Liberty Seated Half Dimes

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Gerry Fortin Rare Coins continues to expand Liberty Seated half dime inventory for advanced variety collectors. Attributions are per Valentine and follow on research published by the Liberty Seated Collectors Club within individual Gobrecht Journal articles or presented in the Collective Volumes.

There are 61 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on October 11, 2018

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Small Date
MS63
PCGS
32831036
V-5 Obverse
Choice $1300 V-5 Obverse, New Indentified Reverse, Choice Original, Rich Obverse Toning, Perfect No Stars Type Offering. June 22 Update: This dime has been identified by LSCC club members as being V-5 late die state paired with new reverse die. At this time, three examples are known inclusive of this example. Surfaces are strictly original with the obverse covered by a transparent aquamarine and golden patina while the reverse is mostly silver gray. I love how the obverse aquamarine center is framed by a large golden ring due to the clean fields not cluttered by stars. Overall strike is deeply impressed and crisp from late die state dies. Bright light viewing is spectacular. Can't you sense how much I like this lovely little half dime? Freshly graded and housed in new 2015 style PCGS holder. Once viewing this piece in hand or under bright light, one immediately understands why CAC approval was granted.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Small Date
AU58
PCGS
24539578

Choice $625 New September 19! Small date, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Multi Color Patina, Completely Struck, Accurately Graded, Twins Lakes Collection. Some serious bright light eye appeal is at hand with the 1837 Small Date half dime. Frsosty cartwheel luster accentuates the multi color patina on both sides. Obverse is mostly burnt orange with ebony at the periphery. Reverse toning is more transparent to the underlying luster and features orange-gold that nicely frames an aquamarine center. Strike is 100% complete. Accurately graded and housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert and CAC approval. An ideal No Stars half dime for a type set collection.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Small Date
AU55
PCGS
21463436

Choice $565 Small Date, Late Die State, Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Golden Patina at Rims, Accurately Graded. Small Date date punch with double ovals forming the 8 digit in the date. This example offers choice surfaces and natural mottled gold patina towards the rims. Residual frosty luster is evident throughout obverse and reverse. Obverse die is in late die state with fragmentation of die steel at Liberty's upper leg below the knee and to the right of the right facing arm. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes. Housed in old PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. Accurately graded and above average in surface quality and eye appeal. CAC approval captures these facts.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Small Date
VF30 PCGS
84668196

Original $195 Small Date, Original Light Gray-Gold Obverse, Medium Gray Reverse, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. A no question 1837 Small Date example as can be easily attributed by the stacked double ovals in the 8 digit. This is an accurately graded example that is perfect as a type coin. Obverse has light gray-gold fields that contrast well with the nearly untoned main devices. Reverse is a uniform medium gray. There are no blemishes to be mentioned. Obverse strike is a bit mushy due to late die state die condition. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering from the Saco River Collection.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
No Drapery, Large Stars
MS64 PCGS
33990695

Gem $900 Eye Candy, Glowing Aquamarine-Rose-Gold Luster, Super Original, Accurately Graded, Santa Fe Collection. A very special 1838 Large Stars half dime that would be ideal for a mint state early type collection. GFRC accurately capture the colors as seen in hand. Bright light viewing leads to a glowing luster including a golden obverse ring at the stars and uniform rose-gold on the reverse. Strike is absolutely hammered with round stars and deeply impressed hair curls. Eye appeal is that of a higher grade but technically, this half dime is accurately graded due to two parallel micro lines on the obverse to the left of the date. These lines can be seen in the worst GFRC images (lines are parallel to the light source and enhanced) but not distracting when viewing in hand or with a loupe. Fresh graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A superb offering from the Santa Fe Collection.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
No Drapery, Large Stars
AU58 PCGS
83613842

Choice $285 Choice Original, Vibrant Frosty Luster, Mottled Aquamarine Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. Yet another case of where GFRC images fail to capture cartwheel luster on a lovely Liberty Seated coin. This 1838 No Drapery dime is an ideal candidate for a type set. Cartwheel luster has a frosty appearance and transitions to mostly golden hues under a light source. In hand viewing reveals mottled blues and gold as the primary colors that are accurately captured by my images. Strike is complete with rounded stars, full head details and all wreath leaves being deeply impressed on the reverse. There are no significant blemishes to report. Angling this half dime under a light source and inspecting with 10x loupe revealed a few wispy hairlines mentioned for 100% accuracy. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
Small Stars
EF40 PCGS
34271635

