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 56 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on April 30, 2021

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
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 1840 1840
Rev 1839
EF40 PCGS
08727771

Original $265 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 1839
EF45 ANACS
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(O) 1840-(O)
Rev 1838
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
VF30
PCGS
16181728
WB-4
Choice $1350 No Mintmark Reverse of 1838, Choice Gray Surfaces, Saw Mill Run Collection "Duplicates" Sale. Here is a coin to win a bar bet in a numismatically-minded drinking establishment. While ostensibly struck in Philadelphia, with no mintmark, the expert analysis of Bill Bugert and Randy Wiley has demonstrated that this issue actually originated in New Orleans. The coin pairs the 1840-O obverse die 2 with a Bust half reverse die, for which the mintmark appeared on the obverse. Toned in pleasing shades of deep blue, gray, and rose, this example is mark-free for the grade and exhibits superior eye appeal. CAC has approved 26 pieces in all grades combined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder, with holder tag "1840(O) and Reverse of 1838."
Seated 50C 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
EF40 ANACS
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 1841O 1841-O
VF35 PCGS
35329904
WB-4
R4
Original $210 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
Baseball Crack Rev
EF40 PCGS
25544491
WB-2
Original $3000 Baseball Die Crack Reverse, Original, Cumberland County Collection. The Bugert reference identifies the WB-2 as a scarce variety, popular with collectors due to the web of reverse die cracks. Commonly referred to as the “baseball die crack reverse,” a patchwork of reverse lines is easily visible to the naked eye, making for a distinct appearance. This is a middle die-state example, with the crack below OF A(MERICA) not yet forming. The patina of this piece is silver-gray, with sandy overtones more evident on the reverse. Marks are scattered, apart from some chatter inside star 6. Many varieties within the Liberty Seated series require a glass (and related eyestrain) to make a positive attribution – this is not such a coin! Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with "Medium Mintmark WB-102 Baseball Die Crack Pattern" attribution on label.
Seated 50C 1841O 1841-O
Baseball Die Crack Reverse
AU Details PCGS
38230311
WB-2R
Cleaned $1975 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, Rev 1842
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, Rev 1842
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 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 1839
EF45 PCGS
05951173
WB-2
Original $3900 Small Date, Reverse of 1839, Original, Cumberland County Collection. Frosty central figures contrast nicely with deeper toning in the stars and legend, and the near-cameo effect is pleasing. Liberty is neatly outlined in russet shades while the rims reveal deep blue-green patina. To be sure, the surfaces are "marky," but the eye appeal remains. WB-2, with die lines extending from the NW quadrant of the obverse shield, and a reverse crack separating HA and LF. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1843O 1843-O
EF40 NGC
4199856020
WB-11
Original HOLD
$275
New April 25! Original Crusty Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection.. Surfaces are toned a uniform crusty medium gray on this original 1843 New Orleans strike. A few rim bumps 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 with edge view insert. A solid duplicate offering from the Southern Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
EF45 raw

Cleaned $150 New April 30! Metallic Light Gray Coloring, Reflective Surfaces, Cleaned, Southern Texas Collection. Another Southern Texas Collection half dollar offering that originated from an old time Dansco album and should return to another bookshelf collection. This piece has metallic gray appearance and reflective surfaces from an old cleaning.
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
EF45 PCGS
26498454
WB-15
Original $250 Original, Cumberland County Collection. Silver color mixes with mottled tan shades on both sides, with a few areas of more intense patina. The obverse exhibits hints of rose-maroon, while the higher points are lighter. Strike is typical, with the left claws joints joined completely. WB-15, with a downward sloping date, and multiple reverse die cracks. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder.
Seated 50C 1844 1844
AU58 NGC
674651012
WB-9
Original $525 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
VF30 raw

