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 41 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on May 11, 2022

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
EF45 PCGS
39197079
WB-1
Original $450 Ultimate #4 WB-1, Reverse of 1839, Repunched Date, Original, Newtown Collection. A mélange of violet, baby blue, and light plum patina fills both sides, along with a few russet bits in the stars and legend. Traces of luster remain in the protected areas. WB-1, with date sloping downward and repunching in (18)40, while the reverse shield reveals a clash at the lower right. Strike is typical with stars to the right exhibiting centers, while most of the eagle claws are joined. A few lines are noted to the right of the elbow and to the side of the eagle’s head. The Bugert Encyclopedia classifies all 1840 halves as “Small Letters” – the Guide Book listing of the 1840 Medium Letters actually represents a New Orleans issue struck without the mintmark (1840-O WB-4). Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Reverse of 1839
MS65
PCGS
25618268
WB-1
Gem $12200 New May 8! Gem Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. Luster booms through earthy shades of gold and grey on the obverse of this gem With Drapery half, while the reverse reveals a frosty eagle surrounded by swirling plum and olive patina. The flash is intensely reflective with steely surfaces. Stars to the left are softly impressed, while the right stars and eagle’s claw joints are sharply detailed. WB-1, with repunched 40 in the date, in addition to light reverse die cracks connecting the legend letters. The PCGS population is eight pieces in MS65, with six examples higher. CAC reports four coins in MS65 and five pieces in MS66. This is a superb type coin, with more flash than the images might suggest. This piece is technically separated from the highest graded by only a touch of luster yet is available for a fraction of “finest known” money. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Reverse of 1839
AU58 PCGS
31862780
WB-1
Choice HOLD
$850
New May 17! Repunched Date, Granular Frosted Luster, Tons of Eye Appeal, Twin Lakes Collection. A popular 1840 Reverse of 1839 die variety with bold repunching below the 40 digits. Listed as WB-1 and WB-102 by Bugert. I have one message for this Twin Lakes Collection example; JUST BUY IT NOW! Overall eye appeal is stunning due to an uninterrupted layer of granular mint frost that is fully lustrous. Angled lighting brings about swirling cartwheels and sharp reflectance across both sides. Strike is nearly complete except for stars surrounding the head. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with RPD FS-301, WB-102 Reverse of 1839 on the label.
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
Rev 1838
VF30
PCGS
16181728
WB-4
Choice $1350 No Mintmark Reverse of 1838, Choice Gray Surfaces, Saw Mill Run Collection "Duplicates" Sale. Here is a coin to win a bar bet in a numismatically-minded drinking establishment. While ostensibly struck in Philadelphia, with no mintmark, the expert analysis of Bill Bugert and Randy Wiley has demonstrated that this issue actually originated in New Orleans. The coin pairs the 1840-O obverse die 2 with a Bust half reverse die, for which the mintmark appeared on the obverse. Toned in pleasing shades of deep blue, gray, and rose, this example is mark-free for the grade and exhibits superior eye appeal. CAC has approved 26 pieces in all grades combined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder, with holder tag "1840(O) and Reverse of 1838."
