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 144 Coins for Sale. Most recent coin added on July 17, 2019

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
AU55 PCGS
81720851

Choice New Price
$390
Price Reduction Effective February 12, 2019: Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Creamy Faint Golden Surfaces, Hammered Strike, Accurately Greaded, Oregon Beaver Collection. 1856 New Orleans srikes exhibit considerable strike and surface variability. This pleasing example offers reflective cartwheel luster from lightly mirrored fields. However a careful 10 x loupe inspection also revealed mint frost surrounding stars 3 to 5 and again at stars 9 to 13. The reverse luster is more frosty than reflective. A faint creamy gold patina covers both sides and validates the originality. Strike is hammered with no device weakness whatsoever. Another quality Liberty Seated half dollar duplicate offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. This example is attractively priced for the overall quality and should not last long on the GFRC price list.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
EF45
PCGS
36937417

$245 Thick Crusty Olive-Gray Patina, Complete Strike, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. If thick crusty original silver is your cup of tea, then please consider this 1856-O Seated half dollar hand selected from Dr. Glenn Peterson's Dansco album collection and process through PCGS and CAC. This piece screams originality with thick olive-gray skin. Strike is well executed and complete. Surfaces are unabraded as I could not find a single defect to complain about. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1856O 1856-O
AU58 PCGS
83668804
WB-13
Original New Price
$575
Original Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Silver-Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Twins Lakes Collection. A strictly original 1856 New Orleans strike from the WB-13 die pairing. This die pairing is easily identified by die lines through the upper reverse olive bud. Yet another quality example from the Twins Lakes Collection of PCGS AU58 graded coins. Under a light source, surfaces give off cartwheel luster that is in between frost and reflective textures. The reverse cartwheels are particularly strong. A faint silver gold patina covers the obverse while the reverse has a light gray film over considerable mint frost. There are a few micro field ticks and some wispy micro lines in the right obverse field when carefully checked under a light source. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
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 1856O 1856-O
EF40 NGC
2340612010
WB-9
Choice $185 Double Date, Uniform Gray PatIna, Steely Residual Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. An early die state 1856-O WB-9 example with heavy rotational repunching on the die digits. In his Federal Registry series on Liberty Seatged half dollars, Bill Bugert labels this variety as a "double date". Surfaces are strictly original and choice. Uniform gray patina covers both sides. Strike is typical for the date. Accurately graded and housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. The NGC label reads, "1856/1856 O, VP-001".
Seated 50C 1856S 1856-S
VF25 raw

Original New Price
$395
Price Reduction April 1! Scarce Second Yield of Issue Date, Original Gray Patina, Rough Surfaces, Fairly Graded, Murphys Collection. Second year of San Francisco Seated half dollar production with nearly all of the 211,000 struck entering circulation. As a result, survival rates are quite low for modern day collectors. The raw VF25 example has light gray patina with some rough surfaces. Fields have a substantial amount of micro ticks but none large and overly distracting. Gray toning appears natural but there are a few subtle hairlines in the obverse fields that appear during detailed 10x loupe inspection. A raw example that would be ideal for a Dansco or Whitman bookshelf date and mintmark set collection. From the Murphys Collection.
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
AU58
NGC
3383777008

Choice $515 Choice Original, Dirty Gold Patina, Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded. Wholesome and original are probably the best descriptions for this choice 1857 Seated half dollar. Surfaces are covered with dirty gold patina that is more translucent to the underlying frosty luster on the reverse. Obverse toning is crusty. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view and CAC approval. CAC approval rewards the strict originality, eye appeal and accurately grading.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
AU50 PCGS
12567233

Original $315 Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Original Surfaces, Deep Aquamarine-Gold Peripheral Toning, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Cumberland Country Collection. An attractive 1857 Philadelphia strike with ample frosty luster. Under a light source, that luster provides mild cartwheels as to be expected for the assigned AU50 grade level. Both sides are mostly untoned with a deep aquamarine-gold ring at the obverse periphery and light gold on the reverse. Strike is typical with obverse weakness at the upper left stars and Liberty's head. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. A new offering from the Cumberland County Collection.
Seated 50C 1857 1857
EF45 raw

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
AU55 NGC
279600077
WB-103
Original $400 Misplaced Date in Rock, Original Surfaces, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Light Gold Patina, Strike Variability, Accurately Graded, Nice Eye Appeal, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. 1857 Philadelphia strikes are available in all grades as mintage was nearly 2M with a reasonable survival rate. As with many other common dates, the challenge lies in selecting an above average example with substantial eye appeal. Then how about this lovely offering from the New Jersey Collection? Steely cartwheel luster and light golden patina are immediately seen at first glance and amplified under a light source. The golden shades are darker at the obverse and reverse peripheries. Blueish gray patina is most evident in the reverse center under a bright light. Strike is a bit variable with the top of Liberty's head and the right field stars being weak. On the otherhand, the reverse has a hammered strike. The misplaced bottom of a 5 digit is well defined in the lower base and listed as WB-103. Finally, there are no blemishes worthy of mention. If strike had been more uniform, than a Choice Original quality rating would have been assigned. Fairly graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. In hand viewing is recommended as GFRC images just can not capture the natural luster and overal eye appeal.
Seated 50C 1857O 1857-O
EF40 PCGS
29733629
WB-2
Original $225 WB-2, Low Mintage Date, Near Choice Original, Steely Fields, Deep Gray-Rose Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection . Mintage of only 818,000 with limited number of die pairs used for total New Orleans mint output. This date becomes very challenging in AU or better and is underrated at those grade levels. Though this example only grades EF40, there is much to write about. Fields still offer residual steely luster under the deep gray patina that covers both sides. Bright light viewing is most pleasing as the dark patina melts away and exposes light gray-rose shades. Strike is typical. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A quality Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU58 NGC
678093010

Original $400 Original Surfaces, Steely Cartwheel Luster, Light Copper Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. 1858 Philadelpia strikes are readily available in all grades. The collector's challenge is locating a superior example with eye appeal. This 1858 strike, from the New Jersey Collection, could be that candidate. Steely cartwheel luster and light copper gold patina collectively produce a pleasing experience during bright light viewing. A sky blue peripheral ring is noted on both sides and well frames the lighter golden centers. Strike is typical with weakness in the obverse stars. The eagle wing feather are particular well struck on the reverse. Fairly graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the early 1990s. Of the market for neatly two decades as part of the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU55
PCGS
83056238

Choice $535 New July 17! Choice Original, Old Album Toning, Reflective Luster, Bright Light Eye Appeal, Seal Beach Collection. Ex. Watch Hill Collection. Freshly graded by the Watch Hill consignor and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval before being purchased by the Seal Beach consignor. Part of a larger lot of AU Liberty Seated halves originating from decades of old paper album storage. Excellent bright light eye appeal. Currently offered by the Seal Beach Collection and accurately graded. Will you be the next owner of this tantalizing Liberty Seated half dollar?
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU55 PCGS
33411898

Original New Price
$370
Price Reduction Effective February 12, 2019: 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 New Price
$310
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
EF45 PCGS
36240363
WB-101
Gem $265 Gem Original, Thick Crusty Golden Brown Patina, Well Struck, Undergraded Graded, Burch Creek Collection. Thick crusty natural patina covers the surfaces on the gem original 1858 Philaldelphia half dollar strike. In hand viewing reveals olive, gold and gray hues while a bright light shifts the coloring to copper gold residual luster. Strike is complete and quite pleasing. Undergraded with no blemishes worthy of mention since previously housed in ANACS AU53 old white holder. Now housed in new 2015 style PCGS holder and should be sent to CAC for high probability green bean. Another quality example from the Burchs Creek collection that needs a home with a selective collector.
Seated 50C 1858 1858
AU55 PCGS
36932487
WB-109
R6
Choice $650 WB-109 Discovery Piece, Misplaced Digits in Denticles, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Vibrant Cartwheels, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. The 1858 WB-109 variety discovery piece according to Dr. Peterson's records. A stunning example with brilliant frosty luster and vibrant cartwheels. Extreme peripheral toning includes gold and deep blue shades. Obverse strike is completely executed while the reverse has just a touch of weakness at the lower left facing leg and arrow feathers. Bright light performance is stunning with crisp luster. The top look of an 8 digit and the top flag of the 5 digit are seen in the denticles directly below the final date punch. Freshly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
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
AU53 PCGS
33149968

