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 46 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on May 22, 2022

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Small Date
MS64 NGC
3468124001

Choice $1200 Small Date, Superb Type Offering, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Light Gold Toning, Near-Gem. Brilliant luster and light golden patina nicely decorate this near-gem first year strike. The Small Date punch is easily recognized by the sharp pointed flag on the 7 digit. A glowing mint bloom is consistent on both sides. There is reverse strike weakness at the upper left wreath and at the denomination. A pleasing example for a Liberty Seated type set. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
No Stars, Small Date
MS64 PCGS
43707529

Gem $1250 Small Date, Glowing Frosted Luster, Aquamarine-Gold Toning, Superb Bright Light Presentation. The GFRC new purchase rollout continues with this fantastic 1837 No Stars Seated half dime. Aquamarine gold colors are further enhanced by glowing frosted luster. Pristine fields provide uninterrupted viewing pleasure. Strike is complete with amples amounts of mint frost at the reverse legend. Prominent vertical die polished lines are visible behind the denomination. Yes, this gem was submitted to CAC and failed to sticker. I'm unable to provide an obvious explanation and stand by the Gem quality rating. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder with No Stars, Small Date attribution on the label.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
No Drapery, Large Stars
MS65
PCGS
06593039
V-10b
$2750 FS-901, Reverse Die Spalling, Finest Graded, Gem Original Surfaces, Hammered Strike, Twin Lakes Collection. An incredible 1838 V-10 Seated gem half dime in mint state condition with heavy reverse die spalling. Listed as FS-901 in the Cherrypickers Guide. PCGS has graded several with this example being the finest known and COINFACTS plate coin. The V-10 die variety features ongoing degradation of the reverse die steel until the area between right wreath and AMERICA is completely disintegrated leaving behind a bubbled surface texture that accurately transfers to struck coins. This gem MS65 example is fully struck with complete head details and all star centrils crisp. The reverse is also hammered. Surfaces are pristine and entirely unabraded. A rich gun metal blue patina covers the obverse while the reverse has center rose. Frosty luster is brilliant and nearly blinding during bright light viewing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. PCGS label reads, "No Drapery FS-901, Rusted Rev Die." Pricing the 1838 V-10 die variety is challenging as there are few comparable examples. The consignor and GFRC have sent the asking price based on the last V-10 example sold on eBay during 2018. That example was graded only MS63.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
No Drapery
MS65
PCGS
25351181

Gem $1825 New May 2! No Drapery Type, Steely Luster, Pretty Copper-Gold, Aquamarine and Gray Coloration, Nice Gem. The second year of Liberty Seated half dime and dime production brought stars to the obverse with No Drapery type designation. This 1838 gem would certainly qualify for inclusion into an advanced type set or regular series set. Steely gray best describes the base toning color with overlaid copper-gold and aquamarine. This coloration validates the originality. Stars 2 and 9 show repunching for those wishing to check the die variety. I suggest that you use Clint Cummins under construction reference at www.lssccweb.or. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
No Drapery
AU58 PCGS
36742388

Choice $335 No Drapery Type, Frosted Luster, Copper-Blue Toning, Hammered Strike, Upstate New York Collection. Price Reduction - A near-gem 1838 No Drapery half dime that excels during bright light inspection. Rich in-hand toning is further enhanced by frosted luster during bright light inspection. All devices are fully formed and deeply impressed. Yet another beautifully toned early type offering from the Upstate New Year Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 5C 1839 1839
No Drapery
MS65
PCGS
6599210

Gem $2100 Premium No Drapery Type, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Dazzling Eye Appeal, CAC Approval. A superb 1839 No Drapery half dime that would be ideal for a high end type set. Let's open with a JUST BUY IT NOW disclosure as this gem glows with intense frosted luster and presents swirling cartwheels. GFRC images accurately portray overall aquamarine coloring with embedded golden obverse shades. Strike is hammered with every subtle detail being impressed including faint spider die cracks surrounding stars 1 to 4. Bright light viewing substantially lightening the toning in favor of glowing luster. The new owner will be pleased with this acquisition. Housed in Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1840 1840
No Drapery
MS64
PCGS
16704147

