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 88 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on February 19, 2017

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Lg Date
AU50 PCGS
19347325
V-1
Choice $425 Repunched Date, Choice Original, Excellent Type Example, Central California Collection. Clearly an above average example of this one year type with no stars in the obverse fields. Repunching is seen under all the date digits as the obverse is in an early die state. This lovely half dime is strictly original with gray and ebony toning on the obverse while the reverse is a tad lighter with even gray surfaces and some darker tone at the rim. There are no blemishes to note. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue lable and standard ring insert.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Large Date
AU55
PCGS
28209364

Choice $595 Triple Punched Date, Near Gem Original, Gray-Rose and Gold Intermixed Patina, Conservative Grading, Saw Mill Run Collection. How easily it is to fail in love with this near gem original first year Liberty Seated half dime strike. This piece offers the right balance of original toning, a complete strike and lots of eye appeal for those who can appreciate the appearance of original silver surfaces. Definitely an early die state Large Date punch example with triple punching on the 8 digit and double punching on the 7 digit. An errant bottom loop of the 8 digit is seen intersection the denticle directly below. Surfaces are covered with combination gray-rose and gold patina. Grading is conservative. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. A top quality example from the Saw Mill Run Collection that would please the most selective advanced collector.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Large Date
AU55
NGC
2044714010
V-2
Choice $500 New January 30! Choice Original, Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. A perfectly original 1837 V-2 Large Date half dime with light gray-gold patina. Obverse exhibits a die crack through the rock and shield that turns upward through the pole and cap to the rim. Another die crack connects at the center and drops along the lower leg to foot and then rim. Strike is complete throughout obverse and reverse. Housed in NGC Stack's W 57th St Collection label holder. CAC approval recognizes the accurate grading and originality. Another quality offering from the Saco River Collection.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Sm Date
MS63
PCGS
32831036

Choice $1300 Choice Original, Rich Obverse Toning, Perfect No Stars Type Offering. Talk about eye appeal on this attractive No Stars Liberty Seated half dime. 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
Large Date
MS63 PCGS
33506836
V-2
Choice $950 New January 19! V-2 Shattered Obverse, Large Date, Choice Original Frosty Surfaces and Luster, Accurately Graded, Grey Soldier Collection. Once again the Grey Soldier Collection consignor digs deep in his bank box for another superb consignment. This lovely 1837 Large Date half dime offers original frosty luster along with choice surfaces that sport some faint gold at the rims. A shattered obverse die presents multiple die cracks exiting to the rims. There is a substantial die crack through the rock and shield that turns upward through the pole and cap to the rim. Another die crack connects at the center and drops along the lower leg to foot and then rim. Yet another die crack is forming at 2:30. Strike is complete throughout obverse and reverse. The GFRC images simply don't do this half dime justice as the luster is so bold during in hand and bright light viewing. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and fresh to market. A top quality offering from the Grey Soldier Collection.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Sm Date
MS65 PCGS
13647511

Gem $2950 Consigned from an old time collection and so consistent with my expectations for a gem grade designation. Strike is hammered with every minute device detail being crisply impressed. Surfaces are frosty and covered with transparent golden patina that is mo. Consigned from an old time collection and so consistent with my expectations for a gem grade designation. Strike is hammered with every minute device detail being crisply impressed. Surfaces are frosty and covered with transparent golden patina that is more concentrated at the obverse and reverse rims. This beautiful specimen simply glows under bright light. How I wish all Liberty Seated coinage could be as well preserved and untouched as this Small Date example. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. There has been no CAC attempt for this outstanding half dime and one is definitely warranted as all the ingredients are present for CAC approval. Asking price is fair for a quick sale.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
Lg Stars
AU50 raw

