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 97 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on July 5, 2020

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1839 1839
AU53
PCGS
25312262

Choice $775 With Drapery Type Coin, Choice Original, Light Olive/Gray, Lustrous, Consertive Grading, Poor Man's Collection. A half year type coin during 1839 as mintage included both No Drapery and With Drapery master hub designs. This With Drapery example is fully choice and would easily compliment an advanced collection. Surfaces are covered with transparent uniform olive gray patina. Viewing this piece under a light source activates plenty of remaining luster and a reverse cartwheel effect. Frankly, I believe this 1839 half is conservatively graded from a wear perspective. Strike is a tad weak at the gown line and breasts along with lower left eagle leg on the reverse. The assigned AU53 grade probably comprehends this weakness. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder and about as original as one could ever expect. CAC approval is definitely warranted.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
Drapery
AU55+
PCGS
85740346

Choice $1325 Drapery, Choice Original, Olive Gray Patina, Golden Reflective Luster, Accurately Graded. A choice original example with light olive gray patina during in hand inspection. Adding a light source unleashes golden hues that are bold and more prevalent on the reverse. Fields are lightly mirrored resulting in sharp reflective luster. Strike is typical with a few of the upper stars lacking connected centrils. I'm comfortable with the assigned AU55+ grade as there is faint rub on the left facing breast and lower leg. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Attributing With Drapery 1839 halves is difficult as date positions are very similar between WB-5, WB-6 and WB-7 along with few die markers. The three die pairings are consistently listed as R3 rarity.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
EF40
PCGS
25677496
WB-2
Choice $2250 No Drapery Type, Crusty Gray Toning, Choice Surfaces, Newtown Collection. An ideal first year of type issue, this is a pleasing Seated half with even, uniform color. Crusty fields of deep gray contrast with somewhat lighter central figures, particularly at the high points. Stars 6-9 reveal blue shading mixed in, as does the reverse rim. The strike is typical, with some flat stars. The originality factor is strong with no evidence of prior cleaning. WB-4 variety, with the date placed further to the right than for other WB varieties of this year. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date) with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
AU50 PCGS
34943793
WB-4
R4
Choice $3300 WB-4, Popular No Drapery Type, Choice Original, Steely Gray-Gold Reflective Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Better WB-4 R4 die pairing. A consistently popular type set coin along with being key to a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. I've handled numerous examples and they typically don't last long on the price list. I really like this PCGS AU50 graded example for several reasons. First is the steely gray-gold coloring that screams originality. Second is the reflective cartwheel luster that is more consistent with a higher grade. Strike is typical with lower eagle/claw weakness that is consistent for the date as few are ever seen 100% struck. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Let's see how long this pleasing example lasts on the GFRC price list.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
VF30
PCGS
38087779
WB-4
Choice $925 No Drapery Design Type, Crusty Gray-Olive Patina, Choice Original Surfaces, CAC Approval. Liberty Seated half dollar collectors should pay special attention to the 1839 No Drapery Liberty Seated half offering. Firstly, this piece is the only CAC approved example at the VF30 grade level. Second is the choice original surfaces that are toned with crusty gray patina and embedded olive hues. The third important point is the position on the pricing curve. Retail prices quickly double in EF and again in choice AU. A quality piece that would fit well in a circulated EF date and mint mark set. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. CDN CAC guide price is $975 as a reference point.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
With Drapery
AU58
PCGS
28257211
WB-5
Choice $1550 With Drapery, Choice Original, Seal Beach Collection. This richly toned example exhibits deep gold and burgundy hues with the central figures a shade lighter. The piece is well-struck with mostly complete star centers and complete feather detail in the eagle. Surface are near smooth with some chatter evident above the eagle. Bugert notes this variety sometimes comes with slight die rotation, as seen here. The eye appeal is wholesome, an opinion shared by CAC. Ex. Grey Soldier Collection. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2014-2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
AU55+ NGC
3518212011

Original $650 Old Album Toning, Reflective Luster, Original Surfaces, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. If old album silver toners are your cup of tea, then please consider this lovely 1840 rev of 1839 half dollar from the New Jersey Collection. Immediately noted is the reflective luster and rich old album colors on both sides. Let's take a walk through bright light coloring as the GFRC images provide an excellent view of in hand colors. With lighting, the obverse offers an aquamarine center than is mostly surrounding by yellow and burnt gold on three sides. The reverse has more traditional ring toning with a rich aquamarine center surrounded by burnt gold that finally transitions to deep blues at the periphery. Strike is typical with a with a few weak stars at Liberty's head. Finally, there is a divot above the 1 in the date and also a rim mark below the date that must be noted. Graded as AU55+ and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
AU50
PCGS
26806644
WB-10
R3
Choice $475 New July 5! Double Date, Steely Luster, Light Gray Patina with Obverse Verdigris, Choice Surfaces, Oregon Beaver Collection. This 1840 WB-10 Double Date half is high on the cool scale. The date is obviously doubled with a clockwise rotational shift between the two impressions. Unbranded surfaces are found on both sides. Overall coloring is light gray with embedded rose that is amplified by my photography. The same photography has also enhanced the greenish verdigris seen primarily on the lower left obverse. Strike is complete from moderately hubbed dies. Another duplicate offering from the Oregon Beaver collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
EF45 ANACS OWH
1416929
WB-10
Original $325 Double Date, Reverse of 1839, Original Light Gray Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Golden Harvest Collection. A lovely 1840 Small Letters half (Reverse of 1839) housed in mid 1990 generation ANACS old white holder. Surfaces are original light gray with intermixed golden hues that appear when viewed on a light source. Strike is nearly complete with only a touch of weakness at the lower left eagle leg and arrow feathers; a common issue for many Seated half dollar dates. This offering is also the Double Date die variety and listed by Bugert as WB-10 in his Federal Registry series on Seated half dollar die varieties. A closed 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes or contact marks worth mentioning. Overall a wholesome and attractive 1840 Small Letters half that is fairly graded. A quality duplicate from the Golden Harvest Collection.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
AU55 PCGS
33414168
WB-10 WB-104
R3
Original $525 WB-10 , Double Date, Reflective Cartwheels, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Faint Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. What a cool die variety that belongs in any of the important Seated half dollar sets under construction. Date digit doubling is most dramatic as the first punch was rotated downward left. The specimen, from the Dr. Peterson Collection, is well preserved with bright reflective fields. Patina is a transparent light gray and natural. The obverse dark spots are verdigris that has adhered to the surfaces and cannot be removed unless using mechanical cleaning. That we do not want! Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with WB-104 and Peterson pedigree on label.
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
AU53 NGC
3001275006
WB-4
Choice $3950 Rare New Orleans Medium Letters Reverse, No Mintmark, Early Die State, Choice Original Surfaces.. A special high grade offering of the 1840(O) design type for the advanced collector. The 1840(O) die pairing is necessary for both date/mintmark and type sets resulting in significant demand. The ongoing challenge is locating a choice original specimen as many are well worn or have been molested. GFRC is excited to be offering a mid grade AU example with natural gun metal gray patina and steely fields. Fairly early die state dies have imparted a steely finish to the fields. Bright light inspection reveals reflective luster and some embedded gold. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the mid 1990s timeframe. The 1840-(O) MED LETTERS is accurately captured on the NGC label. Potential buyers will be asking if this piece has been to CAC as this is common question on a coin of this status and price. I don't know the coin's history but it is safe to assume that it has been submitted given the old holder. I believe this piece would CAC if in a fresh AU50 holder as current grading is not conservative enough. This is the nicest 1840(O) that I've handled; by far.
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
Rev 1838
EF Details NGC
4755692011
WB-4
Original $1100 No Mintmark, Capped Bust Medium Letters Reverse, Original Golden-Gray Patina, Single Obverse Field Line. . An example of the popular 1840 New Orleans strike with a leftover Capped Bust reverse die that lacks a mintmark. The reverse was previously used to strike Reeded Edge design coinage during 1839 where the mintmark was placed on the obverse. Demand is always high for this issue since required for both a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set along with early coinage type sets. This solid example appeared at the 2020 Winter FUN show. Please don't get hung up on the NGC Details designation. The sole scratch on this half is the short line in the upper ring field that is ancient and not distracting. I don't make a habit of adding Details certified coins to inventory via outright purchase. However, I liked this example immediately during inspection and believe it will fit nicely into budget conscious sets being assembled. The reverse is heavily cracked while the obverse die has significant die rust throughout the gown folds. Housed in NGC large font holder with edge view insert. The holder label reads Med Letters, EF Details, Obv Scratched
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
Rev 1838
G06 PCGS
81368402
WB-4
Original $450 New June 22! No Mintmark Reverse of 1838, Original Surfaces, Gray-Aquamarine Patina, Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal. A popular and scarce Liberty Seated half dollar struck at the New Orleans mint without a mintmark. A left over 1839-O capped bust half reverse was muled with new Seated obverse design during the initial year of production. This variety can be identified with medium size reverse legend as compared to the smaller lettering on reverses intended for Seated half coinage. When this piece was struck, the reverse die well worn with four separate die cracks from the eagle to rim. A lower circulated grade example with original surfaces and circulated cameo eye appeal. This variety is popular for type with pricing ramping quickly in the higher circulated grades. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
Rev of 1838
AU50 PCGS
32109917
WB-4
Choice $2800 1840(O), Reverse of 1838, Choice Original, Seal Beach Collection. This variety features a reverse intended for a Bust half, an unusual crossover situation in American coinage. More remarkable is that the coin was actually struck in New Orleans without a mintmark. The full story is in the Bill Bugert reference on New Orleans Seated half dollar die varieties, accessible at lsccweb.org/Resources.shtml (listed under 1840-O WB-4). This piece is light grey with luster between frosty and steely. Strike is typical, with most star centers defined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date).
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
Reverse 1838
AU Details raw