Choice New Price
$275
Old Album Rainbow Rim Toning. Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. The Upstate New York consignor returns with an attractively toned 1858 New Orleans duplicate that needs to locate a new home. This is a lovely piece with a base gray patina and residual luster. An old album rainbow ring of color is seen on the obverse and adds to the eye appeal. Previously from the Seal Beach Collection and ready to migrate to the next advanced collection of Liberty Seated halves. There are no blemishes to discuss on these choice surfaces. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
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
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
AU53 PCGS
36240362
WB-33
R3
Choice $415 Choice Original, Mottled Brown-Gray Patina, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Conservatively Graded, Burch Creek Collection. Just back from PCGS grading and previously in ANACS AU58 old white holder. PCGS was tough considering the AU58 to AU53 downgrade. My grading is AU55 with choice original surfaces and frosty cartwheel luster. Coloring is old paper envelope brown gray with mottled shades on the obverse. Under the toning is a substantial luster that is consistent with AU55 or better. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Strike is complete on the reverse while stars 7 through 10 lack centrils. Overall, a wonderful 1858-O half dollar for those attracted to strict originality and old time luster. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and I'm 95% confident that this piece would win CAC approval given the conservative AU53 grade. From the Burchs Creek collection .
Seated 50C 1859 1859
AU58
NGC
2083886002

Choice $750 Choice Original Eye Candy, Crusty Olive-Gold Toning, Faint Rub. An exceptional 1859 Philadelphia strike and scarcer than its New Orleans counterpart. I've label this piece as choice original eye candy. The crusty olive-gold skins remains transparent to the underlying luster which is closer to steely texture than frosty. Toning pattern is attractive with deep olive centers that transition to burnt gold at the peripheries. Housed in newer NGC holder with CAC approval. A special offering that is consistent with GFRC's reputation for eye appealing Liberty Seated coinage.
Seated 50C 1859 1859
AU53 PCGS
37927237

Choice $345 Choice Original, Dusty Light Gray Patina, Frosty Luster, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded. Freshly graded! A strictly original 1859 Philadelphia strike with dusty light gray patina throughout. Underlying frosty luster is discernible during bright light viewing. Strike is typical with some weakness at the right obverse stars. Overall, a pleasing example with choice surfaces. Accurately graded and housed in new PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 50C 1859 1859
EF45 PCGS
14072064

Original $240 Thick Frosty Original Surfaces, Golden Rims, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Cumberland Country Collection. A nice original 1859 Philadelphia strike with attractive eye appeal and frosty luster. Mild cartwheels are seen under a bright light. A golden ring at the rims nicely framed the untoned centers. Strike is typical. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another divested duplicate from the Cumberland County Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 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 WB-11, 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 1859O 1859-O
AU53
PCGS
28985849
WB-16
Choice $415 New July 17! Well Balanced, Perfectly Original, Choice Surfaces, Fully Struck, An Advanced Collector's Dream Coin, Seal Beach Collection. Ex. Newtown Collection. Though a "common date", serious fans of the Seated half dollar series should pay special attention to this well balanced 1859 New Orleans strike. Surfaces are choice and completely unabraded. Light gray patina covers both sides along with embedded gold on the obverse and rose hues on the reverse. Strike is complete with all stars well defined. Lower reverse devices are also completely impressed. Classic eye appeal is readily available and how I would love to build a Seated coinage set with all pieces matched to this gray original appearance. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2012-2014) holder with CAC approval. A superior Liberty Seated half dollar duplicate from the Seal Beach Collection that warrants a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation.
Seated 50C 1859S 1859-S
MS61 PCGS
25251419
WB-6
Choice $1450 WB-6, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Choice Original, Light Gray Patina, Pleasing Eye Appeal, Golden Harvest Collection. Light silver-gray patina and frosty cartwheel luster are the highlights of this lovely 1859-S WB-6 Seated half. Surfaces are quite frosty with substantial cartwheel effects under a light source. Nearly completely struck with only star 13 lacking connected centrils. Reverse strike is complete with deeply impressed claws and arrow feathers. So why is this piece graded MS61? To answer that question, a very close inspection was done with a 10x loupe under halogen light. The only explanation is a faint break in the luster on the left facing knee that can be seen if angling the coin correctly. From a purist and technical perspective, this coin could be graded AU58. But then again, I have seen enough MS62s with similar rub. MS61 is a fair grade for this lovely San Francisco half as there are no other blemishes to report. Dies are heavily clashed. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another quality Liberty Seated coinage offering from the Golden Harvest Collection.
Seated 50C 1860 1860
AU58 NGC
3259733008
WB-102
Original $525 Frosty White Cartwheel Luster, Near Choice Original Surfaces, Well Struck, Faint Rub, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. 1860 Philadelphia strikes have a relatively low mintage of 302,700 and don't appear on the market frequently. Surviving population in all EF and AU grades, per PCGS pop report is slightly over a hundred pieces. Pricing for the date is attractive considering availability. This 1860 Seated half, from the New Jersey Collection, is a lovely example with brilliant frosty luster and ample cartwheel effects. Surfaces are uniform white from a prior dip and close to choice with just one bagmark in the right obverse field and a few random micro marks. Please remember that blast white surfaces shown all while heavily toned toned surfaces hide most minor blemishes. Strike is completed with well impressed reverse devices. Under a 10x loupe some faint rub is detected . Accurately graded and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Special consideration is warranted here for those who enjoy Seated coinage with brilliant frosty luster.
Seated 50C 1860O 1860-O
AU55 PCGS
30443215

Choice $550 Bold Strike, Frosty Luster, Antique Silver-Gold Patina, Well Balanced and Pleasing, Newtown Collection. A lovely Newtown duplicate offering that is well balanced and pleasing. Strike is bold and complete including deeply impressed lower eagle feathers and claws. Surfaces are covered with a silky antique silvery-gray patina with embedded gold. Frosty luster produces active cartwheels under a light source. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder (2014). Another divested duplicate from the Newtown Collection that warrants special consideration.
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 1860O 1860-O
AU58 PCGS
83004296
WB-9
R3
Choice $595 Repunched Mintmark, 100% Original Steely Luster, Crusty Antique Gray and Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Jim Poston Consignment. If old time originality is your cup of tea, then please pay special attention to this 1860-O WB-9 Seated half dollar offering from Jim Poston. Surfaces are steely with crisp reflective luster that manages to radiate through the crusty old time patina. Obverse coloring is combination of ebony-gray with underlying burnt gold. The same gold coloring covers the reverse. Strike is bold and pleasing. There is light rub on the left facing breast and on the lower reverse devices. Housed in new PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
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
AU50 PCGS
21126521
WB-2
Original $495 WB-2, 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
MS62 PCGS
35764315

Choice $850 Hammered Strike, Choice Original Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Soft Pastel Aquamarine and Gold Toning, Pleasing and Fairly Graded. An eye appealing 1861 Philadelphia strike that is worthy of an advanced collection regardless of the assigned MS62 grade. Frosty cartwheel luster is vibrant on both sides and amplifies the soft pastel aquamarine and gold patina. Bright light viewing is a pleasure and memorable. Obverse strike is hammered with high relief stars and all devices being deeply impressed. The same is true for the reverse with every eagle feather having intricate details along with bold claws and arrow feathers. There are no blemishes worthy of mention. Luster appears to be the parameter holding this half dollar from a higher grade. Fairly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
AU58 NGC
1628471016

Original $435 Near Choice Original Surfaces, Steely Reflective Luster, Nice Cameo Under Bright Light, Faint Gray Patina, Well Struck, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. I really like the 1861 specimen in the New Jersey Collection due to strict old time originality. This lovely half has never been messed with in any way. A light pinkish gray skin covers both sides and protect the underlying steely fields that emit mild cartwheel luster. Under the right bright light viewing angles, the fields are lightly mirrored. Strike is essentially complete with only star 8 lacking full high relief definition. Obverse fields are no question choice original and a pleasure to examine under a 10x loupe. The reverse has one toned over line above the eagle's head that holds this piece back from a full choice quality rating. Yes, I'm being strict. Rub is very limited and difficult to see under the gray skin. Fairly graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. Another quality offering from the New Jersey 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
EF45
PCGS
20423682

Choice $250 New June 7! Classic Choice Original Gray Eye Appeal, CAC Approval, StoneCold Collection. There is no question that CAC rewards a certain choice original gray patina appearance. After many CAC submissions, "the look" becomes familiar as is the case with this lovely 1861 Seated half. An offering with lots of eye appeal for fans of strictly original silver surfaces. Strike is complete and any blemishes are consistent with the assigned circulated grade. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) blue label holder with CAC approval. Another duplicate offering from the StoneCold Collection that should not last long on the GFRC price list.
Seated 50C 1861 1861
EF40 PCGS
36240365