Seated 50C 1841 1841
AU55 PCGS
35432578
WB-1
Choice $900 Repunched 18, Partially Mirrored, Choice Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. Silver fields are graced by smoky splashes on both sides, with additional gold-green patina present in figure of Liberty. Luster is classic steely gray and reflective, with moderate cartwheel. Nicely struck with separate claw joints and minimal blending in the eagle’s left leg. WB-1, with diagonal lines in the obverse dentils below the date, and the lowest horizontal line extending to the left from the reverse shield. Some chatter above the eagle’s head is noted. This is a better date, with less than half a million pieces struck. The PCGS census notes 26 piece in all MS grades combined. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
Baseball Crack Rev
EF40 PCGS
25544491
WB-2
Original $3000 Baseball Die Crack Reverse, Original, Cumberland County Collection. The Bugert reference identifies the WB-2 as a scarce variety, popular with collectors due to the web of reverse die cracks. Commonly referred to as the “baseball die crack reverse,” a patchwork of reverse lines is easily visible to the naked eye, making for a distinct appearance. This is a middle die-state example, with the crack below OF A(MERICA) not yet forming. The patina of this piece is silver-gray, with sandy overtones more evident on the reverse. Marks are scattered, apart from some chatter inside star 6. Many varieties within the Liberty Seated series require a glass (and related eyestrain) to make a positive attribution – this is not such a coin! Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with "Medium Mintmark WB-102 Baseball Die Crack Pattern" attribution on label.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
Baseball Die Crack Reverse
AU Details PCGS
38230311
WB-2R
Cleaned $1725 Baseball Die Crack Reverse, Heavy Die Cracks, Silver Gray Coloring, Old Clean, StoneCold Collection. Price Reduction - There are two distinctly different die states for the WB-2 Baseball Cracked Reverse. WB-2 is the first die marriage with strong obverse device details including foot and underlying support from the base. During the second die marriage, for the same die pair (WB-2R), the obverse comes much weaker with most of the foot support area polished out. The StoneCold Collection offering was struck during the second die pairing as the foot support and foot details have been effaced. The reverse is completely shattered with the deepest die crack seen at (OF A)MERICA. A silver-gray coloring is consistent on both sides. PCGS has certified this piece at AU Details due to an old clean. I'm ok with this designation though there are no hairlines to be found. Strike is uniform and pleasing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 Gold Shield holder with "WB-2R Med O, Baseball Die Crack attribution on the label. An important offering for the die variety specialist.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date, Rev 1842
EF45 raw
WB-8
Original $265 Medium Date, Near-Choice Original, Light Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Newtown Collection. A strictly original 1842 Medium Date survivor with in-hand gray coloring that shifts to rose-gray during bright light inspection. Well struck without any surfaces abrasions requiring mention. Fairly graded with bold scroll lines and ornate hair curls. Another duplicate from the Newtown Collection that has been peacefully resting in a bank box for over a decade. Ideal for a Dansco album collection.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date
AU50 PCGS
29688072
WB-2
Choice $6500 New May 8! Small Date, Choice Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. The Wiley-Bugert reference identifies two of the thirteen known die marriages of the 1842-O half as the Small Date type. The PCGS population reinforces the scarcity of the Small Date variety, with nearly twice as many Medium Date examples reported. This piece is WB-2, with a reverse die crack running from middle claw to (H)AL(F). Shading is gray and silver throughout, with bits of olive and copper patina clinging to the obverse rim and eagle wings. High point wear hosts steely Mint bloom throughout the stars and legend. Nicely struck, with most claw joints distinct. Technical detail is arguably that of a high-end EF45, and CAC would likely approve at that level. PCGS reports eight pieces in all AU grades combined, with just two at the MS level, both in MS62. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
VF35 raw
WB-105
Cleaned $185 Cleaned and Retoned Golden-Gray, Cumberland County Collection. A fairly graded 1843 Seated half from a Dansco album that should return to similar accommodations. This piece was cleaned or spent too much time in a dip solution leading to fair surface porosity. Afterwards, the piece was retoned to its current color. Fairly priced.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
VF Details PCGS
38640578
WB-11