Cleaned $950 Reverse 1838, Hammered Strike, Reflective Surfaces, Old Cleaning, West Texas Collection. A picturesque 1840(O) Liberty Seated half dollar that was struck with a leftover Medium Letters reverse from 1838. Reverse legend is much larger that the Small Letters reverse design used to strike regular Philadelphia pieces. This offering has a hammered strike with traditional reverse die cracks. Obverse die pitting seen throughout Liberty's gown folds. Unfortunately, surfaces have been wiped leaving unnatural reflective fields. Toning is close to natural coloring with gun metal gray obverse and rose-gray reverse. Devices and fields are unabraded. From the West Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
EF40 ANACS OWH
1356736
WB-102 WB-7
Original $275 Very Small O, Rose Gray Patina, Reverse Peripheral Blues, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. WB-7 represents the only 1840 New Orleans die marriage with a very small O mintmark. Accurately graded with obverse rose-gray toning. Reverse is especially attractive with peripheral blues. This lovely Seated half performs well during bright inspection with residual luster. Housed in ANACS old white holder and from the old time West Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
AU50 raw
33414172
WB-104 WB-8
R5
Original $425 WB-8 R5, Re-Engraved Denticles, Original Surfaces, Steely Luster, Light Gray with Golden Peripheral Toning, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. This lovely 1840-O WB-8 half is perfectly original and near choice with mint frost in the fields and surrounding main devices. Steely luster is evident on both sides along with light silver gray patina and peripheral gold. An important die variety with long re-engraved obverse denticles and assigned an R5 rarity rating by Bill Bugert. A raw offering from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
VF30 PCGS
83151721
WB-5
R3
Original $210 WB-5, Popular Early New Orleans Date, Crusty Original, Rich Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. Early die state WB-5 die pairing for 1840 New Orleans mintage. This example is perfectly original with thick crusty gray patina. Wear is limited and the assigned VF30 grade level is appropriate. There are no reverse die cracks as attribution guides. Rather date position and Large O mintmark placement are the key points. Housed in 2015 style holder without CAC attempt. For fans of strict originality.
Seated 50C 1841 1841
AU Details PCGS
36932470

Original $395 Better Philadelphia Date, Steely Original Luster, Light Gray Toning, Reverse Color Arc, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Liberty Seated half dollar specialists recognize the fact that 1841 Philadephia strikes are a better date in the series. I pulled this original example from Dr. Peterson's Dansco album for PCGS grading and was disturbed when this piece returned in an AU Details holder. There are 100s of poorer quality Seated halves in straight graded PCGS holder as compared to this example. The issue facing super conservative PCGS grading is the recovery action. Does GFRC crack out and try again at Dr. Peterson's expense of sell it as is? In hand viewing should convince most collection that this piece is technicall original. Surfaces are toned an even light gray with steely reflective luster. Reverse offers old album toning arc. I would grade this piece as full AU50 and will discount to EF price level. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with Cleaned AU-Details on label.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
EF45 PCGS
20647409
WB-1
Choice $450 Large O, Near-Gem at Grade, Steely Luster, Gray-Gold Patina, Poor Man's Collection. A near-gem example of 1841-O WB-1 with cracked reverse die. This piece is essentially perfect at the assigned EF45 grade level. Surfaces are 100% original with granular mint frost surrounding all devices. A gray patina includes embedded gold at the peripheries. Bright light inspection exposes steely reflective fields as the darker gray skin just melts away. Reverse die cracks are consistent with the Bugert reference. This Poor Man's Collection offering is well above average to the many seen at the EF45 grade level. The buyer will be absolutely pleased with the purchase; I guarantee it! Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
VF30
PCGS
19737216
WB-2R
R5
Choice $2400 WB-2R, Baseball Die Crack Reverse, Choice Original, Seal Beach Collection. An important opportunity for the advanced collector of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties. One does not often see a WB-2R Baseball Die Cracked Reverse offering with choice original surfaces and CAC approval. Gray toned surfaces provide balanced contrast between darker fields and lighter main devices. The ebony-gray ring between obverse stars and the rim provides additional eye appeal. There are two distinctly different die states for the WB-2 Baseball Cracked Reverse. WB-2 is the first die marriage with strong obverse device details including foot and underlying support from the base. On the second die marriage, for the same die pair (WB-2R), the obverse comes much weaker with much of the foot support area polished out. Strike is uniform with no points of weakness to mention. There are a few tiny blemishes consistent with the assigned grade and acceptable to CAC. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and CAC approval. Previously sold into the Seal Beach Collection and back again at GFRC as a top quality offering from the Seal Beach Collection of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
MS61
PCGS
82973971
WB-8
Choice HOLD
$1975
New June 27! Brilliant Frosty Luster, Superb Eye Appeal, Lovely Peripheral Toning, Misaligned Reverse Die. Some coins immediately grab your attention and scream buy-me! This 1841-O Liberty Seated half is one of those cases. Once located in a dealer wholesale box, the eye appeal captured my attention. The brilliant frosty luster and swirling cartwheels are eye catching. Peripheral toning is mostly golden-rose shades with deep aquamarine on the reverse. This WB-8 die pairing features a heavily misaligned reverse with Large O and die crack bisecting HALF and another from right facing wing to rim above the arrow heads. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. A flashy piece that will please selective collectors.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
AU58
PCGS
84766502
WB-8
Choice $1295 Early New Orleans Strike, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Uniform Light Gray-Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Cracked Reverse, Pleasing Eye Appeal. A wonderful 1841 New Orleans struck half dollar that belongs in a serious advanced collection. This offering is the WB-8 die variety as confirmed by the thick die crack from from left claws down through H(A)LF andf then rim. A no question choice original example with semi-transparent gray patina with embedded gold that becomes pronounced under a bright light. The WB-8 die pairing features a softly struck obverse but with complete device details included all stars having connected centrils and fully rounded. Surfaces are choice and blemish free. Cartwheel luster is closer to satiny texture. Overall eye appeal is well above average and will please the most selective collector. Housed in new 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. The CAC approval is definitely warranted. A premium Liberty Seated half dollar at the AU58 grade level.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
Baseball Die Crack Reverse
AU Details PCGS
38230311
WB-2R
Cleaned $2350 New June 16! Baseball Die Crack Reverse, Heavy Die Cracks, Silver Gray Coloring, Old Clean, StoneCold Collection. 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
EF40 PCGS
24068701