Choice $195 Crusty Original, Thick Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Conservative Grading, Complete Strike, Burchs Creek Collection. A marvelous 1861 Philadelphia strike with steely fields and copper-brown patina on both sides. Under bright light, surface coloring shifts to copper gold. The residual luster runs between reflective and steely and difficult to decide which term is more accurate. Fields are free of blemishes and quite pleasing. Obverse strike is complete with the reverse having some weakness at the lower left facing eagle leg and claws. Accurately graded and so choice. Graded September 2018 and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with no CAC attempt. More great 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 1861 1861
AU58
PCGS OGH
9851117
WB-101
Choice $750 New July 17! Where's The Rub? Frosty Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Fully Struck, Seal Beach Collection. Old time conservative grading and choice frosty surfaces are the highlight of this 1861 Seated half dollar offering from the Seal Beach Collection. Whether searching for a type coin, building an AU58 CAC set, or regular date and mintmark set, this offering will fit nicely into all projects. Intense frosty luster approaches a cameo effect during bright light viewing. Strike is complete and so pleasing. Housed in PCGS Gen 3.0 (1990-1993) old green holder with CAC approval. Don't think about this offering too long as it will not last on the price list.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
MS61 NGC
3387077001
W-13 WB-103
R2
Original New Price
$2250
Pricing Reduction February 7, 2019. 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
CSA Issue
AU55 PCGS
11567532
W-13 WB-103
R2
Choice $1250 WB-13, 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 belongs in a sophisticated collection.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
AU53 PCGS
12497562
W-13 WB-103
R2
Choice $1650 New May 29! Bisected Crack at Date, W-13 CSA Die Pairing, Gorgeous Old Album Radial Toning, Choice Original, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. The 1861-O W-13 CSA die pairing is popular and available. One can find various progressions of the obverse die crack that "bisects" the date. If building an 1861-O die pairing set, then the challenge for W-13 is locating an example with pleasing eye appeal and strict originality for the purchase price. Please allow me to share this gorgeous W-13 offering from the 1861-O Bonanza Collection. Old album radial toning is eye catching during in hand viewing and just splendid under a light source. Obverse features center rose surrounded by rich aquamarine ring that turns to gold at the periphery. Reverse coloring is the same but with the aquamarine patina being widespread. The bisecting die crack is fully formed though overall strike is typical. An upgrade candidate for many collectors building a premium 1861-O Seated half dollar die variety set. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 holder with "Bisected Date WB-103" attribution on label. A superb offering from the 1861-O Bonanza Collection.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
EF40 PCGS
33993517
W-13 WB-103
R2
Market Acceptable New Price
$475
WB-13, 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
CSA Issue
EF40 ANACS OWH
2776141
W-14 WB-103/104
R4
Original New Price
$1025
Pricing Reduction February 7, 2019. Bisecting Crack at Date/Speared Olive Bud, Challenging CSA Die Pairing, Darker Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Bold Diagnostics, Athens Collection. Struck under the CSA administration during April 1861. The W-14 die pairing consistent of a late die state obverse paired with a fresh reverse die. The obverse is well known for having a vertical bisecting die crack through the date while the reverse has two parallel die lines through an olive bud. The latter is now known as the Speared olive Bud reverse and is used in final die pairing (W-15) before the New Orleans mint is closed. This example features deep gray patina across original surfaces. Diagnostics are bold. Housed in ANACS old white holder that dates back to the early to mid 1990s. Another important CSA offering from the Athens Collection.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
VF35 PCGS
83797032
W-14 WB-103/104
R4
Original $525 New May 29! Bisected Date/Speared Olive Bud, W-14 CSA Die Pairing, Crusty Original Gray, Scarce Die Variety, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. Original gray patina and R4 rarity rating according to Wiley-Bugert. Slight more available than the very scarce CSA W-10 die pairing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with "WB-103/104 Bisected Date Speared Olive Bud" attribution on the label. The last of the 1861-O Bonanza Collection offerings.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
VF35 PCGS
35468598
W-14 WB-103/104
R4
Original $525 New May 29! Bisected Date/Speared Olive Bud, W-14 CSA Die Pairing, Crusty Original Gray, Scarce Die Variety, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. Original gray patina and R4 rarity rating according to Wiley-Bugert. Slight more available than the very scarce CSA W-10 die pairing. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with "WB-103/104 Bisected Date Speared Olive Bud" attribution on the label. The last of the 1861-O Bonanza Collection offerings.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Issue
EF45+ raw
W-15 WB-104
Original HOLD
$715
Final CSA Issue, Speared Olive Bud, Original Surfaces, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Residual Steely Luster, Fairly Graded, Under Construction Collection . Speared Olive Bud reverse, CSA Issue. The last die pairing struck under authority of the Confederate States of America. This die variety is easily attributed due to two parallel lines through the upper olive bud. This reverse was first paired with the Bisecting Crack at Date reverse and then afterwards with Obverse 1; first employed for Union strikes. Die erosion at Liberty's foot is evident for the variety and on the offered example. This Under Construction Collection example offers steely surfaces covered with classic gun metal gray patina on the obverse and lighter silver gray shades on the reverse. Strike typical on the obverse, since late state Union obverse, and full on the reverse. This piece performs well under a light source with plenty of residual luster. If TPG certification is your goal, then don't hesitate to purchase as I guarantee this W-15 will be placed in a holder. An important piece of Civil War history as struck during the final days of the New Orleans mint during April 1861.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Obverse
AU50 PCGS
06752705
W-11 WB-102
R4
Original New Price
$3650
Pricing Reduction February 7, 2019. CSA Obverse, WB-11, 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
CSA Obverse
EF45 NGC
4053914002
W-11 WB-102
R4
Original New Price
$3150
Pricing Reduction February 7, 2019. 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
CSA Obverse
EF40 ANACS OWH
684938
W-11 WB-102
R4
Original New Price
$2300
Pricing Reduction February 7, 2019. CSA Obverse, Original, Faint Crack to Liberty's Nose, Gray Patina, Historically Important, Athens Collection. The CSA Die Crack 1861-O half has been desired by specialized Civil War collectors since first cataloged by Beistle in 1929. It is found with same ”die crack at nose” as the four CSA muled halves. The landmark article by Randall Wiley in “The Gobrecht Journal #94” discusses the various die states and marriages in great detail. The offered example is original with light gun patina. The obverse CSA die crack is in an early die state with mostly the dot on Liberty's nose being present. Housed in ANACS old white holder and from the Athens Collection of 1861-O halves.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Obverse
VF35 NGC
4132726004
W-11 WB-102
R4
Original $2150 CSA Obverse, WB-11, Die Crack Nose to Rim, Middle Die State, Crusty Original Surfaces, Lakewood Collection. The "CSA Obverse" is a significant piece of of Civil War history that has been pursued by specialized collectors since first cataloged by Beistle in 1929. It is found with the same ”die crack at nose” as the four CSA muled halves. The landmark article by Randall Wiley in “The Gobrecht Journal #94” issue discusses the various 1861 New Orleans die states and marriages across Union, State of Louisiana and Confederacy administrations in comprehensive detail. This example is found in a middle die state with the die crack from Liberty's nose to the rim being obvious under a 10x loupe. Crusty gray patina is uniform on both sides. A strictly original example that offers a bold reverse strike while obverse shows head and star 7 and 8 weakness. Accurately graded and housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. The NGC label does not list the CSA obverse attribution. An important offering from the new Lakewood Collection consignor.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
CSA Obverse
VF25 PCGS
06752706
W-11 WB-102
R4
Original New Price
$1300
Pricing Reduction February 7, 2019. CSA Obverse, WB-11, Original Silver-Gra Surfaces, Bold Die Crack to Nose, Accurately Graded, Athen Collection. The CSA Die Crack 1861-O half has been desired by specialized Civil War collectors since first cataloged by Beistle in 1929. It is found with same ”die crack at nose” as the four CSA muled halves. The landmark article by Randall Wiley in “The Gobrecht Journal #94” discusses the various die states and marriages in great detail. The offered example is original with silver gray patina. The obverse CSA die crack is bold and well defined. Just honest wear and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. CSA Obverse is printed on the PCGS label and captures the attribution. From the Athens Collection of 1861-O Liberty Seated halves and looking for a new home.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
Louisiana Issue
EF40 PCGS
83797030
W-4
R2
Original $255 New May 29! Louisiana Administration Strike, W-4 Die Pairing, Thick Crusty Original Gray Patina, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. The 1861-O W-4 die variety is the second of six Louisiana State administration die pairings. This pairing is considered to be common by Liberty Seated half dollar experts Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert. On the offered example, the W-4 diagnostic die crack at S(TA)TES is easily seen with 10x loupe. A no question original example with thick crusty gray patina along with additional upper right obverse verdigris. Conservatively graded as the scroll edges are raised and bold. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality offering from the 1861-O Bonanza Collection.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
Louisiana Issue
EF Details raw
W-5
R4
Cleaned $150 New May 29! Louisiana Administration Strike, Very Scarce W-5 Die Pairing, Cleaned, Retoned, Decent Filler Example, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. A decent example of the Louisiana Administration W-5 die pairing as a filler opportunity. This raw example graded EF45 details with an old cleaning and "X" scratched in the right obverse field. The obverse die crack diagnostics are difficult to discern due to the cleaning and field chatter. Fairly priced as a filler given the surface conditions. Another offering from the 1861-O Bonanza Collection and the best W-5 example he could locate.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
Louisiana Issue
EF45 PCGS
81483783
W-7
R2
Original $425 New May 29! Louisiana Administration Strike, W-7 Die Pairing, Original Surfaces, Crusty Brown-Gray Patina, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. Special attention should be paid to this choice original Civil War Liberty Seated half struck at the New Orleans mint under Louisiana State Administration. Surfaces on this 1861-O W-7 are strictly original and covered with brownish-gray patina that also contains some embedded olive shades. PCGS grading is accurate at the assigned grade level. There are scattered obverse field lines that are fully toned over and of no consequence. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Another quality offering from the 1861-O Bonanza Collection worthy of consideration.
Seated 50C 1861O 1861-O
Union Issue
G06 raw
W-1
R6
Original $325 New May 29! Union Issue, W-1 Die Pairing, Original Gray Surfaces, 1861-O Bonanza Collection. The 1861-O W-1 die pairing minted the initial Union Administration strikes during January 1861. The following month, the New Orleans mint authority transferred to the State of Louisiana. Though the total Union mintage is estimated to be 330,00 by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert, W-1 and W-2 Union strikes are rarities in today's market. There is no published research that explains the difficulty in locating Union strikes as compared to Louisiana and CSA counterparts. However, a personal conversation with a high level mint employee suggested a theory that most pieces were exported to Europe for CSA munitions purchases. This raw example grades is strictly original with even gray patina. Obverse and reverse rims are complete at the assigned grade level. The darker reverse toning line looks to result from contact with a piece of string and not a rubber band as surface integrity is intact. A great filler W-1 example from the 1861-O Bonanza 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
AU50 PCGS
34348010
WB-4
Original $425 "Bearded Liberty", Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Creamy Light Gold Patina, Typical 1862-S Dished Obverse Strike, Accurately Graded, Cumberland County Collection. 1862 San Francisco strikes bring an atypical appearance among Seated half dollar dates. Many will be found with a dished obverse and more satiny than frosty luster. This is the case for this new offering from the Cumberland Country Collection. Both sides offer satiny luster with with creamy light yellow-gold patina on the obverse and along the reverse periphery. The WB-4 die variety is nicknamed the "Bearded Liberty" by author Bill Bugert, due to heavy die polish lines below Liberty's chin. Strike is typical with heavy erosion of the denticles. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
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 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
VF30 raw
WB-5
R4
Original $285 Small Thin S, Transitional 1865-S Reverse, Original Surfaces, Golden Gray Patina, Fairly Graded, Murphys Collection. A solid example of a 1864-S WB-5 Seated half dollar with uniform gold gray patina. The WB-5 die pairing features an obverse with saw tooth like denticles below the date and a transitional Small Thin S reverse that is again used in 1865. Strike is well executed and the GFRC grading is conservative. From the Murphys Collection and ideal for a Dansco or Whitman album 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 1865 1865
AU55 PCGS
36358333

