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 92 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on April 21, 2018

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

Choice $1325 Drapery, Choice Original, Olive Gray Patina, Golden Reflective Luster, Accurately Graded. A choice original example with light olive gray patina during in hand inspection. Adding a light source unleashes golden hues that are bold and more prevalent on the reverse. Fields are lightly mirrored resulting in sharp reflective luster. Strike is typical with a few of the upper stars lacking connected centrils. I'm comfortable with the assigned AU55+ grade as there is faint rub on the left facing breast and lower leg. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Attributing With Drapery 1839 halves is difficult as date positions are very similar between WB-5, WB-6 and WB-7 along with few die markers. The three die pairings are consistently listed as R3 rarity.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
EF45
PCGS
25254244
WB-2
R3
Choice $2800 Important No Drapery Type, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Better Than Average Strike. A popular type set coin along with being an important starting point to a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. GFRC has handled numerous examples with high sales rates. A quick check of the Sales Archive will bear this out. This PCGS EF45 graded example is most pleasing for a variety of reasons. First is the strict originality based on natural gun metal gray patina that covers both the obverse and reverse along with choice unabraided fields. Second is the better than average strike with nearly all stars having connected centrils and the lower reverse eagle details being strong. Few have been seen 100% struck. Finally, this lovely example performs well under a light source with fields exposing embedded blues. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert along with CAC approval. CAC approval captures choice surfaces, strictly originality and accurate grading.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
EF45
PCGS
32920362
WB-3
R5
Choice $3200 R5 Die Pairing, Popular No Drapery Type, Choice Original, Light Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Noted Liberty Seated half dollar researcher, Bill Bugert, has identified four different die pairing for 1839 No Drapery strikes in his Philadelphia Federal Registry. Those four die pairings result from two obverse dies and four reverse dies. Die variety WB-3 is the rarest of the four pairings and is easily attributed by a reverse die crack through the lower right wing that proceeds to the tip of the top most arrow and then to the rim. Pricing the WB-3 is challenging given limited results in the GFRC archives at the die variety level. This WB-3 example is strictly original with light gray patina over blemish free surfaces. Strike is quite typical for No Drapery specimens with weakness at the lower left eagle leg and claws. A choice example that is housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Ideal for a collector considering a four piece die variety set of No Drapery Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
AU50 PCGS
34943793
WB-4
R4
Choice $3300 Popular No Drapery Type, Choice Original, Steely Gray-Gold Reflective Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Better WB-4 R4 die pairing. A consistently popular type set coin along with being key to a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. I've handled numerous examples and they typically don't last long on the price list. I really like this PCGS AU50 graded example for several reasons. First is the steely gray-gold coloring that screams originality. Second is the reflective cartwheel luster that is more consistent with a higher grade. Strike is typical with lower eagle/claw weakness that is consistent for the date as few are ever seen 100% struck. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Let's see how long this pleasing example lasts on the GFRC price list.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
With Drapery
VF35 PCGS
31609891
WB-102
Original $250 With Drapery Type, Original Gray-Brown Patina, Conservative Grading, Oregon Beaver Collection. A popular 1839 With Drapery type offering with thick brown-gray obverse patina. Reverse toning is lighter and more transparent than obverse. This piece is undergraded at the assigned VF35 due to strike inconsistencies. From a wear perspective, this is a full EF+. Interestingly, the central obverse details are boldy impressed while the stars are weak. On the reverse, the lower right eagle wing along with claws are also partially struck. Surfaces are mostly blemish free with just a few tiny toned over field ticks on the reverse. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A first year issue offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
AU58
NGC Fatty
218672018

Choice $935 Crusty Choice Original, Old Paper Envelope Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Tenafly Collection. If strict originality is your cup of tea, then this 1840 Liberty Seated half dollar is worth considering. Surfaces are choice with thick crusty old envelope toning that is similar to that found on Newman Seated halves. Toning is semi transparent and allows a reasonable amount of the mirrored luster to poke through when viewed under a light source. Strike is nearly complete with just a touch of weakness at star 5 and on the lower leg eagle leg. In terms of blemishes, two faint and fully toned over lines in the obverse right field holds me back from a Gem quality rating. This piece is so close to being a gem. Housed in early NGC fatty holder. Another top quality offering from the Tenafly Collection.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
EF45 PCGS
33168848

Choice $345 Choice Original, Light Gray/Golden Patina, Small Letters, Reverse 1839, Seal Beach Collection. An accurately grade example with choice original surfaces. In hand viewing reveals an even light gray patina that transitions to light gold under a light source. Strike is typical with some weakness at the top of Liberty's head and stars 7 and 8 along with the lower left eagle claws on the reverse. Blemishes are to a minimum with none worth mentioning. In sumamry, an attractive example that is fairly graded and priced. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
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(O) 1840-(O)
Rev 1838
G06 NGC
1511818033