Choice $225 Small Stars Die State, Thick Crusty Patina, Choice Original, Crazy Joe Seated Specials Collection. The 1838 Small Stars die variety for Liberty Seated half dimes did not occur due to a smaller sized star punch as is the case for Liberty Seated dimes. Rather a Large Stars obverse die has badly degraded with rust pitting, die clashing and cracking. This obverse die is lapped in an attempt to remove some of the damage and results in weak and "smaller" sized stars. Obverse and reverse die clashing and a weak obverse are quick pick up points for cherrypicking. In the termination die state, a bold die crack is seen between Liberty's knee and stars 14 and 15. The offered example is from the Crazy Joe Seated Specials, a new face to GFRC. Surfaces are fully choice and covered with crusty gray patina. Grading is accurate at the EF40 level given the lapped obverse. It is best to grade small star variety by the reverse. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 5C 1838O 1838-O
No Stars
EF40
NGC Fatty
299771017

Choice $2250 Rare Date and Grade, Choice Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina, Conservative Grading, Saw Mill Run Collection. A richly toned 1838 New Orleans strike that is so choice and covered with gun metal gray and blues. For those familiar with the 1838-O half dime date, many are seen with weak strikes and terrible obverse details. This example is atypical and offers bold design detail. Significant as the first New Orleans half dime issue, and the only O-mint variety without stars. Also scarce with PCGS population report indicating only 17 graded at combined EF40-45 level. Housed in NGC Fatty holder (Generation 5 1992-1997) coupled with CAC approval. Another superb offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 5C 1838O 1838-O
G04 raw
V-1
Choice $135 Crusty Original Surfaces, Honest Wear, Scarce Date. A perfect example for a lower circulated grade Dansco or Whitman album set. This piece is perfectly original with old paper ring or bullseye toning. Surfaces are mostly rich gold with aquamarine and some blues. 1838 New Orleans surviving examples are scarce in all grades.
Seated 5C 1839O 1839-O
VF25 PCGS
25177707

Choice HOLD
$100
Small O, Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Crazy Joe Seated Specials Collection. One could not ask for a nicer 1839-O Small O half dime at the VF25 grade level. Surfaces are choice and blemish fresh. A uniform crusty gray skin covers both obverse and reverse and validates the unmolested nature of this lovely circulated example. Strike is nicely executed while I would opin that grading is a tad conservative. Housed in 2013 transition PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. Another quality offering from our new friend, the Crazy Joe Seated Specials.
Seated 5C 1840 1840
No Drapery
EF45 raw
V-4
Original $140 Original Gray, New Jersey Collection. An original gray example with ample devices details. Very well struck throughout obverse and reverse. Star 8 is repunched. There are a few random surfaces ticks on the obverse.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
AU53 NGC
4236745005
V-10
Market Acceptable $850 Medium O, Scarce V-10 Variety, Lustrous, Old Dip, Osprey Collection. This is the first V-10 1840 No Drapery handled at GFRC as quite scarce. Noted Liberty Seated half dime specialist, Steve Crain, commented that the, "To me the 1840-O ND V10 is a scarce and very interesting die marriage, and one well worth looking for and buying. The 1840-O ND V-10 would make one heck of a start to die variety collection, or would make a very nice addition to an existing date/mint set". The V-10 variety was first announced in Issue #67 of the Gobrecht Journal by Jack Marston, Kevin Zietler and Bill Harmon. Infortunately, two of these three New Orleans specialists are know deceased. Jack Marston and Kevin Zeitler identified the V-10 Medium O variety as a re-marriage of V-9 obverse with V-2 reverse; both being in late die states. Reverse die cracks from rim to (U)NITED and from rim up through the right stem are important diagnostics. The offered example has been dipped in the past and is essentially untoned. There are faint lines on the reverse that can be easily seen on GFRC images. Housed in newer NGC holder and from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
Large O, No Drapery
VF35 PCGS
18668166
V-1
Choice $695 Choice Original, Ebony and Gray Patina. An exciting and strictly original example of the Valentine 1 Large O variety. A gray base patina covered the entire dime along with ebony coloring surrounding the obverse stars/date and reverse legend. This piece is well struck with bold hair curls and star centrils along with detailed leaves in the wreath. Greer discusses this variety in the March 1990 Gobrecht Journal and indicates the variety can be located with and without a bisecting reverse die crack. The offered example is in an earlier die state without any die cracks. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. Please give this choice example some consideration if investigating 1840 No Drapery half dime varieties struck at the New Orleans mint.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
With Drapery
F12 raw
V-7
Original $125 New Orleans Collection, With Drapery Obverse, Scarce. Scarce is any circulated grade and an acquisition opportunity. Toned a light to medium gray with reverse being darker in the lower wreath. There is a minor rim impairment by Star 1 that is difficult to see in images and not distracting.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
VG08 raw
V-6
Original $200 New Orleans Collection, Transitional Open Bud Reverse. A Small O open bud is found on the V-6 variety. The offered example is original medium gray. Tone over lines are seen on the lower obverse. Reverse is boldly struck and details are consistent with higher grade.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
G06 raw
V-6
Original $200 New Orleans Collection, Transitional Open Bud Reverse. A Small O open bud is found on the V-6 variety. The offered example is original light to medium gray. A well worn example but still maintain strong rims and having nice eye appeal. There is a toned over rim impairment to the left of base on obverse. A challenging variety to locate.
Seated 5C 1841 1841
F15 raw