Choice $865 New April 6! No Drapery Type, Steely Luster, Golden-Gray Aquamarine Toning, Near-Gem Example. 1840 brought the final year of the original Christian Gobrecht design for both Seated half dimes and dimes. The half dime version typically comes well struck as is the case for this near-gem example. Angled lighting reveals steely copper gold reflectance along with embedded aquamarine that is more prevalent on the reverse. A thoroughly pleasing specimen for an advanced collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2013-2014) holder with CAC approval. Please note that the obverse holder has some wear and haze spots in the right field.
Seated 5C 1840 1840
No Drapery
MS64 PCGS
38092907

Choice HOLD
$750
New April 29! No Drapery, Rose-Aquamarine Coloration, Granular Frosted Luster, Fully Struck. An attractive near-gem 1840 No Drapery half dime with eye appeal for the selective collector. Granular frosted luster nicely amplifies the toning along with active cartwheels under bright light. Obverse toning is best described as center rose shades surrounded by a thick band of aquamarine. Those same rose shades are more prevalent on the reverse. I'm a big fan of full strikes and this example is definitively compliant. Surfaces are essentially unabraded and unquestionably original. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery, Small O
AU Details PCGS
38750396
V-4
Market Acceptable $220 No Drapery, V-4, Small O, Golden-Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection . I'm still on the fence concerning the AU Details grade for this well struck and nicely toned 1840-O No Drapery half dime. Obverse is toned a uniform gray-gold with the gold being richly displayed at the periophery. Reverse coloring is light gray-rose. The likely reasons for the Details grade are some faint horizontal lines in the reverse fields and a toning color difference with the obverse. Strike is boldly executed and pleasing. Clint Cummins attributes this half dime as V-4 with date far right and repunching on stars 1, 2, 5, and 6. Freshly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Plucked from Dr. Glenn Peterson Dansco album collection.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery, Large O
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
No Drapery, Large O
F12 ANACS
602952
V-1
Original $525 Very Scarce V-1 Die Pairing, Large O of 1838, Original Surfaces, Blue-Brown Toning, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. The 1840 New Orleans strikes are a study among themselves. During 1840, the mint transitioned from No Drapery to With Drapery obverse dies and mixed in leftover dies from 1838 and 1839 for good measure. Offer here is a very scarce V-1 example struck with No Drapery obverse die and leftover reverse from 1838 and 1839 timeframe. Regardless of the reverse die being used across three years of production, strikes continue to be well executed. This Fine 12 is perfectly original with brown-blue patina on both sides. Surfaces are entirely blemished free and pleasing for the variety. Housed in mid 1990s ANACS old white holder with NO DRAPERY V-1 listed on the label. An important Liberty Seated half dime die variety from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery, Small O
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 1841 1841
MS65 NGC Fatty
247346016

Gem $1000 New April 29! Unquestionable Gem, Scarce Grade, Natural Coin Gray, Hammered Strike. 1841 dated Seated half dimes are not particular challenging in circulated grades. However, at the gem level the date is quite scarce as most are locked away in collections. The last PCGS auction appearance was back in 2016. This example brings classic coin gray toning and steely textured fields into play. Strike is hammered with all intricate device details nicely impressed. Angled lighting soften the toning to golden hues and nice reflectance. Housed in NGC 4 (1989-1991) no line holder with green bordered label. The reverse holder hologram is partial.
Seated 5C 1841O 1841-O
EF40 PCGS
20647389
V-5
R6
Choice $750 V-5, Reverse of 1840-O With Drapery V-7, R6 Rarity, Choice Surfaces, Residual Luster. Another important Liberty Seated half dime die variety offering with choice original surfaces and ample residual mint frost. This 1841-O V-5 die pairing results when an 1841 obverse die is paired with a leftover reverse of 1840-O; specifically the V-7 reverse. The reverse can be identified by a die crack through AMER(I)CA. A wonderful example with gray-rose and blue toning on the obverse along with peripheral tan-gold on the reverse. Definitely a choice example for the die variety. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 5C 1843 1843
AU55 PCGS
43207866

