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 64 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on May 30, 2017

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1839 1839
With Drapery
AU53 PCGS
33051032

Choice $650 Choice Original, Old Leather Colored Patina, Accurately Graded. . A wonderful 1839 With Drapery Seated half if you ask my opinion as a collector! Surfaces are no question original and covered with gray and brown leather hues throughout obverse and reverse. GFRC images are quite accurate with respect to in hand apperance. Adding a bright light results in the patina melting into faint gray surrounding the stars and the obverse center shifting to golden hues. The reverse is more uniform under bright light with even gray and a hint of rose in the lighter areas. This one is high on eye appeal if that old time original look is your collecting goal. Strike is nearly complete with only the lower left claws being a tad weak. Blemishes are to a minimum and all fully toned over. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 33051032.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
With Drapery
VF35 PCGS
31609891
WB-102
Original $250 With Drapery Type, Original Gray-Brown Patina, Conservative Grading, Oregon Beaver Collection. A popular 1839 With Drapery type offering with thick brown-gray obverse patina. Reverse toning is lighter and more transparent than obverse. This piece is undergraded at the assigned VF35 due to strike inconsistencies. From a wear perspective, this is a full EF+. Interestingly, the central obverse details are boldy impressed while the stars are weak. On the reverse, the lower right eagle wing along with claws are also partially struck. Surfaces are mostly blemish free with just a few tiny toned over field ticks on the reverse. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A first year issue offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
VG8 raw
WB-2
Cleaned $100 New May 20! Rare Late Die State Obverse "Checkmark" Die Crack, Cleaned, Light Gray, Half Way There Collection. An R5 die state of the WB-2 die pairing. A bold die crack with shelf metal is seen from the cap into Liberty's head. Surfaces are dull light gray from an old cleaning. Few examples are known. From the Half Way There Collection of Liberty Seated Half Dollar die varieties.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
EF45 PCGS
31609892

Original $350 Original, Small Letters, Reverse 1839, Even Gray/Gold Patina.. A pretty early date Seated half example with original gray fields and deeper gold at the rims. Fields and main devices are fully blemish free. This attractive example is housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
EF45 PCGS
33168848

Choice $345 Choice Original, Light Gray/Golden Patina, Small Letters, Reverse 1839, Seal Beach Collection. An accurately grade example with choice original surfaces. In hand viewing reveals an even light gray patina that transitions to light gold under a light source. Strike is typical with some weakness at the top of Liberty's head and stars 7 and 8 along with the lower left eagle claws on the reverse. Blemishes are to a minimum with none worth mentioning. In sumamry, an attractive example that is fairly graded and priced. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
AU53 PCGS
3725858

Choice New Price
$575
Near Gem Original, Lovely Gray/Gold Patina, Pleasing Luster, Conservative Grading, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in early PCGS holder with embossed gold PCGS logo on reverse and 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 1840O 1840-O
VF30 raw
WB-104 WB-13
Cleaned $100 New May 20! Rare Die Marriage, Cracked Reverse, Cleaned, White Surfaces, Well Struck, Half Way There Collection. The WB-13 die variety is found with a Large O mintmark and heavy die cracks in the lower reverse through HAL(F) DO(L). Bill Bugert, in his Federal Register series on Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties, list this piece's rarity as R5. As with many of the Half Way There Collection consigned offerings, this example has been dipped and is now an even white. Strike is quite bold including the lower reverse die cracks.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
VF30 PCGS
83151721
WB-5
Original $210 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 1841O 1841-O
AU55 PCGS
26498502
WB-1
Gem $1250 Gem Original, Gorgeous Rose and Blue Old Album Toning, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. A gem original WB-1 example for the collector who desires the best in the collections and Open Set Registry displays. Last sold at Heritage Auction during Winter FUN show 2015 where it realized an amazing $1475 due to the superb eye appeal and hammered strike. Now a duplicate from the Seal Beach Collection. Rich old album rose and blues are so dominant during in hand and bright light viewing. Housed in 2013 PCGS transition holder with blue label and standard ring insert. Please give this gorgeous example special consideration.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
AU55 raw
WB-102 WB-7
Cleaned $325 New May 15! 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
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
MS62 PCGS
83134701
WB-8
Original $1085 Medium Date, Bold Strike, Frosty White Surfaces, Accurately Graded. At GFRC, we don't typically add frosty white coins to inventory. However, in the case of this lovely 1842 Medium Date half, an exception was made due to the overall eye appeal, hammered strike and frosty luster. This piece has probably been dipped but without any impact to the surfaces and natural luster. The bold strike was also an important parameter. All stars are rounded and hair curls are deeply impressed. The reverse strike is also fully executed with every eagle feather providing intricate details and high relief. There is some scattered reverse chatter in the fields as can be seen above the eagle's head. WB-8 diagnostics die cracks are present to validate the attribution. Accurately graded and housed 2015 style PCGS holder. This lovely Seated half is entirely fresh to market.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Small Date
EF45 raw
WB-101
Market Acceptable $335 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 1842O 1842-O
Medium Date
AU55 raw

