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 99 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on September 14, 2020

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
No Drapery
EF40
PCGS
25677496
WB-2
Choice $2250 No Drapery Type, Crusty Gray Toning, Choice Surfaces, Newtown Collection. An ideal first year of type issue, this is a pleasing Seated half with even, uniform color. Crusty fields of deep gray contrast with somewhat lighter central figures, particularly at the high points. Stars 6-9 reveal blue shading mixed in, as does the reverse rim. The strike is typical, with some flat stars. The originality factor is strong with no evidence of prior cleaning. WB-4 variety, with the date placed further to the right than for other WB varieties of this year. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date) with CAC approval.
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
EF40 PCGS
29190046
WB-4
Choice $1650 New September 5! Important No Drapery Type, Natural Light Gray, Choice Surfaces, Above Average Strike, Sooner Collection. 1839 brought the Philadelphia Mint transitional from the Capped Bust to Liberty Seated design. The initial 1839 strikes will be found with no drapery at the right facing elbow. Later strikes of that year will have drapery creating a two design type for single year. The No Drapery type is in constant demand for type sets and regular date and mintmark sets. The Sooner Collection is releasing a choice duplicate that belongs in an advance collection. Light gray patina overlays both sides. Steely fields still retain some luster during bright light inspection. Strike weakness is a chronic issue for 1839 No Drapery halves. Typically, the lower reverse devices are flatly struck. This example has an above average reverse strike but does show weakness on the upper left obverse stars. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
VF30
PCGS
38087779
WB-4
Choice $925 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
VF35 PCGS
30526869
WB-7
Original $215 New September 5! With Drapery, Old Album Pastel Toning, Sooner Collection. An attractive 1839 With Drapery Seated half with a base light gray coloring that is enhanced by pastel aquamarine and gold. This peripheral toning is typical of an extended stay in a high sulphur paper album. Fields are reflective under a light source. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder. From a the Sooner Collection.
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 1840 1840
Rev of 1839
EF40 PCGS
08727771

Original $265 New September 5! Reverse of 1839, Light Gray Coloring, Residual Frosty Luster, Well Struck, Sooner Collection. Continuous light gray coloring covers both sides on this original 1840 Reverse of 1839 strike. Bright light review exposes residual frosty luster and faint pastel blues surrounding the stars. A well struck example with completely formed stars and hair curls along with raised outer scroll lines. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. Attribution was attempted per Bugert's Register of Seated half dollar Philadelphia strike though unable to render a definitive decision for this Sooner Collection offering.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev of 1839
VF20 NGC
2597422001
WB-10
Original $165 New September 5! Double Date, FS-302 Cherrypickers Designation, Crusty Surfaces, Sooner Collection. Date doubling is most apparent on the WB-10 1840 Philadelphia struck Seated half. Obverse toning is a thick crusty gray while the reverse offers lighter shades. Fairly graded and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view inset. The NGC labeling reads, "1840/1840 Small Letters, FS-302". The FS-302 is a Cherrypickers designation.
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
AU53 NGC
3001275006
WB-4
Choice $3950 Rare New Orleans Medium Letters Reverse, No Mintmark, Early Die State, Choice Original Surfaces.. A special high grade offering of the 1840(O) design type for the advanced collector. The 1840(O) die pairing is necessary for both date/mintmark and type sets resulting in significant demand. The ongoing challenge is locating a choice original specimen as many are well worn or have been molested. GFRC is excited to be offering a mid grade AU example with natural gun metal gray patina and steely fields. Fairly early die state dies have imparted a steely finish to the fields. Bright light inspection reveals reflective luster and some embedded gold. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the mid 1990s timeframe. The 1840-(O) MED LETTERS is accurately captured on the NGC label. Potential buyers will be asking if this piece has been to CAC as this is common question on a coin of this status and price. I don't know the coin's history but it is safe to assume that it has been submitted given the old holder. I believe this piece would CAC if in a fresh AU50 holder as current grading is not conservative enough. This is the nicest 1840(O) that I've handled; by far.
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
Rev 1838
EF Details NGC
4755692011
WB-4
Original $1100 No Mintmark, Capped Bust Medium Letters Reverse, Original Golden-Gray Patina, Single Obverse Field Line. . An example of the popular 1840 New Orleans strike with a leftover Capped Bust reverse die that lacks a mintmark. The reverse was previously used to strike Reeded Edge design coinage during 1839 where the mintmark was placed on the obverse. Demand is always high for this issue since required for both a Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set along with early coinage type sets. This solid example appeared at the 2020 Winter FUN show. Please don't get hung up on the NGC Details designation. The sole scratch on this half is the short line in the upper ring field that is ancient and not distracting. I don't make a habit of adding Details certified coins to inventory via outright purchase. However, I liked this example immediately during inspection and believe it will fit nicely into budget conscious sets being assembled. The reverse is heavily cracked while the obverse die has significant die rust throughout the gown folds. Housed in NGC large font holder with edge view insert. The holder label reads Med Letters, EF Details, Obv Scratched
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
EF45 ANACS OWH
567601
WB-7
Original $365 New September 5! Very Small O, Golden-Gray Patina, Residual Frosty Luster, Near-Choice, Sooner Collection. Residual mint frost is readily available on this attractive 1840-O WB-7 half. Mint frost is seen within the protected areas including gown lines and reverse shield. Overall coloring is orange-gold overlaid over a base layer of natural gray. Accurately graded with strong obverse strike while reverse has typical weakness at the arrow feathers and claws. Fields have a few scattered ticks consistent with the grade. This Sooner Collection consignment is house in an ANACS old white holder.
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
EF40 ANACS OWH
1356736
WB-102 WB-7
Original $275 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
AU50 raw
33414172
WB-104 WB-8
R5
Original $425 WB-8 R5, Re-Engraved Denticles, Original Surfaces, Steely Luster, Light Gray with Golden Peripheral Toning, 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. A raw offering 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 1841 1841
AU Details PCGS
36932470

