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 47 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on September 25, 2022

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 5C 1837 1837
No Stars, Small Date
MS64 PCGS
43707529

Gem HOLD
$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 1837 1837
No Stars, Large Date
MS64 PCGS
15535684

Choice $1200 Large Date, Near-Gem, Classic No Stars Eye Appeal. 1837 No Stars half dimes and dimes are one of the most artistically compelling issues by the Philadelphia Mint. The undisturbed fields nicely showcase the center Liberty device. This Large Date example is 100% original with frosted luster that is consistent with the issue. Rose copper-gold are the predominate obverse shades while the reverse is a lovely silver-gray. Strike is completed with unabraded surfaces. A tad more luster would be necessary to secure a full gem certification. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Small Date
MS63 PCGS
32013388

Choice $1100 Small Date, Superb Type Offering, Satiny Luster, Near-Gem Original. Multi-color patina and satiny luster are the highlights of this near-gem 1837 Small Date half dime. GFRC images accurately capture the orange-gold, rose and blue shades. Completely struck from worn dies including a die crack from the right ribbon end to the rim. Heavy metal flow lines are consistent with the observed satiny luster. The obverse is pristine while a few micro-ticks are noted on the reverse. Abundant eye appeal is available for the new owner. No CAC attempt by GFRC or the prior owner. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
No Drapery
MS65
PCGS
25351181

Gem $1825 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 1839 1839
MS64 NGC
1667623005

Choice $900 New September 25! No Drapery Type, Superb Eye Appeal, Multi-Color Patina, Hammered Strike. The say that "every picture tells a story" which is the case for this superbly toned 1839 No Drapery half dime. Under the multi-color toning is original mint bloom that yields crisp frosted luster during angled light inspection. Strike is hammered with deeply impressed motifs. Every color of the rainbow is intermixed on this near-gem. The question becomes that of storage leading to this type of toning pattern. That is where the story remains to be finished by the next owner. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 5C 1839 1839
MS63 NGC
4433199004

Choice $675 New September 12! No Drapery Type, Superb Eye Appeal, Frosted Luster, Upstate New York Collection. This choice 1839 half dime beings on marvelous eye appeal and would be a super type candidate. Brilliant frosted luster radiates from both sides and amplifies the charming coloration. A complete strike adds to the desirability. Housed in new large font NGC holder. Previously sold by GRC into the Upstate New York Collection without CAC attempt.
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 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 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 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 1848 1848
Medium Date
AU58 NGC
6067755004

Original $280 Medium Date, Frosted Luster, Rose Gray Peripheral Toning. This 1848 Medium Date half dime presents pleasing frosted luster along with peripheral rose-gray toning. Bright light exposure reveals a color shift to uniform rose-gold with hints of orange. Fully struck from clashed dies. The clashing is most obvious on the upper left reverse. Nicely preserved and so close to being fully choice. Housed in new large font NGC 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 1848O 1848-O
AU58 PCGS
20914874

Original HOLD
$675
New September 6! Better New Orleans Date, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Pretty Peripheral Gold, Twin Lakes Collection. A heavily frosted piece with golden rims nicely framing pale green centers. Immediately sold upon being showcased in the Daily Blog. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 5C 1849/6 1849/6
9 Over Widely Placed 6
AU53 PCGS
36664972
V-2
Gem $495 1849/6 V-2, Gorgeous Old Album Toning, Frosted Luster, Fully Struck, Former Dr. Peterson Collection. . A gem example of the controversial 1849/6 overdate. Researching date punch diagnostic and die variety discussion in Blythe confirmed the V-2 designation for 1849/6 overdate. Old album toning is spectacular on the obverse. Reverse is lightly toned with darker shades at the periphery. Strike is fully executed and impressive. Finally, there are no blemishes to discuss. Reverse die is also shattered. Worthy of a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Previously from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder "9 Over Widely Placed 6" attribution on label.
Seated 5C 1850 1850
MS65 NGC
3587006002

Gem $875 New August 22! Gem Original, Frosted Luster, Peripheral Toning, Hammered Strike. Whether building a Seated half dime date and mintmark set or looking for a premium type coin, this lovely 1850 Philly strike warrants consideration. Most impressive is the hammered strike along with peripheral toning on both sides. A nicely frosted and lustrous example as illustrated. Die variety specialists may wish to pay attention to the lower to middle obverse rim and the die spurs protruding from the denticles. Accurately graded and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view inset.
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 1852O 1852-O
EF45 NGC
6210598008

Original $350 Challenging Date, Frosted Surfaces, Light Peripheral Gold Toning. New Orleans Seated half dime mintage amounted to only 260,000 piece, a total only bested by the following year's 1853-O No Arrows half dime. Certified populations are tiny with certified numbers struggling to reach double digits in most grades. This new example is freshly grade with frosted surfaces and peripheral gold toning. Strike is typical for the issue. An inexpensive example for those working on a Seated half dime date and mintmark set. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
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 1858 1858
MS66
PCGS
32198408