Gem $1300 Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Seal Beach Collection. Swirling evergreen and deep blue hues envelop the obverse and reverse of this pleasingly toned Seated half. The central devices are lighter, exhibiting frosty luster and attractive contrast with the richly toned fields and rims. The strike is complete, with the arrow fletching and eagle's left foot not quite fully detailed. Although not approved by CAC, both GFRC and the consignor believe the coin is close and might succeed on a second submission. From the Seal Beach Collection, housed in new PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-present) holder.
Seated 50C 1865 1865
AU53 PCGS
5550451

Original $950 New June 1! Scarce Civil War Date, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Mottled Gold Toning, Fully Struck. As the American Civil War was entering its final year, the Philadelphia mint struck 511,400 Seated halves dated 1865. Regardless of the large mintage, survivors at the AU grade level are quite limited. As a result, this date is consider to be scarce in AU or better. At GFRC, I attempt to add well preserved example to inventory as is the case for this PCGS AU53 specimen. Surfaces are frosty and emit vibrant cartwheels under a light source. Overall appearance is of a slightly higher grade due to dynamic luster and a full strike. Faint mottled gold is seen on both sides. In terms of eye appeal, this piece warrants a choice original quality rating. However, this is one very faint line across the shield and into the gown folds that hold back the choice quality rating. I don't see this line as consequential else I would not have added to inventory. Accurately grade and housed in PCGS Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) holder. Worthy of special consideration for those building type sets with a Civil War theme.
Seated 50C 1865 1865
Counterstamped
AU Details ANACS
5048633

Original $450 Counterstamped Birth Piece, Wonderful Civil War Exonumia, Crusty Ebony-Gray Patina, Strictly Original Surfaces, Completely Struck, Lakewood Collection. Counterstamped with "C.M.Guinther. Born Mar. 3rd.". A fully struck example of the 1865 date with bold device details. 100% original surfaces covered with crusty ebony-gray patina coupled with steely residual luster. Housed in ANACS gold label holder and graded AU50 Details due to the counterstamp . The counterstamp lettering is listed on the ANACS holder. A great piece of Civil War exonumia from new Lakewood Collection consignor. Offers welcomed.
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
VF35 PCGS
29659341
WB-7d
R5
Original $325 WB-7d, Challenging Terminal Die State, Reverse Cud, Choice Surfaces, Gray-Rose Patina, Decent Strike, Accurately Graded. Terminal die state (d) as defined by Bill Bugert in his Federal Register on Liberty Seated half dollar die varieties. The reverse cud at (HA)LF is completely formed and has shelf metal appearance above the regular fields. Otherwise, the reverse is completely shattered. Surfaces are toned an uniform gray with some olive hues. A careful 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes worthy of mention. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. A really cool terminal die state on a Civil War S mint strike to consider.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
MS61 NGC
2154877006
WB-103
Choice $1300 Misplaced Date, Superior Eye Appeal, Choice Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Peripheral Toning, Hammered Strike, Under Graded, Golden Harvest Collection. An obviously under graded 1866 Liberty Seated half that warrants special attention. Mintage for the 1866 With Motto date is 744,900; a substantial number. However, this date was not saved by collectors resulting in a low mint state surviving population. This example, from the Golden Harvest Collection, seems out of place in its current NGC MS61 holder. Cartwheel luster is crisp and vibrant under a light source. Surfaces have a light frosty texture. Strike is bold and hammered. A thin ring of gold and blue toning is seen at the peripheries. Now the abrasions that knocked this one down to MS61. There are three to four faint hairlines in the upper left obverse field by Liberty's head that have to be the point on consternation. These are not apparent during in hand viewing and faint when viewed with a 10x loupe. Reverse fields exhibit faint micro chatter. I would grade this piece a full MS62/MS63 as the luster, strike and eye appeal are so dominant. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
Motto
AU Details PCGS
36932490

Cleaned $350 New July 3! With Motto, AU55+ Details, Lightly Hairlined, Residual Luster, An Eye Appealing Example Overall, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. 1866 brought the end of the Civil War and a nation seeking to celebrate the salvation of the Union. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to reverse of the Liberty Seated quarter and half dollar denominations that year. All 1866 Philadelphia struck halves are with the With Motto reverse. This example is yet another piece that was hand selected from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Dansco album collection and submitted to PCGS during early 2019. I expected this piece to be slightly downgraded due to some obverse hairlines but was not certain of the outcome. PCGS chose an AU Details certification and I'm listing this piece accordingly as the hairlines are obvious under a 10x loupe. Strike is bold and complete. Overall eye appeal is more than acceptable for another Dansco collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Fairly priced and an excellent value.
Seated 50C 1866 1866
Motto
MS65 PCGS
25787923

Gem HOLD
$7000
Exceptional Eye Appeal, Radial Rainbow Toning, Gem Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Strong Strike, Fairly Graded, Newtown Collection. An intoxicatingly beautiful 1866 Motto Liberty Seated half dollar that belongs in the finest collections being assembled. GFRC images were painstakingly prepared for exact color matching during in hand inspection. Bright light viewing brings a color transition to classic ring toning. Rose-gold centers are surrounded by sky blue rings along with yellow gold at the extreme rims. The yellow-gold peripheral toning is more pronounced on the reverse and adds to the charm. Luster is reflective with bright cartwheels through the transparent patina. Obverse strike is complete while the reverse has weakness at the eagles left facing leg and claws. This is a true MS65 example with no traces of field hairlines. Accurately graded as a gem and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An exceptional offering from the Newtown 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
VF Details PCGS
34353248