Original $450 New April 20! Rare Reverse of 1838 Strike, Medium Letters, Original Gray Patina, Honest Wear, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. The 1840(O) die variety is well recognized and pairs an 1840 Seated Liberty obverse with a reverse die that was used to strike Reeded Edge half dollars at the New Olreans mint. For 1838 and 1839 Reeded Edge strikes, the "O" mintmark was placed on the the obverse and not the reverse. The 1840(O) die pairing is straightforward to cherrypick (good luck) by looking for a Medium letter sized reverse rather than the Small lettering that was first used in Philadelphia during 1839 . The 1840(O) is rare and on every Liberty Seated half dollar collectors want list as a type coin or for a date and mintmark set. This G06 example is the best that the New Jersey consignor could locate for his collection and gives credence to its rarity. Surfaces are evenly worn with a natural gray patina. Accurately graded and wholesome. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. Another important offering from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
VF30 PCGS
83151721
WB-5
R3
Original $210 Popular Early New Orleans Date, Crusty Original, Rich Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. Early die state WB-5 die pairing for 1840 New Orleans mintage. This example is perfectly original with thick crusty gray patina. Wear is limited and the assigned VF30 grade level is appropriate. There are no reverse die cracks as attribution guides. Rather date position and Large O mintmark placement are the key points. Housed in 2015 style holder without CAC attempt. For fans of strict originality.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
AU58 NGC
595467006
WB-7
R2
Choice HOLD
$850
New April 20! Very Small O, Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. The initial year of Liberty Seated half dollar production at the New Orleans mint brought the usage of a Small Letters reverse. This surviving example offers consideration eye appeal due to choice surfaces and frosty luster. Faint gold patina covers both sides with darker shades towards the peripheries. Mint frost surrounds the stars and date along with being present throughout Liberty's gown and within the shield. The same is true for the reverse with ample mint frost in the fields, surrounding the legend and within the primary eagle device. Obverse strike is complete while the reverse only lacks full definition of the lower left facing eagle left and claws. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. A wonderful New Olreans offering from the New Jersey Collection. Purchased during October 1999 and off the market since that time.
Seated 50C 1841 1841
AU55 ANACS OWH
368442
WB-1
R3
Choice $950 Repunched 18, Choice Original, Reflective Luster, Old Album Toning, Fully Struck, Whiskey Run Collection. Many great coins remained housed in ANACS old white holder as grading standards were accurate during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Case in point is this choice 1841 WB-1 example. Reflective luster nicely accentuates rose and blue patina on the obverse and rose and teal shades on the reverse. Fields and devices are essentially mark free leading to a choice quality rating. Strike is complete with all star centrils connected and the lower eagle claws and arrow feathers well defined. Repunching below the 18 date digits is obvious under a 10x loupe. A fine numismatic property from the Whiskey Run Collection that needs to find a new home in another advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1841 1841
AU58 NGC
2720689003
WB-3
R3
Choice New Price
$950
Underrated Date, Old Album Rainbow Peripheral Toning, Mirrored Fields, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. Repunched 18. An underrated date overall with few examples reaching the current market. At the AU58 grade level, PCGS has certified 11 along with another 9 total in MS61/MS62. Given the number of active Liberty Seated half dollar collectors, this number is small. Now the Upstate New York Collection is releasing a freshly graded example that is housed in new large font NGC holder. There are no auction records for this piece is completely fresh. Now let's discuss the coin itself. Reflective luster is crisp throughout obverse and reverse and reminds me the 1847 NGC AU58 CAC Seated dollar on current price list. A choice original example with thin blue and gold toning rim surround the stars. The balance of the obverse is faint gray-rose. Moving to the reverse, the eagle has light gold coloring and is surrounded by gray fields up to the legend when gold and blue rings preside. Strike is full and nicely executed. Blemish wise, there is one short line in the right obverse field that will be exposed during bright light viewing due to reflective fields. Fairly priced due to scarcity and eye appeal. Not every 1841 AU half that arrives to the market is as attractive as this offering.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
EF40 raw
WB-3
R3
Original $225 Late Die State, Typical WB-3 Weak Strike, Original Gun Metal Gray-Blue Toning, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection . The WB-3 die pairing comes with eroded dies and weak strikes as documented by Bill Bugert in his Federal Register series. This example is typical of the variety with flat eagle's head and no neck feathers. Obverse denticles are heavily eroded with major devices not being sharp. Uniform gun metal gray patina is seen throughout the obverse with a dark gray blue ring at the immediate rim. This coloring is seen across the reverse. Surfaces are essentially blemish free with a few random field ticks to be expected for the grade. A cool Liberty Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
AU55 raw
WB-102 WB-7
Cleaned $300 Reverse Rim Cud, Reflective White Luster, Old Dip, Half Way There Collection. A popular Liberty Seated half dollar variety with well defined reverse rim cud above S(TAT)ES. This is a blast white piece that has been dipped. Residual luster is reflective and indicative of lightly mirrored fields. Accurately graded at the AU55 level with just a few bagmarks in the right obverse field. Strike is a bit inconsistent with bold scroll edge but a weak gown line. From the Half Way There Collection of slightly imperfect Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
AU53
PCGS
16162546
WB-12 WB-105 FS-301
Gem $625 New April 21! Repunched Date, Fully Struck, Awesome Golden Gray Coloring, Ample Residual Luster, Ex Saw Mill Run and Grey Soldier Collections. A gem original example with rich brown-golden surfaces and boldly repunched date. Bright light viewing accentuates the golden hues, especially on the reverse. Strike is complete with deeply impressed devices. Die cracks throughout obverse and reverse indicare that this piece was struck from late die state dies. Housed in 2013 PCGS transitional holder with blue label and edge view insert. PCGS label reads, "RPD FS-301 WB-105". CAC approval is absolutely warranted for this lovely gem. Another superior offering from GFRC that also has important Saw Mill Run and Grey Soldier pedigrees. Talk about a GFRC community coin!
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU50 PCGS
30847584

Choice $485 New April 10! Choice Original, Light Gray Surfaces, Golden Luster, Attractive and Accurately Graded, Seated Appalachian Collection. Ex. Tenafly Collection. A scarce date size variety with low surviving populations in EF and AU grades. PCGS population report indicates a total of 18 examples iat EF45 level while AU50 has 15 graded. This example resides in 2014 generation PCGS holder with light gray patina along with intermixed golden shades. The golden coloring becomes dominate under a light source. Strike is complete with blemish free devices and fields. A choice example for the selective collector from the Seated Appalachian Collection.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
VF30
PCGS
33553457
Rev 1842
Choice $250 New April 10! Choice Original, Light Gun Metal Gray Patina, Blemish Freer, Attractive and Accurately Graded, Seated Appalachian Collection. Gun metal gray patina covers both sides of this lovely 1842 Medium Date Seated half dollar. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. A choice example for the selective collector from the Seated Appalachian Collection.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU50 raw
WB-106
Choice $385 Repunched and Misplaced 8 Digits. Choice Original, Attractive Toning. A naturally toned Seated half dollar that is covered with mostly even light gray patina on the obverse and old album rose, blue and gold on the reverse. Blemishes are minimal with a few scattered field ticks consistent with the grade as this piece did circulate for a short time. This offering becomes more desirable when the variety is considered; WB-106 with repunched 8 digit and a misplaced upper right loop of an 8 digit into the lower gown fold. Strike is boldly impressed with all stars centrils present. An opportunity for Dansco collectors to acquire a choice 1842 Medium Date example with cool variety as a plus.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
VF20 PCGS
84024855
WB-12
Original $145 Triple Punched Date, Original Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Half Way There Collection. Bold date repunching is visible below the lower loop of the 8 digit and also below the horizontal segment of the 4 digit. Surfaces are toned an even light gray. There are no obvious blemishes worth mentioning. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A Liberty Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Small Date
EF45 raw
WB-101
Market Acceptable $300 Small Date, Conservative Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. When one first views this 1842 half, the immediately suggestions is that of an AU example due to the reflective or lightly PL fields. Actually, this piece does have some wear but has been lightly dipped resulting in the AU appearance. Strike is full with complete head and all star centrils visible. Would this piece grade if purchase? There are no hairlines and PCGS does suggest dipping certain coins before submission.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Medium Date
AU58
NGC Fatty
181743001
WB-8
R3
Gem $1650 New April 20! Gem Original, Early Die State, Brilliant Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Eye Appeal of Higher Grade, New Jersey Collection. A magnificent 1842 New Orleans strike that will please the most selective collector. Cartwheel luster is brilliant and eye catching. Mint frost is plentiful and apparent throughout both sides. Strike is hammered with complete definition of every subtle device detail. Overall eye appeal and appearance is that of a mint state example. Housed in NGC Fatty holder with fresh CAC approval. Purchased by the New Jersey consignor during March 1997 and off the market since that time. A significant Liberty Seated half dollar offering that belongs in the most advanced collections under construction.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Medium Date, Rev 1842
VG10 raw
WB-102 WB-8
R6
Market Acceptable $135 Reverse Cud, Long Ago Clean, Retoned Even Gray, Half Way There Collection. Medium Date with reverse Cud at UN(ITE)D. This 1842 New Orleans strike has seen a long ago cleaning and has fully toned to an even gray. From the Half Way There Collection of slightly imperfect Liberty Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Rev 1839
VG 8 raw
WB-1
Market Acceptable $895 Rare New Orleans Small Date Offering, Old Clean, Retoned Medium Gray. This 1842-O Small Date Seated half is an important offering from the Half Way There Collection. The 1842-O Small Date Half Dollar is a very rare date that is usually found in average circulated grades. It was ranked fourth among the Ten Greatest New Orleans Seated Coins within the March 2008 Gobrecht Journal Issue as a reference of its rarity. Nearly all known examples will bring four figures prices when one comes to market. This GFRC offering has seen a long ago cleaning and has completely recovered with consistent medium gray patina. A center obverse scrape is noted for complete accuracy.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Reverse 1839
VF35 PCGS
14255608
WB-1
R5
Original $3750 Rare Small Date Obverse, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Golden-Brown Patina, Oregon Beaver Collection. One of the challenging die variety rarities in the Liberty Seated half dollar series that is listed in the Redbook and on major price guides. Bill Bugert, in his Federal Register series on Liberty Seated half dollars, indicates that, "the first two months mintage, January and February, are generally accepted to include the small date varieties (WB-1, WB-2) althought the initial 1842 delivery of those coins on February 28, 1842 included some coins dated 1841. The remaining months are of the medium date mintage." On the WB-1 Small Date variety, the reverse strike is weak with poorly defined left leg, arrow feathers and left/right claws. This characteristic is present on the Oregon Beaver specimen. On the offered example, fields are lightly mirrored and covered with a transparent skin of gray-gold patina. Surfaces are essentially blemish free at the assigned VF35 grade level with only a small mark by Liberty's foot being noted. Obverse strike is also weak resulting in overall grading being conservative. Based on wear, this example is a full EF40. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. An important opportunity for serious Liberty Seated half dollar collectors to acquire an R5 date and reverse pairing die variety.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
AU53
PCGS
32031004