Market Acceptable $395 Medium Date, Long Ago Dip and Retoned, Well Struck, West Texas Collection. Hammered strike throughout obverse and reverse with only missing centrils on stars 10 through 13. Mirrored surfaces appear to have been dipped in the past and retoned a lovely silver gray. An attractive example with one obverse line to the left of Liberty. A most conservative quality rating of Market Acceptable is assigned with many other dealers calling this piece original. From the West Texas Collection
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Medium Date, Rev 1842
VG10 raw
WB-102 WB-8
Market Acceptable $150 New May 16! Reverse Cud, Long Ago Clean, Retoned Even Gray, Half Way There Collection. Medium Date with reverse Cud at UN(ITE)D. This 1842 New Orleans strike has seen a long ago cleaning and has fully toned to an even gray. From the Half Way There Collection of slightly imperfect Liberty Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Rev 1839
VG 8 raw
WB-1
Market Acceptable $975 New May 16! Rare New Orleans Small Date Offering, Old Clean, Retoned Medium Gray. This 1842-O Small Date Seated half is an important offering from the Half Way There Collection. The 1842-O Small Date Half Dollar is a very rare date that is usually found in average circulated grades. It was ranked fourth among the Ten Greatest New Orleans Seated Coins within the March 2008 Gobrecht Journal Issue as a reference of its rarity. Nearly all known examples will bring four figures prices when one comes to market. This GFRC offering has seen a long ago cleaning and has completely recovered with consistent medium gray patina. A center obverse scrape is noted for complete accuracy.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
AU55
PCGS
30802557

Choice $635 Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Cracked Obverse, Grey Soldier Collection.. A very pleasing 1843 Philadelphia strike that is making its second GFRC appearance. Surface conditions and overal eye appeal are accurately captured in the images. Bottomline, if Greg Soldier found this half acceptable for his collection, then it should be desirable for other advanced collectors. I like this piece a lot and will designated it as a Gerry Fortin "Just Buy It Now" recommendation. Surfaces are choice and strike is complete. There is a die crack from the left base down through the bottom of the 18 digits, then to the rim. Rim cuds are seen below the date digits. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with serial number 30802557. CAC approval is definitely warranted for this strictly original half.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
AU50 ANACS OWH
2636528

Original New Price
$275
Repunched Date, Original, Medium Gun Metal Gray, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Medium gun metal gray patina covers both the obverse and reverse on this original 1843 Philadelphia strike. This is a quality Burchs Creek collection example with pretty gun metal blues and intermixed rose under bright light. All date digits show obvious repunching below the final date punch. A die crack also connects the bottom of date digits with nearby rim. Strike is essentially complete with only the left claws and arrow feathers on the reverse being weak. Accurately graded by ANACS and housed in old white holder. Definitely a quality coin.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
VF20 PCGS
24733112

Original $110 Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray. . A strictly original half dollar with crusty toning, especially on the reverse. There are some significant die cracks or heavy clash marks surrounding the eagles head. There are unknown to me at this time. As for blemishes, there is a well toned over line that runs parallel to the pole. Housed in 2012 generation PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert; serial number 24733112.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
EF40 NGC
4199856020
WB-11
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
AU58 PCGS
33161339
WB-11
Choice $1200 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 1844 1844
EF45 PCGS
33580985

Original $265 Original Crusty Deep Gray Patina, Accurately Graded.. Let's get right to the point with this 1844 Philadelpha strike; it is the poster child for crusty original surfaces that still retain some luster. This is a quality coin for collectors who demand strictly original pieces. Strike is essentially complete with a few star centrils not fully connected. In terms of blemishes, there is a field tick by Liberty's left elbow and a faint tick above the eagle's head. All are fully toned over and consistent with the grade. Circulating coins do capture some minor ticks that other dealer would not attempt to description. But I do. Freshly graded from a mid Altantic collection and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with serial number 33580985. No CAC attempt but deserving of a pass through Far Hills, NJ.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
EF45
PCGS
28156916

