Liberty Seated Half Dollars

1839 to 1855

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Liberty Seated Half Dollar varieties are attributed using Bill Bugert's multiple volume "A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties" and will be referenced as WB. Variety collectors are urged to add these Registers to their numismatic libraries.

There are 100 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on November 30, 2019

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1839 1839
Drapery
AU55+
PCGS
85740346

Choice $1325 Drapery, Choice Original, Olive Gray Patina, Golden Reflective Luster, Accurately Graded. A choice original example with light olive gray patina during in hand inspection. Adding a light source unleashes golden hues that are bold and more prevalent on the reverse. Fields are lightly mirrored resulting in sharp reflective luster. Strike is typical with a few of the upper stars lacking connected centrils. I'm comfortable with the assigned AU55+ grade as there is faint rub on the left facing breast and lower leg. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Attributing With Drapery 1839 halves is difficult as date positions are very similar between WB-5, WB-6 and WB-7 along with few die markers. The three die pairings are consistently listed as R3 rarity.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
Drapery
EF45
PCGS
37233018

Choice $585 With Drapery Type, Thick Crusty Gray-Gold Patina, Choice Original Surfaces, Gorgeous!. 1839 brought the introduction of Christian Gobrecht's Liberty Seated design to the half dollar denomination. The first year of issue saw Drapery and No Drapery strikes with only a limited modification of the master hub. The Drapery version is more common but remains challenging when perfectly original and well struck. Please allow me to offer this wonderfully original 1839 specimen that is covered with thick natural grey-gold patina. Regardless of the thick skin, residual luster is readily available during bright light inspection. Surfaces are choice while strike is better than average though not complete. Any 1839 Seated half found with a complete strike is a special event. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
Drapery
EF40 PCGS
33414165
WB-5
Original $285 Drapery Type, Frosty Silver Gray Surfaces, Typical Strike, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Back from PCGS with label correction. The label now correctly reads, WB-102, Seated Drapery, Peterson. 1839 was a transition year for the 50c denomination. The Philadelphia mint would end the modified Reich design for Capped Bust half dollars, with a switch to the Liberty Seated design later in the year. Therefore 1839 brings both Reeded Edge and Liberty Seated design information to the PCGS database. When grading and labeling this Peterson Drapery Seated half, PCGS believed it to be a Reeded Edge piece and assigned, "RE, Capped. Lg. Letters" to the label along with "WB-102, Peterson". What a remarkable quality control error and conversation piece! The label contains high level Capped Bust designation along with the correct Liberty Seated half dollar WB-102 Drapery identification plus the Dr. Peterson's pedigree. The actual coin features frosty surfaces with light silver-gray patina and some residual luster under a light source. Strike is typical. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0S Gold Shield holder with Peterson pedigree on label. From the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
AU50 PCGS
34943793
WB-4
R4
Choice $3300 WB-4, Popular No Drapery Type, Choice Original, Steely Gray-Gold Reflective Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Better WB-4 R4 die pairing. A consistently popular type set coin along with being key to a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. I've handled numerous examples and they typically don't last long on the price list. I really like this PCGS AU50 graded example for several reasons. First is the steely gray-gold coloring that screams originality. Second is the reflective cartwheel luster that is more consistent with a higher grade. Strike is typical with lower eagle/claw weakness that is consistent for the date as few are ever seen 100% struck. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Let's see how long this pleasing example lasts on the GFRC price list.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
VF30
PCGS
38087779
WB-4
Choice $925 New November 30! No Drapery Design Type, Crusty Gray-Olive Patina, Choice Original Surfaces, CAC Approval. Liberty Seated half dollar collectors should pay special attention to the 1839 No Drapery Liberty Seated half offering. Firstly, this piece is the only CAC approved example at the VF30 grade level. Second is the choice original surfaces that are toned with crusty gray patina and embedded olive hues. The third important point is the position on the pricing curve. Retail prices quickly double in EF and again in choice AU. A quality piece that would fit well in a circulated EF date and mint mark set. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. CDN CAC guide price is $975 as a reference point.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
With Drapery
EF45
PCGS
28055651
WB-3
Choice $480 With Drapery Type, Crusty Gray-Brown Patina, Choice Original Surfaces, Better Than Average Strike, Running Boar Collection. A partial year type coin during 1839 as mintage included both No Drapery and With Drapery master hub designs. This With Drapery example warrants a choice original quality rating and would easily fit into a circulated date and mintmark set collection. Surfaces are covered with uniform crusty gray-brown patina. Strike is actually better than average as 1839 Seated halves are notorious for weak lower reverse devices. Surfaces are mostly unabraded with only one field mark above Liberty's left facing shoulder needing mention. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 holder with CAC approval. A quality offering at the grade level from the Running Boar Collection.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
With Drapery
AU53 PCGS
32913272
WB-6
Choice $595 With Drapery, Choice Original Surfaces, Brilliant Cartwheel Luster, Light Peripheral Gold, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. Ex. Pleez B. Seated Collection and sold into the Oregon Beaver Collection. Popular 1839 With Drapery type and essential for a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. Brilliant frosty carthwheel luster is the highlight of this attractive example. Peripheral gold nicely frames the untoned brillinat centers. Strike is complete and important to note. So many 1839 halves are seen with terrible reverse strikes. Other than a few scattered micro ticks in the fields, there are no distractions worth mentioning. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A top quality duplicate offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection that warrants consideration.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
AU55+ NGC
3518212011

Original $650 Old Album Toning, Reflective Luster, Original Surfaces, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. If old album silver toners are your cup of tea, then please consider this lovely 1840 rev of 1839 half dollar from the New Jersey Collection. Immediately noted is the reflective luster and rich old album colors on both sides. Let's take a walk through bright light coloring as the GFRC images provide an excellent view of in hand colors. With lighting, the obverse offers an aquamarine center than is mostly surrounding by yellow and burnt gold on three sides. The reverse has more traditional ring toning with a rich aquamarine center surrounded by burnt gold that finally transitions to deep blues at the periphery. Strike is typical with a with a few weak stars at Liberty's head. Finally, there is a divot above the 1 in the date and also a rim mark below the date that must be noted. Graded as AU55+ and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
EF45 ANACS OWH
1416929
WB-10
Original $325 Double Date, Reverse of 1839, Original Light Gray Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Golden Harvest Collection. A lovely 1840 Small Letters half (Reverse of 1839) housed in mid 1990 generation ANACS old white holder. Surfaces are original light gray with intermixed golden hues that appear when viewed on a light source. Strike is nearly complete with only a touch of weakness at the lower left eagle leg and arrow feathers; a common issue for many Seated half dollar dates. This offering is also the Double Date die variety and listed by Bugert as WB-10 in his Federal Registry series on Seated half dollar die varieties. A closed 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes or contact marks worth mentioning. Overall a wholesome and attractive 1840 Small Letters half that is fairly graded. A quality duplicate from the Golden Harvest Collection.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
AU55 PCGS
33414168
WB-10 WB-104
R3
Original $525 WB-10 , Double Date, Reflective Cartwheels, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Faint Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. What a cool die variety that belongs in any of the important Seated half dollar sets under construction. Date digit doubling is most dramatic as the first punch was rotated downward left. The specimen, from the Dr. Peterson Collection, is well preserved with bright reflective fields. Patina is a transparent light gray and natural. The obverse dark spots are verdigris that has adhered to the surfaces and cannot be removed unless using mechanical cleaning. That we do not want! Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with WB-104 and Peterson pedigree on label.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
EF40 ANACS OWH
1356736
WB-102 WB-7
Original $275 New November 7! Very Small O, Rose Gray Patina, Reverse Peripheral Blues, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. WB-7 represents the only 1840 New Orleans die marriage with a very small O mintmark. Accurately graded with obverse rose-gray toning. Reverse is especially attractive with peripheral blues. This lovely Seated half performs well during bright inspection with residual luster. Housed in ANACS old white holder and from the old time West Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
EF Details PCGS
33414171
WB-103 WB-10
Cleaned $195 WB-10 Cracked Reverse, Glossy Luster, Old Cleaning, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with Peterson pedigree on label. From the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Full description shortly.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
AU Details PCGS
33414172
WB-104 WB-8
R5
Original $450 WB-8 R5, Re-Engraved Denticles, Original Surfaces, Steely Luster, Light Gray with Golden Peripheral Toning, Inaccurately Graded by PCGS, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. This lovely 1840-O WB-8 half is perfectly original and near choice with mint frost in the fields and surrounding main devices. Steely luster is evident on both sides along with light silver gray patina and peripheral gold. An important die variety with long re-engraved obverse denticles and assigned an R5 rarity rating by Bill Bugert. Inaccurately graded by PCGS as AU Details and housed in their 2015 style PCGS holder with Peterson pedigree on label. This piece is original and such be assigned AU50 grade. From the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
VF30 PCGS
83151721
WB-5
R3
Original $210 WB-5, Popular Early New Orleans Date, Crusty Original, Rich Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. Early die state WB-5 die pairing for 1840 New Orleans mintage. This example is perfectly original with thick crusty gray patina. Wear is limited and the assigned VF30 grade level is appropriate. There are no reverse die cracks as attribution guides. Rather date position and Large O mintmark placement are the key points. Housed in 2015 style holder without CAC attempt. For fans of strict originality.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Very Small O
VF30 PCGS
28554146
WB-7
R4+
Choice $235 Very Small O, 144 Reeds, WB-7, Choice Original, Old Time Gun Metal Gray Patina, Blemish Free, Decent Strike, West Coast Collection Purchase. An attractive 1840-O Very Small O half dollar with classic gun metal gray patina. !44 reed count per Bill Bugert's Federal Registry on Liberty Seated halves. Under angle bright light some blues are exposed, otherwise mostly deep gray coloring. Surface are choice and blemish free. Accurately graded and housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge insert.
Seated 50C 1841 1841
AU Details PCGS
36932470

