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 74 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on February 9, 2018

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
EF45
PCGS
25254244
WB-2
R3
Choice $2800 New January 31! 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
EF45
PCGS
32920362
WB-3
R5
Choice $3200 New February 6! R5 Die Pairing, Popular No Drapery Type, Choice Original, Light Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Noted Liberty Seated half dollar researcher, Bill Bugert, has identified four different die pairing for 1839 No Drapery strikes in his Philadelphia Federal Registry. Those four die pairings result from two obverse dies and four reverse dies. Die variety WB-3 is the rarest of the four pairings and is easily attributed by a reverse die crack through the lower right wing that proceeds to the tip of the top most arrow and then to the rim. Pricing the WB-3 is challenging given limited results in the GFRC archives at the die variety level. This WB-3 example is strictly original with light gray patina over blemish free surfaces. Strike is quite typical for No Drapery specimens with weakness at the lower left eagle leg and claws. A choice example that is housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Ideal for a collector considering a four piece die variety set of No Drapery Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
AU50 PCGS
34943793
WB-4
R4
Choice $3300 New January 10! 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 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 1839 1839
With Drapery
VF20 PCGS
84161216
WB-6
R3
Original $165 Crusty Ebony and Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Original Surfaces, Conservative Grading, Woodbridge Collection. With Drapery. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering from the Woodbridge Collection.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
AU58
NGC Fatty
218672018

Choice $935 Crusty Choice Original, Old Paper Envelope Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Tenafly Collection. If strict originality is your cup of tea, then this 1840 Liberty Seated half dollar is worth considering. Surfaces are choice with thick crusty old envelope toning that is similar to that found on Newman Seated halves. Toning is semi transparent and allows a reasonable amount of the mirrored luster to poke through when viewed under a light source. Strike is nearly complete with just a touch of weakness at star 5 and on the lower leg eagle leg. In terms of blemishes, two faint and fully toned over lines in the obverse right field holds me back from a Gem quality rating. This piece is so close to being a gem. Housed in early NGC fatty holder. Another top quality offering from the Tenafly Collection.
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 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
Small Letters
EF45 ANACS OWH
1416929
WB-10
Original $325 New January 15! 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
VF30 PCGS
83151721
WB-5
R3
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 1841 1841
AU55 ANACS OWH
368442
WB-1
R3
Choice $950 New January 30! 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
AU58 NGC
2720689003
WB-3
R3
Choice New Price
$950
New January 27! Underrated Date, Old Album Rainbow Peripheral Toning, Mirrored Fields, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. Repunched 18. An underrated date overall with few examples reaching the current market. At the AU58 grade level, PCGS has certified 11 along with another 9 total in MS61/MS62. Given the number of active Liberty Seated half dollar collectors, this number is small. Now the Upstate New York Collection is releasing a freshly graded example that is housed in new large font NGC holder. There are no auction records for this piece is completely fresh. Now let's discuss the coin itself. Reflective luster is crisp throughout obverse and reverse and reminds me the 1847 NGC AU58 CAC Seated dollar on current price list. A choice original example with thin blue and gold toning rim surround the stars. The balance of the obverse is faint gray-rose. Moving to the reverse, the eagle has light gold coloring and is surrounded by gray fields up to the legend when gold and blue rings preside. Strike is full and nicely executed. Blemish wise, there is one short line in the right obverse field that will be exposed during bright light viewing due to reflective fields. Fairly priced due to scarcity and eye appeal. Not every 1841 AU half that arrives to the market is as attractive as this offering.
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 1842 1842
AU55 raw
WB-102 WB-7
Cleaned $325 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
VF20 PCGS
84024855
WB-12
Original $160 Triple Punched Date, Original Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Half Way There Collection. Bold date repunching is visible below the lower loop of the 8 digit and also below the horizontal segment of the 4 digit. Surfaces are toned an even light gray. There are no obvious blemishes worth mentioning. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A Liberty Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU50
PCGS
34365607
WB-14
Choice HOLD
$475
New February 9! Repunched Date, Shattered Reverse, Mirrored Obverse Fields, Aquamarine-Gray Patina, Choice Original, Accurately Graded, Great Eye Appeal. What a great looking 1842 Medium Date half dollar! I like this piece so much that a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is warranted. A gorgeous example of the WB-14 die pairing, in late die state, per Bugert's Federal Register on Liberty Seated half dollars. Obverse offers light mirrored fields and reflective luster that activate pleasing rose, aquamarine and golden coloring. The reverse is mostly light antique gray with the full compliment of die cracks identified by Bugert. The obverse also features a repunched date and misplaced 8 digit in the base. A wonderful offering that would please the most selective collector. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU53 PCGS
83610323
WB-8
R3
Original $395 New December 31! Medium Date, Soft Satiny Golden Luster, WB-8 Early Die State, Nice Strike, Oregon Beaver Collection. A quality WB-8 Medium Date struck from early die state dies. Reverse die cracks are beginning to appear on this strike. Those, along with obverse date position, easily facilitate the attribution. Original surfaces offer soft satiny luster with golden coloring. Reverse luster has some cartwheel effect under bright light. Obverse strike is complete with all stars having connected centrils. Reverse strike could be a bit stronger at the lower left leg and arrow feathers. There are no blemishes to discuss on the AU53 graded example. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another quality Seated half dollar offering from the Oregon Beaver 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 1842O 1842-O
Medium Date, Rev 1842
VG10 raw
WB-102 WB-8
R6
Market Acceptable $150 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 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 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Reverse 1839
VF35 PCGS
14255608
WB-1
R5
Original $3750 New December 28! 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 New February 6! 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
AU50 ANACS OWH
2636528

