800 New September 13! Better Philadelphia Date, Repunched 84, Original Surfaces, Frosty White Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. 1845 Philadelpha strikes sport a mintage of 589,000 and therefore a better date, especially in higher grades. A quick check of PCGS population report indicates only seven (7) graded at the AU58 level and only sixteen (16) in all mint state grades with nothing higher than MS64. This lovely example offers surfaces that emit some serious frosty white cartwheel luster. Surfaces are untoned and most likely the result of a long ago dip. Strike varations are different than on most seen for early Liberty Seated halves. Stars are in high relief as are the scroll edges. However there is weakness at the gown line and corresponding left eagle leg and claws on the reverse. Usually the obverse centers are well struck and stars are the issue. The WB-1 die pairing exhibits mild repunching with the 84 digits. Blemish wise, there are wispy hairlines in the right obverse field when viewing under a halogen light. From the New Jersey collection and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1845 1845
AU53 raw
WB-101
Market Acceptable $385 Scarce Grade, Retoned, Burchs Creek Collection. It seems that everyone is looking for the 1845 Philadelphia date as scarce in better grades. Mintage is 589,000 but the PCGS slabbed population is very low for this amount struck. PCGS has only certified (34) pieces at the AU50, AU53 and AU55 grade levels. That is not many considering the number of active Seated half dollar collectors in the market. The offered example is a no question AU with some reverse strike weakness at the eagle's left leg while the reverse is fully struck. Surfaces are covered with a uniform violet/gray patina with residual luster peeking through. My images have over emphasized the "voilet" color a tad. A piece that is well worth considering.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
EF40 NGC
2714269003
WB-1
Original $195 Double Date, Near Choice Original, Thick Crusty Gray-Brown Patina, Late Die State Strike, Accurately Graded. A lovely example of the WB-1 Double Date die variety as listed by Bill Bugert in his Federal Register series on Liberty Seated half dollars. A fairly available die pairing but this example offers a representation of late die state conditions and crusty original patina. A strictly original example with near choice surfaces. Reasonably priced for the quality. Finding nice Seated material of this caliber at the Whitman Baltimore pre-show was a challenging effort. Fairly priced with small mark up. Housed in new large font NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
VF30 raw
WB-106 WB-18
R4
Cleaned $270 Triple Date Punched, Cleaned, Dull Gray, Half Way There Collection. Triple punched date is obvious on this cleaned VF30 example. Bold repunching is seen under the 45 digits. Surfaces are a dull light gray while the strike is well executed. From the Half Way There Collection of Liberty Seated Half Dollar die varieties.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
EF40 PCGS OGH
4624196
WB-16
R4
Choice $975 WB-16, Dramatically Doubled Date, Choice Original, Crusty Brown-Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. This is only the second 1845-O Dramactically Double Date (WB-16) example handled by GFRC and what a choice specimen. Surfaces are covered with thick crusty brown-gray patina and some ebony verdigris that scream originality. The doubled 5 is far right of the final date punch and quite obvious regardless of the thick toning. Strike is typical with all stars completely forms but a few lacking connected centrals. The obverse has two circulation lines, in the fields, that are ancient and toned over long ago. Accurately graded and housed in old PCGS green holder. A quality offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection that belongs in an advanced collection. Please check the GFRC Sales Archive and note that a PCGS EF45 example was sold during 2017 for $1300. Therefore this example is well priced.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
AU58 NGC
1888785004
WB-17
R4
Original $850 Repunched 84, Original Frosty Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. WB-17 R4 Rarity with bold repunching within the 8 and 4 date digits. A well struck example with lightly mirrored fields that results in significant cartwheel luster when viewed under a light source. Eye appeal is substantial given the high relief devices that interact with the reflective luster. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another fine numismatic offering from the New Jersey Collection and the release of his New Orleans struck dates.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
No Drapery
AU55 NGC
333641007
WB-1
R2
Original $950 No Drapery, Doubled Date, Original Golden Brown Patina, Residual Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. No Drapery designated 1845 New Orleans strikes bring substantial premiums. This lovely example is housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. The NGC label provides the No Drapery attribution that is accurate given the complete lack of any gown lines below the right facing arm. This is indeed a lovely example with crusty golden brown patina that covers both sides. The WB-1 die variety captures bold date doubling on the 45 digits and a badly cracked reverse die. Strike is consistent with the WB-1 definition in Bugert's Federal Register on New Orleans halves. The obverse die is heavily polished resulting in stars 1 through 3 nearly being effaced and the balance of the devices being present in shallow relief. On the otherhand, the reverse strike is hammered with deep relief. Bold die cracks continue HALF DOL to the arrow tips on the right and to olive leaves and UNITED on the left. A quality example from the New Jersey collection that was purchased at the 1998 ANA World's Fair of Money show and off the market since that time. Housed in old NGC holder consistent with the 1998 grading era. An important offering that I expect to sell quickly.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
6/Horizonal 6
AU55 raw
WB-104 WB-7
R3
Cleaned $1150 Popular 6/Horizontal 6 die variety, Light Clean, Dipped White, Hammered Strike, Half Way There Collection. Once again, it is such a shame to see that someone cleaned an AU+ 6/Horizontal 6 example as the strike is absolutely hammered. Stars are nicely rounded with deeply connect centrils. Liberty's facial characteristics and hair curls are deeply impressed. Surfaces has seen a light mechanical clean followed by being dipped resulting in even white surfaces. Obverse rim has wire edge with bold rim cuds below the date digits. The undertype horizontal 6 is crisply defined due to strong strike. A problem free example of this die variety at the AU55 grade level would be a $3000 expenditure while this example can be purchased for a fraction of that price. Another important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
6/Horizontal 6
EF40 NGC
624860003
WB-104 WB-7
Original $1250 New September 13! 6/Horizontal 6, Original Surfaces, Light Silver Gray Patina, Reverse Cud, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. 6 Over Horizontal 6, WB-104, WB-7, FS-301. One of the most popular blundered date varieties along with being so dramatic due to a "sideways" blunder in the date repunching. This variety is scarce in all grades woth most surivors being clustered in the EF/AU grade range. This original example offers naturally reflective surfaces with light gray-gold patina on both sides. Strike is very well executed with the blundered horizontal 6 digit visible without a loupe; of course younger eyes are necessary. Reverse has bold die crack through the tops of (UNIT) that appears as shelf metal and is now a cud. On the obverse, there are two small rim cuds below the date. Among the most dramatic die varieties in the Seated half series, the 6 Over Horizontal 6 has been listed in the Guide Book since the very first edition. Housed in old NGC standard ring insert holder with label having the following attribution, "6/Horiz 6". A quality offering from the New Jersey Collection that deserves serious consideration. Adding a 6/Horizontal 6 to your Seated half dollar set could be a lot fun, so please consider this example.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Double Die Obverse
EF40 PCGS
32598184
WB-10
Original $345 New September 23! W-10, Double Die Obverse, Original, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Obverse Toning, Golden Gray Reverse, Bold Doubling on Lower Left Stars, Conservatively Graded, West Coast Collection Purchase. An important 1846 WB-103 Double Die Obverse offering to consider. There is considerable bright light eye appears given the pretty aquamarine-gray obverse toning that contrast with the golden-gray shades on the reverse. Die doubling on stars 1 through 4 is sharp and easily seen with 10x loupe. Strike is typical though I believe the grading to be on the conservative side. Pristine fields with no blemishes either. Conaervatively graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS Secuirty holder.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Medium Date
AU55
PCGS
28785188
WB-2
R3
Choice $685 WB-2, Colonel Green/Eric P. Newman Pedigree, Original Old Paper Gray Patina, Bold Strike, Conservatively Graded, Tenafly Collection. Ex. Highwood Collection. The original toning on this 1846 half dollar is typical of many silver pieces within the Eric P. Newman collection. Patina is crusty gray from being stored in old paper envelopes for decades. This example is choice with no blemishes whatsoever and a hammered strike. All obverse star centrils are connected and the facial and hair details are well defined; same is true for eagle feathers and claws. Under bright light, the crusty patina is mildly transparent and exposes residual luster and gun metal gray/blue coloring. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. This piece original sold at the November 2013 Heritage sale of Newman numismatic properties and was offered in NGC AU58 CAC holder. Subsequently, the buyer crossed the half to PCGS at AU55 level with another round through CAC for approval. A value at asking price. Another solid offering from the Tenafly Collection that needs to locate a new home.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Medium Date
AU50 PCGS
14597882
WB-5
R3
Original New Price
$415
New October 8! WB-5, Medium Date Punch, Original Lavendar Gray Patina, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded. 10% Price Reduction October 7, 2018 - If a fan of well struck Liberty Seated halves, then this lovely 1846 Medium Date might be just for you. Strike is hammered with every tiny device detail being fully struck. Surfaces are covered with a lavendar-gray patina that is a bit deeper on the obverse. Residual luster has a steely texture and is bolder on the reverse due to lighter toning. A WB-5 example with repunched 46 digits. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from a consignor that wishes to stay anonymous.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Medium Date
EF45 PCGS
26561320
WB-9
R3
Choice $325 WB-9, Choice Original, Charcoal Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Well Struck, Old Time Conservative Grading, Newtown Collection. 1846 Medium Date Seated halves are readily available therefore collectors should focus on above average examples that provide value. This is the case for the choice original specimen from the Newtown Collection. As with other Newtown offerings, quality is high while being a desireable late die state WB-9 die variety. Reverse is heavily cracked well beyond the Bugert descriptions in his new Philadelphia Federal Register book. Surfaces are a combination of steely luster and natural charcoal gray patina. Residual reverse luster is crisp and pleasing. Grading is conservative at the assigned EF45 level and definitely an EF45+ at 2018 standards. Housed in 2013 transition PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU50 PCGS
34945496

