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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 97 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on August 20, 2017

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1856 1856
AU55 Details raw
WB-101
Cleaned $300 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
VF30 PCGS
82484909

Choice $160 New August 20! 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 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
EF40 PCGS
83797794

Original $160 New July 27! 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 1857 1857
AU55 PCGS
32227240

Original New Price
$275
Original Dipped Surfaces, Frosty White Luster, Accurately Graded, 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 1858 1858
AU58 raw

Choice HOLD
$345
Choice Original, Deep Gun Metal Steel Blue Toning, Hammered Strike, Pristine Surfaces, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. For fans of deep original toning. Strike is absolutely hammered with every device detail crisply impressed. Under bright light, this half exhibits gun metal steel blues with rose centers.
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 New August 10! 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
AU50 PCGS
81271419

Choice $250 Choice Original, Crusty Gray/Ebony Patina, Well Struck, Conservative Grading, Osprey Collection. A well preserved 1858 Seated half with choice surfaces and crusty gray/ebony patina. Strike is crisply executed throughout obverse and reverse with deeply impressed hair curls and all reverse devices. Under a light source, this piece exposes a substantial amount of gun metal blue patina. This piece is essentially blemish free and conservatively graded at the AU50 level. I would grade full AU55. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Even though this is a common date, this is a great piece for collectors who appreciate strict originality. Another quality offering from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
EF45 PCGS
27400347

Original $185 Original, Uniform Ebony/Gray Patina. A strictly original example with darker gray that is transitioning to ebony coloring. The toning is uniform across both obverse and reverse. Close inspection with 10x loupe only revealed a fully toned over mark by Star 4 otherwise fully blemish free. Housed in newer PCGS holder with blue and while label. Clearly an accurately grade piece.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU53 ANACS OWH
2636517
WB-101
Original $370 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
AU55
PCGS
33366404

Gem HOLD
$450
New August 19! Gem Original, Hammered Strike, Semi Transparent Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina, Accurately Graded, Tenafly Collection. How can you not like this wonderful 1858 New Orleans struck half? JUST BUY IT NOW is my recommendation, especially with a fresh CAC sticker. This half has a absolutely hammered strike, bold luster and perfectly original toning. GFRC images just can't do this half justice so please use your imagination. I love this piece! Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality piece from the Tenafly Collection.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU53 PCGS
33149968

Choice $350 Old Album Rainbow Rim Toning. Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. The Upstate New York consignor returns with an attractively toned 1858 New Orleans duplicate that needs to locate a new home. This is a lovely piece with a base gray patina and residual luster. An old album rainbow ring of color is seen on the obverse and adds to the eye appeal. Previously from the Seal Beach Collection and ready to migrate to the next advanced collection of Liberty Seated halves. There are no blemishes to discuss on these choice surfaces. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU58 ANACS OWH
2636516
WB-33
Original $535 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
EF40 PCGS
15584806

Choice $395 New July 13! Choice Original, Complete Strike, Even Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. A slightly better date San Francisco half dollar issue with choice surfaces and overall eye appeal. Mintage is only 476,000 with most examples seeing heavy circulation and surviving with varying degrees of problems. Strike is complete and there are no blemishes needing discussion. Overall a solid 1858-S example for the selective collector. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1858S 1858-S
AU53 PCGS
3668124
WB-10
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
AU55
PCGS
26454285

Choice $725 New August 19! Choice Original, Aquamarine/Blue Patina, Accurately Graded, Tenafly Collection. This 1859 Philadelphia strike is well preserved and definitely above average in overall quality. Surfaces are entirely original with considerable luster under a light source. During in hand viewing, the coloring is a gray and gold while bright light viewing brings about sky blue and faint gold at the rims. Main devices and fields are entirely blemish free while strike is a tad weak at the stars. Eye appeal is quite high when exposes to any secondary lighting. Previously from the Strawberry Fields Collection which sold at Heritage Auction during September 2013 and realized $764. Housed in 2012 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. A quality piece for the selective collector from the Tenafly Collection.
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
EF40 raw

Original $110 Deep Gray/Rose Patina, Decent Strike, West Texas Collection. Thick gray/rose patina dominates on the 1859 New Orleans strike. Strike is typical with a few stars lacking connected centrils; head details and hair curls are strong. A close 10x loupe review revealed no blemishes worthy of mention. Attractively priced and conservatively graded. From the West Texas Collection.
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
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
Original $325 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 1860 1860
EF45 PCGS
33274534