Choice $410 Early Die State, Choice Original, Gray-Gold Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, White Pine Collection. An early die state 1843 Seated half dollar with no diagnostics die cracks. It is well known that most 1843 halves will have some amount of reverse die cracks but not this lovely example. Surface are strictly original and choice. A gray-gold patina partially covers the obverse and reverse while steely residual luster is quite evident under a light source. Strike is complete with all devices being well impressed. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. A fine numismatic property from the White Pine Collection that deserves special consideration.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
AU50 ANACS OWH
2636528

Original $250 Repunched Date, Original, Medium Gun Metal Gray, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Medium gun metal gray patina covers both the obverse and reverse on this original 1843 Philadelphia strike. This is a quality Burchs Creek collection example with pretty gun metal blues and intermixed rose under bright light. All date digits show obvious repunching below the final date punch. A die crack also connects the bottom of date digits with nearby rim. Strike is essentially complete with only the left claws and arrow feathers on the reverse being weak. Accurately graded by ANACS and housed in old white holder. Definitely a quality coin.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
VF20 PCGS
24733112

Original $110 Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray. . A strictly original half dollar with crusty toning, especially on the reverse. There are some significant die cracks or heavy clash marks surrounding the eagles head. There are unknown to me at this time. As for blemishes, there is a well toned over line that runs parallel to the pole. Housed in 2012 generation PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert; serial number 24733112.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
EF40 PCGS
84161214
WB-1
Choice $215 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Cracked Dies, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded. A lovely WB-1 example with choice original surfaces covered with uniform gun metal gray patina. There is a bold die crack from the denticles under left base up into the base forming a tiny cud. On the reverse, there is a heavy die crack from rim under (H)ALF up into HALF and through DOL. The reverse die is definitely broken at this point as shelf metal is beginning to delineate the surfaces on either side of the die crack. These diagnostic are consistent with a late die state WB-1. Strike is complete with a few ticks in the right obverse field to mention; all are fully toned over. Overall is an attractive example of the WB-1 cracked reverse die variety. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and accurately graded.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
AU58 PCGS
33161339
WB-11
R3
Choice $1200 Large O, Choice Original, Bold Frosty Luster, Gold/Rose Rims, So Attractive, Seal Beach Collection . A fully choice example with frosty cartwheel luster that is nicely framed by a thin arc of golden rose patina at the obverse and reverse rims. Assigned an AU58 grade by PCGS which I consider to be accurate. Strike is nearly complete with only stars 12 and 13 lacking connected centrils. There is a bag mark in the upper left obverse field, by Liberty's face, that is the only blemish to note. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another top quality offering from the Seal Beach Collection and the second time through GFRC inventory. Perfect for the selective collector who enjoys originality coupled with eye appeal.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
EF40 NGC
4199856020
WB-11
R3
Original $270 Original Light Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. Surfaces are toned a uniform light to medium gray on this original 1843 New Orleans strike. A few rim abraisons are noted below the date digits. Strike is well executed with wear impacting the lower left eagle leg and arrow feathers. The WB-11 variety is easily identified against Bugert's New Orleans Register by mintmark and date placements. Housed in newer NGC holder. A solid offering from the Saco River Collection.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
AU55 PCGS
21004737
WB-7
R3
Choice $800 New April 20! Large O, Heavily Rusted Reverse Die, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Original Golden Patina, Fully Struck, New Jersey Collection . The New Jersey Collection New Orleans mint half dollar consignment continues with this lovely 1843-O strike. An impressive example with choice surfaces that provide ample reflective luster. Orange gold patina covers both sides with stronger concentration on the obverse. Strike is 100% complete with rounded stars and fully defined reverse devices. The WB-7 die pairing presents a heavily rusted reverse die with die rust throughout the legend, eagle and lower denomination. A closed 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes worthy of mention. Overall, this lovely 1843-O offering has it all and is accurately graded. Housed in old PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the pre 2000 era timeframe. Hurry on this example as I'm a big fan after attributing and studying its characteristics.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
AU58 PCGS
12905379

Original $575 Frosty Original, Well Struck, Accurate Grading, Seal Beach Collection.. A strictly original example of the popular 1844 Philadelphia date that sports frosty surfaces. Any rub that may be present is minimal, rather I believe the assigned AU58 grade is a function of a luster break in the upper right reverse field. GFRC images accurate capture the luster break as one would see during bright light viewing. Strike is complete with all star centrils connected and lower reverse arrow feather and eagle claws being well executed. Surfaces have a few scattered ticks that is is consistent with an AU58 grade level. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert; serial number 12905379. Typical quality from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
VF35 NGC
2616734015

Original $160 Original Gray, Accurately Graded.. A strictly original Philadelphia half dollar with uniform medium gray patina on the obverse and lighter gray/brown on the reverse. This nice piece offers a reasonable strike and no blemishes worth noting. Housed in new NGC holder with serial number 2616734-015.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
MS62 PCGS
33950126
WB-4
R3
Choice $1375 Overlapping 8s in Denticle, Choice Original, Fully Struck, Fiery Orange-Gray Surfaces, Conservative Grading. Completely fresh to market and just back from PCGS without a CAC submission; which is deserved given the natural surfaces. This WB-4, Overlapping 8 Digits in the Denticles, is an outstanding mint state specimen for the advanced collector. One immediately sees the complete strike with all stars nicely rounded and deeply impressed hair curls. The reverse also features a hammered strike. Surfaces are choice at the assigned MS62 grade level. In hand viewing, as seen in the GFRC images, produces gray-rose coloring. Adding a light source results in fiery natural orange-gray coloring being exposes throughout obverse and reverse. Blemishes are to a minimum with only two faint bag marks in the upper left reverse field that are old time and completely toned. This is an exceptional piece with the doubled misplaced 8 digit in the denticles directly below the space between 1(84)4 and a thick arcing line in t he denticles above (UNIT)ED per the Bugert Federal Register on Philadelphia die varieties. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. GFRC is proud to be offering this WB-4 example.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
EF40 PCGS
80564557