Original $395 New October 15! Better Philadelphia Date, Steely Original Luster, Light Gray Toning, Reverse Color Arc, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Liberty Seated half dollar specialists recognize the fact that 1841 Philadephia strikes are a better date in the series. I pulled this original example from Dr. Peterson's Dansco album for PCGS grading and was disturbed when this piece returned in an AU Details holder. There are 100s of poorer quality Seated halves in straight graded PCGS holder as compared to this example. The issue facing super conservative PCGS grading is the recovery action. Does GFRC crack out and try again at Dr. Peterson's expense of sell it as is? In hand viewing should convince most collection that this piece is technicall original. Surfaces are toned an even light gray with steely reflective luster. Reverse offers old album toning arc. I would grade this piece as full AU50 and will discount to EF price level. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with Cleaned AU-Details on label.
Seated 50C 1841 1841
EF45 raw

Market Acceptable HOLD
$260
New November 3! Better Early Date, Steely Surfaces, Even Gray, Peripheral Rainbow Colors, Old Clean. An eye appealing better date 1841 Philadelphia strike that has seen a long ago dip or light cleaning. Surfaces are steely reflective and covered with a base layer of gun metal gray patina. Exposure to an old paper Sulphur album brought about additional peripheral colors. A solid example for a Dansco album at a reduced price.
Seated 50C 1841 1841
AU55 ANACS OWH
368442
WB-1
R3
Choice HOLD
$950
Repunched 18, Choice Original, Reflective Luster, Old Album Toning, Fully Struck, Whiskey Run Collection. Many great coins remained housed in ANACS old white holder as grading standards were accurate during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Case in point is this choice 1841 WB-1 example. Reflective luster nicely accentuates rose and blue patina on the obverse and rose and teal shades on the reverse. Fields and devices are essentially mark free leading to a choice quality rating. Strike is complete with all star centrils connected and the lower eagle claws and arrow feathers well defined. Repunching below the 18 date digits is obvious under a 10x loupe. A fine numismatic property from the Whiskey Run Collection that needs to find a new home in another advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1841 1841
AU55
PCGS
84165774
WB-1
Choice $1100 Low CAC Population, Mirrored Surfaces, Choice Original Surfaces, Better Philadelphia Date, Seal Beach Collection. Another better early Philadelphia date with low CAC approval population. We are fortunate to have the Seal Beach Collection consigning this special 1841 PCGS AU55 example. Mirrored fields shift to fiery rose-gold under a light source. This piece is near-gem original at the assigned grade and will please the most selective collector. The primary WB-1 die variety diagnostic is repunching below the 1 digit in the date. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
EF40 raw
WB-3
R3
Original $225 Late Die State, Typical WB-3 Weak Strike, Original Gun Metal Gray-Blue Toning, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection . The WB-3 die pairing comes with eroded dies and weak strikes as documented by Bill Bugert in his Federal Register series. This example is typical of the variety with flat eagle's head and no neck feathers. Obverse denticles are heavily eroded with major devices not being sharp. Uniform gun metal gray patina is seen throughout the obverse with a dark gray blue ring at the immediate rim. This coloring is seen across the reverse. Surfaces are essentially blemish free with a few random field ticks to be expected for the grade. A cool Liberty Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
AU58
PCGS
84766502
WB-8
Choice $1295 Early New Orleans Strike, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Uniform Light Gray-Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Cracked Reverse, Pleasing Eye Appeal. A wonderful 1841 New Orleans struck half dollar that belongs in a serious advanced collection. This offering is the WB-8 die variety as confirmed by the thick die crack from from left claws down through H(A)LF andf then rim. A no question choice original example with semi-transparent gray patina with embedded gold that becomes pronounced under a bright light. The WB-8 die pairing features a softly struck obverse but with complete device details included all stars having connected centrils and fully rounded. Surfaces are choice and blemish free. Cartwheel luster is closer to satiny texture. Overall eye appeal is well above average and will please the most selective collector. Housed in new 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. The CAC approval is definitely warranted. A premium Liberty Seated half dollar at the AU58 grade level.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU53
PCGS
29360229
WB-104
Choice $470 WB-104, Colonel Green/Eric P Newman, Original Old Paper Envelope Gray Patina. GFRC Consignment Buy-out.... Ex. Seal Beach Collection. Originally sold at the November 2013 Heritage auction of the Eric P Newman collection as Lot 34500 and certified NGC AU55 CAC. The thick original toning on this 1842 half dollar is typical of silver pieces within the Eric Newman collection due to storage in old paper envelopes for decades. This piece shows gorgeous blue-gray toning with gold highlights and a few very small shallow circulation marks, none of which detract from the coin's wonderful appearance. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU50 raw
WB-106
Choice $385 Repunched and Misplaced 8 Digits. Choice Original, Attractive Toning. A naturally toned Seated half dollar that is covered with mostly even light gray patina on the obverse and old album rose, blue and gold on the reverse. Blemishes are minimal with a few scattered field ticks consistent with the grade as this piece did circulate for a short time. This offering becomes more desirable when the variety is considered; WB-106 with repunched 8 digit and a misplaced upper right loop of an 8 digit into the lower gown fold. Strike is boldly impressed with all stars centrils present. An opportunity for Dansco collectors to acquire a choice 1842 Medium Date example with cool variety as a plus.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Small Date
AU53 PCGS
34353246

Original $475 New November 20! Small Date, Reflective Luster, Peripheral Gold-Blue Toning, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Cumberland County Collection. Reflective luster from lightly mirrord fields is one of the highlights seen on this 1842 Small Date Seated half. Peripheral gold and blue toning is consistent with storage and contact with paper. Bright light vewing is pleasing given the proof like fields. Strike is essentially complete. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with Small Date, Rev of 1842 attribution on the label.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Small Date
MS62
PCGS
50177079
WB-5
R3
Choice $2850 CAC, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Huge Reverse Die Cracks. A highlight of the Seal Beach collection, this CAC-approved, choice half dollar is a coin that will always bring pleasure when pulled from your box. No apologizing here! Smooth surfaces are blanketed by an original "skin" of russet with deeper tones at the rims. The strike is hammered, much better than typically seen for 1842 Small Date pieces. Reverse die cracks are prominent, leading from M in AMERICA and A in HALF toward the center. This is not an inexpensive piece, but stepping up for quality is rarely regretted. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) blue label holder.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Small Date
AU55 PCGS
6192703
WB-6
R3
Original HOLD
$650
Lustrous, Near Choice Original, Seal Beach. Lustrous and silver-toned with hints of plum and lilac in the protected areas. The large letters reverse was introduced in 1842, but the date style was not yet finalized, and this year features both small and large dates. Small-date coins, like this, typically feature weak strikes, but this is a pleasing exception with complete detail and just a touch of weakness in the arrow fletching and left talons. The only marks of a note are a few reverse ticks below OF. A quality Seal Beach offering, housed in a PCGS Gen 1.2 (1986-1989) old green label holder.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Small Date. Large Letters
MS63 NGC
2644136001

