Liberty Seated Half Dollars

(1839-1891)

No Motto (1839-1866)

The late 1830s were years of great ferment, progress, growth and change for the United States Mint. Steam-powered coinage made its debut in 1836. The first branch mint opened in New Orleans in 1838, and new designs were placed on all the gold and silver coins between 1837 and 1840. The technical and artistic advancements were interrelated, for it was the introduction of steam power that stimulated Mint officials to update the coinage aesthetically as well.

On the silver coins, the new look took the form of a seated figure of Liberty with her right hand resting upon a shield and her left hand grasping a staff topped by a Liberty cap—symbols of preparedness and freedom. Thirteen stars are arrayed around her, and the date is below. This design first appeared on pattern and regular-issue silver dollars in 1836, and thereafter wa.... (Expand Text)

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1839 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO DRAPERY MS64

NO DRAPERY. VERY CHOICE. ONLY 5 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$57,500.00

1839 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO DRAPERY MS65

NO DRAPERY. ONLY TWO MS65+ GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$192,500.00

1839 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO DRAPERY MS65+

NO DRAPERY. AN INCREDIBLE WHITE LUSTROUS GEM. WE CANNOT IMAGINE A FINER SPECIMEN OF THIS COIN. LOOKS LIKE IT WOULD HAVE DAY IT WAS STRUCK. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$247,500.00

1839 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO DRAPERY MS66

NO DRAPERY. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. KNOXVILLE COLLECTION.
$329,500.00

1840 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, REVERSE OF 1839 MS65

REVERSE OF 1839. ONLY 6 COINS GRADE HIGHER.
$9,850.00

1840-O LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS64

VERY CHOICE, SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY A MS66 GRADED HIGHER.
$9,850.00

1841 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS64

NEAR GEM. ONLY 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$6,595.00

1841-O LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS62

CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$2,300.00

1842 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, MEDIUM DATE MS65

MEDIUM DATE. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$8,250.00

1842-O LIBERTY SEATED 50C, MEDIUM DATE, REV 1842 MS64

MEDIUM DATE, REVERSE OF 1842. VIRTUALLY GEM SURFACES WITH LIGHTISH EVENLY AMBER TONING. ONLY TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$13,750.00

1844 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS65

*QUALITY. GEM SURFACES WITH LOVELY LIGHT AMBER TONING. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$10,500.00

1846 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, 6/HORIZONTAL 6 MS64+

HORIZONTAL 6. MEDIUM DATE. WELL STRUCK GEM SURFACES WITH RADIANT ELECTRIC BLUE, ROSE TONING. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$41,250.00

1846 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, MEDIUM DATE PR63

MEDIUM DATE. CHOICE PROOF SURFACES WITH RICH ROSE BLUE TONING. ONLY 15 ORIGINALLY STRUCK.
$21,950.00

1847/6 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS62

CHOICE ORIGINAL COLOR. FS-301. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED. NO MORE THAN 25-30 KNOWN IN ALL GRADES. COL. GREEN PEDIGREE.
$36,000.00

1847-O LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS66

GEM ORIGINAL. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$32,950.00

1850 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO PR64

CHOICE PROOF. WELL DEFINED MIRRORED SURFACES. ONLY 5 COINS ORIGINALLY STRUCK. JUST A SINGLE PR66 GRADED HIGHER.
$28,600.00

1850-O LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS65

SUPURB GEM SURFACES. LOVELY LIGHT BLUE/SEA GREEN TONING. ONLY TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$19,750.00

1850-O LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS65

DEEP RICH AMBER TONING. ONLY 3 COINS GRADED HIGHER. COL. GREEN/NEWMAN PEDIGREE.
$13,750.00

1851 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS67

FABULOUS GEM SURFACES. DAZZLING PINWHEEL OF COLOR. HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS BY TWO FULL GRADES.
$98,500.00

1853 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, ARROWS AND RAYS MS66

ARROWS AND RAYS. STUNNING GEM WHITE LUSTROUS SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$57,500.00

1855/4 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, ARROWS MS66

VERY SCARCE OVERDATE IN GEM CONDITION. BOAST AN ABUNDANT AMOUNT OF RADIATE LUSTERAND SATIN WHITE SURFACES. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$32,950.00