Cleaned $650 No Motto Type, Cleaned, Gray-Blue Coloring, Chemically Retoned, Typical Strike. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Description to follow shortly.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
No Motto
VF30
PCGS
14553447
WB-1
R4
Choice $1600 WB-1, Important No Motto Type, Choice Original, Classic Gun Metal Gray Patina, Late Die State, Accurately Graded . Always in demand as dual 1866 No Motto/Motto design type. The Civil War has ended and Reconstruction period starts with a reference to God on United States larger denomination coinage. Choice and attractive surfaces with classic gun metal gray patina. Accurately graded. Typical strike for the date with bold die clash mark in the lower right reverse shield resulting in the R4 rarity designation. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard insert. CAC approval rewards the strict originality and classic gray eye appeal. A perfect candidate for a mid grade date and mintmark set without breaking the bank.
Seated 50C 1866S 1866-S
With Motto
VF30 PCGS
18674878
WB-8
R3
Choice $225 New June 7! With Motto Type, Antique Gray Patina, Choice Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded, StoneCold Collection. 1866 brought the end of the Civil War and the addition of the IN GOD WE TRUST motto to the reverse of Liberty Seated quarter and half dollar silver coinage. 1866 San Francisco strikes were struck with both reverse designs. This offering is the with motto type. A choice example that is accurately graded. Antique gray patina covers both sides. Listed as the WB-8 die pair in Bill Bugert's Register of Liberty Seated halves. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) blue label holder. Another strictly original duplicate offering from the StoneCold Collection.
Seated 50C 1867S 1867-S
VF30 PCGS
84024852
WB-7
Original HOLD
$180
WB-7, Original Light Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded. An end of Civil War San Francisco strike with mintage of slightly over 1,000,000. This example is perfectly original with blemish free surfaces and a light gray skin on both sides. Strike is well executed. There is residual verdigris in the protected areas that validates the strict originality. Fairly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1868 1868
AU58 NGC
1650031009

Choice $825 New July 3! Limited Mintage, Light Gray-Gold Patina, Choice Original Surfaces, Completely Struck, LaSalle Collection. A post Civil War better date Philadelphia mint strike with low mintage of 417,600 pieces. 1868 Philadelphia strikes are much scarcer than might be expected and should not be considered as a regular "type coin. This date has a low surviving population from AU58 through MS65. PCGS AU58 population is a meager six pieces with thirty-three better in all Mint State grades. Gems are very rare. This AU58 offering, from the LaSalle Collection, is strictly original with choice surfaces. A faint gray-gold skin covers both sides. Strike is complete with fully rounded stars, well impressed head and hair curls along with completely defined reverse eagle devices. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1868 1868
AU55 PCGS
32258558

Original New Price
$685
Price Reduction Effective February 12, 2019: Original Surfaces, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Golden Patina, Hammered Strike, Accurately Greaded, Oregon Beaver Collection. Ex. Woodlands Collection. A Reconstruction Period strike from the Philadelphia mint that offeres crisp frosty cartwheel luster and a faint golden covering of both sides. Cartwheel luster is vibrant and dances across surfaces when viewed under bright light. Strike is hammered with high relief stars and deeply impress reverse eagle devices. An original quality rating has been assigned due to faint micro ticks on Liberty's upper and lower body. These are not distracting but become evident with a 10x loupe. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another quality duplicate offering from the Oregon Beaver Collection.
Seated 50C 1868 1868
AU53 NGC
1515177003

Original $475 Steely Original Surfaces, Reflective Luster, Traces of Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. Limited mintage of 417,600 and available in all circulated grades. The 1868 Philadelphia, within the New Jersey Collection, offers steely fields and reflective luster. Toning is a faint gold that is easily seen at the peripheries while vieing under a light source. As with most New Jersey Collection halves, strike is well executed and complete. Accurately graded with sufficient eye appeal due to the lightly mirrored surfaces. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1868 1868
AU50 PCGS
19475639

Choice New Price
$400
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 1868 1868
EF40
PCGS
36937427
WB-102
Choice $475 Repunched Date, Low CAC Population, Choice Original Surfaces, Thick Olive-Gray Patina, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. 1868 Seated halves are difficult to locate choice with low CAC population. CAC total population stands at twenty after GFRC made two approvals from the Peterson Collection. This WB-102 example is perfectly original with thick crusty olive-gray and gold patina. Strike is well executed on the Reconstruction Era piece. The repunching within the date digits is difficult to see due to heavy verdigris in the loops. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection that will please those that love crusty original silver coinage .
Seated 50C 1868S 1868-S
AU53 PCGS
13445824
WB-4
Original $495 New July 17! Errant 68 In Denticles, Difficult Date in AU, Original Untoned Surfaces, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Seal Beach Collection. The 1868 San Francisco date is well recognized among Liberty Seated specialist for being difficult to locate choice AU or better grades. Most will be found with one issue or another. Seal Beach is back with an important AU53 offering that sports an impressive provenance. Upon initial viewing, brilliant frosty luster immediately jumps out and is impressive. Micro mint frost is seen throughout the fields during 10x loupe inspection. From a wear perspective, the assigned AU53 grade is a bit conservative. Strike is fully executed on the reverse while a few obverse stars lack connected centrils. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder. Provenance: From Stacks Sale, November 2016, lot 7054 and Superior's sale of the Dr. Charles L. Ruby Collection, Part III, February 1975, lot 773.
Seated 50C 1868S 1868-S
AU55 PCGS
21671105
WB-5
Original $600 Early WB-5 Die State, Near Choice Original, Copper Gold Patina, Steely Luster, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. A pleasing 1868 San Francisco struck half dollar with copper gold obverse patina. The reverse coloring is uniform gold but with faint embedded aquamarine shades. Strike is well executed on this early die state example. The die pairing saw extensive production with many later die state examples on the market with eroded date digits. Steely luster is evident on both sides. Obverse is essentially blemish free while the reverse has a few ancient lines in the fields that are captured by GFRC images. Housed early blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. This holder dates back to the late 1990s. Another quality duplicate from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1869 1869
EF Details PCGS
34348013

Cleaned $150 Bright Surfaces, Old Cleaning, Faint Hairlines, Peripheral Retoning, Accurately Graded. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Description to follow shortly.
Seated 50C 1869 1869
EF45 PCGS
83820254

Original $225 Near Choice Original, Crusty Olive-Gold Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, Lakewood Collection. Limited mintage of 795,300. Surfaces are strictly original with residual steely luster and light olive-gold shades on both sides. Strike is essentially complete with rounded stars, full eagle feathers and claws. Only the lower left claws and olive leaves lack full definition. Scroll lines on the shield are raised. Fields are unabraded and pleasing. Overall, a quality example that would fit nicely into a mid circulated grade date and mintmark set at a reasonable price. From the new Lakewood Collection consignor and worthy of a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation at the asking price. I'm growing quite fond of this offering.
Seated 50C 1869 1869
EF40 PCGS
35439556

Choice $230 Near Gem Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded. Let’s start the description for this near gem original 1869 Seated half dollar with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. This example is so well balance in terms of surfaces, strike and natural eye appeal. Crusty gray patina covers both sides. Surfaces are so choice and entirely blemish free. And finally, the strike is complete with all stars having connected centrils and full eagle claws. I can't stress enough how nice this 1869 half dollar is. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. For fans of strict originalty!
Seated 50C 1869 1869
AU50 PCGS
36937428
WB-102
Original HOLD
$275
New May 19! Repunched 18 Digits, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Faint Rose Patina, Near Choice Original Surfaces, Well Struck, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. A well above average 1869 Philadelphia strike at the assigned AU50 grade level. Brilliant frosty luster is most pleasing as are the active cartwheels. In hand faint rose toning become darker under a light source. GFRC images accurately capture the bright light appearance. Repunching on the 1 digit is obvious under the flag and left foot. Strike is nearly complete with only star 8 lacking centrils. Conservatively graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1869S 1869-S
VF35 PCGS
32266711
WB-2
R3
Original $235 WB-2, Original Gray Surfaces, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Union Bridge Collection. Mintage of 656,000 but with a reasonable survival rate leading to lower pricing structure. Interestingly, GFRC has handled only one specimen in AU and none in mint state. This circulated survivor has light gray patina on both sides with the reverse being a bit darker. Strike is typical for the date. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Union Bridge Collection.
Seated 50C 1870 1870
AU Details NGC
3422493008

Cleaned $225 Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Mirrored Fields, Light Gold Patina, Hairlined, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. A proof like 1870 Philadelphia strike with sharp reflective luster. Unfortunately, the mirrored fields amplify field hairlines on both sides and can be seen by the trained eye. Strike is hammered and overall appearance will be found to be pleasing at the offer price.. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. From the New Jersey Collection.
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
AU53 PCGS
83820255

Original $375 Crusty Original Toning, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded, Well Struck, Lakewood Collection. The 1870 date presents a limited mintage of only 633,900. This example is a new offering from the Lakewood Collection consignor and exhibits residual steely luster under a light source. Light olive-gray shades cover the obverse while the reverse is toned a lovely golden-brown. Strike is essentially complete with only the top of Liberty's head showing mild weakness. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 new style holder. Fairly priced for a quick sale.
Seated 50C 1870 1870
VF25 PCGS
33172544

Choice $145 Choice Original, Classic Old Paper Album Toning, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded. A lovely 1870 Seated half with pretty old album paper toning. Obverse is a combination of aquamarine center that shifts to gold at the periphery. Reverse has classic rose center that is well frame by a ring of sky blue at the legend. This piece is entirely blemish free with just honest wear. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
MS62
PCGS
34045343