Original $395 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 1841O 1841-O
AU55 PCGS
26498502
WB-1
Gem $1250 New September 5! Gem Original, Gorgeous Rose and Blue Old Album Toning, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Sooner Collection. A gem original WB-1 example for the collector who desires the best in their collections and Open Set Registry displays. Last sold at Heritage Auction during Winter FUN 2015 where it realized an amazing $1475 due to the superb eye appeal and hammered strike. Now a duplicate from the Seal Beach and Sooner Collections. Rich old album rose and blues are dominant during in hand and bright light viewing. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder with blue label and standard ring insert. Please give this gorgeous example special consideration.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
VF30
PCGS
19737216
WB-2R
R5
Choice $2400 WB-2R, Baseball Die Crack Reverse, Choice Original, Seal Beach Collection. An important opportunity for the advanced collector of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties. One does not often see a WB-2R Baseball Die Cracked Reverse offering with choice original surfaces and CAC approval. Gray toned surfaces provide balanced contrast between darker fields and lighter main devices. The ebony-gray ring between obverse stars and the rim provides additional eye appeal. There are two distinctly different die states for the WB-2 Baseball Cracked Reverse. WB-2 is the first die marriage with strong obverse device details including foot and underlying support from the base. On the second die marriage, for the same die pair (WB-2R), the obverse comes much weaker with much of the foot support area polished out. Strike is uniform with no points of weakness to mention. There are a few tiny blemishes consistent with the assigned grade and acceptable to CAC. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and CAC approval. Previously sold into the Seal Beach Collection and back again at GFRC as a top quality offering from the Seal Beach Collection of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
VF35 PCGS
35329904
WB-4
R4
Original $210 New August 6! Crusty Gray, Original Surfaces, Oregon Beaver Collection. Even grey surfaces are lighter at the high points and exhibit more intense green-gold and deep grey shades in the protected areas. A curved line at star 13 might be the remnant of a rubber band and is easily market acceptable. This is a well struck piece with star centers evident and some blending of detail beneath the reverse shield. WB-4, with the date placed low and to the right, while the mintmark is large. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date).
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 1841O 1841-O
Baseball Die Crack Reverse
AU Details PCGS
38230311
WB-2R
Cleaned $2350 Baseball Die Crack Reverse, Heavy Die Cracks, Silver Gray Coloring, Old Clean, StoneCold Collection. There are two distinctly different die states for the WB-2 Baseball Cracked Reverse. WB-2 is the first die marriage with strong obverse device details including foot and underlying support from the base. During the second die marriage, for the same die pair (WB-2R), the obverse comes much weaker with most of the foot support area polished out. The StoneCold Collection offering was struck during the second die pairing as the foot support and foot details have been effaced. The reverse is completely shattered with the deepest die crack seen at (OF A)MERICA. A silver-gray coloring is consistent on both sides. PCGS has certified this piece at AU Details due to an old clean. I'm ok with this designation though there are no hairlines to be found. Strike is uniform and pleasing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 Gold Shield holder with "WB-2R Med O, Baseball Die Crack attribution on the label. An important offering for the die variety specialist.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
EF40 PCGS
24068701

