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 113 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on January 16, 2018

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1856 1856
AU55 raw
WB-101
Cleaned $270 Well Struck, Dipped, Few Hairlines, Burchs Creek Collection. Device details are strong as this Seated half grades a full AU55 based on wear. Surfaces retain some luster thought this piece has been dipped. A close inspection under bright light revealed some faint hairlines in the obverse fields. This piece is now in recover mode and retains a light gold patina.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
MS64
PCGS
81764320

Choice $2650 New January 11! Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Rose Obverse Toning, Accurately Graded, So Attractive. A near gem original 1856 New Orleans strike with eye appeal consistent with a higher grade. This Seated half dollar walked up to my FUN show table and was immediately purchased upon first inspection. Now the GFRC community has an upgrade possibility for their Open Registry sets. Frosty cartwheel luster is the highlight along with a strong strike. The luster is quite vibrant and stunning and more consistent with MS65/MS66 grade level. However, PCGS grading is accurate due to some wispy hairlines in the right field that require a 10x loupe and bright light to see. The golden patina is transparent, allowing viewing access to the frosty fields and devices. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. This half definitely deserves special consideration by those seeking to build a superior date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
VF30 PCGS
82484909

Choice HOLD
$150
Choice Original, Attractive Rose/Gray Patina, Well Struck, Conservative Grading. . Freshly graded and spending time in GFRC inventory in raw condition. Conservative grading on this attractive 1856 New Orleans half dollar example with original rose-gray obverse toning. Reverse offers additional deep blue toning regions that become sky blue under a light source. Strike is typical for the date while surfaces are entirely blemish free. Under a bright light, the obverse and reverse fields are nicely reflective with residual luster consistent with a higher grade. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1856S 1856-S
VF20 ANACS
5144962
WB-3
R5
Original $535 New January 15! Second Year San Francisco Strike, Late Date, Original Gray Surfaces, Well Struck, Undergraded, Golden Harvest Collection. There is much to discuss concerning this quality 1856 San Francisco strike from the Golden Harvest Collection. A second year San Francisco strike with mintage of 211,000. Housed in short lived ANACS blue label holder and obviously undergraded. An accurate grade would be somewhere between VF25-VF30. Original surfaces are covered with natural gray patina. A die variety attribution resulted in late die state WB-3 designation with partially missing drapery. Bugert lists the late die state as an R5 rarity. An excellent value at the asking price and should not last long if collectors carefully study the coin and overlook the ANACS blue holder.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
AU58 PCGS
31626171

Original $475 New December 28! Frosty Original Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. A frosty original example of the 1857 date with residual cartwheel luster. Faint gold toning is evident near the rims and deeper colored on the obverse. Obverse strike is hammered with all stars being rounded and with deep centrils. Reverse strike has just a touch of weakness at the left facing claws. Surfaces have a few micro hairlines that are consistent with the assigned grade. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A quality offering from the Oregon Beaver collection that would fit nicely into an AU date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
AU58
PCGS
34485539

Choice HOLD
$585
New January 3! Choice Original, Satiny Luster, Antique Silver-Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. A choice original example with natural antique silver gray surfaces. Obverse luster is stunning when view with a bright light. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
EF45 raw

Original $150 Original, Mottled Gray, Nice Type Coin. An available Philadelphia date with strictly original surfaces. Obverse is covered with mottled gray that shows golden and gun metal blues under bright light while the reverse shifts to lovely sky blues and some rose. There are no blemishes and stike is typical. Just a solid half dollar for a Whitman or Dansco type set album or whatever collecting pursuit you may have.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
EF45 PCGS
83610331

Original HOLD
$165
New December 31! Undergraded, Soft Cartwheel Luster, Typical Strike, Oregon Beaver Collection. The 1857 Philadephia strike warrants a detailed explanation. While residing in a new PCGS EF45 holder, this half is full AU based on on wear. Soft cartwheel luster is obvious under a light source and is consistent with an AU preservation state. A careful 10x loupe inspection revealed some faint hairlines in the obverse fields. Was this piece net graded as an EF45? Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An interesting offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
EF40 PCGS
83797794

Original $160 Crusty Original, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection . The definition of crusty original can be quickly learned by examining this 1857 half dollar. Surfaces are covered with thick gray patina. Strike is typical for the issue. Just honest wear with no blemishes to note. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An original offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1857O 1857-O
VF30 raw

Original $135 New December 23! Better Date, Original Gray Rose Patina, Typical Strike, Toned Lines in Right Field. Liberty Seated half dollar collectors have come to recognize 1857 New Orleans strikes as a better date, expecially in EF45 or better. This VF30 example offers original surfaces covered with gray-rose patina. Strike is typical and adequate. There are some faint vertical lines in the right obverse field that are ancient and completely toned over.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU55
PCGS
83056238

Choice $585 Choice Original, Old Album Toning, Reflective Luster, Bright Light Eye Appeal, Seal Beach Collection. Ex. Watch Hill Collection. Freshly graded by the Watch Hill consignor and housed in 2015 style holder with CAC approval before being purchased by the Seal Beach consignor. Part of a larger lot of AU Liberty Seated halves originating from decades of old paper album storage. Excellent bright light eye appeal. Currently offered by the Seal Beach Collection and accurately graded. Will you be the next owner of this important Liberty Seated half dollar?
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU53 NGC
3524575017

Original $310 Attractive Gun Metal Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Strong Strike, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection . Naturally toned surfaces offer gun metal gray-blues throughout obverse and reverse. Under a bright light, the patina becomes quite transparent and exposes lightly mirrored fields. Overall strike is strong with full head and hair curls, round stars and deeply impressed eagle feathers. There are a few obverse rim anomalies that are noted for complete accurary. Housed in newer NGC holder. An attractive offering from the Saco River Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU53
PCGS
30185728

Original $385 Strictly Original, Light Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Why is this strictly original 1858 half with CAC approval only assigned an Original quality rating you might ask? This Seated half is definitely original and accurately graded with only one obverse field blemish that is fully toned over. I've held this piece back from a Choice rating due to strike. If the obverse strike was stronger, then a higher rating might be appropriate. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. A quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
EF45+ PCGS
30930743

Choice HOLD
$185
New December 31! Crusty Choice Original, Only PCGS EF45+ Graded, Full Obverse Strike, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. GFRC is proud to be offering the only 1858 EF45+ half graded by PCGS. I can understand the reason for the (+) grade as this example is perfectly original with crusty gray patina. Obverse strike is bold and completed while the reverse is well executed with only a touch of weakness at the lower left leg. Please note the filled lower right portion of the reverse shield that should catch the eye of a variety specialist. Accurately graded and a conversation piece from the Oregon Beaver Collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU53 ANACS OWH
2636517
WB-101
Original $340 Crusty Original, Thick Golden Brown Patina, Accurately Graded, Burch Creek Collection. An attractive half that is so pleasing under either during in hand viewing or under bright light. Surfaces are crusty original with olive, gold and gray hues. Adding a light source melts the patina resulting in ample luster and glowing yellow gold on the obverse and orange gold surrounding the legend on the reverse. Accurately graded with minimal minor blemishes at the AU58 level. Another quality example from the Burchs Creek collection that need a home with a selective collector.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
VF35 PCGS
33397693
WB-12
Original $190 Repunched 1, Triple Punched 8 Digits, Original Crusty Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Half Way There Collection. A neat repunched date die variety for 1858 New Orleans strikes. Under a 10x loupe, the extra segment of a 1 digit is seen protrucing from the final punched 1 upright. There are double repunched 8 digits above the top loop of the final 8 digit. Surfaces are original and covered with thick crusty gray patina. Strike is typical and grading is accurate. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU58 ANACS OWH
2636516
WB-33
R3
Original $490 Crusty Original, Mottled Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Burch Creek Collection. The patina texture and coloring on this lovely 1858 New Orleans strike is so similar to halves from the Col. Green/Eric P. Newman. This type of coloring results from time spent in old paper envelopes. Under the toning is ample luster that sparkles under a strong light source. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Strike is complete on the reverse while stars 7 through 10 lack centrils. Overall, a wonderful piece for those attracted to strict originality. From the Burchs Creek collection and housed in old white ANACS holder.
Seated 50C 1858S 1858-S
AU58 NGC
1749022016
WB-10
R3
Choice HOLD
$1125
New January 16! Large S, Choice Original, Vibrant Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Transparent Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Golden Harvest Collector. A wonderful 1858-S WB-10 example with Large S mintmark. This piece is fully original and so close to mint mark with some minot breaks in the luster on the left facing breast and the lower leg. Cartwheel luster is bold and vibrant with a satiny texture. A transparent layer of gold patina covers both obverse and reverse and adds to the overall eye appeal as compared to blast white examples on the market. Strike is hammered with no device weakness whatsoever. Housed in old NGC holder with standard insert with CAC attempt by the consignor. A special offering from the Golden Harvest Collection that has been off the market for years and ready to be enjoyed by the next advanced collector.
Seated 50C 1858S 1858-S
AU53 PCGS
3668124
WB-10
R3
Original $695 Difficult S Mint, Original Steel Silver Gray, Rose-Gold Luster, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. A better date San Francisco half dollar with mintage of 476,000. A near choice example with ample remaining luster and steely silver gray patina. Adding a light source releases faint golden rose toning that is more concentrated on the reverse. For once, GFRC images adequately capture the bright light viewing experience. Strike is nearly completed with only star 7 and the top of Liberty's head showing some weakness. There are no blemishes to discuss. Overall, a quality 1858 San Francisco half that is quite pleasing. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A top quality offering from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1859 1859
PR63CAM
PCGS
16339578