Market Acceptable $95 Maine Collection, Gray Patina. A pretty 1838 seated half dime with light gray/gold patina that is so typical of many Maine Collection type set pieces. As mentioned in other listings, these coins were housed in Wayte Raymond album pages for decades and have toned nicely. At first glance this piece looks to be original, but under a loupe there are hairlines in the right field under the patina. The reverse is a light gray and though I don't see hairlines, the coloring may indicated an old cleaning. I've assigned an AU50 grade while netting the pricing at EF40 monies due to the obverse hairlines. Definitely an inexpensive selection for a Dansco set.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
Sm Stars
MS62 NGC
1630580008
V-2
Original New Price
$550
Corroded/Clashed Dies, Even Gun Metal Gray. The 1838 small stars variety is not related to an undersized star punch issue. The small stars obverse die was lapped by mint workers to the point that Star 2 is nearly effaced and the balance of the stars having a size reduction. These dies were poorly handled with severe corrosion and clashing. In the terminal die state, a die crack is seen from Liberty's knee to Star 13. The offered example lacks the terminal die state crack but has all other diagnostics to qualify as a small stars V-2 variety. The assigned NGC MS62 grade is accurate and fair as the obverse is choice original with gun metal gray/blue patina. The reverse is a tad ligher in color and has a few wispy hairlines that are seen under bright light inspection. Die clashing on the reverse is massive with raised metal and the E in DIME being higher than surrounding lettering. Housed in old NGC holder without the Small Stars attribution on the label. The blurry spot on reverse image on D(IM)E is from the holder and not on the actual coin.
Seated 5C 1838O 1838-O
No Stars
EF40
NGC
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
G4 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 1839 1839
MS64
PCGS
28267590

Gem $1050 Gem Original, Light Golden Gray Patina., Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. A gem original 1839 Philadelphia strike that is covered with light gray-rose patina. The assigned MS64 grade is accurate given the frosty cartwheel luster on such a small silver denomination. Strike is completely executed with rounded stars, full hair curls and all reverse wreath leaf veins being crisp. This lovely half dime offers the perfect balance of eye appeal, originality and strike and would please the most selective collector. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. A wonderful offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection that deserves your attention.
Seated 5C 1839O 1839-O
MS64
PCGS
25608031
V-5
Gem $2695 New January 8! V-5, Shattered Obverse, Gem Original Example, Frosty Luster, Accurately Grade. . A superior high grade example of the V-5 die pairing. Both obverse and reverse dies were well eroded and cracked when striking this mint state example. Originanl surfaces are offer frosty creamy luster. Strike is hammered with all stars being deeply impressed, full hair curls and well defined veins in the reverse wreath leaves. A Gem quality rating has been assigned given the right combination of originality, a superb strike and overall eye appeal. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. An offering for advanced and selective collectors alike.
Seated 5C 1840 1840
With Drapery
AU55
PCGS
28934292

Choice $450 New January 21! Crusty Original, Choice Surfaces, Low Surviving Population, Accurately Graded, Indiana Collection. 1840 With Drapery half dimes and dimes are both difficult to locate in EF and AU couple with being choice. The half dime strikes may be just slightly more available than dimes but still an important opportunity when a choice example arrived to market. This is the case with this crusty original example that is accurately graded by PCGS at the AU55 level. Strike is excellent and surfaces are entirely blemish free. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert. CAC approval recognizes the eye appeal along with accurate grading and perfectly original surfaces. You can't go wrong with this duplicate from the Indiana Collection.
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 1840 1840
EF45 raw