Choice $2425 Small Date, Multi-Color Patina, Choice Original Surfaces, Steely Luster, Wire Rims. Multi-color toning is the highlight of this attractive 1842 Small Date Reverse of 1842 Seated half dollar. All devices are fully struck including high relief stars and deeply impressed eagle feathers and claws. There are partial wire rims on both sides. Bright light inspection exposes the underlying steely luster and shifts the darker toning to light blue and rose shades. Fields are unabraded and pleasing. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Last auction appearance record is Febuary 2015 where this piece realized $2585.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Medium Date, Rev 1842
MS62 PCGS
36604995
WB-8
Choice $2850 Medium Date, W-8, Near Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Antique Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Superior Eye Appeal. Again available as lay-a-way buyer could not honor purchase. An exceptional 1842 New Orleans Seated half in no question mint state preservation state. Mint frost covers the fields and device throughout obverse and reverse without any breaks. Under a bright source, the mint frosty generates crisp cartwheel luster that is thoroughly pleasing. Antique gray toning is prevalent on the obverse and darker at the peripheries. Reverse toning is a faint gray with gold hues. Strike is fully executed with all stars being nicely rounded and complete lower eagle feathers and claws. There are no blemishes worthy of mention. The assigned MS62 grade appears to be conservative as there are no distractions or subdued luster to explain the grade. A no question gem that is housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Advanced Liberty Seated half dollar collectors should take special note.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Rev 1839
VF35 PCGS
14255608
WB-1
R5
Original New Price
$3100
FUN Show Price Reduction, WB-1, Rare Small Date Obverse, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Golden-Brown Patina, Oregon Beaver Collection. One of the challenging die variety rarities in the Liberty Seated half dollar series that is listed in the Redbook and on major price guides. Bill Bugert, in his Federal Register series on Liberty Seated half dollars, indicates that, "the first two months mintage, January and February, are generally accepted to include the small date varieties (WB-1, WB-2) althought the initial 1842 delivery of those coins on February 28, 1842 included some coins dated 1841. The remaining months are of the medium date mintage." On the WB-1 Small Date variety, the reverse strike is weak with poorly defined left leg, arrow feathers and left/right claws. This characteristic is present on the Oregon Beaver specimen. On the offered example, fields are lightly mirrored and covered with a transparent skin of gray-gold patina. Surfaces are essentially blemish free at the assigned VF35 grade level with only a small mark by Liberty's foot being noted. Obverse strike is also weak resulting in overall grading being conservative. Based on wear, this example is a full EF40. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. An important opportunity for serious Liberty Seated half dollar collectors to acquire an R5 date and reverse pairing die variety.
Seated 50C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Rev 1839
VF20 PCGS
33414173
WB-1
R5
Original $2000 New November 20! Small Date, Scarce Variety, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Typical WB-1 Reverse Strike, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection . A very scarce date and reverse leettering size variety. Most 1842-O Small Date and Small Letters (Reverse of 1839) survivors will be found at the VF grade level. At the AU grade level, few examples are known. GFRC is pleased to be offering Dr. Peterson's 1842-O Small Date example from a well populated Dansco collection. Crusty grade patina cover surfaces that have seen only honest wear. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with complete attribution and pedigree on label. The label reads, Small Date, Rev 1839,, WB-101 Peterson.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
VF30 raw