Original $250 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 1843 1843
EF40 PCGS
84161214
WB-1
Choice $215 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 ANACS
4888011
WB-11
R3
Original $500 New January 27! Triple 43, Rainbow Bullseye Toning, Frosty Luster, Heavily Cracked Reverse, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. A pretty 1843 Seated half dollar and also the WB-11 cracked reverse variety. The 1843 date is a treasure trove for cracked and shattered reverse dies, this one included. A bold vertical die crack proceeds upward from (H)ALF, through the olive leaves, then the middle left wing and exits to rim at ST(A)TES. A second die crack starts at (D)OL, then arcs right up through eagles body and exits at A(M)ERICA. Both die cracks are connected by a horizonal crack through the eagle's head. Really cool! Eye catching rainbow bullseye toning is evident during in hand viewing and becomes spectacular under a light source. A fully struck piece with all star centrils connected and complete eagle feather and claws. Housed in ANACS gold label holder. More attractively toned offerings from the Upstate New Collection.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
AU58 PCGS
33161339
WB-11
R3
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 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 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
MS62 PCGS
33950126
WB-4
R3
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 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 1844O 1844-O
AU50 raw
WB-102 WB-2R
Original $395 Center Dot Obverse, WB-2R Remarriage Die State, Frosty Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded. Frosty luster is immediately noted on this 1844 New Orleans Center Dot obverse strike. The WB-2 variety is know in two distinctly different die states due to die re-marriage after striking WB-3 production. The GFRC piece is the WB-2R where the R specifies the remarriage die state. The obverse center dot is seen at the top of the lower leg. Surfaces are no question original with some faint handling lines including one to the left of Liberty's head that is a bit stronger and should be examined carefully.
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
VF30 raw
WB-106 WB-18
R4
Cleaned $295 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
Double Date
AU50 PCGS
32913280
WB-1
R2
Original $495 New January 30! Double Date, Original Steely Gray, Typical Strike For Variety, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. The 1845-O double date variety is popular and straight forward to attribute. There is bold repunching, on all four digits, to the left of the final punch. This example, from the Whiskey Run Collection, offers clear diagnostics and is just plain fun to view under a 10x loupe. This AU50 graded example features steely gray fields that retain a sufficient amount of luster. Central obverse strike is excellent with bold scroll, gown lines and intricate foot details. However, the WB-1 die pairing is notorious for weakly struck stars; this example is consistent with the Bugert plate coin in that regard. Blemishes are limited to a mark in the upper left obverse field. Housed in 2015 PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
Triple Date
AU50 PCGS
14821975
WB-106, WB-18
R4
Market Acceptable $675 New January 12! Triple Punched Date, Rose-Gray Patina, PCGS Geniune Holder, Fairly Priced. I don't often see AU examples of the 1845 New Orleans date in general, let alone the WB-106 Triple Date die variety made popular by Wiley and Bugert. The triple punched date is bold and obvious on this PCGS Genuine grade example that is full AU. PCGS code 92 suggests that this example was cleaned. I disagree and believe this half was dipped and then retoned to the present rose-gray patina. A Market Acceptable quality rating is more appropriate since under the toning is plenty of luster that appears to be natural. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A consignment item that needs to find a home with someone who enjoys cool Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
AU55 raw
WB-104 WB-7
R3
Cleaned $1250 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
R3
Choice $315 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
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
EF45 PCGS
83797795
WB-12
R3
Original $575 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 New January 26! 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 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 1847 1847
AU55 raw
WB-104 WB-6
R3
Cleaned $250 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
AU50 raw
WB-6
R3
Original $335 Repunched 47, Original Gun Metal Blue-Gray Patina, Fairly Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection . A pleasing example of the Bugert WB-6 die variety with repunching on the 47 digits. This example is fully struck with all stars having connected centrils and the head details being well defined. There is plenty of residual luster under the darker gun metal blue-gray patina. Viewing this piece under a light source brings about nice rose hues on the obverse and golden coloring on the reverse. A raw offering that is fairly graded. From the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
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
MS61 PCGS
83503256
WB-104 WB-21
R3
Choice $1450 Doubled Obverse Die, Choice Original, Light Mirrored Fields, Bold Reflective Luster, Golden Patina, Accurately Graded, Wisconsin Collection. Locating choice original Liberty Seated half dollar in mint state takes considerable patience as the surviving populations are low as compated to the number of active collectors. 1847 New Orleans strikes have a high mintage of 2,584,000 but the PCGS population report indicates 22 certified in all mint state grades. In technical terms, that is a tiny 8.5 pieces per million (PPM) graded mint state since 1986. Now that an appreciation for rarity is at hand, let's review this lovely example. An offering with strong eye appeal and mirrored fields. Under a light source, cartwheel luster is reflective as to be expected from mirrored surfaces. Obverse strike is a tad weak, consistent with the WB-2 die variety while the reverse is hammered. Golden patina is the predominate coloring with darker shades at the rims. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and accurately graded. An important Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Wisconsin Collection.
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 1848O 1848-O
EF45 PCGS
30854409
WB-12
R3
Choice $365 New December 31! Choice Original, Uniform Steely Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Fully Struck, Oregon Beaver Collection. Choice steely gray surfaces are immediately apparent when first viewing this lovely 1848 New Orleans struck half dollar. Strike is complete throughout obverse and reverse and adds to the overall eye appeal. Under a light source, the gray patina melts away to reveal faint gun metal gray-blue centers and golden hues at the rims. A closed 10x loupe inspection reviewed a few scattered obverse ticks on Liberty's legs that are ancient and toned over. An accurately graded WB-12 example that is housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Yet another fine duplicate offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
AU58 raw
WB-15
R4
Cleaned $350 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
EF45
PCGS
12713539
WB-13
R3
Choice $465 New February 8! 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 1850O 1850-O
F15 raw