Original $225 Medium Date, Residual Reflective Luster, Near-Choice Original, Newtown Collection. The medium date is readily distinguished by the 2 in the date, which is noticeably smaller than the adjacent 4, while these digits are equally sized on the small date variety. Neither are rare, but Liberty Seated collectors pride themselves on keeping their varieties straight! Medium golden shades blanket both sides, with hints of light blue in the obverse stars, which are highlighted by residual, steely gold luster. Marks are consistent with the grade, with the largest concentration above the eagle. The strike is typical with flatness in the stars, and the arrow fletching blending together. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder, note some haze is on the holder.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Medium Date
AU55 PCGS
84319285
WB-10
Choice $595 New September 5! Medium Date, Granular Frosty Luster, Choice Surfaces, Excellent Eye Appeal, Sooner Collection. A wonderful 1842 Medium Date strike with frosty luster and full WB-10 diagnostics. The mid-AU example is well preserved with ample frosty granular luster on both sides. Reverse is untoned while a faint orange-gold layer provides peripheral obverse coloring. The obverse die crack through the left field stars and a die chip above AME(R)ICA are consistent with the Bugert WB-10 attribution points. A choice new offering from the Sooner Collection that is sure to please on a long term basis. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
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
Medium Date
EF45 raw
WB-8
Original $265 Medium Date, Near-Choice Original, Light Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Newtown Collection. A strictly original 1842 Medium Date survivor with in-hand gray coloring that shifts to rose-gray during bright light inspection. Well struck without any surfaces abrasions requiring mention. Fairly graded with bold scroll lines and ornate hair curls. Another duplicate from the Newtown Collection that has been peacefully resting in a bank box for over a decade. Ideal for a Dansco album collection.
Seated 50C 1842 1842
Small Date
AU53 PCGS
34353246

Original $475 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 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Rev 1839
VF35 PCGS
14255608
WB-1
R5
Original $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 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 1842O 1842-O
Small Date, Rev of 1839
AU58 PCGS
05988636
WB-2
R5
Choice $15000 Reverse of 1839, Seal Beach Collection. This is a better variety (Bugert R-5) and close to finest known for the WB-2 die pairing. Indeed, PCGS has graded but one coin at this level, the present example, with only two finer (both MS62). Luster is sharp and reflective, with intense tones of blue-green and violet-red radiating from the surfaces. The fields are even and smooth with only a few ticks above the eagle's head and a few faint hairlines in the right obverse field. Still, this attractive piece represents a challenging variety and places high within the condition census. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
VF30 raw