Original HOLD
$150
New April 30! Popular New Orleans Date, Thick Crusty Patina, Original Surfaces, Southern Texas Collection. A thick crusty gray skin covered both sides of this Southern Texas 1844-O Seated half. Yet another offering for a Dansco or Whitman album collection.
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
VF35 PCGS
37094156
WB-7
Original HOLD
$225
New April 25! Crusty Gray, Strictly Original, Southern Texas Collection. An accurately graded Southern Texas duplicate that is strictly original. Both sides are covered with a crusty gray skin. Strike is complete. Surfaces are essentially unabraded though having spent time in circulation. Fairly priced. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Doubled Date
EF45 NGC
2562207004
FS-301
Original $4000 Popular Doubled Date, Original, Sunset Collection. The 1844-O Doubled Date is one of the most popular verities in the Seated half series, with a plainly doubled date repunched to the south. The coiner initially placed the date far too high within the exergue and was forced to reposition and try again. The blundered date is readily apparent, and there is no need for a 16x loupe to reveal some subtle detail. This piece exhibits silver-gray shading with burnt tan at the lower rims, in addition to an aqua splash at the base of Liberty. The residual luster is partially mirrored. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert. NGC has certified 21 pieces in all grades, with nine higher, all at the AU level.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Doubled Date
AU50 PCGS
19585884
WB-22
Original $5500 Popular Doubled Date, Original, Cumberland County Collection. The 1844-O doubled date is a perennial favorite, plainly visible with the naked eye and honored with its own Red Book listing. Die preparation was still an involved affair in this era, and coiners were forced to ignore quality control from time to time. This is a prime example, with a second 1844 clearly punched into the rock and the field above the date. This piece exhibits rose-tan shading on both sides, with additional maroon splashes on the obverse. Remaining luster is minimal, but the real story here is the dramatically doubled date, a variety that is especially prized in higher circulated grades. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with "RPD FS-303 WB-108" label attribution.
Seated 50C 1844O 1844-O
Doubled Date
VF30 PCGS
33131975
WB-22 WB-103 FS-301
R4
Original $2400 Popular Double Date Variety, Original Medium Gray Patina, Murphys Collection. One of the most spectacular date placement errors in all of numismatics, the 1844-O Double Date exhibits not one but two date punches. A boldly defined repunched date is easily seen well north of the final placement. The Doubled Date variety is listed as WB-22 in the Bugert Register on New Orleans Seated half dollar varieties and also in the Cherrypickers guide. An absolutely original example with thick crusty gray patina on both sides. The reverse also has a fair amount of verdigris surrounding the major devices and legend lettering. The piece originated in the Mark Mattox Collection (Alexandria) and was quickly sold into the Murphys Collection during December 2016. Now being released back into the marketplace. I am not aware of a CAC submission while owned by the last two collectors. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
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 1846 1846
Medium Date
EF45 ANACS
2767275
WB-5
Original $335 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
EF45
PCGS
28860119
WB-12
Choice $460 Tall Date, Choice Original, Cumberland County Collection. The 1846 "tall" date is a popular variety, meriting its own Guide Book listing, but is most properly described in the Bugert reference as a "large" date. The "1846" punch fills most of the area between the base and rim, and comparison with other 1846 halves will readily reveal the size difference. This is a grey piece, with original skin and varied shades of toning at the rims. Luster is strong for the grade, and the CAC approval is no surprise. Typically struck, with soft stars and blended claw joints. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Medium Date
VF25 raw

Original HOLD
$165
New April 29! Medium Date, Crusty Original, Southern Texas Collection. 1846 New Orleans strikes are always in demand. This raw example would be ideal for a Dansco or Whitman album collection. Original surfaces are covered with crusty gray patina. Surfaces are lightly abraded from circulation.
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
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 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
EF45 PCGS
24956776
WB-4
Original $400 Medium Date, Original, Cumberland County Collection. Lightly mottled shades of olive and gold fill the obverse fields, with deeper evergreen color at the rim. The reverse is a uniform silver, revealing a few deeper grays at the rim and within the shield. The reflective surfaces suggest an old cleaning with subsequent retoning, still consistent with PCGS quality standards. WB-4, with a die crack between the mintmark and stem. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder with "Medium Date" attribution on the label.
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
30854527
WB-24
Choice $2100 Tall Date, Choice Original, Cumberland County Collection. Speckled shades blanket both sides of this New Orleans piece, with the central figures more moderately toned. Deep tan and blue-green patina dominates the rims, while the fields reveal a bit of remaining silver color. Steely luster is reflective, and, under a light, the eye appeal is more substantial than suggested by the images. The Tall Date (more precisely "large date") is a recognized variety, with separate lines in the price sheets and additionally in the all-important Guide Book of U.S. Coins. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with "Tall Date" label attribution.
Seated 50C 1847 1847
EF40 raw