Original $225 Medium Date, Residual Reflective Luster, Near-Choice Original, Newtown Collection. The medium date is readily distinguished by the 2 in the date, which is noticeably smaller than the adjacent 4, while these digits are equally sized on the small date variety. Neither are rare, but Liberty Seated collectors pride themselves on keeping their varieties straight! Medium golden shades blanket both sides, with hints of light blue in the obverse stars, which are highlighted by residual, steely gold luster. Marks are consistent with the grade, with the largest concentration above the eagle. The strike is typical with flatness in the stars, and the arrow fletching blending together. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder, note some haze is on the holder.
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
AU58
PCGS
18478860
WB-14
R3
Gem $1050 Medium Repunched Date, Gem Original, Superb Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. A gem original 1842 Philadelphia strike with medium date punch. Eye appeal is captivating with uniform deep rose/gold obverse coloring along with blues to the right of the date and between the rock and stars 1 and 2. Bright light viewing is where the fun really starts as the luster is bold and radiant. Strike is essentially complete with only stars 12 and 13 lacking connected centrils. A Liberty Seated half that would please the most demanding advanced collector. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
EF45 raw
WB-8
Original $265 New May 14! 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 1842 1842
Small Date
AU53 PCGS
34353246

Original $475 Small Date, Reflective Luster, Peripheral Gold-Blue Toning, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Cumberland County Collection. Reflective luster from lightly mirrord fields is one of the highlights seen on this 1842 Small Date Seated half. Peripheral gold and blue toning is consistent with storage and contact with paper. Bright light vewing is pleasing given the proof like fields. Strike is essentially complete. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with Small Date, Rev of 1842 attribution on the label.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Rev 1839
VF35 PCGS
14255608
WB-1
R5
Original New Price
$3100
FUN Show Price Reduction, WB-1, Rare Small Date Obverse, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Golden-Brown Patina, Oregon Beaver Collection. One of the challenging die variety rarities in the Liberty Seated half dollar series that is listed in the Redbook and on major price guides. Bill Bugert, in his Federal Register series on Liberty Seated half dollars, indicates that, "the first two months mintage, January and February, are generally accepted to include the small date varieties (WB-1, WB-2) althought the initial 1842 delivery of those coins on February 28, 1842 included some coins dated 1841. The remaining months are of the medium date mintage." On the WB-1 Small Date variety, the reverse strike is weak with poorly defined left leg, arrow feathers and left/right claws. This characteristic is present on the Oregon Beaver specimen. On the offered example, fields are lightly mirrored and covered with a transparent skin of gray-gold patina. Surfaces are essentially blemish free at the assigned VF35 grade level with only a small mark by Liberty's foot being noted. Obverse strike is also weak resulting in overall grading being conservative. Based on wear, this example is a full EF40. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. An important opportunity for serious Liberty Seated half dollar collectors to acquire an R5 date and reverse pairing die variety.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Rev 1839
VF20 PCGS
33414173
WB-1
R5
Original $2000 Small Date, Scarce Variety, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Typical WB-1 Reverse Strike, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection . A very scarce date and reverse leettering size variety. Most 1842-O Small Date and Small Letters (Reverse of 1839) survivors will be found at the VF grade level. At the AU grade level, few examples are known. GFRC is pleased to be offering Dr. Peterson's 1842-O Small Date example from a well populated Dansco collection. Crusty grade patina cover surfaces that have seen only honest wear. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with complete attribution and pedigree on label. The label reads, Small Date, Rev 1839,, WB-101 Peterson.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Rev of 1839
AU58 PCGS
05988636
WB-2
R5
Choice $15000 Reverse of 1839, Seal Beach Collection. This is a better variety (Bugert R-5) and close to finest known for the WB-2 die pairing. Indeed, PCGS has graded but one coin at this level, the present example, with only two finer (both MS62). Luster is sharp and reflective, with intense tones of blue-green and violet-red radiating from the surfaces. The fields are even and smooth with only a few ticks above the eagle's head and a few faint hairlines in the right obverse field. Still, this attractive piece represents a challenging variety and places high within the condition census. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
VF30 raw

