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Liberty Seated Half Dollars

1856 to 1891

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

There are 100 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on November 12, 2020

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1856 1856
AU55 raw

Original $335 Surprisingly Scarce, Dipped, Steely Luster, Southern Texas Collection. One would think that 1856 Philadelphia strikes are "common" or easily located. One check through the GFRC Sales Archive might bring a different opinion as there are only eight listing in all grades. This new example, from the Southern Texas Collection, grades a solid AU55 but has been dipped in the past. Steely fields retain reflective luster. Ideal for a Dansco album.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
AU58 NGC
27960073

Original $475 Mirrored Fields, Bright Reflective Luster, Gray-Rose Patina, Near-Choice Original Surfaces, LaSalle Collection. Serious collectors of the Liberty Seated half dollar series should take note of this lovely 1856-O Seated half. Struck from early die state dies that were freshly polished. The result is mirrored on both sides that provide crisp reflective luster. The in hand gray coloring, as shown on the GFRC images, quickly dissapates to light rose under a bright light. Fields are essentially unabraded other than a reverse planchet flaw between the left facing wing and UN(I)TED. Accurately graded and housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. A duplicate offering from the LaSalle Collection.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
AU55 PCGS
81720851

Choice $390 Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Creamy Faint Golden Surfaces, Hammered Strike, Accurately Greaded, Oregon Beaver Collection. 1856 New Orleans srikes exhibit considerable strike and surface variability. This pleasing example offers reflective cartwheel luster from lightly mirrored fields. However a careful 10 x loupe inspection also revealed mint frost surrounding stars 3 to 5 and again at stars 9 to 13. The reverse luster is more frosty than reflective. A faint creamy gold patina covers both sides and validates the originality. Strike is hammered with no device weakness whatsoever. Another quality Liberty Seated half dollar duplicate offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. This example is attractively priced for the overall quality and should not last long on the GFRC price list.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
EF45
PCGS
36937417

Choice $245 Thick Crusty Olive-Gray Patina, Complete Strike, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. If thick crusty original silver is your cup of tea, then please consider this 1856-O Seated half dollar hand selected from Dr. Glenn Peterson's Dansco album collection and process through PCGS and CAC. This piece screams originality with thick olive-gray skin. Strike is well executed and complete. Surfaces are unabraded as I could not find a single defect to complain about. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
AU58 PCGS
83668804
WB-13
Original HOLD
$525
Price Reduction October 12, 2019 - Original Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Silver-Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Twins Lakes Collection. A strictly original 1856 New Orleans strike from the WB-13 die pairing. This die pairing is easily identified by die lines through the upper reverse olive bud. Yet another quality example from the Twins Lakes Collection of PCGS AU58 graded coins. Under a light source, surfaces give off cartwheel luster that is in between frost and reflective textures. The reverse cartwheels are particularly strong. A faint silver gold patina covers the obverse while the reverse has a light gray film over considerable mint frost. There are a few micro field ticks and some wispy micro lines in the right obverse field when carefully checked under a light source. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
AU53 NGC
553324013
WB-17
Original $350 Rusted Dies, Partially Mirrored Fields, Multi-Color Pastel Shades, Original Surfaces, Pikes Peak Collection. Yet another mirrored and colorfully toned 1856-O Seated half from the Pikes Peak Collection. This WB-17 example has moderately mirrored fields on both sides along with pastel rainbow shades. Bright light viewing is necessary to fully enjoy the colors and reflective luster. Strike is typical. The WB-17 die pair is quite rusted at this point with die lumps throughout the gown lines and shield. Reverse devices are also weak due to die erosion. Die lines about the upper olive leaf are the quick marker for the variety. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
EF40 NGC
2340612010
WB-9
Choice $185 Double Date, Uniform Gray PatIna, Steely Residual Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. An early die state 1856-O WB-9 example with heavy rotational repunching on the die digits. In his Federal Registry series on Liberty Seatged half dollars, Bill Bugert labels this variety as a "double date". Surfaces are strictly original and choice. Uniform gray patina covers both sides. Strike is typical for the date. Accurately graded and housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. The NGC label reads, "1856/1856 O, VP-001".
Seated 50C 1857 1857
AU58
NGC
3383777008

Choice $515 Choice Original, Dirty Gold Patina, Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded. Wholesome and original are probably the best descriptions for this choice 1857 Seated half dollar. Surfaces are covered with dirty gold patina that is more translucent to the underlying frosty luster on the reverse. Obverse toning is crusty. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view and CAC approval. CAC approval rewards the strict originality, eye appeal and accurately grading.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
AU50 PCGS
12567233

Original $315 Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Original Surfaces, Deep Aquamarine-Gold Peripheral Toning, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Cumberland Country Collection. An attractive 1857 Philadelphia strike with ample frosty luster. Under a light source, that luster provides mild cartwheels as to be expected for the assigned AU50 grade level. Both sides are mostly untoned with a deep aquamarine-gold ring at the obverse periphery and light gold on the reverse. Strike is typical with obverse weakness at the upper left stars and Liberty's head. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A new offering from the Cumberland County Collection.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
EF45 raw

Original $150 Original, Mottled Gray, Nice Type Coin. An available Philadelphia date with strictly original surfaces. Obverse is covered with mottled gray that shows golden and gun metal blues under bright light while the reverse shifts to lovely sky blues and some rose. There are no blemishes and stike is typical. Just a solid half dollar for a Whitman or Dansco type set album or whatever collecting pursuit you may have.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU58 NGC
678093010

Original $400 Original Surfaces, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Light Copper Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. 1858 Philadelpia strikes are readily available in all grades. The collector's challenge is locating a superior example with eye appeal. This 1858 strike, from the New Jersey Collection, could be that candidate. Steely cartwheel luster and light copper gold patina collectively produce a pleasing experience during bright light viewing. A sky blue peripheral ring is noted on both sides and well frames the lighter golden centers. Strike is typical with weakness in the obverse stars. The eagle wing feather are particular well struck on the reverse. Fairly graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the early 1990s. Of the market for neatly two decades as part of the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU53
PCGS
30185728

Original HOLD
$275
Strictly Original, Light Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - Why is this strictly original 1858 half with CAC approval only assigned an Original quality rating you might ask? This Seated half is definitely original and accurately graded with only one obverse field blemish that is fully toned over. I've held this piece back from a Choice rating due to strike. If the obverse strike was stronger, then a higher rating might be appropriate. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. A quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU58 raw

Market Acceptable $300 Reflective White Luster, Sharp Cartwheels, Dipped, Southern Texas Collection. Fans of brilliant reflective luster while enjoy this flashy 1858-O Seated half. Obviously dipped at some point but still retaining light mirrored fields.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
EF45 ANACS
1458859

Original HOLD
$175
Lightly Mirrored, Rose-Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Pikes Peak Collection. Please don't overlook this 1858 New Orleans Seated half dollar due to the ANACS old white holder. A strictly original specimen with lightly mirrored fields and rose-gray blue obverse and gold-gray reverse. The grading is accurate at EF45 level as scroll is nicely raised and LIBERTY is bold. Strike is typical.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU58 NGC
1647919007
WB-3
R3
Original HOLD
$425
Misplaced 8 Digits, Late Die State, Dirty Original Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. A strictly original 1858 New Orleans strike that offers dirty frosty luster that has ample cartwheel effects. Strike is typical with some weakness at the upper obverse stars. The WB-3 die variety features an obverse die with two errant 8 digits. In late die states, a bold vertical die crack forms through the 1 digit. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed a few wispy hairlines in the right obverse field and above the eagle's head. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another offering from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars to consider.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU53 PCGS
36240362
WB-33
R3
Choice HOLD
$415
Choice Original, Mottled Brown-Gray Patina, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Conservatively Graded, Burch Creek Collection. Just back from PCGS grading and previously in ANACS AU58 old white holder. PCGS was tough considering the AU58 to AU53 downgrade. My grading is AU55 with choice original surfaces and frosty cartwheel luster. Coloring is old paper envelope brown gray with mottled shades on the obverse. Under the toning is a substantial luster that is consistent with AU55 or better. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Strike is complete on the reverse while stars 7 through 10 lack centrils. Overall, a wonderful 1858-O half dollar for those attracted to strict originality and old time luster. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and I'm 95% confident that this piece would win CAC approval given the conservative AU53 grade. From the Burchs Creek collection .
Seated 50C 1858S 1858-S
AU58 raw
WB-10
Market Acceptable $550 Sandy Gold Patina, Faint Hairlines, Bold Strike, West Texas Collection. The wicked good strike on this 1858-S half immediately captured my attention when cataloging the raw pieces in the West Texas Collection. Strike and the sandy gold colored surfaces suggested an original coin may be at hand. 10x loupe inspection revealed very faint obverse hairlines. This old wipe has dulled the obverse luster slightly while the reverse luster remains intact. An attractive example that has been adequately discounted and warrants a Market Acceptable quality rating.
Seated 50C 1858S 1858-S
AU53 NGC
1206380001
WB-10
R3
Original $550 Original, Murphys Collection. The WB-10 variety is an easy die pair to attribute, with a comically low date punched beneath the rock. Traditional wisdom is that date and mintmark punching was left to the apprentices while the Chief Engraver focused on hub and die production, but this is not known with certainty. In any case, this is one of the visually interesting anomalies of Seated coinage die production. This example is even silver with hints of light gold on both sides, a shade heavier on the reverse. Liberty’s elbow and the H in in HALF exhibit medium crust. The obverse right field hosts a few horizonal lines while a few ticks are seen within the figure of Liberty. The strike is typical, with star 8 flat and some eagle feathers merging together. Like many San Francisco issues, mintage in this year is a fraction of the Philadelphia output. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1859 1859
AU55
PCGS
26454285