Choice $2350 Choice Original, Bold Cameo Obverse Presentation, Lightly Toned Reverse, Accurately Graded, Missouri Collection. A gorgeous 1859 proof cameo Seated half dollar offering from the Missouri Collection that is eye catching. The obverse provides full cameo contrast between the dark fields and frosty main devices. The reverse is covered with a semi transparent creamy gray patina but still allows the active mirrors to radiate when viewed under a light source. Strike is crisply executed and pleasing. The PF63CAM grade results from some very faint obverse hairlines that are evident with a 10x loupe. These are in no way distracting during in hand viewing. A wonderful proof coinage offering from the Missouri Collection. Housed on older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and fairly graded on technical basis. Please note that the lighter region on the lower obverse is lighting reflections during the GFRC photography process. The obverse provides a complete dark cameo contrast without toning.
Seated 50C 1859 1859
AU53 raw

Choice $325 Choice Original, Dusty Light Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Residual Luster. A strictly original 1859 Philadelphia strike with dusty light gray patina throughout. The patina is transparent; bright light viewing activates the underlying surface luster. Strike is typical. Overall, an attractive Seated half that is unmolested though still raw. This piece will easily grade if that is your desired route.
Seated 50C 1859O 1859-O
AU58 PCGS
29975029

Original New Price
$450
Near Choice Original, Glowing Rose/Gray Patina, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. 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 1859O 1859-O
EF45 PCGS
W-11
R3
Choice $225 Chocie Original, Gun Metal Gray, Olive Shades on Reverse, Conservative Grading. A choice original WB-11 example with strictly original surfaces. Conservative grading by PCGS as I had previously assigned an AU50 when in GFRC inventory as a raw piece. Strike is complete throughout obverse and reverse with just a few scattered tiny blemishes, none distracting. Under bright light, the obverse shifts to gun metal blues with additional traces on the reverse. Overall, a pretty half that is now freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1859O 1859-O
AU53 ANACS OWH
2636514
WB-5
R3
Original HOLD
$295
Original, Golden Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. Original surfaces are covered with transparent golden patina that adds rose hues under bright light. Strike is crisply executed while the fields and devices are completely blemish free. Lots of eye appeal due to ample remaining luster. Housed in old white ANACS holder and typical quality from the Burchs Creek Collection.
Seated 50C 1859S 1859-S
EF45 PCGS
31709833

Original New Price
$395
Original Light Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. 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 1859S 1859-S
AU58 NGC
1808272010
WB-3
R3
Original $1350 New December 3! Low Mintage San Francisco Date, Large S, Bold Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, New Jersey Collection. 1859 San Francisco strikes are not as rare as the earlier issues with a mintage of 566,000. However, locating AU58 examples is always a fun collecting challenge and will take patience. The New Jersey Collection Liberty Seated half dollar set contains an example that is housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert and offers eye catching luster and creamy white surfaces. Brilliant cartwheel luster is active and pleasing. Surfaces are strictly original though an old dip is possible. All devices are well struck and please realize the late die state WB-3 obverse is found with significat die erosion surround the date punch. I'm enjoying the evaluation of this lovely half and believe the next owner will also be satisfied with a purchase. Please note that the GFRC images are quite bad with respect to the in hand and bright light appearance. This half is a uniform creamy white with no light to dark color variation on the obverse; this anomaly is due to lighting reflections with photodome and a low in the sky sun.
Seated 50C 1859S 1859-S
EF40 ANACS
4177680
WB-7
R3
Original $295 New January 16! Medium S, Original Gun Metal Gray, Well Struck, Golden Harvest Collection. A decent 1859-S half with medium S mintmark. Surfaces are toned an even gun metal gray while strike is essentially complete. There is label glue on the holder at the upper left reverse. This has been removed and the half will be re-photographed shortly. From the Golden Harvest Collection. Housed in newer gold label ANACS holder.
Seated 50C 1859S 1859-S
AU58 PCGS
15655519
WB-8
R4
Original HOLD
$1300
New January 16! Low Mintage San Francisco Date, Large S, Bold Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, Golden Harvest Collecton. 1859 San Francisco strikes are not as rare as their predecessor date due to a mintage of 566,000. However, locating AU58 examples is always a fun collecting challenge and will take patience. This candidate, from the Golden Harvest Collection, is an important example to consider. Brilliant frosty cartwheel luster is active and fun to enjoy under a bright light. Surfaces are strictly original with faint gold hues near the rims. All devices are well struck including rounded stars, deeply impressed hair curls on Liberty and all eagle feathers on the reverse. Blemish wise, there are a few faint lines in the left obverse field between Liberty's arm and the stars. Though not distracting, these are mentioned for 100% accuracy on an AU58 better date half. The WB-8 die variety has an R4 rarity rating per the Bugert Federal Register on San Francisco struck Liberty Seated halves. Housed in old blue label PCGS transition holder with standard ring insert. No CAC review by the current owner.
Seated 50C 1860 1860
AU50
PCGS
83056242

Choice HOLD
$795
New January 1! Choice Original, Old Album Bullseye Toning, Bright Light Eye Appeal, Seal Beach Collection. Ex. Watch Hill Collection and second time offered at GFRC. A better date that has been stored in old paper album resulting in classic bullseye toning. Rose-gold centers are surround by deep blue ring when viewing under a light source. Strike is nearly complete with the eagle's lower left leg and arrow feathers being the only points with partial features. Accurately graded and offering superior eye appeal. Housed in 2015 style holder with CAC approval. From the Seal Beach Collection of awesome Liberty Seated half dollars.
Seated 50C 1860O 1860-O
AU58 PCGS
32029135
WB-10
R3
Original $650 Original Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurate Grading, Seal Beach Collection. A lovely 1860 New Orleans offering at the AU58 grade level that collectors always seek out. The offering is strictly original with frosty cartwheel luster and a light layer of transparent golden patina. Strike is hammered with all stars fully round and with connected centrils. The shield and scroll are in high relief with deep boundries on the scroll edges. Reverse is also gorgreous with vibrant cartwheel luster. There are no blemishes to discuss either. Grading is accurate as there is faint rub on the left facing breast and lower leg. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A well balanced and attractive offering from the Seal Beach Collection that will please the most selective buyer.
Seated 50C 1860S 1860-S
AU58
NGC
2709550004
WB-1
R3
Choice $1675 New December 24! Scarce Date with CAC Approval, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. Large S. The 1860-S dates sports a mintage of 472,000 with only two known die pairs; WB-1 Large S and WB-2 Medium S. Both die pairs saw considerable usage so many 1860 San Francisco strike will come notable die erosion and weak devices. The lovely WB-1 example is an early strike with frosted fields and within the main devices. Cartwheel luster is substantial and dramatic when viewed under a bright light. Strike is well executed with full head, hair curls and deeply defined reverse eagle feathers. A thin transparent layer of gold skin covers both obverse and reverse surfaces. Definitely a choice offering with limited availability. PCGS has graded only eighteen at the AU58 level and CoinFacts shows the last NGC holdered speciment to have been auctioned back in 2010. CAC total population is a scant seventeen with six in AU and only two in mint state. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1860S 1860-S
AU50 PCGS
21126521
WB-2
Original $495 Original Light Gray Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Better Date at Grade, White Pine Collection. Housed in early blue label holder with standard ring insert. Light gray surfaces are strictly original with no blemishes whatsoever. Strike is full and complete. Residual mint frost is easily seen in the protected areas. A challenging date to locate in strong choice or gem condition. This example is near choice, accurately graded and deserves consideration. A quality offering from the White Pine Collection.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU50 PCGS
13501750

