Liberty Seated Half Dimes

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

There are 66 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on January 27, 2018

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Small Date
MS63
PCGS
32831036

Choice $1300 Choice Original, Rich Obverse Toning, Perfect No Stars Type Offering. Talk about eye appeal on this attractive No Stars Liberty Seated half dime. Surfaces are strictly original with the obverse covered by a transparent aquamarine and golden patina while the reverse is mostly silver gray. I love how the obverse aquamarine center is framed by a large golden ring due to the clean fields not cluttered by stars. Overall strike is deeply impressed and crisp from late die state dies. Bright light viewing is spectacular. Can't you sense how much I like this lovely little half dime? Freshly graded and housed in new 2015 style PCGS holder. Once viewing this piece in hand or under bright light, one immediately understands why CAC approval was granted.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Small Date
AU55
PCGS
21463436

Choice $565 Small Date, Late Die State, Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Golden Patina at Rims, Accurately Graded. Small Date date punch with double ovals forming the 8 digit in the date. This example offers choice surfaces and natural mottled gold patina towards the rims. Residual frosty luster is evident throughout obverse and reverse. Obverse die is in late die state with fragmentation of die steel at Liberty's upper leg below the knee and to the right of the right facing arm. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes. Housed in old PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. Accurately graded and above average in surface quality and eye appeal. CAC approval captures these facts.
Seated 5C 1837 1837
Small Date
VF30 PCGS
84668196

Original $195 Small Date, Original Light Gray-Gold Obverse, Medium Gray Reverse, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. A no question 1837 Small Date example as can be easily attributed by the stacked double ovals in the 8 digit. This is an accurately graded example that is perfect as a type coin. Obverse has light gray-gold fields that contrast well with the nearly untoned main devices. Reverse is a uniform medium gray. There are no blemishes to be mentioned. Obverse strike is a bit mushy due to late die state die condition. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering from the Saco River Collection.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
No Drapery, Large Stars
MS64 PCGS
33990695

Gem $900 Eye Candy, Glowing Aquamarine-Rose-Gold Luster, Super Original, Accurately Graded, Santa Fe Collection. A very special 1838 Large Stars half dime that would be ideal for a mint state early type collection. GFRC accurately capture the colors as seen in hand. Bright light viewing leads to a glowing luster including a golden obverse ring at the stars and uniform rose-gold on the reverse. Strike is absolutely hammered with round stars and deeply impressed hair curls. Eye appeal is that of a higher grade but technically, this half dime is accurately graded due to two parallel micro lines on the obverse to the left of the date. These lines can be seen in the worst GFRC images (lines are parallel to the light source and enhanced) but not distracting when viewing in hand or with a loupe. Fresh graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A superb offering from the Santa Fe Collection.
Seated 5C 1838 1838
No Drapery, Large Stars
AU58 PCGS
83613842

Choice $285 Choice Original, Vibrant Frosty Luster, Mottled Aquamarine Gold Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded. Yet another case of where GFRC images fail to capture cartwheel luster on a lovely Liberty Seated coin. This 1838 No Drapery dime is an ideal candidate for a type set. Cartwheel luster has a frosty appearance and transitions to mostly golden hues under a light source. In hand viewing reveals mottled blues and gold as the primary colors that are accurately captured by my images. Strike is complete with rounded stars, full head details and all wreath leaves being deeply impressed on the reverse. There are no significant blemishes to report. Angling this half dime under a light source and inspecting with 10x loupe revealed a few wispy hairlines mentioned for 100% accuracy. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 5C 1838O 1838-O
No Stars
EF40
NGC Fatty
299771017

Choice $2250 Rare Date and Grade, Choice Original, Uniform Gun Metal Gray/Blue Patina, Conservative Grading, Saw Mill Run Collection. A richly toned 1838 New Orleans strike that is so choice and covered with gun metal gray and blues. For those familiar with the 1838-O half dime date, many are seen with weak strikes and terrible obverse details. This example is atypical and offers bold design detail. Significant as the first New Orleans half dime issue, and the only O-mint variety without stars. Also scarce with PCGS population report indicating only 17 graded at combined EF40-45 level. Housed in NGC Fatty holder (Generation 5 1992-1997) coupled with CAC approval. Another superb offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 5C 1838O 1838-O
G04 raw
V-1
Choice $135 Crusty Original Surfaces, Honest Wear, Scarce Date. A perfect example for a lower circulated grade Dansco or Whitman album set. This piece is perfectly original with old paper ring or bullseye toning. Surfaces are mostly rich gold with aquamarine and some blues. 1838 New Orleans surviving examples are scarce in all grades.
Seated 5C 1839 1839
MS64
PCGS
28267590