Original $30 Original Gray, Honest Wear, New Jersey Collection. A strictly original example with just honest wear and even light to medium gray patina. Obverse is fully blemish free while the reverse has a toned over mark at the base of HA(L)F. Perfect for a mid circulated grade Dansco set.
Seated 5C 1842 1842
MS64 NGC Fatty
156875004

Gem $825 Gem Original, Classic Deep Rose-Gold and Blue Ring Toning, Fully Struck, Conservatively Graded. A gem offering for fans of strict old time originality. Strike is perfect with all devices completely formed and deeply impressed. Surfaces are covered with thick rose-gold and blue patina. During bright light viewing, the obverse turns to fiery gold while the reverse is mostly aquamarine blue. Housed in old NGC Fatty holder with green label.
Seated 5C 1843 1843
MS62 NGC
2597612001
V-6a
Original $265 New August 28! V-6a Double Date, Original Surfaces, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Florida Collection. Crusty original surfaces are the highlight of this 1843 V-6a half dime. Under the thick patina are reflective fields that glows rose-gold under a light source. Strike is completely executed. If not for the thick patina and luster muting properties, this lovely early half dime could possibly grade higher. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view. A quality offering from the Florida Collection.
Seated 5C 1843 1843
AU58 PCGS
35647906

Original $175 New September 29! Hammered Strike, Original Aquamarine-Rose and Gold Patina, Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded, Eye Appeal. An early die state 1843 Liberty Seated half dime with hammered strike and attractive aquamarine-rose and gold patina on both sides. Frosty cartwheel luster is vibrant, especially under a light source. No traces of die cracks on the reverse as compared to many found with bold die cracks. There are no blemishes whatsoever to mention. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Attractively priced for the eye appeal and bold luster.
Seated 5C 1843 1843
VF30 raw

Choice $45 Crusty Original, Choice Surfaces, Ebony-Gray Patina. Fully wholesome and original with thick crusty ebony-gray patina. Perfect for a mid circulated grade Dansco set. Not blemishes whatsoever.
Seated 5C 1844O 1844-O
Large O
F12 raw
V-1
Choice $265 Choice Original, Even Gray, Early Die State, New Jersey Collection. Surfaces are original and covered with a uniform medium gray patina. This is an early die state example fo the V-1 variety. Some strike weakness is evident in the upper left wreath. Low mintage of 220,000 with few available in TPG holders.
Seated 5C 1845 1845
EF45 raw

Original $75 Original Uniform Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded. A popular date with the 5 digit in the date punched higher and separately from the 184 digits. Surfaces are strictly original with a moderate layer of gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Strike is nice and crisp. There is one reverse line through the right wreath that is fully toned over.
Seated 5C 1846 1846
VF30 PCGS OGH
4798546

Gem $3600 New October 11! Key Date, Gem Original Condition, Attractive Surfaces and Toning, Kansas Collection, A Special Opportunity for Seated Half Dime Collectors. One of just 27,000 pieces produced, the lowest mintage for any Liberty Seated half dime prior to 1863. In Choice VF this coin is at a very desirable level of preservation for the issue. Probably no more than 10% of the survivors are in higher grades. Old paper album bullseye toning that is more pronounced on the reverse. Gem original surfaces and preservation at the VF30 grade level. Housed in PCGS older green holder without CAC attempt. Sold into the Kansas Collection during January 2017 and now back to the market for fund raising by the consignor.
Seated 5C 1847 1847
PF63 NGC
2137935005