Cleaned $140 WB-11, Uniform Gray-Gold, Steely Reflective Fields, Branch Mint Collection.. When pursuing a die variety based collection compromises must be made. One never knows when a particular die vartiety can again be located. The Branch Mint consignor grabbed this WB-11 specimen regardless of the Cleaned VF Details opinion. Frankly, I've seen much worse in "Cleaned" holders given the thick gray-gold patina and steely reflective fields. WB-11 features an extensively cracked reverse. This specimen is at the medium to late die state and easily attributed. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with Cleaned - VF Detail on the label.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
EF40 PCGS
38772754
WB-13
Choice $315 WB-13, Choice, Pristine Steely Surfaces, Oliver-Gray, Branch Mint Collection.. A challenging 1843 die variety to locate since the reverse is minimally cracked. Bill Bugert's Reverse Half Dollar Diagrams indicates WB-13 die cracks are limited to A(MERICA). However, this example is fully choice and a wonderful representative. Olive-gray patina covers steely fields that retains a fair amount of reflectance. Worthy of a CAC submission as neither the consignor nor GFRC have done so. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
MS62
PCGS
12911911
WB-18
Choice $1750 Repunched Date, Choice Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. Silver surfaces admit bluish undertones, while tan patina gathers in protected areas, most notably the reverse shield. Luster is steely and reflective, with active cartwheels. Well-struck, with stars 3-6 a touch soft as are the claw joints to the left. WB-18, with date digits punched obliquely, almost comically so. Early die state, with reverse die cracks not advanced. Despite a mintage of nearly four million pieces, CAC has certified only 54 pieces in all grades, with nine examples higher. This date is one of Bill Bugert’s favorite in the Seated half series, as the need for a large mintage, combined with suboptimal die preparation, resulted in 37 die marriages, with more possibly waiting to be discovered. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
VF Details PCGS
39265290
WB-30
Market Acceptable $225 WB-30, Rose-Gray Toning, Glossy Reflective Surfaces, Reverse Die Crack, Branch Mint Collection.. An excellent 1843 WB-30 "filler" example with rose-gray patina that is darker on the obverse. Both sides present a glossy reflective luster that is synonymous with an old cleaning. The bisecting reverse die crack is well formed per Bugert's 1843 Half Dollar Reverse Die Crack Diagrams. PCGS was very tough from a wear perspective as device details are full EF. I'm going with a Market Acceptable quality rating due to the under grading and reasonable appearance. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
AU Details ICG
6503481201
WB-31
Original $265 WB-31, Partially Mirrored Fields, Crisp Reflective Luster, Bold Reverse Die Cracks, Branch Mint Collection.. A noteworthy 1843 WB-31 example that presents bold reverse die cracks consistent with Bugert's 1843 Half Dollar Reverse Die Crack Diagrams. Fields are partially mirror and exhibit crisp reflective luster when illuminated. Accurately graded with a long obverse scratch from Liberty's out stretched hand to the rim. Housed in new generation ICG holder with AU53 Details, Obverse Scratched listed on the label.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
AU Details PCGS
38640580
WB-36
Cleaned $300 WB-36, Excessively Brilliant Surfaces, Bold Reverse Die Crack, Branch Mint Collection.. Seated half dollar die variety specialist should take note of this 1843 WB-36 offering from the Branch Mint Collection. The reverse presents a heavy vertical reverse die crack that is consistent with the Bugert 1843 Half Dollar Reverse Die Crack Diagram. Surfaces are excessively brilliant due to an old cleaning. Strike is complete. Ideal as a "filler" example until a strictly original replacement piece can be acquired. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder Cleaned AU Details on the label.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
EF Details PCGS
38640581
WB-37
Market Acceptable $265 WB-37, Dull Light Gray Surfaces, Bold Reverse Die Cracks, Branch Mint Collection.. We close out the 37 different 1843 Seated half dollar die varieties with this WB-37 offering from the Branch Mint Collection. The two reverse die cracks are consistent with the Bugert 1843 Half Dollar Reverse Die Crack Diagram. A bold vertical obverse die crack traverse the shield and Liberty's upper body. Steely fields are covered with a light gray patina. Strike is fully executed. Angled lighting results in some reflective luster. A Market Acceptable quality rating is warranted as this piece may have seen a prior cleaning on a technical basis but the overall appearance is that of a close to original silver piece. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with Cleaned-XF Detail on the label.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
MS62 NGC
3814815004
W-9
