Liberty Seated Half Dollars

1856 to 1891

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

There are 121 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on June 6, 2018

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1856 1856
AU55 raw
WB-101
Cleaned HOLD
$270
Well Struck, Dipped, Few Hairlines, Burchs Creek Collection. Device details are strong as this Seated half grades a full AU55 based on wear. Surfaces retain some luster thought this piece has been dipped. A close inspection under bright light revealed some faint hairlines in the obverse fields. This piece is now in recover mode and retains a light gold patina.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
MS64
PCGS
81764320

Choice $2650 Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Rose Obverse Toning, Accurately Graded, So Attractive. A near gem original 1856 New Orleans strike with eye appeal consistent with a higher grade. This Seated half dollar walked up to my FUN show table and was immediately purchased upon first inspection. Now the GFRC community has an upgrade possibility for their Open Registry sets. Frosty cartwheel luster is the highlight along with a strong strike. The luster is quite vibrant and stunning and more consistent with MS65/MS66 grade level. However, PCGS grading is accurate due to some wispy hairlines in the right field that require a 10x loupe and bright light to see. The golden patina is transparent, allowing viewing access to the frosty fields and devices. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. This half definitely deserves special consideration by those seeking to build a superior date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
AU58 NGC
1270963010
WB-17
R3
Original $575 Blast White Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection . Frosty cartwheel luster is immediately evident upon viewing this 1856 New Orleans strike. Blast white surfaces are probably the leagcy of an old dip before being holdered in the late 1990. Strike is nearly complete with only a few right obverse stars lacking connected centrils. Both obverse and reverse dies are rusted with considerable pitting throughout Liberty's gown and shield. Accurately graded. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Yet another offering from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1856S 1856-S
EF45 PCGS
31858207
WB-2
Original $1325 Important Offering, Choice Original, Light Gold Patina, Residual Luster, Fully Struck, Newtown Collection. Struck during the second year of San Francico mint operations with mintage of 211,000. Few were saved by collectors resulting in a low survival rate. PCGS population report indicates 35 pieces certified in EF40 and EF45 grades. A total of 34 are found in all AU grades. The example, from the Newtown Collection, offers above average surfaces and residual luster. Strike is completed executed with rounded stars and connected centrils. The reverse eagle, including legs and claws, are nicely struck. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with "WB-101" designation on the blue/white label. A quality example that will fit nicely in an advanced date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1856S 1856-S
VF20 ANACS
5144962
WB-3
R5
Original $535 Second Year San Francisco Strike, Late Date, Original Gray Surfaces, Well Struck, Undergraded, Golden Harvest Collection. There is much to discuss concerning this quality 1856 San Francisco strike from the Golden Harvest Collection. A second year San Francisco strike with mintage of 211,000. Housed in short lived ANACS blue label holder and obviously undergraded. An accurate grade would be somewhere between VF25-VF30. Original surfaces are covered with natural gray patina. A die variety attribution resulted in late die state WB-3 designation with partially missing drapery. Bugert lists the late die state as an R5 rarity. An excellent value at the asking price and should not last long if collectors carefully study the coin and overlook the ANACS blue holder.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
EF45 raw

Original $150 Original, Mottled Gray, Nice Type Coin. An available Philadelphia date with strictly original surfaces. Obverse is covered with mottled gray that shows golden and gun metal blues under bright light while the reverse shifts to lovely sky blues and some rose. There are no blemishes and stike is typical. Just a solid half dollar for a Whitman or Dansco type set album or whatever collecting pursuit you may have.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
Contemporary Counterfeit
VG raw

Original HOLD
$40
New May 31! Heavy Reverse Mold Break, Antimony/Pot Metal Alloy Counterfeit, Partial Edge Reeding, Normal Coin Turn Die Alignment, Decent Ring. A well worn 1857 Seated halve counterfeit that saw circulation. I'm guessing that the base metal is an alloy with some antimony in the mixture. Weight is 10.7 grams as compared to 12.44 grams for silver mint strike product. Partial reeding and obviously tooled at the mold inlet. Normal coin turn alignment. Two rim bruises.
Seated 50C 1857O 1857-O
AU58 ANACS OWH
2829010
WB-3
R3
Choice $1050 Better Date in High Grades, Near Gem Original, Bold Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Mirrored Fields, Multi Color Patina, Superior Eye Appeal, New Jersey Collection . Let's open the description for the near gem original 1857-O half with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. This is an amazing example with sharply mirrored fields the emit some serious reflective cartwheel luster. Laying on top of the mirrors is a thin transparent layer of sky blue rose patina on the obverse and full rainbow coloring on the reverse. The combination of crisp reflective luster and the multi color patina leads to some serious fun when viewing under a bright light. Strike is typical with any weakness being concentrated at the obverse stars. Blemish wise, there are a few wispy lines in the left field and some micro chatter by stars 1 through 3. Let's remember that old saying of buy the coin and not the holder. The New Jersey Collection consignor left every purchase in its original holder without crack out/upgrade attempts or even CAC review. This is indeed an old time collection that has been off the market for decades and worthy of special consideration. Housed in ANACS old white holder.
Seated 50C 1857O 1857-O
AU55 PCGS
32685101
WB-7
Choice $895 Underrated Date, Flashy Cartwheel Luster, Choice Surfaces, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Ex. Seal Beach Collection. Frosty cartwheel luster is immediately evident when viewing this better date New Orleans strike. Mintage is 818,000 with meager PCGS populations. Strike is completely executed with rounded stars and complete eagle feathers and claws. Surfaces are alive under a light search leading to overall pleasing appearance. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A well balanced offering in terms of eye appeal and grade scarcity from the Newtown Collection and previously from the Seal Beach Collection. Both are top date and mintmark sets in the GFRC Open Set Registry.
Seated 50C 1857S 1857-S
EF40
PCGS
10466432
WB-4
Choice $1300 New May 8! Choice Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Medium Gray/Brown Coloring, Early San Francisco Date, Conservative Grading, Outback Collection. Ex. Saw Mill Run Collection. Scarce early San Francisco date with desirable circulated cameo eye appeal. Mintage is only 158,000 with low survival rate, especially choice. Only 19 total examples have been approved at CAC with only one piece in mint state. This example is conservatively graded and offers antique gray fields that nicely contrast with the lighter colored wear points. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval due to conservative grading, strict originality and overall eye appeal. An important numismatic property from the Outback Collection.
Seated 50C 1857S 1857-S
Large S
EF45 PCGS
30861545
WB-2
R5
Original $1700 Scarce Early San Francisco Date, Original, Gray-Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. Large S and the rarest of the four 1857-S die pairings per the Bugert Federal Register on Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties. This WB-2 example sports an R5 rarity rating. An accurately graded survivng example with uniform gray and gold patina. Struck is full with rounded obverse stars and connected centrils along with fully defined reverse eagle feathers. Residual luster is evident during bright light viewing. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another rare date Seated half dollar offering from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
MS64 PCGS
82602702

Choice $1850 New May 2! Choice Original, Bold Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. An impressive 1858 Philadelphia strike with frosty mint bloom and vibrant cartwheel luster. Strike is hammered with all motifs in high relief and deeply impressed. When viewed under a light source, faint gold hues are evident throughout the obvers including slight darker shades at the periphery. The reverse has toned towards a light gray coloring. Dies are obviously clashed with bold clashing to the right of Liberty's out streched arm and within the reverse shield. The diagonal obverse line from star 5 down through left facing arm and gown is a toning line. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another fine numismatic offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU55 PCGS
33411898

Original $435 New May 2! Near Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Completely Struck, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. Frosty devices and steely fields are the highlights of this lovely 1858 Seated half. Cartwheel luster is active during bright light viewing. Strike is fully executed on both sides. The darker regions on the obverse horizontal and vertical shield lines are verdigris. Under a 10x loupe, the obverse fields have a few wispy hairlines that are amplified by the steely reflective fields. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another fine numismatic offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU53 NGC
3524575017

Original $310 Attractive Gun Metal Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Strong Strike, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection . Naturally toned surfaces offer gun metal gray-blues throughout obverse and reverse. Under a bright light, the patina becomes quite transparent and exposes lightly mirrored fields. Overall strike is strong with full head and hair curls, round stars and deeply impressed eagle feathers. There are a few obverse rim anomalies that are noted for complete accurary. Housed in newer NGC holder. An attractive offering from the Saco River Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU53
PCGS
30185728

Original $385 Strictly Original, Light Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Why is this strictly original 1858 half with CAC approval only assigned an Original quality rating you might ask? This Seated half is definitely original and accurately graded with only one obverse field blemish that is fully toned over. I've held this piece back from a Choice rating due to strike. If the obverse strike was stronger, then a higher rating might be appropriate. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. A quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU53 ANACS OWH
2636517
WB-101
Original $340 Crusty Original, Thick Golden Brown Patina, Accurately Graded, Burch Creek Collection. An attractive half that is so pleasing under either during in hand viewing or under bright light. Surfaces are crusty original with olive, gold and gray hues. Adding a light source melts the patina resulting in ample luster and glowing yellow gold on the obverse and orange gold surrounding the legend on the reverse. Accurately graded with minimal minor blemishes at the AU58 level. Another quality example from the Burchs Creek collection that need a home with a selective collector.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU53 PCGS
34497442