Original $125 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 1843 1843
EF40 PCGS
26449276
WB-12
Original HOLD
$365
New September 14! Cracked Dies, Crusty Gray Patina, Near-Choice Surfaces, Pikes Peak Collection. Collecting 1843 Philadelphia struck Seated halves by die variety is current trending thanks to Bill Bugert and his latest Register on the series. The 1843 date is replete with cracked dies due to poor annealing characteristics of a square shanked reverse die per Bugert. This WB-12 example feature a bisecting reverse die crack along with severe cracking above Liberty's head. Surfaces are crusty original. A late die specimen that could be the starting point of a much broader collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder. From the Pikes Peak Collection.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
EF45 PCGS
82926498
WB-18
Choice $275 New September 5! Above Average Eye Appeal, Choice Surfaces, Steely Luster, Sooner Collection. Though not CAC approved, I am issuing a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation for the lovely 1843 WB-18 Seated half. This Sooner Collection duplicate brings considerable eye appeal and a bold strike to the table. My first impression was that of an AU50 specimen until looking at the PCGS label. Both sides have steely luster that is consistent with a higher grade. Light orange-rose is the primary coloring with some peripheral deep blues. Strike is complete. It is well known that 1843 Philadelphia strikes comes with extensive reverse die cracks. This WB-18 is one of the die pairs that will experience early fatigue and cracking. Die cracks are limited to the upper left legend and the beginning of cracking down through the eagle's head. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder and attractively priced.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
EF45 PCGS
30327602
WB-7
Choice $300 New September 5! Lightly Mirrored Fields, Olive and Gold Toning, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection. An attractive 1843-O WB-7 strike that should fit nicely into a circulated date and mintmark set. Fields are light mirrored which becomes quickly evident during bright light review. Olive-gray centers are surrounded by orange-gold at the stars and reverse lettering. The reverse presents a combination of steely fields and rusted devices; definitely cool. Overall, an unabraded example with lots of eye appeal that is being released from the Sooner Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder. Please don't think about this one too long if interested.
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
674651012
WB-9
Original $525 New September 5! Repunched 844, Crisp Reflective Luster, Mirrored Fields, Darker Rose-Gold Toning, Near-Choice, Sooner Collection. WB-9 date repunching, per Bugert, is readily seen on this accurately graded 1844 Philadelphia strike. Moderately mirrored fields are reflective during bright light review. A darker rose-gold patina is concentrated around the primary devices leaving the fields lightly toned. Strike is complete and most impressive on the reverse eagle. Housed in old NGC standard ring insert holder. This holder has two plastic scratches that are visible on the upper obverse. I've tried to edit out portions of the scratches to enable a better appreciation of this Sooner Collection offering.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
AU50 PCGS
26998704
WB-14
Original HOLD
$395
New September 5! Frosty Luster, Peripheral Rose-Gold Toning, Original Surfaces, Sooner Collection. The Sooner Collection consignor has been actively dispositioning his duplicate holding. The 1844-O WB-14 strike offers light silver-gray toning that is consistent across the obverse with a hint of rose-gold near the rims. The rose coloring is more evident on the reverse and GFRC images. Surfaces are original with residual granular mint frost in the protected areas. Strike is completely executed with bold devices. A few micro-lines are seen on the obverse. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) 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 1845O 1845-O
AU53 NGC
4765248008

Original HOLD
$785
New August 28! Double Date, Late Die State, Extensive Reverse Cracks, Steely Fields. The WB-1 die pairing is listed by Bugert with illustrations of early to late die state progression including reverse die cracking and polished out reverse shield lines. This offerings was struck at the end of the die pairing's lifespan. Heavy die cracks are seen throughout the reverse legend along with missing reverse vertical shields lines. Similarly, the obverse die has been lapped resulting in partial stars 1 through 3 and a loss of some the date doubling. This accurately graded example still presents a bold strike and steely fields. Toning is a light lavender-gray with peripheral gold. Housed in new large font NGC holder with die variety attribution that reads, "1845/45, FS-303 LDS". An important offering for the Liberty Seated half dollar variety specialist as I can't imagine a later die state.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
EF45 NGC
930644010
WB-12
R4
Choice $315 New September 5! Choice Original, Light Gray-Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Sooner Collection. A lovely 1845 New Orleans WB-12 example that is fully struck and offers strictly original gray-gold patina. Choice surfaces are reflective under bright light and without distracting blemishes. Weakness of the stars in left obverse field is typical for the variety as are bold die scratches from A(M)ERICA to rim. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from the Sooner Collection.
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
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
EF45
PCGS
14255613
WB-4
Choice $375 Choice Original, Mottled Gray Coloring, CAC Approval, Newtown Collection. Yet another CAC-approved piece from the Newtown consignor, this Seated half exhibits a richly toned obverse with shades of gold and deeper gray at rims, while the reverse is lighter throughout. The WB-4 variety is distinct with a "footless" 1 in the date, missing part of the serif to the lower left, and a mintmark punched well left of center. This is not an expensive coin, but remains a choice example with visual interest, and not easily located as such. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. CAC has approved 16 pieces finer.
Seated 50C 1845O 1845-O
No Drapery
AU53 raw
WB-12
R4
Market Acceptable $450 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 1845O 1845-O
No Drapery
AU50 PCGS
26996998
WB-12
R4
Choice $825 No Drapery, Seal Beach Collection. The 1845-O No Drapery is a popular variety, enhanced by its listing in the Guide Book. The result of excessive die polishing, the absence of expected detail is easily visible with the naked eye, an important consideration for the Guide Book editors. Obverse shades of blue and violet grace an even gray palette, while the reverse is less intense with gold highlights surrounding lighter gray. The strike is strong with distinct eagle feathers. PCGS has certified seven in AU50 with 15 higher. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with No Drapery attribution on the label.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Medium Date
EF45 ANACS OWH
2767275
WB-5
Original $335 New September 7! Repunched Date, So-Called 1846/5, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Steely Fields, Sooner Collection. Gun metal gray patina along with peripheral gold and embedded rose nicely "dress up" this original 1846 Medium Date Seated half. The WB-5 die pairing captures a repunched date that was previously listed by some as an 1846/5 overdate. Bugert opines that this variety is a repunched 6 with remnants of an unfinished logotype surrounding the last two digits. The reverse has a centering hole at the left vertical shield lines. A quality example with steely fields that are essentially unabraded. Housed in ANACS old white holder with "Med Date WB-102 RPD" listed on the label. From the Sooner Collection.
Seated 50C 1846 1846
Tall Date
AU58 PCGS
26975508
WB-12
R3
Choice $925 WB-12, Tall Date, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Variegated Lilac Toning, Cracked Reverse, Newtown Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - 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
AU50 PCGS
10519029
WB-12
Original $345 New September 7! Tall Date, Frosty Luster, Complete Strike, Untoned, Sooner Collection. 1846 Tall Date strikes are scarcer than those found with the Medium Date punch. Bugert has reported that six obverse dies were produced with the Tall Date punch while nine with the Medium Date punch. This Sooner Collection duplicate offering is the WB-12 Tall Date die pairing with bold reverse die cracks that facilitate attribution. Frosty luster is the highlight along with a complete strike. Surfaces have a few scattered micro-ticks of no consequence though the lack of toning suggests a dip before being certified. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
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
EF40 raw