Original $585 Tall Date, Original Surfaces, Mottled Multi-Color Patina, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. Popular 1846 Tall Date example with mottled gold, rose, blue and aquamarine intermixed toning on the obverse and partial gray gold on the reverse. Strike is typical with a few stars lacking connected centrils. Under a light source, there is residual luster to enjoy. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering from the Saco River Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
EF45
PCGS
28373565

Choice $595 Choice Original, Steely Deep Gray and Gold Toning, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. A marvelous 1846 Tall Date Seated half dollar example at the EF45 grade level. Fully choice with steely surfaces covered with rich gray, brown and gold patina. Bright light viewing accentuates the golden hues embedded in the rich toning. Obverse strike is complete while the reverse has some weakness on the lower left eagle leg. Surfaces are blemish free while grading is a bit conservative. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. The Tall Date variety is listed on the blue-white PCGS label. Yet another superior offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection that deserves special attention.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU55 raw
WB-106
Original $540 Orignal Frosty Luster, Burchs Creek Collection. The overall 1846 Philadelphia mintage is high at 2.2M pieces but those strike with the 'Tall Date" date punch are scarce and bring a strong premium. Offered here is a no question AU example with reflective fields that are untouched. This piece has seen a long ago dip and now offers some light gold under bright light. My images are rather poor concerning this lovely half as the coin looks much better in hand. Strike is complete. There is a reverse die crack through the bottom of HALF to rim that could become a partial cud in later die states.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU58 PCGS
26975508
WB-12
R3
Choice $975 WB-12, Tall Date, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Variegated Lilac Toning, Cracked Reverse, Newtown Collection. An attractive 1846 Tall date example that has been well preserved. Frosty cartwheel luster is immediately evident during bright light viewing. Obverse toning consists of variegated lilac while faint rose-gold covers the reverse along with deeper blue at the periphery. Strike is nearly complete with only stars 12 and 13 lacking fully formed centrils. The reverse is particular well struck including multiple die cracks from HALF DOL to rim and more cracks at STATES OF. Obvere die cracks are also present and consistent with WB-12 diagnostics points. Blemishes are limited to a few ticks in the right obverse field. Accurately graded and housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. Another quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection to consider. Please note that this piece last sold at Heritage Auction during February 2018 and realized essentially the current asking price.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
EF45 PCGS
83797795
WB-12
R3
Original New Price
$520
WB-12, Tall Date, Crusty Original, Thick Gray-Brown, Cracked Reverse, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. This 1846 Tall Date Seated half dollar is the definition of "crusty original". Surfaces are covered with thick gray-brown patina that has accumulated after decades of unmolested storage. Strike is hammered with all obverse and reverse devices being deeply impressed. Reverse is cracked and consistent with the attribution guide from Bill Bugert's Federal Register on Philadelphia halves 1839-1853. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The better of the two 1846 date punch style varieties and natural toning from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
EF40 PCGS
85179983
WB-14
Original $435 WB-14, Tall Date, Crusty Original, Medium Gray Patina, Nearly Complete Strike, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. WB-14, Spiked 4 and Crumbling Reverse. Near choice original example of the Tall Date punch with uniform medium gray patina. Surfaces are mildly reflective under a bright light with rose hues exposed. Strike is essentially complete with strong device details. Blemish wise, there are two ancient lines in the obverse right field that hold this piece back from a Choice quality rating. These are not visible unless viewing with a strong loupe. The WB-14 die variety, as defined by Bill Bugert in his Philadelphia strike Federal Register, is easily attributed due to spiked 4 digit in date punch and substantial die crumbling around the legend lettering. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A solid Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU58 NGC
2052159004
WB-17
Choice $975 New September 13! Tall Date, Choice Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Deep Rose Blue Patina, Well Struck, Gorgeous Bright Light Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. A believe the best approach for describing this choice original 1846 Tall date is to compare it to old time proof strikes with thick original rose, gray and blue patina. Fields are lightly mirrored and emit reflective cartwheel luster under a light source on both sides. It is impossible for GFRC photography to capture this type of luster, rather the images reflect the in hand coloring that is darker gray with rose hues. Strike is well executed and the surface are choice with no blemishes whatsoever. Accurately graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. Another excellent numismatic property being divested from the New Jersey Collection. Again the bright light performance of this 1846 tall Date half is gorgeous and worthy of special consideration. No CAC attempt with this specimen.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
F12 NGC
4475636014
WB-17
Original $145 New August 28! Tall Date, Old Album Bullseye Toning, Accurately Graded, Formerly From Half Way There Collection. An inexpensive example of the 1846 Tall Date variety with old album radial toning. Concentric rings of gold and blue surround the obverse stars while the center is a light gray. Reverse has a more uniform dirty gray patina with hints of gold. Surfaces are blemish free as the Fine 12 circulated grade level. Housed in new large font NGC holder. Formerly from the Half Way There Collection and back for a second GFRC appearance.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
AU53 PCGS
26975517
WB-1 WB-102
Choice $675 WB-102, WB-1, Medium Date, Repunched Date, Early Die State, Mirrored Fields, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded. 1846 New Orleans strikes are more challenging to locate than Philadelphia counterparts though mintage is roughly identical. This lovely 1846-O WB-1 example was added to GFRC inventory due to mirrored fields from early die state strike. Reflective cartwheel luster is brilliant and unabated by blemishes that might distract. Surfaces are choice with ample remaining mint frost in the protected device areas. Reverse strike is fully impressed and pleasing while the obverse lacks connected centrils on stars 7 and 9. Housed in PCGS 30th Anniversary old green label holder with edge view insert. An attractive offering that is fairly priced.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
AU50 PCGS
82938452
WB-16
R3
Choice $550 WB-16, Medium Date, Choice Original, Steely Luster, Peripheral Gun Metal Gray-Blue Toning, Upstate New York Collection. An above average 1846 New Orleans strike in terms of eye appeal. Surfaces are fully original and offer steely luster on both sides. The peripheries are consistenly toned with gun metal gray-blue colors along with embedded gold. Under a light source, the gold toning become readily evident. Strike is nearly complete with only stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils; reverse strike is fully executed. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality Liberty Seated half dolalr offering from the Upstate New York Collection.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
EF45 PCGS
29244431
WB-22
R4