Gem $1050 Gem Original, Light Golden Gray Patina., Frosty Luster, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. A gem original 1839 Philadelphia strike that is covered with light gray-rose patina. The assigned MS64 grade is accurate given the frosty cartwheel luster on such a small silver denomination. Strike is completely executed with rounded stars, full hair curls and all reverse wreath leaf veins being crisp. This lovely half dime offers the perfect balance of eye appeal, originality and strike and would please the most selective collector. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. A wonderful offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection that deserves your attention.
Seated 5C 1839 1839
No Drapery
MS63 PCGS
30555261
WB-2
R3
Choice $495 New January 24! Choice Original, Old Album Blue-Rose Radial Toning, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded, A Superior Example. GFRC is proud to offer this 1839 No Drapery half dime with gorgeous toning. Obverse features a base layer of rose that is overlaid with aquamarine at the stars and into the rim. The reverse offers classic old album radial toning with rose center that quickly transitions to blues and aquamarine. Bright light viewing is quite pleasing. Strike is complete with rounded stars, complete head and hair curls and full lower leg. The same is evident on the reverse with every vein in the wreath leaves deeply impressed. Accurately graded, with no marks and luster being the grade limiting factor to MS64 level. The thick obverse patina limits the grade level to MS63. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and worthy of a notable date and mintmark set.
Seated 5C 1840 1840
No Drapery
EF45 raw
V-4
Original $140 Original Gray, New Jersey Collection. An original gray example with ample devices details. Very well struck throughout obverse and reverse. Star 8 is repunched. There are a few random surfaces ticks on the obverse.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
AU53 NGC
4236745005
V-10
Market Acceptable $850 Medium O, Scarce V-10 Variety, Lustrous, Old Dip, Osprey Collection. This is the first V-10 1840 No Drapery handled at GFRC as quite scarce. Noted Liberty Seated half dime specialist, Steve Crain, commented that the, "To me the 1840-O ND V10 is a scarce and very interesting die marriage, and one well worth looking for and buying. The 1840-O ND V-10 would make one heck of a start to die variety collection, or would make a very nice addition to an existing date/mint set". The V-10 variety was first announced in Issue #67 of the Gobrecht Journal by Jack Marston, Kevin Zietler and Bill Harmon. Infortunately, two of these three New Orleans specialists are know deceased. Jack Marston and Kevin Zeitler identified the V-10 Medium O variety as a re-marriage of V-9 obverse with V-2 reverse; both being in late die states. Reverse die cracks from rim to (U)NITED and from rim up through the right stem are important diagnostics. The offered example has been dipped in the past and is essentially untoned. There are faint lines on the reverse that can be easily seen on GFRC images. Housed in newer NGC holder and from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
Large O, No Drapery
VF35 PCGS
18668166
V-1
Choice $695 Choice Original, Ebony and Gray Patina. An exciting and strictly original example of the Valentine 1 Large O variety. A gray base patina covered the entire dime along with ebony coloring surrounding the obverse stars/date and reverse legend. This piece is well struck with bold hair curls and star centrils along with detailed leaves in the wreath. Greer discusses this variety in the March 1990 Gobrecht Journal and indicates the variety can be located with and without a bisecting reverse die crack. The offered example is in an earlier die state without any die cracks. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert. Please give this choice example some consideration if investigating 1840 No Drapery half dime varieties struck at the New Orleans mint.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
With Drapery
F12 raw
V-7
Original $125 New Orleans Collection, With Drapery Obverse, Scarce. Scarce is any circulated grade and an acquisition opportunity. Toned a light to medium gray with reverse being darker in the lower wreath. There is a minor rim impairment by Star 1 that is difficult to see in images and not distracting.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
VG08 raw
V-6
Original $200 New Orleans Collection, Transitional Open Bud Reverse. A Small O open bud is found on the V-6 variety. The offered example is original medium gray. Tone over lines are seen on the lower obverse. Reverse is boldly struck and details are consistent with higher grade.
Seated 5C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
G06 raw
V-6
Original $200 New Orleans Collection, Transitional Open Bud Reverse. A Small O open bud is found on the V-6 variety. The offered example is original light to medium gray. A well worn example but still maintain strong rims and having nice eye appeal. There is a toned over rim impairment to the left of base on obverse. A challenging variety to locate.
Seated 5C 1841 1841
F15 raw