Original $315 Original Surfaces, Satiny Luster, Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. Soft satiny residual luster and silver gray surfaces are the highlights of this original 1858 New Orleans struck half dollar. Obverse strike is weak at the periphery while well executed at the center including shield and scroll. On the otherhand, the reverse is fully struck with bold eagle feathers and claws. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another quality Seated coinage offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU50
PCGS
83897514

Choice $295 Crusty Original, Choice Surfaces, Gray-Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. Crusty original surfaces with natural gray-gold patina are the primary highlight of this pleasing 1858-O half dollar. Strike is well executed with all stars having connected centrils. Bright light viewing is a pleasure due to residual golden brown luster. Fairly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. For collectors who wish to own a top quality natural toned half dollar at a reasonable price.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
EF45
PCGS
2731047

Choice $315 Gorgeous Bullseye Toning, Choice Original, Accurately Graded, White Pine Collection. Yes, the 1858-O is common in all circulated grades. What differentiates this gorgeous example from the pack is bullseye toning that covers strictly original surfaces. Let's start with the obverse; a rose center is present and quickly transitions to sky blue surrounding the stars and date followed by yellow gold at the extreme rim. On the reverse, an aquamarine blue center over the eagle shifts to copper gold in the fields and surrounding the legend. Considerable luster remains under a bright light and accentuates the coloring. Surfaces are essentially blemish free with none worth calling out. The reverse strike is weak throughout the eagle wings and claws. Housed in early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and embossed PCGS logo on the reverse that probably dates back to the late 1990s. Another great offering from the White Pine Collection.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
VF35 PCGS
33397693
WB-12
Original $170 Repunched 1, Triple Punched 8 Digits, Original Crusty Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Half Way There Collection. A neat repunched date die variety for 1858 New Orleans strikes. Under a 10x loupe, the extra segment of a 1 digit is seen protrucing from the final punched 1 upright. There are double repunched 8 digits above the top loop of the final 8 digit. Surfaces are original and covered with thick crusty gray patina. Strike is typical and grading is accurate. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU58 NGC
1647919007
WB-3
R3
Original $425 Misplaced 8 Digits, Late Die State, Dirty Original Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. A strictly original 1858 New Orleans strike that offers dirty frosty luster that has ample cartwheel effects. Strike is typical with some weakness at the upper obverse stars. The WB-3 die variety features an obverse die with two errant 8 digits. In late die states, a bold vertical die crack forms through the 1 digit. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed a few wispy hairlines in the right obverse field and above the eagle's head. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Another offering from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars to consider.
Seated 50C 1858O 1858-O
AU58 ANACS OWH
2636516
WB-33
R3
Original $490 Crusty Original, Mottled Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Burch Creek Collection. The patina texture and coloring on this lovely 1858 New Orleans strike is so similar to halves from the Col. Green/Eric P. Newman. This type of coloring results from time spent in old paper envelopes. Under the toning is ample luster that sparkles under a strong light source. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Strike is complete on the reverse while stars 7 through 10 lack centrils. Overall, a wonderful piece for those attracted to strict originality. From the Burchs Creek collection and housed in old white ANACS holder.
Seated 50C 1858S 1858-S
AU53 PCGS
3668124
WB-10
R3
Original $695 Difficult S Mint, Original Steel Silver Gray, Rose-Gold Luster, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. A better date San Francisco half dollar with mintage of 476,000. A near choice example with ample remaining luster and steely silver gray patina. Adding a light source releases faint golden rose toning that is more concentrated on the reverse. For once, GFRC images adequately capture the bright light viewing experience. Strike is nearly completed with only star 7 and the top of Liberty's head showing some weakness. There are no blemishes to discuss. Overall, a quality 1858 San Francisco half that is quite pleasing. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A top quality offering from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1858S 1858-S
AU53 PCGS
83610762
WB-10
R3
Choice $750 Important Date, Choice Original, Rose Gray Patina, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Completely Struck, Seal Beach Collection. A choice original 1858 San Francisco strike that is well above average for the assigned AU53 grade level. Surfaces are covered with a rose-gray patina. During bright light viewing, satiny cartwheel luster is active and pleasing. The overall eye appeal should please selective collectors. Strike is essentially completed with only stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils while Liberty's head and face are well defined. Hair curls are deeply impressed too. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An important Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Seal Beach Collection that will fit nicely into an advanced date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1859 1859
AU53 raw

Choice $325 Choice Original, Dusty Light Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Residual Luster. A strictly original 1859 Philadelphia strike with dusty light gray patina throughout. The patina is transparent; bright light viewing activates the underlying surface luster. Strike is typical. Overall, an attractive Seated half that is unmolested though still raw. This piece will easily grade if that is your desired route.
Seated 50C 1859O 1859-O
AU58 PCGS
29975029

Original $450 Near Choice Original, Glowing Rose/Gray Patina, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1859O 1859-O
EF45 PCGS
W-11
R3
Choice $225 Chocie Original, Gun Metal Gray, Olive Shades on Reverse, Conservative Grading. A choice original WB-11 example with strictly original surfaces. Conservative grading by PCGS as I had previously assigned an AU50 when in GFRC inventory as a raw piece. Strike is complete throughout obverse and reverse with just a few scattered tiny blemishes, none distracting. Under bright light, the obverse shifts to gun metal blues with additional traces on the reverse. Overall, a pretty half that is now freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1859S 1859-S
EF45 PCGS
31709833

Original $395 Original Light Gray, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1859S 1859-S
AU58 NGC
1808272010
WB-3
R3
Original $1350 Low Mintage San Francisco Date, Large S, Bold Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Fully Struck, New Jersey Collection. 1859 San Francisco strikes are not as rare as the earlier issues with a mintage of 566,000. However, locating AU58 examples is always a fun collecting challenge and will take patience. The New Jersey Collection Liberty Seated half dollar set contains an example that is housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert and offers eye catching luster and creamy white surfaces. Brilliant cartwheel luster is active and pleasing. Surfaces are strictly original though an old dip is possible. All devices are well struck and please realize the late die state WB-3 obverse is found with significat die erosion surround the date punch. I'm enjoying the evaluation of this lovely half and believe the next owner will also be satisfied with a purchase. Please note that the GFRC images are quite bad with respect to the in hand and bright light appearance. This half is a uniform creamy white with no light to dark color variation on the obverse; this anomaly is due to lighting reflections with photodome and a low in the sky sun.
Seated 50C 1860 1860
Contemporary Counterfeit
EF raw

Choice $60 New May 31! Antimony Cast Counterfeit, Accurate Dark Gray Coloring, Well Executed Device Details, Sharp Reeding, Very Deceptive. A choice original cast 1860 counterfeit Seated half dollar with well executed devices on both sides. Weight is 8.9 grams as compared to 12.44 grams for silver mint strike product. Reeding is sharp and very well defined. Normal coin turn alignment between obverse and reverse. A most deceptive example that is worth a premium as teaching aid or conversation piece.
Seated 50C 1860O 1860-O
AU58 PCGS
32029135
WB-10
R3
Original $650 Original Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurate Grading, Seal Beach Collection. A lovely 1860 New Orleans offering at the AU58 grade level that collectors always seek out. The offering is strictly original with frosty cartwheel luster and a light layer of transparent golden patina. Strike is hammered with all stars fully round and with connected centrils. The shield and scroll are in high relief with deep boundries on the scroll edges. Reverse is also gorgreous with vibrant cartwheel luster. There are no blemishes to discuss either. Grading is accurate as there is faint rub on the left facing breast and lower leg. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A well balanced and attractive offering from the Seal Beach Collection that will please the most selective buyer.
Seated 50C 1860O 1860-O
AU58 NGC
372924013
WB-7
R3
Original $550 Popular Eagle Laying Egg Variety, Original Copper Gray Gold Patina, Soft Satiny Luster, New Jersey Collection. The WB-7 die variety has been named the Eagle Laying Egg variety due to the mintmark being placed directly against the olive branch with no separation. This original example is covered with a mottled copper gray and gold patina. Luster is soft and satiny. Strike weakness at the obverse stars is noted for those that love their Seated halves with bold device details. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates to the late 1990s. Yet another offering from the New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars.
Seated 50C 1860S 1860-S
AU55 PCGS
09889300

Choice $950 Choice Original, Steely Gray Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Seated Appalachian Collection. Ex. Seal Beach Collection and now back on the market as a duplicate from the Seated Appalachian Collection. Quite scarce at the AU55 grade level with mintage of 472,000. A choice original example with light gray patina and steely gray surfaces. Strike is absolutely hammered with bold rounded stars and scarce scroll edges on the obverse and deeply impressed eagle feathers and claws on there reverse. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A perfect example for the next collector attempting a Liberty Seated date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1860S 1860-S
AU58
NGC
2709550004
WB-1
R3
Choice $1675 Scarce Date with CAC Approval, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. Large S. The 1860-S dates sports a mintage of 472,000 with only two known die pairs; WB-1 Large S and WB-2 Medium S. Both die pairs saw considerable usage so many 1860 San Francisco strike will come notable die erosion and weak devices. The lovely WB-1 example is an early strike with frosted fields and within the main devices. Cartwheel luster is substantial and dramatic when viewed under a bright light. Strike is well executed with full head, hair curls and deeply defined reverse eagle feathers. A thin transparent layer of gold skin covers both obverse and reverse surfaces. Definitely a choice offering with limited availability. PCGS has graded only eighteen at the AU58 level and CoinFacts shows the last NGC holdered speciment to have been auctioned back in 2010. CAC total population is a scant seventeen with six in AU and only two in mint state. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Seated 50C 1860S 1860-S
AU50 PCGS
21126521
WB-2
Original $495 Original Light Gray Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Better Date at Grade, White Pine Collection. Housed in early blue label holder with standard ring insert. Light gray surfaces are strictly original with no blemishes whatsoever. Strike is full and complete. Residual mint frost is easily seen in the protected areas. A challenging date to locate in strong choice or gem condition. This example is near choice, accurately graded and deserves consideration. A quality offering from the White Pine Collection.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU58
PCGS
32959699

