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 93 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on September 6, 2021

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 1856 1856
EF40 raw
WB-101
Cleaned $145 Slightly Better Philly Date, Satiny Luster, Cleaned, Cumberland County Collection. 1856 Philadelphia strikes are more diffiult to locate than New Orleans counterparts. This Dansco album raw piece has satiny luster under a bright light due to an light old clean. Surfaces have retoned light gray with golden overtones. Visual appearance is decent enough for inclusion within another Dansco album based project.
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 1856S 1856-S
EF45
PCGS
36932485
WB-3
R5
Choice $1950 New August 4! Scarce Early San Francisco Issue, Late Die State, Frosty Luster, Light Gold Toning. Consignor Buyout - Second year of San Francisco half dollar production with limited mintage of 211,000 pieces. An important 1856-S WB-3 struck with late die state dies and completely missing drapery. Bill Bugert, in his Register of Liberty Seated half Dollars Varieties Volume I, indicates that some late die state WB-3 example will be found with completely effaced drapery. This is the case with this example but not marked on the PCGS label. Well preserved with sizable amounts of frosted luster. Bright mint frost surrounds the stars and reverse legend. Toning is a light gold with deeper shades at the peripheries. Strike is typical with well defined stars but the reverse devices exhibit weakness at the eagle wings. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
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

Cleaned $145 Attractive Steely Gray, Reflective Surfaces, Old Wipe, Southern Texas Collection. A value 1857 Liberty Seated half for inclusion in a Dansco or Whitman Collection. This piece features steely gray surfaces and reflective luster from being wiped years ago. Fields are unabraded.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
EF40 PCGS
82424428

Choice $175 Natural Coin Gray, Pleasing Surfaces, Southern Texas Collection. A reasonably available Philadelphia date with natural coin gray patina. Well preserved and choice with no abrasions worthy of discussion. Obverse strike is weak on the right stars. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 50C 1857O 1857-O
EF40 raw

Original $135 Steely Fields, Original, Well Struck, Obverse Rim Bumps, Southern Texas Collection. A Liberty Seated half date that is not often seen. This example appears original with natural gray patina on both sides. Fields are steely when view under a light source. Two obverse rim bumps are seen on the GFRC images.
Seated 50C 1857S 1857-S
EF45 PCGS
11715243
WB-3
R4
Original HOLD
$1750
New September 6! Challenging Date, Residual Frosted Luster, Faint Gold Hues, San Jose Collection. With a mintage of only 158,000 pieces, few survivors remain for this early San Francisco issue with the EF45 grade being the last "available" level. PCGS population totals 19 certifications with a steep decline in availability at the AU grades. This San Jose Collection offering displays frosted surfaces and residual luster. As made mint frost surrounds the stars, legend and is seen in all protected areas. Faint speckled gold toning covers lightly worn surfaces. A minimally marked near-choice example that was dipped at one point. The WB-3 attribution is straight forward due to repunched 1 digit to the left of the final date punch. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
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 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
AU50 raw
WB-12
Cleaned $185 Dull Gray, Reflective Surfaces, Old Cleaning, Cumberland County Collection. A well struck 1858 New Orleans Seated half that was also pulled from the Cumberland County Dansco. This example offers strong device details with lightly reflective surfaces and a dull gray appearance. Fields exhibit faint hairlines under a 10x loupe. An entirely presentable example that is value priced for another Dansco bookshelf album project.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
EF45 PCGS
82926507
WB-22
Original $235 Repunched Date, Steely Gray Fields, Newtown Collection. A pleasing example of the 1858-O WB-22 die variety with steely light gray fields. The residual date punch between the 58 digits is visble as is the large die lump in lower gown folds. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
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 1858S 1858-S
EF45 raw
WB-13
Market Acceptable $300 Popular San Francisco Date, Medium Gray Toning, Steely Fields, Cumberland County Collection. A nicely detailed raw 1858-S WB-13 Seated half that has even medium gray coloring along some peripheral aquamarine under a light source. Ideal for a Dansco or Whitman album collection as the obverse device details are fully struck. Steely fields are textured from a long ago cleaning. This piece has attractively recovered and certainly would be offered as original by those who are not so particular about surfaces. More than fairly priced.
Seated 50C 1858S 1858-S
EF45 PCGS
31709830
WB-14
Choice HOLD
$385
Choice Original, Cumberland County Collection. Satiny luster with remaining cartwheels radiates from the surfaces of this better-date Seated half. The pleasing rose-grey and pastel blue patina admits a few hints of gold, with no distracting spots or streaks. A few field lines may preclude CAC approval, but the piece remains highly original. WB-14, with a die lump in the drapery below the hair curl. Most star points are sharp, while a few of the eagle feathers are joined together. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder. A nice piece overall!
Seated 50C 1859 1859
PR66+
PCGS
33513691