Choice $275 Choice Original, Light Charcoal Gray Patina, Accurrately Graded. A lovely 1844 New Orleans strike with transparent charcoal gray patina that shifts to pretty rose gold under a light source. Surfaces are choice and strictly original. Strike is typical with some star weakness in the right field. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. This half as proven to be difficuly to photograph due to uniform gray surfaces. Believe me that one is more attractive in hand than on the GFRC images.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
AU50 raw
WB-102 WB-2R
Original $395 Center Dot Obverse, WB-2R Remarriage Die State, Frosty Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded. Frosty luster is immediately noted on this 1844 New Orleans Center Dot obverse strike. The WB-2 variety is know in two distinctly different die states due to die re-marriage after striking WB-3 production. The GFRC piece is the WB-2R where the R specifies the remarriage die state. The obverse center dot is seen at the top of the lower leg. Surfaces are no question original with some faint handling lines including one to the left of Liberty's head that is a bit stronger and should be examined carefully.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
AU58 NGC
675784008
WB-5
R2
Original $750 New April 20! Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Original Surfaces, Mirrored Fields, Frosty Devices, Typical Strike, New Jersey Collection. One immediately notes the reflective cartwheel luster on this blast white 1844 New Orleans strike. Fields are lightly mirrored while the main devices have frosty. Obverse strike is a tad weak with a fair number of stars lacking centrils. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another important offering from the New Jersey Collection that was purchased during June 2000 and off the market since that time.
Seated 50C 1845 1845
AU53 raw
WB-101
Market Acceptable $385 Scarce Grade, Retoned, Burchs Creek Collection. It seems that everyone is looking for the 1845 Philadelphia date as scarce in better grades. Mintage is 589,000 but the PCGS slabbed population is very low for this amount struck. PCGS has only certified (34) pieces at the AU50, AU53 and AU55 grade levels. That is not many considering the number of active Seated half dollar collectors in the market. The offered example is a no question AU with some reverse strike weakness at the eagle's left leg while the reverse is fully struck. Surfaces are covered with a uniform violet/gray patina with residual luster peeking through. My images have over emphasized the "voilet" color a tad. A piece that is well worth considering.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
VF30 raw
WB-106 WB-18
R4
Cleaned $270 Triple Date Punched, Cleaned, Dull Gray, Half Way There Collection. Triple punched date is obvious on this cleaned VF30 example. Bold repunching is seen under the 45 digits. Surfaces are a dull light gray while the strike is well executed. From the Half Way There Collection of Liberty Seated Half Dollar die varieties.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
EF40 PCGS OGH
4689527
WB-13
R6
Original HOLD
$460
New April 20! Rare R6 Die Variety, Recently Discovery, Light Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. An extremely rare Liberty Seated half dollar die marriage that can be attributed by a long obverse die crack that starts at the rim above the cap and proceeds downward into the field near star 10. This is the only use of the obverse die. The offered example is part of the New Jersey Collections New Orleans strikes and rightly purchased and taken off the market back in August 1998. Accurately graded with light gray patina on both obverse and reverse. Residual luster is also present. Housed in PCGS old green holder and ready for a spot in another advanced collection with emphasis on scarce and rare die varieties.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
AU58 NGC
1888785004
WB-17
R4
Original $850 New April 20! Repunched 84, Original Frosty Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. WB-17 R4 Rarity with bold repunching within the 8 and 4 date digits. A well struck example with lightly mirrored fields that results in significant cartwheel luster when viewed under a light source. Eye appeal is substantial given the high relief devices that interact with the reflective luster. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another fine numismatic offering from the New Jersey Collection and the release of his New Orleans struck dates.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
No Drapery
AU55 NGC
333641007
WB-1
R2
Original $950 New April 20! No Drapery, Doubled Date, Original Golden Brown Patina, Residual Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. No Drapery designated 1845 New Orleans strikes bring substantial premiums. This lovely example is housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. The NGC label provides the No Drapery attribution that is accurate given the complete lack of any gown lines below the right facing arm. This is indeed a lovely example with crusty golden brown patina that covers both sides. The WB-1 die variety captures bold date doubling on the 45 digits and a badly cracked reverse die. Strike is consistent with the WB-1 definition in Bugert's Federal Register on New Orleans halves. The obverse die is heavily polished resulting in stars 1 through 3 nearly being effaced and the balance of the devices being present in shallow relief. On the otherhand, the reverse strike is hammered with deep relief. Bold die cracks continue HALF DOL to the arrow tips on the right and to olive leaves and UNITED on the left. A quality example from the New Jersey collection that was purchased at the 1998 ANA World's Fair of Money show and off the market since that time. Housed in old NGC holder consistent with the 1998 grading era. An important offering that I expect to sell quickly.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
Triple Date
AU50 PCGS
14821975
WB-106, WB-18
R4
Market Acceptable $675 Triple Punched Date, Rose-Gray Patina, PCGS Geniune Holder, Fairly Priced. I don't often see AU examples of the 1845 New Orleans date in general, let alone the WB-106 Triple Date die variety made popular by Wiley and Bugert. The triple punched date is bold and obvious on this PCGS Genuine grade example that is full AU. PCGS code 92 suggests that this example was cleaned. I disagree and believe this half was dipped and then retoned to the present rose-gray patina. A Market Acceptable quality rating is more appropriate since under the toning is plenty of luster that appears to be natural. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A consignment item that needs to find a home with someone who enjoys cool Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
AU55 raw
WB-104 WB-7
R3
Cleaned $1150 Popular 6/Horizontal 6 die variety, Light Clean, Dipped White, Hammered Strike, Half Way There Collection. Once again, it is such a shame to see that someone cleaned an AU+ 6/Horizontal 6 example as the strike is absolutely hammered. Stars are nicely rounded with deeply connect centrils. Liberty's facial characteristics and hair curls are deeply impressed. Surfaces has seen a light mechanical clean followed by being dipped resulting in even white surfaces. Obverse rim has wire edge with bold rim cuds below the date digits. The undertype horizontal 6 is crisply defined due to strong strike. A problem free example of this die variety at the AU55 grade level would be a $3000 expenditure while this example can be purchased for a fraction of that price. Another important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Medium Date
AU50 PCGS
14597882
WB-5
R3
Original $460 New April 1! Medium Date Punch, Original Lavendar Gray Patina, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded. If a fan of well struck Liberty Seated halves, then this lovely 1846 Medium Date might be just for you. Strike is hammered with every tiny device detail being fully struck. Surfaces are covered with a lavendar-gray patina that is a bit deeper on the obverse. Residual luster has a steely texture and is bolder on the reverse due to lighter toning. A WB-5 example with repunched 46 digits. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from a consignor that wishes to stay anonymous.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
EF45
PCGS
28373565

