Liberty Seated Half Dimes

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Gerry Fortin Rare Coins continues to expand Liberty Seated half dime inventory for advanced variety collectors. Attributions are per Valentine and follow on research published by the Liberty Seated Collectors Club within individual Gobrecht Journal articles or presented in the Collective Volumes.

There are 25 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on July 23, 2021

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 5C 1838 1838
No Drapery
MS65
PCGS
06593039
V-10b
$2750 FS-901, Reverse Die Spalling, Finest Graded, Gem Original Surfaces, Hammered Strike, Twin Lakes Collection. An incredible 1838 V-10 Seated gem half dime in mint state condition with heavy reverse die spalling. Listed as FS-901 in the Cherrypickers Guide. PCGS has graded several with this example being the finest known and COINFACTS plate coin. The V-10 die variety features ongoing degradation of the reverse die steel until the area between right wreath and AMERICA is completely disintegrated leaving behind a bubbled surface texture that accurately transfers to struck coins. This gem MS65 example is fully struck with complete head details and all star centrils crisp. The reverse is also hammered. Surfaces are pristine and entirely unabraded. A rich gun metal blue patina covers the obverse while the reverse has center rose. Frosty luster is brilliant and nearly blinding during bright light viewing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. PCGS label reads, "No Drapery FS-901, Rusted Rev Die." Pricing the 1838 V-10 die variety is challenging as there are few comparable examples. The consignor and GFRC have sent the asking price based on the last V-10 example sold on eBay during 2018. That example was graded only MS63.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery, Small O
AU Details PCGS
38750396
V-4
Market Acceptable $220 No Drapery, V-4, Small O, Golden-Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection . I'm still on the fence concerning the AU Details grade for this well struck and nicely toned 1840-O No Drapery half dime. Obverse is toned a uniform gray-gold with the gold being richly displayed at the periophery. Reverse coloring is light gray-rose. The likely reasons for the Details grade are some faint horizontal lines in the reverse fields and a toning color difference with the obverse. Strike is boldly executed and pleasing. Clint Cummins attributes this half dime as V-4 with date far right and repunching on stars 1, 2, 5, and 6. Freshly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Plucked from Dr. Glenn Peterson Dansco album collection.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery, Large O
VF35 PCGS
18668166
V-1
Choice $695 Choice Original, Ebony and Gray Patina. An exciting and strictly original example of the Valentine 1 Large O variety. A gray base patina covered the entire dime along with ebony coloring surrounding the obverse stars/date and reverse legend. This piece is well struck with bold hair curls and star centrils along with detailed leaves in the wreath. Greer discusses this variety in the March 1990 Gobrecht Journal and indicates the variety can be located with and without a bisecting reverse die crack. The offered example is in an earlier die state without any die cracks. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. Please give this choice example some consideration if investigating 1840 No Drapery half dime varieties struck at the New Orleans mint.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery, Large O
F12 ANACS
602952
V-1
Original $525 Very Scarce V-1 Die Pairing, Large O of 1838, Original Surfaces, Blue-Brown Toning, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. The 1840 New Orleans strikes are a study among themselves. During 1840, the mint transitioned from No Drapery to With Drapery obverse dies and mixed in leftover dies from 1838 and 1839 for good measure. Offer here is a very scarce V-1 example struck with No Drapery obverse die and leftover reverse from 1838 and 1839 timeframe. Regardless of the reverse die being used across three years of production, strikes continue to be well executed. This Fine 12 is perfectly original with brown-blue patina on both sides. Surfaces are entirely blemished free and pleasing for the variety. Housed in mid 1990s ANACS old white holder with NO DRAPERY V-1 listed on the label. An important Liberty Seated half dime die variety from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery, Small O
VG08 raw
V-6
Original $200 New Orleans Collection, Transitional Open Bud Reverse. A Small O open bud is found on the V-6 variety. The offered example is original medium gray. Tone over lines are seen on the lower obverse. Reverse is boldly struck and details are consistent with higher grade.
Seated 5C 1841O 1841-O
EF40 PCGS
20647389
V-5
R6
Choice $750 V-5, Reverse of 1840-O With Drapery V-7, R6 Rarity, Choice Surfaces, Residual Luster. Another important Liberty Seated half dime die variety offering with choice original surfaces and ample residual mint frost. This 1841-O V-5 die pairing results when an 1841 obverse die is paired with a leftover reverse of 1840-O; specifically the V-7 reverse. The reverse can be identified by a die crack through AMER(I)CA. A wonderful example with gray-rose and blue toning on the obverse along with peripheral tan-gold on the reverse. Definitely a choice example for the die variety. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 5C 1842 1842
MS64 NGC
156875004