Original New Price
$180
Original Light Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, 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 1861 1861
EF40 PCGS
27408116

Original $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 $210 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
EF40 PCGS
32293402

Original New Price
$170
Original Gun Metal Gray, Fully Struck, 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 1861 1861
AU55 PCGS
82403948

Choice $435 Choice Original, Satiny Golden Luster, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderale Collection. Wow, what an attractive 1861 Philadelphia strike! A strictly original example with choice surfaces and lovely golden luster. Bright light performance is above average. Strike is complete throughout obverse and reverse. A common date but definitely worthy of special consideration if building a type set or Seated half date and mintmark set. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An quality offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU58 raw
W-1 WB-102
Original $450 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 New August 10! 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
AU53 PCGS
80818803
W-7
Choice $1200 Louisiana Administration Strike, Choice Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Gold Patina, Conservative Grading. A splendid Civil War half struck during the 1861 February-March timeframe while the New Orleans mint was under the State of Louisiana administrative control. Attributing Louisania strikes can be challenging but the W-7 die pairing can be identified by date punch and mintmark placement along with several minor reverse die cracks. The offered example is absolutely choice at the assigned AU53 grade level. Yes, I paid strong to acquire this lustrous piece for GFRC customers but the half is definitely worth the premium. Light gold cartwheel luster dominates the obverse appearance and is more consistent with a higher AU grade. The reverse cartwheel luster is also substantial and well compliments the obverse. Strike is complete on the reverse while the obverse has a few weak stars without connected centrils. I do not see any distracting marks and the only blemish to note is a faint bag mark to the right of the eagle's head. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and a special offering for those assembling 1861-O die pairing sets. The GFRC images are really poor as compared to having this piece in hand.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
AU53 PCGS
2796244
W-7
Original $765 New July 4! State of Lousiana Strike, Near Choice, GFRC Summer FUN Show Trip Purchase.. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and PNG reverse hologram. Full descriptions after returning Maine office. This piece will be in Summer FUN cases unless reserved.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Die Crack
EF Details PCGS
33220459
W-11 WB-102
Original $1850 New July 30! 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
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
Choice $650 New August 10! 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 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 New August 19! 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 1864 1864
EF45 PCGS
31486990

Choice $500 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 1864 1864
EF40 PCGS
32109926

Original New Price
$375
Better Philadelpha Date, Original Light Gray Surfaces, 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 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
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
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
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
EF40 PCGS
84396778
WB-5
Choice $435 New August 17! Civil War San Francisco Mint, Choice Original, Attractive Light Gray, Balanced Eye Appeal, Conservatively Graded. Small Thin S, A gorgeous EF40 graded 1865 San Francisco survivor with choice original surfaces. Light gray patina is uniform across obverse and reverse. Strike is reasonable with weakness on the right obverse field stars needing to be mentioned. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and conservatively graded. This is a strong EF40 example with considerable eye appeal and would please the most selective collector. Surfaces are entirely blemishes free also. What is there not to like about this 1865-S WB-5 offering?
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
EF45 ANACS OWH
2636518

Original $395 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 1866S 1866-S
Motto
EF40 PCGS
83580850

Choice $325 New July 13! 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
No Motto
EF40 PCGS
13681272
WB-1
Choice New Price
$2100
No Motto, Late Die State, Lovely Choice Original, Uniform Light 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 1866S 1866-S
With Motto
VF30 raw
WB-6
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
With Motto
VF10 raw
WB-6
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 1868 1868
F15 PCGS
31852918

Choice $160 Choice Original, Antique Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. A better Seated half dollar date with limited mintage of 417,600. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. GFRC images are accurate concerning antique gray patina and eye appeal at the F15 grade level.
Seated 50C 1868 1868
AU50 PCGS
19475639

Choice $500 New August 10! 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
VF30 raw
WB-102
Cleaned $185 Repunched 18 Digits, Dull Silver Gray Surfaces, Old Cleaning, Half Way There Collection. GFRC images accurately illustrated surfaces and overall coloring due to an old cleaning. From the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1868S 1868-S
F15 PCGS
08727794

Original $125 Near Choice, Uniform Gray Surfaces, Conservative Grading, Port Matilda Collection. A near choice Seated half that is well preserved with light to medium gray patina across obverse and reverse. Under bright light, a sky blue arc covers the date and surrounds portion of the reverse legend. Blemishes are miniumal for the Fine 15 assigned grade with only two toned obverse lines on the shield being noted. Without those lines, a Choice quality rating would have been assigned. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from the Port Matilda Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1869 1869
MS64 NGC
3039875002