Gem $18750 New August 7! Intense Mirrors, Gorgeous Toning, Monster Bright Light Performance, Osprey Collection. The Osprey Collection does it again with this amazing addition to GFRC inventory. This spectacular 1859 proof Liberty Seated half dollar, from a mintage of 800, is a PCGS pop one with only two finer at PR67. PCGS TruView images are available for those who wish to view the piece from an alternate photography method. The obverse mirrors are particular intense and sharp while the reverse mirrors are a bit subdued. GFRC and PCGS, in combination. provide an accurate assessment of the in-hand and bright light viewing characteritics. This is an unquestionable gem and one of the finest known. CAC approval further validates the importance of this new Opsrey offering. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
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 1859S 1859-S
MS60 raw
WB-7
Market Acceptable $750 New September 6! Low Mintage Issue, Hammered Strike, Brilliant Luster, Questionable Toning, San Jose Collection. A low mintage issue with limited PCGS certified populations. This 1859-S WB-7 presents steely metallic luster that is eye catching. Strike is hammered with deeply impressed devices. The golden-aquamarine toning appears a bit odd for the issue. A careful inspection of the obverse and reverse fields found no hairlines that could be attributed to a cleaning though the luster might suggest an old wipe that enhanced the luster. A raw Mint State example that has been discounted consistent with my findings.
Seated 50C 1859S 1859-S
MS64 PCGS
80122703
WB-8
Choice $5250 Thick Frosty Luster, Faint Golden-Gray, Fully Struck, Near-Gem, Sunset Collection. Early San Francisco half dollars are scarce, as the western Mint focused on processing massive quantities of gold bullion. The San Francisco Mint struck 566,000 pieces in this year, and the 1859-S issue is priced well above “type” status even in lower grades. This piece is well advanced in the condition census, with 19 pieces reported by PCGS at this grade, and only eight examples higher. Thick, frosty luster with swirling cartwheels reveals antique silver shading with a dusting of russet on both sides, more evenly within the reverse legend. A few faint hairlines in front of the eagle's beak likely preclude CAC approval. Nicely struck, with sharp stars and delineated claw joints. WB-8, with centered date and large mintmark barely touching stem. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
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
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
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
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 1861 1861
CSA Scott Restrike
AU58 PCGS
10064509