Original $1800 WB-22, Challenging New Orleans Tall Date Variety, Original Light Gray, Typical Strike, Cracked Reverse, Tenafly Collection. Ex. Pleez B. Seated Collection. 1846 brought the usage of two different date punches for Seated halves. New Orleans mintage of that year was substantial at 2,304,000 pieces with the Tall Date variety being much scarcer. In AU grades, this die variety is a recognized rarity with the EF45 grade level being the last affordable price point for most collectors. This strictly original example has been part of the Pleez B. Seated and Tenafly collections and is back to GFRC for another appearance. In both cases, this half was part of a set divestment and not a duplicate from an upgrade. Again, upgrading this date to AU level will take substantial time and patience. A quality example with light gray surfaces coupled with peripheral gold provide for pleasing eye appeal. Strike is typical with all stars well formed but several lacking connected centrils. Lower eagle details, on the reverse, are also a tad weak. There are no blemishes to discuss after a 10x loupe inspection. The WB-22 die variety is easily identified by cracked reverse die. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder and on many want lists. Another quality offering from the Tenafly Collection.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
EF40 ANACS OWH
821892
WB-22
R4
Original $1500 Rare Grade, Tall Date, Original, Old Album Toning, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection . 1846 New Orleans strikes are found with two different date punch styles; medium and tall date. The tall date punch is easily recognized via a long thick flag on the 1 digit. It is well known that the 1846-O Tall Date is a challenging rarity in higher circulated grades and non existent in mint state. The New Jersey Collection of New Orleans Liberty Seated half dollars contained two 1846-O Tall Date examples; NGC AU50 and this ANACS EF40 specimen. A more "affordable" example that has been stored in old paper album with rose-gold patina along with darker aquamarine highlights. Accurately graded and housed in ANACS old white holder and completely fresh to market since being purchaed October 2001. Another significant offering to consider as the New Jersey Collection consignor continues to release his life long holdings.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
VF20 raw
WB-26
R4
Original $630 Orignal Gray, Burchs Creek Collection. This offering is an attractive example of the 1846 New Orleans "Tall Date" date punch. Surfaces are original with even light gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Any blemishes are consistent with the assigned VF20 grade, which I believe to be fair. Please don't hesitate to purchase this half even if in a raw state. Remember that when coins circulate, they are in a raw condition and acting as our country's currency. The TPG certification phenomenon is relative new (since 1985). This is a nice original example for your set.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
AU50 NGC
379683002
WB-27
R4
Choice $3150 Rare Grade, Tall Date, Choice Original, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Frosty Devices, Light Gray-Gold, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. 1846 New Orleans strikes are found with two different date punch styles; medium and tall date. The tall date punch is easily recognized via a long thick flag on the 1 digit. It is well known that the 1846-O Tall Date is a challenging rarity in higher circulated grades and non existent in mint state. PCGS population report indicates only eight examples certified in all AU graded (AU50, AU53, AU55 and AU58) with only three in MS62. Therefore rarity at the AU grade level is established and verified. Now let's take a look at this AU50 example from the New Jersey Collection. This example is choice original with mirrored fields and bold reflective luster under a light sources. Surfaces are covered with light gray gold patina and are free of any blemishes. The primary devices, Liberty and reverse eagle, are nicely frosted throughout recesses. Strike is essentially complete with only a touch of weakness on the eagle's lower left left. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. A very important offering from the New Jersey Collection that warrants special consideration for grade rarity and strict originality.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU50 NGC
3433789001

Choice $400 New September 18! Choice Original, Multiple Color Steely Luster, Completely Struck, Superior Bright Light Eye Appeal, New Jersey Collection. I'm going out on a limb with this choice original 1847 Seated half dollar. Regardless of the NGC holder and no CAC green bean, I believe this gorgeous example is worthy of a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Why you might ask? Bright light coloring and eye appeal is well above the norm and warrants immediate consideration. In hand viewing reveals aquamarine-gold surfaces on both sides. Titling the obverse ever so slightly into the light exposes a sky blue center that is well framed by golden ring at the stars. Reverse toning is similar with intermixed rose-blue colors and a thin gold arc between legend and denticles. Strike is fully executed with high relief stars and strong lower reverse devices. Heavy die polish lines behind U(NITE)D make attributing the WB-5 die pairing straightforward. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view. An excellent numismatic property from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU55 raw
WB-104 WB-6
R3
Cleaned $230 Repunched 47, Cleaned with Reflective Surfaces, Retoned Light Gray, Half Way There Collection. What a shame that someone cleaned this incredibly well struck 1847 WB-6 half. Repunching on the 47 digit is bold and consistent with attribution markers in Bill Bugert new Federal Registry for Philadelphia Liberty Seated Half Dollar strikes. Surfaces are quite reflective under bright light and covered with a thin gray and blue patina. Another nice Seated half dollar variety from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU58 NGC
582059005
WB-4
Choice $750 New September 14! Choice Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Mottled Gray-Lavendar Patina, Mirrored Fields, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. A wonderful 1847 Philadelpha strike with reflective cartwheel luster and light mottled gray-lavendar coloring. A JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is warranted. Obverse fields are mirrored with residual diagonal die polish lines seen behind the date digits. Reverse fields are closer to steely than mirrored as compared to the obverse. Patina is transparent to the underlying obverse luster while a tad thicker on the reverse. Strike is absolutely hammered with high relief stars and deeply impressed reverse devices. A no question choice original example that is housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert dating back to the late 1990s. Yes, I know this gorgeous half is housed in NGC holder and does not have CAC approval. But in hand inspection is highly recommendated due to the above average surfaces, strike and eye appeal. GFRC images simply cannot do this half dollar justice in terms of luster and eye appeal. From the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU58 PCGS
20771864
WB-4
Choice $785 WB-4, Choice Original, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Peripheral Burnt Gold Toning, Complete Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Formerly from the Pleez B. Seated Collection and now a duplicate from the Newtown Collection. This lovely 1847 WB-4 half offers considerable eye appeal with lightly mirrored fields, ample reflective luster and burnt gold toning. Strike is fully executed with bold stars and all reverse devices well defined. A die crack from the eagle's neck through O(F) to rim validates the WB-4 attribution. A choice original offering that is accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. This half was not submitted to CAC while in the Pleez B. Seated and Newtown Collections and is a worthy candidate if not sold immediately.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU58
PCGS
35142402
WB-6
Choice New Price
$950
New October 8! WB-6, Repunched 47, Choice Original, Lovely Burnt Gold Surfaces, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Impressive Strike, Accurately Graded, Jim Poston Consignment. 10% Price Reduction October 7, 2018 - Burnt gold patina and reflective cartwheel luster are two important highlights of the this lovely 1847 WB-6 Seated half. Repunching on the 47 digits is crisp and accurately matches the Bill Bugert diagnostics in his Federal Registry early date Philadelphia strikes. Fields are light mirrored on both sides. Strike is hammered through with bold hair curls and high relief stars. Blemish wise, the right obverse field has a few bag marks that are fully toned over. An arcing break in mint luster, on the reverse, is also noted and seen in GFRC images. As for wear, one has to search for rub. Accurately graded and housed in a 2015 style PCGS holder. Another choice offering from Jim Poston.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
EF45 PCGS
83205735