Original $125 Medium Gray Patina, Honest Wear, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. A popular Liberty Seated half dollar date due to a host of cracked reverse die varieties. Unfortunately, this West Texas Collection offering was struck by early die state dies without a single die crack to aid attribution. A strictly original example with medium gray patina. Strike is complete.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
EF45 PCGS
34348003
WB-1
R4
Original $325 Repunched Date, 44 Digits in Denticles, Steely Luster, Gray-Gold Patina, Near Choice Original Surfaces, Complete Strike, Accurately Graded. A better 1844 die variety with bold repunching under the 44 digits along with the tops of 44 digits in the denticles. This WB-1 example is a crusty original piece with residual luster under a bright light. Embedded in the gray patina are copper-gold hues. Strike is completed and pleasing. If searching for a fairly priced 1844 Seated half, this WB-1 example adds a cool die variety to the conversation. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
EF40 PCGS
36932476
WB-20
R2
Choice $245 Heavy Reverse Die Cracks, Choice Original Surfaces, Thick Olive-Gray Patina, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. The 1844-O WB-20 die variety is easy to attribute due to heavy die cracked at UNITED STATES. An internal cud eventually forms between the D and S lettering. A strictly original example with thick olive-gray patina along with embedded rose that becomes more obvious under a light source. Strike is typical and surfaces are unabraded. The obverse line from star 2 to left facing arm is a toning line for clarification. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
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 1845 1845
AU55
PCGS
38054062
WB-5
Choice $1450 Scarce Philadelphia Date, Rim Cud Below Date, Golden-Gray Patina, A Near-Gem at Grade, Newtown Collection. The WB-5 variety is easily attributed, with the 5 in the date exhibiting an odd tilt. Obverse cuds are evident on several of the WB varieties for year this, as is seen on this example. On the reverse, the die is clashed within the shield, obliterating some of the vertical lines in advanced die states. This is a pleasing gray piece with ample gold shades in the protected areas, along with occasional crust, particularly within the obverse shield. The strike is typical with defined star centers and merging feathers in the eagle's left leg. Residual, steely luster is consistent with the AU55 grade. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date) with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
MS62 PCGS
37334008
WB-14
R4
Original $1950 Near-Choice Original Surfaces, Mirrored Fields, Crisp Relfective Luster, Gray-Rose Patina, Accurately Graded. 1845 New Orleans struck half dollars amount to several millions. However, this date is noticeably rare in Mint State with the bulk being graded MS62 or MS63. GFRC is pleased to be offering a pleasing WB-14 example with mirrored fields and crisp reflective luster. One does not often see 1845-O Seated halves with proof like fields. Both sides are toned with a dusty gray-rose patina that transitions to rose and blues under a light source. Bright light viewing is where this silver piece excels. Obverse strike is bold while those pesky eagle claws, on the reverse, show some weakness. Overall, an important Liberty Seated half dollar for collectors building advanced sets. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
AU58 NGC
1888785004
WB-17
R4
Original $850 Repunched 84, Original Frosty Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. WB-17 R4 Rarity with bold repunching within the 8 and 4 date digits. A well struck example with lightly mirrored fields that results in significant cartwheel luster when viewed under a light source. Eye appeal is substantial given the high relief devices that interact with the reflective luster. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another fine numismatic offering from the New Jersey Collection and the release of his New Orleans struck dates.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
EF45
PCGS
14255613
WB-4
Choice $375 Choice Original, Mottled Gray Coloring, CAC Approval, Newtown Collection. Yet another CAC-approved piece from the Newtown consignor, this Seated half exhibits a richly toned obverse with shades of gold and deeper gray at rims, while the reverse is lighter throughout. The WB-4 variety is distinct with a "footless" 1 in the date, missing part of the serif to the lower left, and a mintmark punched well left of center. This is not an expensive coin, but remains a choice example with visual interest, and not easily located as such. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. CAC has approved 16 pieces finer.
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 1845O 1845-O
No Drapery
AU50 PCGS
26996998
WB-12
R4
Choice $825 No Drapery, Seal Beach Collection. The 1845-O No Drapery is a popular variety, enhanced by its listing in the Guide Book. The result of excessive die polishing, the absence of expected detail is easily visible with the naked eye, an important consideration for the Guide Book editors. Obverse shades of blue and violet grace an even gray palette, while the reverse is less intense with gold highlights surrounding lighter gray. The strike is strong with distinct eagle feathers. PCGS has certified seven in AU50 with 15 higher. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with No Drapery attribution on the label.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU58 PCGS
26975508
WB-12
R3
Choice New Price
$925
New June 17! WB-12, Tall Date, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Variegated Lilac Toning, Cracked Reverse, Newtown Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - An attractive 1846 Tall date example that has been well preserved. Frosty cartwheel luster is immediately evident during bright light viewing. Obverse toning consists of variegated lilac while faint rose-gold covers the reverse along with deeper blue at the periphery. Strike is nearly complete with only stars 12 and 13 lacking fully formed centrils. The reverse is particular well struck including multiple die cracks from HALF DOL to rim and more cracks at STATES OF. Obvere die cracks are also present and consistent with WB-12 diagnostics points. Blemishes are limited to a few ticks in the right obverse field. Accurately graded and housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. Another quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection to consider. Please note that this piece last sold at Heritage Auction during February 2018 and realized essentially the current asking price.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU53 NGC
2040868026
WB-15
Choice $700 WB-15, Tall Date, Choice Original Surfaces, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Faint Dirty Silver-Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. A wonderful 1846 Tall Date example that is perfectly original and so well preserved. I like this offering so much that a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendatio is warranted. Steely-frosty cartwheel luster is vibrant and pleasing during bright light viewing. Strike is complete on both sides. A light dirty silver-gold patina validate the strict originality. Accurately graded and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert and Stack's W 57th St. Collection special label. Another great duplicate from the Oregon Beaver Collection that warrants serious attention.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU58 NGC
2052159004
WB-17
Choice $975 Tall Date, Choice Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Deep Rose Blue Patina, Well Struck, Gorgeous Bright Light Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. A believe the best approach for describing this choice original 1846 Tall date is to compare it to old time proof strikes with thick original rose, gray and blue patina. Fields are lightly mirrored and emit reflective cartwheel luster under a light source on both sides. It is impossible for GFRC photography to capture this type of luster, rather the images reflect the in hand coloring that is darker gray with rose hues. Strike is well executed and the surface are choice with no blemishes whatsoever. Accurately graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. Another excellent numismatic property being divested from the New Jersey Collection. Again the bright light performance of this 1846 tall Date half is gorgeous and worthy of special consideration. No CAC attempt with this specimen.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
EF40 raw

Cleaned $230 Medium Date, Light Gray Surfaces, Old Cleaning, Southern Texas Collection. A decent 1846-O Medium Date Seated half for those collecting on a budget. Surfaces are toned a consistent light gray with embedded rose under a light source. This piece was previously cleaned and has retoned nicely. Another value offering from the Southern Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
AU53 PCGS
26975517
WB-1 WB-102
Choice $675 WB-102, WB-1, Medium Date, Repunched Date, Early Die State, Mirrored Fields, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded. 1846 New Orleans strikes are more challenging to locate than Philadelphia counterparts though mintage is roughly identical. This lovely 1846-O WB-1 example was added to GFRC inventory due to mirrored fields from early die state strike. Reflective cartwheel luster is brilliant and unabated by blemishes that might distract. Surfaces are choice with ample remaining mint frost in the protected device areas. Reverse strike is fully impressed and pleasing while the obverse lacks connected centrils on stars 7 and 9. Housed in PCGS 30th Anniversary old green label holder with edge view insert. An attractive offering that is fairly priced.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
EF40 PCGS
38594927
WB-11
Original $325 Medium Date, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Silver-Gray Coloring, Newtown Collection. A pleasing 1846 New Orleans struck Seated half dollar with lightly mirrored fields. This piece retains ample reflective luster though having circulated. Grading is accurate with limited wear on the high points. A light silver-gray patina evaporates during bright viewing leaving faint gold and mirrored fields. Really a cool example and fairly priced. Housed in Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
AU58 PCGS
33273462
WB-12
R3
Original $1450 New May 26! 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
Medium Date
AU50 PCGS
36937408
WB-5
R4
Choice $435 Medium Date, Repunched 18 North, Early Die State, Frosty Cartwheels, Choice Original Surfaces, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. A better Bugert WB-5 die pairing in an early die state. Repunching below the 1 and 8 digits is obvious with 10x loupe. Reverse die is in the process of cracking but not approaching internal cud die state. Surfaces are choice with residual mint frost surrounding legend and within major devices. A nice half dollar that presents active cartwheels under a light source. There are no blemishes worthy of mention. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with Medium Date designation. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
EF45 PCGS
83952830