Choice $750 Choice Original, Aquamarine/Blue Patina, Accurately Graded, Ex. Strawberry Fields Collection. Ex. Strawberry Fields and Tenafly Collections. A pleasing 1859 Philadelphia strike that is well preserved with above average quality. Surfaces are entirely original with crisp reflective luster. In-hand viewing sees gray and gold toning while bright light viewing brings about sky blue and faint gold at the rims. Main devices and fields are entirely blemish free while strike is a tad weak at the stars. Eye appeal is superb when exposes to secondary lighting source. Previously from the Strawberry Fields Collection which sold at Heritage Auction during September 2013 and realized $764. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder CAC approval. A noteworthy piece for the selective collector from the Seated Appalachian Collection.
Seated 50C 1859 1859
EF45 PCGS
14072064

Original $240 Thick Frosty Original Surfaces, Golden Rims, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Cumberland Country Collection. A nice original 1859 Philadelphia strike with attractive eye appeal and frosty luster. Mild cartwheels are seen under a bright light. A golden ring at the rims nicely framed the untoned centers. Strike is typical. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another divested duplicate from the Cumberland County Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1859 1859
AU53
PCGS
22041277
WB-101
Choice $635 New October 17! 85% CAC Buyback! Type 2 Reverse, Natural Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces, Strictly Original. The Wiley-Bugert reference describes this issue as underrated, and a quick glance at the Guide Book verifies that the mintage is less than a million pieces, contrasting with the pricing profile, which matches that of a type coin. Such opportunities are one of the attractions of collecting Seated coins. This piece exhibits a medium tan obverse with olive highlights at the rim, while the reverse features intense, speckled deep gray in the fields, offset by steely luster in the protected areas. The strike is strong, with defined star points and superior detail in the eagle feathers. WB-101, type 1 reverse with shorter base of L in HALF. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.3 (2005) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1860 1860
AU53 PCGS
29105094

Choice HOLD
$425
New November 11! Better Philadelphia Date, Copper Gold-Blue Patina, Choice Surfaces, Complete Strike, Oregon Beaver Collection. 1860 Philadelphia strikes have a low mintage of 302,700 with infrequent market appearances. The surviving population in all EF and AU grades, per PCGS pop report, is slightly over a hundred pieces. The Oregon Beaver Collection is back with a lovely 1860 example that would please picky collectors. How can you resist this date when having a hammered strike and moderately proof-like fields. Toning is a combination of copper-gold and a deep blue peripheral arc. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1860 1860
AU55 PCGS
06752701
WB-102
Choice $675 Brilliant Frosty Luster, Complete Strike, Superb Eye Appeal, Newtown Collection. Frosty luster draws the eye to this sharply struck AU55 half, with distinct star centers and virtually complete details in the eagle's left leg, the perpetual problem point in the Seated half dollar series. Toning is brilliant with a dusting of russet in the stars and legend. Ticks are scattered on both sides, and a few horizontal lines are seen in the obverse left field. Type 2 reverse with elongated base of L in HALF, and a die lump on the left edge of the left leg, below the wing. The eye appeal is strong, and those who prefer luster over marks will not be disappointed. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1860O 1860-O
AU55 PCGS
30443215

Choice $550 Bold Strike, Frosty Luster, Antique Silver-Gold Patina, Well Balanced and Pleasing, Newtown Collection. A lovely Newtown duplicate offering that is well balanced and pleasing. Strike is bold and complete including deeply impressed lower eagle feathers and claws. Surfaces are covered with a silky antique silvery-gray patina with embedded gold. Frosty luster produces active cartwheels under a light source. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder (2014). Another divested duplicate from the Newtown Collection that warrants special consideration.
Seated 50C 1860O 1860-O
EF40 raw

Original $170 Crusty Gray, Original Surfaces, Typical Strike, Southern Texas Collection. The Southern Texas Collection is back with an original 1860-O duplicate that warrants attention. This new offering is toned with a uniform crusty gray patina. Fields are free of any abrasions. Obverse strike is a tad weak along with a fully toned over line from star 5 to Liberty's breasts. A fairly priced offering for a Dansco or Whitman bookshelf album project.
Seated 50C 1860O 1860-O
AU50 PCGS
36937424
WB-10
Original $230 Type 2 Reverse Hub, Repunched Mintmark, Original Crusty Gray Patina, Dr, Glenn Peterson Collection. Lightly mirrored fields are covered with crusty gray patina on this 1860-O WB-10 example. The repunching on the upper left portion of the mintmark is clear with 10x loupe. Overall toning is a bit mottled, especially on the lower reverse. Strike is typical while the assigned grade is accurate. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Yet another quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1860O 1860-O
AU55
PCGS
34680938
WB-5
Choice $450 Golden Gray Patina, Frosty Luster, Unabraded Surfaces, Seated Appalachian Collection. Ample amounts of residual frosty luster are available on the 1860-O WB-5 struck Seated half. Golden-gray toning covers both sides and is mostly transparent to the underlying luster. A well preserved specimen with near-gem surfaces at the assigned grade level. Obverse strike is weak and consistent with that illustrated by Bugert for the WB-5 die pairing. Circular reverse die cracks throughout the legend are present and easily verified with 10x loupe. Yet another quality offering from the Seated Appalachian Collection.
Seated 50C 1860O 1860-O
AU58 NGC
372924013
WB-7
R3
Original $550 Popular Eagle Laying Egg Variety, Original Copper Gray Gold Patina, Soft Satiny Luster, New Jersey Collection. The WB-7 die variety has been named the Eagle Laying Egg variety due to the mintmark being placed directly against the olive branch with no separation. This original example is covered with a mottled copper gray and gold patina. Luster is soft and satiny. Strike weakness at the obverse stars is noted for those that love their Seated halves with bold device details. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Yet another offering from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
MS62 PCGS
35764315

Choice $850 Hammered Strike, Choice Original Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Soft Pastel Aquamarine and Gold Toning, Pleasing and Fairly Graded. An eye appealing 1861 Philadelphia strike that is worthy of an advanced collection regardless of the assigned MS62 grade. Frosty cartwheel luster is vibrant on both sides and amplifies the soft pastel aquamarine and gold patina. Bright light viewing is a pleasure and memorable. Obverse strike is hammered with high relief stars and all devices being deeply impressed. The same is true for the reverse with every eagle feather having intricate details along with bold claws and arrow feathers. There are no blemishes worthy of mention. Luster appears to be the parameter holding this half dollar from a higher grade. Fairly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU58 raw