Gem $825 Gem Original, Classic Deep Rose-Gold and Blue Ring Toning, Fully Struck, Conservatively Graded. A gem offering for fans of strict old time originality. Strike is perfect with all devices completely formed and deeply impressed. Surfaces are covered with thick rose-gold and blue patina. During bright light viewing, the obverse turns to fiery gold while the reverse is mostly aquamarine blue. Housed in old NGC Fatty holder with green label.
Seated 5C 1844O 1844-O
VF30 PCGS
36678093
V-2
Choice $850 V-2, Small O, Medal Turn Reverse, Choice Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. The V-2 Small O die pairing is found with two distinctly different reverse die alignments; normal coin and 175 degree medal turn. Overall, this date has a low mintage of 220,000 and is one of the key dates of the Seated half dime series. This example has medal coin turn reverse alignment. Surfaces are covered with thick crusty gray-blue patina. A careful 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes therefore a choice original quality rating is warranted. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another important half dime that was pulled from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Dansco book collection.
Seated 5C 1844O 1844-O
VF30 PCGS
36678092
V-1
Original $900 V-1, Medium O, Rare, Original, Key Date, Iridescent Peripheral Gray and Gold Toning, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. The 1844-O V-1 die pairing is easily cherrypicked due to a larger Medium O mintmark as compared to the V-2 Small O. The V-1 die pairing is not seen with the medal turn reverse alignment. Overall, V-1 is more challenging to locate than its V-02 counterpart. This offering is an accurately graded VF30 example with iridescent toning. Obverse features darker gray fields while the reverse has golden peripheral coloring. A key date in the Liberty Seated half dime series that warrants special attention. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. From the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 5C 1848 1848
Medium Date
MS62 NGC
174299004
V-5
Choice HOLD
$500
New July 30! Medium Date, Shattered Reverse, Crusty Original, Pristine Fatty Holder. Crusty is the operative word to describe this perfectly original 1848 Medium Date V-5 half dime. Under the gray patina, steely fields still manage to radiate luster during bright light inspection. A bisecting reverse die crack validates the V-5 attribution. Unquestionably, a Mint State offering with no wear. Housed in pristine NGC Gen 4 (1989-1992) Fatty holder.
Seated 5C 1848O 1848-O
MS64
NGC
20612502
V-4
Choice $2350 Condition census V-4 Small O Example, Very Rare Grade, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Rose, Gold and Blue Patina, Hammered Strike, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. The V-4 Small O reverse is a well recognized die variety rarity among passionate Liberty Seated half dime collectors. Al Bylthe, in his DLRC Press guidebook, rates the V-4 as R7 rarity in mint state as few example are known. Now opportunity comes knocking with this gorgeous MS64 example that has been award CAC green bean approval. One look and you will immediately understand why. Surfaces emit ample frosty cartwheel luster. The transparent rose-gold and blue patina partial melts away under a light source. Strike is hammered on both sides with high relief stars and every vein in the wreath leaves being boldly impressed. There are no blemishes whatsoever to report. Accurately graded and housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection that will please the most selective Seated half dime collectors.
Seated 5C 1849/6 1849/6
AU58 PCGS
34016870
V-2 LDS
Choice $750 Late Die State V-2, Frosty Luster, Hammered Strike, Light Golden Gray, Twin Lakes Collection. The 1849/6 die variety has caused considerable confusion among the grading serviced and collectors. For example, PCGS currently designates the V-2 and V-4 as 1849/6 on their holders. The two varieties are completely different in terms of the position of the prior 6 digit punch. This offering is the V-2 obverse with lightly punched date and residual 6 digit easily seen inside the loops of the final 9. Most important is the terminal die state reverse with a full set of spider like die cracks through wreath, legend and into the rim. Choice surfaces retain frosty luster and are covered with a thin layer of golden gray patina. Strike is hammered which further strengthens the reverse die cracks. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with 1849/6 labeling. From the Twin Lakes Collection.
Seated 5C 1849/8 1849/8
AU58 PCGS
3249960
FS-301
Original $595 1849/8 FS-301 Repunched Date (PCGS), Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Gold Toning, Complete Strike, Accurately Graded, Twin lakes Collection. The 1849/6 and 1849/8 repunched dates or overdates have been controversial for years. PCGS labels two different obverse dies with the 1849/8 designation. FS-301 is listed as a repunched date along with FS-302 as an overdate. This Twin Lakes Collection offerings is designated 1849/8 on the blue label. 10x loupe inspection validates the variety to be FS-301 with an extra repunched loop of what looks like a 6 to the right of the final 9 punch. Other numismatic experts will have alternate opinions. Regardless, this example is accurately graded with frosty cartwheels and light golden toning. Strike is 100% executed. Surfaces are essentially choice original. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 5C 1850O 1850-O
Large O
AU58 PCGS
34941906
V-3
R6
Choice $2250 Finest V-3 Presently Known, Large O, Lightly Mirrored, Choice Surfaces. The 1850-O V-3 die pairing is a well known die variety rarity among Liberty Seated coinage specialist. No Mint State example are known. GFRC is pleased to be offering the finest known V-3 presently known. Previously listed by Valentine and Blythe as a "Medium O". A recent listing by noted Liberty Seated half dime researcher Clint Cummings brings a Large O designation. The mintmark is low and fat with significant edge die erosion from 7:00 to 4:00. The diagnostic V-3 die crack from U(N)ITED to rim is pronounced in this specimen. A choice example with lightly mirrored fields and reflective luster under a bright light. Strike is complete throughout the obverse with some upper wreath weakness on the reverse. The darker in-hand grayish-rose shifts to orange and aquamarine during lighted viewing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Pricing a finest known die variety is always difficult as no records exists as guidance. I believe the asking price is fair with offers entertained.
Seated 5C 1852 1852
MS64
PCGS
5695604
V-2
Choice $515 Low CAC Population, Hammered Strike, Steely Luster. 1852 Philadelphia struck half dimes were produced to the tune of 1,000,500 pieces. As a result, this date is available is circulated and Mint State grades. Locating choice original example will take patient searching. This fact is captured in the CAC population report with only twenty-five total examples approved and only two at the MS64 grade level. GFRC is pleased to be offering one of the two CAC approved MS64 grades pieces. Steely fields are immediately evident along with a hammered strike. Interestingly, the obverse die features high relief devices while the reverse die was hubbed in lower relief. Heavy die polish lines through AME(R)ICA validate the die variety as V-2. Obverse toning is variegated olive gray over lustrous fields. Faint olive-gold decorates the reverse. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) with CAC approval. An important offering for the advanced Seated half dime collector.
Seated 5C 1853 1853
With Arrows
MS64+
NGC
3703008004