Choice $425 Choice Original, Old Album Rainbow Rim Toning, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. A choice original 1844 New Orleans strike with soft gray centers surrounded by an aquamarine-gold rim at the stars and reverse legend. Surfaces are fully blemish free while the grading is accurately. GFRC images well captured the overall eye appeal. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval recognizes eye appeal and originality. A superior example from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
EF40 raw

Original New Price
$180
Repunched Date, Even Gray, Attractive, West Texas Collection. A lovely 1844 Philadelphia strike with obvious repunching above the 1 and 8 digits in the date. Original surfaces are toned a medium gray with olive hues. Conservatively graded and exhibiting a nearly hammered strike. Under bright light, blue and rose hues are exposed. A quality Seated half from the West Texas Collection for your consideration.
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
VF35 NGC
2616734015

Original $160 Original Gray, Accurately Graded.. A strictly original Philadelphia half dollar with uniform medium gray patina on the obverse and lighter gray/brown on the reverse. This nice piece offers a reasonable strike and no blemishes worth noting. Housed in new NGC holder with serial number 2616734-015.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
AU50 raw
WB-105 WB-2
Original $350 New May 15! Repunched 44 North, 44 In Denticles, Uniform Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Half Way There Collection. A lovely 1844 Philadelphia strike with even gray surfaces that shift to rose-gold under a light source. The WB-2 die variety is quite interesting with repunching below the 44 digits along with misplaced tops of 44 digits in the denticles. The reverse die crack through STA(TES) to rim is bold. Strike is essentially complete and with nearly blemish free surfaces. A quality Seated half dollar that should grade if submitted to leading TPGs. A nice offerings from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
MS62 PCGS
33950126
WB-4
Choice $1375 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 1844 1844
AU53 NGC
3864855003
WB-9
Choice $400 Repunched 844, Choice Original, Shattered Upper Reverse, Lovely Aquamarine-Gold Patina, Accurately Graded. A wonderful WB-9 example with repunched 844 digit and heavily cracked reverse. This piece is far superior to the Bugert WB-9 plate coin. This choice piece offers beautiful original toning with aquamarine centers that are framed with a wide ring of rose-gold. Adding a light source is lots of fun as the darker toning simply melts away exposing reflection luster than accentuates the coloring. Reverse strike is crisp while the obverse has a few stars that lack connected centrals. Reverse die is shattered with shelf metal at (S)TATE(S O)F AMERICA. Housed in newer NGC holder and accurately graded. Please give this lovely half dollar special consideration.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
EF40 PCGS
80564557

Choice $275 Choice Original, Light Charcoal Gray Patina, Accurrately Graded. A lovely 1844 New Orleans strike with transparent charcoal gray patina that shifts to pretty rose gold under a light source. Surfaces are choice and strictly original. Strike is typical with some star weakness in the right field. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. This half as proven to be difficuly to photograph due to uniform gray surfaces. Believe me that one is more attractive in hand than on the GFRC images.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
EF40 PCGS
16012001