Choice $595 Choice Original, Steely Deep Gray and Gold Toning, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. A marvelous 1846 Tall Date Seated half dollar example at the EF45 grade level. Fully choice with steely surfaces covered with rich gray, brown and gold patina. Bright light viewing accentuates the golden hues embedded in the rich toning. Obverse strike is complete while the reverse has some weakness on the lower left eagle leg. Surfaces are blemish free while grading is a bit conservative. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. The Tall Date variety is listed on the blue-white PCGS label. Yet another superior offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection that deserves special attention.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU55 raw
WB-106
Original $540 Orignal Frosty Luster, Burchs Creek Collection. The overall 1846 Philadelphia mintage is high at 2.2M pieces but those strike with the 'Tall Date" date punch are scarce and bring a strong premium. Offered here is a no question AU example with reflective fields that are untouched. This piece has seen a long ago dip and now offers some light gold under bright light. My images are rather poor concerning this lovely half as the coin looks much better in hand. Strike is complete. There is a reverse die crack through the bottom of HALF to rim that could become a partial cud in later die states.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
EF45 PCGS
83797795
WB-12
R3
Original $575 Tall Date, Crusty Original, Thick Gray-Brown, Cracked Reverse, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. This 1846 Tall Date Seated half dollar is the definition of "crusty original". Surfaces are covered with thick gray-brown patina that has accumulated after decades of unmolested storage. Strike is hammered with all obverse and reverse devices being deeply impressed. Reverse is cracked and consistent with the attribution guide from Bill Bugert's Federal Register on Philadelphia halves 1839-1853. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The better of the two 1846 date punch style varieties and natural toning from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
EF40 PCGS
85179983
WB-14
Original $435 Tall Date, Crusty Original, Medium Gray Patina, Nearly Complete Strike, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. WB-14, Spiked 4 and Crumbling Reverse. Near choice original example of the Tall Date punch with uniform medium gray patina. Surfaces are mildly reflective under a bright light with rose hues exposed. Strike is essentially complete with strong device details. Blemish wise, there are two ancient lines in the obverse right field that hold this piece back from a Choice quality rating. These are not visible unless viewing with a strong loupe. The WB-14 die variety, as defined by Bill Bugert in his Philadelphia strike Federal Register, is easily attributed due to spiked 4 digit in date punch and substantial die crumbling around the legend lettering. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A solid Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
AU53 PCGS
26975517
WB-1 WB-102
Choice $675 New April 3! 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
Tall Date
EF40 ANACS OWH
821892
WB-22
R4
Original $1500 New April 20! Rare Grade, Tall Date, Original, Old Album Toning, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection . 1846 New Orleans strikes are found with two different date punch styles; medium and tall date. The tall date punch is easily recognized via a long thick flag on the 1 digit. It is well known that the 1846-O Tall Date is a challenging rarity in higher circulated grades and non existent in mint state. The New Jersey Collection of New Orleans Liberty Seated half dollars contained two 1846-O Tall Date examples; NGC AU50 and this ANACS EF40 specimen. A more "affordable" example that has been stored in old paper album with rose-gold patina along with darker aquamarine highlights. Accurately graded and housed in ANACS old white holder and completely fresh to market since being purchaed October 2001. Another significant offering to consider as the New Jersey Collection consignor continues to release his life long holdings.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
VF20 raw
WB-26
R4
Original $630 Orignal Gray, Burchs Creek Collection. This offering is an attractive example of the 1846 New Orleans "Tall Date" date punch. Surfaces are original with even light gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Any blemishes are consistent with the assigned VF20 grade, which I believe to be fair. Please don't hesitate to purchase this half even if in a raw state. Remember that when coins circulate, they are in a raw condition and acting as our country's currency. The TPG certification phenomenon is relative new (since 1985). This is a nice original example for your set.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
AU50 NGC
379683002
WB-27
R4
Choice $3150 New April 20! 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
AU55 raw
WB-104 WB-6
R3
Cleaned $230 Repunched 47, Cleaned with Reflective Surfaces, Retoned Light Gray, Half Way There Collection. What a shame that someone cleaned this incredibly well struck 1847 WB-6 half. Repunching on the 47 digit is bold and consistent with attribution markers in Bill Bugert new Federal Registry for Philadelphia Liberty Seated Half Dollar strikes. Surfaces are quite reflective under bright light and covered with a thin gray and blue patina. Another nice Seated half dollar variety from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU50 raw
WB-6
R3
Original $335 Repunched 47, Original Gun Metal Blue-Gray Patina, Fairly Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection . A pleasing example of the Bugert WB-6 die variety with repunching on the 47 digits. This example is fully struck with all stars having connected centrils and the head details being well defined. There is plenty of residual luster under the darker gun metal blue-gray patina. Viewing this piece under a light source brings about nice rose hues on the obverse and golden coloring on the reverse. A raw offering that is fairly graded. From the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
EF45 PCGS
83205735

Choice $310 Choice Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Crusty original surfaces are so evident on this quality 1847 New Orleans strike. A close inspection revealed no blemishes worth mentioning. PCGS grading is accurate with considerable device details remaining. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Seated half dollar collectors who appreciate strike originality should give this 1847-O example special consideration.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
MS61 PCGS
83503256
WB-104 WB-21
R3
Choice $1450 Doubled Obverse Die, Choice Original, Light Mirrored Fields, Bold Reflective Luster, Golden Patina, Accurately Graded, Wisconsin Collection. Locating choice original Liberty Seated half dollar in mint state takes considerable patience as the surviving populations are low as compated to the number of active collectors. 1847 New Orleans strikes have a high mintage of 2,584,000 but the PCGS population report indicates 22 certified in all mint state grades. In technical terms, that is a tiny 8.5 pieces per million (PPM) graded mint state since 1986. Now that an appreciation for rarity is at hand, let's review this lovely example. An offering with strong eye appeal and mirrored fields. Under a light source, cartwheel luster is reflective as to be expected from mirrored surfaces. Obverse strike is a tad weak, consistent with the WB-2 die variety while the reverse is hammered. Golden patina is the predominate coloring with darker shades at the rims. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and accurately graded. An important Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Wisconsin Collection.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
AU58 NGC
689551010
WB-17
R2
Original $775 New April 20! Blast White Original Surfaces, Brilliant Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck Reverse, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection . Brilliant frosty cartwheel luster is the highlight of this blast while 1847 New Orleans strike. Luster is most vibrate and active under a light source. Most likely dipped before grading leading to untoned surfaces. Reverse strike is absolutely hammered and in high relief while the obverse strike has weakness at random stars. Other than a couple of wispy hairlines, both sides are blemish free. High grade survivors are sparse with PCGS population report only showing nine pieces graded at AU58 level and a limited number of mint state examples. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another fine numismatic property from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
AU58 PCGS
06636712
WB-12
R3
Original $1150 New April 20! 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
AU55 PCGS
32685100
WB-9
R2
Choice $1000 New March 14! Choice Original, Gorgeous Gold and Sky Blue Patina, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. This surviving 1848 New Orleans strike is a lovely piece of eye candy and deserves special attention. Eye appeal is high due to the perfect balance of original old toning, frosty cartwheel luster and a reasonable strike. Let's start with the toning. Both obverse and reverse offer a light gold-rose center that is nicely framed by sky blue coloring surrounding the stars and legend. The transition from gold to blues is random and attest to the originality. Cartwheel luster is bold and active on both sides. Interestingly, reverse strike is hammered while the obverse shows weakness at the upper stars. The WB-9 obverse is lightly rusted and eroded which explains some of the strike weakness. I'm comfortable with the AU55 assigned grade but a premium is warranted for the beautiful toning and eye appeal. This is not your average or slight above average half dollar. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another fine numismatic property from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
AU58 raw
WB-15
R4
Cleaned $320 Cracked Obverse, Cleaned and Dipped, Fully Struck, Half Way There Collection. One immediately notes the boldly cracked obverse on this well struck 1849 Philadelphia strike. Unfortunately, the date area and reverse have seen a mechanical cleaning that has left faint hairlines. The piece is even white from being dipped. From the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
AU58
PCGS
28958332