Original $110 Crusty Original, Bold Strike, Blemish Free. A lovely little No Drapery half dime that is the definition of "crusty original". Strike is bold with all devices well executed. Surfaces are entirely blemish free.
Seated 5C 1840 1840
No Drapery
MS64 NGC
3023312003
V-6
Choice $575 New January 19! V-6 Bisecting Obverse Die Crack, Perfect Strike, Iridescent Aquamarine-Rose Toning, Accurately Graded, Grey Soldier Collection. A lovely example for the 1840 No Drapery V-6 variety with a bold vertical die crack that bisects the obverse into equal sections. The die crack crosses the 8 digit, then up along the right shield edge and right side of Liberty before exiting to the rim above the head. Another horizontal die crack is connect to the vertical and moving into the right field. Eye appeal is high on this piece due to iridescent aquamarine-rose and gold toning. Bright light viewing exposes more gold under the darker in hand coloring. Accurately graded and another important prize from the Grey Soldier Collection for Liberty Seated coinage enthusiasts. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
Lg 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
Small O
AU50 PCGS
30790302
V-4
Original $450 New February 19! Small O, Late Die State Cracked Reverse, Original Light Gray Surfaces, Indiana Collection. The V-4 Small O die pairing with the reverse being heavily cracked. Obverse die shows considerable erosion resulting in grainy or textured fields. Surfaces are original with mottled gray toning that is very difficult to photograph. In hand viewing is necessary to appreciate this 1840 No Drapery half dime. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. More variety offerings from the Indiana Collection
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
No Drapery
AU53
PCGS
24063935
V-4
Choice $750 V-4 No Drapery, Small O, Ex Al Blythe Collection, Choice Original, Golden Toning, Saw Mill Run Collection. A important offering given the challenging V-4 No Drapery Small O variety and Al Blythe pedigree. This lovely example is fully choice with frosty golden surfaces and luster. Struck from late die state dies as obvious metal flow lines are visible throughout obverse and reverse. The reverse also offers several die cracks including a horizontal crack from UNI(T)ED through wreath to (D)IME and another from the right ribbon end down to the denticles. Housed in 2013 PCGS transitional holder with blue label and edge view insert. CAC approval is completely warranted. A special opportunity for variety collectors from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
Large O
AU55 NGC
1854493002
V-8
Choice $2600 New February 19! Rare Large O, ex. Eliasberg, Choice Original, Light Gold Frosty Luster, Indiana Collection. Ex. Eliasberg collection. The rare V-8 die pairing featuring a Large O reverse with long die crack from DI(M)E down through mintmark and ribbon bow. Strike with a heavily clashed reverse die that includes a die rust patch below the bow ribbons. Surfaces are original with soft satiny luster. Strike is complete with some rub on the left breast and lower leg. Since writing this description without the LSCC Collective Volumes, I'm unable to provide a detailed history on prior die usage. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. An important offering from the Indiana Collection.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
With Drapery
EF40 NGC
2581904014
V-7
Original New Price
$825
Original, Even Gray Patina, Very Scarce at Grade Level, Accurately Graded. 1840 New Orleans with drapery dimes are infrequently seem especially in grades below AU. The EF40 grade provides a good price point to secure nearly all details while AU and MS examples jump quickly in price. The offered example has light gray natural surfaces and is well struck with strong hair details and star centrils. Reverse has some weakness on the upper wreath leaves. Housed in latest NGC holder. This is the second time that GFRC has handled this piece as it transitions from one advanced seated collection to another. Please give this one careful consideration.
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
G6 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 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
VG8 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 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 1843 1843
AU55 PCGS
81305105
V-6a FS-301
Choice $200 New January 19! V-6a Double Date, Light Crusty Gray, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded Near Gem, Grey Soldier Collection. A near gem original example of the popular 1843 repunched date. Repunching below the date digits is bold and well defined. Surfaces are covered with light crusty gray patina while the strike is absolutely hammered. A single micro blemish is seen on the obverse near star 6 but is completely toned over otherwise the balance of the half dime is problem free. Housed in 2015 style holder and ready to move into a top quality Seated half dime collection. Another quality offering from the Grey Soldier bank box. I hope that box is deep and endless....
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 1844O 1844-O
VG10 raw
V-2
Original $215 Original Gray, Reverse Rotated 180 Deg. Medium gray patina covers both the obverse and reverse on this strictly original half dime. The coloring is a tad deeper on the obverse. The reverse rotation is exactly as shown in the images.
Seated 5C 1845 1845
EF40 raw

Choice $85 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray, Golden Highlights, Upstate New York Collection. A fully struck 1845 Philadelphia example with strictly original surfaces. Gun metal gray is the dominant color during in hand viewing while gold hues are exposed under bright light. There are no blemishes to provide a distraction during inspection with 10x loupe. Another wonderfully toned half dime from the Upstate New Yorl Collection and ready for a Dansco album.
Seated 5C 1845 1845
EF40 ANACS OWH
710097