Original $250 New December 28! Original Frosty Luster, Light Gold Patina, Full Strike, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. A Civil War Philadelphia strike with frosty surfaces and deep gold patina at the obverse rim. Strike is complete. Light wear is consistent with the PCGS assigned AU50 grade level. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection
Seated 50C 1861 1861
EF40 PCGS
27408116

Original HOLD
$185
Original, Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina, Conservative Grading, Woodlands Collection. Surfaces are covered with gun metal gray and blue patina along with some intermixed rose hues. Strike is full with all star centrils well defined including the reverse eagle wing feathers. Under bright light, rose hues become dominant. There are two obvere rim anomalies at stars 10 through 12 that keep this example from the choice designation. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
EF40 ANACS OWH
2636510

Original $190 Crusty Original, Thick Gray Patina, Conservative Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. A near twin to the 1861 ANACS EF45 example with serial number 2636511. Crusty brown patina dominates the in hand viewing appearance. Under bright light, the obverse and reverse shift to a glowing gold. Accurately graded and strictly original. There are no blemishes to discuss while strike is typical. Housed in old white ANACS holder with such consistent quality from the Burchs Creek collection.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU58 raw
W-1 WB-102
Original $405 Repunched 1, Original Old Album Toning, Burchs Creek Collection. This offering is for those who enjoy attractive old album bullseye toning. The obverse center is covered with a faint gold coloring that rapidly transitions to rose and then deep blue surrounding stars and date. The reverse offers a silver center with rose at the legend and a deep blue arc encompassing the denomination. Bright light viewing is lots of fun with this piece. This piece does have several blemishes in the right obverse field and by the eagle's head. There are easily seen in the images.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
EF40 PCGS
33993517
W-13 WB-103
Market Acceptable $600 CSA Administration, Bisecting Die Crack Through Date, Dipped White, Typical W-13 Strike, Accurately Graded. A popular example of the CSA administration strike with bisecting die crack through the date. The W-13 die pairing was employed during April 1861 under the administration of the Confederate States of America. This variety is easily recognized by a vertical bisecting die crack from the rim through the upright of the 6 digit into the base. This EF40 graded example has been dipped and is an even white with faint gold patina under a light source. Strike is so typical of the W-13 variety with weakness at the stars surrounding Liberty's head and on the reverse denomination. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The WB-103 die variety is not listed on the PCGS label. An important duplicate, from the Newtown Collection, for serious students of the United States Civil War period.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
AU50 PCGS
34392178
W-4
R-2
Choice $795 New December 13! W-4, Louisiana Administration Strike, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Light Gray-Gold Patina, Conservative Grading . The W-4 die pairing was employed to complete the second lot of Louisiana Administration strikes at the New Orleans mint during February 1861. The W-4 die pairing results from a fresh Obverse 2 paired with the same reverse die used for W-3 strikes. The reverse die develops die cracks at the legend with those at ST(ATES) being the W-4 diagnostic along with obverse date position and weakness at Liberty's foot. The offered example is significant among those extant and is conservatively graded. PCGS assigned an AU50 opinion as active cartwheel luster is present along with original gray-gold surfaces that are transparent to the underlying luster. Strike is consistent with other W-4 examples seen; some weakness at stars 7 and 8. Obverse has a few micro ticks that are mentioned for 100% accurate; none bother me. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. I like this 1861-O half and believe you will also. Images to be loaded once in Florida office.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
MS62
PCGS
13609092
W-8
Gem HOLD
$2580
New January 10! Louisana Administration Issue, Gem Orginal, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Conservative Grading, Historically Significant. A historically important Lousisana Administration W-8 strike during the waning days of the New Orleans mint during early 1861. This offering is a gem and conservatively graded at MS62 level. Satiny cartwheel luster is dominate during in hand and bright light viewing. Surfaces are covered with a semi-transparent layer of rich gold patina. The W-8 diagnostics are easily seen on the reverse. The die crack at the top of STAT(ES OF) is visible under a 10x loupe along with the die clashing in the lower right shield. Obverse date punch is weak and slopes upward per the Bill Bugert diagnostics in his New Orleans Federal Register. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval was a foregone conclusion for this spectacular offering. Any serious collector of the 1861 New Orleans die varieties would be thrilled to own this gem W-8 example.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Die Crack
EF40 PCGS
33220459
W-11 WB-102
Original $1850 CSA Die Crack, Die Crack from Star 7 to Nose, Original Surfaces, Violet Toning Arc, Full EF45, Santa Fe Collection. The famous CSA Die Crack 1861-O half is a coin that has been desired by specialized Civil War 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 strikings (W13-W15) which also are highly collectible, but not as dramatic. The offered example is fully original with gun metal gray-blue patina. The obverse CSA die crack is bold and easily viewed with a 10x loupe. PCGS has designated this example as Genuine, Stained. What is the staining all about? There are two circular rings on the half about the size of a dime. One ring is on the obverse and the second on the reverse. The ring is a rose toning arc comprised of foreign material on the coins surface. Otherwise this CSA Die Crack example is strictly original and a strong EF45 specimen. I've priced this one at an attractive $1850 price after studying Heritage Auction records. Shipwreck examples with corroded surfaces are selling for $2500 therefore this offering is quite affordable at the asking price. From the Santa Fe Collection. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
EF45 PCGS
32056741
W-13 WB-103
Original $985 CSA Issue, Original Gray/Rose. An attractive example with even gray/rose toning and no blemishes. Surfaces are original with frost remaining in the lower gown folds. This is an earlier die state example with the bisecting date die crack obvious under 10x loupe but reverse die cracks are faint when seen at all. Two fully toned over lines in the right obverse fold are mentioned for accuracy. Fresh to market and housed in 2014 PCGS reverse hologram holder with no CAC attempt.
Seated 50C 1861S 1861-S
VF35 raw
WB-7
R6
Cleaned $300 Rare 1861-S Die Variety, Dull Gray Surfaces, Old Dip or Clean, Half Way There Collection. An important offering of the WB-7 die variety that is rated as an R6 by Bill Bugert. The WB-7 variety features an eroded obverse die with weak devices and date due to polishing. This die is paired with a heavily cracked reverse with spider web type die breaks throughout the legend, olive leaves and arrow heads. Surfaces are light gray and probably have seen a dip or other form of non mechanical cleaning. An excellent example of the WB-7 variety regardless of current preservation state. Another rare die variety from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1861S 1861-S
AU50 PCGS
32227242
WB-9
R2
Choice $650 Large S, Choice Original, Silver-Gray Patina, Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. San Francisco strikes from the 1861 WB-9 die pairing have unique characteristics that must be consider during purchase. The first point to note is the badly eroded obverse die that produces strike with a dished appearance. Since the die is so worn, luster takes on a strong satiny texture. The reverse die is fresh with crisp device details and frosty luster. This example, from the Newtown Collection, offers a bold strike with intricate head and facial details. Eye appeal is high due to the dished obverse and different finishes between obverse and reverse. There is some faint chatter on the obverse is one looks close enough; this one is graded AU50 and not AU55. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and ready for a home in an advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1862 1862
AU53
PCGS
84738735

Choice $985 Better Date, Choice Original, Ebony-Rose Obverse Toning, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, A Unique Offering . A gorgeous 1862 half dollar that must be viewed under bright light to appreciate as GFRC images indicate a darkly toned obverse. Wow….adding a light source activates fiery red surfaces on the obverse while the reverse glows an apricot gold. This 1862 half is so nice that a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is warranted. Obverse strike is complete with full head details and hair curls while the reverse has some weakness on the eagle's lower left leg. There are no blemishes to report as surfaces are pristine. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval and ready to be placed into an advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1862S 1862-S
AU55 PCGS
28660843
WB-5
R2
Choice $900 New January 1! Large S, Late Die State Dies, Choice Original, Gorgeous Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. Since starting up the GFRC business back in 2013, I've reviewed my share of Civil War Liberty Seated halves including those struck in San Francisco. Honestly, this is one of the better example seen to date and perfect for an advanced date and mintmark set. 1862-S halves are found with three mintmark sizes and late die state strikes. This WB-5 example has a Large S mintmark and was struck from eroded dies. The result is uniform satiny luster with a hint of cartwheel effect under a bright light. Residual mint frost is plentiful and surrounds all the major devices. Surfaces are blemish free and attractive under 10x loupe. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another well above average offering from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1863 1863
EF40 PCGS
82674168