Choice $1875 Scarce Tall Date Variety, Affordable Grade, Residual Steely Luster, Light Gray with Blue Cresent Arc. 1846 New Orleans strikes are found with Medium and Tall Date punches. Though the Medium Date can be located in all grades, the Tall Date becomes scarce in EF and rare in AU. This new EF45 example offers ample steely luster and light gray coloring. A beautiful blue obverse crescent arc adds to the overall eye appeal. Granular mint frost is seen throughout the primary Liberty device and within the reverse eagle feathers. PCGS population is limited to eleven pieces at the EF45 grade level. In all AU grades, PCGS has certified a total of eight examples with rapid price increases. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
AU50 NGC
379683002
WB-27
R4
Choice $3150 Rare Grade, Tall Date, Choice Original, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Frosty Devices, Light Gray-Gold, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. 1846 New Orleans strikes are found with two different date punch styles; medium and tall date. The tall date punch is easily recognized via a long thick flag on the 1 digit. It is well known that the 1846-O Tall Date is a challenging rarity in higher circulated grades and non existent in mint state. PCGS population report indicates only eight examples certified in all AU graded (AU50, AU53, AU55 and AU58) with only three in MS62. Therefore rarity at the AU grade level is established and verified. Now let's take a look at this AU50 example from the New Jersey Collection. This example is choice original with mirrored fields and bold reflective luster under a light sources. Surfaces are covered with light gray gold patina and are free of any blemishes. The primary devices, Liberty and reverse eagle, are nicely frosted throughout recesses. Strike is essentially complete with only a touch of weakness on the eagle's lower left left. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. A very important offering from the New Jersey Collection that warrants special consideration for grade rarity and strict originality.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU50 NGC
3433789001

Choice $400 Choice Original, Multiple Color Steely Luster, Completely Struck, Superior Bright Light Eye Appeal, New Jersey Collection. I'm going out on a limb with this choice original 1847 Seated half dollar. Regardless of the NGC holder and no CAC green bean, I believe this gorgeous example is worthy of a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Why you might ask? Bright light coloring and eye appeal is well above the norm and warrants immediate consideration. In hand viewing reveals aquamarine-gold surfaces on both sides. Titling the obverse ever so slightly into the light exposes a sky blue center that is well framed by golden ring at the stars. Reverse toning is similar with intermixed rose-blue colors and a thin gold arc between legend and denticles. Strike is fully executed with high relief stars and strong lower reverse devices. Heavy die polish lines behind U(NITE)D make attributing the WB-5 die pairing straightforward. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view. An excellent numismatic property from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU58 NGC
582059005
WB-4
Choice $750 Choice Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Mottled Gray-Lavendar Patina, Mirrored Fields, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. A wonderful 1847 Philadelpha strike with reflective cartwheel luster and light mottled gray-lavendar coloring. A JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is warranted. Obverse fields are mirrored with residual diagonal die polish lines seen behind the date digits. Reverse fields are closer to steely than mirrored as compared to the obverse. Patina is transparent to the underlying obverse luster while a tad thicker on the reverse. Strike is absolutely hammered with high relief stars and deeply impressed reverse devices. A no question choice original example that is housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert dating back to the late 1990s. Yes, I know this gorgeous half is housed in NGC holder and does not have CAC approval. But in hand inspection is highly recommendated due to the above average surfaces, strike and eye appeal. GFRC images simply cannot do this half dollar justice in terms of luster and eye appeal. From the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU58 PCGS
20771864
WB-4
Choice New Price
$715
New June 17! WB-4, Choice Original, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Peripheral Burnt Gold Toning, Complete Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - Formerly from the Pleez B. Seated Collection and now a duplicate from the Newtown Collection. This lovely 1847 WB-4 half offers considerable eye appeal with lightly mirrored fields, ample reflective luster and burnt gold toning. Strike is fully executed with bold stars and all reverse devices well defined. A die crack from the eagle's neck through O(F) to rim validates the WB-4 attribution. A choice original offering that is accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. This half was not submitted to CAC while in the Pleez B. Seated and Newtown Collections and is a worthy candidate if not sold immediately.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU50 PCGS
37568006
WB-6
R3
Original $335 Repunched 47 North, Old Album Multicolor Toning, Steely Reflective Luster, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. A solid WB-6 Repunched 47 North example with toning characteristics consistent with old paper album storage. The obverse features variegated rainbow colors with a strong concentration at the periphery. Reverse toning is mostly light gold with darker shades surrounding the legend. Obverse strike is complete. Reverse die cracks are consistent with Bugert's WB-6 diagnostics as illustrated in his Liberty Seated Half Dollar Register. Freshly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Another Dr. Glenn Peterson offering that was hand selected from his Dansco album 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
EF40 raw

Original $175 Ideal Gray Coloring, Natural Surfaces, Reverse Graffiti, Southern Texas Collection. Natural gray surfaces are most pleasing on this 1847 New Orleans strike. This half remains unholdered due to ancient reverse graffiti to the left of the eagle's head. The graffiti is mild and completely toned over. Ideal for a bookshelf album collection as the reverse anomaly is properly discounted though the eye appeal is all there.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
EF40 PCGS
32109933
WB-13
R4
Original $375 WB-13, Shattered Reverse, Cud Over (UN)ITED, Original Light Gray-Gold, Accurately Graded. Reverse is heavily cracked with a myriad of spider like die cracks including a cud that has consumed the tops of (UN)ITED. Surfaces are covered with light gray-gold patina. Strike is typical for the WB-13 dies employed during late die state. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A special variety offering for fans of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties and shattered dies.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
AU58 NGC
689551010
WB-17
R2
Original $775 Blast White Original Surfaces, Brilliant Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck Reverse, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection . Brilliant frosty cartwheel luster is the highlight of this blast while 1847 New Orleans strike. Luster is most vibrate and active under a light source. Most likely dipped before grading leading to untoned surfaces. Reverse strike is absolutely hammered and in high relief while the obverse strike has weakness at random stars. Other than a couple of wispy hairlines, both sides are blemish free. High grade survivors are sparse with PCGS population report only showing nine pieces graded at AU58 level and a limited number of mint state examples. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another fine numismatic property from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
MS61 PCGS
35856097
WB-21
R3
Choice $1150 Near Gem Original, Seal Beach Collection. Flashy, reflective luster highlights russet tones on both sides, which concentrate at the rims while the central figures are largely brilliant. Apart from stars 12-13 and some softness in the obverse rock, the coin is well-struck with strong detail in the eagle's feathers. Fields are smooth, with minimal chatter to the left of the eagle's beak. PCGS has certified 27 pieces at the MS level. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date).
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
AU50 raw
WB-21
Market Acceptable $225 Double Die Obverse, Steely Surfaces, Reflective Luster, Faint Gold, Faint Cleaning, West Texas Collection. A solid 1847-O WB-21 with decent eye appeal. A faint cleaning necessitates a Market Acceptable quality rating.
Seated 50C 1848 1848
MS61 PCGS
31777221
WB-3
Choice New Price
$1395
New June 17! Excellent Eye Appeal, Choice Original, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Pastel Sky Blue Framing Rose Centers, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - An attractive 1848 WB-3 example with steely cartwheel luster and classic rose and sky blue ring toning on both sides. All stars have connected centrils but Liberty's gown line is partially formed and might appear to be wear to those who don't work with Seated halves every day. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed a faint bagmark on the obverse and reverse. These are of no consequence but mentioned for completeness. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
AU50 raw

