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 63 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on February 1, 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 1839 1839
With Drapery
AU55 NGC
1667675012
WB-5
Original HOLD
$700
New February 1! With Drapery Type, Near-Choice, Cumberland County Collection. This first year of issue Seated half exhibits medium walnut-gray fields, with luster remaining in the recessed areas. Bits of crust cling to both shields, the most protected portion of the coin. Ticks are scattered on each side with no major distractions. The strike is typical, with some star points evident and a few of the eagle feathers blending together. The AU grade represents a good choice for this issue, with prices advancing noticeably at the Mint State level. WB-5, with the date punched low and slight die rotation. Housed in NGC Gen 7 (1997-2000) holder.
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
VF20 NGC
2597422001
WB-10
Original $165 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 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
VF35 raw
WB-10
Gem HOLD
$375
New February 22! Very Late Die State WB-10, Natural Gray Surfaces, JUST BUY IT NOW! Sunset Collection. A fantastic 1840-O WB-10 half with respect to surfaces and very late die state diagnostics. Surfaces are evenly worn and covered with medium natural gray skin. Fields are essentially unabraded given the amount of time in circulation. Most important are the elevated reverse die cracks. Shelf metal, where the reverse die is fully cracked, is seen at AMER(I)CA along with other diagnostics as defined by Bugert. Those who collector terminal die states will be promptly "hooked" once viewing the full size images. This Sunset Collection offering warrants a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. I love handling this one!
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 1840O 1840-O
Rev 1839
EF45 ANACS
567601
WB-7
Original $365 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 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 New February 1! 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 Holiday Price Reduction! 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 New February 1! 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
EF45 PCGS
30327602
WB-7
Choice HOLD
$300
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
EF45 PCGS
26498454
WB-15
Original $250 New February 1! 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
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
Double 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 1844O 1844-O
Doubled Date
AU50 PCGS
19585884
WB-22
Original $5500 New February 1! 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 1845O 1845-O
EF45
PCGS
14255613
WB-4
Choice HOLD
$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 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 New February 1! 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 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 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 New February 1! 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
G06 ANACS OWH
1389241

Choice $300 Scarce Tall Date Variety, Choice Surfaces, Crusty Gray, Southern Texas Collection. Wow! Don't I love this 1846-O Tall Date offering from the Southern Texas Collection. Surfaces are entirely choice and covered with classic crusty gray patina. Rims are elevated and bold for the assigned Good 6 grade. I believe this one should reside in a VG08 holder and should be a CAC approval candidate as so original. The 1846-O Tall Date is the scarcest of the 1846 date punch varieties with rapidly increasing premiums. This lovely example is well worth the asking price. Housed in ANACS old white holder.
Seated 50C 1846O 1846-O
Tall Date
EF45 PCGS
30854527
WB-24
Choice $2100 New February 1! 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
AU50 NGC
379683002
WB-27
R4
Choice HOLD
$2900
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
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 1847/6 1847/6
EF45 PCGS
13121086
WB-9
Original $7500 New February 1! 1847/6. Ex. R.E. Cox Jr. Collection, Cumberland County Collection. The 1847/6 is a focal point of Seated half dollar collections, one of the first pieces of interest after the all-important 1878-S is considered. This piece exhibits rich golden fields with deeper gray shades at the stars and legend. Additional "dirt" outlines the central figures and hides within the shields. Some surface gloss is apparent, likely from an old cleaning. Previously from Stack's April 1962 sale of the R. E. Cox collection, lot 1912, which may be viewed at https://archive.org/details/metropolitannewy1962stac/page/68/mode/2up. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with "R.E. Cox Jr. Collection" label pedigree.
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
EF40 PCGS
28660831
WB-8
Choice $375 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 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
AU55 NGC
686538022
WB-4
Original $1300 New February 1! Scarce Philadelphia Date, Original, Cumberland County Collection. Prooflike surfaces with reflective luster highlight mostly untoned fields, while the obverse rim reveals goldish maroon patina. Nicely struck with hammered stars and strong detail throughout the feathers and claw joints. This is a much better date, with just 227,000 pieces struck. WB-4, with a tine on the flag of 1, and a die crack joining the tops of D and S in the legend. The figure of Liberty exhibits a few die lumps, characteristic of this obverse die. Housed in an NGC Gen 14 (2003-2004) 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 HOLD
$2650
New February 13! Better Philadelphia Date, Choice Original, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded. Consignor Buyout - Pricing Reduction! 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 GFRC Liberty Seated half dollar quality. Fresh consignor buy-out allows for a noteworthy pricing reduction. Please check the GFRC Sales Archive for the prior sale price and present discounted offer.
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 HOLD
$1000
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 1852O 1852-O
AU55 PCGS
24475526
WB-1
Gem HOLD
$2750
New February 1! Key New Orleans Date, Gem Original, Cumberland County Collection. Brilliant, frosty luster and dancing cartwheels reveal mostly untoned surfaces with maroon at the rims. CAC tends to be tougher on challenging issues, and this piece might well merit the green bean were it a common date. In any case, there is no denying the generous luster and flashy eye appeal. Sharply struck, with strong star centers and pinpoint detail in the feathers and claws. The 1852-O is a low mintage issue, with 144,000 pieces struck, far less than the New Orleans half dollar production following the Coinage Act of 1853. WB-1, with the date slanting down. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) Gold Shield holder. PCGS has certified only 14 pieces finer.
Seated 50C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU58 PCGS
83992783