Choice $310 Choice Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Crusty original surfaces are so evident on this quality 1847 New Orleans strike. A close inspection revealed no blemishes worth mentioning. PCGS grading is accurate with considerable device details remaining. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Seated half dollar collectors who appreciate strike originality should give this 1847-O example special consideration.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
EF40 PCGS
32109933
WB-13
R4
Original $375 New August 27! WB-13, Shattered Reverse, Cud Over (UN)ITED, Original Light Gray-Gold, Accurately Graded. Reverse is heavily cracked with a myriad of spider like die cracks including a cud that has consumed the tops of (UN)ITED. Surfaces are covered with light gray-gold patina. Strike is typical for the WB-13 dies employed during late die state. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A special variety offering for fans of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties and shattered dies.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
AU58 NGC
689551010
WB-17
R2
Original $775 Blast White Original Surfaces, Brilliant Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck Reverse, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection . Brilliant frosty cartwheel luster is the highlight of this blast while 1847 New Orleans strike. Luster is most vibrate and active under a light source. Most likely dipped before grading leading to untoned surfaces. Reverse strike is absolutely hammered and in high relief while the obverse strike has weakness at random stars. Other than a couple of wispy hairlines, both sides are blemish free. High grade survivors are sparse with PCGS population report only showing nine pieces graded at AU58 level and a limited number of mint state examples. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another fine numismatic property from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
EF45
PCGS
30864496

Choice $450 New August 27! Better New Orleans Date, Choice Original, Classic Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded. Ex. Saw Mill Run Collection. A well balanced and near gem original example of New Orleans strikes during 1848. A better date and a potential prize for collectors attempting an EF date and mintmark set. Surfaces are covered with classic gun metal gray patina and offer residual luster under a light source. Strike is essential hammered with no points of weakness. A careful inspection revealed no blemishes worthy of mention. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. We all understand the reputation of the Saw Mill Run Collection consignor for offering quality duplicates; this piece is no exception.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
AU58 PCGS
06636712
WB-12
R3
Original $1150 WB-12, Original Mottled Obverse Toning, Gorgeous Reverse Coloring, Steely Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection.. Photographing this lovely 1848-O half was quite challenging due to the mottled olive gold obverse toning that provides little contrast. The reverse, on the otherhand, has gorgeous rose center surrounded by blues, gold and yellow as we approach the rim. Luster on both sides has a steely texture. This piece perform well when viewed under a light source. The obverse shifts to orange rose while the reverse luster accentuates the existing colors. Strike is typical with expected points of weakness; obverse stars and lower left facing eagle's leg and claws. Grading is accurate. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another fine piece from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
AU50 PCGS
81613406
WB-102 FS-301
Choice $4750 WB-102, Dramatically Doubled Date, Choice Original, Steely Luster, Violet Gray Patina, Hammered Strike, Seal Beach Collection. A near gem original example of the popular 1849 dramatically doubled date variety for advanced collectors of the Liberty Seated half dollar series. Strike is hammered with fully formed high relief stars and intricate head details. Reverse eagle devices are also deeped impressed. Rims are sharp with some wire edges and a rim cud below the date. Violet-gray covers the obverse while the reverse is reflective with a thin layer of steely gray. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed awesome date doubling details and no blemishes worth mentioning. Previously from the Grey Soldier Collection. Now back on the market and seeking another home in an advanced collection. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with complete attribution on label as follows; RPD FS-301 WB-102 (FS-004.5). A significant offering from the Seal Beach Collection of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
AU58 raw
WB-15
R4
Cleaned $320 Cracked Obverse, Cleaned and Dipped, Fully Struck, Half Way There Collection. One immediately notes the boldly cracked obverse on this well struck 1849 Philadelphia strike. Unfortunately, the date area and reverse have seen a mechanical cleaning that has left faint hairlines. The piece is even white from being dipped. From the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
AU53 PCGS
24166650

Choice $795 Underrated Date, Choice Original, Light Rose-Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Pleez B. Seated Collection. Purchased from the Pleez B. Seated Collection by Newtown and recently upgraded. A choice original example that is fully struck and offers semi-transparent rose-gray patina on the obverse and more golden hues on the reverse coupled with a thin light blue arc at the rim. This lovely 1849 New Orleans example is free of any minor blemishes with only a few ticks in the field that are normal at the assigned grade. Luster is consistent with the grade and colorful under a light source. Grading is accurate to a tad conservative leading to an excellent value for the advanced Liberty Seated half dollar collector. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. A top quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
AU50 PCGS
35865284
WB-1
R3
Choice $800 New September 4! WB-1, Better New Orleans Date, Choice Original, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Cartwheel Effects, Conservatively Graded.. Wow, what a lovely 1849 New Orleans WB-1 strike with heavy die rust throughout Liberty and the shield. Please have a close look at the GFRC images and you might arrive at the same conclusion; this half is undergraded at the assigned AU50 grade level. Surfaces are no question original and emit brilliant reflective luster from mirrored fields. Cartwheel effects are vibrant on both sides. Strike is well executed though the obverse stars will appear as blobs consistent with the plate coin in Bill Bugert's Federal Register on early New Orleans Seated halves. Reverse offers a bold strike. Die cracks are forming across the upper right stars and beginning to emerge on the reverse. There is a planchet flaw under HA(L)F to the denticles and a bagmark under the date as the blemishes needing mention. A superior example that I could not pass up adding to inventory at the 2018 CONA show. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and worthy of in hand inspection to understand the excellent eye appeal.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
EF45
PCGS
12713539
WB-13
R3
Choice $465 WB-13, Choice Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. A no question original 1849 New Orleans strike with thick crusty gun metal gray patina. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Strike is typical for the date. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert with fresh CAC approval. A quality Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
AU58 NGC
1737449008
WB-1
R4
Original $1750 New September 14! Semi-Key Date, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Original Surfaces, Mirrored Fields, Hammered Strike, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. The 1850 through 1852 timeframe brought significant melting of United States silver coinage due to silver arbitrage. Naturally, larger silver coins like the half dollar were the first target to be exported for melting and reentry into America as bullion. Locating any of these 1850, 1851 and 1852 Philadelphia dates (and New Orleans) is always challenging for Seated half dollar collectors. I'm excited to be offering this impressive 1850 Philadelphia struck AU58 specimen from the New Jersey Collection now that divestment is underway. Reflective cartwheel luster is substantial from mirrored fields and easily penetrate the light golden patina. Faint die polish lines are visible on both obverse and reverse during bright light inspection and validate the lightly PL surfaces. Strike is hammered with high relief stars and all eagle devices being bold and deeply impressed. In hand inspection is definitely warranted to appreciate the overall eye appeal. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. I don't often handle 1850 halves at this grade level; this specimen warrants special consideration.
Seated 50C 1850O 1850-O
VF20 PCGS
26732255