Original $450 Frosty Luster, Steely Gray Coloring, Bold Obverse Strike, West Texas Collection. Granular frosty luster and a hammered obverse strike are the highlights of this 1861 Seated half from the West Texas collection. Coloring is a steely gray on both sides. Faint rub is seen on the left facing breast and on the lower leg plus a few faint hairlines in the left obverse field that are of no consequence. Bright light inspection results in moderate cartwheels.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU58 raw
W-1 WB-102
Original $405 Repunched 1, Original Old Album Toning, Burchs Creek Collection. This offering is for those who enjoy attractive old album bullseye toning. The obverse center is covered with a faint gold coloring that rapidly transitions to rose and then deep blue surrounding stars and date. The reverse offers a silver center with rose at the legend and a deep blue arc encompassing the denomination. Bright light viewing is lots of fun with this piece. This piece does have several blemishes in the right obverse field and by the eagle's head. There are easily seen in the images.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU Details PCGS
37568009
WB-102
Market Acceptable $625 Repunched First 1 Digit, Frosty Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Fully Struck, Faint Obverse Hairlines, Pristine Reverse, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. A fully struck AU58+ example of the 1861 WB-102 die variety with bold repunching above the first 1 digit in the date. Both sides are covered with a thin mint frost throughout the devices and fields. On wear alone, I would grade this piece as AU58/MS62. However, during bright light inspection and the perfect viewing angle, I can detect some faint hairlines in the obverse fields. Reverse fields are pristine and 100% original. PCGS grading is technically accurate though the eye appeal and luster is that of a mint state example. Dr. Peterson graded this piece full MS63 while residing in his Dansco album collection. A Market Acceptance quality rating has been assigned with an AU58 asking price. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Label reads Cleaned- AU Details.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
EF45 PCGS
32109919
W-3
Original $385 New November 11! Louisiana Issue, Reflective Luser, Oregon Beaver Collection. The 1861-O W-3 die variety is the first of six Louisiana administration die pairings and was struck during early February 1861. This die pairing has an average rarity and can be located with a reasonable amount of searching. This offered example appears to have been net graded. Device details and wear are consistent with an AU grade level. However, the fields are brilliantly reflective which suggests a prior dip and time an old album to acquire some peripheral gold toning. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder. From the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
EF40 PCGS
33993517
W-13 WB-103
R2
Market Acceptable $415 WB-13, CSA Administration, Bisecting Die Crack Through Date, Dipped White, Typical W-13 Strike, Accurately Graded. Price Reduction June 2020 - A popular example of the CSA administration strike with bisecting die crack through the date. The W-13 die pairing was employed during April 1861 under the administration of the Confederate States of America. This variety is easily recognized by a vertical bisecting die crack from the rim through the upright of the 6 digit into the base. This EF40 graded example has been dipped and is an even white with faint gold patina under a light source. Strike is so typical of the W-13 variety with weakness at the stars surrounding Liberty's head and on the reverse denomination. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The WB-103 die variety is not listed on the PCGS label. An important duplicate, from the Newtown Collection, for serious students of the United States Civil War period.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
VF35 PCGS
83797032
W-14 WB-103/104
R4
Original $525 Bisected Date/Speared Olive Bud, W-14 CSA Die Pairing, Crusty Original Gray, Scarce Die Variety, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. Original gray patina and R4 rarity rating according to Wiley-Bugert. Slight more available than the very scarce CSA W-10 die pairing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with "WB-103/104 Bisected Date Speared Olive Bud" attribution on the label. The last of the 1861-O Bonanza Collection offerings.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
VF35 PCGS
35468598
W-14 WB-103/104
R4
Original $525 Bisected Date/Speared Olive Bud, W-14 CSA Die Pairing, Crusty Original Gray, Scarce Die Variety, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. Original gray patina and R4 rarity rating according to Wiley-Bugert. Slight more available than the very scarce CSA W-10 die pairing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with "WB-103/104 Bisected Date Speared Olive Bud" attribution on the label. The last of the 1861-O Bonanza Collection offerings.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Obverse
VF35 NGC
4132726004
W-11 WB-102
R4
Original $2000 CSA Obverse, WB-11, Die Crack Nose to Rim, Middle Die State, Crusty Original Surfaces, Lakewood Collection. The "CSA Obverse" is a significant piece of of Civil War history that has been pursued by specialized collectors since first cataloged by Beistle in 1929. It is found with the same ”die crack at nose” as the four CSA muled halves. The landmark article by Randall Wiley in “The Gobrecht Journal #94” issue discusses the various 1861 New Orleans die states and marriages across Union, State of Louisiana and Confederacy administrations in comprehensive detail. This example is found in a middle die state with the die crack from Liberty's nose to the rim being obvious under a 10x loupe. Crusty gray patina is uniform on both sides. A strictly original example that offers a bold reverse strike while obverse shows head and star 7 and 8 weakness. Accurately graded and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. The NGC label does not list the CSA obverse attribution. An important offering from the new Lakewood Collection consignor.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
Louisiana Issue
EF Details raw
W-5
R4
Cleaned $150 Louisiana Administration Strike, Very Scarce W-5 Die Pairing, Cleaned, Retoned, Decent Filler Example, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. A decent example of the Louisiana Administration W-5 die pairing as a filler opportunity. This raw example graded EF45 details with an old cleaning and "X" scratched in the right obverse field. The obverse die crack diagnostics are difficult to discern due to the cleaning and field chatter. Fairly priced as a filler given the surface conditions. Another offering from the 1861-O Bonanza Collection and the best W-5 example he could locate.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
Louisiana Issue
EF45 PCGS
81483783
W-7
R2
Original $425 Louisiana Administration Strike, W-7 Die Pairing, Original Surfaces, Crusty Brown-Gray Patina, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. Special attention should be paid to this choice original Civil War Liberty Seated half struck at the New Orleans mint under Louisiana State Administration. Surfaces on this 1861-O W-7 are strictly original and covered with brownish-gray patina that also contains some embedded olive shades. PCGS grading is accurate at the assigned grade level. There are scattered obverse field lines that are fully toned over and of no consequence. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Another quality offering from the 1861-O Bonanza Collection worthy of consideration.
Seated 50C 1862S 1862-S
AU50 PCGS
34348010
WB-4
Original HOLD
$425
"Bearded Liberty", Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Creamy Light Gold Patina, Typical 1862-S Dished Obverse Strike, Accurately Graded, Cumberland County Collection. 1862 San Francisco strikes bring an atypical appearance among Seated half dollar dates. Many will be found with a dished obverse and more satiny than frosty luster. This is the case for this new offering from the Cumberland Country Collection. Both sides offer satiny luster with with creamy light yellow-gold patina on the obverse and along the reverse periphery. The WB-4 die variety is nicknamed the "Bearded Liberty" by author Bill Bugert, due to heavy die polish lines below Liberty's chin. Strike is typical with heavy erosion of the denticles. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1862S 1862-S
AU53 NGC
2549497001
WB-5
Original $400 Original, Murphys Collection. Light russet covers the silver surfaces of this Civil War-era half dollar. Luster is satiny, typical for the period. The date is distinct, sloping upward, and confirms the WB-5 attribution. Field hairlines are evident on both sides, but the remaining luster is acceptable at the NGC-certified standard. Surfaces are otherwise as expected for the grade, with only a light line running diagonally from the top of (HAL)F. The strike is typical with a few weak stars and some blending of the eagle feathers. This is not an expensive coin but remains a well-detailed example of this popular 19th century type. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1863 1863
AU55 PCGS
21126524

Choice $875 Scarce Civil War Philadelpha Date, Mirrored Fields, Crusty Gray Coloring, Fully Struck. Limited mintage of 503,200 pieces with limited survival rate at the AU grades. PCGS has certified all of 38 piece in all AU grades with resubmissions being likely in that number. I don't often see nice 1863 halves and pounced on this PCGS AU55 example at the Altanta ANA coin show. This offering is fully struck with boldly detailed devices. Fields are mirrored and provide sharp reflective luster that one would expect from a proof strike. Coloring is a crusty gun metal gray with embedded rose and gold hues. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder. Definitely worthy of a Choice quality rating.
Seated 50C 1863S 1863-S
EF Details raw

Cleaned $250 Popular San Francisco Date, Soft Satiny Luster, Peripheral Pastel Toning, Old Clean, West Texas Collection. A well struck 1863-S Seated half with soft satiny luster that is typical of the issue. Surfaces are a tad too light to be strictly original. After an old clean, this piece continues to recover with peripheral pastel colorings. Fairly priced and ideal for a Dansco or Whitman album collection.
Seated 50C 1864S 1864-S
Large S
VF35 raw
WB-1 WB-101
Original $350 Original Light Gray. A desirable Civil War year example struck at the San Francisco mint with Large S mintmark. This piece offers light gray surfaces that look perfectly original under 10x loupe. Fields and devices are essentially blemish free with some localized vedigris on Liberty's upper body. A solid and accurately graded piece for the Dansco collector.
Seated 50C 1865S 1865-S
AU55 PCGS
38692132
WB-7c
Choice $1725 Die State (c), Choice Original, Seal Beach Collection. This was a heavily used die pair and this example reveals overall die erosion with a lack of sharpness in the overall design. Reverse die cracks are liberally scattered throughout the legend, and the reader is referred to Bill Bugert's analysis of this date, which never ceases to amaze and visually presents multiple die states. The luster is satiny, highlighting medium gold toning on both sides. The strike is as good as could be expected from these dies, with only a couple flat stars and decent detail in the eagle feathers. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date).
Seated 50C 1865S 1865-S
EF40 raw
WB-8
Original $350 Medium Gray Patina, Honest Wear, West Texas Collection. An original 1865 San Francisco Civil War example with light to medium gray patina. Strike is typical for the date while surfaces are free of any distracting blemishes. The WB-8 die variety features a bold Small S mintmark. Another solid raw offering from the West Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
With Motto
AU Details PCGS
36932490

Cleaned $350 With Motto, AU55+ Details, Lightly Hairlined, Residual Luster, An Eye Appealing Example Overall, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. 1866 brought the end of the Civil War and a nation seeking to celebrate the salvation of the Union. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to reverse of the Liberty Seated quarter and half dollar denominations that year. All 1866 Philadelphia struck halves are with the With Motto reverse. This example is yet another piece that was hand selected from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Dansco album collection and submitted to PCGS during early 2019. I expected this piece to be slightly downgraded due to some obverse hairlines but was not certain of the outcome. PCGS chose an AU Details certification and I'm listing this piece accordingly as the hairlines are obvious under a 10x loupe. Strike is bold and complete. Overall eye appeal is more than acceptable for another Dansco collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Fairly priced and an excellent value.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
With Motto
AU55 raw
WB-102

