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SEATED LIBERTY HALF DOLLARS (1839-1891)

    

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

 NO MOTTO ON REVERSE (1839-1866)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1839

1,972,400

est. 5

The variety without drapery at Liberty's elbow is worth 2-10 times the variety with drapery.

1840

1,435,008

est. 10

One interesting variety was struck at the New Orleans Mint using a reverse of 1838 without a mintmark! 

1840-O

855,100

0

 

1841

310,000

est. 10

 

1841-O

401,000

0

 

1842

2,012,764

est. 5

The date comes in small and medium versions and the reverse comes with small and large letters.

1842-O

957,000

0

These come with Small Date and Small Letters (Reverse of 1839) or Medium Date and Large Letters (Reverse of 1842).

1843

3,844,000

est. 10

 

1843-O

2,268,000

0

 

1844

1,766,000

est. 5

 

1844-O

2,005,000

0

The double date variety has the original date cut way too high into the die.

1845

589,000

est. 5

 

1845-O

2,094,000

0

One scarce variety is lacks the drapery at Liberty's elbow because of over-zealous polishing of the die.

1846

2,210,000

est. 20

Look for the rare 1846/5 overdate.  Date sizes vary and one interesting variety had the 6 of the date punched into the die horizontally, then corrected.

1846-O

2,304,000

0

Date sizes vary; the "Tall" date is the tougher one.

1847

1,156,000

est. 20

Look for the very rare 1847/6 overdate.

1847-O

2,584,000

0

 

1848

580,000

est. 5

 

1848-O

3,180,000

0

 

1849

1,252,000

est. 10

 

1849-O

2,310,000

0

 

1850

227,000

est. 5

 

1850-O

2,456,000

0

 

1851

200,750

est. 5

 

1851-O

402,000

0

 

1852

77,130

est. 10

 

1852-O

144,000

est. 5

 

1853-O

est. 5

0

None were reported to have been minted!

ARROWHEADS AT DATE, RAYS ON REVERSE (1853 ONLY)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1853

3,532,708

est. 10

 

1853-O

1,328,000

0

 

Obverse of 1854-O Half Dollar, Arrowheads at Date     Reverse of 1854-O Half Dollar, Arrowheads at Date

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.
  

ARROWHEADS AT DATE, NO RAYS ON REVERSE (1854-1855)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1854

2,982,000

est. 30

 

1854-O

5,240,000

0

 

1855

759,500

est. 15

Look for the rare 1855/1854 overdate.

1855-O

3,688,000

0

 

1855-S

129,950

0

 

ORIGINAL DESIGN RESTORED (1856-1866)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1856

938,000

est. 30

 

1856-O

2,658,000

0

 

1856-S

211,000

0

 

1857

1,988,000

est. 75

 

1857-O

818,000

0

 

1857-S

158,000

0

 

1858

4,226,000

est. 200

 

1858-O

7,294,000

0

 

1858-S

476,000

0

 

1859

747,200

800

 

1859-O

2,834,000

0

 

1859-S

566,000

0

 

1860

302,700

1,000

 

1860-O

1,290,000

0

 

1860-S

472,000

0

 

1861

2,887,400

1,000

 

1861-O

2,532,633

est. 5

Some of these were struck under the auspices of the Confederacy using U.S. dies - unfortunately, there's no way to tell them apart.  The extremely rare Confederate Half Dollars and the more common Restrikes were separate issues that still deserve mention here.

1861-S

939,500

0

 

1862

253,000

550

 

1862-S

1,352,000

0

 

1863

503,200

460

 

1863-S

916,000

0

 

1864

379,100

470

 

1864-S

658,000

0

 

1865

511,400

500

 

1865-S

675,000

0

 

1866 No Motto

0

Unique

The debate continues on whether the 1866 No Motto Half Dollar is a transitional pattern or a clandestine, mint-made fantasy piece.

1866-S
No Motto

60,000

0

 

WITH "IN GOD WE TRUST" ON REVERSE (1866-1891)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1866 With Motto

744,900

725

 

1866-S With Motto

994,000

0

 

1867

449,300

625

 

1867-S

1,196,000

0

 

1868

417,600

600

 

1868-S

1,160,000

0

 

1869

795,300

600

 

1869-S

656,000

0

 

1870

633,900

1,000

 

1870-CC

54,617

0

This is a very rare and popular date.

1870-S

1,004,000

0

 

1871

1,203,600

960

 

1871-CC

153,950

0

 

1871-S

2,178,000

0

 

1872

880,600

950

 

1872-CC

257,000

0

 

1872-S

580,000

0

 

1873 No Arrowheads at Date

801,200

600

Found with Open and Closed 3's.  All of the Proofs are Closed 3's.  The Open 3 is extremely rare.

1873-CC No Arrowheads at Date

122,500

0

Most were melted, making this an extremely rare issue

1873-S No Arrowheads at Date

5,000

0

None of these have ever been seen!

Obverse of 1874 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1874 Half Dollar

Image courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
  

ARROWHEADS AT DATE (1873-1874)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1873

1,815,150

550

 

1873-CC

214,560

0

 

1873-S

228,000

0

 

1874

2,359,600

700

 

1874-CC

59,000

0

 

1874-S

394,000

0

 

WITH MOTTO DESIGN RESTORED (1875-1891)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1875

6,026,800

700

 

1875-CC

1,008,000

0

 

1875-S

3,200,000

0

 

1876

8,418,000

1,150

 

1876-CC

1,956,000

0

 

1876-S

4,528,000

0

 

1877

8,304,000

510

Look for the rare 1887/6 overdate.

1877-CC

1,420,000

0

 

1877-S

5,356,000

0

 

1878

1,377,600

800

 

1878-CC

62,000

0

 

1878-S

12,000

0

Extremely scarce in all grades.

1879

4,800

1,100

 

1880

8,400

1,355

 

1881

10,000

975

 

1882

4,400

1,100

 

1883

8,000

1,039

 

1884

4,400

875

 

1885

5,200

930

 

1886

5,000

886

 

1887

5,000

710

 

1888

12,001

832

 

1889

12,000

711

 

1890

12,000

590

 

1891

200,000

600

Last year of the type.