Original $30 Original Gray, Honest Wear, New Jersey Collection. A strictly original example with just honest wear and even light to medium gray patina. Obverse is fully blemish free while the reverse has a toned over mark at the base of HA(L)F. Perfect for a mid circulated grade Dansco set.
Seated 5C 1842 1842
MS64 NGC Fatty
156875004

Gem $825 Gem Original, Classic Deep Rose-Gold and Blue Ring Toning, Fully Struck, Conservatively Graded. A gem offering for fans of strict old time originality. Strike is perfect with all devices completely formed and deeply impressed. Surfaces are covered with thick rose-gold and blue patina. During bright light viewing, the obverse turns to fiery gold while the reverse is mostly aquamarine blue. Housed in old NGC Fatty holder with green label.
Seated 5C 1843 1843
VF30 raw

Choice $45 Crusty Original, Choice Surfaces, Ebony-Gray Patina. Fully wholesome and original with thick crusty ebony-gray patina. Perfect for a mid circulated grade Dansco set. Not blemishes whatsoever.
Seated 5C 1844O 1844-O
Large O
F12 raw
V-1
Choice $265 Choice Original, Even Gray, Early Die State, New Jersey Collection. Surfaces are original and covered with a uniform medium gray patina. This is an early die state example fo the V-1 variety. Some strike weakness is evident in the upper left wreath. Low mintage of 220,000 with few available in TPG holders.
Seated 5C 1845 1845
EF45 raw

Original $75 Original Uniform Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded. A popular date with the 5 digit in the date punched higher and separately from the 184 digits. Surfaces are strictly original with a moderate layer of gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Strike is nice and crisp. There is one reverse line through the right wreath that is fully toned over.
Seated 5C 1845 1845
EF40 ANACS OWH
710097

Choice $80 Choice Original, Residual Luster, Conservative Grading. ANACS old white holders typically holder conservatively graded coins and when an old collection comes to market, the collectors/dealers take notice. This 1845 half dime offers strictly original surfaces and a lightly repunched date. Obverse is toned a light gun metal gray/blue while the reverse is mostly silver gray. There is luster remaining in the fields leading to a pleasing appearanced under bright light. No blemishes are noted...just a quality half dime for your consideration.
Seated 5C 1847 1847
PF63 NGC
2137935005

Original $13000 Important Opportunity, Very Rare 1847 Proof Strike, Original Gray, Soft Mirrors, Accurately Graded. Very rare With Stars proof strike with a stated mintage of 10 pieces. 1847 proof Seated Liberty half dimes were minted more than a decade before the Mint began its commercial offerings of proof sets with no official mintages were recorded. PCGS estimated a total of 8-10 pieces. All known examples are the V-2 variety, with the tops of all the numerals in the date touching the base of the rock and heavy reverse lettering. The offered example is strictly original with bold strike. All devices are deeply impressed with with fine detail showing on the stars, wreath, and bow. The surfaces are brightly reflective, and display vivid green and lavender patina. PCGS reports indicates a tiny grading populations with only one example graded at the PF63 level along with one at PF64 and three at PF65. CoinFacts auction records are sparse to say the least. Freshly graded and housed in new large font NGC holder. An important opportunity for advanced Liberty Seated coinages collectors to acquire a select piece of numismatic history.
Seated 5C 1847 1847
VF20 raw

Original $35 Original Gun Metal Gray. A nice seated half dime with honest wear and original gun metal gray patina. There are no blemishes on this specimen and perfect for a mid circulated grade Dansco set.
Seated 5C 1849O 1849-O
AU53
PCGS
15023035

Choice $1600 New January 12! Rare Date, Choice Original, Light Gold-Blue Patina, Satiny Residual Luster, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded. 1849 New Orleans strikes are a semi key date in the Liberty Seated half dollar series. My radar is always on the look out for this date along 1846 and 1853-O No Arrows. At the 2018 FUN show, this lovely example walked up to the GFRC table and was immediately purchased. PCGS has graded all of four pieces at AU53 with another five at AU55. Most importantly, only nine examples total of this date have been approved at CAC. Yes, only 9! This is the only AU53 example approved with another at AU58 followed by four in mint state. The date is definitely a rarity in choice condition with this example being well above average in quality. Overall, this example is choice original with light gold blue patina on the obverse and faint gold on the reverse. Residual satiny luster is evident during bright light viewing. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Don't wait long to grab this choice 1849-O example.
Seated 5C 1849O 1849-O
Large O
VG08 raw