Market Acceptable $250 Deep Olive-Gray Patina, Bold Strike, Reflective Fields, West Texas Collection. An attractive 1848-O Seated half with deep olive-gray toning. Strike is bold and pleasing. Fields are a bit too reflective to be 100% original. Therefore, I'm going with a Market Acceptable quality rating as this piece is not technically perfect. Fairly priced and ideal for a Dansco or Whitman album collection.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
AU58 PCGS
6636712
WB-12
R3
Original $1150 WB-12, Original Mottled Obverse Toning, Gorgeous Reverse Coloring, Steely Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection.. Photographing this lovely 1848-O half was quite challenging due to the mottled olive gold obverse toning that provides little contrast. The reverse, on the otherhand, has gorgeous rose center surrounded by blues, gold and yellow as we approach the rim. Luster on both sides has a steely texture. This piece perform well when viewed under a light source. The obverse shifts to orange rose while the reverse luster accentuates the existing colors. Strike is typical with expected points of weakness; obverse stars and lower left facing eagle's leg and claws. Grading is accurate. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another fine piece from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
AU58
PCGS OGH
5336856
WB-12
R3
Choice $1800 Near-Gem Original, Seal Beach Collection. Luster booms from both sides of this brilliant piece, with near-gem uncirculated "pop." Rub at the high points and a few field lines preclude MS status, but this piece well demonstrates the difficulty in assigning a single number to a coin, as the flash is easily equal to that of a much higher graded piece. Obverse stars to the right are softly struck, while the reverse eagle is sharply detailed. Housed in a PCGS Gen 3.1 (1993-1998) old green holder with CAC approval. This piece won't last long on the GFRC price list.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
Dramatically Doubled Date
AU50 PCGS
81613406
WB-6
R5
Choice $4750 Dramatically Doubled Date, Seal Beach Collection. WB-102 MPD-1, Ex. Grey Soldier Collection. 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. Completely struck with no device weakness whatsoever. Abundant rose-gray luster penetrates the medium ebony gray surface coloring. Wiley and Bugert have assigned an R7 rarity rating at AU grade level. Conservatively graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. PCGS label reads, "RPD FS-301, WB-102 (FS-004.5)". A comparable sale as benchmark is Heritate PCGS AU58 lot from the July 2003 Baltimore show sale (Lot #7554) that realized $7100. This example had weak obverse strike on left stars.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
EF45
PCGS
81276687

Choice $1425 Underrated Philadelphia Date, Steely Reflective Luster, Complete Strike, CAC Approval. An ongoing underrated date in the Liberty Seated half dollar series due to significant melting prior to the reduction of silver planchet weight during 1853. Given the profit potential of silver arbitrage from larger denomination silver U.S. coins, many issues from 1850 through 1852 were exported and melted. This surviving example is well preserved and sufficiently choice for CAC approval. Residual steely luster is consistent with a higher grade. Both sides are toned a consistent light gray that is transparent to the underlying luster. Peripheral gold and aquamarine adds to the overall eye appeal. Strike is fully executed and noteworthy. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
AU53 PCGS
15284577
WB-3
Choice $1650 Scarce Philadelphia Date, Mirrored Fields, Brilliant Reflective Luster, Newtown Collection. Ample, reflective luster blankets both sides of this AU53 Seated half. The piece is largely brilliant, with swirling navy blue shades above Liberty, while a coat of light burgundy covers the remainder of the figure. Strongly struck, with most stars sharp and exceptional detail in the eagle feathers, much better than usually seen. WB-3, attributed from die lumps in Liberty's neck and a profound die clash within the reverse shield. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
AU Details PCGS
33414175
WB-6
Cleaned $1500 Scarce Silver Melt Era Date, Reflective Luster, Peripheral Gold Toning, Wispy Obverse Hairlines, Technically Accurate Grading, Substantial Eye Appeal. The 1850 through 1852 timeframe brought significant melting of United States silver coinage due to silver arbitrage. Locating any of these three Philadelphia dates (and New Orleans) is always challenging for Seated half dollar collectors. I'm pleased to be offering the 1851 example from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection regardless of the PCGS AU Details - Cleaning designatiobn. This example again conservatively graded with substantial eye appeal. The fields offer reflective luster with mild cartwheels. Peripheral gold patina highlights and nicely frames the centers on both sides. Strike is well executed with several of the right obverse stars lacking connected centrils. Now let's discuss the cleaned designation. It is accurate as there are faint hairlines in the lower right obverse field that are immediately seen under a halogen light. Some hairlines carry into the left obverse field but not much. A few very faint hairlines can be found above the reverse eagle but one has to look carefully to locate. PCGS got this one right on a technical basis though this one should not be lumped into the really cleaned up coins we see in NGC Details holders. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with Peterson pedigree on label. In hand viewing is necessary to make an informed purchase decision.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
AU58 PCGS
38633837
WB-6
Choice $2750 Semi-Key Date, Rose-Gray and Gold Patina, Steely Fields, Reflective Luster, Orange-Gold Bright Light Coloring . The 1850 through 1852 timeframe brought significant melting of United States silver coinage due to silver arbitrage. Naturally, larger silver coins like the half dollar were the first targeted for export and melting with subsequent reentry as bullion. Locating any of the 1850, 1851 and 1852 Philadelphia dates (and New Orleans) is always challenging for Seated half dollar collectors. I'm excited to be offering this attractive 1851 AU58 survivor. Added to GFRC inventory for two reasons. First are the pristine steely fields and reflective luster. Also while viewing under a light source, the in-hand gray-rose coloring transitions to a rich orange-gold; really cool. Accurately graded as there is faint rub on the left facing breast and the lower knee. A super candidate to populate that difficult spot in an advanced date and mintmark Seated half dollar set. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
AU58 PCGS
84152239
WB-6
R4
Choice $3250 Better Philadelphia Date, Choice Original, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, . A marvelous 1851 Philadelphia strike with perfectly original surfaces. Gray-gold patina, while visible during in hand viewing, transitions to rose and gold hues under bright light. Strike is absolutely hammered. Freshly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. An important date and typical Liberty Seated half dollar quality from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
AU53
PCGS
36009395
WB-6
R4
Choice $2750 Choice Original, Seal Beach Collection. This is a key date in the series, beginning with a low mintage of 200,750 pieces. Further, the date was subject to melting in the early 1850s as the bullion value exceeded the face value of the coin. This piece exhibits deep gray and tan shades with darker tones scattered in the figure of Liberty. The surfaces are steely and exhibit moderate luster. The left stars are sharper than the right, and the detail in the eagle is above average. CAC liked the originality, as will the next owner. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-date) holder.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
AU53 PCGS
30613129