Choice $685 New June 6! Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Light Silver-Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection . A perfectly original and well preserved 1861 Seated half dollar with just a touch of rub on the left facing breast and lower leg. Surfaces are toned a light silver gray with plenty of mint frost. Under a bright light, both sides offer frosty cartwheel luster. Strike is nearly complete with only the lower reverse devices, claws and arrows feathers, lacking full definition. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Another quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU55 raw

Original $285 Crusty Original Gray, Steely Residual Luster, Completed Struck, Fairly Graded. I really like the surfaces of this perfectly original 1861 Seated half. Accurately graded at the AU55 level with crusty gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Completely unmolested and natural with a bold strike. Forget expensive TPG grading and the marginal coins found in the those holders. This quality 1861 half will fit nicely in a Dansco or Whitman album on a budget.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU50 PCGS
13501750

Original $250 Original Frosty Luster, Light Gold Patina, Full Strike, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. A Civil War Philadelphia strike with frosty surfaces and deep gold patina at the obverse rim. Strike is complete. Light wear is consistent with the PCGS assigned AU50 grade level. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection
Seated 50C 1861 1861
EF40 PCGS
18489400

Original $140 Original Surfaces, Uniform Gun Metal Gray Patina, Undergraded. A wholesome 1861 Philadelphia strike with strictly original surfaces that are covered with uniform gun metal gray patina. PCGS grading is conservative to the point of undergrading this piece. I would be comfortable with an EF45 grade rather than the assigned EF40. Strike is typical for the date. A closed 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes worthy of mention. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Attractively priced given the actual grade of the offered half dollar.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
EF40 ANACS OWH
2636510

Original $190 Crusty Original, Thick Gray Patina, Conservative Grading, Burchs Creek Collection. A near twin to the 1861 ANACS EF45 example with serial number 2636511. Crusty brown patina dominates the in hand viewing appearance. Under bright light, the obverse and reverse shift to a glowing gold. Accurately graded and strictly original. There are no blemishes to discuss while strike is typical. Housed in old white ANACS holder with such consistent quality from the Burchs Creek collection.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU58 raw
W-1 WB-102
Original $405 Repunched 1, Original Old Album Toning, Burchs Creek Collection. This offering is for those who enjoy attractive old album bullseye toning. The obverse center is covered with a faint gold coloring that rapidly transitions to rose and then deep blue surrounding stars and date. The reverse offers a silver center with rose at the legend and a deep blue arc encompassing the denomination. Bright light viewing is lots of fun with this piece. This piece does have several blemishes in the right obverse field and by the eagle's head. There are easily seen in the images.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
AU50 PCGS
06752705
W-11, WB-102
Original $4100 CSA Obverse, Die Crack Nose to Rim, Middle Die State, Original Surfaces, Residual Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, Athens Collection . The "CSA Obverse" is a significant piece of of Civil War history that has been pursued by specialized collectors since first cataloged by Beistle in 1929. It is found with same ”die crack at nose” as the four CSA muled halves. The landmark article by Randall Wiley in “The Gobrecht Journal #94” discusses the various 1861 New Orleans die states and marriages across Union, State of Louisiana and Confederacy administration in great detail. GFRC is pleased to offer an original AU example of the W-11 CSA Obverse. This example is found in a middle die state with the die crack from Liberty's nose to the rim being obvious under a 10x loupe. A faint golden patina covers both sides with the reverse coloring being a bit darker. When inspected under a light source, one immediately notes the residual cartwheel luster that is quite pleasing. Strike is typical with weakness throughout the obverse stars coupled with the eagle's claws. Housed in an old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert with the "CSA Obverse" attributed on the label. Grading may be a tad conservative against today's standards. A fine numismatic property from the Athens Collection.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
EF45 NGC
4053914002
W-11, WB-102
Original $3500 CSA Obverse, Die Crack Nose to Rim, Late Die State, Original Golden Surfaces, Above Average Strike, Accurately Graded, Athens Collection . The famous CSA Obverse Die Crack 1861-O half is a coin that has been desired by specialized Civil War collectors since first cataloged by Beistle in 1929. It is found with the same ”die crack at nose” as the four CSA muled halves. The landmark article by Randall Wiley in “The Gobrecht Journal #94” discusses the various die states and marriages in great detail. From die state analysis, Wiley further identifies other Confederate strikings (W13-W15) which also are highly collectible, but not as dramatic. The offered example is original with light golden patina. The obverse die crack is bold and easily viewed with a 10x loupe as it starts at the rim and proceeds downward to Liberty nose and then through the space immediately below chin to shoulder. Strike is above average for the die pairing with reasonably defined obverse stars and partial claws on the reverse's main eagle device. Accurately graded and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. An important Civil War offering from the Athens Collection.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
AU55 PCGS
11567532
W-13
R2
Choice $1250 CSA Strike, Very Early Die State, No Obverse Bisecting Crack, Choice Original, Superior Strike, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. CSA Strike. The W-13 die pairing is well known as a CSA strike with bisecting vertical crack through the date. Nearly all examples seen with the die crack comes with strike weakness at the head and flat stars 7 and 8. Rounding out the New Orleans strikes from the New Jersey Collection is this marvelous W-13 example in a very early die state. This die state is easy to attribute by the horizontal die polish lines between the right base and denticles. The is no bisecting die crack whatsoever at this die stage. The strike is deeply impressed and surfaces are 100% original. Then add in frosty cartwheel luster throughout obverse and reverse that is substantial and so pleasing. I'm most comfortable with a choice quality rating and believe the grading is a tad conservative. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. This lovely W-13 strike is quite special and belong in a sophisticated collection.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
EF40 PCGS
33993517
W-13 WB-103
Market Acceptable $600 CSA Administration, Bisecting Die Crack Through Date, Dipped White, Typical W-13 Strike, Accurately Graded. A popular example of the CSA administration strike with bisecting die crack through the date. The W-13 die pairing was employed during April 1861 under the administration of the Confederate States of America. This variety is easily recognized by a vertical bisecting die crack from the rim through the upright of the 6 digit into the base. This EF40 graded example has been dipped and is an even white with faint gold patina under a light source. Strike is so typical of the W-13 variety with weakness at the stars surrounding Liberty's head and on the reverse denomination. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The WB-103 die variety is not listed on the PCGS label. An important duplicate, from the Newtown Collection, for serious students of the United States Civil War period.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
MS61 NGC
3387077001
W-13, WB-103
R2
Original $2500 Bisecting Crack at Date, CSA Issue, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Light Champagne Gold Patina, All Diagnostics, Accurately Graded, Athens Collection . An important GFRC offering as few CSA struck half dollars have survived at this grade level. The W-13 die pairing was employed during April 1861 under the administration of the Confederate States of America. The variety is easily recognized by a vertical bisecting die crack from the rim through the upright of the 6 digit into the base. Perfectly original surfaces with satiny cartwheel luster are the hallmarks of this nearly 160 year old silver piece. Champagne gold patina is thin and transparent to the underlying luster. Strike is typical for the W-13 variety with obverse weakness at Liberty's head and on the reverse denomination. All W-13 die diagnostics are present including a late die state bisecting crack through the date and a host of at the denomination and legend. Under bright light, both sides offer consistent swirling luster and coloring; another validation of the strict originality. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. A key historical artifact for serious students of the United States Civil War period via the Athens Collection. This important piece will be available at the Dalton, GA and Central States shows, if it lasts that long. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. An key Civil War historical artifact from the Athens Collection.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
AU58 ANACS
2935604
W-13, WB-103
R2
Choice $1500 Bisecting Crack at Date, CSA Issue, Vibrant Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Mottled Rose-Aquamarine Toning, All Diagnostics, Accurately Graded, Athens Collection . GFRC is most pleased to be offering another well preserved CSA W13 half as few have survived at this grade level. The W-13 die pairing was employed during April 1861 under the administration of the Confederate States of America. The variety is easily recognized by a vertical bisecting die crack from the rim through the upright of the 6 digit into the base. Choice original surfaces are toning over in mottled rose and aquamarine colors The toning does not limit the vibrant swirling luster and cartwheel effects. Let's remember that this is nearly a 160 year old silver piece that probably sat in a cabinet with velvet material as a protective layer. Strike is oustanding for W-13 variety with the only obverse weakness being at the top of Liberty's head and stars 7 and 8 lacking connected centrils. The reverse offers a hammered strike, a rarity for this CSA die pairing. on the reverse denomination. The W-13 obverse bisecting date die crack is bold along with minor die cracks at the reverse denomination. Housed in blue label ANACS holder with standard ring insert. A key historical artifact for serious students of the United States Civil War period via the Athens Collection. This important piece will be available at the Dalton, GA and Central States shows, if it lasts that long. An key Civil War historical artifact from the Athens Collection.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
EF45 PCGS
27725742
W-14, WB-104
R4
Choice $975 Bisecting Date Crack, Speared Olive Bud Reverse, Choice Original, Antique Gray Patina, Late Die State, Fully Struck, Accurate Grading. W-14. Bisecting Die Crack Through Date obverse paired with Speared Olive Bud reverse. One of the last die pairings struck under authority of the Confederate States of America. The vertical obverse die crack, that traverses the left side of the 6 digit, is bold due to late die state. On the reverse, two sharp horizontal die lines traverse an olive bud and visible at all grade levels. This new example is accurately graded at the EF45 level. Choice surfaces are covered with antique gray patina. Strike is 100% complete for the variety and adds to overall eye appeal. Housed in 2013 style PCGS holder with edge view insert. An important piece of Civil War history. A new consignment from an anonymous collector.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
AU50 PCGS
34392178
W-4
R-2
Choice $795 W-4, Louisiana Administration Strike, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Light Gray-Gold Patina, Conservative Grading . The W-4 die pairing was employed to complete the second lot of Louisiana Administration strikes at the New Orleans mint during February 1861. The W-4 die pairing results from a fresh Obverse 2 paired with the same reverse die used for W-3 strikes. The reverse die develops die cracks at the legend with those at ST(ATES) being the W-4 diagnostic along with obverse date position and weakness at Liberty's foot. The offered example is significant among those extant and is conservatively graded. PCGS assigned an AU50 opinion as active cartwheel luster is present along with original gray-gold surfaces that are transparent to the underlying luster. Strike is consistent with other W-4 examples seen; some weakness at stars 7 and 8. Obverse has a few micro ticks that are mentioned for 100% accurate; none bother me. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. I like this 1861-O half and believe you will also. Images to be loaded once in Florida office.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
EF45 PCGS
32056741
W-13 WB-103
Original $985 CSA Issue, Original Gray/Rose. An attractive example with even gray/rose toning and no blemishes. Surfaces are original with frost remaining in the lower gown folds. This is an earlier die state example with the bisecting date die crack obvious under 10x loupe but reverse die cracks are faint when seen at all. Two fully toned over lines in the right obverse fold are mentioned for accuracy. Fresh to market and housed in 2014 PCGS reverse hologram holder with no CAC attempt.
Seated 50C 1861S 1861-S
VF35 raw
WB-7
R6
Cleaned $275 Rare 1861-S Die Variety, Dull Gray Surfaces, Old Dip or Clean, Half Way There Collection. An important offering of the WB-7 die variety that is rated as an R6 by Bill Bugert. The WB-7 variety features an eroded obverse die with weak devices and date due to polishing. This die is paired with a heavily cracked reverse with spider web type die breaks throughout the legend, olive leaves and arrow heads. Surfaces are light gray and probably have seen a dip or other form of non mechanical cleaning. An excellent example of the WB-7 variety regardless of current preservation state. Another rare die variety from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1861S 1861-S
AU50 PCGS
32227242
WB-9
R2
Choice $650 Large S, Choice Original, Silver-Gray Patina, Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. San Francisco strikes from the 1861 WB-9 die pairing have unique characteristics that must be consider during purchase. The first point to note is the badly eroded obverse die that produces strike with a dished appearance. Since the die is so worn, luster takes on a strong satiny texture. The reverse die is fresh with crisp device details and frosty luster. This example, from the Newtown Collection, offers a bold strike with intricate head and facial details. Eye appeal is high due to the dished obverse and different finishes between obverse and reverse. There is some faint chatter on the obverse is one looks close enough; this one is graded AU50 and not AU55. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and ready for a home in an advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1862 1862
AU53
PCGS
84738735