Gem $725 Excellent With Arrows Type, Sparkling Iridescent Luster, Obverse Blues with Fiery Reverse Rose, Popular MS64+ Grade. One look and I feel in love with the 1853 With Arrows Seated half dime at the Atlanta ANA show. Why love at first sight? Let's start with the sparkling obverse iridescent luster and shimmering blues that scream eye appeal. Reverse toning is a fiery orange-rose and comes to life during bright light inspection. The assigned MS64+ grade is fitting for this little gem original example and a great value point. Surfaces are unabraded with heavy die clashing on the reverse. If in the market for a special With Arrows example for a type set, this offering warrants your attention. Housed in newer NGC holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1853O 1853-O
VF30 raw

Choice $85 Medium O, Crusty Original, Ebony-Gray Patina, Former Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.. Back on the market from the Houston Collection after being pulled from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Liberty Seated half dime Dansco album. A strictly original 1853-O Medium example with thick crusty patina. There is one mark in the right obverse field. An ideal price point for the die variety specialist.
Seated 5C 1855 1855
With Arrows
EF40 raw
V-7
R5?
Market Acceptable $225 7 Stripe Shield, Challenging Die Variety, Grayish-Brown Patina, Reverse Porosity, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. An interesting 1855 Liberty Seated half dime die variety with extra 7th horizontal shield line. A potential doubled obverse die as all horizontal shield lines are doubled. This doubling adds an extra horizontal line named as the 7th. Steve Crain considered this variety to be an R7 rarity along with Dr. Peterson. Based on conversations with Clint Cummings, an R5 rarity is more appropriate though those that do come to market are impaired with one issue or another. The Peterson specimen is toned an even grayish-brown with heavy obverse verdigris. The reverse has faint porosity and a few rim marks that are toned over. Pricing this piece is difficult as Peterson had a high estimate.
Seated 5C 1856 1856
MS64
PCGS
13806802

Choice $550 Near Gem Original, Completely Struck, Multi-Color Iridescent Patina, Active Cartwheels, Accurately Graded. In 1856, arrows were eliminated from silver coinage as most heavier weight coins had been removed from circulation. That year, the Philadelphia Mint produced nearly 5 million half dime but fully struck examples are quite scarce. Many examples show weakness on the denticles. Regardless of the partial obverse denticles, this accurately graded example offers pretty iridescent gold and aquamarine toning along with active cartwheel luster. Other than the denticles, the balance of the coin is fully struck with rounded stars and complete wreath leaves. Surfaces are absolutely original and choice. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. An ideal example for the collector assembling a complete set of Seated half dimes at the AU/MS level. CAC approval captures the accurate grading, originality and overall eye appeal.
Seated 5C 1856O 1856-O
AU58 raw
V-10
Choice $325 Date Placement Variety, Hammered Strike, Frosty Rose-Gold, Peripheral Blue Surfaces, Choice Original, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Frosty luster enables the multi-color rose-gold and blue toning during bright light viewing. Reverse toning is irregular as shown in the GFRC images. Strike is hammered on this 1856-O V-10 offering from the Dr. Peterson Dansco album. Faint rub is seen on both sides. A solid offering for another Dansco album collection.
Seated 5C 1857 1857
AU55+ raw