Choice $4300 CSA Scott Restrike, Choice Original, Cumberland County Collection. The CSA Scott restrike combined the original reverse die from the Confederate half dollar with a "store card" obverse die bearing the name of New York coin dealer J. W. Scott. The mintage, reported in the Guide Book, was 500 pieces. These were struck in white metal, and will have different luster and toning patterns than silver coinage. This piece exhibits reflective luster with mixed silver and blue shading. Some obverse chatter likely inhibits CAC consideration. While not to be confused with one of the four CSA-struck half dollars, which are near-million dollar coins, this Scott token still claims contact with a die employed under Confederate authority, in order to create its own coinage. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
AU53 raw
W-11
Cleaned $3500 CSA Obverse Strike, Full Die Crack From Nose to Rim, Complete Strike, Old Clean, Cumberland County Collection. The 1861-O CSA Obverse strike is a coin that has been desired by specialized collectors since first cataloged by Beistle in 1929. It is found with same die crack at nose as the four CSA-muled halves. The landmark article by Randall Wiley in The Gobrecht Journal #94 discusses the various die states and marriages in great detail. From die state analysis, Wiley further identifies other Confederate strikes (W13-W15), also highly collectible, but not as dramatic. The Cumberland County Dansco contain a high grade CSA Obverse W-11 specimen that presents itself well and showcases a strong die crack from Liberty's nose to the rim. Strike is deeply impressed and pleasing. Unfortunately, this piece has been cleaned with polished surfaces and hairlined fields. The result is considerable reflective luster without cartwheel action. This rare die variety is difficult to price given the high grade and surface conditions. GFRC has taken the best shot at a fair number. Offers are welcomed.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
AU58 raw
W-3
Cleaned $550 Louisiana Strike, Boldly Struck Motifs, Hairlined, Cumberland County Collection. An 1861-O Liberty Seated half and the initial striking of coinage by the New Orleans mint while under Louisiana Administration. Motifs are fully struck and fun to inspect under a 10x loupe. Steely luster has been marginally impacted by an old cleaning that left light hairlines in the fields on both sides. Ideal for a high grade Dansco album project where device details trump technical preservation.
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 1861S 1861-S
AU55 PCGS
30699966
WB-3
Original $1100 New September 6! Very Early WB-3 Die State, Steely Fields, Near-Choice, San Jose Collection. This 1861-S offering has taken a considerable amount of die variety research to determine an accurate attribution. This offering is a very early WB-3 strike without any die cracks on Reverse C. The Bugert WB-3 illustrations features images of heavily worn Obverse 2 and Reverse C which can cause confusion. Attributing the obverse is straightforward given the heavy clashing in the drapery below the right facing arm. There is also a tiny die defect between the legs as further validation. Where the confusions lies with Reverse C which is always illustrated with a cracked reverse for WB-3, WB-7, and WB-11. No mention is made of an early die state without die cracks but this is the case for the San Jose Collection example. My educated guess is that this piece was an initial strike with the WB-3 die pairing before the reverse die quickly began to crack. This piece was struck by very early die state dies and should please the Seated half dollar die variety specialist as a reference piece. Accurately graded with steely gray fields and peripheral blue and gold toning. Some micro field ticks hold this one back from a full Choice quality rating. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder.
Seated 50C 1861S 1861-S
AU55 raw
WB-3
Original HOLD
$750
New September 6! Satiny Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Faint Gold, Complete Strike, San Jose Collection. Light rub is seen on the breasts and lower leg of this attractive 1861-S WB-3 Seated half. The parallel die clash lines in the drapery provide for straightforward attribution. Bright light inspection reveals a satiny textured luster and swirling cartwheels. Faint gold coloring decorates both sides. Residual mint frost is easily seen surrounding the stars, legend and protecred recesses. Strike is complete. I'm going with an original quality ratings as there are no technical issues that would preclude certification.
Seated 50C 1861S 1861-S
EF45 PCGS
85749067
WB-4
Choice HOLD
$485
Well Preserved San Francisco Strike, Coin Gray Patina, Well Struck, StoneCold Collection. A WB-4 example of the 1861 San Francisco production during the opening day of the Civil War. A well struck example with natural coin gray skin on both sides. Fields offer steely characteristic during bright light inspection. Unquestionably original with ebony speckled toning surrounding the motifs. A quality offering from the StoneCold Collection that is housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1862S 1862-S
VF30 raw
WB-3
Choice $200 Civil War Western Frontier Survivor, Crusty Olive-Gray, Choice Original, Sunset Collection. GFRC images do not accurately capture this well preserved 1862-S Liberty Seated half. Struck during the Civil War period in the western frontier. Most pieces that survive to the present day with VF level wear are typically problematic. Not this Sunset Collection new offering. Surfaces are entirely choice with thick olive-gray patina along with "dirt" in the protected areas. Ideal for a Dansco album collection.
Seated 50C 1862S 1862-S
EF40 PCGS
39233622
WB-4
Original $265 Ultimate #174 WB-4, Bearded Lady, Original, Newtown Collection. A popular variety needs a catchy name, and this so-called "Bearded Liberty" WB-4 fits the bill. The obverse reveals a few die defects connecting the chin and neckline, but, in a year with high production demand, the coiner probably felt it best to let the presses continue unabated. This piece exhibits bright silver shading with a few hints of gold-russet patina in the protected areas, more so on the reverse, which additionally hosts light crust in the lower right quadrant. Hairlines in the right field inhibit CAC approval, but the story here is a variety that stands out among the crowd. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
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
AU58 NGC
279577056
WB-3
Choice HOLD
$985
New September 6! Steely Luster, Copper-Gold Gray Toning, Bold Strike, San Jose Collection. The 1863 San Francisco date is yet another Civil War issue with close to one millions strikes. Survival rates continued to improve for West Coast mint issues. In lower circulated grades, this date is relatively common, for a Seated half, and moderately scarce in AU grades. This San Jose Collection example presents original steely surfaces and luster that is between reflective and frosted during bright light inspection. Coloring is copper-gold over base gray. Strike is big and bold with only stars 7 and 8 lacking fully defined center points. Center area strike, including the scroll edges, is hammered. Surfaces are entirely unabraded. I believe if certified as an AU55, this piece would receive CAC approval. Housed in NGC Gen 9 (2001-2003) holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1864S 1864-S
EF45 PCGS
21800078
WB-1
Original $550 Original, Cumberland County Collection. Moderate shades of russet, maroon, and charcoal grace this San Francisco half, with the toning around the eagle especially pleasing. The reverse surfaces are original, while a few hairlines are evident on the obverse. WB-1, with the date punched to the right. Strike is typical, with a couple soft stars and a few connected feathers. The Wiley-Bugert reference suggests this issue is more difficult to locate than similarly priced Seated halves. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder.
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 1865 1865
EF45 PCGS
31966630

