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Seated Liberty Half Dollars

Seated Liberty Half Dollar (1839-1891)

The Seated Liberty Half Dollar, or Seated Half Dollar, was the third variety of half dollar minted in the United States. Introduced in 1839, the coin was different from the Bust Half Dollar that came before. The general public immediately embraced the coin’s artwork, which helps explain why it remained in production into the late 1800s.

Contemporary collectors prize these coins for their rarity. Seated Liberty Half Dollars are out there, but it is difficult to find them in the excellent condition favored by collectors.

Value of a Seated Liberty Half Dollar

The premium on a given Seated Liberty Half Dollar depends on a few factors. Most importantly, the condition of the coin affects its value. Everyone wants to add well-preserved coins to their collection, but the fact is there are more Seated Half Dollars in Poor condition than Fine condition. Next, the year of mintage plays a role in determining value.

Seated Half Dollars produced during or around the Civil War command higher prices than coins struck during less turbulent periods of American history. The cost of Seated Half Dollars ranges from as low as $20 to as high as $1,000. Of course, the coins that sell for $1,000 and upwards are exceptional coins — those from particularly desirable editions that also display excellent condition.

 
Seated Liberty Half Dollar (1839-1891) obverse

Sought After Seated Liberty Half Dollars

The most sought-after Seated Half Dollars are, naturally, those that have been perfectly preserved. Pristine coins are difficult to find simply because Seated Half Dollars were widely circulated for a long time. Seated Liberty Half Dollars were produced for more than 50 years. Enough were minted that the coins themselves are not difficult to find, but they were so useful in general circulation that they are now extremely difficult to find in coveted pristine condition.

The search for a well-preserved Seated Half Dollar is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Further, Half Dollars that were produced in and around the years of the Civil War are especially alluring to collectors. They represent an important era in American history and many collectors view owning a Seated Liberty Half Dollar from that period as owning a piece of history.

 

Future Value of the Seated Liberty Half Dollar

The future value of a given Seated Half Dollar is not something we can predict with any degree of certainty. However, experts generally agree these coins should see long-term growth due to increasing rarity. Wartime Seated Liberty Half Dollars will be harder to come by with the passage of time. Now is the time to acquire an important piece of our nation’s history with a Seated Liberty Half Dollar.



DATE GOOD FINE EXTREMELY FINE UNCIRCULATED
1839 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $45 $400 $1,400 $2,800
1840 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (Small Letters) $50 $75 $300 $425
1840 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (Medium Letters) $180 $450 $1,100 $2,000
1840 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $90 $300 $500
1841 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $95 $350 $650
1841 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $100 $300 $550
1842 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $65 $150 $325
1842 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (Small Date) (O) $575 $1,400 $4,500 $8,000
1842 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (Medium Date) (O) $42 $80 $250 $600
1843 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $65 $180 $300
1843 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $60 $70 $150 $450
1844 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $65 $180 $300
1844 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $70 $240 $475
1845 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $60 $80 $240 $400
1845 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $65 $200 $360
1846 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $55 $150 $400
1846 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $75 $225 $350
1847 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $65 $220 $3500
1847 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $50 $75 $210 $350
1848 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $45 $120 $325 $650
1848 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $65 $250 $500
1849 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $45 $80 $225 $400
1849 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $45 $75 $240 $800
1850 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $275 $450 $775 $1,100
1850 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $65 $200 $425
1851 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $750 $1,000 $1,600 $1,750
1851 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $150 $400 $850
1852 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $350 $600 $1,150 $1,400
1852 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $200 $550 $1,100 $1,800
1853 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (Arrows and Rays) $42 $65 $265 $550
1853 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (Arrows and Rays) (O) $50 $80 $350 $750
1854 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $65 $150 $375
1854 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $65 $150 $350
1855 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (Normal Date) $42 $65 $150 $400
1855 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $65 $135 $350
1855 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $425 $1,350 $3,500 $7,600
1856 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $65 $130 $240
1856 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $75 $135 $240
1856 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $90 $240 $1,100 $2,100
1857 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $65 $125 $250
1857 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $65 $150 $275
1857 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $150 $240 $1,400 $2,000
1858 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $65 $125 $240
1858 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $65 $130 $240
1858 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $55 $120 $350 $600
1859 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $65 $150 $300
1859 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $42 $65 $150 $300
1859 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $45 $70 $270 $600
1860 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $70 $150 $300
1860 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $45 $70 $175 $300
1860 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $50 $95 $275 $500
1861 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $50 $75 $140 $300
1861 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (O) $55 $70 $140 $300
1861 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $55 $95 $400 $700
1862 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $70 $140 $350 $550
1862 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $55 $85 $240 $400
1863 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $45 $95 $225 $425
1863 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $45 $95 $275 $550
1864 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $45 $120 $450 $800
1864 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $70 $150 $450 $750
1865 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $70 $120 $350 $700
1865 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $75 $140 $400 $650
1866 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (No Motto) (S) $450 $875 $2,300 $3,000
1866 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $50 $80 $190 $250
1866 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $45 $70 $220 $360
1867 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $110 $290 $500
1867 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $42 $85 $180 $650
1868 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $50 $90 $275 $525
1868 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $45 $65 $240 $375
1869 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $70 $160 $325
1869 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $42 $70 $250 $475
1870 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $70 $190 $300
1870 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (CC) $1,750 $4,800 $12,000 $32,000
1870 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $70 $120 $475 $750
1871 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $65 $130 $260
1871 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (CC) $400 $1,100 $3,200 $6,000
1871 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $45 $65 $150 $375
1872 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $45 $65 $120 $285
1872 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (CC) $200 $500 $2,300 $4,000
1872 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $45 $90 $300 $525
1873 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (Close 3) $45 $70 $175 $300
1873 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (Open 3) $3,100 $5,500 $8,000 $13,500
1873 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (CC) $350 $750 $2,000 $4,500
1874 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $45 $70 $250 $450
1874 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (CC) $1,100 $2,000 $5,000 $8,250
1874 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $90 $225 $375 $700
1875 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $38 $65 $125 $200
1875 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (CC) $55 $120 $250 $375
1875 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $38 $65 $120 $200
1876 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $38 $65 $120 $200
1876 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (CC) $55 $105 $300 $600
1876 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $38 $65 $120 $225
1877 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $38 $70 $120 $225
1877 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (CC) $48 $100 $300 $425
1877 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $38 $65 $100 $200
1878 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $42 $120 $150 $240
1878 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (CC) $1,000 $2,350 $3,750 $5,400
1878 Liberty Seated Half Dollar (S) $30,000 $50,000 $67,500 $70,000
1879 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $275 $365 $525 $700
1880 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $265 $340 $525 $700
1881 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $265 $340 $525 $700
1882 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $280 $350 $535 $700
1883 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $280 $350 $535 $700
1884 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $325 $425 $625 $850
1885 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $325 $425 $625 $850
1886 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $400 $575 $800 $900
1887 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $450 $600 $800 $875
1888 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $250 $350 $475 $700
1889 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $250 $350 $475 $700
1890 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $250 $350 $475 $700
1891 Liberty Seated Half Dollar $55 $125 $225 $240

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