Choice $80 Choice Original, Residual Luster, Conservative Grading. ANACS old white holders typically holder conservatively graded coins and when an old collection comes to market, the collectors/dealers take notice. This 1845 half dime offers strictly original surfaces and a lightly repunched date. Obverse is toned a light gun metal gray/blue while the reverse is mostly silver gray. There is luster remaining in the fields leading to a pleasing appearanced under bright light. No blemishes are noted...just a quality half dime for your consideration.
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 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 1848O 1848-O
MS63
PCGS
11217733
V-2
Choice $1100 New January 19! V-2 Eroded, Cracked Reverse. Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded, Grey Soldier Collection. 1848 New Orleans strikes are so underrated at current levels given the anemic TPG populations and lack of auction appearances. This 1848-O V-2 example is an important opportunity for the advanced Liberty Seated half dime collector. Surfaces are choice original throughout but with different luster characteristics between obverse and reverse. Let's start with the obverse. Frosty luster dominates with brown gold shades at the rim. Strike is absolutely hammered with large round stars. The reverse is completely different due to a badly eroded die. Luster has a satiny texture as the die appears lapped with loss of device details along with multiple die cracks. This reverse has a pebbled surface that reminds of late die state 1839-O Huge O dime strikes. Thus the weaker satiny luster. CAC approval validates the strict originality and accurate grading. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 5C 1849O 1849-O
Large O
AU55 NGC
62947005
V-2
Original $1850 Heavy Date, Rare Grade, Original Brilliant, Luster, New Jersey Collection. One has to conduct some research in the population reports to appreciate the importance of this 1849 New Orleans half dime offering from the New Jersey Collection. This piece was purchased in the March 13, 2004 Bowers and Merena sale and held since that time. CoinFacts reveals a population of (5) pieces in AU55 with the last PCGS graded piece sold way back during 1995 and (2) NGC graded examples during 2010. Therefore an important opportunity to acquire this key date in high grade. Surfaces are untoned and radiate a huge amount of luster throughout obverse and reverse. The dies used to strike this piece are in a late die state with die cracking an frosty die erosion surrounding the stars and legend. Housed in old NGC holder dating back to the early 2000 timeframe.
Seated 5C 1849O 1849-O
Large O
VG8 raw

Choice $90 Heavy Date, Large O, Choice Original Ebony Toning. An attractive lower grade example of this scarcer date with ebony fields and gray/rose main devices. Surfaces are choice original without blemishes. A perfect selection for mid grade Dansco set.
Seated 5C 1850O 1850-O
AU50 raw

Original $215 Original, Light Olive Gray Patina, Hammered Strike, Osprey Collection. A well struck and strictly original 1850 New Orleans half dime is offered from the Osprey Collection. This is a scarce date with low PCGS population numbers as a reference (8 in AU50) and a low mintage of 690,000. Surfaces are covered with a light to medium olive/gray patina that shows rose hues under a bright light. No blemishes and a hammered strike. Definitely worth considering for a Whitman or Dansco album set.
Seated 5C 1850O 1850-O
Large O
AU58 NGC
57350620
V-2
Gem $875 Round Fat O, Gem Original, New Jersey Collection. This is a special offering that belongs in an advanced collection. Purchased by the consignor in a 2003 Bowers and Merena sale and off the market since that time. Surfaces are pristine with just a touch of rub on the leg and lower wreath. Frosty golden luster is the best way to describe the in hand and bright light appearance throughout obverse and reverse. How about rarity? CoinFacts indicates a population of (9) but where are these pieces? The last sales record goes back to January 2006 or earlier. A dipped PCGS AU55 did sell during 2014 otherwise considerable patience is required for locating a high quality example. Patience is rewarded with the appearance of this splendid example to the market. Housed in early 2000 generation NGC holder and ready to be placed in a serious Seated half dime collection.
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
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
AU50 raw

Choice HOLD
$500
New February 19! Massive Reverse Cud, Choice Original, Gray-Gold Surfaces, Very Rare Terminal Die State, Indiana Collection. An amazing terminal die state example with massive reverse retained cud from fully broken die at (UNI)TED. Finding a piece with such a huge cud would be news but then consider the choice original surfaces. This is not a junkbox find but rather a strictly original example that has been well preserved. Obverse show strike weakness at denticles and stars 4 through 6 opposite the reverse retained cud. Is this piece unique? Actually, this is the fourth known example according to Liberty Seated half dime expert, Stephen Crain. He wrote the following in an email upon seeing AU50 example listed on GFRC price list. "Based upon my own experience, I would say that it is rare, but certainly not unique. In 2008 I saw two (2!) examples in one LSCC member's collection, and was finally able to pry a nice ANACS EF-45 example from him, which now resides in my reference collection. Later, in January of 2015, I was offered another nice EF-40 Raw example by Brian Greer which I also purchased. So, based upon just these examples, I now know of four examples, including yours. I would judge this very late die state to be rare, but not unique, and of course it is of considerable interest to collectors, as are all cud examples. I would also add that this cud must have occurred in one single catastrophic event, as all examples seen exhibit the very same cud; none seen have either a larger nor a smaller cud." An important terminal die state offering from the Indiana Collection.
Seated 5C 1853 1853
With Arrows
AU53 raw