Original $700 Popular Civil War Date, Natural Coin Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Newtown Collection. As the Civil War was entering its final year, the Philadelphia mint struck 511,400 Seated halves dated 1865. Present day survivors are cluster at the two EF grades based on PCGS population report. This EF45 example offers natural coin gray patina that does not impact the residual steely luster. Under a bright light, the obverse exhibits a peripheral gold ring. Strike is well executed. Another recently upgraded offeing from the Newtown Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
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 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
EF45 PCGS
20420791
WB-1
Original $2500 Original, Cumberland County Collection. Creamy silver and gray surfaces host steely luster, with a few deeper shades at the lower portion of the reverse. The 1866-S was issued both with and without the motto, but the No Motto mintage was substantially less, at 60,000 pieces, making this one of the more challenging coins in the San Francisco seated half series. WB-1, the only die pair for the No Motto variety, with a small mintmark. The strike is typical, with soft stars and some feathers joining together. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
EF45 PCGS
19448269
WB-1
Original $3250 Important No Motto Type, Natural Gray Toning, Near-Choice, Sunset Collection. The San Francisco Mint struck with and without motto pieces in this year, with the No Motto variety being much scarcer. Indeed, the mintage of 60,000 pieces is the lowest total in the San Francisco series, with the exception of the ever-elusive 1878-S. This piece exhibits gray and light olive surfaces, in addition to a patch of navy patina around stars 5-9. Both shields reveal moderate crust. A few lines in the right obverse field are typical for an EF45 example. PCGS reports 11 pieces in the AU band and nine examples in all MS grades combined. WB-1, the only die marriage for the No Motto variety. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
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 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 1868S 1868-S
MS64 PCGS
19510631
WB-1
Choice $3300 Ex. Dick Osburn Collection, Frosty Luster, Golden Patina, Sunset Collection. Frosty luster rises from the medium, sandy skin of this San Francisco half. Cartwheel effect is moderate, revealing mixed tones of tan, gold, and powder blue. A few bits of crust grace the reverse, most notably at ST(ATES). WB-1, with an errant digit in the dentils below 8, and a die lump in the reverse shield horizontals. The obverse strike is typical with a few soft stars, while the reverse is more boldly rendered with distinct claw joints. Part of the Dick Osburn set sold by Stack's Bowers at the 2011 ANA (lot 7097, realized $3,162.50). Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with "Dick Osburn Collection" pedigree on label.
Seated 50C 1868S 1868-S
MS64+
PCGS
31855944
WB-5
R4
Gem $9750 New August 11! Exceptional Gem, Hammered Strike, Golden Satiny Luster, Superb Eye Appeal, Opsrey Collection. The Osprey Collection continues to locate the most noteworthy Liberty Seated and U.S. gold coinage for the GFRC price list. This amazing 1868-S Seated half dollar is an exceptional gem and will please the most advanced collector of the series. Struck with the WB-5 die pairing that includes an eroded obverse die with partial denticles. The die erosion results in satiny textured luster while inspecting under a light source. Strike is hammered with every remaining detail being boldly defined. Both sides are covered light yellow gold skin that screams originality. Fields are entirely unabraded with the intensity of the satiny luster accounting for the technical grade. The WB-5 die pairing is consisted an R4 rarity per Bugert. Surfaces exhibit heavy die clashing and die cracks. CAC population is a scant three pieces at the MS64 grade level with a single approved piece finer. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1868S 1868-S
AU53 NGC
4204588007
WB-6
Original $350 Well Preserved, Natural Light Gray, Oregon Beaver Collection. The 1868-S Seated half dollar date continues to be challenging at the AU grade. This well preserved offering, from the Opregon Beaver Collection, offers natural light gray surfaces with soft residual luster. Strike is nearly complete with only star 8 lacking connected centrils. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
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 1869 1869
EF45 raw