Choice HOLD
$175
Near Gem Original, Superb Old Album Color. A super piece though common date. Deep rose and light green shades on obverse that transitions to dark blue at the rim. Reverse is even light gray with faint rub on the wreath leaves. Fields and devices are blemish free. Please give this offering consideration if searching for a quality type coin.
Seated 5C 1858 1858
VF20 raw
V-?
Original $75 Repunched 18, Aquamarine-Gray Patina, Unlisted, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Peterson lists this 1858 Seated half dime offerings as V-9 in his Dansco but with the notation of repunched 18 digits. The V-9 designation belongs to the Inverted Date variety. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed repunching about the left and right bases of the 1 digit and at the bottom of the lower loop in the 8 digit. This offering is not the FS-301 repunched date, rather a completely different case of repunching. An original example that is covered with aquamarine-gray and gold patina. Ideal for the die variety specialist due to unquestionable diagnostics.
Seated 5C 1858O 1858-O
AU58 raw
V-10
Original $245 Cracked Obverse, Early Die State, Frosty Cartwheels, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Obverse bring eye catching frosty luster while the reverse is more heavily toned with ebony-lavendar colors. The primary V-10 diagnostic die crack proceeds from rim down to Liberty's gown line. There is a fully toned old rim mark at star 3. Just another nice Seated half dime from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 5C 1860 1860
MS63
PCGS
08865563

Gem HOLD
$550
New July 29! Exceptional Eye Appeal, Gem Original, CAC Approval. A beautifully toned 1860 half dime along with crisp reflective luster. An affordable gem and conversation piece for the advanced collector. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1860O 1860-O
MS65
PCGS
84289941

Gem $1100 New July 18! Gem Original, Branch Mint Collection. The half dime design was reworked in 1860, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA moving from the reverse to the obverse, while the figure of Liberty evolved into a more delicate, thinner form. The reverse cereal wreath is now more ornate, with a nod to the agricultural capacity of the United States. This example exhibits even silver-gray obverse shading with deeper hue at the rims, while the more intensely toned reverse reveals deep blue-gray color with original Mint bloom in the protected areas. Fields are immaculate, consistent with the assigned grade, and the flash is considerable. This was the final year of half dime production at the New Orleans Mint. CAC notes five higher-graded examples, while PCGS reports ten coins in MS66 and four pieces in MS67. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1863 1863
MS66
NGC
6105528009
V-1
Gem $2750 New June 29! Scarce Civil War Business Strike, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Bold Strike, CAC Approval. During 1863, Liberty Seated half dime production was accomplished by a single die pair for both proofs and circulation strikes. This is typical for Civil War era Philly dates. The 1863 obverse die has boldly repunched 18 digits. Circulation strikes are typically well struck with bold legend lettering and elevated rims. This is the case for this new GFRC offering. Brilliant frosted luster is readily apparent as finely textured mint frost is continuous on both sides. Cartwheel action is thoroughly pleasing. A faint gold "skin" covers the center obverse. Wire rims are nicely elevated. CAC approval is fully warranted given the obvious originality and accurate grading. CAC MS66 population is a scant six prices with substantial price increase at the next grade level. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
MS64+
PCGS
24305201

Gem HOLD
$525
Rich Golden Luster, Bold Strike, Clashed Dies, CAC Approval. A luscious high grade 1871 Seated half dime that will please the most selective GFRC clients. This piece presents awesome orange-gold steely luster during bright light inspection. This example is fully struck with heavy die clashing on the obverse. An MS64+ grade assignment was a big deal during more conservative grading norms a decade ago. Pure eye appeal for those who enjoy rich orange-gold luster on their silver coinage. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 5C 1872S 1872-S
Below Wreath
MS65 PCGS
06723078

Gem $750 Below Wreath, Rich Satiny Luster, Gem Original, Lizard King Collection. Once again, type collectors should paid note to this gem 1872-S half dime release by the King Lizard collection. Rich satiny luster is consistent on both sides and truly impressive for the certified grade. Cartwheel active is equally pleasing. Strike is complete though the upper reverse shows some weakness as hubbed. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 5C 1872S 1872-S
Below Wreath
MS61 NGC
3415751005

Choice $350 New July 23! Below Wreath, Choice Original, Subdued Frosted Luster, Sooner Collection. A popular Liberty Seated half dime date that marks the end of circulation strikes. San Francisco strikes will be found with In and Below Wreath mintmark placements. The sooner Collection is back with a Below Wreath offering that sports a light gray skin with golden shades at the periphery. Strike is typical. A minimally abraded piece with soft luster behind the technical grade. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.