Original $415 Difficult Civil War Date, Original Gray Patina, Fully Struck. A scarce Civil War date with limited surviving population. This offering is perfectly original with natural gray patina covering both obverse and reverse. Strike is complete with all star centrils connected along with fully detailed eagle feathers and claws. Housed in 2015 generation holder and accurately graded. Might I suggest you take a stroll to eBay and check on their offerings, surface quality and prices? My guess is that you will be back to purchase this lovely example.
Seated 50C 1863 1863
EF40 NGC
4208636013

Original $360 Civil War Strike, Original Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Tenafly Collection. Civil War Philadelphia strike dates are always in demand and relatively scarce in the marketplace. 1863 mintage is a moderate 503,200 as compared to the nearly 1 million struck at the San Francisco mint. This Philadelphia strike is well preserved with light gray patina through obverse and reverse. Strike is well executed with all stars having connected centrils and the lower reverse eagle legs, claws and arrow feathers being well defined. Blemish wise, there is a tiny mark below the left facing breast, otherwise mark free. A nice original example that is housed in new NGC large font holder. A quality offering from the Tenafly Collection.
Seated 50C 1863 1863
VF35 PCGS
32177334

Original $325 New November 23! Civil War Philadelphia Strike, Original Surfaces, Medium Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, White Pine Collection. A popular mid Civil War date specimen that is strictly original. Surfaces are covered with fairly uniform medium gray patina. Grading is accurate though I have seen examples similiar to this piece designated EF40 due to limited wear on the eagle wing feathers. Strike is complete. A careful 10x loupe inspection revealed blemish free surfaces. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with edge ring insert. A nice Civil War Seated half from the White Pine Collection that is fairly priced for the quality.
Seated 50C 1863S 1863-S
AU58 NGC
663332007
WB-4
R3
Original $900 New December 3! Original Surfaces, Creamy Cartwheel Luster, Faint Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. The 1863 San Francisco date is yet another Civil War issue with close to one millions strikes. Survival rates continue to improve. In lower circulated grades, this date is relatively common, for a Seated half, and moderately scarce in AU grades. This 1863-S example has original surfaces as a host of metal flow lines remain undisturbed and reflective. However, the white coloring suggests being dipped before holdering. Surfaces offer active cartwheel luster on both obverse and reverse. The gold toning streaks on the obverse are present on the coin but not as pronounced as on images. A low angled Northeast sun made photographing this piece challenging and resulted in over emphasis of the gold obverse streaks and lower reverse toning. Strike is complete and consistent with the WB-4 die variety. I love the Medium S mintmark with broken top loop! Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. Another offering from the New Jersey Collection of fine numismatic properties.
Seated 50C 1864 1864
EF45 PCGS
31486990

Choice New Price
$440
Tough Civil War Year, Choice Original, Attractive Mottled Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Oregon Beaver Collection. Civil War Philadelphia strike dates are always in demand and relatively scarce in the market place when choice. Mintage is a low 379,100 when compared to corresponding San Francisco issue. The Philadelphia strikes are currently under rated in present market. This quality example, from the Oregon Beaver Collection, offers steely gun metal gray surfaces with mottled ebony shades on lower obverse. Even at the EF45 grade level, there is residual luster seen during bright light viewing. Strike is fully executed with no points of weakness. And finally, there are no blemishes to complain about. Overall, a well balance and choice 1864 Philadelphia offering that should garner attention. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1864S 1864-S
EF45 PCGS
33228817

Original New Price
$450
Original Old Paper Envelop Toning, Typical Strike, Accurately Grade, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. 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 1864S 1864-S
EF40 PCGS
32109927
WB-1
R2
Original $425 New December 31! Civil War Date, Large S, Original Light Gray-Gold, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. A popular Civil War San Francisco date with mintage of 658,000. Accurately graded at the EF40 level and toned an original gray-gold. The WB-1 die varieties is easy to attribute based on the Large S that touches the olive branch. Mint frost remains in the protected areas. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. More quality duplicates from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1864S 1864-S
Lg S
VF35 raw
WB-1 WB-101
Original $350 Original Light Gray. A desirable Civil War year example struck at the San Francisco mint with Large S mintmark. This piece offers light gray surfaces that look perfectly original under 10x loupe. Fields and devices are essentially blemish free with some localized vedigris on Liberty's upper body. A solid and accurately graded piece for the Dansco collector.
Seated 50C 1865S 1865-S
EF40 PCGS
15584811

Original New Price
$395
Original, Light Rose Patina, Typical Strike, Fairly Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in PCGS old blue label holder. 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 1865S 1865-S
AU53 raw
WB-1
R6
Cleaned $475 Small Wide Broken S, Later Die State R6 Rarity, Very Well Struck San Francisco Civil Issue, Old Cleaning, Half Way There Collection. Another challenging offering from astute Liberty Seated half dollar die variety collectors. This 1865-S half is well struck with fully detailed hair curls and bold scroll edges regardless of some stars lacking connected centrils. Surfaces has seen a long ago non mechanical cleaning and have fully recovered with medium gray patina. Reverse is cracked at this point of time and is in an R6 late die state according to the Bill Bugert Federal Register on San Francisco die varieties. From the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1865S 1865-S
VF35 PCGS
82484912
WB-1 WB-101
R4
Original $315 Small Wide Broken S, Original Medium Gray Surfaces, Early Die State, Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. A lovely original Civil War example with light to medium gray patina. Strike is decent for the 1865 San Francisco date while surfaces are free of any distracting blemishes. The only known usage of the Small Wide S mintmak punch during 1865. This example is in early die state with obverse clashing but without die cracks as listed by Bugert in his Volume I San Francisco Register. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1865S 1865-S
EF45 PCGS
33041892
WB-2
R3
Choice $400 New December 28! Small Thin S, Choice Original Preservation, Light Gray Surfaces, Completely Struck, Conservative Grading, Oregon Beaver Collection. Probably the best way to start this 1865-S description is to point out the well balanced attributes and the conservative grading. Overall, quality is quite high and collectors should consider adding to their holding quickly. The Civil War San Francisco strike is so choice with full strike and light gray patina. Fields are blemish free. The obverse scroll is well struck with raised edge lines that are completely formed and more consistent with an AU50 grade. Reverse strike is also uniform with deeply impressed eagle feathers. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A top quality Seated half dollar offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection that deserves carefully consideration.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
Motto
EF45 PCGS
32109929
WB-104
R4+
Original $325 New December 28! Double Die Obverse, Motto Reverse, Original Lightly Mirrored Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. Double Die Obverse. An original 1866 Motto example with residual reflective luster. Faint gold surrounds the obverse stars along with the reverse rim. Strike is well executed with bold round stars and detailed eagles feathers. An attractive example of the R4+ WB-104 variety with some obverse die doubling. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. More duplicate offerings from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
With Motto
EF45 ANACS OWH
2636518

Original $360 Motto, Original, Light Gray/Rose Patina, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection . A surviving 1866 Philadelphia strike for the late Civil War period. Original surfaces are covered by a uniform rose/gray patina. Accurately grade and residing in old white ANACS holder dating back to the mid 1990s. No blemish whatsoever and a reasonable strike. The 1862 through 1866 P mints are always challenging to locate. Another quality offering from the Burchs Creek collection.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
With Motto
VF35
PCGS
29187483

Original $250 Crusty Original, Deep Gun Metal Gray, Woodlands Collection. Surfaces are covered with crusty original patina that is fairly dark. Under bright light, the deep grays transition to gun metal blues with some gold hues near the rims. Strike is typical and fields and devices are essentially blemish free. Grading is also accurate. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval is for the originality.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
With Motto
VF30 PCGS
33397698

Original $160 With Motto, Original Dirty Gray Patina, Decent Strike, Fairly Graded, Half Way There Collection. First year in which the scroll with IN GOD WE TRUST added to Seated half dollar reverse. The 1866 With Motto example is accurately graded. Surfaces are original and covered with a thick crusty layer of gray patina. The darker arc, on the obverse, is a toning streak. Strike is typical for the date. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Anothe Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
Motto
EF40 PCGS
83580850