Original $125 New November 10! Medium Gray Patina, Honest Wear, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. A popular Liberty Seated half dollar date due to a host of cracked reverse die varieties. Unfortunately, this West Texas Collection offering was struck by early die state dies without a single die crack to aid attribution. A strictly original example with medium gray patina. Strike is complete.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
EF40 NGC
4199856020
WB-11
R3
Original HOLD
$270
Original Light Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. Surfaces are toned a uniform light to medium gray on this original 1843 New Orleans strike. A few rim abraisons are noted below the date digits. Strike is well executed with wear impacting the lower left eagle leg and arrow feathers. The WB-11 variety is easily identified against Bugert's New Orleans Register by mintmark and date placements. Housed in newer NGC holder. A solid offering from the Saco River Collection.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
VF30 PCGS
29733628
WB-16
Original $200 WB-16, Late Die States Reverse Cud, Original Surfaces, Light Gray-Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. A late die state 1843-O WB-16 example for consideration. Die cracks are seen from legend to the rim at multiple points. A cud has formed at (UN)ITED. Obverse is toned a light gray-gold while the reverse offers more pronouced gold under a light source. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A quality Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
EF45 PCGS
34348003
WB-1
R4
Original $325 Repunched Date, 44 Digits in Denticles, Steely Luster, Gray-Gold Patina, Near Choice Original Surfaces, Complete Strike, Accurately Graded. A better 1844 die variety with bold repunching under the 44 digits along with the tops of 44 digits in the denticles. This WB-1 example is a crusty original piece with residual luster under a bright light. Embedded in the gray patina are copper-gold hues. Strike is completed and pleasing. If searching for a fairly priced 1844 Seated half, this WB-1 example adds a cool die variety to the conversation. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
AU58 NGC Fatty
281280006
WB-12
Choice $700 Mirrored Fields, Proof Reflective Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Rich Gray, Rose-Blue Patina, Well Struck, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. Let's start off this description with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation if you are a fan of Proof Like Liberty Seated coinage. This 1844 half is absolutely stunning when viewed under a light source due to mirrored fields, on both sides, and crisp reflective luster that is nearly blinding. Seriously, this is a special offering from the New Jersey Collection that is not served well by GFRC images. In hand viewing brings gray-rose and deep blues at the upper obverse and surrounding the legend on the reverse. The WB-12 die pairing features a near rev cud at (UNI)TED that adds to the coolness of the piece. Strike is complete with bold devices and stars. Housed in NGC no line fatty holder with standard ring insert and worthy of special consideration. Purchased during August 1999 and off the market since that time. No, this half has not been to CAC as I know someone will email with an inquiry.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
MS62 PCGS
33950126
WB-4
R3
Choice $1375 WB-4, Overlapping 8s in Denticle, Choice Original, Fully Struck, Fiery Orange-Gray Surfaces, Conservative Grading. Completely fresh to market and just back from PCGS without a CAC submission; which is deserved given the natural surfaces. This WB-4, Overlapping 8 Digits in the Denticles, is an outstanding mint state specimen for the advanced collector. One immediately sees the complete strike with all stars nicely rounded and deeply impressed hair curls. The reverse also features a hammered strike. Surfaces are choice at the assigned MS62 grade level. In hand viewing, as seen in the GFRC images, produces gray-rose coloring. Adding a light source results in fiery natural orange-gray coloring being exposes throughout obverse and reverse. Blemishes are to a minimum with only two faint bag marks in the upper left reverse field that are old time and completely toned. This is an exceptional piece with the doubled misplaced 8 digit in the denticles directly below the space between 1(84)4 and a thick arcing line in t he denticles above (UNIT)ED per the Bugert Federal Register on Philadelphia die varieties. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. GFRC is proud to be offering this WB-4 example.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
EF45 PCGS
36937403
WB-10
R5
Original $495 Rare WB-10 Die Pairing, Near Choice Original, Reisdual Mint Frost, Light Gray-Gold Coloring, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Rare WB-10 die pairing (R5) with heavily used and eroded obverse die. This is the fifth and last of five die pairings for this worn out obverse. A near choice example that has natural light gray-gold patina. Strike is essentially complete given the late die state obverse condition. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection that is freshly graded and new to market.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
EF40
PCGS
33105095
WB-13
R4
Choice HOLD
$325
New November 21! Repunched Date, Above Average Eye Appeal, Mirrored Fields, Choice Original Surfaces, West Texas Collection. Let's start the description for this wonderful 1844-O WB-13 Seated half with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Why? This West Texas Collection offering has superior eye appeal at the assigned grade level. There is no question on CAC approval! Fields are mirrored and still offer residual reflective luster during bright inspection. Uniform gun metal gray patina shifts to faint center rose-gray surrounded by peripheral blues. Fully struck and conservatively graded. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
EF40 PCGS
36932476
WB-20
R2
Choice $245 Heavy Reverse Die Cracks, Choice Original Surfaces, Thick Olive-Gray Patina, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. The 1844-O WB-20 die variety is easy to attribute due to heavy die cracked at UNITED STATES. An internal cud eventually forms between the D and S lettering. A strictly original example with thick olive-gray patina along with embedded rose that becomes more obvious under a light source. Strike is typical and surfaces are unabraded. The obverse line from star 2 to left facing arm is a toning line for clarification. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
AU50 PCGS
31709823
WB-3
R4
Choice $450 WB-3, Center Dot Obverse, Choice Original Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Conservative Grading, Oregon Beaver Collection. Center Dot Obverse die variety that is listed as R4 rarity by Bugert. A choice example with attractive golden patina and considerable frosty cartwheel luster at the assigned AU50 grade level. Strike is complete on the reverse while the right obverse stars lack connected centrils. Fields have a few scattered micro ticks with none worth mentioning. Conservative grading and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A fresh duplicate with lots of eye appeal from the Oregon Beaver collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Double Date
VG08
PCGS
18715996
WB-22
R4
Choice $1195 WB-22, Popular Double Date, Choice Original, Gray-Rose Patina, Blemish Free, Accrately Graded. 10% Price Reduction October 7, 2018 - It is always a pleasure to stock the popular 1844-O Doubled Date in stock especially when in mid circulated grades and affordable to a wide range of collectors. This VG08 example features honest wear and natural toned medium gray surfaces. Regardless of the lower grade, the eye appeal is pleasing due to darker hues outlining the stars, legend and major devices. The date doubling is crisp and easily seen without a loupe. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with CAC approval and perfect for the collector who wishes to add this variety to a circulated grade Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. Please note the white lines/haze on upper left obverse by Liberty's face are on the holder and not on the coin. There was too much holder haze to attempt to edit out of the image.
Seated 50C 1845 1845
AU53 raw
WB-101
Market Acceptable $385 Scarce Grade, Retoned, Burchs Creek Collection. It seems that everyone is looking for the 1845 Philadelphia date as scarce in better grades. Mintage is 589,000 but the PCGS slabbed population is very low for this amount struck. PCGS has only certified (34) pieces at the AU50, AU53 and AU55 grade levels. That is not many considering the number of active Seated half dollar collectors in the market. The offered example is a no question AU with some reverse strike weakness at the eagle's left leg while the reverse is fully struck. Surfaces are covered with a uniform violet/gray patina with residual luster peeking through. My images have over emphasized the "voilet" color a tad. A piece that is well worth considering.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
MS62 PCGS
37334008
WB-14
R4
Original $1950 Near-Choice Original Surfaces, Mirrored Fields, Crisp Relfective Luster, Gray-Rose Patina, Accurately Graded. 1845 New Orleans struck half dollars amount to several millions. However, this date is noticeably rare in Mint State with the bulk being graded MS62 or MS63. GFRC is pleased to be offering a pleasing WB-14 example with mirrored fields and crisp reflective luster. One does not often see 1845-O Seated halves with proof like fields. Both sides are toned with a dusty gray-rose patina that transitions to rose and blues under a light source. Bright light viewing is where this silver piece excels. Obverse strike is bold while those pesky eagle claws, on the reverse, show some weakness. Overall, an important Liberty Seated half dollar for collectors building advanced sets. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
EF40 PCGS OGH
4624196
WB-16
R4
Choice $975 WB-16, Dramatically Doubled Date, Choice Original, Crusty Brown-Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. This is only the second 1845-O Dramatically Double Date (WB-16) example handled by GFRC and what a choice specimen. Surfaces are covered with thick crusty brown-gray patina and some ebony verdigris that scream originality. The doubled 5 is far right of the final date punch and quite obvious regardless of the thick toning. Strike is typical with all stars completely forms but a few lacking connected centrals. The obverse has two circulation lines, in the fields, that are ancient and toned over long ago. Accurately graded and housed in old PCGS green holder. A quality offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection that belongs in an advanced collection. Please check the GFRC Sales Archive and note that a PCGS EF45 example was sold during 2017 for $1300. Therefore this example is well priced.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
AU58 NGC
1888785004
WB-17
R4
Original $850 Repunched 84, Original Frosty Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. WB-17 R4 Rarity with bold repunching within the 8 and 4 date digits. A well struck example with lightly mirrored fields that results in significant cartwheel luster when viewed under a light source. Eye appeal is substantial given the high relief devices that interact with the reflective luster. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another fine numismatic offering from the New Jersey Collection and the release of his New Orleans struck dates.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
No Drapery
AU55 NGC
333641007
WB-1
R2
Original $950 No Drapery, Doubled Date, Original Golden Brown Patina, Residual Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. No Drapery designated 1845 New Orleans strikes bring substantial premiums. This lovely example is housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. The NGC label provides the No Drapery attribution that is accurate given the complete lack of any gown lines below the right facing arm. This is indeed a lovely example with crusty golden brown patina that covers both sides. The WB-1 die variety captures bold date doubling on the 45 digits and a badly cracked reverse die. Strike is consistent with the WB-1 definition in Bugert's Federal Register on New Orleans halves. The obverse die is heavily polished resulting in stars 1 through 3 nearly being effaced and the balance of the devices being present in shallow relief. On the otherhand, the reverse strike is hammered with deep relief. Bold die cracks continue HALF DOL to the arrow tips on the right and to olive leaves and UNITED on the left. A quality example from the New Jersey collection that was purchased at the 1998 ANA World's Fair of Money show and off the market since that time. Housed in old NGC holder consistent with the 1998 grading era. An important offering that I expect to sell quickly.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
No Drapery
AU53 raw
WB-12
R4
Market Acceptable $450 New October 23! No Drapery, Heavily Polished Obverse, Steely Fields, Cracked Reverse, White Pine Collection. The 1845-O WB-12 die pairing includes a heavily polished obverse die and a cracked reverse die. Rarity rating is R4 according to Bugert in his Register for New Orleans Seated half dollar die varieties. The obverse has been polished to the point of effacing stars 1 to 3 though they remain visible on the offered AU53 example. The polishing has also removed the drapery folds. As a result, this piece qualifies for No Drapery status though not a hub design change. Multiple die cracks connect legend lettering to the rim. The White Pine Collection offering is a commercial AU with steely fields along with faint gray patina and peripheral gold. A Market Acceptance quality rating has been assigned as I could easily see this half being placed into a PCGS holder. However, the reverse fields are just too reflective to be strictly original. Priced accordingly.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
6/Horizontal 6
EF40 NGC
624860003
WB-104 WB-7
Original $1250 6/Horizontal 6, Original Surfaces, Light Silver Gray Patina, Reverse Cud, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. 6 Over Horizontal 6, WB-104, WB-7, FS-301. One of the most popular blundered date varieties along with being so dramatic due to a "sideways" blunder in the date repunching. This variety is scarce in all grades woth most surivors being clustered in the EF/AU grade range. This original example offers naturally reflective surfaces with light gray-gold patina on both sides. Strike is very well executed with the blundered horizontal 6 digit visible without a loupe; of course younger eyes are necessary. Reverse has bold die crack through the tops of (UNIT) that appears as shelf metal and is now a cud. On the obverse, there are two small rim cuds below the date. Among the most dramatic die varieties in the Seated half series, the 6 Over Horizontal 6 has been listed in the Guide Book since the very first edition. Housed in old NGC standard ring insert holder with label having the following attribution, "6/Horiz 6". A quality offering from the New Jersey Collection that deserves serious consideration. Adding a 6/Horizontal 6 to your Seated half dollar set could be a lot fun, so please consider this example.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Double Die Obverse
EF40 PCGS
32598184
WB-10
Original $345 W-10, Double Die Obverse, Original, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Obverse Toning, Golden Gray Reverse, Bold Doubling on Lower Left Stars, Conservatively Graded, West Coast Collection Purchase. An important 1846 WB-103 Double Die Obverse offering to consider. There is considerable bright light eye appears given the pretty aquamarine-gray obverse toning that contrast with the golden-gray shades on the reverse. Die doubling on stars 1 through 4 is sharp and easily seen with 10x loupe. Strike is typical though I believe the grading to be on the conservative side. Pristine fields with no blemishes either. Conaervatively graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS Secuirty holder.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Medium Date
AU50 PCGS
14597882
WB-5
R3
Original HOLD
$415
WB-5, Medium Date Punch, Original Lavendar Gray Patina, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded. 10% Price Reduction October 7, 2018 - If a fan of well struck Liberty Seated halves, then this lovely 1846 Medium Date might be just for you. Strike is hammered with every tiny device detail being fully struck. Surfaces are covered with a lavendar-gray patina that is a bit deeper on the obverse. Residual luster has a steely texture and is bolder on the reverse due to lighter toning. A WB-5 example with repunched 46 digits. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from a consignor that wishes to stay anonymous.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Medium Date
EF45 PCGS
26561320
WB-9
R3
Choice $325 WB-9, Choice Original, Charcoal Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Well Struck, Old Time Conservative Grading, Newtown Collection. 1846 Medium Date Seated halves are readily available therefore collectors should focus on above average examples that provide value. This is the case for the choice original specimen from the Newtown Collection. As with other Newtown offerings, quality is high while being a desireable late die state WB-9 die variety. Reverse is heavily cracked well beyond the Bugert descriptions in his new Philadelphia Federal Register book. Surfaces are a combination of steely luster and natural charcoal gray patina. Residual reverse luster is crisp and pleasing. Grading is conservative at the assigned EF45 level and definitely an EF45+ at 2018 standards. Housed in 2013 transition PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU50 PCGS
34945496