Original New Price
$260
Near Choice Original, Uniform Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and 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 1845 1845
AU53 raw
WB-101
Market Acceptable $425 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
EF45
PCGS
32793312
WB-1
Choice $525 Repunched Date, Choice Original, Light Pastel Blue and Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. The lovely offerings from the Saw Mill Run Collection just continue to beautify the GFRC price lists. For example, here is a choice original 1845 New Orleans struck half dollar with bold repunching on the 45 digits. Listed by Bill Bugert is his Federal Register series as WB-1. This is a special offering at the EF45 grade level. Surfaces are covered with light gray patina along with a sky blue ring at the stars and reverse legend. Bright light viewing is a pleasure as satiny luster remains. Strike is typical while surfaces are absolutely blemish free. If the strike had been stronger, this piece would have been designated a Gem. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. CAC approval is fully warranted. A top quality half dollar for the selective collector.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
VF35 raw
WB-102 WB-2
Cleaned $100 New May 16! Repunched 845, Light Gray, Old Clean, Half Way There Collection. Repunching is seen to the right of the final 845 digits. Old non mechanical clean has left the surfaces too glossy to be original. Recovering with light gray obverse toning and faint gold on the reverse. From the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
VF30 raw
WB-106 WB-18
Cleaned $295 New May 20! 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
EF45 NGC
930644010
WB-12
Choice $310 Choice Original, Light Gray-Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Warnerville Collection. A lovely 1845 New Orleans WB-12 example that is fully struck and offers strictly original gray-gold patina. Choice surfaces are reflective under bright light without any distracting blemishes. Weakness of the stars of stars in left obverse field is typical for the variety as are bold die scratches from A(M)ERICA to rim. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from the Warnerville Collection.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
EF40 PCGS
31329679
WB-14
Choice $285 Choice Original, Accurately Graded. A strictly original example with natural patina. Obverse features a medium gray patina that is more concentrated in the fields and acts to well contrast the lighter main devices. The reverse has lighter gray coloring with darker rims. A detailed 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes so I'm calling this one choice. Housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder and should be worthy of CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
AU55 raw
WB-104 WB-7
Cleaned $1250 New May 15! 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
Medium Date
EF40
PCGS
24937436
WB-8
Choice $345 New May 30! Early Die State WB-8, Choice Original Gray, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Port Matilda Collection. An early die state WB-8 with obverse and reverse die cracks not as extensive as illustrated in the new Bill Bugert Federal Register resource on Philadelphia strikes (if you don't have a copy, then suggest that one be purchased immediately). Surfaces are most pleasing and covered with even natural gray patina. There is on tiny mark by star 12 that is fully toned over and not distracting. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. CAC approval is obviously warranted for originality and eye appeal plus accurate to slightly conservative grading. A top quality offering from the Port Matilda Collection.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
MS63 PCGS
09565075

Choice $2000 Choice Original, Light Gold Patina, Seal Beach Collection. This lovely 1846 Philadelphia strike is strictly original. A close inspection of the obverse and reverse fields produced no hairlines whatsoever. Rather this piece has mint frost throughout the main devices, stars and reverse denomination. Images accurately capture the in hand coloring while a light source results in plenty of luster and a softening of the gold patina. What is this piece graded MS63? There are faint roller marks across DOL in the arrows and secondly, the luster is consistent with MS63 grade assignment. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Please take a careful look at this lovely mint state Tall Date half dollar that is market priced with few graded at this level.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
EF45
PCGS
28373565

Choice $645 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 $600 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
EF45 PCGS
83797795
WB-12
Original $575 New May 29! 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 1846O 1846-O
VG10 raw

Original New Price
$255
Tall Date, Crusty Ebony/Gray, Few Marks Under Toning, West Texas Collection. A no question crusty original offering of the 1846 Tall Date struck at New Orleans mint. Surfaces are covered with thick ebony/gray patina. I don't see any significant blemishes to discuss. From the West Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
EF45 PCGS
31709825
WB-13
Choice $450 Repunched 6, Choice Original, Rose-Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded. A choice original example of the WB-13 die variety featuring bold repunching in the lower loop of the 6 digits and a cracked reverse die. Strike is complete with full head/hair curls and all stars having connected centrals. Reverse strike is also impressive as all aspects of the eagle are deeply impressed including the problematic left claws. Surface are cover with rose-gold-gray patina. Under a bright light, the toning become transparent to the remaining luster; which is substantial for the assigned EF45 grade. Definitely a quality offering that is housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with no CAC attempt. Please give this lovely example special consideration as the coin is much nicer in hand than seen via GFRC images.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
VF20 raw
WB-26
Original $700 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 1847 1847
AU58 PCGS
33580988

Original $715 Frosty Original, Light Gold Patina, Accurately Graded. A strictly original offering with frosty luster and faint golden hues under bright light. GFRC images well represent the surface conditions and blemishes. PCGS grading is accurate with light rub on the gown line and Liberty's head. This piece is well struck with all stars rounded and centrils connected along with deeply impressed hair curls. Same goes for the reverse with crisp feather and claw details. There are a few bag marks in the left obverse fields otherwise I would have been close to describing as choice. Freshly graded from a mid Altantic collection and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. No CAC attempt.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU55 raw
WB-104 WB-6
Cleaned $250 New May 15! 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 1847O 1847-O
AU53 PCGS
33106192
WB-22
Original $425 Repunched 7, Original Frosty White, Seal Beach Collection. The WB-22 variety with adequate reverse die cracks as diagnostics. Surfaces are untoned with ample remaining luster for the AU53 assigned grade level. There is strike weakness at Liberty's gown line, upper head and surrounding stars plus the typically weak left claws and arrow feathers on the reverse. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1848 1848
VF35 raw