Choice $195 New September 12! Underrated Date, Low Survival Rate, Choice Original Surfaces, Crusty Gray-Rose Patina, Accurately Graded, Fair Value. Mintage for the 1850-O date is a substantial 2,456,000 but where are the survivors? 1850 New Orleans strikes were exported to Europe and melted as part of silver arbritage when the value of the bullion silver was higher than the face value. Though several millions coins were produced, PCGS has graded only 93 pieces in grades ranging from G04 through EF45. Just think about this fact for a moment and I believe you will agree this date is underrated. The offered example is choice original with crusty gray-rose patina. Strike is typical. Blemish wise, there is one ancient line through the lower breasts that is fully toned over. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS with blue label and edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1850O 1850-O
VF35 raw
WB-12
R3
Choice $285 Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Highwoods Collection. Inspite of the high mintage (2,456,000), one does not see this date often. The PCGS pop reports confirm that this is a better date regardless of the mintage. Surfaces are covered with a transparent medium gray and rose patina that also contains golden hues. This 1850 New Orleans half really excels under bright light as the toning melts revealing a rose and blue center that extends to the stars. At that point, the toning transitions to a golden ring surrounding the stars and into the rim. The reverse shifts to gun metal blue under a light source. There is one reverse field blemish to the left of the left wing. Grading is accurate at the VF35 level.
Seated 50C 1850O 1850-O
AU58 NGC
960958009
WB-4
R5
Choice $1150 Better Die Variety and Date, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. A wonderful 1850 New Orleans strike that is underrated. Mintage is nearly 2,500,000 but survival rate is very low due to excessive melting during the silver bullion arbitrage period of 1850 through early 1853. This surviving example is strictly original with brilliant frosty cartwheel luster on the obverse and aquamarine-gold luster on the reverse. I'm very much impressed with the care and preservation state of this example. Strike is 100% complete with all stars having connected centrils and all aspects of the eagle device being deeply impressed. I've assigned a choice quality rating to this piece and stand by it. There are a few wispy hairlines in the obverse fields under 10x loupe but who cares. The luster and eye appeal are dominant and, by the way, this piece is accurately graded as an AU58. And finally, the die pairing is WB-4 with rarity rating of R5 per Bugert's Federal Registry on New Orleans strikes. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Purchased for the New Jersey Collection during March 2000. Special consideration is warranted here....
Seated 50C 1851 1851
AU58 NGC
1746802008
WB-6
R4
Choice $2975 New September 13! Semi-Key Date, Choice Original, Charcoal Gray Patina, Pristine Frosty Surfaces and Luster, Hammered Strike, Pretty Purple-Lavendar Bright Light Coloring, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. The 1850 through 1852 timeframe brought significant melting of United States silver coinage due to silver arbitrage. Naturally, larger silver coins like the half dollar were the first target to be exported for melting and reentry into America as bullion. Locating any of these 1850, 1851 and 1852 Philadelphia dates (and New Orleans) is always challenging for Seated half dollar collectors. I'm excited to be offering this pleasing AU58 specimen from the New Jersey Collection now that divestment is underway. One immediate notes the hammered strike and pristine surfaces under a consistent charcoal gray patina. Under a light source, frosty cartwheel luster along with purple-lavendar coloring over Liberty is revealed. There is indeed rub on the left facing breast and the lower knee, therefore the grading is accurate. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the early 1990s and completely fresh to market. No CAC attempt has been made. This 1851 example definitely belongs in a major collection.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
AU53 NGC
4236649045
WB-6
R4
Choice $2350 Key Philadelphia Date, Choice Original, Fully Struck, Conservative Grading, Woodbridge Collection. The appearance of 1851 dated Liberty Seated halves on any dealer price list is an important event. All Liberty Seated dated halves dated from 1850 through 1852 were subject to silver bullion arbitrage and being melted in large quantities. Few examples survived choice to meet the collecting needs of present day collectors. Now let's focus on this wonderful offering from the Woodbridge Collection that is worthy of special attention. Lightly toned surfaces are choice and strictly original. Strike is complete with full head, hair curls and all stars having connected centrils. Reverse devices are also deeply impressed. Fields offer nice luster only with being blemish free whether viewing in hand or under a bright light. Overall, I like this 1851 Philadelpha strike and pleased to have in GFRC inventory. Freshly graded and housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
EF40 PCGS
84029711
WB-8
R6
Choice $3475 WB-8, R6 Rarity Die Variety, Few Known, Errant 8 in Denticles, Choice Original Ebony-Gray, Accurately Graded and Challenging Date, Half Way There Collection. The 1851 date is one of the better dates in the Liberty Seated half dollar series. Bill Bugert, in his new Federal Register on Philadelphia struck halves, has identied 8 different die variety with the WB-8 being the most challenging and a true R6 rarity. GFRC is so pleased to offer this choice original example, of a Seated series rarity, with attractive ebony-gray fields and overall circulated cameo appearance. Bill Bugert states that, "Most examples known are mid-grade with high grade (AU or better) coins extremely rare. The top of 8 digit in the denticles in clearly seen with 10x loupe. Strike is nearly complete with just stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A CAC submission is warranted given the strict originality and rarity. An important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety and better date offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
AU55 PCGS
31862775

Original $1100 New October 4! Scarce New Orleans Date, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Orange-Tan Patina, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded. A scarce New Orleans date resulting from mass exporting of freshly coined United States coinage for silver arbitrage. The size of Liberty Seated half dollars was conducive from a handling perspective resulting in many pieces reachng the melting pots. PCGS has only graded 40 pieces total in all AU grades against a mintage of 402,000. This surviving AU55 specimen offers attractive golden-tan toning with blue and orange accents. Bold cartwheel luster is evident on both sides. Strike is well executed with all stars except 12 and 13 having connected centrils. Reverse devices are well executed including full claws and detailed arrow feathers. Wear is limited with some faint hairlines in the right obverse field, under a halogen light, that did not bother PCGS. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another better date offering from the the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
AU53 PCGS
30613129

Choice $1250 Challenging Date, Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. A challenging early 1850s New Orleans date due to heavier silver weight planchet and the silver bullion arbitrage of that time period. Survival rates for Liberty Seated halves dated 1850 through 1852 are lower than mintage would suggest. Much of the mintage was melted for silver bullion value that exceeded face value. This surviving example is crusty original with choice surfaces. Residual golden luster is eye catching under a bright light and very pleasing. There are no blemishes to mention whatsoever. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another important offering from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
VG10 PCGS
32821252

