Liberty Seated Half Dollars

1856 to 1891

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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 49 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on September 19, 2022

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1856 1856
EF40 raw
WB-101
Cleaned $145 Slightly Better Philly Date, Satiny Luster, Cleaned, Cumberland County Collection. 1856 Philadelphia strikes are more diffiult to locate than New Orleans counterparts. This Dansco album raw piece has satiny luster under a bright light due to an light old clean. Surfaces have retoned light gray with golden overtones. Visual appearance is decent enough for inclusion within another Dansco album based project.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
MS64 PCGS
36759675
WB-14
Choice HOLD
$2350
New September 30! Repunched 56, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Lightly Toned. A thoroughly pleasing 1856-O WB-14 Seated half with continuous mint bloom on both sides. The active surfaces result in brilliant luster when viewing with angled lighting. Swirling cartwheels are consistent with the certified grade. Lightly toned with rose-gray and teal shades. Eye appeal is superb. The obverse and reverse strikes are hammered in the centers will exhibiting minor weakness at the edges. Yes, this piece has been to CAC for review which considerable disappointment when it did not sticker. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1857S 1857-S
AU50 raw
WB-4
Original $2500 Frosty Luster, Original Mint Frost, Prior Dip, Retoning, San Jose Collection. The 1857-S half dollar is scarce in all grades due to a small mintage of 158,000 pieces. The San Jose Collection has released a raw AU50 specimen that I believe is original and unmolested other than an old dip. Natural steely luster radiates during angled light inspection along with mint frost surrounding the stars and within the protected devices. My assessment is that this half has been dipped and is slowly recovering golden coloring. There are several lines in the lower right obverse field. This is a difficult situation for setting pricing. If you don't like the asking price, please make an offer.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
MS64 PCGS
29710258

Choice $1750 Granular Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Light Gold, Near-Gem, Newtown Collection. How I enjoy handling Mint State silver coinage with granular frosted luster and light toning. This Newtown duplicate offers "sparkling" luster during angled light viewing along with pleasing cartwheel action. Overall coloring is a light gold with deeper hues at the rim. Strike is essentially complete with only the left leg eagle feathers being partial. A near-gem with all the right visual credentials. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU53 PCGS
31423025

Choice $365 Choice Original, Steely Reflective Luster, Gray-Gold Patina, Pikes Peak Collection. Golden-rose gray toning is represented with varying shades on this choice 1858 Philadelphia strike. Steely reflective luster is readily apparent when view with angular lighting. Accurately graded with unabraded surfaces. Another premium Seated half dollar offering from the Pikes Peak collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU58 raw

Market Acceptable $300 Reflective White Luster, Sharp Cartwheels, Dipped, Southern Texas Collection. Fans of brilliant reflective luster while enjoy this flashy 1858-O Seated half. Obviously dipped at some point but still retaining light mirrored fields.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU50 raw
WB-12
Cleaned $185 Dull Gray, Reflective Surfaces, Old Cleaning, Cumberland County Collection. A well struck 1858 New Orleans Seated half that was also pulled from the Cumberland County Dansco. This example offers strong device details with lightly reflective surfaces and a dull gray appearance. Fields exhibit faint hairlines under a 10x loupe. An entirely presentable example that is value priced for another Dansco bookshelf album project.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
EF45 PCGS
39191262
WB-6
Choice $795 Quadrupled Second 8, Residual Frosted Luster, Choice Surfaces, Newtown Collection. An important 1858-O die variety with at least quadrupled punching of the second 8 digit. Remnants of prior punches are seen in the upper loop, between the based and top loop, and two additional punches to the right of the digit. Were late hours and/or alcohol a factor here? Not only is the variety exciting, but the host piece is fully choice. Though certified as an EF45, this half dollar strike presents substantial amounts of mint frost and resulting luster. Surfaces are 100% original with a light natural gray patina. Worthy of a CAC submission by the new owner as this piece has many attributes of those pieces graded AU50. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU53 PCGS
34971000
WB-7
Choice $480 Choice Original, Newtown Collection. Seated half dollar die variety specialist will note the errant 8 digit found within the base of the rock that marks the WB-7 die pairing. A choice example with steely reflective fields that align well with the certified grade. Obverse pewter-gray contains additional shades of embedded gold. The reverse skin is lighter gray which allows increased luster and cartwheel action. Surfaces a fully choice and unabraded. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1858S 1858-S
AU58 raw
WB-10
Market Acceptable $550 Sandy Gold Patina, Faint Hairlines, Bold Strike, West Texas Collection. The wicked good strike on this 1858-S half immediately captured my attention when cataloging the raw pieces in the West Texas Collection. Strike and the sandy gold colored surfaces suggested an original coin may be at hand. 10x loupe inspection revealed very faint obverse hairlines. This old wipe has dulled the obverse luster slightly while the reverse luster remains intact. An attractive example that has been adequately discounted and warrants a Market Acceptable quality rating.
Seated 50C 1858S 1858-S
EF45 NGC
4184380004
WB-12
Choice HOLD
$525
Errant 8 in Base, Natural Coin Gray, Choice Surfaces, Fully Struck, Pikes Peak Collection. If in the market for a premium 1858-S, might I suggest that this Pikes Peak release be carefully considered? This lovely Seated half is perfectly balanced. Strike is complete. Surfaces are original and covered with coin gray patina that is not too crusty. Fields retain their steely characteristics and a surprising amount of luster. Grading is accurate with just a few faint contact marks in the fields of no consequence. The WB-12 die variety features a misplaced lower loop of an 8 digit in the base directly above the final 8 digit. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1859 1859
PR66+
PCGS
33513691