Choice $1250 Repunched 884, Semi Prooflike, Choice Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. Russet skin blankets the obverse of this Mint State example, surrounded by electric blue patina at the rim. Splashes of lighter color are seen throughout the obverse, while the reverse exhibits intermingled silver and gold color with deep maroon shading at the rim. Steely luster creates a moderate cartwheel effect. The strike is sharp, with all claw joints delineated. WB-9, with repunched digits and a die line between the third and fourth set of reverse shield verticals. NGC has graded 20 pieces higher, with the highest at MS65. This is a colorful piece that will sell at an accessible price point. Housed in a new large font NGC holder.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Doubled Date
EF45 NGC
2562207004
FS-301
Original $4000 Popular Doubled Date, Original, Sunset Collection. The 1844-O Doubled Date is one of the most popular verities in the Seated half series, with a plainly doubled date repunched to the south. The coiner initially placed the date far too high within the exergue and was forced to reposition and try again. The blundered date is readily apparent, and there is no need for a 16x loupe to reveal some subtle detail. This piece exhibits silver-gray shading with burnt tan at the lower rims, in addition to an aqua splash at the base of Liberty. The residual luster is partially mirrored. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert. NGC has certified 21 pieces in all grades, with nine higher, all at the AU level.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Doubled Date
AU50 PCGS
19585884
WB-22
Original $5500 Popular Doubled Date, Original, Cumberland County Collection. The 1844-O doubled date is a perennial favorite, plainly visible with the naked eye and honored with its own Red Book listing. Die preparation was still an involved affair in this era, and coiners were forced to ignore quality control from time to time. This is a prime example, with a second 1844 clearly punched into the rock and the field above the date. This piece exhibits rose-tan shading on both sides, with additional maroon splashes on the obverse. Remaining luster is minimal, but the real story here is the dramatically doubled date, a variety that is especially prized in higher circulated grades. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with "RPD FS-303 WB-108" label attribution.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Doubled Date
EF45 PCGS
37579285
WB-22
Choice $4000 Doubled Date, Choice Original, Sooner Collection.. The 1844-O Doubled Date is among the most popular varieties in the Liberty Seated half dollar series, listed in the Guide Book and featuring a boldly rendered double date that is easily visible to the naked eye. Partial obverse mirrors reveal light golden toning while the reverse fields are more steely. This piece carries the D. L. Hansen pedigree, reflecting inclusion in one of the all-time greatest American collections. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with the D.L. Hansen Collection label. The Doubled Date attribution is additionally listed on the label.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Doubled Date
VF35 PCGS
34010264
WB-22 WB-103
Original $2750 Popular Doubled Date, Light Gray Surfaces, Newtown Collection. One of the more spectacular errors in all of U.S. coinage, the 1844-O double date exhibits a bold repunched date well north of the usual placement. This attractive specimen is toned a uniform light gray with darker shades at the peripheries. New Orleans Seated coins come with a variety of striking characteristics, and this piece is typical with some softness on the left leg. Fields are moderately reflective which is typical of the issue. An important offering from the Newtown Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
No Drapery
AU53 raw
WB-12
R4
Market Acceptable $450 No Drapery, Heavily Polished Obverse, Steely Fields, Cracked Reverse, White Pine Collection. The 1845-O WB-12 die pairing includes a heavily polished obverse die and a cracked reverse die. Rarity rating is R4 according to Bugert in his Register for New Orleans Seated half dollar die varieties. The obverse has been polished to the point of effacing stars 1 to 3 though they remain visible on the offered AU53 example. The polishing has also removed the drapery folds. As a result, this piece qualifies for No Drapery status though not a hub design change. Multiple die cracks connect legend lettering to the rim. The White Pine Collection offering is a commercial AU with steely fields along with faint gray patina and peripheral gold. A Market Acceptance quality rating has been assigned as I could easily see this half being placed into a PCGS holder. However, the reverse fields are just too reflective to be strictly original. Priced accordingly.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
AU58 PCGS
33273462
WB-12
R3