Cleaned $145 Dansco Album Filler, Cleaned, Southern Texas Collection. This 1869 Seated half offers considerable device details even if cleaned. Glossy surfaces are indicative of being polished with a cloth.
Seated 50C 1869 1869
AU55 PCGS
20823890
WB-101
Original $450 Near-Choice Original, Cumberland County Collection. Lightly mirrored, reflective luster presents silver patina throughout, with an obverse russet crescent and scattered reverse dirt. Field chatter is somewhat more apparent than revealed in the images, but consistent with the assigned grade. Well-struck, with clear star centers, and some softness in the claws. WB-101, normal date, placed far to the right. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1870S 1870-S
EF45 raw
WB-1
Market Acceptable $475 Challenging San Francisco Date, Mottled Gold Toning. Cumberland County Collection. A challenging San Francisco date regardless of a mintage slightly exceeding 1,000,000 pieces. This date becomes quite scarce in AU or better. The Cumberland County Dansco has yielded a pleasing 1870-S specimen with reflective luster and mottled gold toning. This iridescent appearance is occasional seen and straight graded by the TPGs. The reflective surfaces are just too bright to be strictly original per my experience, thus a Market Acceptable quality rating. An ideal candidate for another Whitman or Dansco bookshelf album project.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
AU55 ANACS OWH
2427614

Original $450 New July 25! Brilliant Reflective Luster, Peripheral Copper-Gold, Eye Appeal, Sooner Collection. How I enjoy handling early type coins when certified in old ANACS white holders. Case in point is this attractive 1871 Philadelphia struck Seated half with steely fields that issue ample amounts of reflective luster during bright light inspection. A mostly untoned example with copper-gold peripheral toning that substantial rises eye appeal. Typica quality from the Sooner Collection.
Seated 50C 1871S 1871-S
EF45 NGC
4882767013
WB-2
Market Acceptable $175 Moderate Gray Toning, Underlying Hairlines, Southern Texas Collection. A popular 1870s Liberty Seated half dollar date with differing mintmark styles as carefully research by Bugert. This 1871-S WB-2 presents well with moderate gray patina and strong strike. Bright light review exposes old hairlines on both sides. Priced accordingly. Housed in new large font 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
MS62 PCGS
19391879

Choice $1600 Choice Original, Light Gold, Frosty Luster, Sunset Collection. Moderate luster is frosty, with swirling cartwheels. Original silver patina blankets both sides, with the exception of a broad, even gold band that crosses Liberty diagonally. The piece was likely stored in a paper envelope, in such a way that only part of the coin made strong surface contact with the holder. Sharply struck, but with some softness at the head and surrounding stars, while the reverse exhibits full detail beneath the shield. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. PCGS has certified 30 pieces higher.
Seated 50C 1872 1872
VF25 PCGS
29305693

Choice $175 Choice Original, Circulated Cameo Apperance, Accurately Graded, Houston Collection. A wonderful 1872 Philadelphia half dollar example with crusty gray field resulting in circulated cameo appearance. Purchased from GFRC and back on the market from the Houston Collection. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 50C 1872 1872
EF40 raw
WB101
Cleaned $150 Reflective Surfaces, Light Gold Toning, Cleaned, Cumberland County Collection. A reasonable 1872 Seated half for those which to fill holes in a Dansco collection. Surfaces are bright from an old cleaning with substantial reflective luster during bright light inspection. Surfaces are recovering with a golden skin most apparent at the peripheries.
Seated 50C 1872CC 1872-CC
G04 PCGS
21166540