Cleaned $230 Medium Date, Light Gray Surfaces, Old Cleaning, Southern Texas Collection. A decent 1846-O Medium Date Seated half for those collecting on a budget. Surfaces are toned a consistent light gray with embedded rose under a light source. This piece was previously cleaned and has retoned nicely. Another value offering from the Southern Texas Collection.
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
EF40 PCGS
38594927
WB-11
Original $325 Medium Date, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Silver-Gray Coloring, Newtown Collection. A pleasing 1846 New Orleans struck Seated half dollar with lightly mirrored fields. This piece retains ample reflective luster though having circulated. Grading is accurate with limited wear on the high points. A light silver-gray patina evaporates during bright viewing leaving faint gold and mirrored fields. Really a cool example and fairly priced. Housed in Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
AU58 PCGS
33273462
WB-12
R3
Original $1450 Medium Date, Repunched 6, Original Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Scarce Grade That Deserves Attention. . 1846 New Orleans strikes, whether the Medium or Tall Date varieties, become quite scarce in AU and rare in Mint State grades. The Medium Date variety is the more available of the two but still deserves respect. A quick check of PCGS population report indicates only eleven example certified at AU58 grade level and a combined total of thirteen in MS62 through MS64 with none higher. This lovely example offers semi transparent gray-rose patina with steely reflective luster. Strike is nearly complete with a few stars lacking fully connected centrils and some weakness on the lower eagle left leg and arrow feathers. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder and ready for inclusion in an advanced Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set. From the Twin Lakes Collecton.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
EF45 PCGS
31709825
WB-13
R3
Choice $435 New September 5! Repunched 6, Choice Original, Rose-Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Sooner Collection. A choice original example of the WB-13 die variety featuring bold repunching in the lower loop of the 6 digits and a cracked reverse die. Strike is complete with full head/hair curls and all stars having connected centrals. Reverse strike is also impressive as the entire eagle device is deeply impressed including the problematic left claw. Surfaces are cover with rose-gold-gray patina. Under a bright light, the toning become transparent to the remaining steely luster. A quality offering that is housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder with no CAC attempt. Please give this lovely example special consideration as the coin is much nicer in hand than can be captured by GFRC pbotography. Originally purchased back in August 2017 from GFRC and now a duplicate per the Sooner Collection.
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
EF45 PCGS
83952830