Choice $985 Better Date, Choice Original, Ebony-Rose Obverse Toning, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, A Unique Offering . A gorgeous 1862 half dollar that must be viewed under bright light to appreciate as GFRC images indicate a darkly toned obverse. Wow….adding a light source activates fiery red surfaces on the obverse while the reverse glows an apricot gold. This 1862 half is so nice that a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation is warranted. Obverse strike is complete with full head details and hair curls while the reverse has some weakness on the eagle's lower left leg. There are no blemishes to report as surfaces are pristine. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval and ready to be placed into an advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1862 1862
AU50
PCGS
32561209

Choice $775 Better Date, Choice Original, Light Golden-Gray Patina, Well Struck, Conservatively Graded. Recognized as a better date since most 1862 seen will be New Orleans rather than Philadelphia strike. Mintage is a low 253,000. Whenever I run across an 1862 half, attention is paid. In the case of this lovely CAC approved example, the decision to add to inventory was swift. Surfaces are covered with a light gray-gold patina that validates the strict originality. Obverse strike essentially complete while the reverse has a touch of weakness at the eagle's lower left facing leg. Soft satiny luster remains under a light source with some cartwheel effect on the reverse. Blemish wise, there are no issues to mention other than a tiny rim distrubance at 7:30, which is mentioned for 100% accuracy. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with conservative grading.
Seated 50C 1862S 1862-S
AU53 PCGS
30122001
WB-4
R3
Choice $595 New June 6! Late Die State, Crusty Gray Patina, Choice Original Surfaces, Fully Struck, Conservative Grading, Newtown Collection. A very well preserved 1862 San Francisco struck Seated half dollar with thick crusty original gray patina. Both dies are in a late die state and heavily eroded. The obverse is without denticles and the reverse has heavy metal flow into its denticles. A closed 10x loupe inspection for wear found little. The lower leg is nicely rounded while the rub on reverse eagle feathers is limited. Strike is complete and well executed regardless of the poor die condition. Since the crusty patina is so thick, there is no luster to be had under a light source. Blemish wise, there are none. Let's call this half as conservatively graded, based on wear. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert. An important duplicate, from the Newtown Collection, for fans of crusty originality.
Seated 50C 1862S 1862-S
AU55 PCGS
28660843
WB-5
R2
Choice $900 Large S, Late Die State Dies, Choice Original, Gorgeous Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. Since starting up the GFRC business back in 2013, I've reviewed my share of Civil War Liberty Seated halves including those struck in San Francisco. Honestly, this is one of the better example seen to date and perfect for an advanced date and mintmark set. 1862-S halves are found with three mintmark sizes and late die state strikes. This WB-5 example has a Large S mintmark and was struck from eroded dies. The result is uniform satiny luster with a hint of cartwheel effect under a bright light. Residual mint frost is plentiful and surrounds all the major devices. Surfaces are blemish free and attractive under 10x loupe. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another well above average offering from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1863 1863
EF40 PCGS
82674168

Original $415 Difficult Civil War Date, Original Gray Patina, Fully Struck. A scarce Civil War date with limited surviving population. This offering is perfectly original with natural gray patina covering both obverse and reverse. Strike is complete with all star centrils connected along with fully detailed eagle feathers and claws. Housed in 2015 generation holder and accurately graded. Might I suggest you take a stroll to eBay and check on their offerings, surface quality and prices? My guess is that you will be back to purchase this lovely example.
Seated 50C 1863 1863
VF35 PCGS
32177334

Original $325 Civil War Philadelphia Strike, Original Surfaces, Medium Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, White Pine Collection. A popular mid Civil War date specimen that is strictly original. Surfaces are covered with fairly uniform medium gray patina. Grading is accurate though I have seen examples similiar to this piece designated EF40 due to limited wear on the eagle wing feathers. Strike is complete. A careful 10x loupe inspection revealed blemish free surfaces. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with edge ring insert. A nice Civil War Seated half from the White Pine Collection that is fairly priced for the quality.
Seated 50C 1863S 1863-S
AU58 NGC
663332007
WB-4
R3
Original $900 Original Surfaces, Creamy Cartwheel Luster, Faint Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. The 1863 San Francisco date is yet another Civil War issue with close to one millions strikes. Survival rates continue to improve. In lower circulated grades, this date is relatively common, for a Seated half, and moderately scarce in AU grades. This 1863-S example has original surfaces as a host of metal flow lines remain undisturbed and reflective. However, the white coloring suggests being dipped before holdering. Surfaces offer active cartwheel luster on both obverse and reverse. The gold toning streaks on the obverse are present on the coin but not as pronounced as on images. A low angled Northeast sun made photographing this piece challenging and resulted in over emphasis of the gold obverse streaks and lower reverse toning. Strike is complete and consistent with the WB-4 die variety. I love the Medium S mintmark with broken top loop! Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. Another offering from the New Jersey Collection of fine numismatic properties.
Seated 50C 1864S 1864-S
EF45 PCGS
33228817

Original $450 Original Old Paper Envelop Toning, Typical Strike, Accurately Grade, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1864S 1864-S
EF40 PCGS
32109927
WB-1
R2
Original $425 Civil War Date, Large S, Original Light Gray-Gold, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. A popular Civil War San Francisco date with mintage of 658,000. Accurately graded at the EF40 level and toned an original gray-gold. The WB-1 die varieties is easy to attribute based on the Large S that touches the olive branch. Mint frost remains in the protected areas. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. More quality duplicates from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1864S 1864-S
F15 NGC
2587257003
WB-3
R3
Choice HOLD
$165
New April 23! Crusty Gray, Original Surfaces, Uniform Strike, Accurately Graded, Murphy's Collection . A strictly original 1864 San Francisco strike that has been well preserved. Crusty darker gray patina covers both sides. There are a few ancient lines in the right obverse field. Accurately graded and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. A wholesome and pleasing offering from the Murphy's Collection.
Seated 50C 1864S 1864-S
Large S
VF35 raw
WB-1 WB-101
Original $350 Original Light Gray. A desirable Civil War year example struck at the San Francisco mint with Large S mintmark. This piece offers light gray surfaces that look perfectly original under 10x loupe. Fields and devices are essentially blemish free with some localized vedigris on Liberty's upper body. A solid and accurately graded piece for the Dansco collector.
Seated 50C 1865S 1865-S
EF40 PCGS
15584811