Original HOLD
$300
New July 25! Even Gray, Uniform Wear, Sooner Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder. Description shortly.
Seated 50C 1872S 1872-S
VF35 NGC
3601786004
WB-4
Original $325 Challenging Date, Original, Southern Texas Collection. This piece exhibits pleasing original skin of tan and rose, enough to ensure originality without being overly thick. Silver-gray clearly marks the high points on the obverse while the reverse is more evenly toned. The WB-4 is an easy variety to attribute, with a distinct die crack between Liberty's head and star 8, and a mntmark punched far south of normal. The strike is typical, with most stars exhibiting some inner detail. This is a better date in the Seated half series, yet not priced substantially higher than a type coin. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert. A new duplicate offering from the Southern Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
No Arrows Open 3
VF30 PCGS
06640838
WB-101
Original $6500 No Arrows, Open 3, Under Appreciated Rarity, Cumberland County Collection. The No Arrows Open 3 is a key piece in the Seated half series, struck for only a brief period of time, between the production of the closed 3 and With Arrows varieties. The Guide Book gives a mintage of 214,200 coins, but the PCGS population, at 46 pieces in all grades, speaks more effectively to the actual availability of this issue. By way of comparison, the PCGS census for the 1878-S is 34 coins. This example exhibits nice contrast between gray surfaces and lighter high points, with russet hints present in protected areas and more intensely at stars 3-4. A slightly creamy texture suggests an old cleaning, but the piece is pretty nonetheless, and there is no denying the rarity of the variety. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
30684073
WB-109
Original $1000 "Quad Stripes", Double Die Obverse, Crusty Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Sunset Collection. This crusty, original piece exhibits thick gray and tan toning throughout, with more intense patina at the rims. The central figures are lighter, with numerous bits of silver emerging from the recessed areas within Liberty's gown. WB-109, the quad stripes variety, with die doubling accounting for the additional vertical lines in the shield. This is a plainly visible, popular variety, making for a great "story" coin. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
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
No Arrows
VF25 PCGS
13937236
WB-1
Choice HOLD
$2100
No Arrows, Choice Original, Saw Mill Run Collection. The Saw Mill Run Collection is back with a duplicates release that should garner much attention throughout the GFRC community. This coin-grey example exhibits light crust in the protected areas, with reverse surfaces closer to silver than gray. Smooth surfaces are hairline free, and it is worth nothing that only the technical grade prevented CAC certification, which would be likely at the VF20 level. Strike is typical with a few flat stars. WB-1, with the date not placed as far to the right as the WB-2. Both varieties of 1873-CC No Arrows halves feature small mintmarks punched high. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
With Arrows
EF40 NGC
3937630049
WB-7
Choice $2200 Popular Carson City Date, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Unabraded Surfaces, Southern Texas Collection. Well preserved and a pleasing example of the popular 1873 With Arrows Carson City date. This specimen was struck from the distinctive Large CC WB-7 die pairing. Surfaces are unabraded and covered with gun metal gray patina. Strike is uniform and fully executed. Limited mintage of 214,560 and become rare in AU or better. This example provides compelling value at grade level and asking price. Housed in new large font NGC holder. An important duplicate offering from the Southern Texas Collection. Previous acquired from GFRC.
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
VG10 PCGS
36753695
WB-3
Original $2100 Very Scarce Date, Affordable Offering, Crusty Orange-Gray, Southern Texas Collection. Thick crusty orange-gray patina covers original surfaces that are surprisingly blemish free at the VG10 grade level. This specimen is the later WB-3 die marriage prior to the Railroad Track reverse die damage event. Just honest wear and pleasing appearance for the popular 1874 Carson City date. Mintage is only 59,000 with a single reverse die for all strikes. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. From the Southern Texas Collection.
Seated 50C 1874CC 1874-CC
With Arrows
VF20 PCGS
19647206
WB-3a
Original $4800 Railroad Tracks Reverse, Original, Cumberland County Collection. The popular "railroad tracks" variety is marked by a series of parallel die lines running across (STA)TES on the reverse. The exact cause of the damage is unknown, which likely increases the collector fascination with this plainly visible die defect. Silver and gray patina marks the surfaces of this VF piece, along with a few obverse hints of russet. The coin is slightly glossy from an old clean, but only to a degree considered acceptable by PCGS. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder. The label captures the variety attribution as "Large Arrows WB-102 'Railroad Tracks' Rev" - but even without the attribution this coin remains an 1874-CC, and highly desirable in its own right.
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
AU53 NGC
4839670002

Original $235 Brilliant Reflective Luster, Partially Mirrored Fields, Southern Texas Collection. Brilliant reflective luster jumps off partially mirrored surfaces. This 1875 Southern Texas duplicate is fully struck and pleasing. Untoned as most likely dipped. A few tiny contact marks are noted on Liberty's upper body and adjacent fields. Reverse fields are sharply mirrored while the obverse has more of a frosted texture. Housed in new large font NGC holder with edge view insert.
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
AU53 NGC
2656550008
WB-10
Original $975 Popular Carson City Date, Crusty Original, Light Golden-Gray, Murphys Collection. A popular Carson City issue among Liberty Seated half dollar collectors. This new Murphys Collection offering was struck with the WB-10 die pairing. This pairing is easily attributed via a die lump in the left most olive leaf, the only use of this reverse die that year. A uniform golden-gray skin blankets both sides of the Carson City Seated half. Residual luster has a frosty texture during bright light inspection. Marks are consistent for the grade with just a couple of faint lines in the right obverse field. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1875CC 1875-CC
EF40 NGC
3899390020
WB-10
R3
Choice $600 Challenging Carson City Date, Crusty Orange-Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces, Murphys Collection. A thick orange-gray skin covers this well preserved 1875-CC Seated half dollar offering from the Murphys Collection. Bright light inspection reveals residual frosty luster. The WB-10 reverse can be easily attributed by an obverse center dot on Liberty's lower leg. Accurately grade and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1875CC 1875-CC
VF35 raw
WB-5
Cleaned $325 Challenging Carson City Date, Brownish-Gray Coloring, Reflective Surfaces, Underlying Clean, Cumberland County Collection. Locating 1875-CC Seated halves can be challenging for Dansco collectors as few are seen in lower circulated grades. The alternative is a less than original specimen with acceptable eye appeal. Case in point is this offering from the Cumberland County Dansco. In-hand review shows brownish-gray toning on both sides with darker shades on the obverse. An old underlying cleaning is evident from the reflective surfaces. No hairlines are visible though there is one line in the left obverse field. This offering is fairly price and should find its way into another bookshelf album project.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
MS63 PCGS
26200659