Market Acceptable $300 Motto, Errant 6 in Denticles, Frosty Luster, Fully Struck, Peripheral Gold, Dr. Peterson Collection. From Dr. Peterson's Dansco album collection where it was selected for PCGS grading. The result was an AU Details Cleaned designation. Careful inspection with a 10x loupe does indicate faint hairlines in the obverse fields along with traces on the reverse. In-hand viewing reveals a frosty piece with peripheral gold toning. Strike is 100% complete. I've assigned a Market Acceptance rating as this piece has too much eye appeal to remain out of a TPG holder on a long term basis. The WB-102 die variety captures a misplaced 6 digit in the denticles directly below the final 6 date punch.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
With Motto
MS61 NGC
2154877006
WB-103
Choice $1300 Misplaced Date, Superior Eye Appeal, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Peripheral Toning, Hammered Strike, Under Graded, Golden Harvest Collection. An obviously under graded 1866 Liberty Seated half that warrants special attention. Mintage for the 1866 With Motto date is 744,900; a substantial number. However, this date was not saved by collectors resulting in a low mint state surviving population. This example, from the Golden Harvest Collection, seems out of place in its current NGC MS61 holder. Cartwheel luster is crisp and vibrant under a light source. Surfaces have a light frosty texture. Strike is bold and hammered. A thin ring of gold and blue toning is seen at the peripheries. Now the abrasions that knocked this one down to MS61. There are three to four faint hairlines in the upper left obverse field by Liberty's head that have to be the point on consternation. These are not apparent during in hand viewing and faint when viewed with a 10x loupe. Reverse fields exhibit faint micro chatter. I would grade this piece a full MS62/MS63 as the luster, strike and eye appeal are so dominant. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
Motto
VF30 raw

Market Acceptable HOLD
$165
Motto, Light Gray Toning, Bold Strike, Long Ago Clean, Retoning. An attractive 1866-S Motto strike regardless of its old clean. I like this piece as it has the right eye appeal to fit in a Dansco of Whitman bookshelf album. The light gray coloring would fit right into an value orientated original collection. Fairly graded.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
Motto
VF30 raw
WB-6
R6
Market Acceptable $265 Rare Bugert Variety, Light Gray, Decent Eye Appeal. This WB-6 example offers light gray patina with variety diagnostics fully present. Bisecting die crack from rim left of rock through the base is clear as is the die crack from leg into Stars 1 and 2. Accurately graded.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
Motto
EF40 raw
WB-7
Market Acceptable $225 With Motto Design Type, Light Gray Surfaces, Faint Clean, Residual Mint Frost, West Texas Collection. 1866 brought the end of the Civil War and the addition of the IN GOD WE TRUST motto to the reverse of Liberty Seated quarter and half dollar silver coinage. 1866 San Francisco strikes were struck with both reverse designs. This offering is the with motto type. Surfaces are a uniform light gray and essentially unabraded. Some remaining mint frost can be seen with the legend letters. Fields present hints of rose coloring during bright light viewing. I've assigned a Market Acceptable quality rating as this piece is borderline original. A popular yet scarce date, mintmark and design type combination.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
VF Details PCGS
34353248

Cleaned HOLD
$650
No Motto Type, Cleaned, Gray-Blue Coloring, Chemically Retoned, Typical Strike. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Description to follow shortly.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
VF30
PCGS
14553447
WB-1
R4
Choice $1600 WB-1, Important No Motto Type, Choice Original, Classic Gun Metal Gray Patina, Late Die State, Accurately Graded . Always in demand as dual 1866 No Motto/Motto design type. The Civil War has ended and Reconstruction period starts with a reference to God on United States larger denomination coinage. Choice and attractive surfaces with classic gun metal gray patina. Accurately graded. Typical strike for the date with bold die clash mark in the lower right reverse shield resulting in the R4 rarity designation. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard insert. CAC approval rewards the strict originality and classic gray eye appeal. A perfect candidate for a mid grade date and mintmark set without breaking the bank.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
F12 PCGS
12474511
WB-1
R4
Original $800 Original, Murphys Collection. The 1866-S half comes with and without the reverse motto, and the Without Motto variety is decidedly the more scarce of the two, being struck by only a single die pair (WB-1). Indeed, the Guide Book lists a mintage of a mere 66,000 pieces for this issue. This is a pleasing “coin grey” example, with deeper gray in the recessed areas contrasting with lighter central figures. A few ticks are seen within the figure of Liberty, and there no other surface distractions of note. Rarity is a primary appeal of Seated coinage, and the history of these elusive pieces is sometimes better conveyed by circulated examples like this, coins which played a vital role in American commerce for a long period of time. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
With Motto
VF35 NGC
2555568003
WB-7
R3
Original $250 Original, Murphys Collection. The Mint’s transition to smaller mintmarks, beginning in 1859, came back to bite them with the 1866 coinage. The S on this 1866-S reverse die is faint at best, weakly executed to begin with and only eroding further from there. The situation is analogous to the 1866-S F-101 and F-103 dime varieties, which are often mistaken for Philadelphia pieces, as the mintmark is almost completely effaced. The striking characteristics of individual dies add interest throughout all Seated coinage, and this is just one of many intriguing examples. The current piece is a uniform light grey with the barest crust in the recessed areas. The strike is typical, with stars 10-13 not full and weakness through the entire reverse, including the motto, legend, and eagle feathers. WB-7, with a die crack proceeding from the upper left of 1(866). Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1867 1867
MS61 PCGS
38420310

Original $1250 Better Philadelphia Issue, Near Choice Original, Sharp Steely Luster, Gray-Gold Toning, Fully Struck. Limited mintage of 449,300 as the Civil War had come to a conclusion with pending Reconstruction period challenges. The last of the lower mintage silver coinage years, at Philadelphia, was at hand. This lovely surviving example is very well preserved with typical steely fields and luster. Fields are unbranded and pleasing. The obverse is toned a center gray-aquamarine with peripheral gold while the reverse is a uniform silver gray. Light reflective cartwheels are seen on the obverse while the reverse is closer to frosty with active cartwheels. Strike is complete with all stars having connected centrils while the lower reverse claws and arrow feathers being completely defined. This piece has been freshly graded (based on serial number) and is housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Price consistent with CAC approval AU55/AU58 examples.
Seated 50C 1867S 1867-S
EF45
NGC
2544522001
WB-1
R4
Choice HOLD
$400
Choice Original, Murphys Collection. The San Francisco Mint ramped up production of Seated halves in this year, but few survive with this level of quality. A pleasing, even gray skin is accentuated by deeper obverse shades in the protected areas, while the reverse exhibits light olive within the legend and other recessed points. Apart from a few horizontal lines in the right obverse field, and some chatter at the upper right of the motto, there are no marks of note. The strike is typical, with all stars delineated and some blending of reverse detail beneath the shield. The overall look is wholesome, and the originality of the coin will appeal to a large audience. WB-1, with a slight upward slope in the date and a distinctly tilted mintmark. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert and CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1868S 1868-S
VF35 raw
WB-6
Market Acceptable $210 Light Gray Surfaces, Old Wipe, Fairly Priced, Southern Texas Collection. A fairly graded and described 1868-S WB-6 Seated half for consideration. This piece has seen a long ago wipe resulting in "glossy" surfaces that have recovered a portion of their natural gray patina. Ideal for placement in a Dansco or Whitman bookshelf album collection.
Seated 50C 1868S 1868-S
EF40
NGC
3569068016
WB-8
R3
Choice $300 Choice Original, Murphys Collection. This piece is an object lesson in a typical toning pattern of an original coin. High points (obverse knees, breast) are more evenly toned, recessed areas (stars, legend) host occasional dirt, while the fields vary between grey and the rose seen at the high points. This is known as “elevation chromatics,” as the varying relief on a coin reacts differently to environmental conditions over time. Cleaned coins tend to be more uniform in color, and bright silver toning throughout is usually a dead giveaway. This is typically struck example, with some weakness in stars 5-7 and reverse detail surrounding the arrow feathers not completely distinct. Clearly, we like the originality of this piece, as does CAC. WB-8, with a high date that slopes slightly downward. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert and CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1869S 1869-S
EF40 PCGS
30728048
WB-1
Original $260 Very Small S, Peripheral Gray-Rose Toning, Completed Strike, Pikes Peak Collection. 1869-S is an under-appreciated, better date in the Liberty Seated half dollar series. Mintage of 656,000 pieces was accomplished with three die pairs. This example was struck from the WB-1 die pairing with Very Small S mintmark. An original example with steely fields and mostly peripheral rose gray obverse toning. There is one line to the left of the lower shield that warrants mention. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1870CC 1870-CC
VF30 raw
WB-1
R6
Cleaned $5500 Key Date, Natural Gray Coloring Appearance, Long Ago Clean, Oregon Beaver Collection. Both sides of this Carson City piece reveal gray-rose toning in the fields, with the central devices less-intensely shaded. The 1870-CC half dollar is the most desirable of the CC halves, a step ahead of the 1874-CC and 1878-CC issues. This piece is not straight-graded, and, under a 10x glass, faint micro-porosity is evident, hence the details grade. Still, any 1870-CC half is special, and this piece is well-detailed with all design elements easily distinguishable. Strike is typical, with arrow feathers blending together. WB-1, with centered date and second C in mintmark punched lower. A piece that presents well despite the stated issues.
Seated 50C 1870CC 1870-CC
F12 NGC
2564882002
WB-5
R6
Market Acceptable $3100 Market Acceptable, Murphys Collection. U.S. silver production in the 1860s increased from almost nothing to 500 metric tons in a mere decade. The vast quantity of precious metal created an opening for Nevada politicians to push for a second western Mint, and so the Carson City facility opened shop in 1870. First year production was minimal across all denominations, with Seated half production at 54,617 pieces, substantially less than the output of the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints. The result is cornucopia of rare issues for today’s collector. This first year of issue half dollar is a prime example, and exhibits mixed tan, gray, and powder blue shades atop surfaces that suggest an old cleaning. A few horizonal lines bisect the central portion of the reverse, none inconsistent with the assigned grade. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1872 1872
PR UNC Details PCGS
36604619