Choice $125 Choice Original, Light Silver Gray, Ample Luster, Seal Beach Collection. Perfect for the grade and an ideal type coin for a Dansco or Whitman album set. No blemishes whatsoever were seen on choice surfaces.
Seated 5C 1853 1853
With Arrows
AU55 raw

Choice $135 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray, Residual Luster. A well struck example of the popular 1853 With Arrows as a type coin. Strike is crisp with all stars rounded and centrils connected while the reverse veins are completely defined. Surfaces are strictly original with a fairly transparent gun metal gray that allows ample reflective luster to shine through. Trust me on this piece, it is a good value at the asking price.
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 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU50 PCGS
20653661

Choice New Price
$135
Choice Original, Late Die State, Central California Collection. A strictly original half dime; even gray patina is well framed by a deep gold/blue ring at the rim on the obverse. The reverse is mostly a deep gray color with rose hues in the center. Dies employed to strike this piece are heavily clashed and eroded resulting in softer devices. There are no blemishes to mention. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert.
Seated 5C 1854O 1854-O
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 PCGS
19306348

Choice New Price
$550
Choice Original, Late Die State, Conservative Grading, Central California Collection. I really like this lovely 1855 New Orleans half dime for several reasons. This piece was struck from a very late die state obverse that is cracked and rusted. The strike is crisp and allows the variety specialist to view every tiny rust spec throughout Liberty and within the fields. The right hand stars are bridged by a thick die crack. This worn out obverse die is paired with a pristine reverse die with sharp device details. Overall toning is light gold with plenty of remaining luster to activate the toning under bright light; bright light is where this piece shines. I believe this piece is under graded and should be in an AU58 holder. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert.
Seated 5C 1855O 1855-O
AU55 raw

Choice $495 New January 24! 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 1855O 1855-O
VF25 raw

Original $80 Crusty Original Gun Metal Toning. A strictly original piece with thick patina. Both the obverse and reverse are toned in gray/blue shades. Strike is reasonable. Obverse is blemish free while reverse has few tiny marks that are toned over and consistently with the grade.
Seated 5C 1856 1856
EF40 raw

Original $60 Original Surfaces, Typical Strike, Seal Beach Collection. Strictly original surfaces are covered with semi transparent gray patina that exposes some rose hues under bright light. Typical strike for the 1856 date. A quality piece from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 5C 1856 1856
VF20 raw

Original $30 Original Crusty Gray, New Jersey Collection. This is definitely a crusty old piece with thick gray patina on the obverse and lighter coloring on the reverse center. Accurately graded and a typical 1856 strike.
Seated 5C 1856O 1856-O
EF40 raw
V-5
Choice $145 Choice Original, Eye Appeal. A lovely V-5 example with diagnostic die crack between (UN)ITED and the closed 5 digit. Surfaces are strictly original and blemish free. Obverse has reflective fields with light gray center than transitions to blue, gold and some rose towards the rims. The reverse is a mix of gray and rose coloring with deeper region under the bow. My images are unable to capture this coin's beauty in hand or under bright light.
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 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
EF45 raw

Original $125 Original, Obverse Die Degradation (Halo'ing), Cracked Reverse. Another unique seated half dime for the advanced collector. Obverse has special character due to excessive halo'ing around Stars 6 through 13 and Liberty's right side that appears to be caused by peeling or cracking of the die steel. The reverse is cracked at the ribbon bow and stem ends to rim along with heavy metal flow lines behind UNITED STATES and a small cud forming above UNI(TE)D. A great conversation piece concerning minting anomalies.
Seated 5C 1857O 1857-O
AU58 raw