Original $13000 Important Opportunity, Very Rare 1847 Proof Strike, Original Gray, Soft Mirrors, Accurately Graded. Very rare With Stars proof strike with a stated mintage of 10 pieces. 1847 proof Seated Liberty half dimes were minted more than a decade before the Mint began its commercial offerings of proof sets with no official mintages were recorded. PCGS estimated a total of 8-10 pieces. All known examples are the V-2 variety, with the tops of all the numerals in the date touching the base of the rock and heavy reverse lettering. The offered example is strictly original with bold strike. All devices are deeply impressed with with fine detail showing on the stars, wreath, and bow. The surfaces are brightly reflective, and display vivid green and lavender patina. PCGS reports indicates a tiny grading populations with only one example graded at the PF63 level along with one at PF64 and three at PF65. CoinFacts auction records are sparse to say the least. Freshly graded and housed in new large font NGC holder. An important opportunity for advanced Liberty Seated coinages collectors to acquire a select piece of numismatic history.
Seated 5C 1847 1847
VF20 raw

Original $35 Original Gun Metal Gray. A nice seated half dime with honest wear and original gun metal gray patina. There are no blemishes on this specimen and perfect for a mid circulated grade Dansco set.
Seated 5C 1848/48 1848/48
Medium Date
MS65 NGC
3414583001
V-7 FS-302
Gem $3950 Tied for Finest Known V-7, Repunched 48, Superb Gem, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Lavendar-Rose Patina, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Cold Quarters Collection. What an amazing 1848 Liberty Seated half dime from an eye appeal perspective let alone the 1848/48 V-7 FS-302 die variety. As indicated in the GFRC images, this lovely example offers bold devices from a hammered strike. Cartwheel luster is vibrant with frosty textures and so pleasing. Transparent lavendar-rose patina covers both sides with lighter shades on the reverse. Dies are also heavily clashed as is so often seen on well struck with stars specimens. The 1848 date has a report mintage of 668,000 and is a rarity in MS65 or better. PCGS population report indicates only 1 graded at MS65 and another at MS66. NGC shows six in MS65 and one MS66 finer. This NGC graded example has no CoinFacts or Heritage auctions records. Heritage auctioned a PCGS MS65 CAC approved V-7 during May 2015 for $3525 as the only point of comparison. I like the Cold Quarters specimen better. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert and FS-302 variety attribution on the label. A substantial important to acquire both a condition census 1848 Liberty Seated half dime along with the intereesting V-7 die variety from the Cold Quarters Collection.
Seated 5C 1849O 1849-O
AU53
PCGS
15023035

Choice HOLD
$1600
Rare Date, Choice Original, Light Gold-Blue Patina, Satiny Residual Luster, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded. 1849 New Orleans strikes are a semi key date in the Liberty Seated half dollar series. My radar is always on the look out for this date along 1846 and 1853-O No Arrows. At the 2018 FUN show, this lovely example walked up to the GFRC table and was immediately purchased. PCGS has graded all of four pieces at AU53 with another five at AU55. Most importantly, only nine examples total of this date have been approved at CAC. Yes, only 9! This is the only AU53 example approved with another at AU58 followed by four in mint state. The date is definitely a rarity in choice condition with this example being well above average in quality. Overall, this example is choice original with light gold blue patina on the obverse and faint gold on the reverse. Residual satiny luster is evident during bright light viewing. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Don't wait long to grab this choice 1849-O example.
Seated 5C 1851O 1851-O
Large O
F12 raw
V-2
Cleaned $35 Old Clean, New Jersey Collection. Surfaces are light gray from old cleaning and now recovering with gold/rose toning.
Seated 5C 1852 1852
AU58
PCGS
28234145

Gem $235 New September 19! Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Perpheral Gold Patina, Heavy Die Polish Lines, Completely Struck, Accurately Graded, Twins Lakes Collection. Let's start the description for this gem original 1852 half dime with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Both sides emit frosty cartwheel luster that would please selective collectors. A careful 10x loupe inspection exposed diagonal die polish lines throughout the obverse fields. On the reverse, deep die polished line are seen between UN(ITE)D and AM(ERI)CA to the rim. Strike is hammered with not points of weakness. Accurately graded and housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert and CAC approval. CAC approval rewards the originality and substantial eye appeal. Hurry on this great offering.
Seated 5C 1852 1852
F12 raw
V-3
Cleaned $20 Old Clean, New Jersey Collection. An old cleaning has left the obverse fields a tad granular while the reverse is even silver gray with some darker patina surrounding the legend.
Seated 5C 1852O 1852-O
Large O
VF25 raw
V-1
Original $165 Original, Attractive Medium Gray, New Jersey Collection. A better Seated half dime date with low mintage of 260,000 pieces. This example has old album gray toning with blue hues that come alive under bright light. Conservative grading with an above average strike and no blemishes. I like this example and believe it would easily grade at the TPGs.
Seated 5C 1853 1853
With Arrows
AU53 raw