Cleaned $800 Proof Strike, Reflective Mirrors, Faint Copper-Gold Coloring, Oregon Beaver Collection. This proof example is sharply struck as expected, with pinpoint detail. Indeed, typical problem areas such as the feathers beneath the reverse shield are completely defined. The piece has been cleaned, and hairlines in the right obverse field are evident. There is also a strip of corrosion extending from the right facing wing toward R in TRUST. The piece remains one of less than a thousand proofs struck in this year, of which perhaps half have been lost, circulated, and otherwise no longer identifiable as proof strikes. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date).
Seated 50C 1872 1872
EF45 PCGS
81982923

Choice $245 Partial Mirrors, Reflective Luster, Light Gray, Choice Surfaces, Pikes Peak Collection. If in the market for superior Liberty Seated halves at grade, you will want to purchase this choice 1872 Philadelphia strike. This is one of those coins that just screams under a bright light. This conservative graded half offers partially mirrored field and reflective luster that is consistent with a higher grade. Please don't think too hard and JUST BUY IT NOW. Overall, device details and luster are that of a higher grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1872CC 1872-CC
EF45 PCGS
40050527
WB-4
Original $2000 Original, Murphys Collection. Carson City coinage is always popular, if not readily available. Of course, its rarity is part of the appeal, and if one could easily find many examples the challenge would be less compelling. The 1872-CC half is not as rare as the 1870-CC or 1874-CC issues but remains a highly desirable issue. This well-detailed EF45 piece exhibits a few circulation marks, particularly in the right obverse field. Recessed areas exhibit russet shades, more intensely on the reverse. The WB-4 variety features a low date and a die lump on Liberty's right calf, while the mintmark is slanting upward. Strike is typical with some details in the lower portion of the eagle blending together. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
90023951

Original HOLD
$775
Price Reduction October 12, 2019 - Arrows, Strongly Detailed, Attractively Toned, Twin Lakes Collection.. Another important type coin from the Twin Lakes collection, this well-detailed 1873 half dollar exhibits the arrows used in 1873 and 1874 to denote a slight weight change in the silver coiange. A delictate mix of grey and occasional burgundy toning graces both sides, and the overall effect is aesthetically pleasing.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
With Arrows Quad Stripes
EF Details PCGS
36937431
WB-109
Original $485 "Quad Stripes" Double Die Obverse, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Silver-Gold Patina, Original Surfaces, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection . This 1873 Double Die Obverse "Quad Stripe" Seated half dollar has original surfaces with PCGS grading being much too conservative. The striking of 1873 With Arrows "Quad Stripe" coinage was accomplished with polished dies resulting in mirrored fields. The PCGS grader must have seen the atypical reflective luster and decided that a Cleaned designation was appropriate. Since investing grading and variety attribution fees to secure 'Quad Stripe" on the label, on behalf of Dr. Peterson, it was my displeasure to start over and give PCGS more monies to get it right plus another variety attribution charge. As a result, this piece is being offered in its first grading attempt holder with EF Details designation. In hand inspection is waranted towards your own conclusion on preservation condition. I'm going with an Original quality rating as this piece is that, Original. Obverse die doubling is bold and distinctive. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with Arrows DDO FS-1101, WB-109 "Quad Strike" on the label.
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
No Arrows
EF Details PCGS
38787389
WB-1
Cleaned $2200 Murphys Collection. The 1873 No Arrows half dollars all feature closed 3s in the date, which almost appear as 8s if one doesn't look closely. The No Arrows pieces were struck only until April, and are much scarcer than the With Arrows coins of the same year. This is a well-struck example with sharp star points and near-complete eagle feathers. Surfaces are reflective from an old cleaning, but there are no hairlines, and there is no denying the rarity of this tougher Carson City issue. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with Cleaned-XF Details designation.
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
With Arrows
VF20 PCGS
84718461
WB-3
R4
Original $975 Difficult Carson City Date, Original Light Gray Surfaces, Rose-Gold Highlights, Accurately Graded, Murphys Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - Scarce Carson City in the Liberty Seated half dollar series with mintage of 214,560. Surprisingly, this small mintage was struck with seven obverse dies and three reverse dies. Die saw limited usage therefore survivors tend to come well struck and without major die cracks. This survivor has honest wear with light gray surfaces overall and rose-gold toning highlights surrounding the devices. There are no blemishes but a tiny rim mark by star 5 is mentioned for complete disclosure. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Another important Carson City offering from the Murphys Collection
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
With Arrows
F15 PCGS
38595681
WB-5
R6
Original $950 Popular Carson City Date, Small CC, Original Gray Patina, Newtown Collection. Another low-mintage CC half, the 1873-CC With Arrows was struck to the extent of just 214,560 pieces. This is a reasonably detailed survivor with most design elements still visible. Even gray surfaces reveal russet hints on the obverse, especially in the protected areas, while a pleasing greenish-gold band surrounds the reverse. WB-5, with the right arrow aligned with the center of the 3, and the Cs in the all-important mintmark vertically offset. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
With Arrows
VF25 PCGS
21375492
WB-6
Original $1250 With Arrows, Near-Choice Original, Murphys Collection. Just about perfect for the grade, this coin will be quickly acquired by a lucky collector. Surfaces appear at first gray, but reveal shades of rose, blue, and green as the coin is tilted under a light. The reverse rim exhibits not quite a full rainbow, but bands of gold, russet, and blue-green are evident throughout. High points contrast nicely with lighter gray, and the eye appeal is strong. A few marks surround the reverse scroll, none inconsistent with the grade. Part of the low-mintage run of Carson City half dollars from 1870 to 1874. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder.
Seated 50C 1873S 1873-S
VF25 raw

Cleaned $185 Challenging in AU or Better, Old Clean, Retoned, Rose-Gray, Southern Texas Collection. A single die pair was employed to strike a mintage of 228,000 pieces. Collectors rightly complain that this date is very difficult to locate in all AU grades with Mint State example being very rare. This South Texas Collection survivor offers decent details though being cleaned and retoned. Surfaces are too reflective for the amount of circulation wear. Surfaces are a tad granular. Perfect for a budget Dansco album project.
Seated 50C 1874 1874
With Arrows
AU58 NGC
639199004

Choice $700 With Arrows Type, Choice Original, Glowing Orange-Gold Cartwheel Luster, Completely Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. A wonderful 1874 With Arrows type offering that should be immediately considered. Fiery orange-gold patina glows under a light source. Cartwheel luster is active and somewhere between frosty and steely. Strike is hammered with high relief devices throughout obverse and reverse. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Accurately graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. An eye appeal type coin offering from the fine collection of New Jersey Liberty Seated half dollars. If you like the GFRC images, then the half will be even better on arrival. Don't wait on this offering....trust me.
Seated 50C 1874 1874
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
33516220