Original $585 Tall Date, Original Surfaces, Mottled Multi-Color Patina, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. Popular 1846 Tall Date example with mottled gold, rose, blue and aquamarine intermixed toning on the obverse and partial gray gold on the reverse. Strike is typical with a few stars lacking connected centrils. Under a light source, there is residual luster to enjoy. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering from the Saco River Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU55 raw
WB-106
Original $540 Orignal Frosty Luster, Burchs Creek Collection. The overall 1846 Philadelphia mintage is high at 2.2M pieces but those strike with the 'Tall Date" date punch are scarce and bring a strong premium. Offered here is a no question AU example with reflective fields that are untouched. This piece has seen a long ago dip and now offers some light gold under bright light. My images are rather poor concerning this lovely half as the coin looks much better in hand. Strike is complete. There is a reverse die crack through the bottom of HALF to rim that could become a partial cud in later die states.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU58 PCGS
26975508
WB-12
R3
Choice $975 WB-12, Tall Date, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Variegated Lilac Toning, Cracked Reverse, Newtown Collection. An attractive 1846 Tall date example that has been well preserved. Frosty cartwheel luster is immediately evident during bright light viewing. Obverse toning consists of variegated lilac while faint rose-gold covers the reverse along with deeper blue at the periphery. Strike is nearly complete with only stars 12 and 13 lacking fully formed centrils. The reverse is particular well struck including multiple die cracks from HALF DOL to rim and more cracks at STATES OF. Obvere die cracks are also present and consistent with WB-12 diagnostics points. Blemishes are limited to a few ticks in the right obverse field. Accurately graded and housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. Another quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection to consider. Please note that this piece last sold at Heritage Auction during February 2018 and realized essentially the current asking price.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
EF45 PCGS
83797795
WB-12
R3
Original $520 WB-12, Tall Date, Crusty Original, Thick Gray-Brown, Cracked Reverse, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. This 1846 Tall Date Seated half dollar is the definition of "crusty original". Surfaces are covered with thick gray-brown patina that has accumulated after decades of unmolested storage. Strike is hammered with all obverse and reverse devices being deeply impressed. Reverse is cracked and consistent with the attribution guide from Bill Bugert's Federal Register on Philadelphia halves 1839-1853. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The better of the two 1846 date punch style varieties and natural toning from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
EF40 PCGS
85179983
WB-14
Original HOLD
$435
WB-14, Tall Date, Crusty Original, Medium Gray Patina, Nearly Complete Strike, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. WB-14, Spiked 4 and Crumbling Reverse. Near choice original example of the Tall Date punch with uniform medium gray patina. Surfaces are mildly reflective under a bright light with rose hues exposed. Strike is essentially complete with strong device details. Blemish wise, there are two ancient lines in the obverse right field that hold this piece back from a Choice quality rating. These are not visible unless viewing with a strong loupe. The WB-14 die variety, as defined by Bill Bugert in his Philadelphia strike Federal Register, is easily attributed due to spiked 4 digit in date punch and substantial die crumbling around the legend lettering. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A solid Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU53 NGC
2040868026
WB-15
Choice $700 WB-15, Tall Date, Choice Original Surfaces, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Faint Dirty Silver-Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. A wonderful 1846 Tall Date example that is perfectly original and so well preserved. I like this offering so much that a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendatio is warranted. Steely-frosty cartwheel luster is vibrant and pleasing during bright light viewing. Strike is complete on both sides. A light dirty silver-gold patina validate the strict originality. Accurately graded and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert and Stack's W 57th St. Collection special label. Another great duplicate from the Oregon Beaver Collection that warrants serious attention.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU58 NGC
2052159004
WB-17
Choice $975 Tall Date, Choice Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Deep Rose Blue Patina, Well Struck, Gorgeous Bright Light Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. A believe the best approach for describing this choice original 1846 Tall date is to compare it to old time proof strikes with thick original rose, gray and blue patina. Fields are lightly mirrored and emit reflective cartwheel luster under a light source on both sides. It is impossible for GFRC photography to capture this type of luster, rather the images reflect the in hand coloring that is darker gray with rose hues. Strike is well executed and the surface are choice with no blemishes whatsoever. Accurately graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. Another excellent numismatic property being divested from the New Jersey Collection. Again the bright light performance of this 1846 tall Date half is gorgeous and worthy of special consideration. No CAC attempt with this specimen.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
AU53 PCGS
26975517
WB-1 WB-102
Choice $675 WB-102, WB-1, Medium Date, Repunched Date, Early Die State, Mirrored Fields, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded. 1846 New Orleans strikes are more challenging to locate than Philadelphia counterparts though mintage is roughly identical. This lovely 1846-O WB-1 example was added to GFRC inventory due to mirrored fields from early die state strike. Reflective cartwheel luster is brilliant and unabated by blemishes that might distract. Surfaces are choice with ample remaining mint frost in the protected device areas. Reverse strike is fully impressed and pleasing while the obverse lacks connected centrils on stars 7 and 9. Housed in PCGS 30th Anniversary old green label holder with edge view insert. An attractive offering that is fairly priced.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
AU50 PCGS
36937408
WB-5
R4
Choice $435 Medium Date, Repunched 18 North, Early Die State, Frosty Cartwheels, Choice Original Surfaces, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. A better Bugert WB-5 die pairing in an early die state. Repunching below the 1 and 8 digits is obvious with 10x loupe. Reverse die is in the process of cracking but not approaching internal cud die state. Surfaces are choice with residual mint frost surrounding legend and within major devices. A nice half dollar that presents active cartwheels under a light source. There are no blemishes worthy of mention. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with Medium Date designation. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
VF35 PCGS
34353247

Original $850 Tall Date, Original Light Gray, Reflective Fields, Well Struck, Fairly Graded . Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Description to follow shortly.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
EF40 ANACS OWH
821892
WB-22
R4
Original $1500 Rare Grade, Tall Date, Original, Old Album Toning, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection . 1846 New Orleans strikes are found with two different date punch styles; medium and tall date. The tall date punch is easily recognized via a long thick flag on the 1 digit. It is well known that the 1846-O Tall Date is a challenging rarity in higher circulated grades and non existent in mint state. The New Jersey Collection of New Orleans Liberty Seated half dollars contained two 1846-O Tall Date examples; NGC AU50 and this ANACS EF40 specimen. A more "affordable" example that has been stored in old paper album with rose-gold patina along with darker aquamarine highlights. Accurately graded and housed in ANACS old white holder and completely fresh to market since being purchaed October 2001. Another significant offering to consider as the New Jersey Collection consignor continues to release his life long holdings.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
AU50 NGC
379683002
WB-27
R4
Choice $3150 Rare Grade, Tall Date, Choice Original, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Frosty Devices, Light Gray-Gold, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. 1846 New Orleans strikes are found with two different date punch styles; medium and tall date. The tall date punch is easily recognized via a long thick flag on the 1 digit. It is well known that the 1846-O Tall Date is a challenging rarity in higher circulated grades and non existent in mint state. PCGS population report indicates only eight examples certified in all AU graded (AU50, AU53, AU55 and AU58) with only three in MS62. Therefore rarity at the AU grade level is established and verified. Now let's take a look at this AU50 example from the New Jersey Collection. This example is choice original with mirrored fields and bold reflective luster under a light sources. Surfaces are covered with light gray gold patina and are free of any blemishes. The primary devices, Liberty and reverse eagle, are nicely frosted throughout recesses. Strike is essentially complete with only a touch of weakness on the eagle's lower left left. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. A very important offering from the New Jersey Collection that warrants special consideration for grade rarity and strict originality.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU50 NGC
3433789001

Choice $400 Choice Original, Multiple Color Steely Luster, Completely Struck, Superior Bright Light Eye Appeal, New Jersey Collection. I'm going out on a limb with this choice original 1847 Seated half dollar. Regardless of the NGC holder and no CAC green bean, I believe this gorgeous example is worthy of a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Why you might ask? Bright light coloring and eye appeal is well above the norm and warrants immediate consideration. In hand viewing reveals aquamarine-gold surfaces on both sides. Titling the obverse ever so slightly into the light exposes a sky blue center that is well framed by golden ring at the stars. Reverse toning is similar with intermixed rose-blue colors and a thin gold arc between legend and denticles. Strike is fully executed with high relief stars and strong lower reverse devices. Heavy die polish lines behind U(NITE)D make attributing the WB-5 die pairing straightforward. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view. An excellent numismatic property from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
EF45 PCGS
34348007