Choice $285 New September 6! Challenging New Orleans Date, Choice Original Surfaces, Medium Gray Patina, Honest Wear, Accurately Graded. By now, GFRC customers well understand the amount of 1850 through 1852 dated half dollars that were exported and melted due to silver arbitrage. Locating either Philadelphia or New Orleans examples of these dates is always challenging. Offered here is aa choice original 1851-O example with medium gray patina and no blemishes regardless of heavy circulation and the assigned VG10 grade. GFRC images have added some reddish hues that are not apparent during in hand viewing. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Previoulsy sold into a collection during April 2016 and recently purchased for a second GFRC inventory appearance.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
AU55 PCGS
32798563
WB-5
Choice $1250 WB-5, Superior Eye Appeal, Better Date, Choice Original, Golden-Aquamarine Peripheral Toning, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Grey Soldier Collection. One of the challenging 1850 through early 1853 timeframe dates due to silver bullion arbitrage that was finally resolved with a lower silver weight planchet during 1853. 1851 New Orleans strikes are challenging at the AU grade level with few approved by CAC. This example offers superior eye appeal with golden reflective luster and a bold strike. Formerly from the Grey Soldier and quickly absorbed into the Newtown Collection (#1 on GFRC Open Set Registry) when arriving to market. Now it is back as a duplicate and chance for another advanced collector to own this pleasing example. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1852 1852
AU Details NGC
36106596
WB-2
R4
Market Acceptable $1500 New October 7! Semi-Key Date, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Blue-Rose Patina, Well Struck, Eye Appeal, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. Very scarce date with low mintage of only 77,130 and low survival rate due to silver bullion arbitrage that took place in the United States from 1850 until a lighter silver planchet weight was introduced during early 1853. Most Liberty Seated half dollar collections are missing this 1852 Philadelphia date and now could be the time to purchase an eye appealing AU example at a value price. Just back from PCGS with an AU Details opinion that was quite disappointing. There are some wispy hairlines in the right obverse field under a halogen light but that is the extent of what I can find for mechanical cleaning. This piece offers vibrant satiny cartwheel luster on both sides with the reverse being 100% original and unmolested. The reverse is stunning under a light source with center rose and peripheral blues. Strike is fully executed with deeply impressed reverse devices. Bottomline, this scarce 1852 half probably saw a light cleaning to the obverse while the reverse was never touched. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. From the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars.
Seated 50C 1852 1852
MS62 PCGS
35142427
WB-2
R4
Choice $3250 WB-2, Rare Philadelphia Date, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Gold Patina, Conservative Grading. The first mint state 1852 Philadelphia struck half to be stocked by GFRC and what a beautiful example. Frosty cartwheel luster and choice original surfaces immediately become evident when first viewed. Strike is 100% comple with all star centrils connected and reverse eagle details being deeply impressed. Overall eye appeal is above average. Fields are surprisingly blemish free for the assigned grade. The WB-2 die variety is easily attributed by diagonal die scratches inside the reverse shield. By now, GFRC customer are well aware of the silver arbitrage taking place during the 1850 to 1853 timeframe when silver prices increased due to excessive gold flooding the market from California. Most 1852 Seated halves were melted and few are available for present day collectors. This conservatively graded example is housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and I guarantee it will please the most selective collector of the series.
Seated 50C 1852O 1852-O
AU50 NGC
323913015
WB-1
R4
Gem $2850 Rare Date, Gem Original, Mirrored Fields, Gorgeous Toning and Eye Appeal, Conservatively Graded, New Jersey Collection. It is not often that I place a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation on a $2850 coin but this 1852-O half definitely warrants this statement. After reviewing thousands of Liberty Seated half dollars, one can immediately sense when a special example cross my office desk. This 1852 New Orleans strike is superior with boldly mirrored fields on both sides. The reflective luster is crisp and active. Then add in multi color toning that includes pastel gold, rose and blue shades. The outcome is stunning eye appeal on a rare date that is much more difficult to locate than 1850-O and 1851-O counterparts. Conservatively graded as an AU50 and worthy of a higher grade. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. One of the most important highlights from the New Jersey Collection and New Orleans struck examples and assigned a Gem quality rating. Trust me on this one as in hand viewing is paramount for appreciate the quality and gorgeous eye appeal.
Seated 50C 1852O 1852-O
VG08 raw
WB-2
R4
Market Acceptable $480 Rare Date, Long Ago Clean, Retoned Thick Gray, Obverse Grafitti, Half Way There Collection. The 1852 New Orleans date is challenging in low circulated grades up to VF. Mintage is only 144,000 with most exported for silver bullion content arbitrage. This surviving example is covered with thick crusty gray patina. There is grafitti in the right field which appears to be the initials WA. From the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
EF45 PCGS
13553846

Original $335 Classic Crusty Original Surfaces, Uniform Gun Metal Gray with Golden Hues, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
EF40 PCGS
11550366

Original $225 Original Gray, Upstate New York Collection. A strictly original example of the 1853 Arrows and Rays type. Surfaces are covered with uniform medium gray patina. Accurately graded with typical strike. There are a few surface ticks in the obverse fields that are fully toned over. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Priced to sell.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU58 NGC
1703030005
FS-004.7
Choice $1150 New October 4! Double Die Reverse, Arrows & Rays Type, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. For serious Liberty Seated half dollars collection who have been searching for a top quality 1853 Arrows and Rays example, then your wait is over! Not only is this example strictly original and choice, it offerings a bold doubled die reverse listed in Cherrypickers. Eye appeal is high due to frosty cartwheel luster that radiates from both sides without interruptions. A light gray-gold patina, seen in hand, quickly shifts to gold under a halogen light source. Strike is typical with stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils. Reverse die doubling is most noticeable on UNITED STATES OF and even within the eagle feathers. Accurately graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. In hand viewing is recommended as GFRC images unable to capture the natural luster and overall eye appeal. From the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars.
Seated 50C 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU58 NGC
1739828013
WB-21
R3
Original $1850 Better Date in AU/Mint Sate, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. An important offering for New Orleans mint type collectors coupled with the majority attempting to complete a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. The 1853-O is well recognized as being a scarce date at the AU and Mint State grade levels with a corresponding premium. This offering is a lovely original WB-21 die variety with bold obverse die crack from Liberty's knee to rim between stars 11 and 12. Frosty cartwheel luster immediate greets the collector upon first inspection. Luster is vibrant on both sides. A faint transparent gold film is evident under a light source. Strike is hammered with all obverse and reverse devices being in high relief above the fields. Some wispy hairlines are seen in the right obverse field with 10x loupe otherwise the surfaces are mark free. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. An important New Orleans type coin offering from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
Contemporary Counterfeit
VG raw

Original $35 Pot Metal Counterfeit, Partial Edge Reeding, Normal Coin Turn Die Alignment, Decent Ring. A pot metal 1854 with arrows counterfeit with worn surfaces and circulation marks. This piece definitely saw circulation and genuine species. Now covered gray-olive patina. Weight is 9.1 grams as compared to 12.44 grams for silver mint strike product. Normal coin turn die alignment and partial reeding. This piece rings well as compared to the dull presence of casted antimony specimens.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
10796975

Original $585 New September 19! Near Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Rose-Gold Peripheral Toning, Completely Struck, Accurately Graded, Twins Lakes Collection. A wonderful With Arrows type coin possibility with bold frosty luster and peripheral rose gold patina. A bright light exposes cartwheel effects. Surfaces are perfectly original with a few scattered micro lines of no consequence. Strike is complete with all stars exhibiting connected centrils. Lower reverse eagle legs and claws are fully impressed. A super offering that warrants special consideration. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A quality duplicate from the Twin Lakes Collection.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU58 NGC
3600759020