Choice HOLD
$1050
New February 25! Ex. Eric P Newman Sale, Choice Original, Medium Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Tenafly Collection. Definitely a better date in the Liberty Seated half dollar series. This piece first appeared at the 2013 Eric P. Newman sale in an NGC MS61 holder with brown label EPN/Col. Green label. The buyer subsequently crossed into PCGS AU58 holder along with CAC approval. Toning is typical of Eric P Newman collection silver pieces since most sat in 2x2 paper envelopes for decades. Both obverse and reverse are richly toned. A thick crusty gray-brown patina covers the entire obverse with just a hint of golden luster peeking through under bright light. Reverse is toned an orange gold that is semi transparent to the underlying luster. Strike is typical. Original Colonel Green paper envenlope and NGC MS61 brown label are included with the purchase. An important offering from the Tenafly Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
AU53 PCGS
24166650

Choice $795 Underrated Date, Choice Original, Light Rose-Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Pleez B. Seated Collection. Purchased from the Pleez B. Seated Collection by Newtown and recently upgraded. A choice original example that is fully struck and offers semi-transparent rose-gray patina on the obverse and more golden hues on the reverse coupled with a thin light blue arc at the rim. This lovely 1849 New Orleans example is free of any minor blemishes with only a few ticks in the field that are normal at the assigned grade. Luster is consistent with the grade and colorful under a light source. Grading is accurate to a tad conservative leading to an excellent value for the advanced Liberty Seated half dollar collector. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. A top quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
AU58 NGC
2503212004
WB-11
R3
Original $900 New April 20! Rusted Obverse Die, Steely Blue Rose Patina, Reflective Luster, Hammered Reverse Strike, So Close to Mint State, New Jersey Collection. A well preserved 1849 New Orleans half dollar that is strictly original with rich rose-blue patina. Steely reflective luster is evident on both sides and slighted muted due to the thick patina. Reverse strike is absolutely hammered with deep relief and no evidence of wear or rub. The obverse was struck with a heavily rusted die including weak date digits that have rust damage. Strike weakness, on the obverse, is noticeable on the stars. Blemish wise, there are a few hairlines on the upper obverse. A careful 10c loupe inspection revealed a small break in mint state luster at Liberty's lower knee that accounts for the AU58 grade. 1849-O is better date at the AU58 grade level since mint state examples are quite limited. Housed in NGC holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering for a better New Orleans date from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated halves. Please note that this half is more colorful and lusterous in hand, than as illustrated with GFRC images.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
EF45
PCGS
12713539
WB-13
R3
Choice $465 Choice Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. A no question original 1849 New Orleans strike with thick crusty gun metal gray patina. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Strike is typical for the date. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert with fresh CAC approval. A quality Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1850O 1850-O
F15 raw

Original $100 Better Date, Original Mottled Gray-Brown Patina, Problem Free. 1850-O date is considered underrated in mid circulated grades and infrequently seen and missing in many Dansco or Whitman album sets. This strictly original example has mottled gray-bown patina and honest wear. Fields and devices are entirely blemish free. Accurately graded too!
Seated 50C 1850O 1850-O
VF35 raw
WB-12
R3
Choice $285 Choice Original, Eye Appeal, Highwoods Collection. Inspite of the high mintage (2,456,000), one does not see this date often. The PCGS pop reports confirm that this is a better date regardless of the mintage. Surfaces are covered with a transparent medium gray and rose patina that also contains golden hues. This 1850 New Orleans half really excels under bright light as the toning melts revealing a rose and blue center that extends to the stars. At that point, the toning transitions to a golden ring surrounding the stars and into the rim. The reverse shifts to gun metal blue under a light source. There is one reverse field blemish to the left of the left wing. Grading is accurate at the VF35 level.
Seated 50C 1850O 1850-O
AU58 NGC
960958009
WB-4
R5
Choice $1150 New April 20! Better Die Variety and Date, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. A wonderful 1850 New Orleans strike that is underrated. Mintage is nearly 2,500,000 but survival rate is very low due to excessive melting during the silver bullion arbitrage period of 1850 through early 1853. This surviving example is strictly original with brilliant frosty cartwheel luster on the obverse and aquamarine-gold luster on the reverse. I'm very much impressed with the care and preservation state of this example. Strike is 100% complete with all stars having connected centrils and all aspects of the eagle device being deeply impressed. I've assigned a choice quality rating to this piece and stand by it. There are a few wispy hairlines in the obverse fields under 10x loupe but who cares. The luster and eye appeal are dominant and, by the way, this piece is accurately graded as an AU58. And finally, the die pairing is WB-4 with rarity rating of R5 per Bugert's Federal Registry on New Orleans strikes. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Purchased for the New Jersey Collection during March 2000. Special consideration is warranted here....
Seated 50C 1850O 1850-O
AU55 PCGS
26802832
WB-4
Choice $725 Underrated Date, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Golden Perpherial Tone, Fully Struck, Choice Original, Newtown Collection. Underrated with a low survival rate due to silver bullion arbitrage that took place in the United States from 1850 until a lighter silver planchet weight was introduced during 1853. The New Orleans struck survivor has much to offer including frosty cartwheel luster, a light golden coloring that is more concentrated at the margins and finally, a complete strike. Overall eye appeal is quite pleasing. There are a few faint hairlines in the lower left obverse field mentioned for 100% accuracy. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. An important duplicate offering from the Newtown Collection that needs to find a new home in another advanced Liberty Seated half dollar collection.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
AU53 NGC
4236649045
WB-6
R4
Choice $2350 Key Philadelphia Date, Choice Original, Fully Struck, Conservative Grading, Woodbridge Collection. The appearance of 1851 dated Liberty Seated halves on any dealer price list is an important event. All Liberty Seated dated halves dated from 1850 through 1852 were subject to silver bullion arbitrage and being melted in large quantities. Few examples survived choice to meet the collecting needs of present day collectors. Now let's focus on this wonderful offering from the Woodbridge Collection that is worthy of special attention. Lightly toned surfaces are choice and strictly original. Strike is complete with full head, hair curls and all stars having connected centrils. Reverse devices are also deeply impressed. Fields offer nice luster only with being blemish free whether viewing in hand or under a bright light. Overall, I like this 1851 Philadelpha strike and pleased to have in GFRC inventory. Freshly graded and housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
EF40 PCGS
84029711
WB-8
R6
Choice $3475 Very Rare Die Variety, Few Known, Errant 8 in Denticles, Choice Original Ebony-Gray, Accurately Graded and Challenging Date, Half Way There Collection. The 1851 date is one of the better dates in the Liberty Seated half dollar series. Bill Bugert, in his new Federal Register on Philadelphia struck halves, has identied 8 different die variety with the WB-8 being the most challenging and a true R6 rarity. GFRC is so pleased to offer this choice original example, of a Seated series rarity, with attractive ebony-gray fields and overall circulated cameo appearance. Bill Bugert states that, "Most examples known are mid-grade with high grade (AU or better) coins extremely rare. The top of 8 digit in the denticles in clearly seen with 10x loupe. Strike is nearly complete with just stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A CAC submission is warranted given the strict originality and rarity. An important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety and better date offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
AU53 PCGS
30613129