Original $260 New April 15! Sparkling Luster, Copper-Gold Shades, Near-Choice. Sparkling luster is the highlight of this attractive 1843 half dime. I was pleasant surprise to see absolutely no die cracks on the reverse and this date is known for problematic die steel across all Seated denominations. The peripheral obverse gold coloring turns to copper-gold across the reverse. Strike is complete with bold motifs. A line in the right obverse field precludes a choice quality rating though the eye appeal is compelling at grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder.
Seated 5C 1844O 1844-O
VF30 PCGS
36678093
V-2
Choice $850 V-2, Small O, Medal Turn Reverse, Choice Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. The V-2 Small O die pairing is found with two distinctly different reverse die alignments; normal coin and 175 degree medal turn. Overall, this date has a low mintage of 220,000 and is one of the key dates of the Seated half dime series. This example has medal coin turn reverse alignment. Surfaces are covered with thick crusty gray-blue patina. A careful 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes therefore a choice original quality rating is warranted. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another important half dime that was pulled from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Dansco book collection.
Seated 5C 1845 1845
MS64
PCGS
82499072
V-5
Choice $700 Near-Gem, Newtown Collection. Pale shades of blue-green patina grace the stars while a wash of olive color diagonally crosses the figure of Liberty. The reverse is lighter throughout, with similar coloration. Frosted luster creates moderate cartwheels, consistent with the assigned grade. V-5, with distinct repunching of the 5. CAC has approved 61 pieces in all grades. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1846 1846
EF45
NGC
3813006003

Choice $5750 Choice Original, Newtown Collection. The 1846 is the well-known stopper within the half dime series, and even the finest known example comes in at MS63, while the Gardner collection included an MS62 piece. Surfaces reveal residual, steely luster, with gray and silver-colored devices surrounded by deeper shades in the protected areas. The CAC population is 40 pieces, with just four examples higher. This represents an important offering - an example of a rare issue that stands within the CAC condition census. Housed in a newer NGC holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1846 1846
F15
PCGS
38192491

Gem $2800 Low Mintage Key Date, Deep Rose-Gray Patina, CAC Approval. . A seldom available key Seated half dime date that will garner prompt collector attention. This offering is one of just 27,000 pieces produced, the lowest mintage for any Liberty Seated half dime prior to 1863. A gem quality rating has been assigned as this survivor is absolutely perfect for the grade. Natural coin gray patina covers both sides with scattered ebony shades surrounding the devices. Regardless of a lengthy period in circulation, surfaces are unabraded. Devices are bold including well defined reverse wreath leaves at the certified grade. A noteworthy premium example that will be the prize within a completed date and mintmark set. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1846 1846
F12 NGC
4069595002

Original $1900 Key Date, Medium Gray-Rose Patina, Bold Motifs,. A seldom seen key Seated half dime date that should garner prompt collector attention. One of just 27,000 pieces produced for the 1846 date, the lowest mintage for any Liberty Seated half dime prior to 1863. This example is well preserved with rose-gray toning covering both sides with darker shades at the peripheries. Regardless of a lengthy period in circulation, surfaces are minimally abraded with just a few ancient hairlines being noted during 10x review. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 5C 1847 1847
AU58 PCGS
36450556
V-2
Choice $275 V-2, Rich Frosty Luster, Steely Fields, Bold Strike. Describing coins can be taxing unless notable pieces keep the viewing pleasure high. Some coins scream I'm here and are eye catching. These thoughts come to mind concerning this 1847 AU58 half dime. While its rest on my desk, I see both frosted luster and steely fields based on the viewing angle. Strike is bold with a hint of weakness on the reverse. Obverse strike is wicked good for date. Lustrous mint frost at an AU price tag is a compelling proposition here. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 5C 1847 1847
AU58
NGC Fatty
156117007

Gem $325 New May 22! Gem Original, Superb Preservation, Steely Luster, Pristine NGC Fatty Holder. "The complete package" best describes this gem original 1847 half dime and its unblemished Fatty holder. A new purchase with fresh CAC approval and ready for a discriminating collection. Steely luster is more evident on the obverse due to lighter copper-rose and aquamarine toning while the reverse is covered with a crusty medium gray skin. A full strike further enhances the eye appeal. As said at the opening, this offering is the complete package and priced accordingly. You will not be disappointed as well above average. Housed in a pristine Gen 4 (1989-1992) no line brown label Fatty holder.
Seated 5C 1848 1848
Medium Date
VF30 PCGS
81957010