Market Acceptable $185 Old Wayte Raymond Album Toning, Lustrous, Old Dip, West Texas Collection. Old album toning dominates the obverse while the reverse is untoned. An AU58 half dime that has been dipped in the past and placed into a paper album. West Texas consignor reports this piece came from an old brown Wayte Raymond album of the 1930s/1940s era. Priced accordingly and ready for a new home in a Whitman or Dansco album collection.
Seated 5C 1858 1858
Doubled Date
EF40 raw
V-1
Market Acceptable $275 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 closed 10x loupe inspection.
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 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 1858O 1858-O
VG8 raw

Original $50 Planchet Defect, Original Gray Patina. An interesting piece for the avid Liberty Seated half dime collector as I've not seen a comparable Seated dime with same type of planchet defect. Surfaces are strict original with even medium gray patina. There is some graffiti in the right obverse field (an "H') but does not distract from the planchet defect.
Seated 5C 1859O 1859-O
AU50 raw

Original $210 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 1861 1861
AU58 raw

Choice $145 Choice Original, Golden Blue Patina, Upstate New York Collection. Lots of remaining luster on this pretty 1861 half dime. This piece is perfectly original with golden base toning intermixed with blue hues. Strike is complete and there are no blemishes or distractions. This piece will easily grade at a TPG, I guarantee it!
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
AU53 raw

Choice $150 Near Gem Original, Rainbow Toning, Eye Candy. An absolutely lovely Seated half dime that does not require a long description as the images speak for themselves. This little near gem is strictly original and toned with multiple colors including rose, aquamarine and blues. There are no blemishes to discuss. For the collector who wants very attractive toning at a reasonable price.
Seated 5C 1862 1862
MS62 raw

Choice $225 Choice Original, Prooflike, Full Strike, Hamden Collection. I really like this 1862 half dime for several reasons. First are the proof like surfaces with die polish lines still evident in the fields. Second is the strike which is hammered along with wire rims that are typical of proof strikes. Finally, the strictly original surfaces and toning. This piece just radiates rose//gold hues under bright light due to the mirrored fields. There are no blemishes either. You really can't go wrong on this lovely little half dime. Formerly in PCGS MS62 holder and conservatively graded in my humble opinion. PCGS label serial number is 31970699; the label is included with the purchase.
Seated 5C 1862 1862
MS66
PCGS

Gem New Price
$1275
Superb Gem, Dallas Collection. Really an amazing offering for the type coin collector who desires only the best. One immediately notices the proof like fields coupled with frosty devices that generate a huge amount of luster with or without bright light. The dies employed to strike this piece were heavily polished with die striations throughout obverse and reverse while Liberty is fully frosted. Then the dies clashed with bold device transfer between the two. The centers are essentially untoned. The obverse exhibits a rapid blue to rose/gold transition at the legend. The reverse is similar with a larger right side toning arc comprised of darker blues and rose. Strike is fully hammered and the reverse anomalies inside the denomination letters being heavy clash marks. Housed in a 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1864 1864
EF40 Details ANACS
5189473

Original $675 Crusty Original Gray, Holed and Pulled, Rare Civil War Philadelphia Date. A rare Seated half dime date with meager mintage of 48,000 pieces and most expensive pricing structure of all Civil War Philadelphia half dimes. This piece offers strictly original surfaces but has a tiny hole above Liberty's head and were a San Francisco mintmark might be seen. The consignor asked Stephen Crain to study this piece and validate that it indeed is a Philadelphia strike. Stephen wrote a special two page letter of authenticity after careful study. This letter will be included with the 1864 half dime with reed count being the primary validation parameter. On Philly strikes, a 98 reed collar was employed while San Francisco was using a difference 106 reed collar. The offered piece has 98 reeds.
Seated 5C 1864S 1864-S
AU55
PCGS
24063937

Choice $950 Near Gem Original, Iridescent Gray, Rose-Gold, Fully Struck, Saw Mill Run Collection . A near gem offering of an 1864 San Francisco strike with low mintage of 90,000 pieces. Surfaces are perfectly original with semi transparent gray colored patina during in hand viewing. Adding a light source activates the underlying luster with the obverse shifting to golden and aquamarine hues while the reverse turns mostly rose. Strike is well executed with crisp obverse legend and full head details. The reverse is also deeply impressed with only a tad of weakness at the upper left wreath. This is an impressive piece that is so well balanced and pleasing. Housed in 2013 PCGS transitional holder with blue label and edge view insert. CAC approval is obviously warranted for this special example from the Saw Mill Run Collection. I do suggest that special consideration be given here as I don't often see Civil War S-Mint half dimes in this type of preservation state.
Seated 5C 1864S 1864-S
AU58 NGC
30834105