Choice $900 Choice Original, Cumberland County Collection. Thick, satiny, "marbled" luster with swirling cartwheels hosts streaks of tan patina, a touch more intense on the obverse. Surfaces are nice for the grade, with just a couple lines in the obverse right field. Well-struck, with a couple soft stars, while the reverse detail is more delineated. Overall a pleasing, lustrous example. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
EF40 raw

Market Acceptable $120 Light Gray-Gold, Well Struck, Ancient Cleaning, Southern Texas Collection. This 1875 San Francisco struck Seated half has decent appearance and would easily fit into a Dansco album collection. Both sides have nicely retoned after an old time cloth wipe that has dulled the surfaces. GFRC images showcase the eye appeal and gray and gold toning.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
VF35 PCGS
06610958
WB-19
Choice $2250 Rare Micro S Offering, Choice Original, Sunset Collection. The micro-S is a rare variety, with most examples reported in lower grades. The Bugert reference note 29 pieces, with 23 of these at the AG-VG level. This is an immediately recognizable variety with a miniscule mintmark, likely intended for a lower denomination, punched well below the eagle. This mid-grade example exhibits a pleasing, two-tone appearance, as obverse gray fields contrast with silver high points. The revere toning pattern is similar, with olive-russet patina in the fields and protected areas. WB-19, with a die lump in the obverse shield, adjacent to the second set of verticals. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
AU50 NGC
3601066014
WB-7
Choice $245 New August 7! Thick Crusty Copper-Gray Skin, Steely Luster, Typical Strike, Sooner Collection. A later die state 1875-S WB-7 half as compared to that illustrated by Bugert in his San Francisco Half Dollar die variety register. Choice surfaces are completed original as witnessed by a consistent copper-gray patina on both sides. Strike is typical. Fields retain their original steely texture. A quality Sooner Collection offering at a fair price. Housed in newer NGC holder. No CAC attempt on this one.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
Micro S
EF45 PCGS
80816575
WB-19
Choice $4500 Micro S, Finest Certified, Choice Original, Cumberland County Collection. Steely luster hosts mottled olive and gray shades, with generous amounts of silver remaining in the protected areas. Hairline-free fields are original and the aesthetic appeal is strong. WB-19, the micro-S variety, with a tiny mintmark and die lump in the obverse shield. The Bugert references notes 29 examples of this die pair traced, with the great majority in lower circulated grades. Strike is typical, with a few stars lightly impressed. This is an attractive example of a scarce variety that can easily be attributed without a glass. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with "Micro S WB-105" attribution on the label.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
VF35 PCGS
39197102
WB-102
Choice $200 Ultimate #273 WB-102, Choice Original, Newtown Collection. This original piece from the Centennial year reveals crusty skin with deep grey patina. A few hints of sea-green are evident, most notably at the obverse rim, while high points are marked by silver shading. WB-102, with a closed bud beneath the stem. Typically struck, with most of the detail beneath the reverse shield not fully brought up by the press. Although not an expensive coin, PCGS certification ensures a standard of quality that elevates this example above most of the unslabbed pieces in the market. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
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
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
AU53 PCGS
36319744
WB-42 WB-103
R6
Choice $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
EF45 NGC
3518969013

Choice HOLD
$185
New July 25! Natural Coin Gray, Embedded Blues, Choice Surfaces, Sooner Collection. Let's start the description for this 1877 Seated half dollar offering with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Natural medium gray patina is consistent on both sides and screams originality. Under the toning are steely fields that still manage to radiate some reflective luster during bright light review. An unabraded example with a fully struck obverse. The reverse has slight weakness at the claws and arrow feathers. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
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
AU58 raw
WB-2
Market Acceptable $385 New September 6! Partial Mirrored, Sharp Reflective Luster, Hammered Strike, San Jose Collection. This gorgeous 1877-S WB-2 is quite atttractive with partially mirrored fields and bright light eye appeal. Strike is hammered with high relief motifs on both sides. With a 10x, light rub is seen on the breasts and lower leg. Further inspection of the fields revealed a long ago professional cleaning followed by being nicely retoned. Under a light source, the reflective luster amplifies center rose and peripheral blues. One to look carefully at the fields towards seeing the technical issues since no hairlines are evident.
Seated 50C 1879 1879
VF30 PCGS
24995925