Original $395 Original, Light Rose Patina, Typical Strike, Fairly Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in PCGS old blue label holder. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1865S 1865-S
AU53 raw
WB-1
R6
Cleaned $435 Small Wide Broken S, Later Die State R6 Rarity, Very Well Struck San Francisco Civil Issue, Old Cleaning, Half Way There Collection. Another challenging offering from astute Liberty Seated half dollar die variety collectors. This 1865-S half is well struck with fully detailed hair curls and bold scroll edges regardless of some stars lacking connected centrils. Surfaces has seen a long ago non mechanical cleaning and have fully recovered with medium gray patina. Reverse is cracked at this point of time and is in an R6 late die state according to the Bill Bugert Federal Register on San Francisco die varieties. From the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
With Motto
EF45 ANACS OWH
2636518

Original $360 Motto, Original, Light Gray/Rose Patina, Accurately Graded, Burchs Creek Collection . A surviving 1866 Philadelphia strike for the late Civil War period. Original surfaces are covered by a uniform rose/gray patina. Accurately grade and residing in old white ANACS holder dating back to the mid 1990s. No blemish whatsoever and a reasonable strike. The 1862 through 1866 P mints are always challenging to locate. Another quality offering from the Burchs Creek collection.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
With Motto
VF30 PCGS
33397698

Original $145 With Motto, Original Dirty Gray Patina, Decent Strike, Fairly Graded, Half Way There Collection. First year in which the scroll with IN GOD WE TRUST added to Seated half dollar reverse. The 1866 With Motto example is accurately graded. Surfaces are original and covered with a thick crusty layer of gray patina. The darker arc, on the obverse, is a toning streak. Strike is typical for the date. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Anothe Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
Motto
VF30 raw
WB-6
R6
Market Acceptable $285 Rare Bugert Variety, Light Gray, Decent Eye Appeal. This WB-6 example offers light gray patina with variety diagnostics fully present. Bisecting die crack from rim left of rock through the base is clear as is the die crack from leg into Stars 1 and 2. Accurately graded.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
Motto
VG10 raw
WB-6
R6
Original $165 Rare Bugert Variety, Original Dark Gray Patina . An original specimen with medium to dark gray patina and no blemishes to note; just honest wear. Obverse die crack from rim left of rock through base is obvious is under a loupe.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
VF30
PCGS
14553447
WB-1
R4
Choice $1600 Important No Motto Type, Choice Original, Classic Gun Metal Gray Patina, Late Die State, Accurately Graded . Always in demand as dual 1866 No Motto/Motto design type. The Civil War has ended and Reconstruction period starts with a reference to God on United States larger denomination coinage. Choice and attractive surfaces with classic gun metal gray patina. Accurately graded. Typical strike for the date with bold die clash mark in the lower right reverse shield resulting in the R4 rarity designation. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard insert. CAC approval rewards the strict originality and classic gray eye appeal. A perfect candidate for a mid grade date and mintmark set without breaking the bank.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
VF20 PCGS
84175689
WB-1
R4
Original $870 Popular No Motto San Francisco Strike, Original Surfaces, Gray Patina with Ebony Arcs, Accurately Graded, Half Way There Collection. A scarce variety with mintage of only 60,000 before reverse transition to the With Motto design. This example is in a later die state with bold die clashing in the lower reverse shield. Bugert assigned an R4 rarity rating in his Federal Registry series on Liberty Seated halves. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with an expected layer of crusty gray patina and a few ebony arcs on the obverse for additional character. Strike is typical for the WB-1 variety. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with following on label, "No Motto, Small S, WB-101". An important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1867 1867
AU55 PCGS
81709281

Choice HOLD
$1000
Near Gem Original, Flashy Cartwheel Luster, Golden Rims, Accurately Graded, Seated Appalachian Collection. Ex. Pleez B. Seated Collection. Mintage of 499,300 with low survival rate at the AU grade level. This near gem example was previously part of the Pleez B. Seated Colection and now is back as a duplicate from the Seated Appalachian Collection. This is a flashy piece with reflective cartwheel luster originating from mirrored fields. Someone should remind me to wear sunglasses when viewing this half under bright light!. An orange gold skin covers the obverse and reverse peripheries. Strike is hammered with bold rounded stars and full eagle feathers. Overall eye appeal is substantial and pleasing. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. From the Seated Appalachian Collection.
Seated 50C 1868 1868
MS63 ICG
7255041501

Choice $1200 Choice Original, Mirrored Obverse Fields, Brilliant Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. An extremely pleasing 1868 Seated half dollar with different surface finishes between obverse and reverse. Reflective mirrored field are sharp with cameo appearance under a light source. The reverse offers dazzling frosty cartwheel luster that is eye catching. Strike is hammered with no points of weakness whatsoever. Ok, GFRC customers will ask why this mint state piece is not holdered by PCGS rather than its current ICG holder? Surfaces were carefully studied with 10x loupe to determine if a PCGS cross over attempt is warranted. I believe it is. The obverse has very faint micro hairlines that are typical on mirrored fields and not a result of a subtle cleaning attempt. The reverse is 100% frosty original with mint frost throughout the device and fields. If not sold by the March 2018 Baltimore show, a cross over attempt will be made at the show. Another fine numismatic offering from the Whiskey Run Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1868 1868
AU50 PCGS
19475639

Choice $500 Scarce Date, Dirty Original Gray Patina, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Hammered Strike, Conservative Grading, Newtown Collection. Those well versed with Liberty Seated half dollar coinage understand how challenging the 1868 date can be in most grades. This example originated from the Pleez B. Seated Collection and purchased by Newtown collector. Now this dirty gray and gold example is back since being upgraded. Strike is absolutely hammered and sure adds to the eye appeal. Grading is a tad conservative as AU50 appears to be a bit tought given the sharp characteristics of the highest points in the relief. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and worthy of another advanced collection.
Seated 50C 1869 1869
EF45
PCGS
81494042

Choice $325 Choice Original, Uniform Charcoal Gray, Fully Struck, Conservative Grading. Limited mintage of 795,300. Surfaces are choice with a uniform layer of charcoal grade patina. Strike is nicely executed with rounded stars, full eagle feathers and claws. Scroll lines on the shield are sharply raised and more consistent with AU graded piece. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. CAC approval is warranted due to strict originality and conservative grading. Definitely an above average example worth of a premium against "the guides".
Seated 50C 1869 1869
EF40 PCGS
16882273

Original $230 Original Medium Gray, Accurately Graded, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1870 1870
MS62 PCGS
35082811

Choice $1150 Repunched 1, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Orange Gold Patina, Well Struck, Poston Collection. An eye catching 1870 Seated half dollar with frosty cartwheel luster in combination with orange gold patina. A no question mint state example with a repunched base on the 1 digit. Surfaces are choice and entirely blemish free. Obverse toning is a mottled orange gold with darker shades at the periphery while the reverse offers the same orange gold in the center but has a lovely aquamarine ring surrounding the legend. Bright light performance is well above average. Mintage of 633,900 of as reference. Fresh graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A superior offering from Jim Poston.
Seated 50C 1870 1870
AU58 NGC
2576084002

Choice $690 Original Gray-Gold Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. Photographing darker toned Seated halves in new NGC edge view holders is always a challenge. This lovely 1870 Philadelphia is a much better and attractive specimen than illustrated with GFRC images. Accurately graded at the AU58 level with gray-gold obverse patina that shifts to central gun metal gray-blue with a pretty gold ring surrounding the stars under bright light. The reverse is just as attractive with gun metal blue being predominate under a light source. In hand inspection is definitely required to appreciate this quality offering from the Osprey Collection. Strike is also well executed throughout obverse and reverse. Housed in newer NGC holder and worthy of serious consideration.
Seated 50C 1870 1870
EF45 PCGS
18029021

Original $270 Pretty Old Album Rose and Blue Toning, Original, Typical Strike, Pleez B. Seated Collection. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. The Alexandria consignor, Mark Mattox, passed away on April 17 and GFRC has reduced prices to St. Patrick's Day sale levels to stimulate sales and help Mark's wife Rhonda. Please consider a purchase and contact Gerry to discuss this Liberty Seated half dollar.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
AU58 PCGS
21698440

Original $445 Original Surfaces, Gray-Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Grade, Newtown Collection. Mintage for 1871 Philadelphia strikes is slight over a million pieces. Survival rates increase during the Reconstruction years as prosperity returned to the Union states and East coast area. This lovely survivor is accurately graded. Surfaces are strictly original. A semi-transparent gray-gold patina covers the obverse while faint gold toning is prevalent on the reverse. Strike is complete with only a touch of weakness on the lower left facing claws. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert that days back to the 2000 era. Grading standard were much more strenuous as compared to present standards. Another fine numismatic property from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
AU55 PCGS
32942685