Market Acceptable $150 New April 30! Light Gray Toning, Decent Eye Appeal, Old Cleaning, Southern Texas Collection. A nicely attractive 1847 Liberty Seated half dollar that belongs in a Dansco album collection. This piece has been cleaned in the past though the recover has gone well. Surfaces are unabraded. A Market Acceptable quality rating is fair as is the offer price.
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 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 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 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
MS63 NGC
2016472011
WB-7
Choice $2350 Repunched 18, Doubled Die Reverse, Partially Mirrored Fields, Choice Original, Sunset Collection. Mirrored fields exhibit reflective luster, consistent with the Choice Uncirculated grade. The fields reveal swirls of navy patina, while the central devices are more evenly toned in shades of gray and rose. This is a lower-mintage issue, with 580,000 pieces coined. WB-7, with the 1 in the date plainly repunched, an early die state without reverse cracks. Well-struck, with most stars sharp and characteristic weakness in the eagle's left leg and claws. Housed in an NGC Gen 9 (2001-2003) holder. NGC grades nine pieces finer. This is an attractive example of a better-date piece, and among the best preserved of the issue.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
VF30 raw

Original HOLD
$145
New April 29! Crusty Ebony-Gray patina, Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Southern Texas Collection. A perfectly original 1848-O Seated half that would fit nicely into a Dansco or Whitman album collection. Surfaces are covered with ebony-gray toning leading to contrasted eye appeal.
Seated 50C 1848O 1848-O
AU58 PCGS
6636712
WB-12
R3
Original HOLD
$1075
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
VF30 raw

Market Acceptable $145 New April 29! Dansco Album Candidate, Thick Gray Patina, Southern Texas Collection. An even worn 1849 half with darker gray obverse toning and lighter shades on the reverse. Surfaces are a tad glossy from an ancient wipe and have recovered nicely. Some obverse field abrasions are noted.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
MS63 NGC
667206010
WB-13
Choice $2000 Repunched 184, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection. Protected areas host russet patina while the high points retain original silver color, all surrounded by more deeply shaded rims. Original Mint bloom is frosty and exhibits luster consistent with the technical grade. WB-13, with a downward sloping date and a tine to the left of the serif of 1. The strike is typical, with soft stars and weakness beneath the reverse shield. Some surface chatter is evident in the right obverse field. Housed in an NGC Gen 9 (2001-2003) holder. NGC has certified 12 pieces higher, all in MS64 and MS65.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
EF40 raw

Cleaned $165 New April 30! Better New Orleans Date, Moderate gray Coloring, Old Clean, Southern Texas Collection. A recognized better New Orleans date. This offering features medium gray toning and glossy surfaces from a prior cleaning. Mostly unabraded and value priced for Dansco album collection.
Seated 50C 1849O 1849-O
AU50 NGC
3817185007
WB-1
Original $675 Difficult Date, Rose-Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Residual Steely Luster, Sooner Collection. 1849 New Orleans strikes always command respect when found. The date is scarce in AU and rare in Mint State. It appears that the large 2.3 million mintage went into circulation and remained there. Some may have become part of the silver arbitrage between 1850 and 1852. All New Orleans date of that period are much scarcer than their mintage would suggest due to export and melting for their silver bullion. The Sooner Collection is releasing a lovely WB-1 early die state example. Fields have a steely texture and still retains luster during bright light review. Overall toning is a steely rose-gray with darker peripheral coloring that includes light blues and gold. Strike is typical with a few marks in the upper left reverse field. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
EF40
PCGS
37493146
WB-1
Choice $1450 New April 19! Scarce Philadelphia Date, CAC EF40 Pop 1, Old Album Toning, Repunched 0, Port Matilda Collection. Consignor Buyout. Price Reduction! 1850 begins the silver arbitrage period that lasted until the 1853 planchet silver weight reduction to halt exporting and melting. The 1850 date is surprisingly more difficult to locate than those dated 1851 though having a slightly higher mintage. This Port Matilda Collection offering was purchased from GFRC during mid 2020 and is back on the price list. The crusty in-hand obverse surfaces shift to pleasing orange and aquamarine during bright light inspection. "Steely" best describes the light gray reverse fields that expose rose hues under a light. Strike is typical. A challenging CAC approval date with this piece being the lone EF40 approved. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
MS64 PCGS
33841350
WB-2
Choice $5500 Rare Philadelphia Date, Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection. Brilliant, frosty luster reveals a pleasing mélange of color on both sides, with scattered shades of olive and blue-green splashed atop an underlying palette of silver-rose. The reverse shading is deeper, with aqua rims surrounding more intense gray hue throughout. Scattered marks are more consistent with the MS63 grade, with the 64 likely awarded by PCGS for overall eye appeal. This is a much better date among Philadelphia Seated halves, with 227,000 pieces coined. Stars are sharply struck, while the eagle’s claws to the left blend together. WB-2, with a strong die clash in the reverse shield, and the last digit in the date repunched. The PCGS population is seven examples in MS64, with three pieces higher in all grades combined. This is a most attractive example of a challenging issue, and sure to please the new owner. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1851O 1851-O
AU53 PCGS
30613129