Original $235 Near Choice Original, Light Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Cumberland Country Collection. A lovely 1847 Philadelphia strike with light gray surfaces and essentially complete strike. Obverse strike is complete while only the left facing eagle leg lacks complete definition on the reverse. Under a light source, original steely luster provides golden hues. Another than a faint hairline in the right obverse field, there are no blemishes to mention. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another divested Seated half dollar duplicate from the Cumberland County Collection.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU50
PCGS
36937409
WB-13
R4
Choice $425 JUST BUY IT NOW Recommendation, Choice Original, Steely Luster, Light Gray Surfaces, Well Struck, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. There are some silver coins that just have the "look". They scream originality and JUST BUY ME NOW! This piece has steely luster that is pleasing with completely undisturbed fields under a light source. Light gray toning is uniform throughout and further enhances the eye appeal. Can't you tell I really like this offering? Bet you will too! Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection that has been through the PCGS and CAC evaluation loops.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU58 PCGS
20771864
WB-4
Choice $785 WB-4, Choice Original, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Peripheral Burnt Gold Toning, Complete Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Formerly from the Pleez B. Seated Collection and now a duplicate from the Newtown Collection. This lovely 1847 WB-4 half offers considerable eye appeal with lightly mirrored fields, ample reflective luster and burnt gold toning. Strike is fully executed with bold stars and all reverse devices well defined. A die crack from the eagle's neck through O(F) to rim validates the WB-4 attribution. A choice original offering that is accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. This half was not submitted to CAC while in the Pleez B. Seated and Newtown Collections and is a worthy candidate if not sold immediately.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU58 NGC
582059005
WB-4
Choice $750 Choice Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Mottled Gray-Lavendar Patina, Mirrored Fields, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. A wonderful 1847 Philadelpha strike with reflective cartwheel luster and light mottled gray-lavendar coloring. A JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is warranted. Obverse fields are mirrored with residual diagonal die polish lines seen behind the date digits. Reverse fields are closer to steely than mirrored as compared to the obverse. Patina is transparent to the underlying obverse luster while a tad thicker on the reverse. Strike is absolutely hammered with high relief stars and deeply impressed reverse devices. A no question choice original example that is housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert dating back to the late 1990s. Yes, I know this gorgeous half is housed in NGC holder and does not have CAC approval. But in hand inspection is highly recommendated due to the above average surfaces, strike and eye appeal. GFRC images simply cannot do this half dollar justice in terms of luster and eye appeal. From the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
AU50 PCGS
37568006
WB-6
R3
Original $335 Repunched 47 North, Old Album Multicolor Toning, Steely Reflective Luster, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. A solid WB-6 Repunched 47 North example with toning characteristics consistent with old paper album storage. The obverse features variegated rainbow colors with a strong concentration at the periphery. Reverse toning is mostly light gold with darker shades surrounding the legend. Obverse strike is complete. Reverse die cracks are consistent with Bugert's WB-6 diagnostics as illustrated in his Liberty Seated Half Dollar Register. Freshly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Another Dr. Glenn Peterson offering that was hand selected from his Dansco album collection.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
EF45 PCGS
83205735

Choice $310 Choice Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Crusty original surfaces are so evident on this quality 1847 New Orleans strike. A close inspection revealed no blemishes worth mentioning. PCGS grading is accurate with considerable device details remaining. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Seated half dollar collectors who appreciate strike originality should give this 1847-O example special consideration.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
EF40 PCGS
32109933
WB-13
R4
Original $375 WB-13, Shattered Reverse, Cud Over (UN)ITED, Original Light Gray-Gold, Accurately Graded. Reverse is heavily cracked with a myriad of spider like die cracks including a cud that has consumed the tops of (UN)ITED. Surfaces are covered with light gray-gold patina. Strike is typical for the WB-13 dies employed during late die state. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A special variety offering for fans of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties and shattered dies.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
AU58 NGC
689551010
WB-17
R2
Original $775 Blast White Original Surfaces, Brilliant Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck Reverse, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection . Brilliant frosty cartwheel luster is the highlight of this blast while 1847 New Orleans strike. Luster is most vibrate and active under a light source. Most likely dipped before grading leading to untoned surfaces. Reverse strike is absolutely hammered and in high relief while the obverse strike has weakness at random stars. Other than a couple of wispy hairlines, both sides are blemish free. High grade survivors are sparse with PCGS population report only showing nine pieces graded at AU58 level and a limited number of mint state examples. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another fine numismatic property from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
AU50 raw
WB-21
Market Acceptable $225 New October 31! Double Die Obverse, Steely Surfaces, Reflective Luster, Faint Gold, Faint Cleaning, West Texas Collection. A solid 1847-O WB-21 with decent eye appeal. A faint cleaning necessitates a Market Acceptable quality rating.
Seated 50C 1847O 1847-O
EF40
PCGS
35781650
WB-22
Choice $255 WB-22, Repunched 7, Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Ebony Patina, Steely Fields, Typical Strike, Conservative Grading. A choice 1847 New Orleans strike from the WB-22 single use die pairing. Faint repunching is seen at the bottom of the 7 digit. Surfaces are strictly original and choice. Crusty gray patina with ebony highlights covers both sides. Grading appears to be conservative as this piece is close or at full EF45. However, there is reverse strike weakness that could have held back the final grade. There are no blemishes to mention. Overall, a quality 1847-O Seated half that will please the most selective collector. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1848 1848
MS61 PCGS
31777221
WB-3
Choice $1495 Excellent Eye Appeal, Choice Original, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Pastel Sky Blue Framing Rose Centers, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. An attractive 1848 WB-3 example with steely cartwheel luster and classic rose and sky blue ring toning on both sides. All stars have connected centrils but Liberty's gown line is partially formed and might appear to be wear to those who don't work with Seated halves every day. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed a faint bagmark on the obverse and reverse. These are of no consequence but mentioned for completeness. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
AU58 PCGS
06636712
WB-12
R3
Original $1150 WB-12, Original Mottled Obverse Toning, Gorgeous Reverse Coloring, Steely Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection.. Photographing this lovely 1848-O half was quite challenging due to the mottled olive gold obverse toning that provides little contrast. The reverse, on the otherhand, has gorgeous rose center surrounded by blues, gold and yellow as we approach the rim. Luster on both sides has a steely texture. This piece perform well when viewed under a light source. The obverse shifts to orange rose while the reverse luster accentuates the existing colors. Strike is typical with expected points of weakness; obverse stars and lower left facing eagle's leg and claws. Grading is accurate. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another fine piece from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
AU50
PCGS
29676787
WB-4
R4
Choice $450 New October 8! Crusty Olive-Gray and Blue Skin, Residual Steely Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, CAC Approval, Oregon Beaver Collection. The 1849 WB-4 die variety features a heavily cracked reverse with die crack from (H)ALF up through the olive leaves and across the tops of UNITED. I'm thrilled that the Oregon Beaver Collection is releasing this choice original example back into the marketplace. This lovely example offers steely fields that still provide ample reflective luster. Surfaces are covered with a moderately crust layer of olive-gray with embedded blues. This early Seated half is unabraded other than an ancient and well hidden line in the upper right obverse field. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
AU53 PCGS
24166650

Choice $650 Underrated Date, Choice Original, Light Rose-Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Pleez B. Seated Collection. Purchased from the Pleez B. Seated Collection by Newtown and recently upgraded. A choice original example that is fully struck and offers semi-transparent rose-gray patina on the obverse and more golden hues on the reverse coupled with a thin light blue arc at the rim. This lovely 1849 New Orleans example is free of any minor blemishes with only a few ticks in the field that are normal at the assigned grade. Luster is consistent with the grade and colorful under a light source. Grading is accurate to a tad conservative leading to an excellent value for the advanced Liberty Seated half dollar collector. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. A top quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1850O 1850-O
MS61 PCGS
04167601
WB-2
R3
Gem $1425 Gem Original, CAC, Seal Beach Collection, Just Buy It Now. The CAC-approval of this attractive Seated half is a worthy beginning, but it takes more than that to qualify for the much-coveted GFRC "Just Buy It Now" rating. Smooth, original surfaces host a mélange of delicate pastels surrounded by deeper toning at the peripheries. A hammered strike fully reveals Liberty's head and the lower detail in the eagle, often a problem point on Seated halves. The luster illuminates the engraver's touch and toning imparted over time in the nearly 170 years since this coin was struck, and the overall eye-appeal is considerable. The 1850-O is not the most difficult date in the series, but coins of this quality are noteworthy regardless of the absolute rarity. An outstanding piece from the Seal Beach Collection, housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) blue label holder.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
AU Details PCGS
33414175
WB-6
Cleaned $1500 Scarce Silver Melt Era Date, Reflective Luster, Peripheral Gold Toning, Wispy Obverse Hairlines, Technically Accurate Grading, Substantial Eye Appeal. The 1850 through 1852 timeframe brought significant melting of United States silver coinage due to silver arbitrage. Locating any of these three Philadelphia dates (and New Orleans) is always challenging for Seated half dollar collectors. I'm pleased to be offering the 1851 example from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection regardless of the PCGS AU Details - Cleaning designatiobn. This example again conservatively graded with substantial eye appeal. The fields offer reflective luster with mild cartwheels. Peripheral gold patina highlights and nicely frames the centers on both sides. Strike is well executed with several of the right obverse stars lacking connected centrils. Now let's discuss the cleaned designation. It is accurate as there are faint hairlines in the lower right obverse field that are immediately seen under a halogen light. Some hairlines carry into the left obverse field but not much. A few very faint hairlines can be found above the reverse eagle but one has to look carefully to locate. PCGS got this one right on a technical basis though this one should not be lumped into the really cleaned up coins we see in NGC Details holders. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with Peterson pedigree on label. In hand viewing is necessary to make an informed purchase decision.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
AU58 PCGS
84152239
WB-6
R4
Choice $3250 Better Philadelphia Date, Choice Original, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, . A marvelous 1851 Philadelphia strike with perfectly original surfaces. Gray-gold patina, while visible during in hand viewing, transitions to rose and gold hues under bright light. Strike is absolutely hammered. Freshly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. An important date and typical Liberty Seated half dollar quality from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1851 1851
AU53 PCGS
60004236
WB-6
R4
Choice $2250 Price Reduction Effective February 12, 2019: Key Date, Steely Luster, Metallic Gray Patina, Choice Original Surfaces, Typical Strike, Conservative Grading, Oregon Beaver Collection. The 1850 through 1852 timeframe brought significant melting of United States silver coinage due to silver arbitrage. Locating any of these three Philadelphia dates (and New Orleans) is always challenging for Seated half dollar collectors. I'm pleased to be offering this duplicate from the Oregon Beaver Collection to help another collector fill this spot in their date and mintmark set. This offering is a top quality 1851 Philadelphia strike with steely luster and metallic gray patina. Fields are completely free of any distracting abrasions. Strike is typical with weakness at stars 7 and 8 otherwise all other device features are well impressed. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
AU53 PCGS
30613129