Choice HOLD
$85
New April 15! Medium Date, Crusty Ebony-Gray, Choice Surfaces. Unquestionable originality is easy to call with this 1848 Medium Date half dime. The ebony-gray patina is thick and crusty and indicative of unmolested surfaces. A choice piece at a fair price. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 5C 1848O 1848-O
MS64
NGC
20612502
V-4
Choice $2350 Condition census V-4 Small O Example, Very Rare Grade, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Rose, Gold and Blue Patina, Hammered Strike, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. The V-4 Small O reverse is a well recognized die variety rarity among passionate Liberty Seated half dime collectors. Al Bylthe, in his DLRC Press guidebook, rates the V-4 as R7 rarity in mint state as few example are known. Now opportunity comes knocking with this gorgeous MS64 example that has been award CAC green bean approval. One look and you will immediately understand why. Surfaces emit ample frosty cartwheel luster. The transparent rose-gold and blue patina partial melts away under a light source. Strike is hammered on both sides with high relief stars and every vein in the wreath leaves being boldly impressed. There are no blemishes whatsoever to report. Accurately graded and housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection that will please the most selective Seated half dime collectors.
Seated 5C 1849/6 1849/6
AU55 PCGS
83758888
V-2 MDS
Original $475 1849/6 Far 6, Medium Die State, Light Frosted Luster, Cracked Reverse. I've all but given up on the historical PCGS 1849/6 and 1849/8 designations, rather using Clint Cummins' online Seated half dime reference and Valentine numbers. Such is the case for this newly consigned 1849/6 which is a middle die state V-2 with remnants of the 6 on top of the 9 digit. The reverse is heavily cracked consistent with middle to late V-2 die states. This is a brilliant frosty piece with bold struck. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 5C 1850O 1850-O
Large O
AU58 PCGS
34941906
V-3
R6
Choice $2250 Finest V-3 Presently Known, Large O, Lightly Mirrored, Choice Surfaces. The 1850-O V-3 die pairing is a well known die variety rarity among Liberty Seated coinage specialist. No Mint State example are known. GFRC is pleased to be offering the finest known V-3 presently known. Previously listed by Valentine and Blythe as a "Medium O". A recent listing by noted Liberty Seated half dime researcher Clint Cummings brings a Large O designation. The mintmark is low and fat with significant edge die erosion from 7:00 to 4:00. The diagnostic V-3 die crack from U(N)ITED to rim is pronounced in this specimen. A choice example with lightly mirrored fields and reflective luster under a bright light. Strike is complete throughout the obverse with some upper wreath weakness on the reverse. The darker in-hand grayish-rose shifts to orange and aquamarine during lighted viewing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Pricing a finest known die variety is always difficult as no records exists as guidance. I believe the asking price is fair with offers entertained.
Seated 5C 1853O 1853-O
No Arrows
AU50
NGC Fatty
196454002

Gem HOLD
$8500
New April 20! Key Date, Rare in All Grades, Steely Reflective Fields, CAC Approval. This 1853-O No Arrows Seated half dime offering does not require a long description. Ideal for the advanced collector who only wants the finest CAC approved specimens in a collection. This rare date specimen is a near-gem with steely fields and reflective luster even at the certified grade. Coloration is intermixed aquamarine-blue and rose that partially melts away under angled lighting revealing yellow gold at the rims. CAC pop 1 at grade with a lone AU55 before entering the nose-bleed premiums of a few approved Mint States examples. Housed in NGC Gen 4 fatty brown label holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU55 PCGS
34289730