Choice HOLD
$900
New April 23! Challenging Date, Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. Consignor Pricing Reduction! 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 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 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU55 NGC
1716873009
WB-16
Original $1250 Proof Like, Rusted Dies, Light Gold Patina, Oregon Beaver Collection. The 1853-O Arrows & Rays date has heightened popularity due to inclusion in multiple sets. The date is a branch mint type coin due to the lone year that the New Orleans mint struck the Arrows & Rays design. Starting at the AU grade level, availability is limited due to extensive circulation in the deep South. These factors result in a strong pricing premium for the date regardless of a mintage that exceed one million pieces. The Oregon Beaver Collection has released a cool WB-16 example with mirrored fields and heavily rusted devices. Die pits are evident on the obverse while extensive on the reverse. All spaces between the reverse rays are filled with die rust. Coloring is a light golden-gray. Accurately graded and housed in NGC Gen 14 (2003) holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
32251026

Choice HOLD
$500
Arrows Type, Choice Original, Cumberland County Collection. Brilliant, frosty luster and swirling cartwheels host silver surfaces, with a band of deep walnut and mulberry crossing the southwest portion of the obverse. The reverse is predominantly silver-gray with a light splash of tan patina. The arrows remained on the 1854 half dollars in order to signify the weight change mandated in the previous year. Meanwhile, the reverse rays were removed as there was no need to differentiate from the full-weight coinage struck in early 1853, prior to the Coinage Act of that year. Nicely struck, with distinct star points and near-complete feather and claw detail. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU50 NGC
4920730001

Choice $275 New April 25! With Arrows Type, Golden Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Southern Texas Collection. if searching for a quality With Arrows Liberty Seated half dollar at a fair offer price, this lovely Southern Texas duplicate 1854 offering is worth paying attention too. Both sides are uniformly toned with a grayish-gold layer that is semi-transparent to the underlying luster. Bright light inspection is where the fun is. Toning melts away and allows the reflective luster to dominate. A few micro field ticks are consistent with the assigned grade. Housed in new large font NGC holder with edge view insert.
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 $435 Consignor Buyout - Price Reduction. Near Gem, Antique Golden-Gray Patina, Crisp Steely Luster, Fully Struck. 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. A consignor buyout and priced below the CDN CAC guide which currently stands at $422.
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
AU53 PCGS
3515224
WB-15
Original $300 Original, Cumberland County Collection. Frosty luster flows from the surfaces of this With Arrows type, revealing largely untoned surfaces apart from a few tan shades on the obverse. The brilliant, white fields are suggestive of an old cleaning, though Mint bloom still remains. Sharply struck, with a strong head, crisp stars and most claw joints separated. The Wiley-Bugert reference notes that the date and arrows were punched into the master die, leaving no variation in these elements among the dies used to actually strike the coins. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) holder.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
EF40 PCGS
82626063
WB-4
R5
Choice $4500 New April 23! Key Date, Choice Original, Scarce Grade, Crusty Gray Patina, Well Struck, Whiskey Run Collection. Consignor Pricing Reduction! 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
VF25 PCGS
13027205
WB-3
Original $2000 First Year San Francisco Issue, Original, Sunset Collection. Few Seated halves were produced in the inaugural year of the San Francisco Mint, and this issue is the toughest in the San Francisco series with the obvious exception of the ultra-rare 1878-S. Silver and gray centers on this example lead to colorful rims, exhibiting aqua and russet shades throughout the stars and legend. Both shields reveal light crust, which is also present throughout the reverse lettering. A few marks cover the figure of Liberty, and are less obtrusive than if placed in the field. The overall texture suggests an old cleaning with retoning from a paper album, but the "look" remains wholesome, and there is no denying the rarity of this early San Francisco piece. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.