Choice $525 New September 14! Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Creamy Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. Specialist of the Liberty Seated half dollar series understand that 1854 With Arrow dies were prepared differently resulting in thick frosty cartwheel luster. The luster originates, not only from the fields, but also throughout the main devices. This gorgeous 1854 Philadelphia strike is so typical of the date. The luster is vibrant and consuming on both sides. This is a no question original example as faint creamy gold toning is evident under a light source. Strike is also typical for the date with some stars lacking connected centrils. There are no blemishes to discuss. Another great offering from the New Jersey Collection that is housed in newer NGC holder with edge view. A trip to CAC is warranted and may take place if not sold prior to the Fall Baltimore show.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
34206523

Choice $550 With Arrows Type, Choice Original, Gray-Gold Patina, Hammered Strike, Osprey Collection. An opportunity to acquire an AU58 graded 1854 With Arrows Seated half for date/mintmark set or a type set. Collectors love the AU58 grade for its value. Surfaces are typically mint state with just minor rub. Luster should be consistent with lower mint state grades. This Osprey Collection examples fits those parameters well. Strike is hammered with just a touch of rub on the left facing breast. Surfaces are covered with lightly mottled gray-gold patina with the gold coloring becoming dominant during bright light viewing. Dies are heavily clashed so please be aware when viewing GFRC images. Overall surfaces are choice with a few random micro ticks of no consequence. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with no CAC attempt. Another fine numismatic property from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU53 PCGS
83610319

Choice $400 Choice Original, Frosty Gray Luster, Pleasing and Attractive, Fairly Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. This lovely 1854 With Arrows half dollar is ideal for a type set or date and mintmark. Honestly, I really like this piece due to its natural light gray patina and frosty luster. Under a light source, the fields take on a steely texture and are reflective. Surfaces are so choice and strictly original. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another fine numismatic offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
EF40 raw

Original $150 Crusty Original, Medium Gray, Blemish Free. Surfaces are crusty original and covered with thick gray patina with some gold hues. No blemishes, just a wholesome half dollar for a Dansco album.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
AU55
PCGS
80563909

Choice $645 Choice Original, Transparent Gray-Gold Patina, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. 1854 New Orleans struck Seated halves are typically found with bold heavy strikes including halo'ing of the stars. This offering falls into that category with a hammered strike and considerable mint frost in the protected areas that include gown folds, shield lines and eagle feathers. The result is a thick frosty cartwheel luster when viewed under a light source. Surrounds are covered with a dirty gray-gold skin that validates the strict originality. A careful 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes whatsoever and a few reverse die cracks that were difficult to match with those in the Bugert Federal Register. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Yet another quality duplicate from the Seal Beach Collection that is worthy of special consideration for an advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
AU50 PCGS
81175389
WB-23
R6
Original New Price
$630
New October 8! Rare Seated Half Dollar Die Pairing, Original Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Jim Poston Consignment. 10% Price Reduction October 7, 2018 - Is this the finest known 1854-O WB-23 example? The Bill Bugert Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollars Volume IV covering New Orleans strikes from 1853 through 1861 lists the WB-23 die pairing as an R6 rarity. The plate coin, from the Mike Llyod Collection only grades VG8. This specimen, from Jim Poston, is full AU50 and is accurately graded by PCGS. Surfaces are strictly original with light silver gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Obverse offers bold die crack diagnostics from the denticles below the 1 digit up to the base and then to the rock and Star 1. There are additional die cracks, especially from foot to Star 13 and from Star 8 to cap to Stars 9 and 10. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another excellent offering from Jim Poston.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
AU55 PCGS OGH
6351140
WB-58
Choice $945 New October 4! Near Gem Original, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Reflective Luster, Gray-Rose Center, Blue Peripheries, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Jim Poston Consignment.. Not your typical 1854-O Seated half dollar strike! When I think of the 1854-O date, heavy strikes with oversized devices. die cracks and dished obverses come to mind. This WB-58 example is just the opposite and offers delicate devices, mirrored fields and reflective luster. Under a light source, the obverse is mostly gray-rose with a thin ring of sky blue at the rims. Reverse coloring is more in the gold realm but with the same sky blue outer ring. Fields have faint micro chatter that is consistenrt with the assigned grade. Proof like fields always amplify surface abrasions when crusty toning will hide much. Housed in PCGS old green holder with faded yellow label. A quality consignment offering from Jim Poston that deserves special consideration.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU53
PCGS
28987090

Choice $695 Choice Original, Light Golden Brown Patina, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Pleez B. Seated Collection. Recently upgraded by Newtown and back to GFRC towards finding a new home. A choice original example that is fully struck and offers semi-transparent rose-gray patina on the obverse and more golden hues on the reverse. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
EF45 NGC
3468647009
WB-3
Original $210 New September 23! Origina Surfaces, Frosty Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, West Coast Collection Purchase. A typical 1854 New Orleans strike with bold devices details and frosty luster even at the EF45 grade level. The WB-3 die variety ias well known for the expansion die cracking on the reverse. This piece is in an early die state. Strike is fully execution with no blemishes worthy of mention. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS OGH
7377197
WB-32
R3
Choice $725 Choice Original, Vibrant Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Transparent Gold Patina, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. A near gem original 1854-O WB-32 half dollar with hammered strike and vibrant frosty luster. Overall eye appeal is excellent and what collectors would expect for an above average AU58 example. All devices appear to be in high relief and well raised above the fields with intricate details well defined. A light gold skin covers both sides; darker shades are seen at the peripheries. Reverse die cracks are bold and consistent with the WB-32 attribution requirements. Housed in short lived PCGS old green holder with sharply raised borders and special sealing gasket. A gorgeous New Orleans With Arrows type offering from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU55 PCGS
33020184
WB-4
R3
Choice $435 Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Cracked Dies, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. 1854 New Orleans strikes have a huge mintage exceeding 5 million. Bugert, in his Federal Register series on Liberty Seated halves, has documented 58 die pairing by using mostly die cracks as attribution points. The 1854-O WB-4 die pairing offers one of the more extensively cracked set of dies. Obverse has a huge die crack from star 11 that nearly connects to the Liberty's leg. On the reverse, a bold die crack connect sthe bottom of HALF DOL and exits at the rim with a small cud. This example is a perfect study piece for the WB-4 variety given the AU55 grade, bold strike and frosty surfaces. Cartwheel luster is immediately evident on this choice original specimen. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another fine numismatic offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
EF45
NGC
2648961009
WB-53
R3
Choice $245 With Arrows Type, Cracked Reverse, Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Brown Patina, Accurately Graded. Attributing die varieties for 1854 New Orleans Seated half dollar strikes can be challenging and an exercise in patience. Luckily, this 1854-O WB-53 example is straightforward due to a reverse die crack from rim through (D)OL to olive branch end per Bugert's Federal Register. This specimen is perfectly original with crusty gray-brown patina and nearly complete strike. Surfaces are choice with no blemishes worthy of mention. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. CAC approval captures the accurate grading and strict originality. A nice Seated half that collectors will be proud to own.
Seated 50C 1855/54 1855/54
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
33177330

Original $1500 1855/54 Overdate. Original, Seal Beach Collection. This important 1855/54 Arrows Liberty Seated half dollar overdate is listed as WB-102 by Wiley Bugert and FS-301 in the CherryPickers Guide. Satiny luster is immediately evident whether inspecting in hand or under a bright light. The 1855/54 variety is conditionally challenging in AU 55 or better grades. This example has brilliant cartwheel luster along with subtle toning in the form of pale, speckled, golden-rose iridescence. Strike is average with stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils and some weakness on eagles left facing claws and the arrow feathers. An R5 rarity rating was by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another fine numismatic property from the Seal Beach Collection that should be viewed in hand at a coin show to be appreciated. GFRC photography does not do this lovely 1855/54 example justice.
Seated 50C 1855/54 1855/54
With Arrows
EF40 PCGS
5540205