Gem $18750 Intense Mirrors, Gorgeous Toning, Monster Bright Light Performance, Osprey Collection. The Osprey Collection does it again with this amazing addition to GFRC inventory. This spectacular 1859 proof Liberty Seated half dollar, from a mintage of 800, is a PCGS pop one with only two finer at PR67. PCGS TruView images are available for those who wish to view the piece from an alternate photography method. The obverse mirrors are particular intense and sharp while the reverse mirrors are a bit subdued. GFRC and PCGS, in combination. provide an accurate assessment of the in-hand and bright light viewing characteritics. This is an unquestionable gem and one of the finest known. CAC approval further validates the importance of this new Opsrey offering. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1859 1859
AU55
PCGS
26454285
WB-102
Choice $725 Ultimate #149 WB-102, Choice Original, Strawberry Field Pedigree, Ex. Newtown Collection.. Original olive and rose surfaces with crisp, reflective luster are marked by sea-green patina in the protected areas, and the eye appeal is compelling. This example features the type 2 reverse, with the bases of L in HALF DOL slightly lengthened. Stars are weakly impressed, but the feathers and claw joints are more distinct. The CAC population is 42 pieces, a lower number that calls attention to the fact that this is a lower mintage Philadelphia issue, with less than a million examples struck. Although thought of more as a type coin, this piece will attract enthusiastic bidding activity. Ex. Strawberry Fields (Heritage 9/2013, $764), Newtown and Tenafly Collections. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1859S 1859-S
EF45 PCGS
38222202
WB-2
Choice HOLD
$550
New October 7! Large S, Crusty Olive-Gray, Choice Original, Sooner Collection.. The crusty olive-gray patina is 100% original land easily detected via images. Super choice and fairly graded. Immediately sold upon being showcased in the Daily Blog. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1859S 1859-S
MS64 PCGS
80122703
WB-8
Choice $5250 Thick Frosty Luster, Faint Golden-Gray, Fully Struck, Near-Gem, Sunset Collection. Early San Francisco half dollars are scarce, as the western Mint focused on processing massive quantities of gold bullion. The San Francisco Mint struck 566,000 pieces in this year, and the 1859-S issue is priced well above “type” status even in lower grades. This piece is well advanced in the condition census, with 19 pieces reported by PCGS at this grade, and only eight examples higher. Thick, frosty luster with swirling cartwheels reveals antique silver shading with a dusting of russet on both sides, more evenly within the reverse legend. A few faint hairlines in front of the eagle's beak likely preclude CAC approval. Nicely struck, with sharp stars and delineated claw joints. WB-8, with centered date and large mintmark barely touching stem. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
EF40 PCGS
31896027