Choice $185 With Arrows Type, Crusty Rose-Gray, Choice Surfaces. "Crusty" is the operative word when describing this 1854 With Arrows half dime. A mottled rose-gray skin nicely protects the underlying choice surfaces. Peripheral ebony compliments the lighter shades. Strike is essentially complete and I'm being strict on that call. This offering is for those who enjoy their Seated coinage with completely natural surfaces. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 5C 1855 1855
With Arrows
EF40 raw
V-7
R5?
Market Acceptable $225 7 Stripe Shield, Challenging Die Variety, Grayish-Brown Patina, Reverse Porosity, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. An interesting 1855 Liberty Seated half dime die variety with extra 7th horizontal shield line. A potential doubled obverse die as all horizontal shield lines are doubled. This doubling adds an extra horizontal line named as the 7th. Steve Crain considered this variety to be an R7 rarity along with Dr. Peterson. Based on conversations with Clint Cummings, an R5 rarity is more appropriate though those that do come to market are impaired with one issue or another. The Peterson specimen is toned an even grayish-brown with heavy obverse verdigris. The reverse has faint porosity and a few rim marks that are toned over. Pricing this piece is difficult as Peterson had a high estimate.
Seated 5C 1856 1856
MS64
PCGS
13806802

Choice $550 Near Gem Original, Completely Struck, Multi-Color Iridescent Patina, Active Cartwheels, Accurately Graded. In 1856, arrows were eliminated from silver coinage as most heavier weight coins had been removed from circulation. That year, the Philadelphia Mint produced nearly 5 million half dime but fully struck examples are quite scarce. Many examples show weakness on the denticles. Regardless of the partial obverse denticles, this accurately graded example offers pretty iridescent gold and aquamarine toning along with active cartwheel luster. Other than the denticles, the balance of the coin is fully struck with rounded stars and complete wreath leaves. Surfaces are absolutely original and choice. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. An ideal example for the collector assembling a complete set of Seated half dimes at the AU/MS level. CAC approval captures the accurate grading, originality and overall eye appeal.
Seated 5C 1857 1857
EF45 NGC
4678914048

Choice $115 New April 15! Crusty Original, Choice Surfaces, Inexpensive For Type. Attractive steely fields that provide residual steely luster with angled lighting. Unquestionably original with crusty gray-rose patina. Heavily clashed with typical strike for that year. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 5C 1858 1858
MS65 PCGS
43878585
V-1
Gem $700 Gem Original, Western Collection.. Underlying shades of electric blue color host gold and russet patina, particularly on the reverse. Strike is typical, with most star centers distinct and a touch of softness at the head. A glass reveals only minimal ticks, and the surfaces are virtually smooth. The in-hand flash is substantial, and the overall aesthetic appeal is compelling. V-1, with date sloping downward. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder.
Seated 5C 1858 1858
VF20 raw
V-?
Original $75 Repunched 18, Aquamarine-Gray Patina, Unlisted, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Peterson lists this 1858 Seated half dime offerings as V-9 in his Dansco but with the notation of repunched 18 digits. The V-9 designation belongs to the Inverted Date variety. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed repunching about the left and right bases of the 1 digit and at the bottom of the lower loop in the 8 digit. This offering is not the FS-301 repunched date, rather a completely different case of repunching. An original example that is covered with aquamarine-gray and gold patina. Ideal for the die variety specialist due to unquestionable diagnostics.
Seated 5C 1858O 1858-O
MS64 PCGS
24933258
V-5
Choice HOLD
$700
Near-Gem Original, Sooner Collection.. A dusting of russet patina fills the rims, while the centers exhibit original silver color. V-5, with die cracks connecting stars 5 and 9 to the rim, while the mintmark is punched slightly left, extending past the foot of M. Clash marks are evident in the obverse fields. Nicely struck, with defined star points. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2013-2014) holder.
Seated 5C 1858O 1858-O
AU58 raw
V-10
Original $245 Cracked Obverse, Early Die State, Frosty Cartwheels, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Obverse bring eye catching frosty luster while the reverse is more heavily toned with ebony-lavendar colors. The primary V-10 diagnostic die crack proceeds from rim down to Liberty's gown line. There is a fully toned old rim mark at star 3. Just another nice Seated half dime from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 5C 1859 1859
MS64
PCGS
43878586
V-2
Choice $650 Near-Gem, Western Collection.. This is a better date, as production fell substantially following the ample mintages enabled by the 1853 Coinage Act. The Mint coined 340,000 pieces in this year, but the price profile is more in line with a "type" example. Such opportunities are often encountered in the Liberty Seated series. This piece exhibits evergreen patina among the stars, with additional bits present in the recessed areas of the central figure. The reverse reveals softer blue and gray shades that contrast with the silver wreath. A few stars to the are softly impressed. V-2, with a low date. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder.
Seated 5C 1860 1860
MS64
PCGS
06064445

