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 46 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on October 11, 2021

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
VF25
PCGS
34662029
WB-1
Gem HOLD
$1100
New October 9! No Drapery Type, Crusty Gray, Gem Original, Running Boar Collection. The 1839 No Drapery date is always in demand due to type coin status. This Running Boar Collection release warrants close scrutiny as a premium specimen with a Gem quality rating. Darker coin gray fields provide a perfect background for the lighter motifs. Though not a full circulated cameo, this example still brings eye appeal contrast that will please the most selective collector. What a surprise to find unabraded fields under a 10x even with the considerable time spent in circulation. WB-1 with the bisecting reverse die crack easily seen through the lower shield and right facing wing. Let's conclude with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval. Hurry on this superb offering.
Seated 50C 1839 1839
No Drapery
EF45
PCGS
34152490
WB-4
Choice HOLD
$2950
New September 26! No Drapery, Classic Old Album Blue-Rose Gold Toning, Accurately Graded, A Superior Example. Washington State Collection. An important 1838 No Drapery type coin along with being a beautifully toned example at the assigned grade level. This 1839 half sat in an old paper album for years and has acquired rings of gold, blue and rose patina. Sold into the Washington State Collection during January 2018 and now back on the price list. Strike is typical for the No Drapery date with the usual weakness on the lower left leg feathers. A superior example at the EF45 grade level for those who enjoy colorful toning. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Rev 1839
EF45 PCGS
39197079
WB-1
Original $450 Ultimate #4 WB-1, Reverse of 1839, Repunched Date, Original, Newtown Collection. A mélange of violet, baby blue, and light plum patina fills both sides, along with a few russet bits in the stars and legend. Traces of luster remain in the protected areas. WB-1, with date sloping downward and repunching in (18)40, while the reverse shield reveals a clash at the lower right. Strike is typical with stars to the right exhibiting centers, while most of the eagle claws are joined. A few lines are noted to the right of the elbow and to the side of the eagle’s head. The Bugert Encyclopedia classifies all 1840 halves as “Small Letters” – the Guide Book listing of the 1840 Medium Letters actually represents a New Orleans issue struck without the mintmark (1840-O WB-4). Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
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 HOLD
$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
Reverse of 1839
AU55+ NGC
3518212011