Choice $1250 Challenging Date, Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. A challenging early 1850s New Orleans date due to heavier silver weight planchet and the silver bullion arbitrage of that time period. Survival rates for Liberty Seated halves dated 1850 through 1852 are lower than mintage would suggest. Much of the mintage was melted for silver bullion value that exceeded face value. This surviving example is crusty original with choice surfaces. Residual golden luster is eye catching under a bright light and very pleasing. There are no blemishes to mention whatsoever. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another important offering from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
AU50 PCGS
36932481
WB-4
R3
Original $1085 Scarce New Orleans Date, Near Choice Original, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. All 1850 through 1852 Philadelphia and New Orleans Seated halves are much scarcer than recorded mintage due to silver bullion arbitrage. This issue was resolved during 1853 with a reduction in silver weight. But by then, many halves struck in the preceding years had been melted. This strictly original example managed to survive. Frosty surfaces retains substantial luster that becomes evident under a light source. Residual mint frost surrounds the obverse stars and is seen in the protected devices areas. Toning is a creamy aquamarine-gold that is faint but was captured and amplified by GFRC photography. Close to being 100% struck with complete reverse devices and only stars 12 and 13 lacking connected centrils. Head details and scroll edges are sharp. Struck from worn obverse ide with considerable die erosion in the lower shield and gown folds. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1852 1852
MS62 PCGS
38420297

Choice $3100 Rare Philadelphia Date, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hints of Golden Coloring, Hammered Strike.. By now, GFRC customer are well aware of the silver arbitrage taking place during the 1850 to 1853 timeframe when silver bullion price increased due to excessive gold flooding the market from California. Most 1852 struck Seated halves at Philadelphia and New Orleans mints were melted during that period leaving few available for present day collectors. Frosty cartwheel luster and choice original surfaces are instantly evident when first viewed. Strike is 100% complete with all star centrils connected and reverse eagle details being boldly defined. Coloring is a light gold which has been enhanced by GFRC photography. Fields are free of any abrasions with a few faint micro hairlines accounting for the assigned grade. The WB-2 die variety is easily attributed by diagonal die scratches inside the reverse shield. Freshly graded in housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
MS64 PCGS
07657713

Gem $4600 Important Arrows & Rays Type Offering, Gem Original Surfaces, Antique Golden Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Late Die State Dies. A completely fresh to market 1853 Arrows and Ray Liberty Seated half that originated from an old time mint state type set collection. A gem original example with heavily frosted surfaces covered by thick golden patina. Under a bright light, plenty of frosty luster with moderated cartwheels is available. Strike is complete with nicely rounded stars, full hair curls, and all reverse eagle devices present. Surfaces are unabraded and struck by worn dies. A bold die crack connects stars 1 thru 4 along with another set connecting Liberty's head with star 8 and the cap. Most of the reverse motifs are also connected with radial die cracks. This is an outstanding silver type coin possibility for collectors who pursue toned coins rather than those that are flashy with light to little toning. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.3 (2005) holder with blue label. No CAC attempt by the type set owner or GFRC at this point.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU53 PCGS
22088208

Original $625 New July 5! Arrows & Rays Type, Satiny Luster, Metallic Gold Coloring, Oregon Beaver Collection. 1853 Arrows and Rays quarters and halves remain a constant seller due to type coin status. Sharp satiny luster is the highlight of this new Oregon Beaver offering. Cartwheels are vibrant and pleasing. Fields are finely textured closer to the periphery due to die erosion leading to satiny characteristics. Coloring is a metallic gold on both sides. This is one of those coins that will look better in hand than on GFRC images as satiny luster is difficult to capture. Obverse strike is weak on the upper obverse. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.3 (2005) holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU50 PCGS
27149954

Original $600 Arrows & Rays Type, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Near-Choice Original, Poor Man's Collection. If in the market for a completely unmolested 1853 Arrows & Rays Seated half, the Poor Man's Collection comes to the rescue. This example is the crustiest 1853 half that I've seen in my years as a coin dealer. Patina is thick and gray. Bright light inspection reveals some faint steely luster. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
EF45 raw

Original $300 Arrows & Rays Type, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Steely Fields, Southern Texas Collection. A strictly original 1853 Arrow & Rays Seated half that would be ideal for type in an EF grade level collection. I like the deep crusty gray surfaces on this piece as this is how original silver should look when unmolested. Strike is nearly complete with just a few scattered field ticks that are well hidden. A duplicate offering from the Southern Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
VF30 raw

Original $150 Doubled Die Reverse, Arrows & Rays Type, Dirty Rose-Gray Patina, West Texas Collection. Notable reverse die doubling is evident on this original rose-gray 1853 Arrows & Rays Seated half. Die doubling is in the northern direction in all letters UNITED STATES along with additional doubling at the left most olive leaves. Minimally abraded for the amount of time in circulation. Another West Texas Collection offering for a Dansco album or for the die variety collector.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU58 NGC
1703030005
FS-004.7
Choice $1150 Double Die Reverse, Arrows & Rays Type, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. For serious Liberty Seated half dollars collection who have been searching for a top quality 1853 Arrows and Rays example, then your wait is over! Not only is this example strictly original and choice, it offerings a bold doubled die reverse listed in Cherrypickers. Eye appeal is high due to frosty cartwheel luster that radiates from both sides without interruptions. A light gray-gold patina, seen in hand, quickly shifts to gold under a halogen light source. Strike is typical with stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils. Reverse die doubling is most noticeable on UNITED STATES OF and even within the eagle feathers. Accurately graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. In hand viewing is recommended as GFRC images unable to capture the natural luster and overall eye appeal. From the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars.
Seated 50C 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU58 PCGS
81206407

Original $2100 Price Reduction October 12, 2019 - Arrows & Rays, Well-Struck, Original, Twin Lakes Collection.. Mixed gray and chestnut tones cover this seated haf dollar, with thicker toning in a few of the protected areas. The strike is strong with full star centers and complete design details present. The Arrows & Rays seated half dollar is one of the more visually impressive coins in the entire seated series, with an abundantly-detailed reverse that avoids being overly busy. This is a great "story" coin to show your non-numismatics friends - the 19th century Gold Rush upsets the balance of gold and silver, the weight of the silver coinage is reduced in 1853, and this design change is introduced as a result. A quality AU58 set offering from the Twin Lakes Collection.
Seated 50C 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU58 NGC
1739828013
WB-21
R3
Original $1850 Better Date in AU/Mint Sate, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. An important offering for New Orleans mint type collectors coupled with the majority attempting to complete a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. The 1853-O is well recognized as being a scarce date at the AU and Mint State grade levels with a corresponding premium. This offering is a lovely original WB-21 die variety with bold obverse die crack from Liberty's knee to rim between stars 11 and 12. Frosty cartwheel luster immediate greets the collector upon first inspection. Luster is vibrant on both sides. A faint transparent gold film is evident under a light source. Strike is hammered with all obverse and reverse devices being in high relief above the fields. Some wispy hairlines are seen in the right obverse field with 10x loupe otherwise the surfaces are mark free. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. An important New Orleans type coin offering from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU58 NGC
3600759020

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

Choice $550 With Arrows Type, Choice Original, Gray-Gold Patina, Hammered Strike, Osprey Collection. An opportunity to acquire an AU58 graded 1854 With Arrows Seated half for date/mintmark set or a type set. Collectors love the AU58 grade for its value. Surfaces are typically mint state with just minor rub. Luster should be consistent with lower mint state grades. This Osprey Collection examples fits those parameters well. Strike is hammered with just a touch of rub on the left facing breast. Surfaces are covered with lightly mottled gray-gold patina with the gold coloring becoming dominant during bright light viewing. Dies are heavily clashed so please be aware when viewing GFRC images. Overall surfaces are choice with a few random micro ticks of no consequence. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with no CAC attempt. Another fine numismatic property from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
AU53
PCGS
32648758