Choice $90 Heavy Date, Large O, Choice Original Ebony Toning. An attractive lower grade example of this scarcer date with ebony fields and gray/rose main devices. Surfaces are choice original without blemishes. A perfect selection for mid grade Dansco set.
Seated 5C 1850 1850
AU50 raw

Choice $125 Choice Original, Deep Gray with Golden Hues, Residual Luster, Accurately Graded. A choice original half dime with semi-transparent gray patina that covers underlying golden hues during bright light viewing. Strike is uniform with no obvious points of weakness. Surfaces are blemish free. A lovely 1850 Philadelphia strike that would fit nicely into a Dansco or Whitman album set.
Seated 5C 1850O 1850-O
Large O
AU58 NGC
57350620
V-2
Gem $875 Round Fat O, Gem Original, New Jersey Collection. This is a special offering that belongs in an advanced collection. Purchased by the consignor in a 2003 Bowers and Merena sale and off the market since that time. Surfaces are pristine with just a touch of rub on the leg and lower wreath. Frosty golden luster is the best way to describe the in hand and bright light appearance throughout obverse and reverse. How about rarity? CoinFacts indicates a population of (9) but where are these pieces? The last sales record goes back to January 2006 or earlier. A dipped PCGS AU55 did sell during 2014 otherwise considerable patience is required for locating a high quality example. Patience is rewarded with the appearance of this splendid example to the market. Housed in early 2000 generation NGC holder and ready to be placed in a serious Seated half dime collection.
Seated 5C 1851O 1851-O
F15 raw

Original $40 New January 22! Crusty Original Gray, Nice Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. A perfectly original 1851-O Seated half dime with crusty gun metal gray toning and overall circulated cameo appearance. The look that every collector hopes to find across all circulated grade levels.
Seated 5C 1851O 1851-O
Large O
F12 raw
V-2
Cleaned $35 Old Clean, New Jersey Collection. Surfaces are light gray from old cleaning and now recovering with gold/rose toning.
Seated 5C 1852 1852
F12 raw
V-3
Cleaned $20 Old Clean, New Jersey Collection. An old cleaning has left the obverse fields a tad granular while the reverse is even silver gray with some darker patina surrounding the legend.
Seated 5C 1852O 1852-O
Large O
VF25 raw
V-1
Original $165 Original, Attractive Medium Gray, New Jersey Collection. A better Seated half dime date with low mintage of 260,000 pieces. This example has old album gray toning with blue hues that come alive under bright light. Conservative grading with an above average strike and no blemishes. I like this example and believe it would easily grade at the TPGs.
Seated 5C 1853 1853
With Arrows
EF45 raw

Choice $85 Choice Original, Deep Gun Metal Gray. A well balanced type coin with strictly original surfaces coupled with strong even strike. Both obverse and reverse are covered with uniform gun metal gray patina that is blemish free and uninterrupted. A quality half dime and strong candidate for a type set.
Seated 5C 1853 1853
With Arrows
EF40 raw

Original $65 New January 22! With Arrows Type, Original Light Gray, Hammered Strike, Heavy Die Clashing. Strictly original surfaces covered with light gray patina. Strike is absolutely hammered with heavily clashed dies. Perfect for a circulated date set in Dansco or Whitman album.
Seated 5C 1853 1853
No Arrows
F15 raw

Market Acceptable $120 Scarce No Arrows Variety, Old Clean, Gray-Gold Obverse. Low mintage of 135,000 and always in demand for a Dansco date and mintmark set. This decent example is recovering from an old clean with the obverse covered in gray-gold patina. The reverse is lighter color. Accurately graded and blemish free.
Seated 5C 1854O 1854-O
AU50 raw
V-2
Original $155 Original, Deep Gun Metal Gray/Blue. A pretty example with gray and blue gun metal toning with rose also mixed in under light. Reverse appears to be struck from lapped dime with portions of the legend nearly effaced. There are a few tiny and toned over circular divots in center area of obverse and reverse otherwise a nice original example.
Seated 5C 1855 1855
With Arrows
MS64
PCGS
34237579