Choice $1250 Challenging Date, Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. A challenging early 1850s New Orleans date due to heavier silver weight planchet and the silver bullion arbitrage of that time period. Survival rates for Liberty Seated halves dated 1850 through 1852 are lower than mintage would suggest. Much of the mintage was melted for silver bullion value that exceeded face value. This surviving example is crusty original with choice surfaces. Residual golden luster is eye catching under a bright light and very pleasing. There are no blemishes to mention whatsoever. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another important offering from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
AU50 PCGS
36932481
WB-4
R3
Original $1085 Scarce New Orleans Date, Near Choice Original, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. All 1850 through 1852 Philadelphia and New Orleans Seated halves are much scarcer than recorded mintage due to silver bullion arbitrage. This issue was resolved during 1853 with a reduction in silver weight. But by then, many halves struck in the preceding years had been melted. This strictly original example managed to survive. Frosty surfaces retains substantial luster that becomes evident under a light source. Residual mint frost surrounds the obverse stars and is seen in the protected devices areas. Toning is a creamy aquamarine-gold that is faint but was captured and amplified by GFRC photography. Close to being 100% struck with complete reverse devices and only stars 12 and 13 lacking connected centrils. Head details and scroll edges are sharp. Struck from worn obverse ide with considerable die erosion in the lower shield and gown folds. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1852 1852
MS62 PCGS
38420297

Choice $3100 New November 29! Rare Philadelphia Date, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hints of Golden Coloring, Hammered Strike.. By now, GFRC customer are well aware of the silver arbitrage taking place during the 1850 to 1853 timeframe when silver bullion price increased due to excessive gold flooding the market from California. Most 1852 struck Seated halves at Philadelphia and New Orleans mints were melted during that period leaving few available for present day collectors. Frosty cartwheel luster and choice original surfaces are instantly evident when first viewed. Strike is 100% complete with all star centrils connected and reverse eagle details being boldly defined. Coloring is a light gold which has been enhanced by GFRC photography. Fields are free of any abrasions with a few faint micro hairlines accounting for the assigned grade. The WB-2 die variety is easily attributed by diagonal die scratches inside the reverse shield. Freshly graded in housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
MS64 PCGS
07657713

Gem $4600 Important Arrows & Rays Type Offering, Gem Original Surfaces, Antique Golden Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Late Die State Dies. A completely fresh to market 1853 Arrows and Ray Liberty Seated half that originated from an old time mint state type set collection. A gem original example with heavily frosted surfaces covered by thick golden patina. Under a bright light, plenty of frosty luster with moderated cartwheels is available. Strike is complete with nicely rounded stars, full hair curls, and all reverse eagle devices present. Surfaces are unabraded and struck by worn dies. A bold die crack connects stars 1 thru 4 along with another set connecting Liberty's head with star 8 and the cap. Most of the reverse motifs are also connected with radial die cracks. This is an outstanding silver type coin possibility for collectors who pursue toned coins rather than those that are flashy with light to little toning. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.3 (2005) holder with blue label. No CAC attempt by the type set owner or GFRC at this point.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
EF45 PCGS
13553846

Original $335 Classic Crusty Original Surfaces, Uniform Gun Metal Gray with Golden Hues, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU58 NGC
1703030005
FS-004.7
Choice $1150 Double Die Reverse, Arrows & Rays Type, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. For serious Liberty Seated half dollars collection who have been searching for a top quality 1853 Arrows and Rays example, then your wait is over! Not only is this example strictly original and choice, it offerings a bold doubled die reverse listed in Cherrypickers. Eye appeal is high due to frosty cartwheel luster that radiates from both sides without interruptions. A light gray-gold patina, seen in hand, quickly shifts to gold under a halogen light source. Strike is typical with stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils. Reverse die doubling is most noticeable on UNITED STATES OF and even within the eagle feathers. Accurately graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. In hand viewing is recommended as GFRC images unable to capture the natural luster and overall eye appeal. From the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars.
Seated 50C 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU58 PCGS
81206407

Original $2100 New October 12! Price Reduction October 12, 2019 - Arrows & Rays, Well-Struck, Original, Twin Lakes Collection.. Mixed gray and chestnut tones cover this seated haf dollar, with thicker toning in a few of the protected areas. The strike is strong with full star centers and complete design details present. The Arrows & Rays seated half dollar is one of the more visually impressive coins in the entire seated series, with an abundantly-detailed reverse that avoids being overly busy. This is a great "story" coin to show your non-numismatics friends - the 19th century Gold Rush upsets the balance of gold and silver, the weight of the silver coinage is reduced in 1853, and this design change is introduced as a result. A quality AU58 set offering from the Twin Lakes Collection.
Seated 50C 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU58 NGC
1739828013
WB-21
R3
Original $1850 Better Date in AU/Mint Sate, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. An important offering for New Orleans mint type collectors coupled with the majority attempting to complete a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. The 1853-O is well recognized as being a scarce date at the AU and Mint State grade levels with a corresponding premium. This offering is a lovely original WB-21 die variety with bold obverse die crack from Liberty's knee to rim between stars 11 and 12. Frosty cartwheel luster immediate greets the collector upon first inspection. Luster is vibrant on both sides. A faint transparent gold film is evident under a light source. Strike is hammered with all obverse and reverse devices being in high relief above the fields. Some wispy hairlines are seen in the right obverse field with 10x loupe otherwise the surfaces are mark free. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. An important New Orleans type coin offering from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
Counterstamped
AU Details NGC
4475324002
Brunk M-832
Choice $295 C. MOORE Obverse Counterstamp, Holed at 12:00, Choice Original Surfaces, Completely Struck, Cartwheel Luster, Quality Exunomia. Choice original preservation state with plenty of cartwheel luster remaining. Strike is hammered with no weakness whatsoever. C. MOORE is faintly counterstamped in right obverse field along with a hole at 12:00. It is suspected that this piece did not see circulation after being counterstamped and rather, was stored and well preserved. Housed in new large font NGC holder. A quality exunomina offering from a New England dealer.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
MS61 PCGS
32240694

Choice $695 Excellent With Arrows Type, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Golden Patina with Reverse Peripheral Blues, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Pleez B Seated Collection and sold into the Newtown Collection by GFRC. A wonderful With Arrows type coin possiiblity given the hammered strikes and choice original surfaces. A transparent light gold skin covers both sides with sky blue peripheral toning on the reverse. A no question mint state example but with subtle chatter in the right obverse field that resulted in the assigned MS61 grade. Reverse is absolutely gorgeous and completely blemish free. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Yet another strong duplicate offering from the Newtown Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
34206523

Choice $550 With Arrows Type, Choice Original, Gray-Gold Patina, Hammered Strike, Osprey Collection. An opportunity to acquire an AU58 graded 1854 With Arrows Seated half for date/mintmark set or a type set. Collectors love the AU58 grade for its value. Surfaces are typically mint state with just minor rub. Luster should be consistent with lower mint state grades. This Osprey Collection examples fits those parameters well. Strike is hammered with just a touch of rub on the left facing breast. Surfaces are covered with lightly mottled gray-gold patina with the gold coloring becoming dominant during bright light viewing. Dies are heavily clashed so please be aware when viewing GFRC images. Overall surfaces are choice with a few random micro ticks of no consequence. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with no CAC attempt. Another fine numismatic property from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU58 NGC
3600759020

Choice $525 Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Creamy Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. Specialist of the Liberty Seated half dollar series understand that 1854 With Arrow dies were prepared differently resulting in thick frosty cartwheel luster. The luster originates, not only from the fields, but also throughout the main devices. This gorgeous 1854 Philadelphia strike is so typical of the date. The luster is vibrant and consuming on both sides. This is a no question original example as faint creamy gold toning is evident under a light source. Strike is also typical for the date with some stars lacking connected centrils. There are no blemishes to discuss. Another great offering from the New Jersey Collection that is housed in newer NGC holder with edge view. A trip to CAC is warranted and may take place if not sold prior to the Fall Baltimore show.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU53 PCGS
83610319