Choice HOLD
$225
New October 7! Crusty Coin Gray, Steely Fields, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection.. A choice Sooner Collection offering with natural coin gray toning and steely fields. Immediately purchased when showcased in the Daily Blog. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
AU53 raw
W-11
Cleaned $2950 New September 19! CSA Obverse Strike, Full Die Crack From Nose to Rim, Complete Strike, Old Clean, Cumberland County Collection. Consignor Price Reduction, September 2022. The 1861-O CSA Obverse strike is a coin that has been desired by specialized collectors since first cataloged by Beistle in 1929. It is found with same die crack at nose as the four CSA-muled halves. The landmark article by Randall Wiley in The Gobrecht Journal #94 discusses the various die states and marriages in great detail. From die state analysis, Wiley further identifies other Confederate strikes (W13-W15), also highly collectible, but not as dramatic. The Cumberland County Dansco contain a high grade CSA Obverse W-11 specimen that presents itself well and showcases a strong die crack from Liberty's nose to the rim. Strike is deeply impressed and pleasing. Unfortunately, this piece has been cleaned with polished surfaces and hairlined fields. The result is considerable reflective luster without cartwheel action. This rare die variety is difficult to price given the high grade and surface conditions. GFRC has taken the best shot at a fair number. Offers are welcomed.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
EF40 PCGS
33605896
W-11
Original HOLD
$1200
CSA Administration W-11, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection. Silver and charcoal shades contrast nicely on the obverse of this Confederate-struck piece, producing a near-cameo effect. The reverse reveals olive and deep gray shades gathering in protected areas, while the high points are lighter. This is an early die state of the CSA-struck W-11 variety, which exhibits the well-known die crack at the nose in later die states. The date slopes noticeably upward and the large mintmark is punched high and to the left. This obverse die, Bugert-5, is the same as used to later strike the four Confederate half dollars. Demand for straight-graded examples of the CSA 1861-O half is strong, and this piece will draw considerable bidder interest. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
EF45 PCGS
33069888
W-15
Market Acceptable $600 CSA Administration W-15, Speared Olive Bud, Market Acceptable, Newtown Collection. This CSA-struck piece concludes the 1861-O variety set, and the current sale offers an excellent opportunity to begin or expand a collection of 1861-O die marriages. This is the W-15 variety, with a tine on the upper serif of the left 1, and the speared bud reverse, which features two die horizontal lines passing through the top bud. The toning of this example is primarily silver, with russet color overlaid on both sides. A charcoal crescent crosses the gown into the right field, while additional shades of maroon patina fill the fields to either side of the eagle’s wings. The stars are sharply impressed, and the eagle claws are well-delineated apart from the leftmost set. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
AU58 raw
W-3
Cleaned $450 New September 19! Louisiana Strike, Boldly Struck Motifs, Hairlined, Cumberland County Collection. Consignor Price Reduction, September 2022. An 1861-O Liberty Seated half and the initial striking of coinage by the New Orleans mint while under Louisiana Administration. Motifs are fully struck and fun to inspect under a 10x loupe. Steely luster has been marginally impacted by an old cleaning that left light hairlines in the fields on both sides. Ideal for a high grade Dansco album project where device details trump technical preservation.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
MS64+
NGC
3462107001
W-6/W-7?
Choice HOLD
$6000
New September 24! Superb Eye Appeal, Popular Civil War Multi-Administration Issue, Near-Gem Surfaces . Civil War buffs have long appreciated the research conducted by Randy Wiley which defined the die usage sequencing for the 1861-O issue across Union, State of Louisiana, and Confederate States administrations. Many have attempt to collect all 15 die pairings except for the four piece W-12 extreme rarity. GFRC is pleased to be offering a near-gem specimen struck during the Louisiana administration. Images accurately capture the obverse center gold toning and its peripheral blues with similar shades on the reverse. Overall eye appeal is superb as the surfaces emit ample frosted luster with vibrant cartwheels. Strike is nearly complete with stars 7 and 8 lacking center points as the only deficiency. This piece has proven to be difficult to attributed even for this experienced specialist. Since struck for fresh dies, there are no die cracks whatsoever. The reverse has an obvious die lump on AME(R)ICA which isolated Reverse D (W-6). The obverse date position and slope indicates Obverse 4 (W-7). However there is no published die pairing of Obverse 4 with Reverse D. Is this a new die pairing? Housed in NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder with CAC approval. The label captures the Dick Osburn Collection pedigree.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
Union Administration
AU50 NGC
4695541011
WB-1
R6
Choice $1950 New August 28! Union Administration, W-1, Rare, Choice Original, Seated Appalachian Collection.. The 1861-O is unquestionably the most popular Seated half dollar, with a good number of varieties variously struck under Union, Louisiana, and Confederate authority. While the Confederate pieces tend to be the most pursued, the Union varieties are actually the most challenging in the group. Indeed, after the Confederate half itself, a six-figure rarity with only four examples known, Bill Bugert rates the WB-1 and WB-2 as the two rarest varieties for the issue. The present coin is a WB-1, with a slightly upward sloping date, and die lapping in the feathers to the left of the shield. Silver shade marks the high points, while slate fields host charcoal patina at the rims. Occasional hints of gold and olive color are further present on both sides. Most star centers are present, while the left claws are completed joined together. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 50C 1861S 1861-S
AU55 PCGS
30699966
WB-3
Original $1100 Very Early WB-3 Die State, Steely Fields, Near-Choice, San Jose Collection. This 1861-S offering has taken a considerable amount of die variety research to determine an accurate attribution. This offering is a very early WB-3 strike without any die cracks on Reverse C. The Bugert WB-3 illustrations features images of heavily worn Obverse 2 and Reverse C which can cause confusion. Attributing the obverse is straightforward given the heavy clashing in the drapery below the right facing arm. There is also a tiny die defect between the legs as further validation. Where the confusions lies with Reverse C which is always illustrated with a cracked reverse for WB-3, WB-7, and WB-11. No mention is made of an early die state without die cracks but this is the case for the San Jose Collection example. My educated guess is that this piece was an initial strike with the WB-3 die pairing before the reverse die quickly began to crack. This piece was struck by very early die state dies and should please the Seated half dollar die variety specialist as a reference piece. Accurately graded with steely gray fields and peripheral blue and gold toning. Some micro field ticks hold this one back from a full Choice quality rating. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder.
Seated 50C 1864S 1864-S
AU50 ANACS OWH
2368738
WB-1
Choice HOLD
$875
New October 7! Superb Eye Appeal, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection.. A perfect 1864-S WB-1 at grade! Yes, the ANACS old white may turn off some collectors for long term marketability but we still buy coins and not holders. Worthy of a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation though immediately sold when showcased in the Daily Blog. Housed in ANACS old white holder.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
With Motto
AU Details PCGS
36932490