Choice $325 With Motto, Choice Original, Gray-Brown Patina, Nice Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. Honestly, I really like this 1866-S Motto half and believe a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is in order. This example is strictly original with choice surfaces and considerable eye appeal. The dark gray-ebony toning at the rims nicely frames the lighter gray-brown centers. A slightly better date with mintage of 994,000. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
Motto
VF30 raw
WB-6
R6
Market Acceptable $285 Rare Bugert Variety, Light Gray, Decent Eye Appeal. This WB-6 example offers light gray patina with variety diagnostics fully present. Bisecting die crack from rim left of rock through the base is clear as is the die crack from leg into Stars 1 and 2. Accurately graded.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
Motto
VG10 raw
WB-6
R6
Original $165 Rare Bugert Variety, Original Dark Gray Patina . An original specimen with medium to dark gray patina and no blemishes to note; just honest wear. Obverse die crack from rim left of rock through base is obvious is under a loupe.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
VF25 PCGS
82659714
WB-1
R5
Original $875 Rare Early Die State, No Motto Type, Original Gray Patina, Woodbridge Collection. Popular No Motto design variety for the 1866 San Francisco date. This offering, from the Woodbridge Collection, immediately caught my attention due to its circulated cameo appearance. Surfaces are perfectly original with light to medium gray fields that showcase the lighter colored main devices. Strike appears to be typical of the issue with wear consistent with the assigned PCGS grade. Some fully toned over vertical lines are seen on the reverse shield into the field below right wing. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A solid offering for a collector attempting to build a date and mintmark set with nice original gray examples.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
VF20 PCGS
84175689
WB-1
Original $950 Popular No Motto San Francisco Strike, Original Surfaces, Gray Patina with Ebony Arcs, Accurately Graded, Half Way There Collection. A scarce variety with mintage of only 60,000 before reverse transition to the With Motto design. This example is in a later die state with bold die clashing in the lower reverse shield. Bugert assigned an R4 rarity rating in his Federal Registry series on Liberty Seated halves. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with an expected layer of crusty gray patina and a few ebony arcs on the obverse for additional character. Strike is typical for the WB-1 variety. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with following on label, "No Motto, Small S, WB-101". An important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1867S 1867-S
AU55
PCGS
33008727
WB-8
R3
Original $725 Better San Francisco Date, Strictly Original, Uniform Gray Patina, Newtown Collection. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Full description shortly.
Seated 50C 1868 1868
AU50 PCGS
19475639

Choice $500 Scarce Date, Dirty Original Gray Patina, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Hammered Strike, Conservative Grading, Newtown Collection. Those well versed with Liberty Seated half dollar coinage understand how challenging the 1868 date can be in most grades. This example originated from the Pleez B. Seated Collection and purchased by Newtown collector. Now this dirty gray and gold example is back since being upgraded. Strike is absolutely hammered and sure adds to the eye appeal. Grading is a tad conservative as AU50 appears to be a bit tought given the sharp characteristics of the highest points in the relief. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and worthy of another advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1868 1868
AU50 ANACS OWH
767476
WB-4
R3
Market Acceptable $330 New November 25! Light Gray, Peripheral Old Album Secondary Toning, Accurately Graded, Upstate New Collection. Misplaced 68 in Denticles die variety listed as WB-4 by Bill Bugert in his Federal Register series. A well struck 1868-S example that has seen a long ago dip or wipe and subsequently sat in an old paper album and acquired coloring. Accurately graded in terms of wear and housed in old white ANACS holder. Nice secondary old album toning. From the Upstate New York Collection of fine numismatic properties.
Seated 50C 1868S 1868-S
AU53 PCGS
27810418
WB-2
R3
Original $550 Near Choice Original, Light Gray Patina, Well Struck for Issue. Light gray patina covers soft satiny residual luster on this lovely 1868-S half. The WB-2 die pairing includes a well worn reverse with heavy metal flow lines and severe erosion at the denticles. Strike is essentially complete given the condition of the late die state reverse. Obverse and reverse are both heavily clashed. A closed 10x loupe inspection, really a critical evaluation, revealed one toned over line at the top of the right wing tip. Finding choice CAC approved examples of the 1868 San Francisco date will be challenging while this example would fit nicely into a date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1869 1869
EF45
PCGS
81494042

Choice $325 Choice Original, Uniform Charcoal Gray, Fully Struck, Conservative Grading. Limited mintage of 795,300. Surfaces are choice with a uniform layer of charcoal grade patina. Strike is nicely executed with rounded stars, full eagle feathers and claws. Scroll lines on the shield are sharply raised and more consistent with AU graded piece. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. CAC approval is warranted due to strict originality and conservative grading. Definitely an above average example worth of a premium against "the guides".
Seated 50C 1869 1869
EF40 PCGS
16882273

Original New Price
$230
Original Medium Gray, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1870 1870
MS62 PCGS
83903773

Original $875 New January 16! Original Surfaces, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Honey Gold Patina, Well Struck, Fairly Graded, Golden Harvest Collection. The 1870 Philadelphia date is probably a bit under appreciated in the current market. Mintage is a low 633,900 for a Philadelphia strike with PCGS populations being in the single digits for MS62 through MS65 grades. This MS62 graded example offers considerable cartwheel luster that has a satiny textue. Strike is complete with all stars having connected centrils. Surfaces are uniformly toned with a transparent layer of honey gold patina. Grading is accurate as I see chatter in the obverse fields that is consistent with the assigned grade. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another nice Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Golden Harvest Collection.
Seated 50C 1870 1870
AU58 NGC
2576084002

Choice $690 Original Gray-Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. Photographing darker toned Seated halves in new NGC edge view holders is always a challenge. This lovely 1870 Philadelphia is a much better and attractive specimen than illustrated with GFRC images. Accurately graded at the AU58 level with gray-gold obverse patina that shifts to central gun metal gray-blue with a pretty gold ring surrounding the stars under bright light. The reverse is just as attractive with gun metal blue being predominate under a light source. In hand inspection is definitely required to appreciate this quality offering from the Osprey Collection. Strike is also well executed throughout obverse and reverse. Housed in newer NGC holder and worthy of serious consideration.
Seated 50C 1870 1870
AU58 PCGS
28860127

Choice $725 New January 16! Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Faint Gold Rims, Accurately Graded, Golden Harvest Collection. A lovely 1870 Philadelphia strike that offers bold frosty cartwheel luster. Strike is absolutely hammered with every star rounded and every eagle feather keenly defined. Examining this choice example with 10x loupe is fun. In every gown fold and recesses between eagle feathers, lie a host of tiny mint frost specs. This piece is the definition of "frosty original". Scarce at the AU58 graded level as PCGS has only certified 11 examples. I like this half so much that a JUST BUT IT NOW recommendation is in order. Housed in 2013 generation holder with edge view insert. A top quality offering from the Golden Harvest Collection.
Seated 50C 1870 1870
EF45 PCGS
18029021

Original New Price
$270
Pretty Old Album Rose and Blue Toning, Original, Typical Strike, 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 1870 1870
AU50 raw
WB-102
R5
Cleaned $175 Repunched 1, Even Attractive Gray, Ancient Cleaning, Half Way There Collection. This attractive 1870 half is so typical of old time collections where strike was king and technical surface conditions were secondary. Well known Liberty Seated dealer, Jim O'Donnell, would always give priority to strike and accept some surface issues. This philosophy changed with the TPG collecting generation starting during 1986. Now technical surface conditions are more important than strike. The 1870 half offers a hammered strike but the surfaces are too glossy to be original. An decent AU example that is fairly priced for what it is in today's market. No blemishes and attractive. From the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1870S 1870-S
AU50 NGC
320612012
WB-1
R3
Choice $650 Better Date, Bold Strike, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Light Golden Patina, Conservative Grading. Wow, what a great 1870-S early die state example with bold strike and mirrored surfaces throughout obverse and reverse. Definitely the finest 1870-S example handled by GFRC to date. Light golden toning is seen with darker shades concentrated near the rims. Bright light viewing is quite impressive as the fields are highly reflective with some cameo characteristics. NGC grading is conservative as the bold device details and limited are more consistent with an AU53 grade. There are no blemishes to mention either. Housed in new NGC large font holder and completely fresh to the market. GFRC Open Set Registry participants should pay special attention to this offering as I am quite impressed with the overall quality and eye appeal.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
AU58 NGC
3227891008

Choice $495 New January 16! Brilliant Reflection Luster, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Faint Gold Patina, Completely Struck, Golden Harvest Collection. Yet another choice original AU58 Seated half dollar duplicate from the Golden Harvest Collection. This 1871 example offers eye catching brilliant luster from lightly mirrored fields. Surfaces are mostly untoned with with a light golden ring surround the obverse stars and reverse legend. Strike is completely executed with every detail device detail being well defined. The obverse fields have a some faint micro chatter that is to be expected on mirrored surfaces. Grading is accurate and fair. Eye appeal is substantial. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
AU50 ANACS OWH
2689844

Original $260 Original Gray, Reflective Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Warnerville Collection. Don't I enjoy adding strictly original Seated half dollars to inventory; especially when in old white ANACS holders. This 1871 Philadelphia strike offers nicely reflective surfaces that are covered with uniform gray patina. Adding a bright light exposes rose and blue hues. There are several fully toned over lines in the right obverse field. Previously auctioned by Heritage where is realized the current asking. Another offering from the Warnerville Collection as the consignor consolidates his collecting objectives.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
EF40 raw