Choice $1250 Challenging Date, Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. A challenging early 1850s New Orleans date due to heavier silver weight planchet and the silver bullion arbitrage of that time period. Survival rates for Liberty Seated halves dated 1850 through 1852 are lower than mintage would suggest. Much of the mintage was melted for silver bullion value that exceeded face value. This surviving example is crusty original with choice surfaces. Residual golden luster is eye catching under a bright light and very pleasing. There are no blemishes to mention whatsoever. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another important offering from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
MS62 NGC
1884129006
WB-2
R4
Choice $2200 Scarce Pre 1853 Date, Superior Eye Appeal, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Motor City Collection. A superior example of the very scarce 1851 New Orleans date that will pleased even the most selective collector. All 1850 through 1852 Seated halves struck at Philadelphia and New Orleans are much scarcer than recorded mintage due to silver content arbitrage. This issue was resolved during 1853 with a reduction in silver weight. But by then, many halves struck in the preceeding years had been melted. This strictly original example managed to survive. Surfaces are lightly mirrored and covered with transparent gun metal gray patina along with intermixed rose and blues. The coloring is similar to that of the old paper enveloped toned pieces in the Newman sale. This lovely New Orleans simply excels when viewed under a bright light. The obverse patina melts away exposing a gold ring at the stars that nicely frames light rose and blues over the center devices. The reverse offers a sky blue ring surrounding the legend and rose center. Blemishes are to a minimum for the assigned grade and all are fully toned over and not worth mentioning. Strike is full with all star centrils connected and a well formed eagle and associated devices. I really like this piece from the Motor City Collection and believe the next owner will also. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
MS64 NGC
1705301001
WB-4
R3
Choice HOLD
$3950
New April 20! Magnificent Offering, Near Gem Original, Mirrored Fields, Brilliant Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. A stunning 1851 New Orleans strike that is near gem original at the assigned MS64 grade level. Part of the New Jersey Collection that has been off the market since the late 1990s and completely fresh. Opportunities to acquire completely original and unmolested Seated coinage becomes more difficult by the day. This 1851-O example offers mirrored fields and vibrant reflective luster with cartwheel effects. Strike is absolutely hammered with all devices being in high relief. Surfaces are 100% original as mirrored surfaces do not lie. They immediately capture any type of mishandling. Some wispy and faint hairlines in the obverse fields are all that is holding me back from a Gem quality designation. The line from Liberty's foot to star 1 is a die crack and consistent with the WB-4 die variety. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. One of the important highlights from the New Jersey Collection that will never need to be upgraded. For those individuals who will immediately check CoinFacts, PCGS has graded only eight at the MS64 level with four better. There are no NGC MS64 auction records to consult. Fairly priced.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
AU55 PCGS
32798563
WB-5
Choice $1250 Superior Eye Appeal, Better Date, Choice Original, Golden-Aquamarine Peripheral Toning, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Grey Soldier Collection. One of the challenging 1850 through early 1853 timeframe dates due to silver bullion arbitrage that was finally resolved with a lower silver weight planchet during 1853. 1851 New Orleans strikes are challenging at the AU grade level with few approved by CAC. This example offers superior eye appeal with golden reflective luster and a bold strike. Formerly from the Grey Soldier and quickly absorbed into the Newtown Collection (#1 on GFRC Open Set Registry) when arriving to market. Now it is back as a duplicate and chance for another advanced collector to own this pleasing example. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1852 1852
AU58 PCGS
22016398

Choice HOLD
$2600
New April 9! Rare Date, Choice Original, Creamy Cartwheel Luster, Light Golden Toning, Completely Struck. An eye catching 1852 WB-2 Philadelphia strike that belongs in an advanced collection. This example is perfectly balanced between original surfaces, strike and overall eye appeal. Let's start with originality; surfaces are 100% natural with mint frost surroundig the main devices and are without any traces of hairlines. Under a bright light, creamy golden cartwheel luster is vibrant and eye catching. Then there is strike which is complete throughout obverse and reverse. Finally, this 1852 half has the right eye appeal where it will fit nicely into any AU grade level date and mintmark set being constructed. The WB-2 die variety is easily attributed by diagonal die scratches inside the reverse shield. By now, GFRC customer are well aware of the silver arbitrage taking place during the 1850 to 1853 timeframe when silver prices increased due to excessive gold flooding the market from California. Most 1852 Seated halves were melted and few are available for present day collectors. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. I've not sent this one to CAC yet and believe it has a decent chance of being approved.
Seated 50C 1852 1852
EF40 PCGS
34924259
WB-3
R4
Choice $1900 New April 7! Key Date, Choice Original, Charcoal Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Conservative Grading, Poston Collection. Rare date with low mintage of only 77,130 and low survival rate due to silver bullion arbitrage that took place in the United States from 1850 until a lighter silver planchet weight was introduced during early 1853. Most Liberty Seated half dollar collections are missing this Philadelphia date. Now is your opportunity to acquire a strictly original circulated example. Surfaces are choice and covered with crusty charcoal gray patina. Strike is well executed with all stars having connected centrils and the lower eagle claws and arrow feathers well defined. Looking at the scroll and and other wear points, I would be more inclined to assign an EF45 grade rather than the current EF40. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An important Seated coinage offering from Jim Poston.
Seated 50C 1852O 1852-O
AU50 NGC
323913015
WB-1
R4
Gem $2850 New April 20! Rare Date, Gem Original, Mirrored Fields, Gorgeous Toning and Eye Appeal, Conservatively Graded, New Jersey Collection. It is not often that I place a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation on a $2850 coin but this 1852-O half definitely warrants this statement. After reviewing thousands of Liberty Seated half dollars, one can immediately sense when a special example cross my office desk. This 1852 New Orleans strike is superior with boldly mirrored fields on both sides. The reflective luster is crisp and active. Then add in multi color toning that includes pastel gold, rose and blue shades. The outcome is stunning eye appeal on a rare date that is much more difficult to locate than 1850-O and 1851-O counterparts. Conservatively graded as an AU50 and worthy of a higher grade. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. One of the most important highlights from the New Jersey Collection and New Orleans struck examples and assigned a Gem quality rating. Trust me on this one as in hand viewing is paramount for appreciate the quality and gorgeous eye appeal.
Seated 50C 1852O 1852-O
VG 8 raw
WB-2
R4
Market Acceptable $480 Rare Date, Long Ago Clean, Retoned Thick Gray, Obverse Grafitti, Half Way There Collection. The 1852 New Orleans date is challenging in low circulated grades up to VF. Mintage is only 144,000 with most exported for silver bullion content arbitrage. This surviving example is covered with thick crusty gray patina. There is grafitti in the right field which appears to be the initials WA. From the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
EF45 PCGS
13553846

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

Original $225 Original Gray, Upstate New York Collection. A strictly original example of the 1853 Arrows and Rays type. Surfaces are covered with uniform medium gray patina. Accurately graded with typical strike. There are a few surface ticks in the obverse fields that are fully toned over. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Priced to sell.
Seated 50C 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU58 NGC
1739828013
WB-21
R3
Original $1850 New April 20! 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 PCGS
34206523