Choice $145 Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, YLee Collection. A lovely 1853 With Arrows half dime that offers choice original surfaces and crusty gray-gold toning on both sides. Nicely struck with heavy die clashing on the reverse. Perfect as type for a Dansco or Whitman album set. From the YLee Coyote Collection.
Seated 5C 1853 1853
With Arrows
EF45 raw

Choice $85 Choice Original, Deep Gun Metal Gray. A well balanced type coin with strictly original surfaces coupled with strong even strike. Both obverse and reverse are covered with uniform gun metal gray patina that is blemish free and uninterrupted. A quality half dime and strong candidate for a type set.
Seated 5C 1853 1853
No Arrows
F15 raw

Market Acceptable $120 Scarce No Arrows Variety, Old Clean, Gray-Gold Obverse. Low mintage of 135,000 and always in demand for a Dansco date and mintmark set. This decent example is recovering from an old clean with the obverse covered in gray-gold patina. The reverse is lighter color. Accurately graded and blemish free.
Seated 5C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU50 raw
V-2
Original $155 Original, Deep Gun Metal Gray/Blue. A pretty example with gray and blue gun metal toning with rose also mixed in under light. Reverse appears to be struck from lapped dime with portions of the legend nearly effaced. There are a few tiny and toned over circular divots in center area of obverse and reverse otherwise a nice original example.
Seated 5C 1855O 1855-O
AU55 raw

Choice New Price
$450
Choice Satiny Luster, Thick Old Album Toning, Better Date. Photographing darker toned Seated coinage for strong underlying luster is always a challenge. This is definitely the case for this deeply toned 1855 New Orleans struck half dime. Mintage for this date is a relatively high 600,000 but survival rates are very low. PCGS population report indicates a total of 21 coins slabbed at all AU grade levels with 9 each at the MS63, MS64 and MS65 grade levels. There is only one example certified as MS66. The offered example is fully struck with iridescent toning throughout obverse and reverse. Under bright light, an aquamarine obverse center is nicely framed with golden coloring surrounding the stars. The reverse exhibits a rose center that is surrounding by sky blue and finally, golden hues at the rim. As for blemishes, the obverse is entirely blemish free with a few wispy hairlines on the reverse above the denomination when the half dime is placed at an appropriate angle. Overall, this is a choice offering that will eventually be holdered. Consigned by an individual that wishes to remain outside the GFRC spotlight.
Seated 5C 1856 1856
AU55
NGC
2141349002

Choice New Price
$225
New October 8! Choice Original, Rich Gun Metal Gray Patina, Satiny Luster, Typical 1856 Date Strike, Accurately Graded, Jim Poston Consignment . 10% Price Reduction October 7, 2018 - Rich gun metal gray patina covers both sides and is more transparent on the reverse to the underlying satiny luster. A typical 1856 strike with missing denticles. Surfaces are blemish free. Housed in old NGC holder with standard insert. CAC approval captures the strict originality and choice surfaces along with accurate grading. A solid Liberty Seated half dime offering from Jim Postin.
Seated 5C 1857 1857
AU58 NGC

Original $165 Old Album Original Multi Color Toning, New Jersey Collection. An interesting half dime with strictly original surfaces with thick old album patina when conducting in hand viewing. However, bring out the bright light and the luster comes to life activates aquamarine and rose on the obverse and a blue ring framing a rose center on the reverse. Strike is a tad weak on Stars 9 through 13. Housed in old NGC holder dating back to the early 2000 timeframe.
Seated 5C 1857 1857
AU55+ raw

Choice $175 Near Gem Original, Superb Old Album Color. A super piece though common date. Deep rose and light green shades on obverse that transitions to dark blue at the rim. Reverse is even light gray with faint rub on the wreath leaves. Fields and devices are blemish free. Please give this offering consideration if searching for a quality type coin.
Seated 5C 1858 1858
MS63
PCGS
18683216

Choice $360 New August 24! Perfect Type Coin, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Transparent Sky Blue and Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Heavy Reverse Clashing. The 1858 Seated half dime date is consider common therefore an inexpensive candidate for a mint state type set. But the quality and eye appeal must be there; this offering features both. Vibrant frosty luster consistent with a higher grade is immediately noted during first viewing under a light source. Sky blue and gold toning is quite transparent to the underlying luster. Strike is typical. Reverse has heavily die clashing between denomination and right wreath devices. Blemish wise, there is one faint hairline seen between HALF and dime when swirling under a light source. This fact may explain the conservatively assigned MS63 grade. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert plus CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1858 1858
MS62 NGC Fatty
196865007