Cleaned $350 With Motto, AU55+ Details, Lightly Hairlined, Residual Luster, An Eye Appealing Example Overall, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. 1866 brought the end of the Civil War and a nation seeking to celebrate the salvation of the Union. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to reverse of the Liberty Seated quarter and half dollar denominations that year. All 1866 Philadelphia struck halves are with the With Motto reverse. This example is yet another piece that was hand selected from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Dansco album collection and submitted to PCGS during early 2019. I expected this piece to be slightly downgraded due to some obverse hairlines but was not certain of the outcome. PCGS chose an AU Details certification and I'm listing this piece accordingly as the hairlines are obvious under a 10x loupe. Strike is bold and complete. Overall eye appeal is more than acceptable for another Dansco collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Fairly priced and an excellent value.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
AU53 raw
WB-1
Cleaned $2350 No Motto Type, Steely Fields, Light Gold Peripheral Toning, San Jose Collection. A borderline No Motto 1866-S half with steely fields that hint at a long ago wipe. These fields are too reflective to be original surfaces. Under a 10x loupe, I can see faint hairlines that corroborate the luster. Wear is limited as seen in the GFRC images with AU53 being a fair grade. PCGS population report indicates only five at AU53 and one each in AU55 and AU58. I'm putting my best guess forward on a fair asking price given the grade rarity.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
EF45 PCGS
19448269
WB-1
Original $3250 Important No Motto Type, Natural Gray Toning, Near-Choice, Sunset Collection. The San Francisco Mint struck with and without motto pieces in this year, with the No Motto variety being much scarcer. Indeed, the mintage of 60,000 pieces is the lowest total in the San Francisco series, with the exception of the ever-elusive 1878-S. This piece exhibits gray and light olive surfaces, in addition to a patch of navy patina around stars 5-9. Both shields reveal moderate crust. A few lines in the right obverse field are typical for an EF45 example. PCGS reports 11 pieces in the AU band and nine examples in all MS grades combined. WB-1, the only die marriage for the No Motto variety. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
F12 PCGS
33002859
WB-1
Original HOLD
$950
No Motto, Original, Southern Texas Collection. Only a single die pair is known for 1866 San Francisco strikes with No Motto reverse. This transitional design type is popular and remains in constant demand. Noted author Bill Bugert captures the first 1866 San Francisco die pairing as WB-1. The Southern Texas Collection is releasing an original duplicate with light to medium gray coloration. Wear is uniform with two well hidden obverse lines requiring mention. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
With Motto
AU58 PCGS
30728042
WB-9
Choice HOLD
$1550
New September 15! Misplaced 86 in Denticles, Copper-Gold Coloration, Shimmering Luster, Choice Surfaces, Twin Lakes Collection. Though not as rare at the earlier No Motto version, this 1866-S With Motto issue still become quite challenging in the AU grades. The PCGS population report indicates 14 certified but this seems high given that few enter the marketplace. Twin Lakes is back with a superb example with dazzling luster that just drips off the surfaces. Strike is nearly complete with only stars 7 and 8 lacking center points while Liberty's hair curls are nicely defined. Dies are heavily clashed, so don't confuse clash lines with field anomalies. This is indeed an impressive example that is securing a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. You will be pleased with the decision once the GFRC package arrives to your door. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1868S 1868-S
MS64+
PCGS
31855944
WB-5
R4
Gem $9750 Exceptional Gem, Hammered Strike, Golden Satiny Luster, Superb Eye Appeal, Opsrey Collection. The Osprey Collection continues to locate the most noteworthy Liberty Seated and U.S. gold coinage for the GFRC price list. This amazing 1868-S Seated half dollar is an exceptional gem and will please the most advanced collector of the series. Struck with the WB-5 die pairing that includes an eroded obverse die with partial denticles. The die erosion results in satiny textured luster while inspecting under a light source. Strike is hammered with every remaining detail being boldly defined. Both sides are covered light yellow gold skin that screams originality. Fields are entirely unabraded with the intensity of the satiny luster accounting for the technical grade. The WB-5 die pairing is consisted an R4 rarity per Bugert. Surfaces exhibit heavy die clashing and die cracks. CAC population is a scant three pieces at the MS64 grade level with a single approved piece finer. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1870S 1870-S
AU50 raw
WB-1
Original $650 Challenging Date, Pewter-Gold Toning, Satiny Luster, Original Surfaces, San Jose Collection. Uniform pewter-gold color is highlighted by a touch of lustrous gold at the rims. 10x review confirms residual mint frost inside the legend lettering. This 1870-S half appears to be weakly struck, but the Wiley-Bugert reference notes this is due to abraded dies and not the result of poor production at the coin press. In any case, all stars retain connected center points though inner detail, and the elements surrounding the reverse shield are merging. WB-1, with mintmark punched low and to the left. The overall look of this original piece is typical for the variety, and the specific die characteristics add additional interest.
Seated 50C 1870S 1870-S
EF45 raw
WB-1
Market Acceptable $395 New September 19! Challenging San Francisco Date, Mottled Gold Toning. Cumberland County Collection. Consignor Price Reduction, September 2022. A challenging San Francisco date regardless of a mintage slightly exceeding 1,000,000 pieces. This date becomes quite scarce in AU or better. The Cumberland County Dansco has yielded a pleasing 1870-S specimen with reflective luster and mottled gold toning. This iridescent appearance is occasional seen and straight graded by the TPGs. The reflective surfaces are just too bright to be strictly original per my experience, thus a Market Acceptable quality rating. An ideal candidate for another Whitman or Dansco bookshelf album project.
Seated 50C 1872 1872
PR UNC Details PCGS
36604619

