Welcome to the Sunset Collection Mint State Liberty Seated Half Dollar Set Sale!

 

Bidding Instructions

Existing GFRC clients and those who have registered can submit bids by selecting the bidding icon. Those who have yet to registry can participate in this eagerly awaited GFRC Online Auctions offering by contacting Gerry Fortin at gerry@seateddimevarieties.com.

 

GFRC Introduction

GFRC is incredibly proud to be auctioning the Liberty Seated half dollar holdings of a long time client. The Sunset Collection consignor began working with GFRC since 2014. He has continually sourced and sold specimens for his parallel Liberty Seated quarter and half dollar set building projects via GFRC. Adding to the collecting degree of difficulty were the higher AU and Mint State grade level expectations for acquisitions. Collecting Liberty Seated quarters at these grade levels is not for the faint of heart along with requiring a fair amount of numismatic capital. As the years passed, the Sunset Collection consignor came to the realization that completing two advanced Liberty Seated coinage sets was too financially taxing. Once GFRC announced its new Online Auctions service, our consignor saw the opportunity to divest the Liberty Seated half dollar portion of the collection towards enabling the advancement of his first love, his Liberty Seated quarter set.

The Sunset Collection includes numerous amazing halves. Immediately the 1856-S PCGS AU58 CAC approved half gem comes to mind. This low-mintage San Francisco piece has a population of just 16 pieces reported by CAC, with only a single piece higher, at MS64. This piece offers ample luster that is brilliant and frosty, with swirling cartwheels. Next in the parade of noteworthy offerings is the 1867 PCGS MS64 half with awesome luster and gem eye appeal. The year 1852 brings two incremental gem quality rated specimens. Beautiful peripheral toning highlights the PCGS MS64 certified Philadelphia strike while the rare 1852 New Orleans mint survivor grades NGC MS62. Toning is exceptional.

Please take the time to carefully review the Sunset Collection's online catalog as there are wide-ranging offerings. If passionate about die varieties, the Sunset Sale contains ever popular 1844-O Double Date and 1846 6/Horizontal 6 RedBook varieties. How about a 1873 "Quad Stripes" Double Die Obverse half or an 1875-S Micro S? There is much to consider in this sale.

Thank-you for taking in this latest GFRC Online Auctions event. Let's have some fun!

 

Sunset Collection Zoom Video Preview

Join Gerry and Len on Zoom, Tuesday, March 2, for a video preview of the Sunset collection. This will take place from 9pm-10pm eastern, with access via Zoom, at https://wustl.zoom.us/j/5086565637. We’ll present our favorite pieces in the collection, and Gerry will have the coins in hand for any specific questions. In addition, we’ll have a few observations to share regarding CAC submission and the CAC certification standards. The Sunset collection contains important varieties, low-population Mint State pieces, and a number of beautifully toned examples. With a closing date of March 6, this session will help provide bidders with additional information regarding pieces of interest in this remarkable collection of Seated half dollars.

 

Sale Terms and Conditions

 

Photo Type Date
Grade
TPG Variety
GFRC Rating
Description Reserve/High Bid Bid
Seated 50C 1839 Seated 50C 1839
No Drapery
EF45
ANACS OWH
2566151
WB-1

Original
No Drapery Type, Near Choice, Sunset Collection Bright light reveals steely fields and residual luster on the surfaces of this grey-toned piece. Smoky patina covers both sides with lighter silver color at the high points, while recessed areas exhibit light crust, with the eagle hosting additional hints of golden hue. The No Drapery variety is more in demand as a type coin, although PCGS and NGC populations for the No Drapery and With Drapery types are similar. WB-1, with a radial die crack through (AME)RI(CA). Housed in an ANACS old white holder with No Drapery designation on the label. Reserve: $2000 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1840 Seated 50C 1840
Small Letters, Rev 1839
MS62
NGC
1600591005
WB-2

Choice
Small Letters, Reverse of 1839, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Moderate cartwheels penetrate the deep toning, revealing mirrored surfaces underneath. Charcoal patina covers both sides with additional shades of obverse powder blue and reverse walnut. Lighter golden tones hug the protected areas surrounding the eagle. Stars are sharp while the eagle's left claws blend together. The Small Letters reverse design is distinct, with substantial open space between the legend and rim. WB-2, with an obvious die crack through the cap. The Bugert reference notes this crack is seen on late die-state pieces only. Housed in an NGC Gen 9 (2001-2003) holder. Reserve: $1100 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1842 Seated 50C 1842
Small Date, Rev 1842
MS61
NGC
4655530014
WB-5

Choice
Small Date, Reverse of 1842, Near-Gem Original, Sunset Collection This Large Letters half reveals partially mirrored fields with brilliant, reflective luster. Rich tan and charcoal patina fills the obverse fields, contrasting with a lightly toned figure of Liberty. The reverse is in all-out Christmas mode with thick blue-green and maroon shading. WB-2, with bisecting reverse die cracks, an earlier die state than depicted in the Bugert reference. A few obverse stars are flat, while the reverse claw detail is more distinct. Housed in a new large font holder with fresh CAC approval. CAC has approved 31 pieces in all grades with seven coins finer. Reserve: $1900 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1843 Seated 50C 1843

MS63
PCGS
27563606
WB-29

Choice
Shattered Reverse, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Brilliant, frosty luster, approaching a steely appearance, covers both sides of this popular-date half dollar. Splashes of dirt are liberally sprinkled throughout the stars and legend, while the central figures are more lightly toned, but still exhibit a few bits of burnt burgundy patina. WB-29, with center dot on Liberty's left leg. The 1843 half dollar is notorious for reverse die cracks, most of which exhibit distinct and recognizable patterns (the Bugert reference for early Philadelphia halves is available online at http://www.lsccweb.org/BillBugertBooks/Bugert-Vol-V-PHL-Part1.pdf). The PCGS population is 19, with 22 pieces in all higher grades combined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder. Reserve: $1750 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1843 Seated 50C 1843

MS62
NGC
3602372006
WB-27

Choice
Extensively Shattered Reverse, Crusty Golden-Gray, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Golden and gray patina blankets both sides, with light crust in the recessed areas. The stars and legend reveal shades of goldish-olive, surrounding frosted fields. The reverse is a cobwebbed wonder, with die cracks neatly outlined by protected area toning. Bugert identifies 29 reverse dies for the 1843, and this variety, WB-27 (reverse U), is one of the most extensively cracked in the set. Stars are well struck, while the left claws and surrounding feathers exhibit moderate blending. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert and CAC approval. The CAC population is 54 pieces in all grades, with nine pieces higher. This is a special coin, a distinct variety that is complemented by substantial originality and an advanced technical grade. Reserve: $1500 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1844O Seated 50C 1844-O
Double Date
EF45
NGC
2562207004
FS-301

Original
Popular Doubled Date, Original, Sunset Collection The 1844-O Doubled Date is one of the most popular verities in the Seated half series, with a plainly doubled date repunched to the south. The coiner initially placed the date far too high within the exergue and was forced to reposition and try again. The blundered date is readily apparent, and there is no need for a 16x loupe to reveal some subtle detail. This piece exhibits silver-gray shading with burnt tan at the lower rims, in addition to an aqua splash at the base of Liberty. The residual luster is partially mirrored. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert. NGC has certified 21 pieces in all grades, with nine higher, all at the AU level. Reserve: $4000 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1846 Seated 50C 1846
6/Horizontal 6
VF35
ANACS OWH
218751
WB-22 FS-301

Original
6/Horizontal 6, Steely Original, Sunset Collection This is a well-known, Red Book-listed variety, and commands a substantial premium in lower grades. Overdates are common within 19th century coinage, but rarely they do they involve a digit placed sideways, as is the case here. This example exhibits mottled maroon toning that becomes more intense at the rims. Central figures are lighter, with patina more confined to the protected areas. A bright light reveals steely fields with some residual luster, and a few lines are noted in the right obverse field. Housed in an ANACS old white holder with 6/Horiz 6 designation on the label. Reserve: $900 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1848 Seated 50C 1848

MS63
NGC
2016472011
WB-7

Choice
Repunched 18, Doubled Die Reverse, Partially Mirrored Fields, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Mirrored fields exhibit reflective luster, consistent with the Choice Uncirculated grade. The fields reveal swirls of navy patina, while the central devices are more evenly toned in shades of gray and rose. This is a lower-mintage issue, with 580,000 pieces coined. WB-7, with the 1 in the date plainly repunched, an early die state without reverse cracks. Well-struck, with most stars sharp and characteristic weakness in the eagle's left leg and claws. Housed in an NGC Gen 9 (2001-2003) holder. NGC grades nine pieces finer. This is an attractive example of a better-date piece, and among the best preserved of the issue. Reserve: $2350 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1849 Seated 50C 1849

MS63
NGC
667206010
WB-13

Choice
Repunched 184, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Protected areas host russet patina while the high points retain original silver color, all surrounded by more deeply shaded rims. Original Mint bloom is frosty and exhibits luster consistent with the technical grade. WB-13, with a downward sloping date and a tine to the left of the serif of 1. The strike is typical, with soft stars and weakness beneath the reverse shield. Some surface chatter is evident in the right obverse field. Housed in an NGC Gen 9 (2001-2003) holder. NGC has certified 12 pieces higher, all in MS64 and MS65. Reserve: $2000 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1850 Seated 50C 1850

MS64
PCGS
33841350
WB-2

Choice
Rare Philadelphia Date, Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Brilliant, frosty luster reveals a pleasing mélange of color on both sides, with scattered shades of olive and blue-green splashed atop an underlying palette of silver-rose. The reverse shading is deeper, with aqua rims surrounding more intense gray hue throughout. Scattered marks are more consistent with the MS63 grade, with the 64 likely awarded by PCGS for overall eye appeal. This is a much better date among Philadelphia Seated halves, with 227,000 pieces coined. Stars are sharply struck, while the eagle’s claws to the left blend together. WB-2, with a strong die clash in the reverse shield, and the last digit in the date repunched. The PCGS population is seven examples in MS64, with three pieces higher in all grades combined. This is a most attractive example of a challenging issue, and sure to please the new owner. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Reserve: $5500 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1851 Seated 50C 1851

MS60
PCGS OGH
4455389
WB-5

Choice
Brilliant Frosty Luster, Scarce Philadelphia Date, Choice Original, Sunset Collection One of the key dates among the Philadelphia Seated halves, this issue was struck to the extent of just over 200,000 pieces, and even worn examples are highly valued. This deeply hammered example exhibits a rose and gray-shaded obverse, while the reverse reveals scattered navy patina in the legend and protected areas. The strike is exquisitely executed, with individual claw joints sharp and distinct. This piece resides in a PCGS Gen 3.1 old green holder (1993-1998), and the overall look is superior to what would pass for an MS60 today. Frosty luster with swirling cartwheels, combined with overall eye appeal, is more consistent with an MS61 or MS62 grade. WB-5, with the first 1 repunched and a die clash in the reverse shield. Reserve: $3500 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1852 Seated 50C 1852

MS64
PCGS
21927369
WB-2

Gem
Exceptional Eye Appeal, Rare Philadelphia Date, Gem Original, Sunset Collection The picture says it all for this eye-catching No Motto half dollar. Intense rim toning perfectly frames a lightly toned obverse, as blue-green shades in the dentils surround delicate russet hues throughout the figure of Liberty. The reverse is similar, with the barest hints of color in the eagle. Brilliant, frosty luster reveals well worn die polish line in the obverse fields. This is a low mintage issue, with 77,130 pieces struck, and is highly prized in all grades. As with the 1850 and 1851 issues, the oversupply of western gold made it difficult for silver coins to circulate, and the Mint emissions are low in the years just prior to the 1853 Coinage Act. This example is nicely struck overall, with a couple soft stars, while the eagle feathers are virtually complete. WB-2, with parallel, diagonal die lines running in the reverse shield. The PCGS population is six pieces in MS64, with six coins higher. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.3 (2004) holder. This piece is a highlight of the current offering, combining rarity, strong technical grade, and exceptional eye appeal. Reserve: $5500 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1852O Seated 50C 1852-O

MS62
NGC
367224024
WB-2

Gem
Exceptional Eye Appeal, Rare New Orleans Strike, Gem Original, Sunset Collection This piece sits close to the top of condition census, with a single MS62 piece, this coin, at NGC, and only three examples higher. The PCGS numbers aren’t far behind, with two coins in MS62 and six pieces higher. Mirrored, sharp luster is reflective and reveals pleasing greenish-blue rim toning with more lightly toned centers. The central figures exhibit shades of rose and gold, more so on the reverse, and the eye appeal is substantial. An exceptional strike brings up crisp stars and needle-sharp detail even in the claw joints. WB-2, with even date punched to the left. This is a special coin, combining a low mintage of 144,000 pieces, aesthetic charm, and a strong position within the condition census. Housed in an NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder with standard ring insert. The holder is worn, and should be replaced in order to more easily appreciate the overall appeal of this exceptional coin. Reserve: $6500 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1855S Seated 50C 1855-S
With Arrows
VF25
PCGS
13027205
WB-3

Original
First Year San Francisco Issue, Original, Sunset Collection Few Seated halves were produced in the inaugural year of the San Francisco Mint, and this issue is the toughest in the San Francisco series with the obvious exception of the ultra-rare 1878-S. Silver and gray centers on this example lead to colorful rims, exhibiting aqua and russet shades throughout the stars and legend. Both shields reveal light crust, which is also present throughout the reverse lettering. A few marks cover the figure of Liberty, and are less obtrusive than if placed in the field. The overall texture suggests an old cleaning with retoning from a paper album, but the "look" remains wholesome, and there is no denying the rarity of this early San Francisco piece. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. Reserve: $2000 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1856O Seated 50C 1856-O

MS61
NGC
3217380002
WB-14

Gem
Repunched Date, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Gem Original, Sunset Collection Frosty luster, with swirling cartwheels, highlights the original fields of this New Orleans piece. Deep rim toning reveals maroon and electric blue patina, surrounding brilliant centers. The strike is sharp with most star centers distinct and near-complete detail in the feathers and claws. WB-14, with the repunching in the 5 and 6, and a clash mark in the lower right portion of the reverse shield. Housed in an NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder with standard ring insert. The CAC population is 73 pieces in all grades combined. This is a flashy, gem piece with strong in-hand eye appeal fully consistent with the images - the new owner will not be disappointed! Reserve: $900 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1856S Seated 50C 1856-S

AU58
PCGS
81833383
WB-2

Gem
Early San Francisco Strike, Gem Original, Frosty Luster, Fully Struck, Sunset Collection Another amazing coin from the Sunset consignment, this low-mintage San Francisco piece has a population of just 16 pieces reported by CAC, with only a single piece higher, at MS64. The PCGS population is similarly minimal, with five coins across all MS grades combined. This is a pleasing, two-tone example with sliver and powder blue in the protected areas, while tan shades fill the fields and high points. Ample luster is brilliant and frosty, with swirling cartwheels. Apart from stars 12-13, the strike is exceptional, with exquisite detail in the lower portion of the eagle, much better than usually seen. WB-2, with date punched to the left and die line above (AM)ER(ICA) in the dentils. Unless you wish to holdout for the lone MS64 CAC piece, it would be difficult to improve upon this example in terms of originality and eye appeal, and this example will attract substantial bidder interest. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. Reserve: $6500 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1857S Seated 50C 1857-S

AU50
PCGS
19448268
WB-4

Choice
Frosted Surfaces, Natural Coin Gray, Choice Original, Sunset Collection A pleasing example of a scarce San Francisco issue, this original gray example retains frosty luster in the protected areas. Both shields reveal light crust, which further outlines most of the design elements. WB-4, with a high date slanting downward. Well-struck, with most star centers present and near-distinct claw joints. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. Although this coin was not certified by CAC, GFRC believes this was due to the technical grade, and that this piece would likely CAC at the EF45 level. Regardless of the numerical grade, the choice, original nature of this example is undeniable. Reserve: $2250 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1858S Seated 50C 1858-S

MS62
PCGS OGH
2443991
WB-14

Original
Partially Mirrored Fields, Fully Struck, Sunset Collection Partially mirrored surfaces reveal diagonal russet streaks atop a rose-gray palette. The reverse is more evenly shaded, with mauve-gray throughout. The strike is sharply rendered, with near-perfect detail in the usual problem area beneath the reverse shield. Under a glass, some faint obverse porosity is evident, though not sufficient to preclude PCGS certification. WB-14, with file lines in the dentils underneath (O)F. Housed in a PCGS Gen 2.2 (1989-1990) old green holder. PCGS has graded 14 pieces higher. Reserve: $2000 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1859 Seated 50C 1859

MS61
PCGS
34202650


Original
Brilliant Frosty Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Near-Choice, Sunset Collection Collecting is a matter of taste, and at the MS grade level there is often a tradeoff between luster and marks. This piece is such an example, with exceptional luster for an MS61, while the technical grade is limited by a few field marks. The abundant luster is frosty with dancing cartwheels, and the overall flash is evident at a glance. Well-struck, with a couple soft stars and some blending of the claw joints. Toning is primarily silver with hints of rose, while the reverse design elements exhibit a faint outline of goldish-gray. WB-101, with an upward sloping date and reverse hub type 1, which exhibits heavier lettering in the legend. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Reserve: $750 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1859S Seated 50C 1859-S

MS64
PCGS
80122703
WB-8

Choice
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. Reserve: $5250 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1860 Seated 50C 1860

MS61
NGC
3604515008


Original
Steely Luster, Fully Struck, Near-Choice Original, Sunset Collection This is a better Philadelphia date, with just over 300,000 pieces coined. Steely luster reveals mottled gray and russet surfaces, with a pleasing evergreen band at the reverse rim. High-point wear and overall luster are more suggestive of an AU58 classification. Strike is sharp with distinct stars, and most claw joints separated. WB-102, with downward sloping date and type 2 reverse hub, which exhibits a more delicate reverse legend. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Reserve: $850 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1860S Seated 50C 1860-S

MS63
PCGS
25039140
WB-1

Choice
Important San Francisco Date, Frosty Luster, Fully Struck, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Frosty luster with moderate cartwheels highlights pastel tan fields, with a crescent of deep russet patina at stars 7-11. Central figures reveal additional rose color, and the eagle offers pleasing contrast with the surrounding fields. Scattered ticks are evident at the upper portion of Liberty. The strike is hammered, with all design elements boldly rendered. WB-1, with large mintmark. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder. PCGS has certified seven pieces finer, all in MS64. Reserve: $3350 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1861S Seated 50C 1861-S

MS62
PCGS
25253275
WB-1

Original
Important San Francisco Date, Thick Frosty Luster, Hammered Strike, Sunset Collection Thick, frosty luster radiates from the silver and gray surfaces of this early San Francisco half. Liberty hosts a few hints of evergreen, while the reverse is primarily silver, with subtle gold patina outlining the eagle. The strike is completely hammered and all claw joints are completely distinct. A few obverse hairlines preclude CAC approval. WB-1, with date punched low and to the left, and a medium-S mintmark. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder. Reserve: $2000 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1862S Seated 50C 1862-S

MS63
PCGS
14826915
WB-1

Gem
Rich Frosty Luster, Gem Original, Sunset Collection Splashes of gray toning surround the stars and legend of this frosty San Francisco half, while the fields exhibit a pleasing mix of tan, gold, rose, and antique silver. Low certified populations are the rule for the Sunset consignment, and this example is no exception, with only four pieces higher at CAC. The strike is strong, outside of a couple soft stars, with near-perfect detail in the eagle feathers and claws. WB-1, with centered date and damaged upper loop of 6. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. It is difficult to overstate the appeal of this example – substantial Mint bloom, with swirling cartwheels, combines with original toning and absolute scarcity to create a truly compelling offering. Reserve: $3500 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1863 Seated 50C 1863

MS64
PCGS
13565456


Choice
Civil War Philadelphia Strike, Frosted Surfaces, Complete Strike, Near-Gem, Sunset Collection The scarcity of Seated coinage with original surfaces has long been known to specialists, but the CAC census, now in its fifteenth year, offers quantitative proof of the situation. This Civil War-dated half dollar is a typical example, with only 20 pieces reported by CAC across all grades. Even gray and olive surfaces host silver patches in the stars and legend, with additional shades of blue-gray at the rims and protected areas. Luster is frosty, with swirling cartwheels. Nicely struck, as is the rule for 1863 halves, with the barest touch of softness in the eagle’s left leg. This is a better Philadelphia date, with just over half a million pieces struck. CAC has certified five pieces in all higher grades combined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. Reserve: $3000 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1863S Seated 50C 1863-S

MS61
PCGS
19448255
WB-4

Choice
Brilliant Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Brilliant, frosty luster with swirling cartwheels highlights silver surfaces, with a few bits of crust here and there. The strike is strong, with complete definition, outside of a couple stars, even beneath the reverse shield. WB-4, with the date punched low and sloping upward. The top portion of the mintmark is broken, as seen on all examples of this die marriage. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. Reserve: $1250 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1864S Seated 50C 1864-S

AU58
NGC
589868010
WB-1

Original
Large S, Frosted Surfaces, Light Gold Patina, Sunset Collection High-point wear is more consistent with the AU55 level, but frosty luster and strong cartwheels likely led NGC to bump this coin to the next level. Fields reveal light golden shading with navy highlights most evident in the upper obverse. Stars 7-8, along with the head, are softly struck, but the reverse claw joints are sharp. WB-1, with a large S-mintmark and the type 1 reverse hub. Housed in an NGC Gen 14 (2003-2004) holder. Reserve: $1300 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1864S Seated 50C 1864-S

VF35
ANACS OWH
2696687
WB-5

Original
Small Thin S, Original Gray, Sunset Collection This Civil-War dated piece exhibits a gray-toned obverse with deeper patina in the protected areas. The reverse russet shading is similar, with concentrations in the recessed portions of the design. Marks are scattered throughout the central figures and fields, and are typical for the grade. WB-5, with date sloping down to the right and a small, thin mintmark. Housed in an ANACS old white holder. Reserve: $325 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1865 Seated 50C 1865

EF40
PCGS
33423264


Original
Repunched Date, Crusty Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Sunset Collection This crusty, gray example is a worthy representative of a lower-mintage Philadelphia issue. Both sides reveal light dirt, especially so on the reverse where nearly all recessed areas are marked by charcoal toning. The wear is more consistent with a VF-35 grade, particularly within the eagle's wings, but the overall eye appeal is decent. WB-102, with a repunched date. The repunching demonstrates the use of a 4-digit logotype, which was slightly rotated between the two punches. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Reserve: $450 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1865S Seated 50C 1865-S

VF30
PCGS
81921353
WB-7d

Original
Repunched Date, Shattered Reverse, Original Gray, Sunset Collection Terminal die state collectors will love this San Francisco half with a severely deteriorated reverse die. Multiple cuds seemingly encircle the entire reverse, and the die is clearly near the end of its working life - a great story coin. Gray surfaces host substantial crust, most abundantly over the figure of Liberty. Feather detail is more consistent with a VF35 grade, but the real story here is the crumbling reverse die. WB-7, with repunched 1 in the date and reverse cuds. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with "RPD WB-103" attribution on label. Reserve: $300 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1866 Seated 50C 1866
With Motto
MS64
NGC
3607315002


Choice
With Motto, Substantial Mint Bloom, Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Cobalt rims and rose fields surround lighter central devices, and the eagle emerges boldly from the deeper background. Roller marks, as struck, traverse both sides, an effect also seen on quarter dollars of this year. Abundant, frosty luster radiates from both obverse and reverse fields. A few of the eagle feathers are beginning to blend together, but this is still an above average strike with near-complete claw detail. The Mint introduced a new reverse master die in this year, with motto added, although other minor differences exist, such as the smaller bud size. NGC has certified 18 pieces in all higher grades combined. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Reserve: $3250 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1866S Seated 50C 1866-S
With Motto
MS64
NGC
3314594002
WB-4

Choice
With Motto, Choice Original, Satiny Luster, Sunset Collection Dappled mauve shading blankets both sides of this With Motto piece, more evenly on the obverse. The reverse reveals additional tan patina in the legend and beneath the left wing. Luster is satiny and somewhat muted with the toning. Stars are sharply struck with defined centers while the claw joints are mostly distinct if faint. This piece is exceptionally preserved for an 1866-S half, as NGC has certified only seven pieces higher, while PCGS reports but a single coin at MS65 and another at MS66. The Sunset consignment includes a number of similar opportunities and represents a remarkable assemblage of low-population Seated halves. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Reserve: $3750 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1866S Seated 50C 1866-S
No Motto
EF45
PCGS
19448269
WB-1

Original
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. Reserve: $3250 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1867 Seated 50C 1867

MS64
PCGS OGH
8155044
WB-101

Gem
Exceptional Eye Appeal, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Vivid Cartwheels, Hammered Strike, Sunset Collection Booming luster with dancing cartwheels radiates from the surfaces of this better-date Seated half, with light russet rim toning surrounding fully brilliant centers. Fully hammered stars and head reveal a sharp strike, while the eagle's claw joints exhibit softer separation. WB-101, normal date, with a die crack traversing star 3. Silver coinage in the years following the Civil War remained low, as circulating “greenbacks” plagued the money supply, and the federal government did not guarantee paper money redemption until the 1875 Specie Resumption Act. This piece represents a remarkably well-preserved artifact of an economically turbulent period. PCGS has certified 11 pieces higher. Housed in a PCGS Gen 2.2 (1989-1990) old green holder. This "headlight" Seated half will attract multiple bidders. Reserve: $3750 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1867S Seated 50C 1867-S

MS61
PCGS
19448256
WB-6

Choice
Rich Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Untoned, Sunset Collection Thick, frosty luster is better than expected for the grade, which is numerically limited by a number of obverse marks. Surface are largely untoned, with vestiges of old tan patina evident here and there. The strike is nicely executed with mostly separated claw joints. WB-6, with a die crack at star 2 and another through the motto. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. This piece is scarce in Mint State, and PCGS reports only 22 examples graded higher. Reserve: $1500 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1868 Seated 50C 1868

MS63
PCGS
09707319


Choice
Superb Eye Appeal, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Near-Gem, Sunset Collection Where to begin? Most collectors, by definition, aren’t pursing finest knowns, leaving pieces at the lower MS grades a “sweet spot” combining exceptional preservation and significantly lower price. This completely-hammered example is held back only by a few field lines, consistent with the assigned grade. Luster is brilliant and frosty, with swirling cartwheels. Silver surfaces host light russet toning in the stars and legend, with the central figures nearly untoned. Stars emerge strongly from the planchet, while the claw and feather details are needle-sharp. CAC has certified only four pieces finer, and the quality of the present example is hard to overstate. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. Reserve: $2500 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1868S Seated 50C 1868-S

MS64
PCGS
19510631
WB-1

Choice
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. Reserve: $3300 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1869 Seated 50C 1869

MS62
PCGS Rattler
5032739


Choice
Choice Original, Hammered Strike, Sunset Collection Steely luster, with active cartwheels, presents deep gold and russet patina on the obverse, with the deepest color at the rim. The brilliant reverse is neatly framed by a walnut and charcoal band. A few hairlines in the right obverse field limit the technical grade. Sharply struck, with perfect stars and strong detail beneath the reverse shield. Housed in a PCGS Gen 1.2 (1986-1989) old rattler holder. PCGS has certified 37 pieces in higher grades. This is a lustrous, fully-detailed example at a price that won't break the bank. Reserve: $1100 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1869S Seated 50C 1869-S

MS62
PCGS
13609093
WB-3

Choice
Choice Original, Satiny Luster, Light Gray Patina, Sunset Collection Moderate satiny luster with consistent cartwheels highlights bluish-olive fields, with original silver color remaining in the protected areas. This coin has the CAC "look" but not quite enough "pop" to qualify for CAC status at the MS62 level, making us wish CAC had a qualifier for such pieces. Surfaces are clearly original without telltale hairlines and the piece easily sits within the GFRC "choice" classification. Strike is typical, with a few soft stars and some blending of detail in the feathers and claws. WB-3, with date sloping downward to the right and lump in the gown to the right of Liberty's left elbow. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. Reserve: $1800 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1870 Seated 50C 1870

MS62
NGC
1709208014


Original
Steely Luster, Original Surfaces, Sunset Collection Steely luster, with active cartwheels, hosts richly toned surfaces featuring a mix of maroon, charcoal, and evergreen patina. The central figures are lighter, with the eagle retaining bits of original silver color. Nicely struck with most stars complete and near-distinct claw joints. A pin scratch through the right arm is noted. The Wiley-Bugert reference identifies this piece as a better Philadelphia date, similar in scarcity to the 1869-S half. Housed in an NGC Gen 14 (2003-2004) holder. NGC has certified 13 pieces higher. Reserve: $900 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1870S Seated 50C 1870-S

MS62
PCGS
81163610
WB-1

Original
Rare Date at Grade, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Near-Choice, Sunset Collection Brilliant, frosty luster with swirling cartwheels blankets both sides of this wildly toned San Francisco piece. A silver palette hosts patchy sea-blue patina, with liberal smears of chocolate color atop the surfaces. A couple stars are soft but the claw joints are sharply impressed. WB-1, with date to the left and the first two digits weak. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. This piece is scarce at this grade level, and PCGS has graded only 14 examples finer. Reserve: $2500 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1871 Seated 50C 1871

MS63
PCGS
30631147
WB-103

Choice
Repunched Date, Thick Mint Bloom, Choice Original, Fully Struck, Sunset Collection Thick, frosty luster complements the natural gold skin of this original example. Light russet patina inhabits protected areas and pairs with a dusting of tan color at the obverse rim. Cartwheels are moderate and the overall eye appeal is pleasing. Strongly struck with complete star centers and near-distinct claw joints. WB-103, with repunched 1 in the date. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder. PCGS has certified 27 pieces in all higher grades combined. Reserve: $1300 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1871S Seated 50C 1871-S

MS62
PCGS
33040135
WB-3

Choice
Brilliant Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Thick, frosty luster with swirling cartwheels highlights untoned surfaces, with the barest hints of maroon patina at the obverse rim. The reverse reveals scattered light gold and burgundy color. The Wiley-Bugert reference notes that most examples of this issue exhibit a strong strike, and this piece is no exception, with near-complete claw and feather separation. WB-3, with date punched high, and small, thick mintmark. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. PCGS has certified 21 pieces in higher grades. While not contending for finest known status, this piece is well-placed among all survivors, and yet falls at a reasonable price point. Reserve: $1400 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1872 Seated 50C 1872

MS62
PCGS
19391879


Choice
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. Reserve: $1600 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1872CC Seated 50C 1872-CC

EF40
NGC
1744761004
WB-6

Market Acceptable
Light Golden-Gray, Long Ago Cleaning, Sunset Collection The Guide Book lists ten "CC" Seated halves, running from 1870 to 1878, with two varieties for the 1873. The 1872-CC is one of the more desirable dates, not on the level of the 1870-CC, but scarcer than the 1875-1877 examples. This is a well-detailed survivor exhibiting even gray color with hints of navy blue patina throughout. Slightly dull surfaces suggest an old cleaning, though at a market acceptable level. WB-6, with a die lump at Liberty's right calf, while the mintmark is widely spaced and slopes up. Housed in an NGC Gen 14 (2003-2004) holder. Reserve: $1600 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1872S Seated 50C 1872-S

MS61
NGC
455312004
WB-3

Original
Brilliant Steely Luster, Eye Appeal of Higher Grade, Faint Rub, Sunset Collection The 1872-S is a slightly better date, with a price profile above that of a "type" coin. Steely luster, with swirling cartwheels, radiates from the surfaces of this example. Both sides reveal scattered tan patina, while stars 4-12 host a crescent-shape splash of navy-blue shading. A few recessed areas exhibit crust points, and the high point rub is more consistent with an AU58 grade. Stars 7-8 are soft, while the reverse detail is sharp throughout. WB-3, with low date and low mintmark. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Reserve: $2000 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1873 Seated 50C 1873
With Arrows
EF45
PCGS
30684073
WB-109

Original
"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. Reserve: $1000 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1873S Seated 50C 1873-S

AU53
PCGS
83104327
WB-1

Choice
Scarce at Grade, Single Die Pair, Moderately Proof Like, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Lightly mirrored, brilliant reflective luster is choice for the assigned grade. A few obverse field marks are exaggerated by the mirrorlike flash. Patina is varied throughout, with obverse shades of evergreen, maroon, and russet, while the reverse reveals tan and copper color. Recessed areas exhibit powder blue and silver patina, more so on the obverse. This is a lower mintage issue, with 228,000 pieces struck, and is conditionally scarce, with only eight MS examples reported by PCGS. Within the AU band, 14 pieces are higher. WB-1, the only die pair for this issue. Nicely struck with sharp stars and minimal blending of the reverse detail. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Reserve: $1300 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1875S Seated 50C 1875-S

AU58
PCGS
24864971
WB-1

Original
Medium-Small S, Late Die State, Frosty Luster, Choice Original, Sunset Collection Frosty luster with moderate cartwheels highlights silver surfaces, with a dusting of crust most prominent at the rims. WB-1, with a die-crack at the base of the date, while the mintmark is noticeably tilted to the left. Stars and legend exhibit extensive cracks. The Bugert reference notes this variety is rare in XF and above. The strike is sharp, despite the damaged die, with defined star points and separated claws. This is a coin that has a lot going on! Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder. Reserve: $350 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1875S Seated 50C 1875-S

EF40
PCGS
24255554
WB-1

Choice
Medium-Small S, Early Die State, Steely Luster, Near-Gem, Sunset Collection Steely fields and luster present gray surfaces with olive-russet highlights at the rims. Bits of crust inhabit the reverse legend, most noticeably between D and S. Surface marks are distributed with no major distractions. WB-1, an early state without die cracks, and identified by the severely tilted mintmark. Bugert notes this die marriage in rare in XF and above. This consignment includes a second example of this variety in an advanced die state. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder. Reserve: $150 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1875S Seated 50C 1875-S

VF35
PCGS
06610958
WB-19

Choice
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. Reserve: $2250 Auction ends
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Seated 50C 1877S Seated 50C 1877-S

AU58
NGC
3424498017


Original
Very Small S, Choice Original, Brilliant Frosty Luster Silver surfaces host clouds of navy blue patina, particularly at the obverse rim. Brilliant, frosty luster with swirling cartwheels creates moderate flash on both sides. The strike is excellent, with crisp stars and delineated claw joints. The San Francisco Mint processed massive quantities of silver in this period as western silver discoveries abounded. Indeed, this year represents the highest production of Seated halves at the San Francisco Mint. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Reserve: $325 Auction ends
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