Choice $650 Better Date With Arrows Type, Near Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded. Many collectors do not realize that the 1855 date is much scarcer than 1853 and 1854 counterparts for Seated half dimes and dimes. Whenever I see a quality specimen of either denomination, it is immediately added to inventory. Case in point is this near gem original specimen that has been CAC approved at the MS64 grade level. One immediately enjoys the vibrant frosty cartwheel luster that is uniform across obverse and reverse. This piece was struck from late die state dies with substantial erosion and clashing. Regardless, the strike is full with no points of weakness whatsoever. A Choice quality rating is assigned but if the die had been fresh with more pronounced relief, then I would have gone with Gem as the surfaces are frosty and blemish free. Pricing is fair as the piece is accurately graded with CAC approval. MS65 examples triple in price according to the PCGS price guide. A perfect example for a mint state type set.
Seated 5C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
AU58
NGC Fatty
156432003

Gem $1150 Gem Original, Rose Gold Patina, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, Indiana Collection. Ex. Saw Mill Run Collection. A gem original example of the scarce 1855-O date that every serious half dime collector needs in their collection. Mintage is 600,000 but a low survival rate makes locating choice examples rather difficult let along a gem AU58 specimen. PCGS population report indicates only 9 in all EF grades and 21 in all AU grades. This AU58 example is accurately graded and offers wonderful medium rose patina with darker blue highlights. More important is the original cartwheel luster that drove the Gem quality rating. Housed in old NGC Fatty holder (Generation 3 1987 - 1989). CAC approval is absolutely warranted. A superb offering from the Indiana Collection.
Seated 5C 1855O 1855-O
AU55 raw

Choice $495 Choice Satiny Luster, Thick Old Album Toning, Better Date. Photographing darker toned Seated coinage for strong underlying luster is always a challenge. This is definitely the case for this deeply toned 1855 New Orleans struck half dime. Mintage for this date is a relatively high 600,000 but survival rates are very low. PCGS population report indicates a total of 21 coins slabbed at all AU grade levels with 9 each at the MS63, MS64 and MS65 grade levels. There is only one example certified as MS66. The offered example is fully struck with iridescent toning throughout obverse and reverse. Under bright light, an aquamarine obverse center is nicely framed with golden coloring surrounding the stars. The reverse exhibits a rose center that is surrounding by sky blue and finally, golden hues at the rim. As for blemishes, the obverse is entirely blemish free with a few wispy hairlines on the reverse above the denomination when the half dime is placed at an appropriate angle. Overall, this is a choice offering that will eventually be holdered. Consigned by an individual that wishes to remain outside the GFRC spotlight.
Seated 5C 1856 1856
MS64
PCGS
13806802

Choice $575 New January 27! Near Gem Original, Completely Struck, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Accurately Graded, Upstate New York Collection. In 1856, arrows were removed from silver coinage as most heavier weight coins had been removed from circulation. That year, the Philadelphia Mint produced nearly 5 million half dime but fully struck examples are quite scarce. Many examples show weakness on the denticles as is the case for this lovely 1856 example from the Upstate New York Collection. Regardless of the denticles, this accurately graded example offers pretty iridenscent gold and aquamarine toning along with active cartwheel luster. Other than the denticles, the balance of the coin is fully struck with rounded stars and complete wreath leaves. Surfaces are absolutely original and choice. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. An ideal example for the collector assembling a complete set of Seated half dimes at the AU/MS level. CAC approval captures the accurate grading, originality and overall eye appeal.
Seated 5C 1856O 1856-O
EF40 raw
V-5
Choice $145 Choice Original, Eye Appeal. A lovely V-5 example with diagnostic die crack between (UN)ITED and the closed 5 digit. Surfaces are strictly original and blemish free. Obverse has reflective fields with light gray center than transitions to blue, gold and some rose towards the rims. The reverse is a mix of gray and rose coloring with deeper region under the bow. My images are unable to capture this coin's beauty in hand or under bright light.
Seated 5C 1856O 1856-O
F12 raw

Original $35 New January 22! Crusty Original Ebony-Gray, Nice Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. A perfectly original 1856-O Seated half dime with crusty ebony -gray toning and overall circulated cameo appearance. The look that every collector hopes to find across all circulated grade levels.
Seated 5C 1857 1857
AU58 NGC