Cleaned $800 Proof Strike, Reflective Mirrors, Faint Copper-Gold Coloring, Oregon Beaver Collection. This proof example is sharply struck as expected, with pinpoint detail. Indeed, typical problem areas such as the feathers beneath the reverse shield are completely defined. The piece has been cleaned, and hairlines in the right obverse field are evident. There is also a strip of corrosion extending from the right facing wing toward R in TRUST. The piece remains one of less than a thousand proofs struck in this year, of which perhaps half have been lost, circulated, and otherwise no longer identifiable as proof strikes. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date).
Seated 50C 1872S 1872-S
AU55 PCGS
84165009
WB-4
Choice $1250 New August 28! Choice Original, Seated Appalachian Collection.. Although not as a rare as the 1872-S quarter, the half dollar of this issue remains scarce, with a pricing profile roughly double that of the common dates in the series. This example exhibits a misty spray of dirt throughout both sides, while the silver and gray background reveals ample Mint luster in the protected areas. A couple stars are lightly impressed, while the definition in the reverse claws is better. WB-4, with the mintmark punched low, while a die crack extends from the right side of star 7. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
No Arrows Open 3
VF30 PCGS
06640838
WB-101
Original HOLD
$5500
New September 19! No Arrows, Open 3, Under Appreciated Rarity, Cumberland County Collection. Consignor Price Reduction, September 2022. The No Arrows Open 3 is a key piece in the Seated half series, struck for only a brief period of time, between the production of the closed 3 and With Arrows varieties. The Guide Book gives a mintage of 214,200 coins, but the PCGS population, at 46 pieces in all grades, speaks more effectively to the actual availability of this issue. By way of comparison, the PCGS census for the 1878-S is 34 coins. This example exhibits nice contrast between gray surfaces and lighter high points, with russet hints present in protected areas and more intensely at stars 3-4. A slightly creamy texture suggests an old cleaning, but the piece is pretty nonetheless, and there is no denying the rarity of the variety. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
No Arrows, Closed 3
PF66Cameo NGC
2037663072

Gem $8500 Gem Original, Mountaineer Collection. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Early in 1873, Chief Coiner A. Louden Snowden complained that the Closed 3 punch used to impress the date on the year's coinage looked too much like an 8. Mint Director James Pollock ordered the numeral changed to an Open 3 style prior to April 1, 1873. Thus, the Closed 3 in the date confirms that this coin was struck during the first three months of 1873 for inclusion in the proof sets. The half dollar's weight was increased fractionally during July of 1873, with arrows added to the date to signify this change. This return of the "Col" Green Closed 3 example to market represents the earlier No Arrows type with a meager 600 pieces. This piece is a superb gem, with richly frosted devices that contrast boldly with the deeply mirrored fields. The design elements are sharply detailed. Vivid shades of violet and sea-green toning enhance the pleasing surfaces, with most of the color at the rims. Housed in newer NGC holder with Heritage Auction Eric P. Newman brown label.
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
With Arrows
EF40 NGC
3937630049
WB-7
Choice $2200 Popular Carson City Date, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Unabraded Surfaces, Southern Texas Collection. Well preserved and a pleasing example of the popular 1873 With Arrows Carson City date. This specimen was struck from the distinctive Large CC WB-7 die pairing. Surfaces are unabraded and covered with gun metal gray patina. Strike is uniform and fully executed. Limited mintage of 214,560 and become rare in AU or better. This example provides compelling value at grade level and asking price. Housed in new large font NGC holder. An important duplicate offering from the Southern Texas Collection. Previous acquired from GFRC.
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
With Arrows
AU58
NGC
3584438004
WB-8
R7
Choice $12500 Large CC, Digits Below Date, R7 Rarity, Choice Original.. This 1873-CC Liberty Seated half dollar is a significant arrival for passionate collectors of the series or for those with Carson City coinage as a side tangent. A condition census specimen with only two CAC approved at grade with four finer (3@MS63 and 1@MS65). Further increasing the significance is the WB-8 attribution with Large CC mintmark and errant digits on and above the rim below the date. When noted half dollar researcher, Bill Bugert, was done counting the errant date punches, he reports at least eight occurrences which is astounding. Bugert has assigned an R7 rarity rating for the variety with few known. The reverse is transitional with 1871-CC, 1872-CC, and 1876-CC adding more historical context. Fully choice with granular frosted luster that is brilliant with vibrant cartwheels. Coloration is copper-gold with darker hues at the peripheries. Destined to become one of the highlights in a top rated collection of the series. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert and CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1874 1874
With Arrows
MS64
NGC
3603430010

Choice $3650 With Arrows, Choice Original.. A near-gem Seated half dollar lot which is ideal for an advanced collection of the series or for type. Copper-rose patina overlays the obverse while bluish-gold appears on the reverse. This 1874 half is so close to fully struck with only the left facing eagle claw not being completely raised. Uniform frosted luster is activated with angled lighting. A stray ancient line between stars 11 and 12 is seen with 10x. CAC has approved seven at grade with eight finer. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert and CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1874CC 1874-CC
With Arrows
VG10 PCGS
36753695
WB-3
Original $2100 Very Scarce Date, Affordable Offering, Crusty Orange-Gray, Southern Texas Collection. Thick crusty orange-gray patina covers original surfaces that are surprisingly blemish free at the VG10 grade level. This specimen is the later WB-3 die marriage prior to the Railroad Track reverse die damage event. Just honest wear and pleasing appearance for the popular 1874 Carson City date. Mintage is only 59,000 with a single reverse die for all strikes. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. From the Southern Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1874CC 1874-CC
With Arrows
VF20 PCGS
19647206
WB-3a
Original $3950 New September 19! Railroad Tracks Reverse, Original, Cumberland County Collection. Consignor Price Reduction, September 2022. The popular "railroad tracks" variety is marked by a series of parallel die lines running across (STA)TES on the reverse. The exact cause of the damage is unknown, which likely increases the collector fascination with this plainly visible die defect. Silver and gray patina marks the surfaces of this VF piece, along with a few obverse hints of russet. The coin is slightly glossy from an old clean, but only to a degree considered acceptable by PCGS. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder. The label captures the variety attribution as "Large Arrows WB-102 'Railroad Tracks' Rev" - but even without the attribution this coin remains an 1874-CC, and highly desirable in its own right.
Seated 50C 1875 1875
EF40 raw

Original $145 Light Crusty Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Strictly Original, West Texas Collection. This 1875 Seated half would be an ideal candidate for a Dansco bookshelf album collection. A strictly original example with moderate crusty gray toning and residual steely luster. Obverse strike is weak per the GFRC images. Conservatively graded at the assigned gray. From a large lot of raw Seated and Capped Bust coins from the West Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
VF35 PCGS
27799941
WB-19
Choice $2000 Micro S, Choice Original, Newtown Collection. This micro-S variety is a popular issue with cherry pickers and exhibits a distinct, small mintmark that was likely intended for use on a smaller denomination. The Bugert reference notes 29 examples in all grades, with most pieces clustered in the G-VG range. This near-EF example reveals deep gray shading with hints of blue and ebony patina, more so on the reverse. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2003-2004) holder.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
MS64
PCGS
27440425
WB-7
Gem $1750 New August 14! Gem Original, Eye Catching Frosted Luster, Dazzling Cartwheels, Upstate New York Collection. Ex. Newtown Collection, a premier GFRC pedigree. Gem frosty luster underlies a medium skin of swirling blue-green and russet shades, and the effect is exceptionally appealing. The strong strike brings up virtually complete detail in the eagle's feathers, revealing the full intent of the engraver. This may be a "common" date, but the aesthetic appeal of this example is decidedly uncommon. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder and CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
Micro S
EF45 PCGS
80816575
WB-19
Choice $3750 New September 19! Micro S, Finest Certified, Choice Original, Cumberland County Collection. Consignor Price Reduction, September 2022. Steely luster hosts mottled olive and gray shades, with generous amounts of silver remaining in the protected areas. Hairline-free fields are original and the aesthetic appeal is strong. WB-19, the micro-S variety, with a tiny mintmark and die lump in the obverse shield. The Bugert references notes 29 examples of this die pair traced, with the great majority in lower circulated grades. Strike is typical, with a few stars lightly impressed. This is an attractive example of a scarce variety that can easily be attributed without a glass. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with "Micro S WB-105" attribution on the label.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
PR63 PCGS
84766511