Gem HOLD
$350
New September 29! Gem Original, Wayte Raymond Bullseye Rainbow Toning, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Grease Filled Obverse Die, Heavy Die Clashing, Conservatively Graded. A spectacular 1858 Liberty Seated half dime with superior eye appeal. Both obverse and reverse feature classic Wayte Raymond old album bullseye toning along with bold frosty cartwheel luster. Bright light exposure creates sparking luster among the rainbow rings. But there is much more to this little half dime than meets the eye. Along with the eye appeal comes a grease filled obverse die that has left a depression in the lower shield and also filled in the strike between the legs. The reverse is also heavily clashed. This piece apapears to be conservatively graded at the MS62 level given the bold luster and lack of blemishes. I suspect that the obverse grease filled die and resulting strike impacted the assigned grade. This lovely half dime is much better than MS 62 when considering luster and lack of any blemishes. Housed in early NGC Fatty holder and worthy of special consideration.
Seated 5C 1858 1858
EF45 raw

Original $78 Original Gun Metal Gray Patina. Nice thick original toning throughout obverse and reverse. Perfect fields and devices.
Seated 5C 1858 1858
1858/1858
EF40 raw
V-1
Market Acceptable $195 Rare Double Date Inside Date Digits, Original Gray Reverse, Lightly Cleaned Obverse, West Texas Collection. This offering is the rare Repunched High Date as listed in Redbook and not the more common Inverted Date variety. A realistic ratio of ten Inverted Dates seen for every Repunched Date is probably realistic and suggests that this example is worthy of attention for the variety specialist. The reverse is strictly original with light gray patina while the obverse has an old clean with some faint hairlines under close 10x loupe inspection.
Seated 5C 1858O 1858-O
VF30 raw

Cleaned $135 Strike Through Error at Date, Collapsed Obverse Rim, Old Clean. Definitely a unique piece for the advanced seated half dime collector. Most obvious is the strike through error through bottom of 1 digit and below remaining date digits. The foreign material could a small piece of wire as the striking disturbance also impacted the collar function. The obverse features a compressed rim with the denticles smeared towards the stars and main device. Surfaces are a light gold/rose color from long ago cleaning with no blemishes to note.
Seated 5C 1859O 1859-O
MS64 PCGS
34671923

Choice $1000 New October 6! Choice Original, Lightly Toned, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Typical Struck, Accurately Graded, Denver Collection. The Denver Collection consignor is in the process of building a superior Liberty Seated coinage mint state type set with a high degree of difficulty. He is only selecting branch mints for the set and forgoing Philadelphia strikes. The challenge is substantial but progress is being made with several duplicated being consigned to GFRC. This offering is an exceptionally lustrous 1859 New Orlean half dime. The luster is frosty with vibrant cartwheels on both sides. Surfaces are lightly toned with blues at the reverse rim. Strike is typical for the 1859 timeframe as the Gobrecht design hub was about to be retired by Longacre and Paquet. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and a fine numismatic property to consider.
Seated 5C 1859O 1859-O
AU50 raw

Original $150 Old Wayte Raymond Album Toning, Few Blemishes, West Texas Collection. Obverse has acquired a combination of aquamarine, red, gold and dark blue coloring as one would expect from storage in an early brown Wayte Raymond paper album. Consignor reports acquiring this piece from same album lot as the 1857-O. There are a few scattered blemishes across Liberty and in the right obverse field.
Seated 5C 1860 1860
AU53 PCGS
34680933

Choice $135 New September 29! Iridescent Gold Toning, Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Lots of Eye Appeal. Considerable eye appeal results for the iridescent gold patina and frosty luster. Surfaces are strictly original and blemish free. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering for a collector building a higher end circulated Liberty Seated half dime set.
Seated 5C 1861 1861
AU58 PCGS
33278627

Original New Price
$180
New October 8! Original Surfaces, Frosty Devices, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Reflective Luster, Typical Strike, Few Obverse Lines, Jim Poston Consignment . 10% Price Reduction October 7, 2018 - Excellent bright light eye appeal due to reflective fields and frosty devices. In hand gray toning shifts to navy blues on the obverse with similar arc colors on the reverse. Reverse is weakly struck. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A solid offering from Jim Poston.
Seated 5C 1861 1861
AU58 raw