Original $165 Old Album Original Multi Color Toning, New Jersey Collection. An interesting half dime with strictly original surfaces with thick old album patina when conducting in hand viewing. However, bring out the bright light and the luster comes to life activates aquamarine and rose on the obverse and a blue ring framing a rose center on the reverse. Strike is a tad weak on Stars 9 through 13. Housed in old NGC holder dating back to the early 2000 timeframe.
Seated 5C 1857 1857
AU55+ raw

Choice $175 Near Gem Original, Superb Old Album Color. A super piece though common date. Deep rose and light green shades on obverse that transitions to dark blue at the rim. Reverse is even light gray with faint rub on the wreath leaves. Fields and devices are blemish free. Please give this offering consideration if searching for a quality type coin.
Seated 5C 1858 1858
EF45 raw

Original $78 Original Gun Metal Gray Patina. Nice thick original toning throughout obverse and reverse. Perfect fields and devices.
Seated 5C 1858 1858
1858/1858
EF40 raw
V-1
Market Acceptable $195 Rare Double Date Inside Date Digits, Original Gray Reverse, Lightly Cleaned Obverse, West Texas Collection. This offering is the rare Repunched High Date as listed in Redbook and not the more common Inverted Date variety. A realistic ratio of ten Inverted Dates seen for every Repunched Date is probably realistic and suggests that this example is worthy of attention for the variety specialist. The reverse is strictly original with light gray patina while the obverse has an old clean with some faint hairlines under close 10x loupe inspection.
Seated 5C 1858O 1858-O
VF30 raw

Cleaned $135 Strike Through Error at Date, Collapsed Obverse Rim, Old Clean. Definitely a unique piece for the advanced seated half dime collector. Most obvious is the strike through error through bottom of 1 digit and below remaining date digits. The foreign material could a small piece of wire as the striking disturbance also impacted the collar function. The obverse features a compressed rim with the denticles smeared towards the stars and main device. Surfaces are a light gold/rose color from long ago cleaning with no blemishes to note.
Seated 5C 1858O 1858-O
VG08 raw

Original $50 Planchet Defect, Original Gray Patina. An interesting piece for the avid Liberty Seated half dime collector as I've not seen a comparable Seated dime with same type of planchet defect. Surfaces are strict original with even medium gray patina. There is some graffiti in the right obverse field (an "H') but does not distract from the planchet defect.
Seated 5C 1859O 1859-O
AU50 raw

Original $150 Old Wayte Raymond Album Toning, Few Blemishes, West Texas Collection. Obverse has acquired a combination of aquamarine, red, gold and dark blue coloring as one would expect from storage in an early brown Wayte Raymond paper album. Consignor reports acquiring this piece from same album lot as the 1857-O. There are a few scattered blemishes across Liberty and in the right obverse field.
Seated 5C 1861 1861
AU58 raw

Choice $135 Choice Original, Mottled Gray Patina. A strictly original half dime with rim raised rims and ample luster under bright light. I've studied this piece closely with 10x loupe and fail to see wear but still assigning an AU grade.
Seated 5C 1862 1862
MS66
PCGS
25033279

Gem $1275 Superb Gem, Hammered Strike, Old Album Bullseye Toning, Mirrored Fields, Dallas Collection. Really an amazing offering for the type coin collector who desires only the best. One immediately notices the mirrored fields coupled with frosty devices that generate a huge amount of luster with or without bright light. The dies employed to strike this piece were heavily polished with die striations throughout obverse and reverse while Liberty is fully frosted. Dies are heavily clashed as easily seen in the GFRC images while the strike is absolutely hammered. Centers are essentially untoned with the obverse exhibits a rapid blue to rose/gold transition at the legend. The reverse is similar with a larger right side toning arc comprised of darker blues and rose. Again the strike is fully hammered with the reverse anomalies inside the denomination letters being heavy clash marks. Housed in a 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval. An amazing offering to consider.
Seated 5C 1862 1862
MS64 PCGS
60203517

Choice $535 Choice Original, Hammered Strike, Frosty Rose Cartwheel Luster, Heavy Die Clashing, Accurately Graded, Washington State Collection. A wonderful 1862 Philadelphia Seated half dime strike with frosty rose cartwheel luster that deserves special consideration. Strike is absolutely hammered with every tiny device detail being deeply impressed. Dies are heavily clashed. Grading is accurately as this is a solid MS64 based on no blemishes whatsoever and frosty luster. Originally purchased from GFRC during 2015 by the consignor. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and PNG reverse hologram. A quality type coin offering from the Washington State Collection.
Seated 5C 1863 1863
VF30
PCGS
30902307