Choice $185 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina, Super Example. A lovely 1871 Philadelphia strike that is perfectly original. Surfaces are covered with darker gun metal gray/blue patina. Strike is typical and blemishes are to a minimum. Ideal for a Whitman or Dansco album set.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
VF35
PCGS
26778265

Choice $150 Choice Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray, Accurately Graded. A choice 1871 Philadelphia strike with antique gray patina that also houses some golden hues. Strike is typical while the reverse has a well toned over line. Housed in 2013 transitional blue label PCGS holder with edge view insert. CAC approval is warranted due to originality and eye appeal.
Seated 50C 1871CC 1871-CC
VG10 PCGS
84175691
WB-2
Original $750 Original, Mottled Ebony Gray, Accurately Graded, Half Way There Collection. Better Carson City Date with 7 different die marriages according to Bugert. The Carson City mint was in second year of operation and struck 153,950 pieces. The surviving example is original with a base layer of brown gray patina. That layer has mottled deep gray coloring that is also original though the locations limit eye appeal. There are no blemishes whatsoever even at VG10 grade level. Reverse rims are bold and so freshing to see on lower grade Seated half. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An important Carson City date offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50c 1871S 1871-S
VF35
PCGS
31482116

Original $145 Near Choice Original, Uniform Gray Patina, Colorado Collection. Strictly original and near choice in terms of quality rating. CAC approval validates the uniform gray patina and accurate grading. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. If you are in the market for a mid grade 1871 San Francisco half, then please consider this example. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
Seated 50C 1871S 1871-S
AU58 ANACS OWH
328944
WB-4
R2
Choice $725 New January 16! Very Early Die State, Dazzling Cartwheel Luster, Eye Appeal of a Higher Grade, Choice Original, Light Mottled Gold Patina, Very Well Struck, Accurately Graded. If this fantastic 1871-S WB-4 half dollar piece was holdered by PCGS, it would be gone in a heartbeart. In Bugert's Federal Register on San Francisco die varieties, the illustrations are taken from a late die state example. This offering, from the Golden Harvest Collection, is a very early strike with substantial frosty cartwheel luster, bold strike and no metal flows lines from die erosion. All devices are deeply impressed including every potential aspect of the eagle feathers, claws and arrow feathers. Eye appeal is that of a higher grade but there is some faint rub and breaks in the mint luster on the legs. Someone needs to be daring and get this special half crossed into a PCGS holder. It will be worth the cost and effort for an advanced collector who desires a superior 1871 San Francisco date for his date and mintmark set. A thank you goes out to the Golden Harvest consignor for releasing this duplicated back to the GFRC community.
Seated 50C 1872CC 1872-CC
F15 PCGS
27644896
WB-2
R4
Original $875 New December 1! Large CC Mintmark, Crusty Original Gray Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. Popular Carson City date and well preserved. This strictly original 1872 Carson City offering featured thick crusty original patina throughout obverse and reverse. Strike is well executed with ample residual device details at the Fine 15 grade level. Just honest wear with no blemish to note. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge insert. A solid example for a mid circulate grade date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1872CC 1872-CC
EF45 PCGS
21053450
WB-6
R4
Original $2400 Original, Even Medium Gray, Accurately Graded, Scarce Date. Carson City halves are always in demand, especially when completely original and problem free. Mintage for this Carson City date is 257,000. I'm so pleased to be offering this WB-6 example with semi transparent gray patina that perform so well under bright light as the grays shift to golden and aquamarine hues on the obverse. The reverse maintains more of its in hand color integrity with some golden hues appearing under a light source. Strike is nearly complete with just a tad of weakness at the top of Liberty's head and surrounding two stars. Fields and main devices are blemish free. PCGS grading is accurate. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Ready for inclusion into an advanced Liberty Seated half dollar set.
Seated 50C 1872CC 1872-CC
Large CC
VF35 PCGS
18199771
WB-7
R4
Original $1675 New December 28! Difficult Carson City Date, Original Gun Metal Gray Surfaces, Oregon Beaver Collection. A strictly original 1872 Carson City strike that was been well preserved for modern day collectors to enjoy. Ex Virginia Collection and sold into the Oregon Beaver Collection during November 2015 and now back for a second apperance. Surfaces are toned an even gun metal gray with some intermixed golden hues. Obverse strike is a tad weak on the scroll and other LIberty devices but stars have connected centrils. Blemish wise, there is one faint and toned over reverse line by CA in AMERICA and is not distracting. Overall, a very solid 1872-CC offering that is affordable. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection
Seated 50C 1872S 1872-S
F15 PCGS
84133287
WB-2
R3+
Original $125 Underrated Date, Original Olive-Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Port Matilda Collection. Wide Small S mintmark style, WB-2 die pairing. 1872-S is an underrated date given current price levels and surviving populations. This example is accurately graded with ample remaining device details. Surfaces are covered with olive gray patina. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A challenging date and offering from the Port Matilda Collection that is worth considering.
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
Sm CC
With Arrows
VF25 PCGS
24148500
WB-3
R4
Original $1195 Strictly Original, Medium Gray Patina, Rare Date, Accurately Graded. Original medium gray patina covers both the obverse and reverse surfaces. Reverse is well struck and presents strong eagle feathers for the assigned VF25 grade while the obverse has VF wear. Housed in 2012 PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1874 1874
EF40 raw
WB-103
R5
Cleaned $225 Large Over Small Arrows, Cleaned Surfaces, Even Light Gray, Half Way There Collection. A challenging 1874 With Arrows die variety whereby the final large arrows were repunched over smaller arrows. Traces of the smaller arrows punch is easily seen on both the left and right arrows at the stem. This half has been cleaned with surfaces retoning to a light gray. Strike is excellent with bold obverse devices. Another interesting Seated half dollar die variety from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1874 1874
With Arrows
AU50 raw

Original $405 Choice Original, Old Leather Contact Patina, Honest Wear, Burchs Creek Collection. I really like the unique appearance and eye appeal of this 1874 With Arrows half dollar! After considerable study until 10x loupe and bright light, I believe this half is strictly original. The toning appears to be from contact within a leather pouch and results in distinctive toning patterns that could only be created by nature. In hand viewing is recommended to fully appreciate the wonderful Seated half dollar. Who knows where this piece was stored for years?
Seated 50C 1874 1874
With Arrows
EF45 raw

Cleaned $235 Light Gray, Old Cleaning, Retoned. This is indeed an attractive piece in hand with even silver gray appearance at the assigned grade level. But close inspection of the fields reveals faint hairlines indicative of an old cleaning. The piece is quite reflective under bright light as a result.
Seated 50C 1874 1874
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
18188432

Choice New Price
$395
Choice Original, Perfect Type Coin, Olive Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1874CC 1874-CC
G06 PCGS
84175698
WB-2
Choice $1285 Key Carson City Date, Choice Original, Light Gray Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Conservatively Graded, Half Way There Collection. I really like this 1874-CC half for several reasons. First is the strict originality. Second is the lovely circulated cameo appearance with medium gray fields and lighter main devices. Next is rarity as mintage is only 59,000 and a series key date. Finally, the grading is conservative with bold obverse device and rim with complete rims on the reverse too. This surviving 1874 Carson City is so well preserved that a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is warranted. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder without CAC attempt. An important Carson City date offering in true choice preservation state from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1874CC 1874-CC
VG10
PCGS
84336236
WB-3
R4
Gem $2350 Gem Original, Uniform Medium Gray Surfaces, 100% Mark Free, Accurately Graded. A gem lower grade evaluation of the scarce 1874 Carson City date. This example is accurately graded with thick medium gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Surprisingly for a large coin graded VG8, one would expect some circulation marks. This example is entirely mark free and deserving of a Gem original quality rating. It does not get any better than this example at the VG8 grade level, especially for a semi key Carson City date. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. The strict originality and overall eye appeal commanded immediate CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1874S 1874-S
AU50 PCGS
21799583

Original $675 Scarce Date and Grade, Original Light Rose Patina, Newtown Collection. One does not realize how scarce the 1874 San Francisco date becomes in AU or better until handling an example and researching CoinFacts. Both the 1873-S and 1874-S dates have 27 and 30 pieces graded in all AU grades respectively. We know that the 1873-S date is a challenge to find choice (only 8 total at CAC) and again, the 1874-S is similar in difficulty. This example offers reflective rose luster and and a nearly complete strike. I would not call this piece strictly original but then again a Market Acceptance quality rating is too harsh due to the eye appeal. I'll let you decide. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. Yet another duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
MS61 NGC
4345665004

Original $550 Pretty Rose-Gray Luster, Original Surfaces, Faint Obverse Roller Lines, Accurately Graded. A pretty 1875 San Francisco Seated half that appears undergraded in current NGC holder. One immediately notes the attractive rose-gray coloring and luster that is perfectly natural. Strike is complete with bold head and hair curls along with rounded stars. Some why is this lovely piece grade MS61? Upon a close 10x loupe inspection, I noted some very faint roller lines across the central obverse when tilting the half under a bright light. Otherwise, I don't have an explanation. Housed in new large font NGC holder. Overall a pretty Liberty Seated half dollar in mint state grade at a value price. Perfect for a type set.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
AU50 raw

Original $225 Original, Light Gray/Rose Patina, Attractive. An original example that is accurately graded. There is ample luster remaining with a light gray and rose patina across the obverse and more even light gray covering the reverse. Strike is full with all star centril well defined and full hair curls. Surfaces have a few random micro ticks while some faint hairlines are visible between wings and scroll on the reverse. These blemishes are not distracting, rather mentioned for completeness.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
AU58 PCGS
84771800
WB-103 WB-1
R4
Original $750 Condition Rarity, Medium-small Mintmark, Original Soft Gray Patina, Frosty Luster, Well Struck, Half Way There Collection. An important offering for the Liberty Seated half dollar die variety collectors that deserves special attention. The WB-1 variety features a Medium-small S punch along with die cracks through the obverse and reverse. Reverse is especially weak at UNITED and lower olive leaves. In his Federal Register on San Francisco die varieties, Bugert states WB-1, "is a very scarce variety often found in low grades; rare in EF or better." Well then, GFRC is pleased to be offering this AU58 graded example for astute collectors. Surfaces are original and untouched. There is a faint layer of soft gray patina and reasonable luster through obverse and reverse. Some rub is seen on the high points with grading being accurate. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
FR2 PCGS
84175699
WB-105 WB-19
R5
Original $330 Micro S, Rare Die Variety, R5 Rarity, Well Worn, Attractive Surfaces for Grade, Half Way There Collection. The Micro S for 1875 is a recognized die variety rarity in the Seated half dollar series. In his Federal Register on San Francisco varieties, he indicates the following for the Micro S, "variety is rare and known coins are usually found in very low grades." Bugert goes on to mention that only 29 examples have been recorded by the LSCC half dollar collecting community with nearly all being in AG/VG grades. I'm pleased to offer this FR02 example with much honest wear but pleasing surfaces and eye appeal at this low grade. The Micro S is boldly defined. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with "Micro S WB-105" listed on the label. An important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety, regardless of the grade, being offered by the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
AU53 NGC
2625551071

Original HOLD
$300
New December 27! Repunched 1, Original Dusty Silver Gray, Old Album Toning, Upstate New York Collection. A nicely toned 1876 half dollar with bold repunching on the top of the 1 digit. Surfaces offer reflective luster and have a light gray base coloring. This piece appears to have sat in an old album and acquired blue and gold obverse ring toning while the reverse toning is limited to the legend. Strike is typical for the date. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. A nicely toned offering from the Upstate New York Collection.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
EF45 ANACS OWH
2636532

Choice $190 Crusty Choice Original, Gray/Brown Patina, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection. A superior 1876 Philadelpha strike with perfectly original crusty gray/brown surfaces. This is a no question choice example at the assigned EF45 grade level. Under bright light, the toning shifts to include light blue hues. Strike is typical with star 8 lacking connected centrils otherwise well executed. There are no blemishes to discuss whatsoever. Housed in old white ANACS holder and accurately graded. From the Burchs Creek collection and so typical of the old time quality that we find with this consignor.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
EF40 PCGS

Original $155 Original Ebony/Gray, Birmingham Collection. Uniform ebony/gray patina covers both obverse and reverse. Liberty and the eagles are a tad lighter leading to nice contrast and eye appeal. There are a few tiny blemishes on the obverse but fully tone over and of no consequence. Rims are fully problem free. Accurately graded and housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder. An attractive piece worth considering as a type coin.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
VF35 raw

Choice $90 Crusty Original Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. A crusty original 1876 Philadelphia strike with choice surfaces. Accurately graded and inexpensive.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
VG10 PCGS
30709025
WB-106 FS-301
Original $425 Large over Small Date WB-106, FS-301, Rare Variety, Original Gray. A rare double date variety first listed by Wiley and Bugert in their Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars. Since the Wiley/Bugert announcement in the early 1990s, few examples have surfaced with Bugert current indicating that ~ 12 pieces are known in all grades. This example offers strong diagnostics within the upper loop of the 8 digit and within the loop of the 6 digit. Surfaces are toned a light gray with no blemishes to note. The dark spot by star 6 is verdigris. Recently graded and housed in 2014 style PCGS holder. An opportunity for the Liberty Seated half dollar variety specialist to acquire this challenging variety. PCGS holder label captures the variety as "Lg/Sm Date - FS301 WB-106 (FS-007.4)"
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
EF45 raw
WB-102
Choice $425 Medium CC, Strongly Mirrored Fields, Light Gray-Gold, Accurately Graded, San Jose Collection. Medium CC mintmark size. A lovely 1876 Carson City strike with prooflike fields producing strong mirrors under a bright light. Strike is essentially complete with ample device details for attribution. There are a host of 1876-CC WB-102 die pairings and I will leave this challenge up to the buyer. Surfaces are blemish free and covered with thin light gray patina that includes faint gold at the rims. A quality 1876 Carson City half from the San Jose Collection.
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
VF30 raw
WB-108, WB-35
R4
Market Acceptable $295 Misplaced 8 in Denticles, Light Gray, Long Ago Clean, Accurately Graded, San Jose Collection. One of the many 1876-CC die pairings but easily identified as WB-35 by the top of a misplaced 8 digit in the denticles. Accurately graded with light gray-gold surfaces that have seen a long ago and now recovering. A decent example for the variety. From the San Jose Collection of Carson City Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
AU50 ANACS OWH
1346017
WB-11
R3
Original $525 New December 28! Popular Carson City Date, Copper Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. Large CC mintmarks. Old antique gray surfaces are covered with gold patina that glows under a light source. Strike is uniform and full with all reverse eagle feathers being nicely defined. The 1876 Carson City date is always in demand by date/mintmark collectors plus those that specialize in Carson City coinage. Housed in ANACS old white holder. Another quality Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
AU58 NGC
376129013

Original $385 New December 3! Original, Frosty Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. Bold reflective luster from mirrored surfaces is quite pleasing. Cartwheels are brilliant on obverse and reverse. Strike is complete with field ticks consistent with the assigned grade. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. An important offering from the New Jersey Collection of fine numismatic properties.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
EF45 PCGS
26674000
WB-29
R3
Choice $185 Choice Original, Gray Patina, Woodlands Collection. This is one of those coins where the GFRC images are plain horrible for the in hand and bright light quality. I like this piece due to the strictly original surfaces and the bright light performance. Under lighting, this piece appears to be full AU with ample luster reflecting through the transparent patina. Strike is full and there are a few fully toned over blemishes on the reverse that that bother me at all. The primary reasons for selecting this common date half are originality and bright light eye appeal. Housed in 2012 generation PCGS blue holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1878 1878
AU58 PCGS
30674741

Original $575 New December 15! Old Album Toning, Super Eye Appeal, Rose Centers, Blue Rims, Accuratelyu Graded, Seal Beach Collection. Lots of in hand and bright light eye appeal on this lovely 1878 half dollar strike from the Philadelphia mint. Obverse strike is completed executed while the reverse has just a touch of weakness at the lower left facing eagle leg. Gorgeous obverse toning features a light rose center with sky blue surrounding the left field stars and date. Under bright light, a tiny golden ring is seen at the rim. Upper reverse is covered with transparent copper gold patina. Why has an Original quality rating been assigned rather a Choice designation? If swirling the obverse under a light source and inspecting with a 10x loupe, some very faint hairlines are seen in the lower left obverse field. At GFRC, every offered coin is carefully inspected on a technical basis. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. More quality Liberty Seated half dollar duplicates from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1878 1878
AU53 PCGS
30847593

Choice $350 New December 31! Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Attractive Rose-Gold Patina, Completely Struck, Oregon Beaver Collection. A choice original 1878 Philadelphia strike that offers considered frosty cartwheel luster for the assigned AU53 grade. Surfaces are covered with light rose gold skin that is more pronounced at the stars and reverse legend. Strike is completely executed and adds to the overall appearance and desirability. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Yet another quality offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection that deserves special consideration.
Seated 50C 1878CC 1878-CC
VG10 ANACS OWH
2585787
WB-1
R4
Original $1900 New December 28! Rare and Underrated Date, Old Album Toning, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. An underrated Carson City date especially in VF or better. Mintage is a tiny 62,000 with a typical Seated half dollar date being in the 500,000 tho 1,000,000 range. Accurately graded with gun metal gray-blue patina that is probably secondary. Strike is uniform with overall pleasing appearance. Housed in ANACS old white holder. An important offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection. Missing from many date and mintmark set therefore an opportunity at asking price.
Seated 50C 1879 1879
VF30 raw
WB-101
R5
Cleaned $700 Rare Late Philadelphia Date, Original Obverse, Cleaned Reverse, Perfect For Dansco Album Collection, Half Way There Collection. Tall Hub Version 1. 1879 Philadelphia strikes have a tiny mintage of 4,800 and always in demand to complete a date and mintmark set. This example, from the Half Way There Collection, has seen a long ago mechanical clean leaving faint obverse hairlines and overall glossy surfaces. After the cleaning, this piece probably sat in a paper album with the obverse acquiring some nice rose, gold and blue rim toning while the balance of the obverse is light steely gray. Reverse is a uniform light gray and still recovering. Strike is nearly complete with only star 7 lacking connected centils. There are no distracting blemishes to discuss. Fairly priced for the rarity and old time problems. From the Half Way There Collection of slightly imperfect halves.
Seated 50C 1879 1879
VF30 raw
WB-102
R4
Market Acceptable $725 Rare Late Philadelphia Date, Fully Retoned, Long Ago Cleaning, Half Way There Collection. Tall Hub Version 2. 1879 Philadelphia strikes have a tiny mintage of 4,800 and always in demand to complete a date and mintmark set. This example, from the Half Way There Collection, offers medium gray surfaces that are a tad dull from an old cleaning. The surfaces have completely recovered leading to a Market Acceptable quality rating. Given the date's rarity, I could see this specimen ending up in a second tier grading service holder with straight grade. Strike is complete throughout obverse and reverse. There are no distracting blemishes to discuss. I have to believe that this piece will not last long at the asking price.
Seated 50C 1881 1881
VF30 PCGS
81465652

Original $750 Challenging Date, Original Surfaces, Gun Metal Gray Toning, Accurately Graded. A tiny circulation strike mintage of 10,000 for this later Seated half dollar date. Always in demand and popular. This example examples offer original surfaces that are covered with gun metal gray patina. Under a bright light, the obverse exposes well balanced gun metal blue and rose hues while rose dominates on the reverse. Strike is typical with a few obverse stars lacking connected centrils. Blemishes a minimal and consistent with the grade. Housed in new 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1883 1883
PR64CAM
PCGS
26687579

Gem New Price
$1975
Gem Proof Surfaces, Mirrored Cartwheel Luster, Attractive Toning, Conservative Grading, Winesteven Collection. Unfortunately this gem 1883 half is a proof strike rather than circulation strike. If a circulation strike, it would be sold multiple times due to gorgeous toning and bold strike. As a proof strike, this 1883 half is also spectacular and should be carefully considered. Accurately designated as a proof cameo by PCGS and graded MS64. The obverse olive-rose-gold patina is completely transparent to the underlying mirrors that are incredibly reflective under a light source. Gorgeous sky blue results when the obverse is slightly tilted! Uniform rose patina, along with a thin sky blue arc at the rim, dominates the reverse appearance. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. This 1883 PCGS PF64CAM CAC half is so attractive that I'm making a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. It will be a $1975 well spent once the piece is seen in hand. Just another great offering from the Winesteven Collection.
Seated 50C 1883 1883
EF45 ANACS OWH
2636535

Cleaned $580 Cleaned Net EF45, Secondary Blue Gold Patina, Rare Date, Burch Creek Collection. A difficult Philadelphia date. Surfaces have seen an old cleaning that has mitigated the natural frosty and luster. Now recovering with mottled blues and gold on the obverse and uniform light gold on the reverse. There is some strike weakness at the top of Liberty's head and stars 7 and 8. Housed in old white ANACS holder with AU Details, Net EF45 designation. Still a challenging date and priced to reflect the old surface impairment.
Seated 50C 1887 1887
VF35 raw
WB-101
Cleaned HOLD
$780
Rare Late Philadelphia Date, Original Obverse, Cleaned Reverse, Perfect For Dansco Album Collection, Half Way There Collection. Only 5,000 Liberty Seated halves were struck during 1887 rendering this date as one of the lowest in the series and only bested by the 1879, 1882 and 1884 dates. When first examining this specimen, I immediately the surfaces to be strictly original based on the obverse. Light gray patina is evident with rose-gray hues appearing under a bright light. Unfortunately, the reverse was mechanically cleaned with hairlines throughout the fields. The result is an unnatural reflective surface that has reacquired some gray coloring. Strike is typical. Attractively priced for the date and mintmark set collectors who still use Dansco or Whitman albums. From the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1888 1888
MS64 PCGS
50177080

Choice $1750 New December 15! Rare Business Strike Date, Choice Original, Mirrored Fields, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. One of the Philadelphia date issues from the low mintage period of 1879 through 1890. The 1888 features a low mintage of 12,000 but with a high survival rate in mint state. The MS64 grade level is the ideal value point as MS65 brings a price doubling. In MS63, I would expect too many hairlines as most example come with proof like fields and hairlines become too distracting. This lovely example offers brilliant reflective luster from mirrored fields. The overall appearance is consistent with the MS65 grade level but there is small chatter spot in the right obverse field that warrants the assigned MS64 grade. This is always the issue with heavily mirrored business strikes; any surface aberrations are amplified by the proof fields. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another quality Liberty Seated half dollar duplicate from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1889 1889
AU58 raw

Market Acceptable $1000 Low Mintage Date, Creamy Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Seal Beach Collection. At first glance one would assume this lustrous 1889 half would receive a Choice quality rating due to the creamy cartwheel luster and hammered strike. Prior to the 1980, old time collectors would have loved to own this example. In today's technical grading environment, this piece probably will not certify due to minor obverse hairlines in the upper left field and below the claws on the reverse. As a result of this blemishes, a Market Acceptable quality rating has been assigned but please consider the overall eye appeal against the asking price. The 1889 Seated half dollar date was struck in a 10 year timespan when Philadelphia strike totals dropped dramatically. This date has a tiny mintage of 12,000 and is always in demand. Offer in raw condition and an attractive consignment from the Seal Beach collection. Ideal for a high grade Dansco or Whitman album set.
Seated 50C 1889 1889
AU50 PCGS
11517653

Choice $900 New January 1! Low Mintage Date, Choice Original, Seal Beach Collection. 1889 is one of the low mintage and challenging late date Philadelphia years in the Liberty Seated half dollar series. Only 12,000 pieces were struck with about an equal amount PCGS certified in all circulated grade (110) as compared to mint state grades (115). At the AU grade level, this date is an excellent value with limited wear at a much lower circulated price tag. Seal Beach does it again and offers a frosty original AU example that will fit nicely into an advanced date and mintmark set. This choice example offers active cartwheel luster with a light gold ring at the stars and reverse legend. Strike is 100% complete also. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Many Seated half dollar collectors need the difficult later Philadelphia dates and this example should nicely fit into one of those projects.
Seated 50C 1891 1891
MS64 NGC
4220405011

Gem $1600 Gem Rainbow Toning, Bright Light Eye Appeal. All I can say about this outstanding better date Seated half is "WOW". This is a FUN show purchased that walked up to the table and how could I say no? GFRC images accurately capture the in hand appearance while viewing under bright light exposes blooming luster and the rainbow toning. Under bright light, the obverse center offers rose/gold hues that transition into blue, gold and aquamarine arcs at the rim. The reverse is quite similar. There is some weakness at stars 7 and 8 which is non consequential given the overall eye appeal. Housed in pre 2015 generation NGC edge view holder. Definitely a piece for an advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1891 1891
EF40 PCGS
84024857
WB-101
Original $200 Better Date, Original, Lovely Light Gray, Dark Gold Rims, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Half Way There Collection. The 1891 date is often forgotten and lacks respect due to last year of issue. Mintage is only 200,000 but being at the end of a date string with very low mintages is underwheming. In reality, it is a better date and worth consideration. This example is original with light gray-silver surfaces and a dark golden ring at the obverse rim. Strike is typical. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A solid Seated half dollar offering from the Half Way There Collection that is fairly priced and desire attention.