Choice HOLD
$3275
Incredible Golden Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, Washington State Collection. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. A beautiful mint state Seated half dollar from the Washington State Collection. Full description to follow shortly.
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 1869 1869
AU58
PCGS
29903960

Gem HOLD
$725
New August 19! Gem Original, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Light Gold Toning, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Tenafly Collection.. An immediate JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is rendered for this incredible 1869 Philadelphia strike. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval is obsolutely warranted. A superb offering from the Tenafly and Seal Beach Collections that will become one of the highlights of an advanced Seated half dollar holding.
Seated 50C 1869S 1869-S
EF40 PCGS
33397700
WB-1
Original HOLD
$345
New August 19! Near Choice Original Surfaces, Old Eric Newman Like Old Paper Envelope Toning, Typical Strike, Tenafly Collection. Small S mintmark as is found on all 1869 San Francisco strikes. A near choice original example with thick gray patina and underlying rose-gold coloring when viewed under a light source. The toning is similar to that seen on Eric P. Newman halves when stored for decades in thick paper 2x2 envelopes. Strike is typical for the issue and pleasing. Previously sold into the Tenafly Collection from the well recognized Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder are seeking a new home in an advanced Liberty Seated half dollar 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
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
AU50 raw
WB-102
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
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
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 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
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 1871CC 1871-CC
EF40 PCGS
83514454
WB-2
Original $3000 Key Date, Original Surfaces, Gray-Brown Patina, Accurately Graded, Fairfield Collection. Locating strictly original Carson City halves is an ongoing challenge for collections. The 1876 and 1877 Carson City dates are the most available with the 1871 Carson City date being quite scarce but not as much as the 1878-CC and 1870-CC key dates. CoinFacts indicates that 17 examples have been grade by PCGS at the EF40 level but the last to reach auction was back during July 2012. This example is fully original with natural gray-brown patina. Grading is accurate. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Yet another quality offering from the Fairfield 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 1872CC 1872-CC
EF45 PCGS
21053450
WB-6
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.
Image Available Soon 1872-S
AU55 PCGS
84165009

Original HOLD
$1175
New August 2! Challenging Date and Grade, Strictly Original, Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Fresh to Market, Denver ANA New Purchase. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Fresh to market and Denver ANA show new purchase and sold immediately. Sorry, but I shipped this one so quickly that no images are available.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
No Arrows
Closed 3
AU53 PCGS
30922407

Original New Price
$355
Closed 3, Original Surfaces, Frosty Luster, Typical Strike, 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 1873CC 1873-CC
Sm CC
With Arrows
VF25 PCGS
24148500
WB-3
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
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
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 1874 1874
With Arrows
AU50 raw

Original $450 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 1874CC 1874-CC
VG10
PCGS
84336236
WB-3
Gem $2350 New August 9! 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 New August 10! 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 1875 1875
MS63 PCGS
83134702

Choice $850 Choice Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded. Completely fresh to market and just back from PCGS without a CAC submission. From an old time collection that is slowly being divested into the numismatic market. This mint state example offers frosty cartwheel luster along with crisp strike. Blemishes are limited to two tiny bagmarks in the right obverse field and one on the reverse above DOL. A nice quality example housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Images available on late Sunday or Monday, April 24.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
MS61 NGC
4345665004

Original $550 New August 11! 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
AU58 PCGS
2416539

Original $375 Original Surfaces, Mottled Gray Patina. Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. A perfectly original example with frosty luster and light gray mottled toning. Strike is complete. There are no blemishes whatsoever. A small rim cud is seen to the lower left of the 1 digit. Accurately graded and residing in PCGS old green holder. Old time originality from the Seal Beach Collection.
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 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
EF45 ANACS OWH
2636532

Choice $210 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
AU50 PCGS
81833120

Original $175 Misplaced Digit in Denticles, Original Olive Gray Surfaces, Grey Soldier Collection. A strictly original 1876 Seated half dollar offering from the Grey Soldier Collection that features a misplaced digit in the denticles directly below the final 76 digits. Surfaces are covered with semi transparent olive gray patina. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
VG10 PCGS
30709025
WB-106 FS-301
Original $675 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
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 1877 1877
PR63 PCGS
84255208