Choice $435 New May 31! Price Reduction, GFRC Consignor Buyout, Choice Original. This With Arrows type Seated half exhibits a pleasing two-tone appearance with luster in the recessed areas framed by gold and olive fields, with deeper shades at the high points. Marks are minimal for the grade with nothing of note. Ample die cracking is evident on both sides, a well-known signature of 1854-O halves, a year in which half dollar production at the New Orleans Mint spiked from 1.3 million to 5.2 million pieces. The Mint was clearly focused on cranking out these workhorses of American silver coinage, and polishing cracks out of impaired dies was not high on the priority list. Apart from the die characteristics, the originality factor is strong with a distinct absence of field hairlines underneath the toning, and the overall eye appeal is wholesome. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU50 PCGS
36937415
WB-30
R3
Original $265 Near Choice Original, Gray, Gold and Ebony, Steely Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Steely fields and pewter gray patina are the highlights of this perfectly original 1854 New Orleans strike. Reverse features embedded gold throughout the eagle. A well balance WB-30 example that is easily attributed by a vertical die crack through the 5 digit in date. A well balance Seated half dollar with strong strike and steely luster. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU55 PCGS
33020184
WB-4
R3
Choice $390 Price Reduction Effective February 12, 2019: Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Cracked Dies, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. 1854 New Orleans strikes have a huge mintage exceeding 5 million. Bugert, in his Federal Register series on Liberty Seated halves, has documented 58 die pairing by using mostly die cracks as attribution points. The 1854-O WB-4 die pairing offers one of the more extensively cracked set of dies. Obverse has a huge die crack from star 11 that nearly connects to the Liberty's leg. On the reverse, a bold die crack connect sthe bottom of HALF DOL and exits at the rim with a small cud. This example is a perfect study piece for the WB-4 variety given the AU55 grade, bold strike and frosty surfaces. Cartwheel luster is immediately evident on this choice original specimen. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another fine numismatic offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1855 1855
With Arrows
EF45 raw

Market Acceptable HOLD
$150
Better With Arrows Type, Sharp Gun Metal Blue-Rose Toning, Likely Retoned, West Texas Collection. The 1855 With Arrows date is more difficult to locate than 1854, 1854-O and 1855-O counterparts on a type basis. This West Texas example grades full EF45 and saw a long ago cleaning followed by being retoned. In its present state, its steely reflective surfaces are colored a combination blue and rose. I've assigned a Market Acceptable rating as the eye appeal is reasonable while technically, this piece is not original.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
EF45 PCGS
33231719

Choice $285 With Arrows, Steely Fields, Crusty Gray Toning, Choice Original Surfaces, Poor Man's Collection. A perfectly original 1855-O Seated half that typifies the Poor Man's Collection efforts to acquire only superior circulated examples. On this half, natural gray patina covers steely fields. Surfaces are entirely unabraded and pleasing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 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
AU58 PCGS
21550328
Unlisted
Original $475 Price Reduction October 12, 2019 - With Arrows Type, Original, Elegant Old Time Frosty Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Peripheral Gold Toning, Well Struck, Twins Lakes Collection. An unlisted 1855 New Orleans strike with heavily cracked reverse and die rust puts on gown folds and adjacent fields. Obverse eye appeal is substantial with frosty luster that turns to swirling cartwheels under a light source. A thin gold skin covers the entire obverse with darker shades at the periphery. Reverse toning features a sky blue center surrounded by rich gold at the legend. Strike is well executed other than stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils. An Original quality rating has been assigned due to reverse hairlines between the eagle and screen. Overall eye appeal is pleasing. The obverse is so close to mint state after a thorough 10x loop inspection revealed no rub. However, the reverse hairlines probably brought a net grade to AU58. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. An eye appealing offering from the Twins Lake Collection.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
80654233
WB-1 WB-102
R3
Original $285 O/Horizontal O, Lots of Residual Frosty Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Massachusetts Collection. I like this 1855 New Orleans struck example for its originality. Surfaces are unmolested and covered with mottled gray patina plus embedded gold. Bright light inspection exposes additional faint rose and blue hues. This is the O/Horizontal O variety with the earlier horizontal mintmark punch being well defined and crisp. Surfaces are completely blemish free with only a tiny rim mark above ST(A)TES worth to note. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A solid duplicate from the Massachusetts Collection.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU55
PCGS
18662978
WB-16
Choice New Price
$450
New June 17! Choice Original, Attractive Toning, Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - Burnt golden patina and satiny luster are the primary highlights of this pleasing 1855-O half dollar. Purchased directly by Newtown from GFRC and now back on the market. Some strike weakness is typical for the New Orleans mint in the 1855 timeframe. Surfaces are essentially blemish free with a single faint line in the obverse right field being visible during bright light inspection. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. An eye appealing Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Newtown Collectors that warrants close inspection. This piece would fit nicely into a new starter date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
VG08
PCGS
33690263

Choice $1200 New June 19! First Year San Francisco MInt Issue, Choice Original, CAC Approval . Total CAC population of 15. Two of the three approved at VG08 grade level. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. Full description after writing Friday morning's Blog.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
VF25 PCGS
35381526
WB-1
Original $1950 New May 15! Initial San Francisco Strike, Scarce Date, Light Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, City By The Bay 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 western frontier due to pent up demand for silver denomination coinage. Most survivors are heavily circulated with typical contact marks consistent with their time in commerce. This example is a duplicate from the City By The Bay Collection after acquiring the Newtown AU50 CAC specimen. Surfaces are toned a light gray on both sides. Fields have a few random lines of no consequence at the assigned grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. An opportunity for Liberty Seated collectors to acquire this first year strike at a reasonable offer price.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
EF40 PCGS
82626063
WB-4
R5
Choice $5500 Key Date, Choice Original, Scarce Grade, Crusty Gray Patina, Well Struck, Whiskey Run Collection. An important offering as 1855 San Francisco strikes are scarce to rare at all grades as portions were probably exported to the Orient. Mintage is a low 129,500 pieces during the first year of San Francisco Mint operations. Both Seated half dollars and quarters were produced in limited quantities and saw heavy circulation in the California Gold Rush economy due to small change demands. This surviving example is perfectly original with crusty gray surfaces. The reverse has localized ebony verdigris resting on top of the gray patina. Strike is complete with all star centrils connected. PCGS has graded a total of 8 example in EF40 and another 9 at the EF45 grade level. Every collector needs this challenging date for their date and mintmark set collections, therefore demand remains high with few pieces reaching the market. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and ready to become part of an advanced Seated half dollar collection. From the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
With Arrows
VG10 PCGS
14161381
WB-4
R5
Original $895 New May 10! Original, Murphys Collection. Seated coinage is replete with challenging branch-Mint coins, and the San Francisco Mint, in their first year of operation, didn’t waste any time in creating a low-mintage issue that is today highly coveted in all grades. This 1855-S half reveals a pleasing color scheme, leading from lightly crusted rims to gray fields and central figures that are lighter still on the high points. A few lines are seen within the figure of Liberty, one leading across the right field toward star 12. The Philadelphia Mint, which applied the dates and mintmarks on branch-Mint dies, experimented with date punches in this year, with the “slant 5” style seen here. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.