Gem $600 Superb Eye Appeal, Thick Frosty Luster, Fully Struck, Conservative Grading. A gorgeous 1860 Seated half dime that does not require a long description. Thick frosted luster is nicely decorated by speckled toning at the peripheries. 100% struck with conservative grading. Worthy of a Gem quality rating and ideal for a type collection or an upgrade to a date and mintmark set. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1860O 1860-O
MS63
PCGS
43201350

Choice $535 New April 7! Brilliant Frosty Luster, Faint Gray Patina, Complete Strike, Near-Gem Original. A magnificent 1860-O Seated half dime that is not well served by GFRC photography. This piece screams originality along with its brilliant frosted luster and complete strike. Angled lighting reveals thick luster that is well beyond that of the images. Guaranteed to please the most selective collector. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1861 1861
MS67
PCGS
44275510

Gem $7850 Extensive Mint Bloom, Dazzling Cartwheels, Gem Original, None Finer CAC Approved . Consignor Buyout - Price Reduction. Thick, granular frosted luster and dancing cartwheels are immediately evident with the slightest flip of the coin in angled light. Fields exhibit forest-green shading with russet and gold patina at the rims. The CAC population is 72 pieces in all grades, with just two examples approved at the MS67 level and none higher. This is the sole finest coin in the PCGS census, and a more appealing representative of the type is hard to imagine. The overall eye appeal is difficult to overstate, and this piece would be an important addition to an advanced collection. Priced attractively below the CDN CAC guide. Entirely fresh to market from a western state bank box discovery. GFRC images can only hint at the natural beauty and extensive mint bloom. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.1 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1861 1861
MS64
NGC
1702378007

Choice HOLD
$600
Ideal Type, Brilliant Forsted Luster, Peripheral Gold, Die Clashing. Rich frosted luster is immediately evident given the extensive mint bloom. Light gold decorated the peripheries. The reverse exhibits heavy die clashing at the center denomination. Accurately graded and pleasing. Housed in NGC Gen 14 (2003-2004) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1862 1862
AU55 NGC
4251095018

Choice $130 Crusty Gray, Residual Steely Luster, Choice Original, Mountaineer Collection. Thick crusty light gray patina covers both sides. This Mountaineer Collection 1862 half dime exhibits steely luster on the reverse has gray skin does not impede the luster. Housed in new large font NGC holder with Rev. Dr. James G. K. McClure pedigree label.
Seated 5C 1865S 1865-S
VF35 NGC
6212792009
V-1a
Original $300 Near-Choice, Crusty Patina, Tough Civil War S-Mint, Osprey Collection. Crusty gray patina decorates the obverse while the reverse is a more uniform light gray. The V-1a die variety can be identified by date position and die cracks at the left and right ribbon ends. A few ancient reverse marks above the denomination hold this one back from a choice quality rating. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 5C 1866 1866
AU58 PCGS
84050696

Original $1250 New May 8! Challenging Civil War Date, Lightly Mirrored, Clashed Dies, Dipped. A well-struck, largely brilliant 1866 Civil War example with white reflective luster. Wire rims are complete on both sides. The untoned surfaces result from a past dip though the significance of this offering cannot be understated. Mintage of only 10,000 pieces and missing in many Sewated half dime date and mintmark sets. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 5C 1867S 1867-S
AU58
NGC
2108329022

Choice $835 Crusty Light Gray Patina, Better Civil War Era Date, CAC Approval. 1867 Seated half dime production amounted to 120,000 strike at the San Francisco mint. Like prior years, the mintage went into commerce and heavily circulated with choice survivors being quite scarce. CAC has approved only 17 pieces in all grades with three at the AU58 grade level. This specimen will certainly please the selective collector with its light gray crusty patina and reasonable strike. The 1 digit is boldly repunched at the base and flag. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1868S 1868-S
MS63
PCGS
42259631