Original $600 New October 11! Old Album Toning, Reflective Luster, Original Surfaces, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded.. If old album silver toners are your cup of tea, then please consider this lovely 1840 Rev of 1839 half dollar that is back on the GFRC price list after being sold 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. I've not been able to make a match with the Bugert's listed die varieties.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Reverse of 1839
MS65
PCGS
25618268
WB-1
Gem $13000 New October 3! Gem Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. Luster booms through earthy shades of gold and grey on the obverse of this gem With Drapery half, while the reverse reveals a frosty eagle surrounded by swirling plum and olive patina. The flash is intensely reflective with steely surfaces. Stars to the left are softly impressed, while the right stars and eagle’s claw joints are sharply detailed. WB-1, with repunched 40 in the date, in addition to light reverse die cracks connecting the legend letters. The PCGS population is eight pieces in MS65, with six examples higher. CAC reports four coins in MS65 and five pieces in MS66. This is a superb type coin, with more flash than the images might suggest. This piece is technically separated from the highest graded by only a touch of luster yet is available for a fraction of “finest known” money. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1840 1840
Reverse of 1839
MS65
PCGS
25205380
WB-5
Gem HOLD
$12000
New September 28! Superb Eye Appeal, Steely Gem Surfaces, Light Rose-Gray Patina, Washington State Collection. One of the top end premiums highlights from the Washington State Collection is this 1840 WB-5 certified as a full gem. Steely reflective luster and light rose-gray toning simply screams originality. Bright light viewing exposes fields that are visually responsive and thoroughly pleasing. Two ancient micro-ticks in the obverse fields do not detract. The WB-5 die variety is easily attributed via arcing die lines through the neck and right facing shoulder. When dealing with gems, these minute attribution points are big and bold. CAC has approved all of four pieces at the MS65 level with two of those four presently in GFRC inventory. An offering from the finest Liberty Seated half dollar completions under construction. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1840(O) 1840-(O)
Rev 1838
AU53 NGC
3001275006
WB-4
Choice HOLD
$3750
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 1840(O) 1840-(O)
Reverse of 1838
VF25
PCGS
41636020
WB-12
R6
Choice $1950 Rare WB-12 Die Pairing, Medium Letter, Reverse of 1838, Crusty Ebony Gray Patina. Liberty Seated half dollar die variety specialist should take serious note of this 1840(O) WB-12 Medium Letters offering. Unlike the more "available" WB-4 die pairing between a fresh 1840 date obverse and leftover "O" Mint reverse, the WB-12 die pairing sees a progressively cracked reverse with partial die cud at UN(ITED). Bugert has assigned an R6 rarity rating with few known. GFRC is most pleased to be offering this well preserved example that is conservatively graded due to a weak obverse strike. The WB-12 struck examples are consistently seen with partial lower obverse shield details due to a clogged or polished die. I grade this example as full VF30. A thick ebony-gray crust covers both sides while fields are mostly contact mark free. An important opportunity for those who which to own R6 Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
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
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
AU55 PCGS
35432578
WB-1
Choice $900 New October 3! Repunched 18, Partially Mirrored, Choice Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. Silver fields are graced by smoky splashes on both sides, with additional gold-green patina present in figure of Liberty. Luster is classic steely gray and reflective, with moderate cartwheel. Nicely struck with separate claw joints and minimal blending in the eagle’s left leg. WB-1, with diagonal lines in the obverse dentils below the date, and the lowest horizontal line extending to the left from the reverse shield. Some chatter above the eagle’s head is noted. This is a better date, with less than half a million pieces struck. The PCGS census notes 26 piece in all MS grades combined. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
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
EF40 raw
WB-106
Market Acceptable $210 Mirrored Fields, Peripheral Gold, Hairlines, Market Acceptable, Cumberland County Collection. An 1842 Medium Darte Seated half from a Dansco album. Fields are mirrored on both sides with the obverse exhibiting micro hairlines from either circulation or a lightly cleaning, This piece has been dipped and recovering with peripheral gold toning. I really like the reverse fileds which are minimally abraded. Most dealers would call original.
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 1842 1842
Small Date
EF45 ANACS
5270402
WB-6
Original $330 Small Date, Residual Frosted Luster, Fully Struck, Southern Texas Collection. A pleasing 1842 Small Date Seated half dollar that is accurately graded. Natural light gray surfaces retain portions of the original mint frost. Peripheral gold become immediately evident during bright light review. Some light chatter is noted in the right obverse field. Housed in new ANACS gold label holder with "Small Date" designation on the label.
Seated 50C 1843 1843
VF35 raw
WB-105
Cleaned $185 Cleaned and Retoned Golden-Gray, Cumberland County Collection. A fairly graded 1843 Seated half from a Dansco album that should return to similar accommodations. This piece was cleaned or spent too much time in a dip solution leading to fair surface porosity. Afterwards, the piece was retoned to its current color. Fairly priced.
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 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
AU55 raw
WB-17
Original $550 Brilliant Reflective Luster, Mirrored Fields, Near-Choice, Cumberland County Collection. A lovely 1844-O WB-17 example with mirrored fields that emit brilliant reflective luster. Fields abrasions are minimal and typical for mirrored surfaces when a coin has circulated. Strike is complete with residual mint frost in the protected device areas. Selected from a Dansco album and worthy of a TPG attempt. Bright light eye appeal is most pleasing.
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
AU50 raw
WB-101
Original $350 Medium Date, Original Steely Fields, Fully Struck, Dipped with Peripheral Gold, Cumberland County Collection. If assembling a Liberty Seated half dollar Dansco album collection, clients may wish to careful inspect this lovely 1846 Medium Date example from Cumberland County. Steely fields are nicely original and well preserved. A complete strike also added to the eye appeal. This piece most likely was dipped and placed back in a low sulfur paper album where light peripheral gold toning occurred. Fairly priced and worthy of consideration.
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
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 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
EF45 PCGS
83952830
WB-24
Choice $1850 Ultimate #60 WB-24, Tall Date, Choice Original, Newtown Collection. The 1846-O Tall Date is by far the better of the two Guide Book varieties, priced 3x-5x higher than the 1846-O Medium Date, the multiple advancing in higher grades. Indeed, Bugert identifies 22 marriages with the Medium Date style, but only five exhibiting the Tall Date. The WB-24 exhibits a rusty obverse die, in addition to a reverse die line descending from the foot of D. This EF45 piece reveals grayish-silver patina with crescents of deeper slate-blue color at the rims, while central devices reveal granular Mint frost. Strike is typical, with a few star centers present, while the eagle feathers are not completely distinct. PCGS population is limited to 11 pieces at the EF45 grade level. In AU grades, PCGS has certified a total of eight examples, with rapid price increases. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. A pleasing example of a better variety.
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
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
MS65+
PCGS
34358140
WB-22
Gem $40000 Gem Original, Branch Mint Collection. Yet another Gold CAC piece from the Branch Mint Collection, this stone original 1847-O half is the epitome of originality, with antique surfaces graced by medium silver and gray skin. Fields are primarily silver, with smoky gray shades scattered about the rims on both sides. Nearly all star points are present if faint, while the reverse exhibits typical softness in the left claws. Surfaces are near perfectly smooth and a glass will be required to locate the few marks. WB-22, with obvious repunching on the 7, and a diagonal die line from H extending to the rim. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval. From the Gene Gardner Collection (Heritage 5/2015, lot 98468, there presented as NGC MS66 CAC, realized $30,550). Prior to Gardner this coin has a pedigree tracing to the early 20th century and including Stickney, Clapp, and Eliasberg. A finer pedigree is hard to imagine, with Eliasberg and Gardner in particular representing the finest ever collections of Seated coinage. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-2020) with embedded hologram.
Seated 50C 1849 1849
MS64
PCGS
25262963
WB-11
Choice $5250 New September 28! Repunched 1, Exceptionally Original, Partial Mirrors, Near-Gem, One Finer at CAC, Washington State Collection. Olive-gold obverse patina nicely decorates partially mirrored fields on this near-gem 1849 Liberty Seated half. Reverse coloration is deeper with rose-brown shades. This is the last of the premium Washington State Collection offerings that should promptly be incorporated into an advanced collection. Bright light inspection reveals semi-PL fields with bold reflective obverse luster. Obverse coloring shifts to beautiful peripheral orange while the reverse accentuates its rose hues. Strike is essentially complete with a few right field stars lacking connected center points. A boldly repunched 1 digit, at the base, provides for the WB-11 attribution. CAC has approved ten at the MS64 grade with only one finer. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder with CAC approval.
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 1849 1849
MS62
PCGS
81755106
WB-9
Choice $1600 Ultimate #78 WB-9, Double Date, Choice Original, Newtown Collection. This doubled date piece exhibits digits slightly rotated to the right, with repunching most evident in the 1. Die rust below R in the shield additionally serves to identify the WB-9 variety, while a diagonal die crack connecting the first T and A in STATES is an obvious match with Bugert’s notes on this die marriage. Richly toned, this example features mixed maroon, gold, and bluish-violet patina on both sides. The strike is sharp, with most star centers distinctly impressed and all claw joints separated. Surfaces are original and hairline-free, an important consideration with respect to CAC approval. The CAC population is 46 pieces overall, with 16 examples in MS63 and up. This piece attract considerable bidder interest.
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 1849O 1849-O
EF45 PCGS
20359581
WB-15
Original $450 Ultimate #81 WB-15, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection. The WB-15 exhibits a diagonal die gouge extending from the upper left corner of the obverse shield, while a reverse die crack runs through F toward the shield, which at first glance might appear to be a scratch but is as struck. This piece reveals silver color with goldish-olive patina to the right of Liberty, while smoky grey shades fill the reverse surfaces to the right of the eagle. A few bits of dirt appear throughout, most notably around the left knee, calf, and lower loop of S(TATES). Stars 5-8 are soft, while most of the claw joints are distinct. Marky surfaces are steely to partially mirrored. This piece will serve as a case study in die rust and deserves to be carefully studied under a glass. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1850 1850
EF45
PCGS
81276687