Original HOLD
$535
Difficult Civil War Date, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Accurately Graded. Challenging Civil War date with tiny mintage of 18,000. This surviving 1863 strike is perfectly original with classic gun metal gray and blue patina. Surfaces are choice with no blemishes to mention. CAC approval validates the strict originality and accurate grading. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. Yet another quality offering from GFRC.
Seated 5C 1863S 1863-S
MS64 NGC
1848008005

Choice $1450 Scarce Civil War Date, Choice Original, Light Gold Luster, Fully Struck. Off the market since 2009 and important Civil War era offering with light gold luster and a hammered strike. San Francisco mintage for tiny half dimes during 1863 was limited to 100,000 pieces with most being lost or well worn. Poor survival rate in circulated grades is made clear by studying PCGS population reports. This MS64 graded example was well preserved with frosty golden luster. Dies are somewhat worn when this piece was struck including a clashed reverse. The highlight is the hammered strike with every device detail being boldly impressed. Facial characteristics and hair curls, even on the left shoulder are crisp. As expected for an MS64 graded example, there are no obvious blemishes. Housed in old NGC standard insert holder.
Seated 5C 1865S 1865-S
AU58 NGC
1800708015
V-5
Choice $985 Choice Original, Old Album Toning, New Jersey Collection. This offering has to be one of the prettiest 1865 San Francisco dimes known in the AU58/MS62 grade range. A distinctive rainbow bullseye adorns the obverse while the reverse is mostly gray with rim arc toning. My images well illustrate the in hand appearance but bright light viewing needs some discussion. Gold is the predominate color on the obverse with an aquamarine center that transitions to a thin yellow gold ring followed by orange gold at the legend....lots of eye appeal even on such a small coin. Surfaces are blemish free and the reverse die is heavily clashed. There is a thick die crack from the right ribbon end to the rim too. Please remember that mintage is only 120,000 with 10 pieces combined in the PCGS pop report in AU58/MS62 grade ranges. A great piece for the advanced collector and housed in older style NGC with standard ring insert.
Seated 5C 1866S 1866-S
AU58 PCGS
14110136

Original $425 Multi Color Patina, Iridescent Luster, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded, West Texas Collection. A colorful Civil War year half dime struck at the San Francisco mint. Mintage for the 1866 date is only 120,000 with survival rates being very low. PCGS has graded 12 examples as AU55 and 14 at the AU58 grade level; a tiny number for modern day collectors. This AU58 example is accurately graded and sports rainbow coloring including rose, gold, blues and aquamarine. Surfaces are frosty in texture while the strike is nearly complete with only the upper left reverse wheat grains being partially impressed. Viewing under a bright light exposure luster through the semi transparent patina. Also, there are several well toned over short field lines on the obverse that take careful scrutiny to identify. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. A pretty piece from the West Texas Collection in a very scarce grade.
Seated 5C 1867 1867
MS65+
PCGS
29682102

Gem $2850 Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Rare Date, Heavy Die Clashing, Osprey Collection. Mintage for the 1867 date is a tiny 8,000 piece with this MS65+ graded example in the condition census given CAC approval. Regardless of its small size, this Philadelphia struck half dime makes a statement when viewed. Frosty cartwheel luster is immediately evident while bright light viewing exposes lightly mirrored fields. Obverse is heavily clashed while a prominent die crack is seen from STATE(S) to Liberty's clasp. Strike is nearly completed with only a touch of weakness at the gown line and lower maple leaf on the reverse. This piece is so enjoyable to study under 10x loupe as there are numerous obverse die spaghetti lines throughout Liberty's body and gown. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval is fully warranted given the overall quality and eye appeal. Another top quality offering from the Osprey Collection and worthy of an advanced mint set project.
Seated 5C 1867S 1867-S
MS62 NGC
3166804001

Choice $700 Difficult S Mint, Choice Original, Frosty Rose Cartwheel Luster, Hammered Strike, Accurately Graded, Missouri Collection. This lovely 1867 San Francisco strike is technically not a Civil War issue as the war ended April 9, 1865. Mintage for this date is only 120,000 with the PCGS population report indicating only 32 examples graded in all mint state grades. This specimen is quite desirable given the hammered strike and frosty cartwheel luster along with no blemishes whatsoever. Light rose patina covers obverse and reverse as seen on the GFRC images. A strong initial offering from the Missouri Collection that is housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. Please give this half dime special consideration.
Seated 5C 1867S 1867-S
VF30 raw