Original $1450 Medium Date, Repunched 6, Original Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Scarce Grade That Deserves Attention. . 1846 New Orleans strikes, whether the Medium or Tall Date varieties, become quite scarce in AU and rare in Mint State grades. The Medium Date variety is the more available of the two but still deserves respect. A quick check of PCGS population report indicates only eleven example certified at AU58 grade level and a combined total of thirteen in MS62 through MS64 with none higher. This lovely example offers semi transparent gray-rose patina with steely reflective luster. Strike is nearly complete with a few stars lacking fully connected centrils and some weakness on the lower eagle left leg and arrow feathers. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder and ready for inclusion in an advanced Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. From the Twin Lakes Collecton.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
EF40 ANACS OWH
821892
WB-22
Original $1800 Tall Date, Near-Choice, Sooner Collection.. Reflective surfaces present navy and charcoal shades at the rims, while the central devices reveal steel and gray patina. The date style is the "Tall Date" variety, which carries a significant premium across all grades. Just two of the nine obverse dies for this issue exhibit this date style. More specifically, this is a WB-22, with extensive reverse die cracks evident. Strike is typical, with soft stars and incomplete detail beneath the eagle. The reverse is well worth studying with a glass and a copy of the Bill Bugert reference on New Orleans Seated halves (available online at http://www.lsccweb.org/BillBugertBooks/Bugert-Vol-III-NO-Part1.pdf). Housed in an ANACS old white holder.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
EF45 PCGS
30854527
WB-24
Choice $2100 Tall Date, Choice Original, Cumberland County Collection. Speckled shades blanket both sides of this New Orleans piece, with the central figures more moderately toned. Deep tan and blue-green patina dominates the rims, while the fields reveal a bit of remaining silver color. Steely luster is reflective, and, under a light, the eye appeal is more substantial than suggested by the images. The Tall Date (more precisely "large date") is a recognized variety, with separate lines in the price sheets and additionally in the all-important Guide Book of U.S. Coins. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with "Tall Date" label attribution.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
EF45 PCGS
83952830
WB-24
Choice $1850 Ultimate #60 WB-24, Tall Date, Choice Original, Newtown Collection. The 1846-O Tall Date is by far the better of the two Guide Book varieties, priced 3x-5x higher than the 1846-O Medium Date, the multiple advancing in higher grades. Indeed, Bugert identifies 22 marriages with the Medium Date style, but only five exhibiting the Tall Date. The WB-24 exhibits a rusty obverse die, in addition to a reverse die line descending from the foot of D. This EF45 piece reveals grayish-silver patina with crescents of deeper slate-blue color at the rims, while central devices reveal granular Mint frost. Strike is typical, with a few star centers present, while the eagle feathers are not completely distinct. PCGS population is limited to 11 pieces at the EF45 grade level. In AU grades, PCGS has certified a total of eight examples, with rapid price increases. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. A pleasing example of a better variety.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
MS65+
PCGS
34358140
WB-22
Gem $40000 Gem Original, Branch Mint Collection. Yet another Gold CAC piece from the Branch Mint Collection, this stone original 1847-O half is the epitome of originality, with antique surfaces graced by medium silver and gray skin. Fields are primarily silver, with smoky gray shades scattered about the rims on both sides. Nearly all star points are present if faint, while the reverse exhibits typical softness in the left claws. Surfaces are near perfectly smooth and a glass will be required to locate the few marks. WB-22, with obvious repunching on the 7, and a diagonal die line from H extending to the rim. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval. From the Gene Gardner Collection (Heritage 5/2015, lot 98468, there presented as NGC MS66 CAC, realized $30,550). Prior to Gardner this coin has a pedigree tracing to the early 20th century and including Stickney, Clapp, and Eliasberg. A finer pedigree is hard to imagine, with Eliasberg and Gardner in particular representing the finest ever collections of Seated coinage. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-2020) with embedded hologram.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
EF45 PCGS
39229844
WB-8
Original $500 Near-Choice, Newtown Collection. Copper and deep gray patina covers both sides of this New Orleans piece, while protected areas exhibit lighter color. Both shields reveal light dirt, and the remaining luster is frosty. This issue is full of die varieties, with 26 marriages reported in the Bugert reference. This example is a WB-8, with the date placed to the left and a repunched, large mintmark. Strike is typical, with weak feathers to the left of the shield. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
MS60 PCGS Rattler
3115474
WB-12
Choice HOLD
$1300
