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History of the Seated Half Dollars (1839 - 1891)

The Gobrecht Liberty Seated design, adopted first for silver dollars, was extended to half dollars in 1839. It was said that the half dollar was the only denomination that remained loyal to the Sully-Gobrecht design without drastically changing the original. The Seated Liberty Half Dollar underwent a couple of stages along the years. Thus we have five Varieties of this type: Variety 1 with No Motto, Variety 2 with Arrows and Rays, Variety 3 with Arrows and No Rays, Variety 4 with Motto, and Variety 5 with Arrows. All varieties show Miss Liberty on the obverse, sitting on a rock and holding a shield in her right hand. The shield displays the word LIBERTY on it. In her left hand, Liberty has a stick with a cap on top. Miss Liberty is surrounded by 13 stars, a theme reoccurring on many U.S. coins. On the reverse, a majestic eagle holds an olive branch and arrows in its claws. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is at the top and HALF DOL. at the bottom.The first obverse issues show no extra drapery at crook of elbow, while later issues until 1891 have a small patch below it. Because of the discover of gold in California and the shipment of silver coins to the West Indies and Latin America, survivors of early Seated Liberty halves are very scarce, especially in good condition. All dates in the Variety I No Motto are very rare, especially in high grades. That's why collectors of Seated Liberty Half Dollars might find it challenging to find the coins they seek for this denomination. For the first year of issue, mint-state survivors are extremely rare and proofs quite extinct.

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Seated Liberty Half Dollars in different grades and condition from the Executive Coin Company, one of the top coin dealers in United States. Our selection includes early date half dollars with Drapery and No Motto, examples of the variety with arrows at date and rays around the eagle, Seated half dollars with Motto and others. We also offer half dollars in high grades. All coins we display are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your unique coin collection! Check out our online selection below.
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   1845-O Seated Half Dollar Nice G/VG FS-50-1845o-302 RECUT DATE $160.00
   1845-O Seated Half Dollar Nice G+ REPUNCHED DATE FS 50-18450-301 $215.00
   1845-O Seated Half Dollar PCGS AU50 Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike $475.00
   1849-P Seated Half Dollar Nice BU Details Re-Cut Date Amazing Strike $425.00
   1854-O Seated Half Dollar Choice XF Arrows Nice Strike $125.00
   1854-O Seated Half Dollar NGC MS63 Arrows A Bit Dark But Still Nice Eye Appeal $1,160.00
   1856-O Seated Half Dollar Nice AU/BU Doubled Date Nice Luster Nice Strike $255.00
   1858-S Seated Half Dollar AU/BU Detail Key Date Great Eye Appeal $635.00
   1858-O Seated Half Dollar Near BU Detail Remarkable Value Nice Strike $370.00
   1861-P Seated Half Dollar Choice G/VG CIVIL WAR DATE Superb Eye Appeal $64.00
   1861-S Seated Half Dollar Choice XF Details Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike $265.00
   1861-O Seated Half Dollar Nice XF/AU Civil War Date Nice Strike $370.00
   1862-S Seated Half Dollar Civil War Date Choice XF Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike $185.00
   1864-S Seated Half Dollar Civil War Date Nice G Decent Eye Appeal $72.00
   1866-S Seated Half Dollar PCGS VF25 No Motto $1,425.00
   1871-S Seated Half Dollar AU/BU Details Bright White Nice Luster Nice Strike $275.00
   1874 Seated Half Dollar NGC MS 64 CAC ARROWS Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike $3,000.00
   1877-P Seated Half Dollar PCGS MS61 Nice Luster Nice Strike $390.00
   1883 Seated Half Dollar NGC PF65 CAC Nice Luster GREAT EYE APPEAL $3,265.00
   1886 Seated Half Dollar PCGS MS64 Fantastic Luster Nice Strike $2,000.00