Choice $550 With Arrows Type, Choice Original, Gray-Gold Patina, Hammered Strike, Osprey Collection. An opportunity to acquire an AU58 graded 1854 With Arrows Seated half for date/mintmark set or a type set. Collectors love the AU58 grade for its value. Surfaces are typically mint state with just minor rub. Luster should be consistent with lower mint state grades. This Osprey Collection examples fits those parameters well. Strike is hammered with just a touch of rub on the left facing breast. Surfaces are covered with lightly mottled gray-gold patina with the gold coloring becoming dominant during bright light viewing. Dies are heavily clashed so please be aware when viewing GFRC images. Overall surfaces are choice with a few random micro ticks of no consequence. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with no CAC attempt. Another fine numismatic property from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
EF40 raw

Original $150 Crusty Original, Medium Gray, Blemish Free. Surfaces are crusty original and covered with thick gray patina with some gold hues. No blemishes, just a wholesome half dollar for a Dansco album.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU53
PCGS
28987090

Choice $695 Choice Original, Light Golden Brown Patina, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Pleez B. Seated Collection. Recently upgraded by Newtown and back to GFRC towards finding a new home. A choice original example that is fully struck and offers semi-transparent rose-gray patina on the obverse and more golden hues on the reverse. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS OGH
7377197
WB-32
R3
Choice $725 New April 20! Choice Original, Vibrant Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Transparent Gold Patina, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. A near gem original 1854-O WB-32 half dollar with hammered strike and vibrant frosty luster. Overall eye appeal is excellent and what collectors would expect for an above average AU58 example. All devices appear to be in high relief and well raised above the fields with intricate details well defined. A light gold skin covers both sides; darker shades are seen at the peripheries. Reverse die cracks are bold and consistent with the WB-32 attribution requirements. Housed in short lived PCGS old green holder with sharply raised borders and special sealing gasket. A gorgeous New Orleans With Arrows type offering from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
EF45
NGC
2648961009
WB-53
R3
Choice $245 With Arrows Type, Cracked Reverse, Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Brown Patina, Accurately Graded. Attributing die varieties for 1854 New Orleans Seated half dollar strikes can be challenging and an exercise in patience. Luckily, this 1854-O WB-53 example is straightforward due to a reverse die crack from rim through (D)OL to olive branch end per Bugert's Federal Register. This specimen is perfectly original with crusty gray-brown patina and nearly complete strike. Surfaces are choice with no blemishes worthy of mention. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. CAC approval captures the accurate grading and strict originality. A nice Seated half that collectors will be proud to own.
Seated 50C 1855/54 1855/54
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
33177330

Original $1500 New March 15! 1855/54 Overdate. Original, Seal Beach Collection. This important 1855/54 Arrows Liberty Seated half dollar overdate is listed as WB-102 by Wiley Bugert and FS-301 in the CherryPickers Guide. Satiny luster is immediately evident whether inspecting in hand or under a bright light. The 1855/54 variety is conditionally challenging in AU 55 or better grades. This example has brilliant cartwheel luster along with subtle toning in the form of pale, speckled, golden-rose iridescence. Strike is average with stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils and some weakness on eagles left facing claws and the arrow feathers. An R5 rarity rating was by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another fine numismatic property from the Seal Beach Collection that should be viewed in hand at a coin show to be appreciated. GFRC photography does not do this lovely 1855/54 example justice.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
16638444

Original $625 New April 20! Sparking Cartwheel Luster, Strictly Original Surfaces, Fully Struck, Faint Gold Hues, Accurately Grade, New Jersey Collection. I don't know if "sparkling luster" is an acceptable numismatic term but it seemed fitting for this lovely 1855 New Orleans strike. Under a light source, the obverse offers vibrant cartwheel luster that appears to sparkle due to the surface texture in the fields. The 1855-O date is a With Arrows type coin possibility. This example is 100% struck with strong facial details and high relief stars. Blemish wise, there is a single bag mark in the right obverse field near the drapery and a few wispy reverse hairlines above the eagle's left wing. Accurately graded with faint golden hues that validate the originality. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another fine numismatic offering from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
EF45 raw

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

Original $110 Crusty Original Gray, Woodlands Collection. Surfaces are original and covered with crusty gray patina. Strike is average while the grading is accurate. This particular variety has a substantial amount of halo'ing around the stars, date and arrows and Liberty's upper body. A decent example that is holder and ready for circulated date and mintmark collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
VF35 PCGS
29542673
WB-14
R3
Original $125 EDS, Original Lavender Gray Patina. An obviously original example with surfaces toned over in a light to medium gray with subtle lavender. Housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU55
PCGS
18662978
WB-16
Choice $495 New February 20! Choice Original, Attractive Toning, Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Burnt golden patina and satiny luster are the primary highlights of this pleasing 1855-O half dollar. Purchased directly by Newtown from GFRC and now back on the market. Some strike weakness is typical for the New Orleans mint in the 1855 timeframe. Surfaces are essentially blemish free with a single faint line in the obverse right field being visible during bright light inspection. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. An eye appealing Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Newtown Collectors that warrants close inspection. This piece would fit nicely into a new starter date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
MS65 PCGS
04697212
WB-4
Gem $5500 With Arrows Type, Gem Original, Vibrant Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. GFRC is pleased to be handling a gem original 1855-O With Arrows half dollar strike that is ideal for a high grade type set. A no question gem that offers frosty cartwheel luster coupled with attractive light rose centers and aquamarine at the rims. Strike is razor-sharp for a New Orleans mint struck half dollar that is notorious for its weak strikes. Substantial overall eye appeal is at hand during bright light inspection. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A wonderful offering from the Newtown Collection that belongs in a top Liberty Seated half dollar collection.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
AU58
NGC
1710014003
WB-3
R5
Choice $37000 First Year Issue, Very Rare AU58 or Better, Choice Original Surfaces, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. As a first year strike, the 1855-S Arrows half dollar is a scarce issue in all grades due to limited mintage of 129,950 coins. This date becomes rare in lower AU grades and very rare in AU58 and Mint State. PCGS population report indicates only three at the AU58 level with two better; one graded MS62 and another at the MS64 level. High grade rarity is recognized but let's look further at the CAC population report for an assessment of choice example being approved. The findings are significant. Only three at the AU58 grade level and one at MS61; a gold CAC approval. Since it can be reasonably expected that the PCGS MS62 and MS64 specimens have seen CAC review and not passed, then the three AU58 approved examples are the only alternatives for collectors targeting 100% CAC for their complete Seated half dollar sets. This gorgeous example offers transparent champagne toning and satiny luster. Weakness in the left facing reverse shield lines is diagnostic of the WB-3 variety, but other than minor high-point incompleteness on Liberty's knee and scroll edges, all other devices are brought up and sharp. Fields only have a few wispy hairlines for the assigned grade and are quite active under a light source. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval rewards the originality and eye appeal. Let's not forget that this is one of the finest surviving 1855-S Seated half dollars available to collectors. An important offering from the New Jersey Collection of fine numismatic properties. Please call to discuss. Terms are always available.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
EF40 PCGS
82626063
WB-4
R5
Choice $5900 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.