Gem $1650 Gem Original, Soft Frosty Luster, Seal Beach Collection. Yet another lovely Seated half from the Seal Beach consignor, this CAC-approved piece drips with originality, as the antique surfaces attest to nothing except the natural effects of time. A rainbow of color surrounds the figure of Liberty while the reverse is more evenly toned. The strike is complete with only a few hints of weakness in the lower part of the eagle. The eye-appeal is strong, and we suspect CAC did not need much time to approve this example. Housed in a new PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-present) holder.
Seated 50C 1871 1871
AU50
PCGS
30922688

Choice $385 New June 15! Marvelous Eye Appeal, Near Gem Original, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Fully Struck, CAC Approved. A near gem original 1871 Philadelphia strike with deep gun metal gray-blue patina on both sides. Strike is completely executed with high relief stars and complete lower reverse eagle devices. At first glance, I assume this piece graded at least AU53 as wear is limited. Then seeing the assigned AU50 graded made me debate whether to assigned a Choice or Gem original quality rating. Choice was selected but this offering is close to gem status. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval. Previously sold by GFRC back in 2015 and just repurchased for a second offering. Hurry on this one!
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 1871CC 1871-CC
AU Details PCGS
27446591
WB-2
R4
Cleaned New Price
$2550
Price Reduction April 1! Important Carson City Date, Cloudy White Surfaces, Hairlined Cleaning, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Murphys Collection. 1871 Carson City halves are one of the scarcest and most popular dates in the entire Liberty Seated half dollar series. Mintage is a limited 153,950 coins with most survivors having one issue or another. Truly choice original examples are rare. A quick CAC review indicates 22 total approved but most are in low circulated grades. This AU example, from the Murphys Collection, has substantial device details. Unfortunately, both sides have seen a mechanical cleaning that has left hairlines throughout the fields. Due to the cleaning, surfaces are colored a milky white with some residual reflective luster. Strike is complete. There are no other abrasions other than the hairlines. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge insert and priced according to the designation. Not every collector can own an AU 1871-CC half dollar considering the $7,500 to $10,000 price range. At $2,850, this example is attractively priced for the value collector and should not last long.
Seated 50C 1871S 1871-S
AU50 PCGS
2755557
WB-7
R3
Original $325 WB-7, 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
Large CC
VF35 PCGS
18199771
WB-7
R4
Original New Price
$1590
Price Reduction Effective February 12, 2019: WB-7, 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 1872S 1872-S
EF40
PCGS
36937430
WB-1
R3+
Choice $400 Better San Francisco Date, Small Wide S, Dirty Medium Gray Patina, CAC Approval, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Mintage of 580,000 and scarcity equivalence with the 1866-S Motto date. CAC population is low at eighteen overall with six at the EF40 grade level. Interestingly, CAC has not certified a single specimen below the VF35 grade level. A well preserved offering hand selected from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Dansco album collection and processed through PCGS and CAC. Surfaces are strictly original and choice. Dirty olive-gray patina covers both sides. Residual steely reflective luster is activated under a light source. There is one mark in the right obverse field that is visible in the GFRC images. This mark did not bother PCGS or CAC given the old time natural toning. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. Worthy of special consideration.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
No Arrows Closed 3
AU53
PCGS
27763484

Gem $750 New July 17! No Arrows, Closed 3, Gem Original, Exceptional Eye Appeal, Completely Struck, Seal Beach Collection. Ex. Grey Solder Collection. Let's start the description for this gem 1873 No Arrows Closed 3 Seated half with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Why you might ponder after viewing the GFRC images? All one has to do is tilt this silver piece slightly under bright light and the reason will be obvious. Mirrored fields melt the thick in hand toning to reveal gorgeous peripheral blues and rose center on the obverse along with peripheral aquamarine on the reverse. The eye appeal is exceptional and will please the most selective collector. Strike is also complete. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2012-2014) holder with CAC approval. This offering brings the well known Grey Soldier Collection pedigree. Now being offered by the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
No Arrows Closed 3
VF35 PCGS
22015234
WB-103
Original $225 No Arrows, Closed 3. Original Gray Surfaces, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. Mintage of 587,000 with the Closed 3 date punch being the only affordable No Arrows variety of that year. Survival rate is relatively low with only 32 examples certified by PCGS in all VF grades (VF20 - VF35). This strictly original example is covered with crusty gray patina on both sides. Strike is well executed. Fields have some faint micro chatter resulting in the Original quality rating. Fairly graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
90023951

Original $850 Arrows, Strongly Detailed, Attractively Toned, Twin Lakes Collection.. Another important type coin from the Twin Lakes collection, this well-detailed 1873 half dollar exhibits the arrows used in 1873 and 1874 to denote a slight weight change in the silver coiange. A delictate mix of grey and occasional burgundy toning graces both sides, and the overall effect is aesthetically pleasing.
Seated 50C 1873 1873
With Arrows
AU55 NGC
2635690003
WB-109
Original $1500 WB-109, Double Die Obverse, Quad Stripes, Bold White Luster, Completely Struck, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection. The 1873 With Arrows double die obverse variety is popular and can be found listed as FS-101 and FS-1101 by NGC and PCGS attribution services. Few examples have been certified with the finest at NGC being EF45 and PCGS being AU58 and MS65. The PCGS AU58 example sold at Heritage Auction during July 2015 for $3500. Wiley-Bugert call the 1873 With Arrows variety, "the most dramatic doubled head die of the Liberty Seated half dollar series." Doubling is visible on Liberty's gown and foot, and clearly evident on the obverse shield, scroll, and LIBERTY. The obverse shield stripes are in sets of four, rather than the customary three stripes per set. This example is in the condition census for the variety with brilliant frosty white luster. Strike is complete with all stars being well rounded and complete device details on both sides. Under a light source, the luster is bright white and somewhere between reflective and frosty. An important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection. The offered high grade example must be in the condition census with bold white luster and clear definition of the obverse die doubling diagnostics. There is some minor chatter in the obverse field that is mentioned for completeness. Strike is full with all star centrils and head details complete. Advanced Liberty Seated half dollar collectors should carefully consider this high end example. Housed in new NGC holder without the WB-109 designation on label.
Seated 50C 1873CC 1873-CC
With Arrows
VF20 PCGS
84718461
WB-3
R4
Original $1050 Difficult Carson City Date, Original Light Gray Surfaces, Rose-Gold Highlights, Accurately Graded, Murphys Collection. Scarce Carson City in the Liberty Seated half dollar series with mintage of 214,560. Surprisingly, this small mintage was struck with seven obverse dies and three reverse dies. Die saw limited usage therefore survivors tend to come well struck and without major die cracks. This survivor has honest wear with light gray surfaces overall and rose-gold toning highlights surrounding the devices. There are no blemishes but a tiny rim mark by star 5 is mentioned for complete disclosure. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Another important Carson City offering from the Murphys Collection
Seated 50C 1874 1874
With Arrows
AU58 NGC
639199004

Choice $700 With Arrows Type, Choice Original, Glowing Orange-Gold Cartwheel Luster, Completely Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. A wonderful 1874 With Arrows type offering that should be immediately considered. Fiery orange-gold patina glows under a light source. Cartwheel luster is active and somewhere between frosty and steely. Strike is hammered with high relief devices throughout obverse and reverse. Surfaces are entirely blemish free. Accurately graded and housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert. An eye appeal type coin offering from the fine collection of New Jersey Liberty Seated half dollars. If you like the GFRC images, then the half will be even better on arrival. Don't wait on this offering....trust me.
Seated 50C 1874CC 1874-CC
VF35 PCGS
11311983
WB-3
Original $4500 Carson City Key Date, Original Surfaces, Attractive Rose-Aquamarine Obverse Toning, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Cumberland Country Collection. The Liberty Seated half dollar series key date outside of the 1873 NA Open 3 and 1878-S! Luckily for GFRC customers, the Cumberland County Collection is releasing an attractive VF35 example. An entirely blemish free specimen with obverse toning that probably originated from being in contact with felt pad for years. Obverse center is a lovely rose-orange and surrounded by aquamarine-gold on the left periphery and steely gray on the right. Reverse toning is limited to burnt gold throughout the legend. Strike is well executed with all stars having connected centrls other than stars 12 and 13. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Another important opportunity for avanced collectors to secure a key date divestment at a fair price.
Seated 50C 1875CC 1875-CC
VF35 PCGS
34132924
WB-7
R4
Original $425 Original Surfaces, Crusty Gray Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded Murphys Collection. This 1875 Carson City piece was struck from the WB-7 die pairing and is consider an R4 rarity by Bill Bugert in his Federal Register series on Seated halves. A crusty gray example with naturally toned surfaces. Strike is typical and grading is accurate. There is a bit of a reverse rim bruise at 11:30 mentioned for 100% accuracy. Housed in 2015 PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Another Carson City half dollar offering from the Murphys Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
AU58 PCGS
83057585