Original $550 New August 27! Scarce 1855/54 Overdate, Original Gray Surfaces, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Ex. Pleez B. Seated Collection and back to GFRC for a second showing. This important 1855/54 Arrows Liberty Seated half dollar overdate is listed as WB-102 by Wiley Bugert and FS-301 in the CherryPickers Guide. The 1855/54 variety is conditionally challenging in AU 55 or better grades and scarce in both EF grades. PCGS population report indicates thirteen (13) examples at EF40 and only eight (8) at the EF45 grade level. An even gray patina covers both sides with darker shades at the periphery. Under a light source some residual luster is evident. Strike is essentially complete with nearly all stars having connected centrils. There are few ticks in the right obverse field that are minor but must be mentioned. Housed in early PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. Accurately graded and not often seen on the market.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
MS64
NGC
3603607005

Gem $2850 New October 6! With Arrows Type, Gem Original, Hammered Strike, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Crusty Brown-Gray Patina, Denver Collection. If in the market for an exceptional With Arrows mint state Liberty Seated half dollar, then please consider this offering from the Denver Collection. A duplicate from a mint state Liberty Seated type set built the hard way; no Philadelphia strikes. Instead the set is being constructed with only branch mint examples. This individual recently upgraded the Seated half dollar With Arrows type and has released this splendid example back to the market. Strike is absolutely hammered with every minute device detail being deeply impressed. Surfaces offer steely cartwheel luster and are covered with crusty brown-gray mottled toning. CAC approval validate the strict originality and huge eye appeal. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Definitely a superior offering that could be an upgrade in many Liberty Seated dime sets. I strongly recommended this example.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
16638444

Original $625 Sparking Cartwheel Luster, Strictly Original Surfaces, Fully Struck, Faint Gold Hues, Accurately Grade, New Jersey Collection. I don't know if "sparkling luster" is an acceptable numismatic term but it seemed fitting for this lovely 1855 New Orleans strike. Under a light source, the obverse offers vibrant cartwheel luster that appears to sparkle due to the surface texture in the fields. The 1855-O date is a With Arrows type coin possibility. This example is 100% struck with strong facial details and high relief stars. Blemish wise, there is a single bag mark in the right obverse field near the drapery and a few wispy reverse hairlines above the eagle's left wing. Accurately graded with faint golden hues that validate the originality. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another fine numismatic offering from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU53 PCGS
80654232

Original $345 New September 5! Original, Olive-Gray and Gold Patina, Steely Reflective Luster, Clashed Reverse, Accurately Graded, YL Coyote Collection. A lovely 1855 New Orleans strike with original olive-gray surfaces plus golden hues under a light source. Strike is nearly complete with full head and hair curls and only stars 7 and 13 lacking connected centrils. Reverse has a few random micro ticks that are fully toned over. Unlisted as I was unable to render a definitive attribution per Bill Bugert's Federal Register on New Orleans halves. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 styled PCGS holder. I've tried something new and highlighted the die markers on this piece for reference purposes given the unlisted status. From the YL Coyote Collection.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
EF45 raw

Original $225 Crusty Original, Accurately Graded, Southern Maine Collection. Off the market for decades as part of the Southern Maine Collection. This 1855 New Orleans half is the poster child for crusty original surfaces. Obverse is covered with thick gray/brown patina while the reverse is toned a golden brown. Under bright light, the obverse retains its visual consistent while the reverse provides a rich golden glow. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Ebony spots on the obverse are verdigris. Accurately grade.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
VF25 PCGS
29315292

Original $110 Crusty Original Gray, Woodlands Collection. Surfaces are original and covered with crusty gray patina. Strike is average while the grading is accurate. This particular variety has a substantial amount of halo'ing around the stars, date and arrows and Liberty's upper body. A decent example that is holder and ready for circulated date and mintmark collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU55
PCGS
18662978
WB-16
Choice $495 Choice Original, Attractive Toning, Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Burnt golden patina and satiny luster are the primary highlights of this pleasing 1855-O half dollar. Purchased directly by Newtown from GFRC and now back on the market. Some strike weakness is typical for the New Orleans mint in the 1855 timeframe. Surfaces are essentially blemish free with a single faint line in the obverse right field being visible during bright light inspection. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. An eye appealing Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Newtown Collectors that warrants close inspection. This piece would fit nicely into a new starter date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
MS65 PCGS
04697212
WB-4
Gem $5250 With Arrows Type, Gem Original, Vibrant Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. GFRC is pleased to be handling a gem original 1855-O With Arrows half dollar strike that is ideal for a high grade type set. A no question gem that offers frosty cartwheel luster coupled with attractive light rose centers and aquamarine at the rims. Strike is razor-sharp for a New Orleans mint struck half dollar that is notorious for its weak strikes. Substantial overall eye appeal is at hand during bright light inspection. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A wonderful offering from the Newtown Collection that belongs in a top Liberty Seated half dollar collection.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
AU58
NGC
1710014003
WB-3
R5
Choice $32500 First Year Issue, Very Rare AU58 or Better, Choice Original Surfaces, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. As a first year strike, the 1855-S Arrows half dollar is a scarce issue in all grades due to limited mintage of 129,950 coins. This date becomes rare in lower AU grades and very rare in AU58 and Mint State. PCGS population report indicates only three at the AU58 level with two better; one graded MS62 and another at the MS64 level. High grade rarity is recognized but let's look further at the CAC population report for an assessment of choice example being approved. The findings are significant. Only three at the AU58 grade level and one at MS61; a gold CAC approval. Since it can be reasonably expected that the PCGS MS62 and MS64 specimens have seen CAC review and not passed, then the three AU58 approved examples are the only alternatives for collectors targeting 100% CAC for their complete Seated half dollar sets. This gorgeous example offers transparent champagne toning and satiny luster. Weakness in the left facing reverse shield lines is diagnostic of the WB-3 variety, but other than minor high-point incompleteness on Liberty's knee and scroll edges, all other devices are brought up and sharp. Fields only have a few wispy hairlines for the assigned grade and are quite active under a light source. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval rewards the originality and eye appeal. Let's not forget that this is one of the finest surviving 1855-S Seated half dollars available to collectors. An important offering from the New Jersey Collection of fine numismatic properties. Please call to discuss. Terms are always available.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
EF40 PCGS
82626063
WB-4
R5
Choice $5500 Key Date, Choice Original, Scarce Grade, Crusty Gray Patina, Well Struck, Whiskey Run Collection. An important offering as 1855 San Francisco strikes are scarce to rare at all grades as portions were probably exported to the Orient. Mintage is a low 129,500 pieces during the first year of San Francisco Mint operations. Both Seated half dollars and quarters were produced in limited quantities and saw heavy circulation in the California Gold Rush economy due to small change demands. This surviving example is perfectly original with crusty gray surfaces. The reverse has localized ebony verdigris resting on top of the gray patina. Strike is complete with all star centrils connected. PCGS has graded a total of 8 example in EF40 and another 9 at the EF45 grade level. Every collector needs this challenging date for their date and mintmark set collections, therefore demand remains high with few pieces reaching the market. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and ready to become part of an advanced Seated half dollar collection. From the Whiskey Run Collection.