Gem $1150 Gem Original, Frosted Luster, Pastel Aquamarine-Rose, Heavily Clashed. Let's start the description for this gem 1858 half dime with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. This little silver piece screams originality with frosted luster that also exhibits satiny textures during in-hand viewing. Surfaces are toned medium pastel aquamarine and rose with the toning shifting to glowing rose under angled lighting. Both sides are heavily clashed. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval. Please note that the lower reverse arching line is on the 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
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 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 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 PCGS
40883952

Choice $465 Gorgeous Ring Toning, Near-Gem Surfaces, Brilliant Frosted Luster. Toning patterns play an important role is a coin's eye appeal. Light centers transitioning to dark edges are most popular with collectors. This newly acquired 1861 Seated half dime is quite attractive with lightly toned centers and rich peripheral colors. All the rainbow shades can be found on this little near-gem as captured by GFRC images. Dies are heavlly clashed with a few stray lines accounting for the technical grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder.
Seated 5C 1862 1862
MS62 NGC
6327621006

Choice HOLD
$285
New September 24! Brilliant Frosted Luster, Lovely Peripheral Gold, Heavy Die Clashing. A pretty 1862 half dime that provides an enjoyable viewing experience. Luster is frosted and brilliant on both sides with light gold toning throughout. Obverse toning brings darker shades at the periphery. Heavy die clashing is more obvious on the obverse. Submitted to CAC and not approved. Regardless, I really like this piece as going with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 5C 1863 1863
AU58 PCGS
30706815

Choice $900 New September 6! Low Mintage Civil War Date, Frosted Luster, Unquestionable Business Strike, Choice Original, Twin Lakes Collection. Civil War Philadelphia struck half dimes simply don't get their respect as compared to the dime denomination. Mintage for this Twin Lakes 1863 Seated half dime is only 18,00 but the date sells at a lower price point. Frankly, I believe this offering is a bargain given its well preserved surfaces and natural coin gray toning. Angled lighting exposes considerable mint bloom and frosted luster along with the expected cartwheels for the grade. A complete strike rounds out the description. I've got to go with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. This piece may not be CAC approved but is so darn close with only a few faint obverse hairlines as the potential culprit. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder.
Seated 5C 1864S 1864-S
AU58 NGC
4837009004
V-1
Original HOLD
$1100
New September 22! Challenging Civil War Date, Near-Choice, City By The Bay Collection. Frosted luster radiates from both sides of this challenging Civil War era half dime date. Mint frost is readily evident throughout the motifs. Promptly purchased upon being showcased in the Daily Blog. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
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 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 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 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 1869 1869
MS62 NGC
2106921014

Choice $425 Underrated Date, Frosted Luster, Rich Old Album Toning. An often ignored Seated half dime date in terms of scarcity. Philadelphia mintage was limited to only 208,000 pieces during 1869. Present day Mint State survival rates are quote limited though the price guides premiums are minimal. Actually, this is the first Mint State example handled by GFRC since 2014 inception. An accurately grade example with old album toning over frosty surfaces. Rose-blues are the dominant obverse colors while the reverse features center green nice framed by peripheral gold. Strike is also complete. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 5C 1870 1870
MS64 NGC
3184308002

Choice $500 Brilliant Frosted Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Golden Rose-Blue, Lots of Eye Apppeal. A pretty 1870 half dime with natural toning and brilliant luster consistent with the certified grade. Luster is frosted given the granular mint bloom that is present on both sides. Reverse mottled blues are eye catching for sure. Multiple heavy die clashes are evident on the obverse along with a full strike. Housed in new large font NGC 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 1871 1871
MS63 PCGS
36770714

Gem HOLD
$450
New August 28! Gem Original, Superior Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded, Heavy Die Clasing. Old album toning is on full display for this gorgeous 1871 half dime. Obverse coloration shifts from gold to copper-gold followed by a blue arc. The lightly toned reverse center is well framed by peripheral copper-gold. Strike is 98% complete with only the upper left wheat grains lacking full definition. An unquestionable gem at the certified grade and guaranteed to please. Dies are heavily clashed, especially throughout the obverse. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 5C 1872S 1872-S
Below Wreath
MS62 NGC
3057554002

Original $275 New August 31! Brilliant Frosted Luster, Complete Strike, Mottled Blue-Gray Toning. A lot of coin for not much money best describes the initial bright light impression for this 1872-S half dime. The frosted luster is most brilliant along with completely struck motifs. Some speckled obverse blue-gray toning validates the originality. A pleasing below wreath example. 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.
Seated 5C 1873 1873
MS66 NGC
654799007

Gem $1500 New August 31! Final Issue Year, Brilliant Satiny Luster, Aquamarine Rose-Gold, Superb Gem. 1873 brought the final year of Seated half dime production as the nickel five cent piece had proven to the accepted in commerce. Mintage amounted to 712,000 piece with most Mint State survivors found at the MS62-MS64 level. At superb gem, this date becomes rare and the basis for adding to GFRC inventory. Bright light inspection reveals brilliant luster that presents a satiny texture. Both sides are similarly toned with aquamarine-gold being prevalent on the obverse and aquamarine-rose on the reverse. The toning is quite transparent to the underlying luster. Die clashing is readily evident on both sides along with unabraded fields. A recent new purchase and fairly priced. This one has not been to CAC. Housed in new large font NGC holder.