Original $325 Original Gun Metal Gray, Better Date, West Texas Collection. A better Philadelphia date with low mintage of 580,000 and surprisingly low PCGS populations in upper circulated grades. Surfaces are covered with original gun metal gray patina. Strike is typical for the issue. In terms of blemishes, there is one small toned over line in the left obverse field by Star 2. Fairly price and a desirable offering from the West Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1848 1848
EF45
NGC
3578780006

Choice HOLD
$550
Better Date, Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded.. Better Philadelphia date with only 580,000 struck. This is a cool piece with choice original surfaces that are mostly light gray with gold, rose and blue hues intermixed. Resulting eye appeal is quite high due to originality, coloring and a full strike. Housed in newer NGC holder with CAC approval. Accurately graded also.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
EF45
PCGS
20320592
WB-10
Choice $525 Crusty Choice Original, Rich Gun Metal Gray Patina, Conservative Grading, Saw Mill Run Collection. Definitely an original silver half with thick crusty gray patina. The patina is an obvious dark gray "skin" when examining this piece with 10x loupe. Reverse offers a hammered strike while obverse is close with just a tad of weakness at star 7 and 8 that no other dealer would mention. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Strictly originality and accurate grading are the basis for CAC approval. Another top quality example From the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
AU58 raw
WB-15
Cleaned $350 New May 16! 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 1850O 1850-O
VF35 raw
WB-12
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 1851O 1851-O
MS62 NGC
1884129006
WB-2
Choice $2250 New May 19! Scarce Pre 1853 Date, Superior Eye Appeal, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Motor City Collection. A superior example of the very scarce 1851 New Orleans date that will pleased even the most selective collector. All 1850 through 1852 Seated halves struck at Philadelphia and New Orleans are much scarcer than recorded mintage due to silver content arbitrage. This issue was resolved during 1853 with a reduction in silver weight. But by then, many halves struck in the preceeding years had been melted. This strictly original example managed to survive. Surfaces are lightly mirrored and covered with transparent gun metal gray patina along with intermixed rose and blues. The coloring is similar to that of the old paper enveloped toned pieces in the Newman sale. This lovely New Orleans simply excels when viewed under a bright light. The obverse patina melts away exposing a gold ring at the stars that nicely frames light rose and blues over the center devices. The reverse offers a sky blue ring surrounding the legend and rose center. Blemishes are to a minimum for the assigned grade and all are fully toned over and not worth mentioning. Strike is full with all star centrils connected and a well formed eagle and associated devices. I really like this piece from the Motor City Collection and believe the next owner will also. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 50C 1852O 1852-O
VG 8 raw
WB-2
Market Acceptable $525 New May 16! 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
A&R
EF45 PCGS
13553846

Original New Price
$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
A&R
AU55 PCGS
2833093

Choice $765 Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Seal Beach Collection. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
A&R
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 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 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU55 PCGS
19348151

Choice $575 New May 21! With Arrows Type, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Hammered Strike, Seal Beach Collection. A pretty offering that every type set collector should consider for their Seated half dollar With Arrows requirement. This 1854 half offers uniform gun metal gray and blue patina along with a complete strike. Surfaces are essentially blemish free and attractive. Under a light source, the obverse shifts to blueish rims with soft brown center while the reverse is mottled rose and gray-blue. I like this offering a lot and believe you will also. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder. A top quality type coin offering from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
AU50 PCGS
81175389
WB-23
Original $750 New May 24! Rare Seated Half Dollar Die Pairing, Original Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Grey Soldier Collection. 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 Grey Soldier specimen is full AU50 and 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 to consider from the Grey Soldier Collection.
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
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
VF35 PCGS
29542673
WB-14
Original $125 EDS, Original Lavender Gray Patina. An obviously original example with surfaces toned over in a light to medium gray with subtle lavender. Housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
VG8 raw
WB-1
Original HOLD
$750
New May 16! First Year San Francisco Issue, Original Gray Patina, Half Way There Collection. First year of Liberty Seated half dollar production at the San Francisco mint with a mintage of 129,950. This date circulated heavily on the west coast due to pent up demand for silver denomination coinage with low survival rates, especially choice, for modern day collectors. This example is original with just honest wear. There are a few old obverse lines mentioned for completely accuracy. A better date from the Half Way There Collection that would nicely fill the 1855-S hole in a Dansco album.