Choice $850 Low Mintage Date, Steely Gray, Choice Original, Saw Mill Run Collection. This is a lot of coin for the money, including minimal mintage and honest circulation wear. The Philadelphia Mint produced only 4,800 pieces that were quickly absorbed into the collector community. Indeed, dealers offered premiums for these shortly after the issue date, and they remain desirable today. This example is evenly toned in shades of gray. Recessed areas host deeper shades, with crust in (STAT)ES. If considering a run of the low-mintage dates (1879-1890), this coin would be a great start. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) 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 1880 1880
AU53 raw
WB-102
Original $850 Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Mirrored Fields, Natural Reflective Luster, Cumberland County Collection. The 1880 Seated half dollar issue is the second emission within the late date, low mintage run of Seated halves, which extends from 1879 to 1890. The Mint struck only 8,400 pieces in this year. Mirrored, sharp reflective luster penetrates the medium skin of this original raw offering from the Cumberland County Dansco, revealing mixed shades of gray, rose, and gold patina. Reverse toning is similar with underlying, original silver hue evident. Nicely struck with all star points well defined and claw joints separated.
Seated 50C 1882 1882
MS65
PCGS
02490061

Gem $6450 New July 28! Low Mintage Date, Frosted Gem, Completed Strike, Wicked Eye Appeal. Wicked nice eye appeal arrives with this gem 1882 Liberty Seated half. One of the consecutive low mintage dates issued from 1879 through 1890 with only 4,400 struck. So what is this "wicked nice" eye appeal all about? The die condition that produces frosted reflective luster is a combination of uniform micro frost across devices and fields along with still retaining steely polishing. The result is a coin that has a frosted appearance during straight on viewing but issues reflective luster when angled under a bright light. A complete strike and mark free fields are also noted as key ingredients. A wonderful piece and one of many new Summer FUN 2021 purchases. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1884 1884
MS62 NGC
3601198008

Choice $1785 New August 7! Low Mintage Date, Semi Prooflike, Brilliant Luster, Bold Strike, Sooner Collection. The 1879 through 1890 timeframe brought a dramatic reduction in Liberty Seated half dollar production due to huge quantities struck and previously released up to 1878. Philadelphia strikes, during 1884, amount to only 4,400 pieces with many being partially mirrored. This well preserved survivor exhibits brilliant luster from partially mirrored fields. Surfaces are untoned with faint hairline chatter in the right obverse field that accounts for the certified grade. Overall strike is bold and crisp. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. A quality offering from the Sooner Collection.
Seated 50C 1885 1885
VF25 raw
WB-101
Original $825 Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Light Coin Gray Patina, Well Preserved Surfaces, Cumberland County Collection. A pleasing circulated 1885 Seated half from a low mintage of 5,200. An undervalued issue with many being lost or melted. Surfaces are well preserved regardless of a lengthy time in circulation. Natural coin gray patina covers both sides. Ideal for a Dansco album collection and filling in one of the many late date Philadelphia strikes from 1879 through 1890.
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
AU55 raw
WB-101
Original HOLD
$850
Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Rose-Gray Patina, Original, Cumberland County Collection. Another low mintage late date Philadelphia issue from the Cumberland County Dansco album. A pleasing specimen with rose-gray patina and typical lightly mirrored fields. A careful 10x loupe inspection located faint hairlines in the right obverse field of no consequence. This piece has a nice original look and would be a great addition to a raw Liberty Seated half dollar collection. Fairly priced for the quality.
Seated 50C 1890 1890
MS65 PCGS
25284487
WB-101
Gem $4250 Ultimate #328 WB-101, Gem Original, Newtown Collection. Russet-pink patina fills the central figures of this gem uncirculated Seated half, more intensely on the reverse. The stars and legend reveal deeper blue shades, with additional gold hue evident. The luster is mirrored, sharply reflective, and easily penetrates the colorful skin, even on the richly colored reverse. A healthy strike imparts fully detailed stars, while the reverse exhibits characteristic softness in the left leg and claws. WB-101, the only variety identified in the Wiley-Bugert reference, with the date sloping noticeably downward to the right. The PCGS census notes 203 pieces in all grades, with 18 examples reported in MS66 and up. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval.