Presenting The Newtown Ultimate Liberty Seated Half Dollar Set Sale Catalog

 

 

 

Newtown Collection's Ultimate Liberty Seated Half Dollar Set Sale - An Introduction

by

Len Augsburger

The Newtown consignor is at is again, returning with a 52-coin Seated half dollar consignment. This offering is rich with die varieties, which are today highly collectible, thanks to the meticulous research by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert. The 1843 halves exhibit a wide array of die cracks, and there are three varieties to choose from  in the sale. My favorite is the WB-1, featuring a die crack that has sufficiently risen above the surface to collect its own dirt. Indeed, the image almost appears as if Gerry has Photoshop’ed black lines into the reverse in order to highlight the die cracks. Rest assured the coin is as you see in the image. The 1843 WB-12 reveals a strong, bisecting crack that give the appearance of a brittle coin ready to split into two halves.

For eye candy aficionados, there are no less than two 1868 CAC pieces, this with an overall CAC population of just 22 pieces. Both are beautifully toned, and you can’t go wrong with either. I also like the 1880 – this piece is the definition of “skin” with varying intensity on both sides. The two-dimensional image doesn’t fully reveal the exceptional luster of this MS64 example – the successful bidder will not be disappointed. For rare dates, three of tougher CC pieces are available in this sale – an 1871-CC and two 1873-CCs. The 1871-CC, with a low CAC population of 27 pieces, will draw exceptional interest. The 1873-CC WB-3 also approaches CAC quality, and it’s instructive to keep in mind that all coins exist on a continuum – do pay attention to Gerry’s “original,” “choice,” and “gem” evaluations as they will guide you accordingly

In looking over the sale, bear in mind that a collector can develop an interest in varieties without feeling compelled to pursue every single die marriage in the Seated half series. One might specialize in a single date (1843 is an excellent selection), or pick off interesting examples of various dates as they are encountered. The Bugert references are a vast store of information and detail everything you need to know in this regard. I am continually amazed by Randy and Bill’s work whenever cataloging a Seated half collection. These references are freely available on line at http://www.lsccweb.org/Resources.shtml, although I prefer hardcopies for working purposes. Many thanks to Bill for making his guides available.

Congrats to the Newtown consignor for assembling another group of interesting coins, and best of luck to all bidders in the 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.

 

Sale Terms and Conditions

 

Photo Type Date
Grade
TPG Variety
GFRC Rating
Description Reserve/High Bid Bid
Seated 50C 1840 Seated 50C 1840
Rev 1839
EF45
PCGS
30847583
WB-5

Choice
Ultimate #3 WB-5, Reverse of 1839, Choice Original, Newtown Collection The steely fields of this early Seated half exhibit a surprising amount of reflective luster for grade. Silver and gray centers lead to deeper slate and russet patina in the stars and legend, with additional bits of gold outlining the eagle. WB-5, with date sloping upward, while a die crack connects stars 1 and 2. The reverse is most easily identified by the lack of a bisecting die crack that appears on the WB-4. A few stars reveal inner detail while the reverse exhibits eagle feathers melding together. Surfaces reveal scattered marks, notably around Liberty’s head, but fields are hairline-free and original as such. CAC certification is easily justified, with 63 pieces so approved by CAC in all grades combined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval. Winning Bid: $385
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 94410
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Seated 50C 1840 Seated 50C 1840
Rev 1839
EF45
PCGS
39197079
WB-1

Original
Ultimate #4 WB-1, Reverse of 1839, Repunched Date, Original, Newtown Collection A mélange of violet, baby blue, and light plum patina fills both sides, along with a few russet bits in the stars and legend. Traces of luster remain in the protected areas. WB-1, with date sloping downward and repunching in (18)40, while the reverse shield reveals a clash at the lower right. Strike is typical with stars to the right exhibiting centers, while most of the eagle claws are joined. A few lines are noted to the right of the elbow and to the side of the eagle’s head. The Bugert Encyclopedia classifies all 1840 halves as “Small Letters” – the Guide Book listing of the 1840 Medium Letters actually represents a New Orleans issue struck without the mintmark (1840-O WB-4). Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Reserve $450 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1840O Seated 50C 1840-O

VF35
PCGS
38594923
WB-10

Original
Ultimate #11 WB-10, Extensively Cracked Reverse, Original, Newtown Collection The deeper gray obverse reveals maroon streaks while the reverse is silver throughout with hints of gold patina in the protected areas. Fields are steely and exhibit a few hairlines under the toning. Star points are evident, although the reverse exhibits characteristic weakness in the left leg. WB-10, with the date punched to the left. The main characteristic of this die marriage is the extensively cracked reverse, with the radial cracks imparting a wheel and spoke effect. The dies are slightly rotated, which Bugert notes for certain late die state pieces. This is a variety with a lot going on, an interesting coin for the money. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $325
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 18275
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Seated 50C 1841O Seated 50C 1841-O
Medium O
VF30
PCGS
33142209
WB-3

Choice
Ultimate #16 WB-3, Medium O, Choice Original, Newtown Collection Mottled gray and olive fields contrast with silver patina at the high points, surrounded by deeper color at the rims. The strike is typical, with softness in the eagle feathers, as usual for this die pair. WB-3, with the mintmark noticeably tilted to the left, the only use of this reverse die. The oblique mintmark supports a straightforward attribution with the naked eye – one need not retrieve the 16x glass to confirm this die marriage. Bugert classifies 1841-O half dollars by the mintmark size, noting two reverse dies with the medium-O (this, and one other), and six reverse dies with a large-O. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. Winning Bid: $250
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 43223
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Seated 50C 1842 Seated 50C 1842
Medium Date
AU55
PCGS
28860117
WB-14

Choice
Ultimate #22 WB-14, Repunched Date, Choice Original, Newtown Collection Partially mirrored surfaces with strong, reflective luster host russet rim toning, which is more intense on the reverse. The protected areas readily reveal original Mint bloom. Well-struck with sharp star centers and most feathers complete. WB-14, with the 8 repunched to the left and the beginning of a circular obverse die crack. The reverse is identified by the die lines above M, although the die cracks which appear in later strikings are not yet fully formed. Bugert documents extensive die cracks for half dollars from 1842-1844, and many of these could easily be collected by die state, serving to demonstrate advancing cracks as production proceeds. The Bugert references are freely available and may be referenced on the Liberty Seated Collectors Club website (http://www.lsccweb.org/Resources.shtml). Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder. Winning Bid: $700
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 15478
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Seated 50C 1843 Seated 50C 1843

AU50
PCGS
39197008
WB-1

Original
Ultimate #31 WB-1, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection Silver surfaces are highlighted by gold and olive patina in the protected areas, and both shields host moderate crust. Nicely struck, with defined star centers and distinct claw joints, and the overall design definition is more consistent with an EF45 grade. WB-1, with a die line from the rock, under the right foot, extending to the rim. The reverse reveals a die crack through the base of UNITED in addition to a heavy, distinct crack within HALF DOL. The latter crack has created sufficient vertical clearance to collect dirt and is neatly outlined as such, making this an easy coin to attribute. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $500
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 46016
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Seated 50C 1843 Seated 50C 1843

EF45
PCGS
38607009
WB-33

Choice
Ultimate #28 WB-33, Cracked Reverse, Choice Original, Newtown Collection The 1843 half dollars are notorious for die cracks and other defects, and this piece is no exception. The WB-33 obverse is identified by the 4 repunched to the north, but the real action is on the reverse. (ST)A(TES) reveals a small internal cud, while the lower right of the shield is heavily clashed. The fields of this piece reveal crusty charcoal and gray patina, while the lighter central devices are marked by silver at the high points. Strike is typical, with left claw joints blending together. This issue is a common date in the Seated half series, but the accessible price point allows for wide exploration of the numerous striking difficulties encountered in this era. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $325
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 39861
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Seated 50C 1843 Seated 50C 1843

EF40
PCGS
39197004
WB-12

Original
Ultimate #32 WB-12, Bisecting Reverse Die Crack, Original, Newtown Collection The Newtown consignor prefers varieties that are readily attributed, and this WB-12 with a bold, bisecting reverse die crack fits the bill nicely. The crack is apparent even in some of the raised areas such as the eagle’s head. The obverse reveals additional cracks at stars 1-2, 7-8, and above the date. Shading is even silver throughout, with deeper gray patina in the recessed areas offering distinct contrast. Fields are steely and the overall appearance suggests an old, light cleaning with retoning. Obverse chatter in the right field is consistent with the technical grade. A great “story” coin worthy of exhibition at a local coin club meeting or show. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $350
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 45549
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Seated 50C 1846 Seated 50C 1846
Medium Date
AU58
PCGS
26016597
WB-8

Choice
Ultimate #53 WB-8, Medium Date, Choice Original, Newtown Collection Vertical die lines to the right of Liberty’s head identify this WB-8 half, while the reverse die crack, which encircles the coin in later die states, is most noticeable between S and O. The Medium Date variety is easily distinguished by the crosslet of 4, which touches the base. Lightly mirrored luster reveals golden obverse shades, more intensely around the stars, while the reverse exhibits mottled russet color. Moderate cartwheel remains, as expected for the grade level. Most star centers are sharp while the eagle’s left leg feathers exhibit smoothness as often seen. Nicely struck with all star points and most feather detail evident. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) Gold Shield holder with CAC approval. The label reads "Medium Date, Walter H. Childs." CAC has approved 11 pieces in all uncirculated grades combined. Winning Bid: $1350
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 61802
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Seated 50C 1846 Seated 50C 1846
Tall Date
AU55
PCGS
38606736
WB-11

Original
Ultimate #56 WB-11, Tall Date, Triple 14 in Date, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection The Bugert reference details 10 die marriages for the 1846 Medium Date, and seven for the Tall Date style. This WB-11 Tall Date piece exhibits a triple-punched 1 and 4 in the date, while dies lines in (STATE)S close the upper loop of S. Additional die lines connect the olive leaves to the left. Surfaces and central figures exhibit silver patina with bits of frosty luster in the protected areas. Ticks are scattered with no major concentrations, while the strike is typical with a couple soft stars to the right and a few feathers merging together. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $500
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 10839
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Seated 50C 1846 Seated 50C 1846
Tall Date
AU50
PCGS
38606734
WB-17

Choice
Ultimate #55 WB-17, Tall Date, Choice Original, Newtown Collection The 1846 Tall Date is a Guide Book variety and easily recognized by a date style that consumes most all the available space in the exergue. The WB-17 die marriage is further marked by a noticeably downward sloping date and a diagonal die line inside the reverse shield, which also exhibits a break in the leftmost set of verticals. This example reveals gray and silver central figures with traces of maroon shading in the recesses. Obverse fields are more intensely patinated with bluish aqua hue at the rim, while the reverse surfaces are lighter, framed by russet and blue-green within the legend. Reflective luster is ample and visible even through the heavy skin. Strike is typical with the usual softness in the eagle’s left leg. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $400
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 13364
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Seated 50C 1846O Seated 50C 1846-O
Tall Date
EF45
PCGS
83952830
WB-24

Choice
Ultimate #60 WB-24, Tall Date, Choice Original, Newtown Collection The 1846-O Tall Date is by far the better of the two Guide Book varieties, priced 3x-5x higher than the 1846-O Medium Date, the multiple advancing in higher grades. Indeed, Bugert identifies 22 marriages with the Medium Date style, but only five exhibiting the Tall Date. The WB-24 exhibits a rusty obverse die, in addition to a reverse die line descending from the foot of D. This EF45 piece reveals grayish-silver patina with crescents of deeper slate-blue color at the rims, while central devices reveal granular Mint frost. Strike is typical, with a few star centers present, while the eagle feathers are not completely distinct. PCGS population is limited to 11 pieces at the EF45 grade level. In AU grades, PCGS has certified a total of eight examples, with rapid price increases. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. A pleasing example of a better variety. Reserve $1850 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1847 Seated 50C 1847

EF45
PCGS
38606744
WB-6

Choice
Ultimate #63 WB-6, Repunched Date, Near-Gem, Newtown Collection Sea-green patina in the protected areas neatly contrasts with deeper gray shades in the steely fields, all decorated by bits of crust in the shield. Traces of original mint bloom are evident around the stars and legend. The overall two-tone appearance is appealing, if not quite original enough to meet the CAC standard. The WB-6 exhibits repunching in 4 and 7, with the effect more apparent in the rightmost digit. On the reverse, a die connects C and A in the middle. Most star centers are distinct while a few of the feathers present a smoothed appearance. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. A great opportunity to acquire a near-CAC quality piece without having to pay full CAC money. Winning Bid: $377
# of Bids: 2
Unique Bid Number: 39887
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Seated 50C 1848O Seated 50C 1848-O

AU53
PCGS
33994447
WB-4

Choice
Ultimate #75 WB-4, Choice Original, Newtown Collection The 1848-O issue features extensive varieties, with 26 die marriages defined by the Bugert reference. This WB-4 die pairing exhibits a date sloping downward to the right, and a die lump in the rock support above the left edge of 4. On the reverse, diagonal die lines run NW/SE within the shield. This piece is blanketed with even silver patina on both sides, surrounded by scattered burgundy and charcoal shades around the stars and legend. Stars are nicely impressed, most hair strands are cleanly separated, and a good number of claw joints are distinct if faint. A good amount of frosty luster remains and the overall look of this example is pleasing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Reserve $650 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1848O Seated 50C 1848-O

VF30
PCGS
38606591
WB-6R

Original
Ultimate #74 WB-6R, Original Gray, Newtown Collection The WB-6 is an interesting variety, appearing twice in the die emission sequence with the WB-12 pairing struck in between. This WB-6R second striking (remarriage) is identified by die polishing around Liberty’s foot and weakness in the dentils above Liberty’s head. In-hand comparison with an example of the first striking period would be a compelling exercise. The WB-6 itself is distinguished by a downward sloping date and weakness in the lower portion of the mintmark, in addition to a clash in the lower right of the reverse shield. Patination is uniformly silver and gray with crust hugging the protected areas, a pleasing effect which serves to outline the central devices. The remaining luster is reflective and consistent with the technical grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $175
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 40700
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Seated 50C 1849 Seated 50C 1849

MS62
PCGS
81755106
WB-9

Choice
Ultimate #78 WB-9, Double Date, Choice Original, Newtown Collection This doubled date piece exhibits digits slightly rotated to the right, with repunching most evident in the 1. Die rust below R in the shield additionally serves to identify the WB-9 variety, while a diagonal die crack connecting the first T and A in STATES is an obvious match with Bugert’s notes on this die marriage. Richly toned, this example features mixed maroon, gold, and bluish-violet patina on both sides. The strike is sharp, with most star centers distinctly impressed and all claw joints separated. Surfaces are original and hairline-free, an important consideration with respect to CAC approval. The CAC population is 46 pieces overall, with 16 examples in MS63 and up. This piece attract considerable bidder interest. Reserve $1600 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1849O Seated 50C 1849-O

EF45
PCGS
20359581
WB-15

Original
Ultimate #81 WB-15, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection The WB-15 exhibits a diagonal die gouge extending from the upper left corner of the obverse shield, while a reverse die crack runs through F toward the shield, which at first glance might appear to be a scratch but is as struck. This piece reveals silver color with goldish-olive patina to the right of Liberty, while smoky grey shades fill the reverse surfaces to the right of the eagle. A few bits of dirt appear throughout, most notably around the left knee, calf, and lower loop of S(TATES). Stars 5-8 are soft, while most of the claw joints are distinct. Marky surfaces are steely to partially mirrored. This piece will serve as a case study in die rust and deserves to be carefully studied under a glass. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. Reserve $450 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1856O Seated 50C 1856-O

EF40
PCGS
85740516
WB-17

Original
Ultimate #109 WB-17, Original, Newtown Collection Silver and gray surfaces lead to deeper shading at the rims, accompanied by subtle hints of plum patina in the open spaces. Bright central figures are suggestive of an old cleaning. A line connecting the third and fourth sets of obverse shield verticals serves as the pickup point for the WB-17 obverse, while a pair of reverse diagonal lines join the left wing and berry. The strike is softly impressed with flat stars and weakness below the reverse shield. Like most high mintage issues, a good number of varieties exist - 19 in this case - and completing a die marriage set of even a single date is a noteworthy accomplishment. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Reserve $180 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1857 Seated 50C 1857

AU50
PCGS
38618359
WB-103

Original
Ultimate #117 WB-103, Misplaced Digits, Original, Newtown Collection Silver patina is a decorated by smoky grey highlights throughout the obverse, while the eagle is accompanied by scattered charcoal shading in the surrounding fields. The lightly mirrored fields exhibit marks to the right of Liberty and above the eagle's left wing. Traces of two misplaced digits in the rock, above the 7, identify the WB-103 variety. This piece further exhibits slight rotation, not a surprise for a high-mintage issue. Most stars are flat while the reverse strike is better, revealing a number of distinct claw joints. Although not rare, this offering is a well-detailed example of the No Motto type half dollar struck from 1839 to 1866. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $250
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 73981
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Seated 50C 1858 Seated 50C 1858
Type 2 Reverse
EF45
PCGS
38230400
WB-110

Original
Ultimate #132 WB-110, Type 2 Reverse, Original, Newtown Collection The year 1858 saw the creation of a new working hub (Wiley-Bugert variety 2) that lengthened the bases of L in HALF DOL. Both variety 1 and variety 2 reverses appear until 1860, and in 1861 the variety 2 reverse is used exclusively. Presumably, the variety 2 reverse was introduced later in year 1858, as Wiley-Bugert report only two known die marriages employing the new reverse style. This WB-110 (reverse variety 2) example exhibits even silver patina throughout, with additional crusty patches amid the shields and wings. The only mark of note extends from star 5 on the obverse. Well struck, with most star centers evident and near-distinct feather detail. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $225
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 23226
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Seated 50C 1858O Seated 50C 1858-O

AU53
PCGS
36240362
WB-33

Choice
Ultimate #142 WB-33, Choice Original, Newtown Collection This deeply toned example reveals olive and gray surfaces marked by charcoal streaks on the obverse, while the reverse hosts a liberal splash of crusty patina throughout. Substantial luster remains under the toning and the surfaces are especially smooth for the grade. A diagonal line connects H and the rim on the reverse, serving to identify the WB-33, the only use of this reverse die. The eagle’s shield is clashed at the lower right. A few of the stars are softly impressed, but the eagle feathers and claws joints exhibit good separation, especially so for a New Orleans piece. With over seven million pieces struck, this issue represents the third highest mintage in the series, and die varieties abound, with 41 marriages detailed in the Bugert reference. This is an eye appealing 1858-O half for those attracted to strict originality and old time luster. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $375
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 28991
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Seated 50C 1858S Seated 50C 1858-S

AU58
NGC
1517025005
WB-1

Choice
Ultimate #145 WB-3, Choice Original, Newtown Collection Steely, medium plum surfaces reveal original Mint bloom at the periphery, while the nicely-impressed central figures are somewhat lighter. Stars centers are evident and the individual claw joints are separated. The WB-1 variety exhibits a date style descending to the right, while the large S-mintmark is centered below the junction of the arrow fletching and olive branch, with die lines appearing in the dentils above (AMERI)CA. Early San Francisco Mint production of Seated halves was lower than that of their Philadelphia and New Orleans counterparts, as more attention was given to processing the incoming flow of new gold discoveries, making this the most desirable issue among 1858 emissions. The overall appearance is wholesome - this is a pleasing, original coin worthy of the GFRC "Choice" rating. Housed in an NGC Gen 17 (2004-2008) holder. Reserve $1125 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1859 Seated 50C 1859

AU55
PCGS
26454285
WB-102

Choice
Ultimate #149 WB-102, Choice Original, Strawberry Field Pedigree, Newtown Collection Original olive and rose surfaces with crisp, reflective luster are marked by sea-green patina in the protected areas, and the eye appeal is compelling. This example features the type 2 reverse, with the bases of L in HALF DOL slightly lengthened. Stars are weakly impressed, but the feathers and claw joints are more distinct. The CAC population is 42 pieces, a lower number that calls attention to the fact that this is a lower mintage Philadelphia issue, with less than a million examples struck. Although thought of more as a type coin, this piece will attract enthusiastic bidding activity. Ex. Strawberry Fields (Heritage 9/2013, $764) and Tenafly Collections. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder with CAC approval. Winning Bid: $725
# of Bids: 2
Unique Bid Number: 73563
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Seated 50C 1859O Seated 50C 1859-O

AU50
PCGS
38606189
WB-9

Original
Ultimate #153 WB-9, Near Choice, Newtown Collection Gray and silver patina is surrounded by the frosty luster remaining in the stars and legend, with occasional crust evident around the shield ribbon and arrowheads. A few faint hints of maroon color are present. WB-9, with the date sloping downward to the right, and die roughness between (AMERI)CA and the rim. While the type 2 reverse was introduced in 1858, the 1859-O reverse dies are exclusively from the type 1 hub, with shorter bases on the two Ls in HALF DOL. Well-struck with most star centers distinct, while the left claw joints exhibit partial separation. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Reserve $300 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1859S Seated 50C 1859-S

AU58
PCGS
29853876
WB-6

Choice
Ultimate #155 WB-6, Near-Gem, Newtown Collection A dusting of maroon and russet patina graces both sides, evenly on the obverse and with a heavier concentration through HALF DOL on the reverse. High point rub is marked by silver color, while brilliant, frosty luster with swirling cartwheels radiates from both sides. WB-6 with a level date, a die lump left of the first set of reverse shield verticals and clashing in the lower right portion of the shield. Star points are mostly sharp, while a few of the feathers in the eagle’s left leg blend together. Like other early San Francisco Mint Seated halves, this is a somewhat better date with just over half a million examples struck. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder. Winning Bid: $1200
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 20801
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Seated 50C 1860 Seated 50C 1860

AU53
PCGS
28635191
WB-102

Choice
Ultimate #156 WB-102, Type 2 Reverse, Choice Original, Newtown Collection A coin grey palette reveals gold patina in the protected areas, which neatly outlines the major design elements. Original surfaces are smooth for the grad, while the remaining steely luster is reflective and reveals limited cartwheel, consistent with the AU53 grade. WB-102, the type 2 reverse, with lengthened bases of the two Ls in HALF DOL. The foot of L on the type 1 reverse exhibits an upstroke that is nearly diagonal, while the type 2 base has a more scalloped appearance. Star points are mostly distinct while the reverse is nicely detailed even in the usual problem areas around the eagle’s left leg. The CAC population is remarkably low, at 23 pieces, reflecting a minimal mintage of just over 300,000 coins. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with CAC approval. Winning Bid: $915
# of Bids: 6
Unique Bid Number: 67922
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Seated 50C 1860S Seated 50C 1860-S

AU50
PCGS
21126521
WB-2

Original
Ultimate #162 WB-2, Original, Newtown Collection With only two die marriages, attribution of the 1860-S half dollar is straightforward, this coin being the WB-2 with a tilted mintmark, while the date is positioned slightly to the right of the WB-1 placement. The fields exhibit light gray-rose patina, while the central figures are more silver in color. Bits of crust gather in both shields, star 13, and portions of the legend. Original luster is evident around the stars and reverse lettering, and the surfaces are especially mark free for the grade. Nicely struck with most star points distinct and clear separation of the claw joints. With less than a half million pieces struck at San Francisco in this year, this is a scarcer issue within the Seated half series. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder. This example is near-choice, accurately graded, and challenging as such. Winning Bid: $500
# of Bids: 2
Unique Bid Number: 84616
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Seated 50C 1861S Seated 50C 1861-S

AU58
PCGS
30450943
WB-1

Choice
Ultimate #171 WB-1, Choice Original, Seal Beach Pedigree, Newtown Collection Steely surfaces exhibit hints of reflective luster under a light, revealing even grey and olive patina in the fields. Deeper shades hug the protected areas, outlining the major design elements. The open spaces are smooth for the grade and the eye appeal is strong. WB-1, with the date punched somewhat low, while the obverse dentils are not full. On the reverse, the rightmost shield vertical is weak. Nicely struck, with clear star points and delineated claw joints. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval. CAC population is 34 pieces. This is a coin that has it all - optimal collector grade, rarity as a choice example, and a pleasing in-hand appearance. Winning Bid: $1759
# of Bids: 3
Unique Bid Number: 87167
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Seated 50C 1862S Seated 50C 1862-S

AU50
PCGS
39233623
WB-2

Original
Ultimate #175 WB-2, Type 2 Reverse, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection Even silver patina is marked by a light splash of crust across the obverse, while reverse dirt is confined to the legend. Hints of satiny luster remain in the protected areas, though a few field lines inhibit CAC approval. WB-2, with a thin upper loop of 6 and a small mintmark, placed high in the field and broken at the upper stroke. Well struck, with most star centers evident and distinct detail in the eagle's left leg and claws. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Reserve $450 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1862S Seated 50C 1862-S

EF40
PCGS
39233622
WB-4

Original
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. Reserve $265 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1863 Seated 50C 1863

MS62
PCGS
02610318
WB-101

Original
Ultimate #176 WB-101, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection This Civil War half exhibits a silver palette with overtones of russet and plum patina on both sides. Some chatter above the eagle's head is consistent with the MS62 designation. A few stars to the right are softly impressed, while the reverse is sharply struck with full detail in the usual problem area around the eagle's left leg. WB-101, with a date sloping upward from left to right. This is a better issue within the Philadelphia series, as mintages remained low until the 1870s, when silver discoveries created strong production demands. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. Winning Bid: $1150
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 34248
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Seated 50C 1864 Seated 50C 1864

AU53
PCGS
27481899
WB-102

Choice
Ultimate #180 WB-102, Repunched Date, Choice Original, Newtown Collection Moderate cartwheels reveal streaks of obverse maroon patina and reverse blue-green shading. Obverse high points are lighter, while silver color peeks through the reverse legend. A few hairlines in the right obverse field are less apparent under the toning. Strike is typical, with softness in the eagle's left leg. WB-102, with recut 1 and 4 in the date. This is a better Philadelphia date, a Civil War issue with 379,100 pieces struck. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder. Winning Bid: $850
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 60848
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Seated 50C 1864S Seated 50C 1864-S

EF45
PCGS
31709835
WB-2

Choice
Ultimate #182 WB-2, Choice Original, Newtown Collection A medium to thick skin of grey patina blankets steely surfaces, while the high points of the central figures are more lightly shaded. The WB-2 variety features a die lump south of the second set of obverse shield verticals, while the small mintmark is punched to the left, with the right edge directly below the feather tip. Well struck, with most star centers evident and clean separation within the eagle claws. As with most San Francisco halves of this decade, production was lower, and these trade at a premium compared to common dates. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder. Winning Bid: $635
# of Bids: 2
Unique Bid Number: 80229
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Seated 50C 1864S Seated 50C 1864-S

VF30
PCGS
39233627
WB-1

Choice
Ultimate #181 WB-1, Circulated Cameo, Choice Original, Newtown Collection Steely, coin gray surfaces host deeper shades in the protected areas, exactly where they would be expected on an original piece. The two-tone "circulated cameo" effect is operative here, and the aesthetic appeal is strong. WB-1, the only variety for this year with a large mintmark. Strike is typical, with a few star centers evident. An ideal collector coin, in a mid-circulated grade with pleasing overall appearance. This piece won't break the bank, but it will attract active bidder interest. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $350
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 80545
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Seated 50C 1865S Seated 50C 1865-S

AU50
PCGS
11565703
WB-7c

Choice
Ultimate #190 WB-7c, Choice Original, Newtown Collection A bold reverse die crack underlining HALF DOL quickly identifies this example as a WB-7. The Bugert reference defines four specific die states, with this example matching state C, the last before the terminal state. Apart from the die characteristics, this piece stands out as choice on it own, with frosty luster and active cartwheel for the grade. Silver and gray surfaces host bits of russet, gold, and plum patina that mostly huddle in protected areas. Well struck with most star points visible and nearly separated claw joints. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. This is a pleasing piece, and the reverse die presents a compelling case study in die degradation. Winning Bid: $875
# of Bids: 2
Unique Bid Number: 97783
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Seated 50C 1868 Seated 50C 1868

AU58
PCGS
84292656
WB-102

Gem
Ultimate #206 WB-102, Gem Original, Newtown Collection Vibrant blue-green shading uniformly blankets both surfaces, and the aesthetic appeal is strong. Bits of silver color remain in the protected areas, more so within the figure of Liberty. Lively, reflective luster booms from the mirrored fields. The WB-102 half features a date sloping downward to the right, with the 1 exhibiting repunching to the north. The 8s in the date are also recut, although to a lesser extent. A few marks around the eagle’s head are noted. Nicely struck with sharp star points and near distinct claw joints. The CAC population is 22 pieces total, with seven examples at all Mint State grades combined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) Dupont hologram holder. This piece is a prize, combining a high technical grade, substantial originality, and a minimal CAC population. Winning Bid: $3000
# of Bids: 5
Unique Bid Number: 16176
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Seated 50C 1868 Seated 50C 1868

AU55
PCGS
30728045
WB-101

Choice
Ultimate #205 WB-101, Choice Original, Newtown Collection Strict originality is the hallmark of this better date Seated half, and the CAC approval is no surprise. Stone original fields exhibit a pleasing mix of plum, gold, and pastel blue patina, with the highest points marked by silver-gray shading. Steely surfaces host active luster for the grade, and the open spaces are virtually mark-free. WB-101, with a downward sloping date. Well-struck with star centers evident and minor blending in the eagle's left claw. Ex. Seal Beach and housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder. Bidder interest in this lower mintage, GFRC-rated choice piece will be enthusiastic. Winning Bid: $1435
# of Bids: 4
Unique Bid Number: 75090
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Seated 50C 1868S Seated 50C 1868-S

AU55
PCGS
38606057
WB-1

Original
Ultimate #208 WB-1, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection Silver surfaces reveal a crescent of smoky grey patina inside the right stars, while the reverse exhibits russet rim toning in the lower right quadrant. Protected areas host original Mint bloom, while fields are somewhat marky, consistent with the technical grade. WB-1, with a die lump above the fourth set of reverse shield verticals. The date placement is slightly to the right of the WB-2, which shares the same reverse die. Stars 6-10 are softly struck, while some of the feathers on the left leg meld together. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $601
# of Bids: 2
Unique Bid Number: 66345
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Seated 50C 1871 Seated 50C 1871

EF40
PCGS
38594942
WB-103

Choice
Ultimate #219 WB-103, Repunched 1, Choice Original, Newtown Collection Ample, steely luster highlights silver-grey surfaces decorated with protected area crust, more so on the obverse. Well-struck with most star detail present and characteristic softness around the eagle's left leg. WB-103, with the first 1 in the date recut. While not an especially rare example, this piece is a worthy representative of a 19th century type coin, nicely illustrating the major design elements. The PCGS price guide for an EF40 example is $175. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $210
# of Bids: 2
Unique Bid Number: 78585
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Seated 50C 1871CC Seated 50C 1871-CC

EF40
PCGS
16735256
WB-1

Gem
Ultimate #221 WB-1, Key Date, Gem Original, Newtown Collection Silver central figures host gold patina in the recessed areas, surrounded by blue-gray fields with more deeply shaded rims. The date and reverse shield reveal original crust, as does the pole and adjacent hairline. Steely surfaces exhibit reflectivity under a light, and the overall effect is pleasing, indeed, pieces of this quality are rarely found with the coveted CC mintmark. WB-1, with a die crack through the middle of (A)MER(ICA). The mintmark is closely spaced, with the second C punched north of the first. The CAC population is 27 coins in all grades, with nine pieces graded higher. Bidding activity will be energetic for challenging Carson City issue. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. Winning Bid: $6725
# of Bids: 5
Unique Bid Number: 31800
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Seated 50C 1871S Seated 50C 1871-S

AU53
PCGS
38610274
WB-4

Original
Ultimate #224 WB-4, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection Soft, satiny luster reveals silver surfaces marked by russet patina at the rims. The reverse additionally exhibits a trio of charcoal lines crisscrossing the legend, scroll, and eagle, likely imparted by long term storage. WB-4, with a pair of die lumps at the gown's neckline, and another to the right of D in the scroll. The Mint experimented with a number of mintmark styles in this year, in this case using a small, wide letter punch. Well-struck with most star centers evident, while the reverse claw joints approach full separation. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Reserve $300 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1873 Seated 50C 1873
No Arrows, Closed 3
AU50
PCGS
15386522
WB-103

Original
Ultimate #233 WB-103, No Arrows Closed 3, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection The closed 3 varieties were struck at the beginning of 1873, and followed by the open 3 coinage when it was discovered the closed 3 could be misinterpreted as an 8. While not as scarce as the open 3 variety, one needs both pieces for a complete set! This example exhibits a mottled mélange of silver, grey, and rose patina, with additional shades of blue-green on the reverse. Both sides are lightly mirrored with reflective luster. Well-struck with crisp stars and characteristic softness in the left claws. WB-103, with an errant 8 in the denticles. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. Winning Bid: $375
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 50354
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Seated 50C 1873CC Seated 50C 1873-CC
With Arrows
AU55
PCGS
03714990
WB-6

Original
Ultimate #245 WB-6, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection Silver surfaces exhibit varied pearl-gray patina on both sides, leading to hints of russet color at the rims. Moderate luster is partially mirrored, as typically seen for the issue. The right arrow shaft points to the center of 3 on the WB-6 variety, while the mintmark is level with large Cs. The 1873-CC half comes both with and without arrows, which were added following a weight change mandated by the April 1, 1873 Coinage Act. The legislation enacted a slight increase in the weight of the half dollar, from 12.44 to 12.50 grams. This piece is conditionally scarce, with ten coins graded AU58 by PCGS and 23 examples in all MS grades combined. While not on the level of the 1870-CC or 1874-CC pieces with respect to absolute rarity, any high-grade CC Seated half is a highly desirable coin. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder. Winning Bid: $3350
# of Bids: 1
Unique Bid Number: 34437
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Seated 50C 1873CC Seated 50C 1873-CC
With Arrows
EF40
PCGS
21892902
WB-3

Choice
Ultimate #244 WB-3, Important Carson City Date, Choice Original, Newtown Collection Steely fields exhibit a pleasing combination of plum, gold, and grey patina, with crusty bits scattered about the recessed areas of the reverse. The WB-3 mintmark is punched high and closely spaced, while on the obverse the right arrow shaft is aligned with the middle of 3. Typically struck with a few sharp star points, while the reverse detail around the left claws is smoothed. The overall look is attractive, and there is no denying the allure of low-mintage, Carson City coinage. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.3 (2005) holder. This piece will rightly attract considerable bidder interest. Reserve $2150 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1875 Seated 50C 1875

EF45
PCGS
39197098
Unlisted

Choice
Ultimate #257, Choice Original, Newtown Collection This is a perfectly original piece at a price that won't break the bank. Steely fields retain some luster, hosting coin-grey surfaces with traces of olive in the protected areas. Recessed points reveal bits of crust, among the stars, legend, and borders of the central figures. Fields are hairline-free and the overall look is aesthetically appealing. Well struck with sharp star centers and the usual softness around the eagle's left leg. A nice example, easily worthy of the GFRC Choice rating. WB-101, with a date sloping downward to the right. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Winning Bid: $220
# of Bids: 2
Unique Bid Number: 82178
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Seated 50C 1876 Seated 50C 1876

VF35
PCGS
39197102
WB-102

Choice
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. Reserve $200 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1876CC Seated 50C 1876-CC

VF25
PCGS
38606549
WB-15

Original
Ultimate #282 WB-15, Original, Newtown Collection The Carson City Mint was busy in 1876, coining nearly two million half dollars, and the Bugert reference documents no less than 36 different die marriages. The WB-15 variety exhibits a circular crack around the obverse periphery, as well as a die lump between U and S in the scroll. Patination is a uniform deep blue and gray, with lighter high points. This piece has retoned following an old cleaning, but the overall quality is still within the PCGS standard. Strike is typical with a few star points evident, while the reverse is softly impressed beneath the shield. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Reserve $200 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1877CC Seated 50C 1877-CC

AU58
PCGS
84388895
WB-13

Choice
Ultimate #295 WB-13, Repunched Mintmark, Near-Gem, Newtown Collection Brilliant, frosty luster with swirling cartwheels radiates from the surfaces of this highly original piece. Scattered russet shades at the rims frame antique silver patina in the open spaces. The WB-13 features a date sloping upward to the right and diagonal die lines in the upper right portion of the obverse shield. The mintmark is widely spaced and unevenly punched. Nicely struck with hammered stars, while the claw joints are near-complete. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval. CAC has certified 55 pieces in all grades combined. This is a common coin in a decidedly uncommon state of preservation, and bidder activity will be energetic. Winning Bid: $1777
# of Bids: 10
Unique Bid Number: 33516
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Seated 50C 1877CC Seated 50C 1877-CC

AU50
PCGS
32898662
WB-4

Choice
Ultimate #294 WB-4, Choice Original, Newtown Collection Walnut and grey fields lead toward charcoal shaded rims, all surrounding lighter central figures. Steely luster remains in protected areas. WB-4, with a widely spaced mintmark punched low, in addition to a die crack that connects the middle leaf to the rim. Well struck, with star centers evident, and softness in the eagle claws. Seated half dollar production was bountiful in the mid-1870s, but only a small portion of these pieces bear the coveted CC mintmark. The 1877-CC is one of the more available pieces in this Carson City series, usually trading at a reasonable price point. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Reserve $550 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1877S Seated 50C 1877-S

AU55
PCGS
3733169
WB-14

Original
Ultimate #298 WB-14, Near-Choice, Newtown Collection Brilliant luster with moderate cartwheels radiates from silver surfaces, surrounded by light russet patina and traces of aqua shading at the rims. Both shields host light crust, less so on the reverse. A few lines to the left of Liberty's head are noted. WB-14, with die lumps in the drapery and a small mintmark placed under the arrow tip. A die crack connects (AM)E(RICA) to the rim. A few stars and the head are lightly impressed, but nearly all the claw joints are well-separated. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) holder. Reserve $300 Not Met Auction Over
Seated 50C 1880 Seated 50C 1880

MS64
PCGS
29461857
WB-102

Choice
Ultimate #312 WB-102, Near-Gem, Newtown Collection The 1880 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, and, while many were saved, the CAC population is surprisingly low. Mirrored, sharp reflective luster penetrates the medium skin of this colorful piece, revealing mixed shades of gray, rose, and blue-green patina. Reverse toning is similar with underlying, original silver hue evident. Nicely struck with all star points evident and most claw joints separated, if faintly so. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval. The CAC population is 28 coins in all grades with 14 pieces finer. Expect active bidding on the GFRC-rated gem example. Winning Bid: $2505
# of Bids: 2
Unique Bid Number: 44877
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Seated 50C 1890 Seated 50C 1890

MS65
PCGS
25284487
WB-101

Gem
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. Reserve $4250 Not Met Auction Over