Original $100 New January 21! Better Date, Original Mottled Gray-Brown Patina, Problem Free. 1850-O date is considered underrated in mid circulated grades and infrequently seen and missing in many Dansco or Whitman album sets. This strictly original example has mottled gray-bown patina and honest wear. Fields and devices are entirely blemish free. Accurately graded too!
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 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 $3800 Very Rare 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
AU53 PCGS
30613129

Choice $1250 New February 8! 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
MS62 NGC
1884129006
WB-2
R4
Choice $2200 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
R4
Market Acceptable $525 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 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
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 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
34206523

Choice $550 New December 22! 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
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
VF35
PCGS
26724701

Choice $210 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Conservatively Graded, Tenafly Collection. A perfect With Arrows Liberty Seated half dollar for a spot in a type set. This 1854 strike offers a Choice Original quality rating due to blemish free surfaces and classice gun metal gray toning. Eye appeal is superior to most seen at the VF35 grade level. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert. CAC approval recognizes the strict originality, accurate grading and eye appeal. Another quality Liberty Seated half dollar from the Tenafly Collection.
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
AU50 PCGS
81175389
WB-23
R6
Original $550 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 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
EF45
NGC
2648961009
WB-53
R3
Choice $245 New January 25! 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 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
VF35 PCGS
29542673
WB-14
R3
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
AU58
NGC
1710014003
WB-3
R5
Choice $37000 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 $5900 New February 9! 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.