Choice $865 With Arrows Type, Frosty Luster, Creamy Light Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Newtown Collection. Creamy frosty luster and faint golden shades are most pleasing on this 1874 With Arrows Philadelphia strike. Strike is essentially complete with just a touch of weakness at the top of Liberty's head. Under a light source, the lustrous cartwheels are vibrant. Fields and major devices are unabraded. Wear is limited to luster breaks on the left facing breast and lower leg. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Yet another choice original duplicate from the Newtown Collection that warrants special consideration.
Seated 50C 1874CC 1874-CC
VF35 PCGS
11311983
WB-3
Original $4500 Carson City Key Date, Original Surfaces, Attractive Rose-Aquamarine Obverse Toning, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Cumberland Country Collection. The Liberty Seated half dollar series key date outside of the 1873 NA Open 3 and 1878-S! Luckily for GFRC customers, the Cumberland County Collection is releasing an attractive VF35 example. An entirely blemish free specimen with obverse toning that probably originated from being in contact with felt pad for years. Obverse center is a lovely rose-orange and surrounded by aquamarine-gold on the left periphery and steely gray on the right. Reverse toning is limited to burnt gold throughout the legend. Strike is well executed with all stars having connected centrls other than stars 12 and 13. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another important opportunity for avanced collectors to secure a key date divestment at a fair price.
Seated 50C 1874CC 1874-CC
Railroad Tracks
VF Details PCGS
33414177
WB-102, WB-3a
R6
Cleaned $2250 Rare Railroad Track Reverse, Dull Gray Surfaces, Cleaned, Important Die Variety. As a date, 1874 Carson City strikes totaled 59,000 pieces from three obverse dies and a single reverse die. A populaer and rare die variety occurs during the WB-3 die pairing. Extensive die damage is found on the reverse and has been nicknamed "railroad tracks" due to to its apperance. This die damage remains unexplained to this day. On the Dr. Glenn Peterson specimen, both sets of "railroad tracks" are easily viewed with 10x loupe. This is the best example that Dr. Peterson could locate though cleaned. Surfaces are unabraded but with an old cleaned that has left a dull finish. Light gray toning covers the obverse while the reverse has faint gold coloring. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with Peterson pedigree amd WB-102 designation on the label. An R6 rarity according to Liberty Seated half dollar expert Bill Bugert. Pricing this offering is difficult as PCGS has only graded six total with the highest being VF20. There are no CoinFacts auction records. This piece is here to sell with offers welcomed.
Seated 50C 1874CC 1874-CC
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
32979899
WB-2
R5
Original $6450 Key Date, Mirrored Fields, Reflective Luster, Brilliant Silver Toning, Near Choice, Newtown Collection. The Newtown Collection continues to aggressively enhance his Liberty Seated half dollar collection. As a result, this important 1874-CC WB-2 duplicate has been made available and will please the new owner. The WB-2 die pairing is known to product coinage with mirrored fields. This is the case for this EF45 graded example from a total mintage of just 59,000 piece struck. Reflective luster is quite brilliant during bright light inspection. Surfaces are lightly worn with neutral silver-gray coloring that probably results for a long ago dip. Small spots of wear are noted on Liberty's left facing breast, lower leg and middle of the scroll. The minute "green" texture seen on the lower leg is colored wax or resin that did not bother the PCGS grader. An impressive example that is housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1874CC 1874-CC
With Arrows
VF35 PCGS
82418010
WB-3
R4
Original $4750 Key Date, Near-Choice Original, Steely Fields, Oregon Beaver Collection. The 1874-CC, along with the 1870 and 1878 issues, is one of the keys to the Carson City Seated half series. This is a pleasing mid-grade example, with Liberty neatly outlined by charcoal toning that is additionally evident in the protected areas. Obverse fields are light plum and cream, with lighter shades at the high points of Liberty, while the reverse is more evenly silver with light gold at the rim. WB-3, exhibiting a small mintmark, closely spaced with 2nd C punched higher. Strike is typical with some weak stars and eagle feathers merging together. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1874S 1874-S
AU55 NGC
2656363016
WB-1
Original $950 Frosty Luster, Dipped, City By The Bay Collection. Low mintage of 394,000 with low survival rate at the AU grade levels. This western frontier survivor has been dipper at one point though the surfaces still retain frosty luster. Faint peripheral gold decorates the untoned center. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. From the City By The Bay Collection.
Seated 50C 1875 1875
EF40 raw

Original $145 Light Crusty Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Strictly Original, West Texas Collection. This 1875 Seated half would be an ideal candidate for a Dansco bookshelf album collection. A strictly original example with moderate crusty gray toning and residual steely luster. Obverse strike is weak per the GFRC images. Conservatively graded at the assigned gray. From a large lot of raw Seated and Capped Bust coins from the West Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1875CC 1875-CC
AU50 PCGS
38787391
WB-1
Original $875 Rare Die Pairing, Mirrored Fields, Partial Gold Toning, Complete Strike, Murphys Collection. So-called branch Mint proofs have been an ongoing discussion topic among numismatists. The Carson City Mint is one of the branch mints that produced highly prooflike coinage in the mid-1870s. This 1875-CC WB-1 piece is a prime example with reflective luster from mirrorlike fields. although this piece is not certified as such. The frosty devices contrast well against the mirrored fields. The strike is complete with fully outlined stars and crisp feather detail. WB-1, which Bugert rates as R-6, is identified by the prominent lump in the obverse shield horizontals. The golden toning is amplified by GFRC photography due to the mirrored fields. The toning is more subtle during in-hand and bright light inspection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder and attractively price for the die variety rarity.
Seated 50C 1875CC 1875-CC
AU55 PCGS
28257212
WB-10
Choice HOLD
$1100
Choice Original, Murphys Collection. Reflective luster radiates from the surfaces of this moderately prooflike CC-half dollar. Mirrored fields offer contrast with the frosty devices, particularly on the reverse. Shading is silver, with evident wear on the high points, and hints of lilac at the rims. The strike is bold. much better than usually seen, with razor sharp stars and well-defined eagle feathers. Marks are consistent with the grade, though a bit amplified by the photograph, as is usual for a prooflike coin. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
MS64
PCGS
27440425
WB-7
Gem $1600 Gem Original, Newtown Collection. Near-gem, frosty luster underlies a medium skin of swirling blue-green and russet shades, and the effect is exceptionally appealing. The strong strike brings up virtually complete detail in the eagle's feathers, revealing the full intent of the engraver. This may be a "common" date, but the aesthetic appeal of this example is decidedly uncommon. One of the highlights in the Newtown consignment. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder and CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
VF30 raw
WB-108, WB-35
R4
Market Acceptable $525 Misplaced 8 in Denticles, Light Gray, Long Ago Clean, Accurately Graded, San Jose Collection. One of the many 1876-CC die pairings but easily identified as WB-35 by the top of a misplaced 8 digit in the denticles. Accurately graded with light gray-gold surfaces that have seen a long ago and now recovering. A decent example for the variety. From the San Jose Collection of Carson City Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
MS62 NGC
1941325023
WB-11
Choice $2250 Mirrored Fields, Choice Original, Murphys Collection. Fiery orange luster booms from the mirrored fields of this uncirculated 1876-CC half. Centers are lighter and lead from gold to the more deeply toned fields, which conclude with deep blue at the rims. This is a colorful, lustrous piece that will draw significant attention. WB-11, an interesting die pair with a reverse die that was previously used in 1871 and 1872 - clearly indicating the Carson City coiners maintained old dies in case of future need. Star centers are sharp, while the claw knuckles have blended together. Housed in an old NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
MS62 NGC
1288774003
WB-16
R3
Original $1525 Small CC, Early Die State, Steely Luster, Original Surfaces, Gun Metal Gray-Gold, Murphys Collection. Popular 1876 Carson City date in the Liberty Seated half dollar series. Collected by coinage series, Carson City mint, and by die variety. This Murphys Collection offering features steely surfaces with intermixed gun metal gray-blue and gold patina. Fully struck from the WB-16 die pairing during an early die state. Dies are fresh and crisp with no traces of die cracks. The lower reverse feathers are a tad weak as hubbed. Bright light viewing is a pleasure as the coloring shifts from gun metal gray-blue to golden hues. There is one abrasion on Liberty 's neck otherwise the fields are essentially unabraded. Steely luster is a bit muted due to the thick patina and is the basis for the assigned grade. Housed in earlier NGC holder with ANA hologram.
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
MS61 PCGS
34072397
WB-42
R7
Original $1500 Rare R7 Die Pairing, Dual Sided Surface Finishes, Rose-Blue and Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. What a surprise when carefully attributing this 1876 Carson City strike to the Bugert Register on Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties. After scratching my head with the bound book and not locating a listing from bold die markers, I visited the LSCC website and Bill's addendum pages. There it was listed as WB-42 with R7 rarity rating. The primary diagnostics are a bold die blob on the upper right edge of the obverse shield and a die blob on the reverse horizontal shield lines. Adding to the rare variety status is a cool dual sided die finish. The obverse fields are fully prooflike with wicked nice reflective luster during bright light inspection. The reverse die has a textured finish and generates thick frosty luster. PCGS grading is accurate as there are random contacts on the obverse. This is a cool coin that I've attempted to fairly price. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1876S 1876-S
MS63
PCGS
4557326
Unlisted
Choice $1225 Brilliant Reflective Luster, Vibrant Cartwheels, Exceptional Overall Luster at Grade, CAC Approval. An eye catching 1876 San Francisco strike with brilliant reflective luster to consider. After considerable time with Bill Bugert's Register of Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties and LSCC website addendum pages, I've not been able to attribute this Type 1 Reverse half. Maybe it is a new die variety as there are obvious die markers include weak lower vertical shield lines on the reverse and a large die scratch from the upper olive leaf to the left facing wing. The obverse die has numerous small die defects on Liberty and a polished out foot support. If a fan of brilliant "head light" luster, please give this offering your attention. Housed in PCGS Gen 3.1 (1993-1998) old green holder with CAC approval. Part of a recent 1876 Centennial set purchase.
Seated 50C 1876S 1876-S
AU58 PCGS
14772594
WB-33
Original HOLD
$315
Near-Choice Original, Murphys Collection. The luster of this Centennial-year half dollar lies between frosty and mirrored, and occasionally polished dies are no surprise for a high-mintage issue. Indeed, the Bugert reference describes no less than 43 die pairs for this year, and the coiners were clearly active. This example is WB-33, with a horizonal die line in the drapery, southwest of the elbow. Silver shades predominate with power blue evident on both sides. Obverse fields host a few light, horizontal lines on either side of Liberty. Well-struck with defined star centers and most claw knuckles visible. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1876S 1876-S
AU53 PCGS
36319744
WB-42 WB-103
R6
Choice New Price
$4000
WB-103, Rare Type 2 Reverse with Very Small S Mintmark, R6 Rarity, Mirrored Fields, Peripheral Toning, Conservative Grading, An Anonymous Consignor. GFRC is thoroughly pleased to be offering an important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety rarity; 1876-S WB-42 WB-103 Type 2 (Closed Bud) reverse with a Very Small Mintmark. This is an R6 rarity die marriage that captures the introduction of a new reverse hub design during 1876. All known high grade specimens have mirrored surfaces as is the case for this lovely example. Absolutely fresh to market and freshly graded at the FUN show for a consignor. Expert Liberty Seated numismatists believe this variety was specially struck to commemorate the nation's Centennial celebrations given the atypical mirrored fields. Hammered strike consistent with that seen on regular proof strikes. Light peripheral gold is found on both sides. Currently, the fourth finest known among the major Liberty Seated half dollar specialists within the LSCC. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Price setting for a variety of this caliber is difficult. If the asking price is not consistent with expectations, then please make an offer as this piece is here to sell.
Seated 50C 1877 1877
MS64
PCGS
26648625
WB-103
Gem $1875 New October 17! 85% CAC Buyback! Gem Original, JUST BUY IT NOW. A new purchase via the GFRC CAC Buyback program and offered at a discounted price. Deeply toned, mirrored fields contrast with the frosted devices, and the effect is pleasing. Rich tones of blue-green intermix with delicate russet shades, especially on the reverse, while the central figures on both sides are more lightly toned. The strike is convincing, with sharp stars and near-complete eagle feathers. CAC approval is no surprise, with the coin guaranteed to look even better in hand. WB-103, type 2 reverse with a closed bud to the left. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1877CC 1877-CC
MS62 NGC
367225017