Choice $135 Choice Original, Mottled Gray Patina. A strictly original half dime with rim raised rims and ample luster under bright light. I've studied this piece closely with 10x loupe and fail to see wear but still assigning an AU grade.
Seated 5C 1862 1862
MS64 PCGS
60203517

Choice $535 Choice Original, Hammered Strike, Frosty Rose Cartwheel Luster, Heavy Die Clashing, Accurately Graded, Washington State Collection. A wonderful 1862 Philadelphia Seated half dime strike with frosty rose cartwheel luster that deserves special consideration. Strike is absolutely hammered with every tiny device detail being deeply impressed. Dies are heavily clashed. Grading is accurately as this is a solid MS64 based on no blemishes whatsoever and frosty luster. Originally purchased from GFRC during 2015 by the consignor. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and PNG reverse hologram. A quality type coin offering from the Washington State Collection.
Seated 5C 1863 1863
PF64
NGC
616402001

Gem $995 Gem Original, Fiery Mirrors, Dual Sided Rainbow Patina, Completely Struck, So Pleasing . An absolutely gorgeous Civil War era Liberty Seated half dime proof to consider. I don't typically stock proof coinage unless special and with superior eye appeal. When offered this piece at the Baltimore show, it was difficult to not add to inventory given the fiery mirrors and rainbow toning through both sides. GFRC images just begin to illustrate the overall eye appeal. Under a bright light, this piece is simply stunning and quite the conversation piece for the new owner. On a technical basis, there is one obverse hairline in the right field from right facing arm to legend that could justifies the MS64 grade level. However, the mirrors and toning are consistent with a higher gradede. Housed in early generation NGC holder immediately after Fatties. CAC approval was a foregone conclusion due to the incredible originality and conservative grading. Special attention is warranted for this differentiated 1863 proof half dime.
Seated 5C 1865 1865
MS64 PCGS
3575491

Gem $2250 New October 2! Tiny Civil War Mintage, Gem Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Rainbow Toning, Clashed Dies, Accurately Graded, Silicon Valley Collection. Low mintage of only 13,000 pieces during a period when the Philadelphia mint lacked silver bullion. This surviving example presents lightly mirrored fields and reflective cartwheel luster on the obverse and frosty textures on the reverse. Rainbow toning is shares of pink, aquamarine and gold are evident on the obverse while the reverse is even copper gold. Well struck with heavy die clashing on both sides. A 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes worthy of mention. Accurately graded, based on luster, and housed in early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. Another fine numismatic property from the Silicon Valley Collection.
Seated 5C 1867 1867
MS65+
PCGS
29682102

Gem HOLD
$2850
Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Rare Date, Heavy Die Clashing, Osprey Collection. Mintage for the 1867 date is a tiny 8,000 piece with this MS65+ graded example in the condition census given CAC approval. Regardless of its small size, this Philadelphia struck half dime makes a statement when viewed. Frosty cartwheel luster is immediately evident while bright light viewing exposes lightly mirrored fields. Obverse is heavily clashed while a prominent die crack is seen from STATE(S) to Liberty's clasp. Strike is nearly completed with only a touch of weakness at the gown line and lower maple leaf on the reverse. This piece is so enjoyable to study under 10x loupe as there are numerous obverse die spaghetti lines throughout Liberty's body and gown. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval is fully warranted given the overall quality and eye appeal. Another top quality offering from the Osprey Collection and worthy of an advanced mint set project.
Seated 5C 1867 1867
F15 PCGS
35971138
V-1
Original $725 New October 11! Key Seated Half Dime Date, Very Scarce, Strictly Original, Crusty Dirty Gold Patina, Few Circulation Marks, Accurately Graded. Tiny mintage of 8,000 pieces with the majority of survivors being in mint state and well preserved. 1867 business strikes have the lowest mintage of any regular issued Seated half dime. PCGS population report indicates only fifteen (15) total certified in grades ranging from Good 4 through EF45. This Fine 15 graded example is perfectly original with crusty golden patina on both sides. Since being in circulation, the obverse has a few toned over lines. Reverse is well struck with deeper toning shades and essentially blemish free. One of the few surviving circulated examples available and attractively priced. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 5C 1868S 1868-S
AU55
PCGS
28669105