Original New Price
$355
Golden-Lavendar Patina, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Near Choice Original Surfaces, Typical Strike, Light Rub, Twins Lakes Collection. A most attractive 1875 San Francisco strike that provides frosty cartwheel luster from lightly toned surfaces. Obverse toning is pale gold with embedded lavendar and aquamarine while the reverse features peripheral gold. Strike is typical with stars 1, 2, 12 , and 13 lacking centrils. A well hidden obverse line is seen from Liberty's head to cap. Outside of this single line this piece would receive a Choice quality rating. A near choice original offering from the Twins Lakes Collection that is housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1875S 1875-S
AU58 PCGS
81149049

Choice $545 New July 6! Creamy Frosty Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Attractive Peripheral Rose-Gold and Aquamarine Toning, Fully Struck, Jim Poston Consignment . An attractively toned and well struck AU58 Liberty Seated half dollar at the desirable AU58 grade level. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Another quality offering from Jim Poston. Full description shortly.
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 1876 1876
MS62
PCGS
2646431

Choice $950 Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Seal Beach Collection. This Seated half from the Centennial year exhibits smooth and brilliant surfaces, bright and silver-toned but with just enough antique finish to assure originality. The obverse stars and reverse rim are more deeply toned with shades of russet, crimson, and blue-green. The Wiley-Bugert reference notes strong strikes for this issue, are that is certainly the case here with sharp detail throughout. The CAC certification attest to the overall eye appeal, and next owner will be equally pleased. Housed in a PCGS Gen 3.0 (1990-1993) old green holder, and from the Seal Beach Collection.
Seated 50C 1876 1876
EF45 PCGS
34348014

Choice $215 Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Peripheral Toning, Completely Struck, Conservative Grading . An interesting 1876 Liberty Seated half dollar with ample residual luster for the assigned grade level. Conservatively graded with complete strike and reflective luster. Peripheral gold and darker obverse shades adds to the overall eye appeal. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
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 raw
WB-108, WB-35
R4
Market Acceptable New Price
$525
Misplaced 8 in Denticles, Light Gray, Long Ago Clean, Accurately Graded, San Jose Collection. One of the many 1876-CC die pairings but easily identified as WB-35 by the top of a misplaced 8 digit in the denticles. Accurately graded with light gray-gold surfaces that have seen a long ago and now recovering. A decent example for the variety. From the San Jose Collection of Carson City Seated halves.
Seated 50C 1876CC 1876-CC
EF45
PCGS
26777503
WB-5
R3
Choice $515 WB-5, 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 1876S 1876-S
AU53 PCGS
36319744
WB-42 WB-103
R6
Choice New Price
$4000
New June 15! WB-103, Rare Type 2 Reverse with Very Small S Mintmark, R6 Rarity, Mirrored Fields, Peripheral Toning, Conservative Grading, An Anonymous Consignor. GFRC is thoroughly pleased to be offering an important Liberty Seated half dollar die variety rarity; 1876-S WB-42 WB-103 Type 2 (Closed Bud) reverse with a Very Small Mintmark. This is an R6 rarity die marriage that captures the introduction of a new reverse hub design during 1876. All known high grade specimens have mirrored surfaces as is the case for this lovely example. Absolutely fresh to market and freshly graded at the FUN show for a consignor. Expert Liberty Seated numismatists believe this variety was specially struck to commemorate the nation's Centennial celebrations given the atypical mirrored fields. Hammered strike consistent with that seen on regular proof strikes. Light peripheral gold is found on both sides. Currently, the fourth finest known among the major Liberty Seated half dollar specialists within the LSCC. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Price setting for a variety of this caliber is difficult. If the asking price is not consistent with expectations, then please make an offer as this piece is here to sell.
Seated 50C 1876S 1876-S
G04 PCGS
30685563
WB-42 WB-103
R6
Choice New Price
$285
Consignor Buy-Out/Price Reduction! WB-103, WB-42, Closed Bud Very Small S, Choice Original, Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Honest Wear. Ex. Half Way There Collection. A rare die marriage with 1876 Type 2 reverse San Francisco strike. Up until 1992, only this die pairing was known for the Type 2 reverse. Afterwards, Randy Wiley discovered a second Type 2 reverse die for this date. Given the rarity, this example offers substantial eye appeal at the assigned G04 grade. Rose-gray patina covers the field while the main devices are have a light coloring. Rims are bold and blemishes are minimal. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with "Type 2 Reverse WB-103" on the label.
Seated 50C 1877 1877
AU58 NGC
1667399003

Original $325 Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Untoned Original Surfaces, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection of Liberty Seated Halves. Brilliant frosty luster is the highlight of this lovely 1877 Seated half dollar from the Nre Jersey Collection. Cartwheel luster is vibrant and active. Strike is well executed. Surfaces are untoned, most likely from a quick dip to remove any traces of color. Both obverse and reverse dies are heavily clashed. Accurately graded and housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to late 1990s. A wonderful example for those who like their Liberty Seated halves with bold luster.
Seated 50C 1877 1877
AU58 PCGS
84603237

Original New Price
$300
Steely Cartwheel Luster, Metallic Pewter Toning, Well Struck, Twins Lakes Collection. Pewter-gray patina overlays steely fields. Under a light source, the steely cartwheel luster is quite dominant as the toning melts away. Strike is complete. Obverse fields have patches of faint porosity under a 10x loupe. A pleasing offering from the Twins Lakes Collection that is housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1877 1877
EF45 PCGS
80642173

Choice $195 Near Gem Original, Gorgeous Bright Light Eye Appeal, Light Gray Centers, Sky Blue Peripheries, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. A wonderful 1877 Philadelphia strike with super bright light eye appeal. This one is heading to CAC in the next submission if not immediately sold. In hand appearance is that of gray patina with darker shades at the periphery. But when placing under a light source, those darker shades melt into pretty sky blue rings. A well executed strike adds to the eye appeal. A near gem original presevation state. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Previoulsy sold into a collection during July 2016 and recently purchased for a second GFRC inventory appearance. Don't let this one pass you by.
Seated 50C 1877CC 1877-CC
VF35 PCGS
10461698
WB-11
R4
Choice $315 Popular Carson City Date, Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Ebony Patina, Accurately Graded, Ex. Murphy's Collection. A superior 1877-CC WB-11 example that Bill Bugert considers to be R4 rarity for the die pairing. Surfaces are 100% original with natural gray and ebony patina. Overall strike is well executed on both sides. A 10x loupe inspection failed to locate any defects or blemishes. Overall a wholesome 1877-CC Seated half dollar offering that belongs in an advanced collection. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Originally from the Murphys Collection and back at GFRC for a second appearance.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
MS65 PCGS
34636516

Gem $3200 Gem Original, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Transparent Aquamarine-Rose and Blue Patina, Superior Eye Appeal, Completely Struck, Fairly Graded, Newtown Collection. How about another stunning Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Newtown Collection? This gem original 1877 San Francisco strike has much to offer for those that seek the best possible coins for their collection. In hand toning is a combination of aquamarine and rose-brown colors as illustrated in the GFRC images. Bright light viewing exposes satiny cartwheel luster that is so close to being reflective. This assessment is quite subjective on my part. The luster is brilliant and melts the transparent toning. The result is light rose and sky blue colors on the obverse and incremental gold on the reverse. Strike is complete without any weak points. There is one obverse hairline from Liberty's knee up to star 10. Knowing John Albanese's requirements for mint state coin CAC approval, I suspect this single hairline will not pass muster for a green bean. Otherwise, this piece is a gem and accurately graded with superb eye appeal. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 50C 1877S 1877-S
EF45 raw

Choice $180 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 WB-29, 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 1877S 1877-S
Type 2 Reverse
MS62
PCGS
28666015
WB-30
Choice $785 Type 2 Reverse, Choice Original Eye Appeal, Pastel Aquamarine-Gold Patina, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Completely Struck, Newtown Collection. What a lovely MS62 1877-S Liberty Seated half dollar from the Newtown Collection! In hand and bright light inspection is absolutely warranted for this most attractive 1877-S WB-30 example. The GFRC images accurately capture the center to edge color variations during in hand viewing. Under a light source, this piece excels and is worthy of a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation as I'm quickly growing fond of this one. Frosty luster is crisp and brilliant with vibrant cartwheels. The luster interacts well with the pastel aquamarine and gold coloring towards a pleasing viewing experience. Eye appeal is where it is at today in the numismatic hobby and this piece is above average in that category. Strike is also complete with abrasions being limited for the assigned grade level. Housed in a 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert and blue/white label along with CAC approval. A top quality offering from the Newtown Collection.
Seated 50C 1878 1878
MS62
PCGS
20684986