Choice $1875 Scarce Tall Date Variety, Affordable Grade, Residual Steely Luster, Light Gray with Blue Cresent Arc. 1846 New Orleans strikes are found with Medium and Tall Date punches. Though the Medium Date can be located in all grades, the Tall Date becomes scarce in EF and rare in AU. This new EF45 example offers ample steely luster and light gray coloring. A beautiful blue obverse crescent arc adds to the overall eye appeal. Granular mint frost is seen throughout the primary Liberty device and within the reverse eagle feathers. PCGS population is limited to eleven pieces at the EF45 grade level. In all AU grades, PCGS has certified a total of eight examples with rapid price increases. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
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
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
AU58 PCGS
20771864
WB-4
Choice $715 WB-4, Choice Original, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Peripheral Burnt Gold Toning, Complete Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - 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
UNC Details PCGS
83610317
WB-6
Market Acceptable $950 New August 6! Repunched 47, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Impressive Strike, Dipped, Borderline Grading, Oregon Beaver Collection. This Unc details piece exhibits considerable Mint frost, despite the PCGS holder attribution. Indeed, this example is borderline and might succeed with straight-grade certification on a good day. A few hairlines are evident, and the piece has no doubt been dipped at some point. Shading is consistent with a past cleaning - mostly even and brilliant, highlighted by a few darker areas, which might have been the rationale for "conserving" the piece in the first place. The strike is razor sharp, with clearly defined star centers and pinpoint detail in the eagle's feathers. WB-6, with lumps in the gown to the right of the shield, and a die line joining C and A in AMERICA. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date).
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 raw

Original $175 Ideal Gray Coloring, Natural Surfaces, Reverse Graffiti, Southern Texas Collection. Natural gray surfaces are most pleasing on this 1847 New Orleans strike. This half remains unholdered due to ancient reverse graffiti to the left of the eagle's head. The graffiti is mild and completely toned over. Ideal for a bookshelf album collection as the reverse anomaly is properly discounted though the eye appeal is all there.
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 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 1848 1848
MS61 PCGS
31777221
WB-3
Choice $1395 Excellent Eye Appeal, Choice Original, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Pastel Sky Blue Framing Rose Centers, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - 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 1848 1848
EF40 PCGS
28660831
WB-8
Choice $375 New September 7! Better Philadelphia Date, Natural Gray Surfaces, Choice Original, Sooner Collection. A superb 1848 WB-8 example at the assigned grade level. Both sides are covered with natural gun metal gray patina. Under a light source, residual steely luster remains. Fields have a few scattered circulation marks that are consistent with the grade. A choice offering from the Sooner Collection that is housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
AU50 raw

Market Acceptable $250 Deep Olive-Gray Patina, Bold Strike, Reflective Fields, West Texas Collection. An attractive 1848-O Seated half with deep olive-gray toning. Strike is bold and pleasing. Fields are a bit too reflective to be 100% original. Therefore, I'm going with a Market Acceptable quality rating as this piece is not technically perfect. Fairly priced and ideal for a Dansco or Whitman album collection.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
AU58 PCGS
6636712
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 1848O 1848-O
AU58
PCGS OGH
5336856
WB-12
R3
Choice $1800 Near-Gem Original, Seal Beach Collection. Luster booms from both sides of this brilliant piece, with near-gem uncirculated "pop." Rub at the high points and a few field lines preclude MS status, but this piece well demonstrates the difficulty in assigning a single number to a coin, as the flash is easily equal to that of a much higher graded piece. Obverse stars to the right are softly struck, while the reverse eagle is sharply detailed. Housed in a PCGS Gen 3.1 (1993-1998) old green holder with CAC approval. This piece won't last long on the GFRC price list.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
EF45
PCGS
81276687

Choice $1425 Underrated Philadelphia Date, Steely Reflective Luster, Complete Strike, CAC Approval. An ongoing underrated date in the Liberty Seated half dollar series due to significant melting prior to the reduction of silver planchet weight during 1853. Given the profit potential of silver arbitrage from larger denomination silver U.S. coins, many issues from 1850 through 1852 were exported and melted. This surviving example is well preserved and sufficiently choice for CAC approval. Residual steely luster is consistent with a higher grade. Both sides are toned a consistent light gray that is transparent to the underlying luster. Peripheral gold and aquamarine adds to the overall eye appeal. Strike is fully executed and noteworthy. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
AU53 PCGS
15284577
WB-3
Choice $1650 Scarce Philadelphia Date, Mirrored Fields, Brilliant Reflective Luster, Newtown Collection. Ample, reflective luster blankets both sides of this AU53 Seated half. The piece is largely brilliant, with swirling navy blue shades above Liberty, while a coat of light burgundy covers the remainder of the figure. Strongly struck, with most stars sharp and exceptional detail in the eagle feathers, much better than usually seen. WB-3, attributed from die lumps in Liberty's neck and a profound die clash within the reverse shield. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1850O 1850-O
AU55 PCGS
34490722