Original $1600 Near Choice-Original, Thick Frosty Luster, Murphys Collection. Generous frost blankets Miss Liberty while the fields radiate thick luster. Brilliant centers are surrounded by russet color at the rims that varies in intensity, while the dentils exhibit occasional deep blue. The strike is sharp, with fully defined stars and near-complete detail in the eagle feathers, better than seen on most Seated half dollars. This is a flashy survivor from the Carson City Mint, whose output is among the most desired by Liberty Seated collectors. Housed in an older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1877CC 1877-CC
AU55 NGC
3191580004

Choice $750 Gorgeous Pastel Toning, Choice Original, Murphys Collection. A deeply original piece with steely, reflective luster and pastel toning. Centers are coin grey and surrounded by varied shades of olive and blue-green that intensify at the rims. The strike is neatly impressed with most star centers present. This piece has been to CAC and did not certify, but would likely succeed at the AU53 level. The next owner will be pleased. Housed in an older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1877CC 1877-CC
VF35 PCGS
29229280
WB-9
R4
Original HOLD
$300
Better Die Pairing, Near-Choice Original, Crusty Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Murphys Collection. If the type of collector that wants his silver to be crusty with some surface dirt, I have a candidate for you. A perfectly natural 1877 Carson City strike that just so happens to be the WB-9 die pairing with an R4 rarity designation by Bugert. Both sides are toned a medium gray with some surface verdigris (dirt). The verdigris is more apparent on the reverse. A seated half that offers typical strike for the date. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder. Yet another offering from the Murphys Collection.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
MS65 PCGS
34636516

Gem $2950 Gem Original, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Transparent Aquamarine-Rose and Blue Patina, Superior Eye Appeal, Completely Struck, Fairly Graded, Newtown Collection. Price Reduction June 2020 - How about another stunning Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Newtown Collection? This gem original 1877 San Francisco strike has much to offer for those that seek the best possible coins for their collection. In hand toning is a combination of aquamarine and rose-brown colors as illustrated in the GFRC images. Bright light viewing exposes satiny cartwheel luster that is so close to being reflective. This assessment is quite subjective on my part. The luster is brilliant and melts the transparent toning. The result is light rose and sky blue colors on the obverse and incremental gold on the reverse. Strike is complete without any weak points. There is one obverse hairline from Liberty's knee up to star 10. Knowing John Albanese's requirements for mint state coin CAC approval, I suspect this single hairline will not pass muster for a green bean. Otherwise, this piece is a gem and accurately graded with superb eye appeal. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
MS65
PCGS
36495212
WB-104
Gem $3250 Gem Original, Thick Frosty Luster, Newtown Collection. A gorgeous gem-graded half with swirling shades of blue and rose, this piece will captivate even the most grizzled coin veteran. Frosty luster booms from both sides, and the eye appeal is exceptional. The strike is full, with sharp stars and most eagle feathers distinct. This is the WB-104 variety, type 2 reverse with closed bud beneath the branch leaves. The next owner will derive substantial enjoyment from this premium quality example. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
AU50 PCGS
38594951
WB-13
Original $350 Original, Newtown Collection. This piece offers a lot of coin for money, reasonably priced and at the same time a well-preserved example of a 19th century issue. Toning is light golden with bits of obverse crust, and the fields underneath exhibit partial mirrors. The coin is well-struck with defined star points and mostly distinct eagle feathers. WB-13, with a small, filled mintmark under the feather tip. If building a Seated half set, why not consider a few pieces like this, and instead allocate funds to the more challenging issues? Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-date) holder.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
EF45 PCGS
26674000
WB-29
R3
Choice $185 WB-29, Choice Original, Gray Patina, Woodlands Collection. This is one of those coins where the GFRC images are plain horrible for the in hand and bright light quality. I like this piece due to the strictly original surfaces and the bright light performance. Under lighting, this piece appears to be full AU with ample luster reflecting through the transparent patina. Strike is full and there are a few fully toned over blemishes on the reverse that that bother me at all. The primary reasons for selecting this common date half are originality and bright light eye appeal. Housed in 2012 generation PCGS blue holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1878 1878
VF35 PCGS
33299387

Original $175 Thick Crusty Original Patina, Accurately Graded, StoneCold Collection. The 1878 Philadelphia strike has acquire a thick crusty deep gray patina on both sides. Strike is typical for the date. If a fan of strict originality, this offering is an obvious candidate for a circulated date and mintmark set project. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. From the StoneCold Collection.
Seated 50C 1878CC 1878-CC
VF35 NGC
1716025069
WB-1
R4
Original $4650 New November 12! Key Date, Underrated, Reflective Fields, Near-Choice Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. The Sooner Collection is releasing one of the rarest Carson City dates in the Liberty Seated half dollar series. This near-Extra Fine 1878-CC half exhibits pleasing contrast between the fields and central figures, with reflective surfaces set apart from the high points of Liberty and the eagle. Hints of blue coloring are evident on both sides. Attributed as WB-1, the only die variety for this issue. Housed in an NGC Gen 14 (2003-2004) holder with standard ring insert. Ex. Richmond Collection, DLRC 3/2005, lot 1769. One of the few 1878-CC Seated halves that will occasionally come back on the market. Serious collectors should take note.
Seated 50C 1880 1880
MS62 PCGS
33273463

Original $1200 Low Mintage Date, Near-Choice Original, Thick Frosty Luster, Oregon Beaver Collection. Thick, frosty luster covers both sides of this low-mintage Seated half. The Philadelphia Mint struck just 8,400 pieces in this year, distracted by the demands of the 1878 Bland-Allison act and the need to coin millions of Morgan dollars. The coiner might have been relieved to work with something besides Morgans when the order to strike a few half dollars arrived, and this is a sharply example with strong detail in the usual problem area beneath the reverse shield. A couple charcoal patches on the reverse are noted, while similar shading is muted and more scattered on the obverse. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1880 1880
VF25 PCGS
84067612