Choice $950 New July 17! Choice Original. A most impressive 1878 Philadelphia strike with shimmering frosty luster and swirling cartwheels. Strike is hammered with all devices being deeply impressed. Rose-gold patina is fairly continuous throughout the obverse and extends into the reverse legend. In hand inspection is absolutely warranted as this is a borderline MS63 with no distracting abrasions that justify the assigned grade. CAC approval validated the strict originality and conservative grading. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. A top quality offering from the Seal Beach Collection for collectors assembling a mint state Liberty Seated half dollar set.
Seated 50C 1881 1881
EF Details PCGS
16063761

Cleaned $535 Genuine Holder, Bright Fields, Golden Coloring, Old Mechanical Cleaning, Fully Struck. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Description to follow shortly.
Seated 50C 1881 1881
MS64
PCGS
30125049

Gem HOLD
$2480
Gem Original, Mirrored Fields, Brilliant Reflective Luster, Peripheral Blue-Gold Toning, Fully Struck, Fairly Graded, Newtown Collection. Limited mintage of 10,000 for 1881 Philadelphia Seated half dollar strikes. This survivor has been well preserved given the mirrored fields and brilliant reflective luster. Sun glasses are recommended during bright light viewing as the cartwheel luster is so reflective. Surfaces are mostly untoned with thin peripheral blue-aquamarine and gold rings. The right obverse field has a few parallel lines that are responsible for the assigned grade. Those abrasions did not bother CAC as the overall eye appeal is superior. Strike is complete also as another positive attribute. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. Another superb offering from the Newtown Collection to consider.
Seated 50C 1881 1881
PF62 ANACS OWH
826821
WB-101
Choice $950 WB-101, Undergraded, Strong Mirrors, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Rose-Blue Patina, Substantial Eye Appeal, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. I really like this 1881 proof Liberty Seated half dollar offering from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection and believe the buyer will be thoroughly pleased. Bright light viewing reveals an undergraded situation while in its current ANACS PF62 old white holder. Liberty Seated proof coinage graded at current standards will have some type of serious or distraction impairment at the PF62 grade level This is not the case with this 1881 half. Mirrors are sharp and emit serious reflective cartwheel luster under a bright light. Obverse patina is fairly thick with gray-rose coloring and peripheral blues. On the otherhand, the reverse patina is mostly blue coloring and thin. As a result, the mirrored fields emit stunning reflective luster that could be blinding if the light source is too powerful. I'm not joking or exaggerating! With a 10x loupe, I see a few micro wispy hairlines in the right obverse field that are more consitent with a PF63 grade level. In summary, this Dr. Glenn Peterson offering is well above average in quality for the assigned grade and should be immediately scooped up by a knowledgeable collector.
Seated 50C 1882 1882
PR58 PCGS
36932494

Original $725 New July 1! Watery Mirrors, Peripheral Rose-Gold Patina, Light Hairlines, Fairly Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Honestly, this 1882 Liberty Seated half dollar proof strike is quite attractive and pleasing. Watery mirrors are present on both sides along with thin peripheral rose-gold. Yes, there are some faint hairlines in the obverse fields that are more consistent with a PR62 designation. This piece was graded during early 2019 when PCGS was in a conservative state. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection that should garner attention at the asking price. I would not be surprised to eventual end up in a higher grade holder as so attactive and minimally abraded.
Seated 50C 1883 1883
PR67 PCGS
28450031

Gem New Price
$7000
FUN Show Price Reduction! 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
AU53 PCGS
36932495

Original HOLD
$900
New June 30! Proof-like Fields, Frosty Devices, Lustrous, Rich Brownish-Gold Peripheral Rings, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Low mintage of 8,000 pieces. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dansco selection from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1884 1884
UNC Details PCGS
36932496

Market Acceptable $1250 New June 30! Proof Like, Deep Gold Peripheral Toning, Fully Struck, Light Field Hairlines, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Tiny mintage of 4,400 makes the 1884 Seated half dollar and important low mintage date. Circulation strikes are rare with mint state example also being scarce. Collectors must sometimes resort to purchasing a proof example to fill the hole in their collection. Many 1884 half dollars are found with mirrored or proof like fields. This is the case for the offered 1884 specimen from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Surfaces are mostly untoned with a thin peripheral dark gold ring. Fields are lightly hairlined. I was caught by surprised with the PCGS Details UNC (Cleaned) certification. The hairlines were visible during the Peterson Dansco album extraction process with expectations for a one to two grade point deduction but still straight graded. I'm calling this one conservatively graded and expect it to be cracked out and resubmitted in the future. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder and fairly priced.
Seated 50C 1884 1884
MS63 PCGS OGH
4209696

Gem $2500 Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Gem Original, Lucious Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Conservatively Graded, Golden Harvest Collection. This Golden Harvest offering is a pure gem at the assigned MS63 grade. I believe one look at the GFRC images will make this point clear. Mintage for the 1884 date is a tiny 4,400 pieces. This fact coupled with the gem original eye appeal should bring an immediate sale. Frosty cartwheel luster is sharp and so pleasing. A uniform layer of mint frost cover both sides. Strike is hammered with every device being found in highest relief for a Seated half. Housed in PCGS old green holder. Price at the MS64 PCGS price guide and worth every dollar.
Seated 50C 1884 1884
VF30 PCGS
32920355

Original $700 Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Original Gray Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, YL Coyote Collection. 1884 Philadephia strikes were limited to 4,400 piece; a tiny number. Most surviving examples will be found in the mint state grades and at much higher asking price than this original VF30 example. PCGS has only graded two at the VF30 level and another 8 at VF35. Surfaces are covered with even light silver gray patina. Strike is well executed as are most for the low mintage Philly dates. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another quality duplicate from the YL Coyote 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 1886 1886
AU50 PCGS
36932498

Original $875 New June 30! Very Scarce in Circulated Grades, Tiny Mintage, Violet-Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Tiny mintage of only 5000 and very scarce in all circulated grades. This 1886 Philadelphia strike is strictly original. Violet-gray and rose patina covers both sides. Strike is typical. Accurately graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. A quality Dr. Glenn Peterson offering that was hand selected from his double Dansco album collection and submitted to PCGS.
Seated 50C 1888 1888
MS64 NGC
2583374004

Choice $1750 Low Mintage Philadelphia Date, Dazzling Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Choice Original Surfaces, Fully Struck, Clashed Dies, Accurately Graded . Mintage for the 1888 date is a low 12,000 pieces with most examples being proof-like or with highly reflective luster. This gorgeous example bucks the trend and offers frosty original surfaces. Mint frost is evident throughout the obverse and reverse fields and within the recesses of the major devices. Bright light viewing is most pleasing with dazzling carthweel effects as one swirls the half dollar to rotate the cartwheels like spokes on a moving tire. Surfaces are no question original and without any hairlines whatsoever. Many of the MS64s, on the market, that are deeply toned will sometimes hide hairlines. This example has a light gold skin with darker shades at the periphery. The transparent toning exposure every conceivable blemish under a light source. A careful 10c loupe review revealed two obverse bagmarks that are grade limiting else this piece would reside in an MS65 holder. This piece is therefore fairly graded but with substantial eye appeal. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 50C 1889 1889
MS65 PCGS
32758612

Gem $4250 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 New Price
$600
Consignor Buy-Out/Price Reduction! Low Mintage Date, Creamy Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike. 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. Ideal for a high grade Dansco or Whitman album set.
Seated 50C 1889 1889
VF35 PCGS
34353254

Original $725 Scarce Late Low Mintage Date, Original Surfaces, Attractive Gray-Olive Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Cumberland Country Collection. A scarce late date issue that every Liberty Seated half dollar date and mintmark set collection needs to purchase. I like this 1889 VF35 example due to natural surfaces and lovely gray-olive patina that screams originality. Darker peripheral toning nicely frames the lighter centers. Strike is typical for the date. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A duplicate offering from the Cumberland County Collection that is worth of consideration.
Seated 50C 1889 1889
F12 PCGS
36937435

Choice $500 New June 30! Low Mintage Issue, Well Circulated, Natural Gun Metal Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces, A Compelling Value, Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection. Low mintage of 12,000 pieces. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Another great Dansco album offering from the Dr. Glenn Peterson Collection.
Seated 50C 1890 1890
MS65
PCGS
25010814

Gem $4500 New June 1! Low Mintage Date, Gem Original Preservation, Watery Mirrored Fields, Multi Color Toning, An Important Opportunity.. 1890 brought the last of the low-mintage half dollar years as a result of the Bland-Allison Act of 1878, which shifted much of the Mint's production capacity from minor denominations to Morgan dollars. Only 12,000 1890 halves were struck at the Philadelphia mint. This Gem example is scarce with only four MS65s with CAC approval. The design elements are fully struck. Watery mirrored fields complement the original multicolor toning that delivers exceptional visual appeal. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 holder with CAC approval. An offering for the most advanced Liberty Seated half dollars sets under construction.
Seated 50C 1891 1891
VF35 Details PCGS
18267084

Cleaned $215 Better Philadelphia Date, Rose Centers, Peripheral Aquamarine, Old Mechanical Clean, Retoning, Well Struck. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Description to follow shortly.