Choice HOLD
$1100
New February 18! Arrows & Rays Type, Thick Frosty Luster, Golden Surfaces, Popular AU58 Grade, Newtown Collection. This superb Newtown Collection duplicate warrants prompt attention by those assembling a top level Liberty Seated half dollar set. The 1853 Arrows & Rays selection is also important due to type coin status. Newtown has recently divested several top quality pieces including this half. Thick frosty luster, swirling cartwheels, and a full strike secure a choice original quality rating with little thought. I really like this half and guarantee that the buyer will also share the same opinion. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
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
EF40 PCGS
11550366

Original $215 Arrows & Rays Type, Crusty Original Gray Patina, Well Struck. A strictly original example of the 1853 Arrows and Rays Seated half dollar type. Surfaces feature a thick crusty gray patina on both sides. Accurately graded with typical strike. There are a few micro-ticks in the obverse fields that are completely toned over. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with standard ring insert. Attractively priced after being taken in trade.
Seated 50C 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU58 PCGS
81206407

Original HOLD
$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
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 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU58 NGC
1739828013
WB-21
R3
Original HOLD
$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 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
AU55 PCGS
83670206
WB-21
Choice HOLD
$1600
New February 18! Arrows & Rays Type, Golden Patina, Choice Surfaces, Newtown Collection. One of the most popular coins in the U.S. type series, the Arrows and Rays half dollar highlighted the revised standards mandated by the Coinage Act of 1853. This piece has glowing frosty luster for the grade with active cartwheels. Consistent shades of goldwith hints of rose are evident on both sides. This example is well-struck with all star centers present and complete eagle detail. The halos surrounding the obverse stars are characteristic for 1853-O halves, and per Bill Bugert were likely imparted during the creation of a temporary master die. The WB-21 die variety is easily attributed by a long horizontol obverse die crack from drapery to rim between stars 11 and 12. A superior example for an advanced collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
32251026

Choice $500 New February 1! 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 PCGS
40102857

Gem HOLD
$395
New March 3! With Arrows Type, Crusty Gem, Steely Fields, Hammered Strike, Conservative Grading . Fans of crusty original Seated coinage will instantly fall in love with this conservatively graded 1854 Arrows half. I certainly did! This gem has it all. Steely fields and natural crusty gray-gold patina combine for a silky texture during bright light inspection. Strike is hammered with high relief devices. Grading is most conservative as I would be AU53/AU55 without hesitation. Guaranteed to please the knowledgeable numismatist that understands the appearance of a 100% original silver piece. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2021) holder.
Seated 50C 1854 1854
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
13650025

Original $210 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 $435 New January 11! 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 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU55 PCGS
33020184
WB-4
R3
Choice $390 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
AU53 PCGS
3515224
WB-15
Original $300 New February 1! 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
F12
PCGS
24115275

Choice HOLD
$2250
New February 15! Noteworthy Liberty Seated Half Dollar Offering, Exceptional Preservation, Tiny CAC Population, Kansas Collection. Liberty Seated half dollar collectors should promptly note the offering of a choice circulated 1855-S example with CAC approval. Astute students of the series are well aware at how challenging this date is choice. Nearly all examples seen have been with problems. The CAC population report illustrates the point with only 15 approved in all grades. There is a lone piece at F12 and another at F15 followed by the next highest certified being a trio at the EF45 grade. Placing a glass on this well preserved specimen is such a thrill. Evenly toned fields are colored a natural coin gray and are free of any mentionable abrasions. This piece is entirely wholesome and far above average in quality. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder with CAC approval. The Kansas Collection has divested a small hoard of 1855-S CAC approved quarters and halves via GFRC. These are the final two pieces in the hoard and so difficult for the consignor to part with.
Seated 50C 1855S 1855-S
VF25 PCGS
35381526
WB-1
Original HOLD
$1775
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
EF45 PCGS
21918271
WB-1
Choice $4900 New February 1! Challenging First Year San Francisco Mint Issue, Choice Surfaces, Cumberland County Collection. The 1855-S is a key piece in the San Francisco Seated half series, especially in higher grades. Indeed, PCGS has certified only two pieces at all MS levels combined, from a low mintage of 129,950 coins. The medium gray skin of this example reveals hints of obverse navy patina and gold hues throughout the reverse. The obverse shield hosts light crust, which is also present among the right stars. Some faint hairlines preclude CAC approval, even so this piece is choice for an 1855-S half, almost none of which were saved at the time of issue. The strike is sharp with all design elements delineated. WB-1, with drapery missing below the elbow. This is a pleasing example of a challenging issue. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.3 (2005) holder.