Original $150 Original Olive/Gray Patina, Conservative Grading. Always challenging to locate with few coming to market in grades below EF45. The offered is covered with original olive and gray patina and ample remaining device details. There are two fully toned over lines in the right reverse wreath to be considered but not distracting.
Seated 5C 1870 1870
VF20 raw

Original $25 Original Gray, New Jersey Collection. Surfaces have even gray coloring and are overlaid with ebony at the rims. The reverse has two circle divots near the center and some faint chatter by the left ribbon end. Priced accordingly.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
MS65 PCGS
33431514

Gem $645 Filled Obverse Die, Gem Frosty Oriignal, Light Gold Patina, Colorado Collection. A gorgeous 1871 Philadelphia Liberty Seated half dime with considerable character from the minting process. Luster and surfaces are consistent with gem designation. Add in a filled obverse die and heavy die clashing and one has a unique strike that would be a great conservative piece. The upper left arm and portions of Liberty's face remained unfilled during the minting process as is seen on Seated dimes. A grease filled die is always a plausible explanation. A heavy clash mark protrudes from the gown line into Liberty's neck. The reverse has heavy die clash lines and partial H(AL)F, again from a filled die event. Luster is quite frosty while faint gold toning streaks are seen on the obverse under a 10x loupe. There are no blemishes to discuss. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and a top quality offering from the Colorado Collection.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
MS64
PCGS
10976708

Choice $450 Near Gem Original, Huge Eye Appeal, Upstate New Year Collection. Gem eye appeal is the highlight of this lovely 1871 Liberty Seated half dime. Surfaces are perfectly original and are layered with transparent aquamarine and gold patina. Bright light viewing is where the fun is as the luster is frosty in nature. Strike is full across obverse and reverse. This piece is limited in grade to MS64 due to several hairlines in the left obverse field that are fully toned over but never the less visible under a 10x loop. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. I'm glad this little half dime received CAC approval as it is deserved due to the superior eye appeal and original surfaces.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
AU58
NGC
4208621003

Choice $150 Chocie Original, Rose-Dark Blue Toning, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. CAC approval on 6/22/17. A strictly original and nicely toned 1871 Philadelphia half dime that would fit nicely into a type set of date and mintmark set. The assigned AU58 grade is accurate as faint rub is seen on the lower leg and on the reverse ribbon bow. Strike is essentially complete with only a trace of weakness at the top of Liberty's head and on the upper left reverse wheat grains. Housed in newer NGC holder. Another quality offering from the Saco River Collection that is attractively priced.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
EF45 raw

Original $58 Crusty Original, Medium Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. A crusty original 1871 half dime for that empty slot in a Dansco or Whitman album. Fully blemish free. I still pick up nice original seated collector coins when possible.
Seated 5C 1871 1871
VG10 raw

Original $28 Original Gray, Old Album Ring Tone, New Jersey Collection. An even gray example with old album ring tining on obverse and reverse. Surfaces are blemish free.
Seated 5c 1872 1872
AU50 raw

Original $65 Original Crusty Silver Gray Patina, Mottled Ebony, Bright Light Luster. A no question original 1872 Philadelphia struck half dime with crusty silver gray patina along with some light mottled ebony. Minimal wear and lots of glowing luster under a light source. Completely blemish free.
Seated 5C 1872 1872
F15 raw

Choice $30 Choice Original, Pretty Rose Obverse Tone, New Jersey Collection. A common date but with lovely rose obverse toning that becomes darker surrounding the date and legend. Reverse is even gray. This example is accurately graded and worthy of inclusion in a Dansco set.
Seated 5C 1872S 1872-S
Below Wreath
AU55 raw
V-3
Choice $135 Large S, Choice Original, Satiny Golden Luster, New Jersey Collection. Conservative grading was used on this nice 1872 Below Wreath mintmarked example. There is a significant amount of remaining satiny luster that my images are unable to capture. Obverse die is significantly eroded, especially below the date digits where the denticles are eliminated. As a contrast, the reverse strike is crisp with all wreath devices well defined. Under bright light, surfaces offer lovely gold coloring.