Gem $495 Gem Original, Steely Mirrored Fields, Light Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Seated Appalachian Collection. A gem original 1871 Seated half with with mirrored fields. Under a light source, crisp reflective luster dazzles the eyes with faint gold on the obverse and reverse sky blues at the legend. Strike is fully executed with rounded stars and bold eagle feathers. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and formerly in the Pleez B. Seated Collection. A JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation due to substantial eye appeal. From the Seated Appalachian Collection.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
AU50 ANACS OWH
2689844

Original $260 Original Gray, Reflective Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Warnerville Collection. Don't I enjoy adding strictly original Seated half dollars to inventory; especially when in old white ANACS holders. This 1871 Philadelphia strike offers nicely reflective surfaces that are covered with uniform gray patina. Adding a bright light exposes rose and blue hues. There are several fully toned over lines in the right obverse field. Previously auctioned by Heritage where is realized the current asking. Another offering from the Warnerville Collection as the consignor consolidates his collecting objectives.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
EF40 raw

Choice $185 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina, Super Example. A lovely 1871 Philadelphia strike that is perfectly original. Surfaces are covered with darker gun metal gray/blue patina. Strike is typical and blemishes are to a minimum. Ideal for a Whitman or Dansco album set.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
VF35
PCGS
26778265

Choice $150 Choice Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray, Accurately Graded. A choice 1871 Philadelphia strike with antique gray patina that also houses some golden hues. Strike is typical while the reverse has a well toned over line. Housed in 2013 transitional blue label PCGS holder with edge view insert. CAC approval is warranted due to originality and eye appeal.
Seated 50c 1871S 1871-S
VF35
PCGS
31482116

Original $145 Near Choice Original, Uniform Gray Patina, Colorado Collection. Strictly original and near choice in terms of quality rating. CAC approval validates the uniform gray patina and accurate grading. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. If you are in the market for a mid grade 1871 San Francisco half, then please consider this example. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
Seated 50C 1871S 1871-S
AU58 ANACS OWH
328944
WB-4
R2
Choice $725 Very Early Die State, Dazzling Cartwheel Luster, Eye Appeal of a Higher Grade, Choice Original, Light Mottled Gold Patina, Very Well Struck, Accurately Graded. If this fantastic 1871-S WB-4 half dollar piece was holdered by PCGS, it would be gone in a heartbeart. In Bugert's Federal Register on San Francisco die varieties, the illustrations are taken from a late die state example. This offering, from the Golden Harvest Collection, is a very early strike with substantial frosty cartwheel luster, bold strike and no metal flows lines from die erosion. All devices are deeply impressed including every potential aspect of the eagle feathers, claws and arrow feathers. Eye appeal is that of a higher grade but there is some faint rub and breaks in the mint luster on the legs. Someone needs to be daring and get this special half crossed into a PCGS holder. It will be worth the cost and effort for an advanced collector who desires a superior 1871 San Francisco date for his date and mintmark set. A thank you goes out to the Golden Harvest consignor for releasing this duplicated back to the GFRC community.
Seated 50C 1871S 1871-S
AU50 PCGS
2755557
WB-7
R3
Original $325 Original, Light Golden Gray Patina, Residual Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Whiskey Run Collection. A near choice 1871 WB-7 San Francisco struck example with semi transparent golden gray patina. Residual luster is vibrant with some cartwheel effects. Strike is fully executed. Bright light inspection revealed creamy golden luster that is pleasing. PCGS grading is accurate. Housed in early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and embossed PCGS emblem on reverse. A quality Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Whiskey Run Collection.
Seated 50C 1872CC 1872-CC
EF40 PCGS
32656358
WB-1
Choice $2250 Carson City Date, Above Average Eye Appeal, Choice Original, Natural Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. A well balanced 1872 Carson City strike that offers above average eye appeal. A first glance, one might wonder why only an EF40 grade was assigned. Strike is completely executed with raised outer lines on the scroll that one associates with EF45 wear. A uniform gray patina covers both obverse and reverse. Under a bright light, there are traces of steely light gray luster. Obverse rim remains sharp. A 10x loupe inspection reveals no blemishes whatsoever. Overall a choice original example that would fit nicely in an EF/AU themed date and mintmark set. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1872CC 1872-CC
F15 PCGS
27644896
WB-2
R4
Original New Price
HOLD
$795
Large CC Mintmark, Crusty Original Gray Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. Popular Carson City date and well preserved. This strictly original 1872 Carson City offering featured thick crusty original patina throughout obverse and reverse. Strike is well executed with ample residual device details at the Fine 15 grade level. Just honest wear with no blemish to note. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge insert. A solid example for a mid circulate grade date and mintmark set.
Seated 50C 1872CC 1872-CC
EF45 PCGS
21053450
WB-6
R4
Original $2400 Original, Even Medium Gray, Accurately Graded, Scarce Date. Carson City halves are always in demand, especially when completely original and problem free. Mintage for this Carson City date is 257,000. I'm so pleased to be offering this WB-6 example with semi transparent gray patina that perform so well under bright light as the grays shift to golden and aquamarine hues on the obverse. The reverse maintains more of its in hand color integrity with some golden hues appearing under a light source. Strike is nearly complete with just a tad of weakness at the top of Liberty's head and surrounding two stars. Fields and main devices are blemish free. PCGS grading is accurate. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Ready for inclusion into an advanced Liberty Seated half dollar set.
Seated 50C 1872CC 1872-CC
Large CC
VF35 PCGS
18199771
WB-7
R4
Original $1675 Difficult Carson City Date, Original Gun Metal Gray Surfaces, Oregon Beaver Collection. A strictly original 1872 Carson City strike that was been well preserved for modern day collectors to enjoy. Ex Virginia Collection and sold into the Oregon Beaver Collection during November 2015 and now back for a second apperance. Surfaces are toned an even gun metal gray with some intermixed golden hues. Obverse strike is a tad weak on the scroll and other LIberty devices but stars have connected centrils. Blemish wise, there is one faint and toned over reverse line by CA in AMERICA and is not distracting. Overall, a very solid 1872-CC offering that is affordable. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A quality offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
No Arrows
EF40 NGC
1716025048
WB-1
R3
Cleaned $2250 New May 2! Richmond Collection Specimen, No Arrows, Rare Carson City Date, Golden Patina, Old Cleaning, Accurately Graded on Details, Oregon Beaver Collection. The 1873-CC No Arrows half dollar is missing in most collections and always popular. Mintage is 122,500 but conditions in the wild west resulted in few survivors. This example manage to survive but saw an old cleaning that left reflective surfaces with EF40 details. Regardless, a probably due to rarity, this specimen found its way in the famous Richmond Collection. Surfaces have retoned a uniform light gold that is easy seen in the GFRC images. Original offered by GFRC during 2015 from the San Jose Collection and acquired by the Oregon Beaver Collection. Since recently being upgraded, this example is back on the market and fairly priced for the preservation state. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. RICHMOND COLLECTION is named on the NGC label.
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
Small CC
With Arrows
VF25 PCGS
24148500
WB-3
R4
Original $1195 Strictly Original, Medium Gray Patina, Rare Date, Accurately Graded. Original medium gray patina covers both the obverse and reverse surfaces. Reverse is well struck and presents strong eagle feathers for the assigned VF25 grade while the obverse has VF wear. Housed in 2012 PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1874 1874
EF40 raw
WB-103
R5
Cleaned $205 Large Over Small Arrows, Cleaned Surfaces, Even Light Gray, Half Way There Collection. A challenging 1874 With Arrows die variety whereby the final large arrows were repunched over smaller arrows. Traces of the smaller arrows punch is easily seen on both the left and right arrows at the stem. This half has been cleaned with surfaces retoning to a light gray. Strike is excellent with bold obverse devices. Another interesting Seated half dollar die variety from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1874 1874
With Arrows
EF45 raw

Cleaned $235 Light Gray, Old Cleaning, Retoned. This is indeed an attractive piece in hand with even silver gray appearance at the assigned grade level. But close inspection of the fields reveals faint hairlines indicative of an old cleaning. The piece is quite reflective under bright light as a result.
Seated 50C 1874S 1874-S
VF25 NGC
2385508005
WB-3
R3
Original $295 New April 23! Better Date, Original Gray Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Murphy's Collection. Uniform gray patina validates the original surfaces. Under a bright light, some faint golden hues are available. Strike is nearly complete. Blemish wise, there is a faint vertical line on Liberty that is ancient and completely toned over and another to the upper right of the eagle's head. Both are consistent with the assigned grade. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. A fine numismatic offering from Murphy's Collection.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
AU50 raw

Original $225 Original, Light Gray/Rose Patina, Attractive. An original example that is accurately graded. There is ample luster remaining with a light gray and rose patina across the obverse and more even light gray covering the reverse. Strike is full with all star centril well defined and full hair curls. Surfaces have a few random micro ticks while some faint hairlines are visible between wings and scroll on the reverse. These blemishes are not distracting, rather mentioned for completeness.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
AU58 PCGS
84771800
WB-103 WB-1
R4
Original $690 Condition Rarity, Medium-small Mintmark, Original Soft Gray Patina, Frosty Luster, Well Struck, Half Way There Collection. An important offering for the Liberty Seated half dollar die variety collectors that deserves special attention. The WB-1 variety features a Medium-small S punch along with die cracks through the obverse and reverse. Reverse is especially weak at UNITED and lower olive leaves. In his Federal Register on San Francisco die varieties, Bugert states WB-1, "is a very scarce variety often found in low grades; rare in EF or better." Well then, GFRC is pleased to be offering this AU58 graded example for astute collectors. Surfaces are original and untouched. There is a faint layer of soft gray patina and reasonable luster through obverse and reverse. Some rub is seen on the high points with grading being accurate. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Half Way There Collection.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
AU58 PCGS
84773190