Original $1100 Jules Reiver Provenance, Original Gray, Scarce Date, New Jersey Collection. Meager mintage of 90,000 pieces coupled with famous Jules Reiver provenance. This piece was purchased at the January 2006 Heritage sale by the consignor and off the market since then. A richly detailed and borderline uncirculated example with needle sharp strike. There is one line to the right of the denomination that needs to be noted otherwise attractive with in hand gun metal gray patina that shifts to light gold under bright light. Housed in NGC holder with JULES REIVER COLLECTION designation on the holder. Another New Jersey Collection offering with low population and infrequent auction appearances.
Seated 5C 1865 1865
VF35 PCGS
5701838

Choice $1200 New January 11! Key Civil War Philadelphia Date, Choice Original Patina, Accurately Graded, Ex. Childs Collection. . An important Civil War offering with a tiny mintage of 13,000. This 1865 Philadelphia strike exhibits choice original surfaces throughout obverse and reverse along with the important Childs Collection pedigree. Old album rose and blues cover the obverse fields and provide a mild circulated cameo appearance while the reverse is gun metal gray in hand shifting to full gold under a light source. There are no blemishes whatsoever while strike is weak at the upper left reverse. Housed in early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Off the market for years and ready to move into an advanced Liberty Seated half dime collection.
Seated 5C 1865S 1865-S
AU58 NGC
1800708015
V-5
Choice $985 Choice Original, Old Album Toning, New Jersey Collection. This offering has to be one of the prettiest 1865 San Francisco dimes known in the AU58/MS62 grade range. A distinctive rainbow bullseye adorns the obverse while the reverse is mostly gray with rim arc toning. My images well illustrate the in hand appearance but bright light viewing needs some discussion. Gold is the predominate color on the obverse with an aquamarine center that transitions to a thin yellow gold ring followed by orange gold at the legend....lots of eye appeal even on such a small coin. Surfaces are blemish free and the reverse die is heavily clashed. There is a thick die crack from the right ribbon end to the rim too. Please remember that mintage is only 120,000 with 10 pieces combined in the PCGS pop report in AU58/MS62 grade ranges. A great piece for the advanced collector and housed in older style NGC with standard ring insert.
Seated 5C 1866S 1866-S
AU58 PCGS
14110136

Original $465 New February 11! Multi Color Patina, Iridescent Luster, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. A colorful Civil War year half dime struck at the San Francisco mint. Mintage for the 1866 date is only 120,000 with survival rates being very low. PCGS has graded 12 examples as AU55 and 14 at the AU58 grade level; a tiny number for modern day collectors. This AU58 example is accurately graded and sports rainbow coloring including rose, gold, blues and aquamarine. Surfaces are frosty in texture while the strike is nearly complete with only the upper left reverse wheat grains being partially impressed. Viewing under a bright light exposure luster through the semi transparent patina. Also, there are several well toned over short field lines on the obverse that take careful scrutiny to identify. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. A pretty piece from the West Texas Collection in a very scarce grade.
Seated 5C 1867 1867
MS65+
PCGS
29682102

Gem $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 1867S 1867-S
VF30 raw

Original $150 Original Olive/Gray Patina, Conservative Grading. Always challenging to locate with few coming to market in grades below EF45. The offered is covered with original olive and gray patina and ample remaining device details. There are two fully toned over lines in the right reverse wreath to be considered but not distracting.
Seated 5C 1868 1868
AU58 raw
V-2
Choice $600 Choice Original, MS63 Luster and Eye Appeal, Faint Rub, New Jersey Collection. A low mintage of 88,600 and overall scarcity choice makes this lovely example, from the New Jersey collection, a Just Buy It Now! recommendation. Faint rub limits this gorgreous half dime to a strict AU58 grade, but the eye appeal is that of choice mint state. Both obverse and reverse offer considerable luster and blemish free surfaces. A top quality offering from the New Jersey collection.
Seated 5C 1870 1870
AU53 raw