Choice HOLD
$700
New September 5! Better New Orleans Date, Reflective Steely Lister, Hammered Strike, So Choice, Sooner Collection. A fully choice 1850 New Orleans strike with steely fields and crisp reflective luster. Strike is hammered on both sides with haloing around the obverse stars. Reverse devices are found in high relief and deeply impressed. This date remains underrated as the surviving population has been impacted by wholesale melting of Seated quarters and half for their bullion content during the silver arbitrage period of 1850 through 1852. A wonderful "duplicate" from the Sooner Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 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
38633837
WB-6
Choice $2750 Semi-Key Date, Rose-Gray and Gold Patina, Steely Fields, Reflective Luster, Orange-Gold Bright Light Coloring . The 1850 through 1852 timeframe brought significant melting of United States silver coinage due to silver arbitrage. Naturally, larger silver coins like the half dollar were the first targeted for export and melting with subsequent reentry as bullion. Locating any of the 1850, 1851 and 1852 Philadelphia dates (and New Orleans) is always challenging for Seated half dollar collectors. I'm excited to be offering this attractive 1851 AU58 survivor. Added to GFRC inventory for two reasons. First are the pristine steely fields and reflective luster. Also while viewing under a light source, the in-hand gray-rose coloring transitions to a rich orange-gold; really cool. Accurately graded as there is faint rub on the left facing breast and the lower knee. A super candidate to populate that difficult spot in an advanced date and mintmark Seated half dollar set. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
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 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 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
AU53 PCGS
22088208

Original $625 Arrows & Rays Type, Satiny Luster, Metallic Gold Coloring, Oregon Beaver Collection. 1853 Arrows and Rays quarters and halves remain a constant seller due to type coin status. Sharp satiny luster is the highlight of this new Oregon Beaver offering. Cartwheels are vibrant and pleasing. Fields are finely textured closer to the periphery due to die erosion leading to satiny characteristics. Coloring is a metallic gold on both sides. This is one of those coins that will look better in hand than on GFRC images as satiny luster is difficult to capture. Obverse strike is weak on the upper obverse. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.3 (2005) holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU50 PCGS
27149954

Original $600 Arrows & Rays Type, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Near-Choice Original, Poor Man's Collection. If in the market for a completely unmolested 1853 Arrows & Rays Seated half, the Poor Man's Collection comes to the rescue. This example is the crustiest 1853 half that I've seen in my years as a coin dealer. Patina is thick and gray. Bright light inspection reveals some faint steely luster. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
VF35 PCGS
31461513

Original HOLD
$215
New September 14! Attractive Arrows & Rays Type, Steely Fields, Deep Olive-Gray Shades, Pikes Peak Collection. If searching for an inexpensive 1853 Arrows and Rays Seated half for a type set, that challenge might be resolved with this offering. This Pikes Peak examples offers bold devices that are nicely framed by darker olive-gray shades. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
VF30 raw

Original $150 Doubled Die Reverse, Arrows & Rays Type, Dirty Rose-Gray Patina, West Texas Collection. Notable reverse die doubling is evident on this original rose-gray 1853 Arrows & Rays Seated half. Die doubling is in the northern direction in all letters UNITED STATES along with additional doubling at the left most olive leaves. Minimally abraded for the amount of time in circulation. Another West Texas Collection offering for a Dansco album or for the die variety collector.
Seated 50C 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU58 PCGS
81206407

Original $2100 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
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
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
AU55
NGC
3663950007

Choice $425 New August 10! With Arrows type, Crusty Thin Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Heavy Die Clashing, Seated Appalachian Collection. The Seated Appalachian Collection presents a fully struck 1854 With Arrows half for consideration. Crusty gray patina covers both sides with darker shades on the reverse. Bright light inspection exposes residual steely luster that is more prominent on the obverse due to the lighter toning. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
13650025