Choice HOLD
$1700
New July 27! Transitional Proof Strike, Rare Type One Reverse, Watery Mirrors, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection . A rare transitional proof strike variety with Type One Reverse. Nearly all 1877 halves, including the proofs, use a Type Two reverse which is easily identified by a closed lower bud on the olive branch closed. The olive leaves also lack bold center lines as seen on the Type One reverse. This example recently surfaced from an old time collection and is freshly graded. A well struck specimen with watery fields and strong contrast viewed viewed under a light source. Surfaces are covered with transparent layer of rose patina. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An important transitional variety offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection that deserves special attention and a home in an advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1877 1877
EF45 raw
WB-102
Market Acceptable HOLD
$1500
Very Rare Transitional Hub Type 1/Type 2 Die Pairing, Old Wipe, Golden Patina, Well Struck, Half Way There Collection . A Liberty Seated half dollar die variety rarity from the Half Way There Collection. This reverse die represents a transition from the old reverse of 1866-77 and the new reverse hub which debuted in 1876 and was used interchangeably with the old hub design during 1876-77. The Type 2 reverse has the split lower berry of the Type 1 Reverse but with the addition of sharply raised veins within the leaves. Astute Liberty Seated half dollar die variety collectors are well aware of the extreme rarity of the 1877 Type 1 obverse paired with Type 2 reverse during the reverse hub transition phase. This example is one of the few ever offered on the market. Surfaces are rated Market Acceptable as probably dipped and recovering with mottled golden patina on the obverse and combination of gold and blues on the reverse. Strike is well executed with the assigned EF45 grade being accurate. There are no significant blemishes to discuss. If strictly original, I could see the asking price being 2x of the current GFRC level. An important rarity from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1877CC 1877-CC
AU53 PCGS
22052131
WB-11
Choice $750 Repunched 77, Choice Original, Uniform Gray with Golden Hues, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. A superior example of this Carson City date. 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 on this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
AU55 PCGS
33233209

Gem HOLD
$380
Gem Original, Flashy Cartwheel Luster, Golden Rims, Conservative Grading, Seal Beach Collection. Former from the Pleez B. Seated Collection and an amazing duplicate from the Seal Beach Collection. Luster is bold and flashy and well highlighted by consistent gold rims on obverse and reverse. Strike is crisp and fully executed. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and a no question A JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Just another gem original example from the Seal Beach Collection that should not last long on the GFRC price lists.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
VF25 raw
WB-104, WB-38
Market Acceptable $185 Reverse of 1878-S, Medium Gray Patina, Reflective Surfaces, Half Way There Collection. Most avid Liberty Seated half dollar collectors will never be able to locate or afford the 1878-S date for their sets. However, this decent 1877 San Francisco example was struck with the reverse die later employed for key date 1878-S mintage. Surfaces are covered with light to medium gray patina that looks to be original during in hand viewing. Under a bright light, the surfaces adds some golden hues and are a bit too reflective to be strictly original. Therefore a Market Acceptable quality rating is assigned. I could see this half in a TPG holder in the future. An interesting die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
EF45 PCGS
26674000
WB-29
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 1879 1879
VF30 raw
WB-101
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
PR62 PCGS
25340732
WB-101
Choice HOLD
$925
Ex. Colonel Green/Eric P. Newman Collection, Old Paper Envelope Toning, Conservatively Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. The Eric P. Newman specimen dating back to Colonel Green Collection. Last auctioned November 2013 and housed in the classic Eric P. Newman brown label NGC holder. It appears that this piece was crossed into a PCGS holder and is once again on the market as part of the Oregon Beaver Collection consignment. This proof strike offers deep mirrors with considerable brilliance on the reverse, while the obverse displays shades of reddish-blue toning. The strike details are complete throughout, and there are no distracting contact marks on either side. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1879 1879
VF30 raw
WB-102
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 1880 1880
PR63 PCGS
27956618

Choice $1450 Choice Original, Blast White Surfaces, Glowing Mirrors, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. Blast white surfaces and watery mirrors are the highlights of this attractive 1880 proof strike. Overall appearance is that of a higher grade but accurately graded on a technical basis due to bag mark in the central right field. Strike is fully executed throughout obverse and reverse. A no question proof with sharp wire rims. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. An attractive Seated half proof offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
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 $2200 New July 21! 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 $2200 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 $635 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 $850 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 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 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.