Original $725 Very Scarce Date, Gray Patina, Original, Murphys Collection. Coin collecting in the late 19th century was active, especially in the eastern cities. Dealers could be found in any major city, and the rarity of the 1880s silver coinage (except for Morgan dollars, of course) was well-known. The Mint produced enough pieces to avoid excessive speculation, but collectors couldn't resist the low mintage figures. As a result, the survival rate of these 1880s Seated halves is higher than average, but they remain scarce. An old cleaning prevents CAC certification of this piece, but the coin has nicely retoned and exhibits attributes one expects from an original example, with lighter silver at high points, medium-shaded fields, and deeper tones in the recessed areas. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1881 1881
VF35
PCGS
14161370

Choice $875 Low Mintage Date, Choice Original, CAC Approval, Murphys Collection. The 1878 Bland-Allison mandated large silver purchases by the federal government, and this bullion was most efficiently coined into Morgan dollars. Morgans are a fine thing, large flashy coins, but the rarity of the Seated coinage attracts its own followers. Only 10,000 Seated halves were struck in 1881, and this highly original example is an ideal representative. Medium skin covers both sides with a mix of olive, gold, and deep blue shades. The strike is typical with a couple soft stars, and the eye appeal is strong - this is a nice, original piece. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1882 1882
AU53 NGC
3600894010

Original $900 Low Mintage Date, Crusty Gray Patina, Original, Murphys Collection. Rarity is the word for the 1882 Seated half dollar, struck to the extend only 4,400 pieces. Meanwhile, all Mints combined produced over 27 million Morgan dollars in this year, many of which sat in vaults for decades before the Treasury releases. For collectors motivated by rarity, this is not a hard decision to make, and this AU 1882 50-cent piece beckons. Deep gray covers both sides, becoming more intense at the rims, while hints of rose are seen throughout. The strike is typical with a few weak stars and the eagle's left leg feathers beginning to blend together. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1883 1883
AU58 NGC
594816013

Choice $1250 New November 11! Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Proof Like Fields, Choice Original, Oregon Beaver Collection. 1883 continued the trend of very low mintages for larger denomination silver coinage. This half dollar date saw a tiny mintage of only 8,000 pieces with many having proof like surfaces. Surfaces are choice on this 1883 offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection. Proof like fields radiate reflective luster and mild cartwheels during bright light inspection. Mint frost is easily seen in the protective recesses of the major devices. Strike is complete on the reverse while the obverse has a touch of weakness at Liberty's head and adjacent stars. A popular date and grade that is housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1883 1883
VF30 PCGS
82418829

Original HOLD
$725
Low Mintage Date, Gray Patina, Murphys Collection. The paltry mintages of the 1880s continued in this year, with just 8,000 half dollars struck. This piece exhibits light centers leading to deep gray and blue at the rims, while the reverse eagle hosts russet shades in the protected areas. A few faint field hairlines are evident as this piece is tilted under a light source. Ticks are scattered, more evident to the right of Liberty, while reverse fields are smooth for the grade. The strike is typical with the eagle's left claws nearly unified. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-date) holder.
Seated 50C 1884 1884
UNC Details PCGS
36932496

Market Acceptable $1250 Proof Like, Deep Gold Peripheral Toning, Fully Struck, Light Field Hairlines, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Tiny mintage of 4,400 makes the 1884 Seated half dollar and important low mintage date. Circulation strikes are rare with mint state example also being scarce. Collectors must sometimes resort to purchasing a proof example to fill the hole in their collection. Many 1884 half dollars are found with mirrored or proof like fields. This is the case for the offered 1884 specimen from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Surfaces are mostly untoned with a thin peripheral dark gold ring. Fields are lightly hairlined. I was caught by surprised with the PCGS Details UNC (Cleaned) certification. The hairlines were visible during the Peterson Dansco album extraction process with expectations for a one to two grade point deduction but still straight graded. I'm calling this one conservatively graded and expect it to be cracked out and resubmitted in the future. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder and fairly priced.
Seated 50C 1884 1884
MS63
PCGS
4748267

Choice $2500 Tiny Mintage, Fantastic Eye Appeal, Mirrored Fields, Peripheral Burnt Gold, Newtown Collection. Burnt-gold peripheral toning fills the borders of this semiprooflike 1884 Liberty Seated half. Strike is hammered and a deeply struck representative of this scarce date. The obverse field shows a few stray micro lines with the reverse is well-preserved and unabraded. From a mintage of only 4,400 pieces. Housed in PCGS Gen 3.1 (1993-1998) holder with CAC approval. A superb duplicate offering from the Newtown Collection. Last sold as Heritage Lot #4442 during June 2018 for $2520.
Seated 50C 1886 1886
MS66 PCGS
81730531

Gem $9500 Superb Gem, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Pristine Surfaces, Osprey Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Full description after the Chicago ANA show. An exceptional offering from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 50C 1887 1887
VF35 PCGS
33228819

Original $900 Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Gray-Rose Patina, Original Surfaces, Murphys Collection. The 1887 issue is perhaps the most desired of the late-date Seated halves, with circulated pieces priced markedly higher than others in this decade. Mintage was just 5,000 pieces, and these were apparently not saved to the extent of the coins in the early 1880s. This piece exhibits deep, even grade shades, more varied on the reverse, with secondary tones of rose in the fields and blue at the rims. The strike is typical, with all stars flat and loss of detail beneath the reverse shield. Collectors of this era often preferred proofs of current issues, and circulation strike pieces are accordingly scarce.
Seated 50C 1888 1888
VF35 NGC
1972291003

Original $725 Low Mintage Date, Light Gray Patina, Original, Murphys Collection. High-points are bright silver, contrasting with even gray fields. The protected areas exhibit deep russet, and there is light crust about the obverse stars. The reverse similarly exhibits rim crust, most intensely in the C of AMERICA. The strike is typical, with stars 6-8 softer than others. There is a small dig in E of STATES on the reverse. Mintage in this year was a mere 12,001 pieces, as the Mint continued to churn out Morgan dollars by the millions. Housed in an older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1889 1889
VF30 PCGS
03905036

Choice $745 Scarce Philadelphia Strike, Crusty Gray Patina, Choice Original, Murphys Collection. Deep rose and gray are completely intermixed, hosting the more lightly toned figure of Liberty. The high points strongly contrast with the fields, and the eye appeal is strong. The coin is well-struck, with remaining star detail and feather definition beneath the reverse shield. This is a choice piece that would be a worthy candidate for CAC certification at a lower grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1890 1890
MS64PL PCGS
34979375

Gem $4450 Pop 1 ProofLike, Exceptional Eye Appeal, Brilliant Reflective Mirrors, Completely Struck, Osprey Collection. Mintage of only 12,000 pieces as a date. The offered example is the only 1890 Liberty Seated half dollar with Proof Like designation. An exceptional example with stunning eye appeal. Fields are heavily mirrored on both sides resulting in nearly blinding reflective luster. Rose-gold and sky blue are the primary obverse colors with an extension of the gold to the reverse periphery. Bright light viewing is most special considering the powerful luster and transparent toning. Obverse exhibits bold die clashing. Fully struck with high relief stars and eagle feathers. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Definitely a show and tell piece that will provide viewing pleasure for years to come.
Seated 50C 1890 1890
MS65
PCGS
25010814

Gem $4500 Low Mintage Date, Gem Original Preservation, Watery Mirrored Fields, Multi Color Toning, An Important Opportunity.. 1890 brought the last of the low-mintage half dollar years as a result of the Bland-Allison Act of 1878, which shifted much of the Mint's production capacity from minor denominations to Morgan dollars. Only 12,000 1890 halves were struck at the Philadelphia mint. This Gem example is scarce with only four MS65s with CAC approval. The design elements are fully struck. Watery mirrored fields complement the original multicolor toning that delivers exceptional visual appeal. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 holder with CAC approval. An offering for the most advanced Liberty Seated half dollars sets under construction.
Seated 50C 1890 1890
EF40 PCGS
12117613

Original HOLD
$750
Scarce Philadelphia Issue, Mirrored Fields, Near-Choice, Old Album Reverse Toning, Murphys Collection. The late-date, low-mintage run of Seated halves concludes with this 1890 piece, struck to the extent of 12,000 pieces. The obverse is brilliant, with residual, reflective luster, while the reverse exhibits especially rich toning. The eagle's shield features aqua shading, leading to gold, burgundy, and deep blue at the rims. The obverse is sharply struck with distinct star points, while the reverse is more typically struck with eagle feathers joining together. The reverse is best-examined under a strong light, in order to reveal the extensive range of toning. A neat piece. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1891 1891
F15 NGC
2546426005

Choice HOLD
$135
Better Date, Choice Surfaces, Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Murphys Collection. Few collectors recognized that 1891 Philadelphia strikes are a better date in the Seated half dollar series. Mintage is only 200,000 as compared to 15,300,000 for dimes and 3,920,000 for quarters. This offering has nothing but honest wear with light gray surfaces. Strike is bold and surfaces are entirely blemish free. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. From the Murphys Collection.