Original $210 New September 14! With Arrows, Crusty Rose-Gray Patina, Steely Fields, Unabraded, Pikes Peak Collection. A well preserved and perfectly original 1854 With Arrows half that warranted attention. Fields are covered with a thick layer of rose-gray patina on both sides. Bright light review exposes residual steely luster that manages to peek through the thick skin. This offering is entirely unabraded. Another consignment from the Pikes Peak Collection that need appreciation and a new home. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
AU53
PCGS
32648758

Choice $435 Price Reduction, GFRC Consignor Buyout, Choice Original. This With Arrows type Seated half exhibits a pleasing two-tone appearance with luster in the recessed areas framed by gold and olive fields, with deeper shades at the high points. Marks are minimal for the grade with nothing of note. Ample die cracking is evident on both sides, a well-known signature of 1854-O halves, a year in which half dollar production at the New Orleans Mint spiked from 1.3 million to 5.2 million pieces. The Mint was clearly focused on cranking out these workhorses of American silver coinage, and polishing cracks out of impaired dies was not high on the priority list. Apart from the die characteristics, the originality factor is strong with a distinct absence of field hairlines underneath the toning, and the overall eye appeal is wholesome. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU55
NGC
3584368017

Choice $480 New August 10! Near Gem, Antique Golden-Gray Patina, Crisp Steely Luster, Fully Struck, Seated Appalachain Collection. Natural golden-gray patina is transparent to the underlying steely luster. Strike is completely executed with particularly high relief reverse devices. The reverse shield contains a multitude of horizontal die polish lines are an easy attribution point. This piece screams originality during bright light inspection. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert with CAC approval. Yet another quality offering from the Seated Appalachian Collection.
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 1855O 1855-O
EF45 PCGS
33231719

Choice $285 With Arrows, Steely Fields, Crusty Gray Toning, Choice Original Surfaces, Poor Man's Collection. A perfectly original 1855-O Seated half that typifies the Poor Man's Collection efforts to acquire only superior circulated examples. On this half, natural gray patina covers steely fields. Surfaces are entirely unabraded and pleasing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
EF40 PCGS
31832134

Choice HOLD
$195
New September 15! Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Brownish-Gray Patina, Choice Original, Pikes Peak Collection. Let’s go with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation for this really nice 1855-O Seated half. I love the true circulated cameo eye appeal and unabraded surfaces. Grading is accurate while not conservative. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder. A quality offering from the Pikes PeaK Collection.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
80654233
WB-1 WB-102
R3
Original $285 O/Horizontal O, Lots of Residual Frosty Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Massachusetts Collection. I like this 1855 New Orleans struck example for its originality. Surfaces are unmolested and covered with mottled gray patina plus embedded gold. Bright light inspection exposes additional faint rose and blue hues. This is the O/Horizontal O variety with the earlier horizontal mintmark punch being well defined and crisp. Surfaces are completely blemish free with only a tiny rim mark above ST(A)TES worth to note. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A solid duplicate from the Massachusetts Collection.
Seated 50C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU55
PCGS
18662978
WB-16
Choice $450 Choice Original, Attractive Toning, Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - 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
VF25 PCGS
35381526
WB-1
Original $1950 Initial San Francisco Strike, Scarce Date, Light Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, City By The Bay Collection. First year of Liberty Seated half dollar production at the San Francisco mint with a mintage of 129,950. This date circulated heavily on the western frontier due to pent up demand for silver denomination coinage. Most survivors are heavily circulated with typical contact marks consistent with their time in commerce. This example is a duplicate from the City By The Bay Collection after acquiring the Newtown AU50 CAC specimen. Surfaces are toned a light gray on both sides. Fields have a few random lines of no consequence at the assigned grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. An opportunity for Liberty Seated collectors to acquire this first year strike at a reasonable offer price.
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
VG10 PCGS
14161381
WB-4
R5
Original $895 Original, Murphys Collection. Seated coinage is replete with challenging branch-Mint coins, and the San Francisco Mint, in their first year of operation, didn’t waste any time in creating a low-mintage issue that is today highly coveted in all grades. This 1855-S half reveals a pleasing color scheme, leading from lightly crusted rims to gray fields and central figures that are lighter still on the high points. A few lines are seen within the figure of Liberty, one leading across the right field toward star 12. The Philadelphia Mint, which applied the dates and mintmarks on branch-Mint dies, experimented with date punches in this year, with the “slant 5” style seen here. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.