Choice $360 Price Reduction Effective February 12, 2019: Choice Original, Frosty Gray Luster, Pleasing and Attractive, Fairly Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. This lovely 1854 With Arrows half dollar is ideal for a type set or date and mintmark. Honestly, I really like this piece due to its natural light gray patina and frosty luster. Under a light source, the fields take on a steely texture and are reflective. Surfaces are so choice and strictly original. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another fine numismatic offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
AU55
PCGS
80563909

Choice New Price
$425
Consignor Buy-Out/Price Reduction! Choice Original, Transparent Gray-Gold Patina, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded. 1854 New Orleans struck Seated halves are typically found with bold heavy strikes including halo'ing of the stars. This offering falls into that category with a hammered strike and considerable mint frost in the protected areas that include gown folds, shield lines and eagle feathers. The result is a thick frosty cartwheel luster when viewed under a light source. Surrounds are covered with a dirty gray-gold skin that validates the strict originality. A careful 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes whatsoever and a few reverse die cracks that were difficult to match with those in the Bugert Federal Register. Housed in 2015 Gen 6.0 PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU50 PCGS
36937415
WB-30
R3
Original $265 Near Choice Original, Gray, Gold and Ebony, Steely Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Steely fields and pewter gray patina are the highlights of this perfectly original 1854 New Orleans strike. Reverse features embedded gold throughout the eagle. A well balance WB-30 example that is easily attributed by a vertical die crack through the 5 digit in date. A well balance Seated half dollar with strong strike and steely luster. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU55 PCGS
33020184
WB-4
R3
Choice $390 Price Reduction Effective February 12, 2019: Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Cracked Dies, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. 1854 New Orleans strikes have a huge mintage exceeding 5 million. Bugert, in his Federal Register series on Liberty Seated halves, has documented 58 die pairing by using mostly die cracks as attribution points. The 1854-O WB-4 die pairing offers one of the more extensively cracked set of dies. Obverse has a huge die crack from star 11 that nearly connects to the Liberty's leg. On the reverse, a bold die crack connect sthe bottom of HALF DOL and exits at the rim with a small cud. This example is a perfect study piece for the WB-4 variety given the AU55 grade, bold strike and frosty surfaces. Cartwheel luster is immediately evident on this choice original specimen. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another fine numismatic offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
EF45
NGC
2648961009
WB-53
R3
Choice $245 With Arrows Type, Cracked Reverse, Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Brown Patina, Accurately Graded. Attributing die varieties for 1854 New Orleans Seated half dollar strikes can be challenging and an exercise in patience. Luckily, this 1854-O WB-53 example is straightforward due to a reverse die crack from rim through (D)OL to olive branch end per Bugert's Federal Register. This specimen is perfectly original with crusty gray-brown patina and nearly complete strike. Surfaces are choice with no blemishes worthy of mention. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. CAC approval captures the accurate grading and strict originality. A nice Seated half that collectors will be proud to own.
Seated 50C 1855 1855
With Arrows
EF45 raw

Market Acceptable $150 New November 3! Better With Arrows Type, Sharp Gun Metal Blue-Rose Toning, Likely Retoned, West Texas Collection. The 1855 With Arrows date is more difficult to locate than 1854, 1854-O and 1855-O counterparts on a type basis. This West Texas example grades full EF45 and saw a long ago cleaning followed by being retoned. In its present state, its steely reflective surfaces are colored a combination blue and rose. I've assigned a Market Acceptable rating as the eye appeal is reasonable while technically, this piece is not original.
Seated 50C 1855/54 1855/54
With Arrows
VF35
PCGS
36932482
WB-102 FS-301
Choice $625 Popular 1855/54 Overdate, With Arrows Type, Thick Crusty Olive-Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Low CAC Population, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection . The 1855/54 overdate is about two to three times as rare as the normal 1855 With Arrows date. CAC population report indicates only eleven examples approved in all grades. How about that for scarcity? This is the first CAC approved example handled by GFRC and what a why to get started. A crusty original example with thick olive-gray patina on both sides. Strike is typical with weakness on the lower reverse and on the upper stars. There is a mark across Liberty's head that is ancient and completely toned over. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
MS64
NGC
3603607005

Gem $2850 With Arrows Type, Gem Original, Hammered Strike, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Crusty Brown-Gray Patina, Denver Collection. If in the market for an exceptional With Arrows mint state Liberty Seated half dollar, then please consider this offering from the Denver Collection. A duplicate from a mint state Liberty Seated type set built the hard way; no Philadelphia strikes. Instead the set is being constructed with only branch mint examples. This individual recently upgraded the Seated half dollar With Arrows type and has released this splendid example back to the market. Strike is absolutely hammered with every minute device detail being deeply impressed. Surfaces offer steely cartwheel luster and are covered with crusty brown-gray mottled toning. CAC approval validate the strict originality and huge eye appeal. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Definitely a superior offering that could be an upgrade in many Liberty Seated dime sets. I strongly recommended this example.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
AU58 PCGS
21550328
Unlisted
Original $475 New October 12! Price Reduction October 12, 2019 - With Arrows Type, Original, Elegant Old Time Frosty Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Peripheral Gold Toning, Well Struck, Twins Lakes Collection. An unlisted 1855 New Orleans strike with heavily cracked reverse and die rust puts on gown folds and adjacent fields. Obverse eye appeal is substantial with frosty luster that turns to swirling cartwheels under a light source. A thin gold skin covers the entire obverse with darker shades at the periphery. Reverse toning features a sky blue center surrounded by rich gold at the legend. Strike is well executed other than stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils. An Original quality rating has been assigned due to reverse hairlines between the eagle and screen. Overall eye appeal is pleasing. The obverse is so close to mint state after a thorough 10x loop inspection revealed no rub. However, the reverse hairlines probably brought a net grade to AU58. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. An eye appealing offering from the Twins Lake Collection.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
16638444

Original $625 Sparking Cartwheel Luster, Strictly Original Surfaces, Fully Struck, Faint Gold Hues, Accurately Grade, New Jersey Collection. I don't know if "sparkling luster" is an acceptable numismatic term but it seemed fitting for this lovely 1855 New Orleans strike. Under a light source, the obverse offers vibrant cartwheel luster that appears to sparkle due to the surface texture in the fields. The 1855-O date is a With Arrows type coin possibility. This example is 100% struck with strong facial details and high relief stars. Blemish wise, there is a single bag mark in the right obverse field near the drapery and a few wispy reverse hairlines above the eagle's left wing. Accurately graded with faint golden hues that validate the originality. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another fine numismatic offering from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
EF45 raw

Original $225 Crusty Original, Accurately Graded, Southern Maine Collection. Off the market for decades as part of the Southern Maine Collection. This 1855 New Orleans half is the poster child for crusty original surfaces. Obverse is covered with thick gray/brown patina while the reverse is toned a golden brown. Under bright light, the obverse retains its visual consistent while the reverse provides a rich golden glow. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Ebony spots on the obverse are verdigris. Accurately grade.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU55
PCGS
18662978
WB-16
Choice $495 Choice Original, Attractive Toning, Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Burnt golden patina and satiny luster are the primary highlights of this pleasing 1855-O half dollar. Purchased directly by Newtown from GFRC and now back on the market. Some strike weakness is typical for the New Orleans mint in the 1855 timeframe. Surfaces are essentially blemish free with a single faint line in the obverse right field being visible during bright light inspection. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. An eye appealing Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Newtown Collectors that warrants close inspection. This piece would fit nicely into a new starter date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
EF40 PCGS
82626063
WB-4
R5
Choice $5500 Key Date, Choice Original, Scarce Grade, Crusty Gray Patina, Well Struck, Whiskey Run Collection. An important offering as 1855 San Francisco strikes are scarce to rare at all grades as portions were probably exported to the Orient. Mintage is a low 129,500 pieces during the first year of San Francisco Mint operations. Both Seated half dollars and quarters were produced in limited quantities and saw heavy circulation in the California Gold Rush economy due to small change demands. This surviving example is perfectly original with crusty gray surfaces. The reverse has localized ebony verdigris resting on top of the gray patina. Strike is complete with all star centrils connected. PCGS has graded a total of 8 example in EF40 and another 9 at the EF45 grade level. Every collector needs this challenging date for their date and mintmark set collections, therefore demand remains high with few pieces reaching the market. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and ready to become part of an advanced Seated half dollar collection. From the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
With Arrows
F15 ANACS OWH
355238
WB-4
R5
Choice HOLD
$1650
New November 21! Initial San Francisco Strike, So Rare this Choice, Heavy Reverse Verdigris, West Texas Collection. GFRC is most pleased to be offering a strictly original 1855 San Francisco struck specimen. Natural gray patina covers both sides along with some heavy reverse verdigris. Grading is conservative as all seven letters in LIBERTY are visible during bright light inspection. Initial production year mintage was only 129,950 with all moving into circulation due to high demand for small change in the California mining regions. Definitely worthy of the asking price. Housed in ANACS old white holder. Please don't let the holder discourage a purchase. I guarantee that this piece will cross into a PCGS holder at current grade. I believe this piece is closer to VF20 than Fine15.