Choice $245 New September 19! Choice Original, Dirty Olive-Gold Patina, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Grade, Twins Lakes Collection. This lovely 1868 San Francisco strike is perfectly original and worthy of consideration. Obverse is covered with a dirty olive gold patina while the reverse is mostly gold shades. Under a light source, frosty cartwheel luster comes into play and is more active on the reverse due to thinner patina. Bright light coloring shift between light to dark gold. Strike is typical for the date. Accurately graded and housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert and CAC approval. Another great offering from the Twins Lake Collection that will please the new owner.
Seated 5C 1870 1870
MS65 PCGS
25604866

Gem $800 Gem Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Peripheral Blue and Golds, Wire Rims, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection . Reflective cartwheel luster plus eye catching radial blues and gold toning are the highlights of this high grade 1870 Seated half dime. Strike is hammered with sharp wire rims. GFRC images accurate capture the coloring while viewing under a light source releases the brilliant luster. Mintage is limited at 535,000 with a PCGS population of 20. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An eye appeal numismatic property from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
MS64
PCGS
10976708

Choice $450 Near Gem Original, Huge Eye Appeal, Upstate New Year Collection. Gem eye appeal is the highlight of this lovely 1871 Liberty Seated half dime. Surfaces are perfectly original and are layered with transparent aquamarine and gold patina. Bright light viewing is where the fun is as the luster is frosty in nature. Strike is full across obverse and reverse. This piece is limited in grade to MS64 due to several hairlines in the left obverse field that are fully toned over but never the less visible under a 10x loop. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. I'm glad this little half dime received CAC approval as it is deserved due to the superior eye appeal and original surfaces.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
AU58 PCGS
35690513

Choice $165 New September 29! Mirrored Fields, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Eye Appeal on Steriods . How about a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation for this magnificent 1871 Philadelphia strike? This lovely piece offers mirrored fields and choice original surfaces. Bright light viewing is spectacular with bold reflective cartwheel luster. Obverse is toned a light gold with darker shafes at the periphery. The reverse is mostly aquamarine blue. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering for a collector building a higher end circulated Liberty Seated half dime set.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
EF45 raw

Original $58 Crusty Original, Medium Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. A crusty original 1871 half dime for that empty slot in a Dansco or Whitman album. Fully blemish free. I still pick up nice original seated collector coins when possible.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
VG10 raw

Original $28 Original Gray, Old Album Ring Tone, New Jersey Collection. An even gray example with old album ring tining on obverse and reverse. Surfaces are blemish free.
Seated 5c 1872 1872
AU50 raw

Original $65 Original Crusty Silver Gray Patina, Mottled Ebony, Bright Light Luster. A no question original 1872 Philadelphia struck half dime with crusty silver gray patina along with some light mottled ebony. Minimal wear and lots of glowing luster under a light source. Completely blemish free.
Seated 5C 1872S 1872-S
In Wreath
AU58 PCGS
5676954

Choice $200 New August 23! Near Gem Original, Vibrant Frosty Cartwheeel Luster, Aquamarine Gold Patina, Decent Strike, Accurately Graded. This gorgoeus 1872-S In Wreath half dime is a case where GFRC photography is simply unable to capture the vibrant frosty luster that this little silver piece provides. Under a bright light, the cartwheel luster effects are a true pleasure to view. Thin transparent toning is a combination of aquamarine, gold and some rose for good measure. Under a light source, gold rims frame mostly aquamarine centers on both sides. There are no blemishes worthy of mention. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder that dates back to the late 1990s. A most pleasing half dime for a type set. In hand inspection is necessary to appreciate.
Seated 5C 1872S 1872-S
Below Wreath
AU55 raw
V-3
Choice $135 Large S, Choice Original, Satiny Golden Luster, New Jersey Collection. Conservative grading was used on this nice 1872 Below Wreath mintmarked example. There is a significant amount of remaining satiny luster that my images are unable to capture. Obverse die is significantly eroded, especially below the date digits where the denticles are eliminated. As a contrast, the reverse strike is crisp with all wreath devices well defined. Under bright light, surfaces offer lovely gold coloring.
Seated 5C 1873S 1873-S
MS66
PCGS
32643128

Gem New Price
$1795
Gem Original, Brilliant Cartwheel Luster, Frosty Untoned Surfaces, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Winesteven Collection. Pre Central States Show Price Reduction! A spectacular 1873 San Francisco gem half dime strike with razor-sharp definition on the design elements. Surfaces are well-preserved and radiate brilliant prooflike reflectivity along with vibrant satiny mint luster. PCGS population is only six at the MS66 grade level with two certified finer. This special Winesteven Collection example is within or close to the condition census for the date. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval and seeking a home in one of the finest Liberty Seated half dime sets extant.