Original $395 Near Choice Original, Satiny Luster, Silver-Gray and Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Poston Collection. A near choice original 1876 Philadelphia that has been carefully preserved. Surfaces are 100% natural toned with silver-gray obverse and silver-gold on the reverse. Satiny luster is consistent on both sides with the reverse offering nice cartwheel effects. Strike is fully executed. Surfaces are free of blemishes other than a few micro hairlines in the right obverse field that do not bother me at all. Overall, a pleasing example that GFRC is proud to offer. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering from Jim Poston.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
AU50 PCGS
05768383

Choice $215 Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Brown Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. A crusty original Philadelphia strike with choice surfaces. Gray-brown patina is uniform throughout obverse and reverse. Strike is complete with rounded stars and full reverse devices. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. A quality duplicate offering from the Newtown Collection that needs to find a new home in another Liberty Seated half dollar collection.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
EF40 PCGS
29268733

Original $155 Original Ebony/Gray, Birmingham Collection. Uniform ebony/gray patina covers both obverse and reverse. Liberty and the eagles are a tad lighter leading to nice contrast and eye appeal. There are a few tiny blemishes on the obverse but fully tone over and of no consequence. Rims are fully problem free. Accurately graded and housed in new PCGS reverse hologram holder. An attractive piece worth considering as a type coin.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
VG10 PCGS
30709025
WB-106 FS-301
Original $425 Large over Small Date WB-106, FS-301, Rare Variety, Original Gray. A rare double date variety first listed by Wiley and Bugert in their Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars. Since the Wiley/Bugert announcement in the early 1990s, few examples have surfaced with Bugert current indicating that ~ 12 pieces are known in all grades. This example offers strong diagnostics within the upper loop of the 8 digit and within the loop of the 6 digit. Surfaces are toned a light gray with no blemishes to note. The dark spot by star 6 is verdigris. Recently graded and housed in 2014 style PCGS holder. An opportunity for the Liberty Seated half dollar variety specialist to acquire this challenging variety. PCGS holder label captures the variety as "Lg/Sm Date - FS301 WB-106 (FS-007.4)"
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
VF30 PCGS
32761689
WB-1
R3
Choice $325 New April 23! Choice Original, Light Antique Gray Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Murphy's Collection. This 1876 Carson City strike is yet another quality offering from the Murphy's Collection. Surfaces are choice and 100% natual. A light antique gray patina covered both sides with uniform wear on the higher device points. Strike is balanced and well executed while grading is fair. This piece is aesthetically pleasing and ideal for a circulated date and mintmark set. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
EF45 raw
WB-102
Choice New Price
$350
Medium CC, Strongly Mirrored Fields, Light Gray-Gold, Accurately Graded, San Jose Collection. Medium CC mintmark size. A lovely 1876 Carson City strike with prooflike fields producing strong mirrors under a bright light. Strike is essentially complete with ample device details for attribution. There are a host of 1876-CC WB-102 die pairings and I will leave this challenge up to the buyer. Surfaces are blemish free and covered with thin light gray patina that includes faint gold at the rims. A quality 1876 Carson City half from the San Jose Collection.
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
VF30 raw
WB-108, WB-35
R4
Market Acceptable New Price
$220
Misplaced 8 in Denticles, Light Gray, Long Ago Clean, Accurately Graded, San Jose Collection. One of the many 1876-CC die pairings but easily identified as WB-35 by the top of a misplaced 8 digit in the denticles. Accurately graded with light gray-gold surfaces that have seen a long ago and now recovering. A decent example for the variety. From the San Jose Collection of Carson City Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
EF45
PCGS
26777503
WB-5
R3
Choice $515 New May 2! Small CC, Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Brown Patina, Decent Strike, Worn PCGS Holder, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. Thick crusty gray brown cover the surfaces of this choice original 1876 WB-5 Carson City strike. Residual luster is evident when viewing under a bright light with the reverse shifting to lovely golden hues. Obverse toning is quite thick and mutes most of the available luster. Strike is complete with all stars having connected centrils and the lower reverse eagle leg and claws being nicely defined. Small CC mintmarks are used for the WB-5 die pairing. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. This holder is worn and made the photography process difficult with editing of several holder spots. A strong duplicate from the Oregon Beaver Collection as 1876-CC halves are always in demand and don't last long on the GFRC price list.
Seated 50C 1877 1877
Contemporary Counterfeit
VF raw

Original $40 New May 31! Antimony Cast Counterfeit, Accurate Dark Gray Coloring, Weak Devices as Made, Partial Reeding, Normal Coin Turn Alignment. A deceptive period cast counterfeit made with antimony base metal. Coloring is consistent with heavily toned silver coinage. Weight is 10.7 grams as compared to 12.44 grams for silver mint strike product. This piece saw limited circulation and wear. Weak device details are as made along with partial reeding. VF is a fair grade.
Seated 50C 1877CC 1877-CC
EF45 PCGS
28541963
Reverse D
Original $450 Popular Carson City Date, Original Light Silver-Gray Toning, Residual Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Jim Poston Collection. 1877 Carson City strikes have proven to be popular with GFRC customer. I'm always pleased to offer new examples including this piece from Jim Poston. After considerable time with Bill Bugert's Federal Register on Carson City Seated halves, I'm able to attribute the reverse as Reverse D but unable to identify the obverse. Original surfaces are reflective and covered with a faint silver gray patina. Obverse strike is complete with all stars having connected centrils. There is reverse weakness at the eagle's legs and claws. Grading is accurate. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
AU58 NGC
376129013

Original $385 Original, Frosty Luster, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. Bold reflective luster from mirrored surfaces is quite pleasing. Cartwheels are brilliant on obverse and reverse. Strike is complete with field ticks consistent with the assigned grade. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. An important offering from the New Jersey Collection of fine numismatic properties.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
EF45 raw

Choice $180 New May 15! Choice Original, Classic Crusty Gray Patina, Blemish Free, Well Struck, YLee Coyote Collection. GFRC images speak for themselves concerning this choice original 1877 San Francisco strike. Crusty gray-brown patina covers both sides of the coin with no blemishes worthy of mention. Well struck also. A perfect Liberty Seated half dollar type coin for a Dansco album based type set. From the YLee Coyote Collection.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
EF45 PCGS
26674000
WB-29
R3
Choice $185 Choice Original, Gray Patina, Woodlands Collection. This is one of those coins where the GFRC images are plain horrible for the in hand and bright light quality. I like this piece due to the strictly original surfaces and the bright light performance. Under lighting, this piece appears to be full AU with ample luster reflecting through the transparent patina. Strike is full and there are a few fully toned over blemishes on the reverse that that bother me at all. The primary reasons for selecting this common date half are originality and bright light eye appeal. Housed in 2012 generation PCGS blue holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1878 1878
Contemporary Counterfeit
F15 raw
C-101
Original HOLD
$165
New May 27! 1878, Hand Cut Dies, Irregular Date and Stars on Obverse, Crude Legend on Reverse, Brass Alloy, Well Circulated. This 1878 counterfeit has features of being struck from hand cut dies. A brass colored material was employed as the planchet. Fine, deep reeding with 156 reeds. The date, stars, reverse eagle, and letters were very crudely cut. Left obverse stars are boldy doubled.
Seated 50C 1878CC 1878-CC
F12 PCGS
2585787
WB-1
R4
Original $2100 Rare and Underrated Date, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Oregon Beaver Collection. An underrated Carson City date especially in VF or better that is typically missing from many date and mintmark sets. Mintage is a tiny 62,000 as compared to a typical Seated half dollar date being in the 500,000 to 1,000,000 range. Accurately graded with gun metal gray-blue patina. Surfaces are original with only honest wear. Strike is uniform with overall pleasing appearance. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An important offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1879 1879
PF64 NGC
2589388004

Choice $1725 New May 22! Near Gem Original, Bright Reflective Mirrors, Lovely Teal Blue Toning, Accurately Graded, Running Boar Collection. Transparent teal blue patina is so dominate on this lovely 1879 proof strike and covers both sides. Then there are the sharp reflective mirrors that provide a close to cameo effect during bright light viewing. Strike is fully executed. A close 10x loupe inspection (on a half dollar sized coin) revealed a few faint hairlines in the right obverse field under the toning at accounts for the assigned grade. Reverse is entirely blemish free. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. A visually stunning Liberty Seated half dollar from the Running Boar Collection.
Seated 50C 1879 1879
MS62 PCGS
5027741