Choice Original, Sooner Collection.. Satiny luster reveals silver devices set against a navy blue background, with deeper shades present at the rims. The reverse patina suggests bag toning consistent with that seen on Morgan dollars of a later era. The overall effect is pleasing, and this piece would be more accurately graded at the MS-61 level. WB-12, with a die lump in Liberty's torso and a defect in the second set of reverse shield verticals. Most claw joints exhibit separation and the stars are completely defined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 1.2 (1986-1989) rattler holder.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
MS63 NGC
667206010
WB-13
Choice $2000 Repunched 184, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection. Protected areas host russet patina while the high points retain original silver color, all surrounded by more deeply shaded rims. Original Mint bloom is frosty and exhibits luster consistent with the technical grade. WB-13, with a downward sloping date and a tine to the left of the serif of 1. The strike is typical, with soft stars and weakness beneath the reverse shield. Some surface chatter is evident in the right obverse field. Housed in an NGC Gen 9 (2001-2003) holder. NGC has certified 12 pieces higher, all in MS64 and MS65.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
Dramatically Doubled Date
AU Details PCGS
42019773
WB-6
Market Acceptable $1800 New May 8! Repunched Date, Borderline Surfaces. The WB-6 exhibits a dramatically doubled date, punched first to the left and then reimpressed to the right. Careful study with a glass reveals multiple fragments of the original date, and the remaining detail is substantial. The silver and steel-gray patina of this example hosts light, diagonal streaks of russet color, with additional shades of smoky chestnut evident on the reverse. Surfaces are partially mirrored. WB-6, with diagonal die lines through the lowest part of the reverse shield. Stars to the right are soft, while the reverse claw detail is sharper. Although not completely original, this is well-detailed example of an important variety. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.1 holder.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
Dramatically Doubled Date
VG10 PCGS
19693958
WB-16
Choice $1600 Dramatically Doubled Date, Natural Coin Gray, Choice at Grade, Newtown Collection. WB-102 MPD-1, R.6 in all grades. The date is repunched east, with bold remnants of bases of the early date punch. A misplaced 9 also protrudes from the bottom of Liberty's rock. A choice example with natural coin gray patina that is a tad darker on the obverse. Fields are well preserved and surprisingly unblemished considering the time in circulation. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with PCGS 30th Anniversary old green label.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
AU Details NGC
4883781015
WB-1
Market Acceptable $975 New May 11! Repunched 0, Pre-Silver Arbitrage Date, Satiny Luster, Southern Texas Collection. An inexpensive 1850 New Orleans WB-1 strike with nicely repunched 0. Mintage is nearly 2,500,000 but survival rate is very low due to melting during the silver bullion arbitrage period of 1850 through early 1853. This surviving example retains original mint frost in protected device areas while the fields produce a satiny glow with angled lighting. I'm in agreement with the NGC Details grade as the fields are not original but not hairlined either. "An old wipe" best describes the treatment. Strike is essentially complete with all stars having connected centrils while lower eagle features are properly impressed. I've assigned a Market Acceptable quality rating as the eye appeal is consistent with many seen in straight graded holders. The die pairing is WB-1 with repunched 0 in the date. Housed in new NGC large font holder with AU Details, Cleaned designation.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
MS64 PCGS
33841350
WB-2
Choice $5500 Rare Philadelphia Date, Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection. Brilliant, frosty luster reveals a pleasing mélange of color on both sides, with scattered shades of olive and blue-green splashed atop an underlying palette of silver-rose. The reverse shading is deeper, with aqua rims surrounding more intense gray hue throughout. Scattered marks are more consistent with the MS63 grade, with the 64 likely awarded by PCGS for overall eye appeal. This is a much better date among Philadelphia Seated halves, with 227,000 pieces coined. Stars are sharply struck, while the eagle’s claws to the left blend together. WB-2, with a strong die clash in the reverse shield, and the last digit in the date repunched. The PCGS population is seven examples in MS64, with three pieces higher in all grades combined. This is a most attractive example of a challenging issue, and sure to please the new owner. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
MS64 NGC
1705301001
WB-4