Choice $1400 New August 23! Watery Mirrors, Brilliant Reflectance, Wire Rims, Purple-Rose Toning. Mintage for the 1876 proof issue was limited to 700 pieces with most survivors located between the MS62 through MS64 grades. The key when purchasing proof Seated coinage is striking (no pun intended) the right balance between eye appeal and preservation. This lovely example features sharp reflectance with minimum field hairlines for the certified grade. Mirrors have a watery texture when swirling this piece under a bright light. Toning is a nature purple-rose and most likely results from being stored in a felt lined cabinet. A careful 10x review will reveal a few wispy hairlines but nothing obvious or distracting. A solidly graded example that will please the new owner. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
VF35 PCGS
39197102
WB-102
Choice $200 Ultimate #273 WB-102, Choice Original, Newtown Collection. This original piece from the Centennial year reveals crusty skin with deep grey patina. A few hints of sea-green are evident, most notably at the obverse rim, while high points are marked by silver shading. WB-102, with a closed bud beneath the stem. Typically struck, with most of the detail beneath the reverse shield not fully brought up by the press. Although not an expensive coin, PCGS certification ensures a standard of quality that elevates this example above most of the unslabbed pieces in the market. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
Lg/Sm Date
EF45 PCGS
18446129
WB-106
Gem $3250 Rare Large/Small Date, Gem Original, Newtown Collection. This important variety features a larger date style that was punched over a smaller date, with remnants of the first date remaining within the 1, 8, and 6 digits. This example reveals russet color in the protected areas, around the stars, legend, and within the figure of Liberty. Light dirt is evident in the shields and further outlines the devices. The strike is typical, with most claw joints blending together. This is a popular date, full of varieties, and this piece represents perhaps the most significant obverse die for the year. Overall eye appeal is excellent and the GFRC Gem rating is no accident. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with "Lg/Sm Date FS-301 (FS-007.4)" attribution on label. Ex. Cumberland Collection.
Seated 50C 1876S 1876-S
AU53 PCGS
36319744
WB-42 WB-103
R6
Choice $4000 WB-103, Rare Type 2 Reverse with Very Small S Mintmark, R6 Rarity, Mirrored Fields, Peripheral Toning, Conservative Grading, An Anonymous Consignor. GFRC is thoroughly pleased to be offering an important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety rarity; 1876-S WB-42 WB-103 Type 2 (Closed Bud) reverse with a Very Small Mintmark. This is an R6 rarity die marriage that captures the introduction of a new reverse hub design during 1876. All known high grade specimens have mirrored surfaces as is the case for this lovely example. Absolutely fresh to market and freshly graded at the FUN show for a consignor. Expert Liberty Seated numismatists believe this variety was specially struck to commemorate the nation's Centennial celebrations given the atypical mirrored fields. Hammered strike consistent with that seen on regular proof strikes. Light peripheral gold is found on both sides. Currently, the fourth finest known among the major Liberty Seated half dollar specialists within the LSCC. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Price setting for a variety of this caliber is difficult. If the asking price is not consistent with expectations, then please make an offer as this piece is here to sell.
Seated 50C 1877 1877
PR66CAM PCGS
28994220

Gem $8500 Gem Original Cameo Proof, Exceptional Eye Appeal, Few Finer, Fort Lauderdale Collection. A stunning Gem Cameo proof that presents central brilliance within a frame of delicate reddish-gold and pale blue peripheral toning. A bold strike further enahnces the exceptional eye appeal. Both sides have deeply mirrored fields that provide a wonderful backdrop for the frosted and highly lustrous devices. A wonderful addition to an advanced collection. This is the usual Type 2 Closed Bud reverse hub, with no split in the lower bud over the H in HALF. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder. Last sold HA October 2020 for $9000. PCGS population 6 with two finer at PR66+ . This piece is one of 510 struck and a fresh offering from the Fort Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
MS65
PCGS
36495212
WB-104
Gem $3250 Gem Original, Thick Frosty Luster, Newtown Collection. A gorgeous gem-graded half with swirling shades of blue and rose, this piece will captivate even the most grizzled coin veteran. Frosty luster booms from both sides, and the eye appeal is exceptional. The strike is full, with sharp stars and most eagle feathers distinct. This is the WB-104 variety, type 2 reverse with closed bud beneath the branch leaves. The next owner will derive substantial enjoyment from this premium quality example. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1878S 1878-S
AG3
PCGS
38335878
WB-1
Choice HOLD
$35000
The Key Date, Choice Original, Wisconsin Collection.. The key date in the Seated half series, the 1878-S is always the first coin of interest when examining a Liberty Seated half dollar sale offering. Albeit an AG example, this piece is choice for the grade, with no major issues. High points are silver-colored, while deeper gray patina resides in the fields and protected areas. A couple lines are evident on the reverse, most notably across the shield and from the right wing to the rim. This piece is no. 42 in the Bill Bugert census of 1878-S half dollars, which lists 51 coins total. Bugert’s thorough, detailed reference is available online at http://www.lsccweb.org/BillBugertBooks/Bugert-1878-S-Half-Dollar-Register.pdf. The 1878-S half typically appears at auction about twice per year, and many of these sales represent higher graded pieces. The opportunity to acquire an example at a more affordable collector grade is decidedly more challenging. The Heritage Auctions archive reports only ten appearances of pieces in the AG-VG band over the last 30 years of operation. The oft-stated advice to “buy the tough coins first” rings true, in part because of the corollary – the tough coins will always be the easiest to sell. If a more attractive upgrade appears in the future, moving this example will not be difficult. WB-1, the only die pair for this year, with a small mintmark tilted to the left. The CAC population is nine pieces in all grades. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1879 1879
MS64 NGC
349806002

Choice $2000 Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Partial Cameo Eye Appeal, Mirrored Fields, So Choice. 1879 brought a dramatic reduction in small silver denomination coinage at the East Coast mint. After the 1875 through 1877 years of huge production totals, the Philadelphia mint shifted to coining large quantities of silver bullion into Morgan dollars. 1879 Seated half dollars were limited to 4,800 strikes. However, most were saved by regional collectors which explains the basis for this near-gem survivor. I'm loving this piece for its nearly full cameo eye appeal during bright light assessment. Fields are strongly mirrored and provide a contrasted background for the center devices. Rose-gold coloration is consistent on both sides. Fields are minimally abraded with a planchet void between star 4 and left facing arm that is an struck. Overall eye appeal is pleasing else I would not have added this piece to GFRC inventory. Housed in NGC Gen 6 (1996) holder.
Seated 50C 1880 1880
AU58 PCGS
18382602