Choice $1175 Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Coppe Gold Patina, Hammered Strike, Conservative Grading, Newtown Collection. Mintage of only 4,800 and the first year of substantially reduced Philadelphia Seated quarter and half dollar mintages up through 1890. This example is fully choice and conservatively graded as housed in early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and embossed PCGS logo on the reverse. Grading is circa 2000-2001 timeframe. Frosty cartwheel luster and copper gold patina are dominant when viewed under a light source. Strike is absolutely hammered. Plus there are no blemishes go note either. A superior example from the advanced Newtown Collection of Liberty Seated half dollars. Fairply priced for overall quality and eye appeal.
Seated 50C 1879 1879
VF30 raw
WB-101
R5
Cleaned $640 Rare Late Philadelphia Date, Original Obverse, Cleaned Reverse, Perfect For Dansco Album Collection, Half Way There Collection. Tall Hub Version 1. 1879 Philadelphia strikes have a tiny mintage of 4,800 and always in demand to complete a date and mintmark set. This example, from the Half Way There Collection, has seen a long ago mechanical clean leaving faint obverse hairlines and overall glossy surfaces. After the cleaning, this piece probably sat in a paper album with the obverse acquiring some nice rose, gold and blue rim toning while the balance of the obverse is light steely gray. Reverse is a uniform light gray and still recovering. Strike is nearly complete with only star 7 lacking connected centils. There are no distracting blemishes to discuss. Fairly priced for the rarity and old time problems. From the Half Way There Collection of slightly imperfect halves.
Seated 50C 1879 1879
VF30 raw
WB-102
R4
Market Acceptable $665 Rare Late Philadelphia Date, Fully Retoned, Long Ago Cleaning, Half Way There Collection. Tall Hub Version 2. 1879 Philadelphia strikes have a tiny mintage of 4,800 and always in demand to complete a date and mintmark set. This example, from the Half Way There Collection, offers medium gray surfaces that are a tad dull from an old cleaning. The surfaces have completely recovered leading to a Market Acceptable quality rating. Given the date's rarity, I could see this specimen ending up in a second tier grading service holder with straight grade. Strike is complete throughout obverse and reverse. There are no distracting blemishes to discuss. I have to believe that this piece will not last long at the asking price.
Seated 50C 1883 1883
PR67 PCGS
28450031

Gem $7850 New June 1! One of Finest 1883 Proofs Halves, Superb Gem Original, Watery Mirrors, Rose-Blue Patina, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. CoinFacts Plate Coin for PF67 Grade Level. Lovely blue and lilac toning on both sides combines with shimmering reflectivity from the watery mirrored fields. Surfaces are of pristine quality consistent with the assigned grade level. Only 1,039 proof pieces were struck and this piece stands out as one of the absolute finest known. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A substantial offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection that belongs in a superior Liberty Seated dollar proof collection. Having a CoinFacts plate coin in one's collection is always a great numismatic conversation starter.
Seated 50C 1883 1883
PR64CAM
PCGS
26687579

Gem New Price
$1895
Gem Proof Surfaces, Mirrored Cartwheel Luster, Attractive Toning, Conservative Grading, Winesteven Collection. Pre Central States Show Price Reduction! Unfortunately this gem 1883 half is a proof strike rather than circulation strike. If a circulation strike, it would be sold multiple times due to gorgeous toning and bold strike. As a proof strike, this 1883 half is also spectacular and should be carefully considered. Accurately designated as a proof cameo by PCGS and graded MS64. The obverse olive-rose-gold patina is completely transparent to the underlying mirrors that are incredibly reflective under a light source. Gorgeous sky blue results when the obverse is slightly tilted! Uniform rose patina, along with a thin sky blue arc at the rim, dominates the reverse appearance. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. This 1883 PCGS PF64CAM CAC half is so attractive that I'm making a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. It will be a $1975 well spent once the piece is seen in hand. Just another great offering from the Winesteven Collection.
Seated 50C 1883 1883
EF45 ANACS OWH
2636535

Cleaned $580 Cleaned Net EF45, Secondary Blue Gold Patina, Rare Date, Burch Creek Collection. A difficult Philadelphia date. Surfaces have seen an old cleaning that has mitigated the natural frosty and luster. Now recovering with mottled blues and gold on the obverse and uniform light gold on the reverse. There is some strike weakness at the top of Liberty's head and stars 7 and 8. Housed in old white ANACS holder with AU Details, Net EF45 designation. Still a challenging date and priced to reflect the old surface impairment.
Seated 50C 1883 1883
VF30
PCGS
16112036

Choice $795 Low Mintage Date, Choice Original, Classic Crusty Gray Patina, Blemish Free Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Poston Collection. One of the low mintage late date Philadelphia strikes that entered circulation and managed to be well preserved. Mintage is only 8,000. This choice original example is accurately graded with nothing but honest wear. Classic crusty gray patina covers the entire coin. Blemishes are limited to a few randon micro ticks that are consistent with the assigned grade. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and CAC approval. A wonderful offering from Jim Poston for collectors building a circulated Liberty Seated date and mintmark set. This example will be difficult to improve upon at the VF30 grade.
Seated 50C 1883 1883
F12 PCGS
14772595

Original $450 New April 23! Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Original Gray Patina, Honest Wear, Undergraded, Murphy's Collection. PCGS grading on this 1883 low mintage Philadelphia strike appears to be much too conservative. I had to do a double take between the coin and the PCGS label grade. Surfaces are mostly original with mottled gray patina. Housed in old blue lable PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another nice offering from the Murphy's Collection.
Seated 50C 1886 1886
MS63 PCGS
21351040

Choice $1650 Low Mintage Date, Choice Original, Mirrored Fields, Brilliant Reflective Luster, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. The end of the Liberty Seated half dollar series presents a challenge to most date and mintmark collectors. Mintages drop off dramatically from 1879 through 1890 with mint state examples being more available that circulated pieces. The price curve from EF through Mint State, for these dates, is quite flat and collectors should carefully consider their acquisitions strategy. In many cases, a mint state example may only cost a few dollars more than an AU specimen. Offered here is an lovely 1886 Philadelphia strike that is housed in 2000 era PCGS blue label holder. This is a fully original example with mirrored fields. The mirrors are surprisingly brilliant under a light source. As is the case with mirrored fields, any micro hairlines or blemish is amplified therefore these types of surfaces presents a challenge for obtaining higher grade levels. Old toning will hide many defects but mirrored fields will just amplify those same defects. Strike is well executed with only stars 8 through 10 lacking connected centrils. Grading is accurate and fair. An important offering from the Newtown Collection for those difficult to fill later dates in a Seated half dollar set.
Seated 50C 1888 1888
MS64 PCGS
50177080

Choice $1750 Rare Business Strike Date, Choice Original, Mirrored Fields, Accurately Graded, Seal Beach Collection. One of the Philadelphia date issues from the low mintage period of 1879 through 1890. The 1888 features a low mintage of 12,000 but with a high survival rate in mint state. The MS64 grade level is the ideal value point as MS65 brings a price doubling. In MS63, I would expect too many hairlines as most example come with proof like fields and hairlines become too distracting. This lovely example offers brilliant reflective luster from mirrored fields. The overall appearance is consistent with the MS65 grade level but there is small chatter spot in the right obverse field that warrants the assigned MS64 grade. This is always the issue with heavily mirrored business strikes; any surface aberrations are amplified by the proof fields. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another quality Liberty Seated half dollar duplicate from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1889 1889
MS65 PCGS
32758612

Gem $4250 New June 6! Superb Gem, Late Date Low Mintage, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Light Pastel Toning, Substantial Eye Appeal, Newtown Collection. What a pleasure handling this superb gem to close out the June 2018 Newtown Collection consignment. Let's start the description with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation even at the PCGS MS65 grade level as this is a stunning piece. Obverse is lightly mirrored with vibrant reflective cartwheel luster. The luster interacts well with a multitude of pastel colors that include gold, aquamarine, green, rose and blues. The available colors are a function the viewing angle under a light source and believe me, there are multiple color options to enjoy just while resting on my office desk. The reverse surfaces are frosty, as compared to the obverse and mostly a faint lilac silver gray with gold at the periphery. Strike is completely executed with all devices nicely impressed. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A magnificent gem from the Newtown Collection for the serious student of the Liberty Seated half dollar series.
Seated 50C 1889 1889
AU58 raw

Market Acceptable $1000 Low Mintage Date, Creamy Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Seal Beach Collection. At first glance one would assume this lustrous 1889 half would receive a Choice quality rating due to the creamy cartwheel luster and hammered strike. Prior to the 1980, old time collectors would have loved to own this example. In today's technical grading environment, this piece probably will not certify due to minor obverse hairlines in the upper left field and below the claws on the reverse. As a result of this blemishes, a Market Acceptable quality rating has been assigned but please consider the overall eye appeal against the asking price. The 1889 Seated half dollar date was struck in a 10 year timespan when Philadelphia strike totals dropped dramatically. This date has a tiny mintage of 12,000 and is always in demand. Offer in raw condition and an attractive consignment from the Seal Beach collection. Ideal for a high grade Dansco or Whitman album set.
Seated 50C 1889 1889
AU50 PCGS
33194500

Choice HOLD
$850
New June 11! Low Mintage Date, Choice Original, Mirroed Fields, Pleasing Reverse Ring Toning, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. Mirrored fields and pleasing multicolor toning are the highlights of this attractive 1889 Philadelphia strike. A low mintage date that is always in demand. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality type coin offering from the Upstate New York Collection.
Seated 50C 1891 1891
MS64 NGC
4220405011

Gem $1600 Gem Rainbow Toning, Bright Light Eye Appeal. All I can say about this outstanding better date Seated half is "WOW". This is a FUN show purchased that walked up to the table and how could I say no? GFRC images accurately capture the in hand appearance while viewing under bright light exposes blooming luster and the rainbow toning. Under bright light, the obverse center offers rose/gold hues that transition into blue, gold and aquamarine arcs at the rim. The reverse is quite similar. There is some weakness at stars 7 and 8 which is non consequential given the overall eye appeal. Housed in pre 2015 generation NGC edge view holder. Definitely a piece for an advanced collection.