Choice $700 Shattered Reverse, Creamy Tan-Gold Patina, Satiny Luster, Low CAC Population. Post Civil War year Liberty Seated half dimes experienced lower mintages resulting in few approved at CAC. Case in point is the 1868 San Francisco date with a mintage of 280,000. CAC has approved 27 in all grades with only 4 at the MS63 level. This shattered reverse example is typical of the issue being struck with eroded and cracked dies. Toning is a creamy tan-gold with mottled ebony-gray on the reverse. Bright light inspection exposes satiny luster as expected from surfaces with heavy metal flow lines. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2021) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1868S 1868-S
AU58 PCGS
33119560

Choice $350 New March 28! Red-Brown Satiny Luster, Shattered Dies, Complete Strike, Choice Surfaces. Photographing coins is an art with the occasional GFRC new purchase being most difficult to illustrate. This choice 1868-S Seated half dime is one of those occasions. Struck from a shattered and eroded die pair resulting in glowing satiny luster on both sides. Regardless of the worn out dies, the strike is complete and crisp. Every die crack is boldly impressed. Toning is a rich red-brown with orange shades appearing during bright light viewing. A die variety masterpiece given the very late die state. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 5C 1869 1869
PF64 NGC
324044004

Choice $895 New April 12! Superb Ring Toning, Reflective Mirror, Low Mintage, Premium Example. 1869 proof Seated half dime strikes totaled only 600 pieces for the year. This superb survivor has been meticulous preserved with attractive center aquamarine surround by peripheral copper-gold. Angled lighting exposes moderate reflectance and active cartwheels. The reverse die was heavily straited when striking this example. A few scattered marks in the obverse fields hold this piece from a higher grade. Housed in NGC Gen 7 (1997-2000) holder. As I have often said, half dimes housed in the old standard ring NGC holders should be promptly reholdered to fully enjoy a coin's radiance. The old holders blocked angled lighting and do not allow these smaller denominations to visual "breath".
Seated 5C 1870 1870
MS63 PCGS
43012381

Gem $325 New April 29! Steely Reflective Luster, Mottled Rose-Blue Toning, Unquestionable Gem at Grade. An unquestionable gem at the certified grade with unique natural mottled toning. Angled lighting exposes steely luster regardless of the thick rose and dark gray-blue patina. A true product of nature with its unique coloration. Strike is complete on both sides. A few micro ticks in the reverse center are the only explanation for the certified grade. This one has not been to CAC during prior collection ownership along with GFRC. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
MS63 NGC
615140005

Choice $325 Frosty Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Rose Coloration, Choice Surfaces. A thoroughly pleasing 1871 Seated half dime with brilliant frosted luster that is not held back from a rose colored patina. Angled lighting exposes vibrant cartwheels and a thin green-gold obverse arc at the periphery. Strike is completely executed along with heavy die clashing on the reverse. Fully choice and worthy of the offer price. Housed in NGC Gen 7 (1997-2000) holder.
Seated 5C 1872S 1872-S
Below Wreath
MS66+ PCGS
6061276004
FS-302
Gem $1475 New April 12! Misplaced Date, Superb Gem, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Dancing Cartwheels, Rose Toning, Finest Known FS-302? . Could this be the finest known FS-302 Misplaced Date? That question comes to mind once placing a 10x on this superb gem 1872-S with mintmark below wreath. The bottom of a 7 digit was erroneous impressed into the base below the lower gown outline. The host piece is downright awesome with brilliant frosty luster and dancing cartwheels. A speckled rose patina becomes darker at the peripheries. Accurately grade with that all important (+) designation for collectors who dream of owning an MS67 specimen. Strike is completely impressed along with pristine surfaces. I'm comfortable with the certified grade as this piece is both radiant and pristine. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 5C 1872S 1872-S
Below Wreath
MS61 NGC
3415751005

Choice $350 Below Wreath, Choice Original, Subdued Frosted Luster, Sooner Collection. A popular Liberty Seated half dime date that marks the end of circulation strikes. San Francisco strikes will be found with In and Below Wreath mintmark placements. The sooner Collection is back with a Below Wreath offering that sports a light gray skin with golden shades at the periphery. Strike is typical. A minimally abraded piece with soft luster behind the technical grade. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.