Choice $95 Choice Original, Bold Strike, Medium Gray Patina. Perfect for assigned grade with medium gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Strike is well executed for a With Legend half dime with sharp edges to all letters in the legend and most of the reverse wreath devices. Surfaces are essentially blemish free. A top quality half dime for a Dansco or Whitman album set. Mintage is only 535,000.
Seated 5C 1870 1870
EF40 raw

Original $50 Crusty Original Gun Metal Toning. Mintage of a little over 500,000 pieces. This example is strictly original and covered with crusty gun metal gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Rims are bold while surfaces are blemish free.
Seated 5C 1870 1870
PF63 PCGS
21608526

Choice $495 Choice Original, Rich Gun Metal Gray Patina, Upstate New York Collection. This lovely 1870 proof half dime is another choice offering from the Upstate New York Collection. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with a thick gun metal gray patina. Under bright light, the natural rose mirrors are exposed as the patina melts away. Grading is conservative. Housed in early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 5C 1870 1870
VF20 raw

Original $25 Original Gray, New Jersey Collection. Surfaces have even gray coloring and are overlaid with ebony at the rims. The reverse has two circle divots near the center and some faint chatter by the left ribbon end. Priced accordingly.
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 NGC
4208621003

Choice $150 New January 30! Chocie Original, Rose-Dark Blue Toning, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. A strictly original and nicely toned 1871 Philadelphia half dime that would fit nicely into a type set of date and mintmark set. The assigned AU58 grade is accurate as faint rub is seen on the lower leg and on the reverse ribbon bow. Strike is essentially complete with only a trace of weakness at the top of Liberty's head and on the upper left reverse wheat grains. Housed in newer NGC holder. Another quality offering from the Saco River Collection that is attractively priced.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
MS65 PCGS
33431514

Gem New Price
$645
Filled Obverse Die, Gem Frosty Oriignal, Light Gold Patina, Colorado Collection. A gorgeous 1871 Philadelphia Liberty Seated half dime with considerable character from the minting process. Luster and surfaces are consistent with gem designation. Add in a filled obverse die and heavy die clashing and one has a unique strike that would be a great conservative piece. The upper left arm and portions of Liberty's face remained unfilled during the minting process as is seen on Seated dimes. A grease filled die is always a plausible explanation. A heavy clash mark protrudes from the gown line into Liberty's neck. The reverse has heavy die clash lines and partial H(AL)F, again from a filled die event. Luster is quite frosty while faint gold toning streaks are seen on the obverse under a 10x loupe. There are no blemishes to discuss. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and a top quality offering from the Colorado Collection.
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 1872 1872
F15 raw

Choice $30 Choice Original, Pretty Rose Obverse Tone, New Jersey Collection. A common date but with lovely rose obverse toning that becomes darker surrounding the date and legend. Reverse is even gray. This example is accurately graded and worthy of inclusion in a Dansco set.
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 1872S 1872-S
In Wreath
MS64
PCGS
14570505

Gem New Price
$500
Gem Original, Bold Luster, Accurate Grading, Central California Collection. This lovely half dime offers two completely different personalities and is a joy to view. Let's start with in hand viewing as shown by my images..Toning is a base gray color that is overlaid with browns and deep blues that are well captured in the images. Bright light viewing exposes a completely different facet with bold cartwheel luster that turns the obverse into light rose and sky blue. The reverse is similar under bright light as the thicker in hand patina just melts away to expose faint rose and blues. The CAC approval is obviously justified on this lovely half dime as the piece is so original. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 5C 1872S 1872-S
MS65 NGC
3742114004

Gem New Price
$640
Gem Original, Blue, Gold and Copper Patina, Frosty Luster, Eye Appeal, Colorado Collection. A no question gem example with multi color patina and flashy cartwheel luster. Obverse toning is primarily a transparent deep gray blue with intermixed rose hues. The reverse offers a lustrous rose coloring. Strike is all there and so freshing to see a complete struck With Legend San Francisco half dime with bold cartwheel luster. Of course, there are no blemishes or hairlines or any other issues. A superior offering from the Colorado collection. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Please consider purchasing this piece and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.