Choice $1600 Underrated Philadelphia Date, Steely Reflective Luster, Complete Strike, CAC Approval. . An underrated date in the Liberty Seated half dollar series due to significant large denomination melting prior to the reduction of silver planchet weight during 1853. Given the profit potential of silver arbitrage from U.S. silver ladened 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 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
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 1852O 1852-O
AU55 PCGS
32944506
WB-1
Choice $2750 New October 3! Rare New Orleans Date, Partially Mirrored , Oregon Beaver Collection. Prooflike surfaces, occasionally evident for this issue, host maroon crescents at the rims. Luster is sharp and reflective, with swirling cartwheels. Both sides exhibit hints of gold patina, more so on the obverse. High point rub accounts for the technical grade, but the remaining flash is generous. WB-1, with the date slanting down to the right. Star points are well-defined, apart from star 8, and the claw detail is razor sharp. This is a low mintage issue, as gold discoveries caused silver to be overvalued in relation in gold. Many of these were thus melted over time. NGC has certified 50 pieces in all grades, with four at the MS levels. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU53
PCGS
81022353

Choice $850 New October 3! Arrows & Rays Type, Choice Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. The Arrows & Rays design is a favorite among U.S. type collectors, appearing for one year only, 1853, on quarters and half dollars. The half dollar seems to be the preferred of the two denominations, showcasing the design in a larger format. This is a richly toned piece, with steely, deep gray obverse fields framed by lighter shades at the rim. The reverse is less intensely and more evenly toned with olive and gold patina throughout. Well-struck, with separation evident on most of the claw joints. Die pair identification is virtually impossible with this issue, as the date, arrows, and rays were all punched into master dies. This is an issue intended to be appreciated for its overall design, rather than for small differences between working dies. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) 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 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
EF45 PCGS
38231305

Original $4650 New September 8! Rare First Year Issue, Frosted Luster, Well Above Average Strike, Slider AU. First year of San Francisco mint half dollar issue with only 129,950. As you can imagine, the pent up demand for smaller denomination every day currency (as compared to gold) resulted in the entire mintage being placed into circulation. Choice survivors are no where to be found in today's market. Being offered is an important 1855-S survivor that is a slider AU in terms of wear and strike. Most 1855-S survivors are seen with weak obverse denticles and center devices. The strike on this offering is well above average and quite pleasing. Frosted surfaces are covered with light speckled gold. The lower right obverse fields has faint tooling that appears to be a spot removal effort. Afterwards, this piece was dipped. It is highly plausible that PCGS net graded this offering down to EF45 given that dipping is acceptable to this TPG. The Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with WB-4 Arrows Large S attribution on the label.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
EF40 PCGS
82626063
WB-4
R5
Choice $4500 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.