Choice $4100 New May 8! Near-Gem Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. Silver and gray surfaces host charcoal splashes throughout the stars and legend, while a few traces of russet color surround the eagle. Luster is steely and reflective. The strike is sharply impressed with strongly delineated detail beneath the reverse shield, the perpetual problem area in the Seated half series. The overall eye appeal is strong, close to GFRC-Gem level. WB-4, with the date punched high and the mintmark placed under the arrow feather. This is a lower mintage issue, with just five known die marriages. The NGC population is five pieces in MS64 with six pieces in all higher grades. Housed in a NGC Gen 9 (2001-2003) standard ring insert holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU53
PCGS
81022353

Choice $850 Arrows & Rays Type, Choice Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. The Arrows & Rays design is a favorite among U.S. type collectors, appearing for one year only, 1853, on quarters and half dollars. The half dollar seems to be the preferred of the two denominations, showcasing the design in a larger format. This is a richly toned piece, with steely, deep gray obverse fields framed by lighter shades at the rim. The reverse is less intensely and more evenly toned with olive and gold patina throughout. Well-struck, with separation evident on most of the claw joints. Die pair identification is virtually impossible with this issue, as the date, arrows, and rays were all punched into master dies. This is an issue intended to be appreciated for its overall design, rather than for small differences between working dies. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
EF40
PCGS
18405908

Choice $425 Arrows & Rays Type, Crusty Original, Steely Field, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection. Crusty is the operative word to describe this Sooner Collection 1853 Arrows & Rays duplicate. Under the thick patina are steely fields that still emit residual reflective luster during bright light assessment. Obverse fields have some tiny chatter marks consistent with a larger denomination silver piece that spent time in circulation. Choice overall with CAC approval. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
20258246

Original HOLD
$225
With Arrows Type, Natural Coin Gray Patina, Peripheral Gold, Steely Luster. Ample amounts of residual steely luster are immediately evident when first viewing this strictly original 1854 Seated half. Surfaces are toned natural coin gray along with peripheral gold rings that appear under a light source. Accurately graded with essentially unabraded fields. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with Teich Family Collection pedigree listed on label.
Seated 50C 1855/54 1855/54
With Arrows
VF35 PCGS
38604016

Original $450 1855/54 Overdate, Original Gray, Newtown Collection. A Guide Book-listed variety, attributed by the remnant of a 4 beneath the top of the loop in the 2nd 5 of the date. This Newtown release sports even light gray coloring with GFRC images accurately capturing quality surfaces. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
MS63 NGC
1748677013

Choice $1170 Granular Frosted Luster, Light Gold Peripheral Toning, Osprey Collection. Granular frosted luster is the highlight when enjoying this 1855-O Seated half. Faint golden shades are more concentrated at the peripheries. Strike is typical for the 1855 New Orleans issue. A better type coin candidate given its final year of arrows included at the date. Housed in NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
VF30 PCGS
34387737
WB-1
Original $300 O/Horizontal O, Crusty Rose-Gray Skin, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection. A cool Liberty Seated half dollar variety with the first mintmark improperly punched in the horizontal direction. The first mintmark is seen at the top of the final punch. This example is accurately grade while the surfaces are overlaid with a thick rose gray-skin. Fields have a few ticks that are ancient and fully toned. Another variety offering from the Newtown Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
38231305

Original $4650 Rare First Year Issue, Frosted Luster, Well Above Average Strike, Slider AU. First year of San Francisco mint half dollar issue with only 129,950. As you can imagine, the pent up demand for smaller denomination every day currency (as compared to gold) resulted in the entire mintage being placed into circulation. Choice survivors are no where to be found in today's market. Being offered is an important 1855-S survivor that is a slider AU in terms of wear and strike. Most 1855-S survivors are seen with weak obverse denticles and center devices. The strike on this offering is well above average and quite pleasing. Frosted surfaces are covered with light speckled gold. The lower right obverse fields has faint tooling that appears to be a spot removal effort. Afterwards, this piece was dipped. It is highly plausible that PCGS net graded this offering down to EF45 given that dipping is acceptable to this TPG. The Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with WB-4 Arrows Large S attribution on the label.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
With Arrows
EF40 PCGS
82626063
WB-4
R5
Choice $4500 Key Date, Choice Original, Scarce Grade, Crusty Gray Patina, Well Struck, Whiskey Run Collection. Consignor Pricing Reduction! 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.