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WB varieties per Bill Bugert’s multi volume “A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties”

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1844-O

VG10

Raw

$95

This 1844-O is the popular WB102,WB-3 variety with Large O mintmark and Center Dot Obverse. Original gunmetal grey surfaces. The Obverse center dot in Liberty's lap is easily seen.  Multiple reverse  die cracks through the legend. Original.

 

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1845-O

VF20

Raw

$115

New Orleans 1845 issue with Large O and footless 1, WB109,WB-4. Nice collector coin has a few dark obverse spots that I've accounted for in the net grade. Full LIBERTY , strong stars and nice rims.  Reverse without any major issues and trying to tone back at the rims. Late die state with the foot of the 1 completely missing. Reverse with Large O low and tilting, horizontal die lines clear in the field above eagle's left wing.  R-4. Presents good value at the offered price. Cleaned.

 

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1845-O

EF45

NGC 4355800031

$390

This New Orleans with Drapery Half Dollar displays strong strike and original grey toning that is accented by just a bit yellow-gold rim luster highlights. Light wear on the thigh and knee per the grade, Miss Liberty's  hair detail is well defined. Light obverse chatter from circulation noted, more so on the obverse. Eagle feather detail and claw is quite sharp. Original.

 

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1854-O

AU53

NGC 6705735002

$350

This New Orleans with Arrows Half Dollar would make an excellent selection for either a XF-AU type or date set. Well struck with original greyish brown fields and good eye appeal Original. New 4/20

 

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1855

AU50

ANACS 524223

$390

The 1855 With Arrows is always in demand by type set collectors.  Mintage for the 1855 at 759,500 is much lower than the 1854, 1854-O and 1855-O issues. This example is housed in a old ANACS small white holder and shows golden patina with aqua blue toning accents at the rim. Strike is strong, dentils well defined for the obverse stars. My picture not nearly as nice as this coin in hand, missing much of the toning. Original. New 2/24

 

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1857

AU50

Raw

$220

This common date 1857 Half Dollar exhibits nice underlying purple magenta toning but a few light scattered hairlines are noted, primarily seen in the left obverse field limit the grade. My images do not adequately pick up the toning. Reverse eagle feather strike is strong. Good candidate for a Dansco Album EF-AU date collection. Priced below listed Greysheet  AU50. Market Acceptable . New 4/22

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1859-O

AU55

ANACS 7545433

$575

Higher grade New Orleans variety WB-103, WB-6 with misplaced 9 in rock.  This example  in EDS with the bottom loop of an errant 9 easily visible. The reverse with Large O that's high and tight, almost touching the crotch formed by the olive stem and feather. Lower die crack from dentil through the lower base of HAL(f).  Strike is full, surfaces with lots of luster and golden brown rim toning. Selected raw from Dr Glenn Petersen variety collection and submitted to ANACS by GFRC-Lite. R-4. Some light hairlines noted. Label attribution reads : WB-103 MPD-001 WB-6. Market Acceptable.

 

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1861-S

F12

ANACS 2696533

$150

Mintage of 939,500. Housed in an old small white ANACS holder, Large S variety , attributed as WB-101 on the holder. This San Francisco No Motto date is always popular with Civil War enthusiasts. Surfaces are original gunmetal gray on both the obverse and reverse. The obverse with strong date for the grade. A couple of hits from circulation are noted as seen on the image. Reverse C with heavy die cracks, most obvious thru the olive leaves and wing. Also heavy crack from lower arrow's tip. Lower right wing cud.  The reverse shows loads of detail for the assigned grade.  Possible terminal die state.  Original. New 2/24

 

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1867-S

AU53

Raw

$490

This  San Francisco issued 1867 piece is WB101, WB8.  The obverse with date high and recut at the base of the 1.  The reverse with Weak S, probably struck from a late die state . Die cracks are as follows on the reverse, (HAL)F to dentil, (AMERI)CA to dentil, and and then last inner crack from (W)E though TRUST. Both the the obverse and reverse have toned back from a probable long ago light wipe, now with pleasing golden patina surfaces. Obverse stars are decently struck 1-7, weaker thereafter. Minor obverse blemish to the right of 7 noted for accuracy. R3. Perfect selection for a Dansco Album collection. Market Acceptable . 

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1869

EF40

PCGS 34171129

$325

This With Motto 1869 had a lower mintage of 796,300. Light silver grey fields dominate here. Good remaining luster and well defined  features. Clean fields for the assigned grade. All stars strong, rim denticles also nice. Very minor obverse rim ding at 2 o'clock. Reverse eagle is sharp. Original. New 3/5

 

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1871

EF40

ANACS 4759901

$200

This 1871 With Motto Philadelphia issue, WB-102,WB-1, MPD-001,  comes with pleasing original surfaces and strong strike. However, the ticket here is the base of an errant 1 that is easily seen in the rock right below the bottom point of the shield. Wear on the high points consistent with the grade, minor obverse rim abrasion at 8:30 noted. Reverse is problem free, eagle's feathers are quite strong. On the front bottom left of the ANACS holder there is a black dot probably from a magic marker that I mention for accuracy.  R3. Original. New 3/5

 

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1874 WA

EF45

NGC 2019425004

$400

Always in demand as a type coin, this example with a good amount of remaining coppery luster but shows light hairlines on both the obverse and reverse fields. Older holder also with light scratches.  Market Acceptable. 

 

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1876-S

AU50

PCGS 33173598

$300

This lovely 1876-S Seated Half dollar comes with strong strike and consistent gunmetal greyish brown surfaces. Light hairlines on the obverse fields are noted and consistent with the assigned PCGS grade. Good selection for a EF-AU date set. Original .

 

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1877

VF20 Details

ANACS 7545434

$650

The 1877 transitional reverse Open Bud WB-102 , R7+ rarity. Seated Half Dollar specialists can exhaustively hunt in many an auction catalog and show without finding an example in any grade. The WB-102 variety is actually Hub variety 1/2 Transitional Die per Wiley-Bugert. Both the WB-101 and WB-102 dies are found with the lower Open Bud, but the WB-102 with enhanced leaf veins that have been sharply raised. The WB-102 is actually the predecessor to the finalized Closed Bud Hub Variety 2.  This example with gunmetal greyish surfaces that show long ago cleaning hairlines. A couple of light scratches below star 1 are also noted for accuracy. Reasonably priced, market comparisons are thin, however, per the Fortin archives a VF25 PCGS Transitional reverse sold for $1800 Feb 2023 and a EF45 cleaned raw WB-102 sold for $1500 Aug 2017. Market Acceptable. 

 

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1878

AU53

Raw

$200

This With Motto 1878 Half Dollar shows out with pretty toning and good strike.  Obverse stars show good detail. Scarcer issue despite mintage of 1,377,600.  Reverse eagle feather strike is strong. Die crack from CA to L in reverse motto noted. My images miss much of the luster and eye appeal. Good candidate for a Dansco Album EF-AU date collection.  Market Acceptable . New 4/23

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