Original $1800 New September 17! Low Mintage Issue, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Frosted Devices, Near-Choice, Twin Lakes Collection. Only 8,400 Seated half dollars were struck during 1880 along with an additional 975 as proofs. Most 1880 halves come prooflike as is the case for this Twin Lakes release. Fields are partially mirrored while the motifs are lightly frosted. Light rose-gold toning is more obvious near the peripheries. Fields are lightly hairlined leading to an original quality rating. A challenging date that is fairly priced. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1881 1881
MS65+
NGC
4494276003

Gem $7500 Exceptional Eye Appeal, Gem Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. The 1881 Seated half in the Oregon Beaver Collection is absolutely sweet. Unabraded steely fields are fully brilliant and downright stunning under angled lighting. Cartwheels are equally pleasing. Toning has all the hallmarks of an unmolested gem with intermixed rose-blue on the obverse while the reverse is decorated by a wide aquamarine-blue band. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1881 1881
EF45 PCGS
41218802

Choice $1125 New August 8! Low Mintage Date, Crusty Original, Steely Fields. Crusty is the operative word for this 1881 Seated half dollar strike. Part of the late date low mintage series that spans from 1879 through 1890 with only 10,000 produced. This date will be found with an equal balance of survivors and circulated grades per the PCGS population report. This example has the expected steely fields overlaid with thick multi-color skin, The coloration is accurately captured by GFRC images. Bright light inspection sees rose and aquamarine as the predominant shades with incremental blues on the reverse. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder.
Seated 50C 1884 1884
MS65
PCGS
06612794

Gem $4850 Low Mintage Gem, Partially Mirrored Fields,, Rose-Blue Reflectance, Newtown Collection. The 1879 through 1889 timeframe saw a dramatic reduction in demand for circulating quarters and halves. During 1884, only 4,400 circulation strikes were issued probably for collectors on the northern Atlantic seaboard. Most survivors were saved after issue leading to many being found at the choice to gem Mint State grades. This Newtown Collection duplicate warrants close attention for its partially mirrored fields and colorful rose-gold reflectance. Peripheral blues are noted on the obverse while the reverse exhibits an aquamarine ring at the rim. Strike is also complete. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval
Seated 50C 1884 1884
MS62 NGC
3601198008

Choice $1785 Low Mintage Date, Semi Prooflike, Brilliant Luster, Bold Strike, Sooner Collection. The 1879 through 1890 timeframe brought a dramatic reduction in Liberty Seated half dollar production due to huge quantities struck and previously released up to 1878. Philadelphia strikes, during 1884, amount to only 4,400 pieces with many being partially mirrored. This well preserved survivor exhibits brilliant luster from partially mirrored fields. Surfaces are untoned with faint hairline chatter in the right obverse field that accounts for the certified grade. Overall strike is bold and crisp. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. A quality offering from the Sooner Collection.
Seated 50C 1885 1885
AU58 PCGS
29803470

Choice $2000 Notably Low Mintage, Crusty Violet-Gray Skin, Choice Steely Surfaces, Twin Lakes Collection. The 1885 and 1886 Seated half dollar dates are well recognized as having the lowest Philadelphia mintages for the series. 1885 saw 5,200 strikes with minimal surviving circulated populations while 1886 totaled 5,000. Both dates are equally challenging. Enter this important 1885 AU58 offering from the Twin Lakes Collection. This is a duplicate piece with crusted violet-gray toning on both sides. Underlying fields are steely as would be expected. Strike is completed along with choice surfaces. Light rub is detected under the patina. If a fan of crusty silver type and better dates, please consider. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1886 1886
MS66 PCGS
81730531

Gem $9500 Superb Gem, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Pristine Surfaces, Osprey Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Full description after the Chicago ANA show. An exceptional offering from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 50C 1887 1887
AU58 PCGS
13759400

Choice HOLD
$1975
New September 17! Tiny Mintage, Partially Mirrored, Light Silver-Gray, Twin Lakes Collection. 1887 continued the miniscule for Liberty Seated halves with only 5,000 struck for East Coast collectors. Undoubtedly, some of the mintage ended up in circulation. This survivor was probably saved that fate given the lightest of rub on high points. This issue is known for being proof like as is the case here. Fields are sharply reflective during angled lighting review as contrast nicely with the moderately frosted motifs. Silver gray coloration is seen on the obverse while a light rose band is evident on the reverse. A choice example, courtesy of the Twin Lakes Collection, that will please the new owner. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1889 1889
MS65+
PCGS
25279847

Gem HOLD
$6350
Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Intense Frosted Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Dramatic Eye Appeal, Newtown Collection. It is difficult to believe that the Newtown is releasing this important 1889 Seated half with dramatic eye appeal. But he has… "Intense" is appropriate for describing the shimmering granular frosted luster and vibrant cartwheels. Copper-gold peripheral toning nicely frames the obverse while the reverse is toned a pretty violet-rose. Mintage is a tiny 12,000 pieces as there was essential no demand for circulating large denomination silver currency on the East Coast. CAC has approved five at the MS65 grade with four higher. PCGS has only certified two pieces at the MS65+ level. A marvelous offering to consider. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.