Liberty Seated Half Dollar Values & Prices

How Much Is Your Liberty Seated Half Dollar Worth?

Seated Liberty Silver Dollar Uncirculated
Seated Liberty Silver Dollar Uncirculated. Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries, Ha.com

This guide will give you an estimation of how much your Liberty Seated half dollars minted from 1839 to 1891 are worth.  The value chart below provides average coin prices and values based upon the condition of the coin. 

Market Analysis

Liberty Seated half dollars are considered classic American coins. Most coin collectors only purchase one type coin at a reasonable cost. Advanced coin collectors are the only ones that consider  assembling a complete sets.

Although demand for this coin series is fairly low, small mintages and low survival rates drive up values in almost all grades. 

Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties

The following Liberty Seated half dollars in any condition, are worth considerable more than common Liberty Seated half dollar.  As such, these coins are frequently counterfeit or altered from common Liberty Seated half dollar.  Therefore, before you start celebrating your early retirement with your new found fortune, have the coin authenticated by a reputable coin dealer or third party grading service.

  • 1853-O Variety 1: No arrows, no motto, no rays (Only 4 know)
  • 1870-CC (in uncirculated condition)
  • 1873 Open 3
  • 1874-CC
  • 1878-S

Condition or Grade Examples

If your coin is worn and looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below, it is considered a circulated coin.

  • Photo of a Circulated Liberty Seated Half Dollar

If your coin looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below and has no evidence of wear due to being in circulation, it is considered an uncirculated coin.

  • Photo of an Uncirculated Liberty Seated Half Dollar

Mint Marks

Liberty Seated half dollars were produced at four different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Carson City (CC), New Orleans (O) and San Francisco (S).  As illustrated in the picture link below, the mint mark is located on the reverse of the coin, near the bottom below the eagle and above "HALF DOLLAR".

  • Photo of the Liberty Seated Half Dollar Mint Mark Location

Liberty Seated Half Dollars Average Prices and Values

The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer to purchase the coin) and sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin). The first column lists the date and mint mark (see the photo above) followed by the buy price and the sell value for an average circulated Liberty Seated half dollar.  The next two columns list the buy price and the sell value for an average uncirculated. These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors that determine its worth.

Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
Variety 1: No Drapery
1839$150.00$100.00 $15,400.00$11,300.00
Variety 1: W/Drapery No Motto
1839$53.00$37.00 $1,800.00$1,300.00
1840 Med. Letters$250.00$180.00 $5,900.00$4,400.00
1840 Sm. Letters$57.00$41.00 $1,100.00$900.00
1840-O$57.00$40.00 $1,900.00$1,500.00
1841$67.00$45.00 $2,200.00$1,700.00
1841-O$47.00$35.00 $2,100.00$1,600.00
1842$43.00$30.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1842-O Sm. Date$1,100.00$800.00 $32,000.00$24,000.00
1842-O Med. Date$53.00$39.00 $2,500.00$1,900.00
1843$42.00$30.00 $1,100.00$900.00
1843-O$44.00$30.00 $1,900.00$1,400.00
1844$46.00$31.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1844-O$49.00$34.00 $1,900.00$1,400.00
1844-O Dbl. Date$1,000.00$700.00 --
1845$63.00$42.00 $2,300.00$1,800.00
1845-O$46.00$31.00 $1,500.00$1,100.00
1845-O No Drapery$62.00$43.00 $3,600.00$2,700.00
1846 Med. Date$43.00$30.00 $1,300.00$1,000.00
1846 Tall Date$42.00$30.00 $1,400.00$1,100.00
1846 Over Horiz 6$280.00$190.00 $6,900.00$4,900.00
1846-O Med. Date$48.00$35.00 $2,300.00$1,800.00
1846-O Tall Date$340.00$240.00 $13,700.00$10,600.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1847$45.00$32.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1847 7 Over 6$4,400.00$3,100.00 $38,000.00$28,000.00
1847-O$43.00$32.00 $2,400.00$1,900.00
1848$61.00$45.00 $1,800.00$1,300.00
1848-O$44.00$29.00 $1,600.00$1,200.00
1849$47.00$31.00 $1,400.00$1,100.00
1849-O$46.00$32.00 $1,800.00$1,300.00
1850$370.00$250.00 $2,900.00$2,200.00
1850-O$46.00$32.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1851$600.00$410.00 $3,800.00$2,900.00
1851-O$61.00$43.00 $1,700.00$1,300.00
1852$520.00$370.00 $2,600.00$1,900.00
1852-O$170.00$120.00 $6,400.00$4,900.00
1853-O *$300,000.00$220,000.00 --
Variety 2: Arrows & Rays
1853$51.00$36.00 $2,400.00$1,900.00
1853-O$66.00$47.00 $4,800.00$3,700.00
Variety 3: Arrows at Date, No Rays
1854$42.00$28.00 $1,100.00$900.00
1854-O$45.00$30.00 $1,300.00$1,000.00
1855$47.00$32.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1855 55 Over 54$130.00$80.00 $3,200.00$2,500.00
1855-O$42.00$29.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1855-S$710.00$470.00 $32,000.00$24,000.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
Variety 1: No Motto (Resumed)
1856$41.00$29.00 $900.00$700.00
1856-O$48.00$35.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1856-S$140.00$100.00 $7,400.00$5,800.00
1857$43.00$30.00 $800.00$600.00
1857-O$47.00$33.00 $2,600.00$1,900.00
1857-S$130.00$90.00 $13,800.00$10,000.00
1858$42.00$28.00 $800.00$700.00
1858-O$44.00$32.00 $1,000.00$800.00
1858-S$59.00$40.00 $2,700.00$2,000.00
1859$46.00$32.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1859-O$43.00$30.00 $1,100.00$900.00
1859-S$52.00$35.00 $2,500.00$1,900.00
1860$43.00$29.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1860-O$42.00$30.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1860-S$55.00$41.00 $2,400.00$1,800.00
1861$44.00$32.00 $900.00$700.00
1861-O$44.00$32.00 $1,200.00$800.00
1861-S$51.00$37.00 $2,000.00$1,500.00
1862$57.00$39.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1862-S$46.00$32.00 $1,800.00$1,400.00
1863$47.00$34.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1863-S$45.00$31.00 $1,600.00$1,200.00
1864$57.00$41.00 $1,300.00$1,000.00
1864-S$46.00$31.00 $2,300.00$1,800.00
1865$52.00$36.00 $1,300.00$1,000.00
1865-S$52.00$36.00 $2,300.00$1,700.00
1866-S$680.00$490.00 $12,000.00$8,600.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
Variety 4: With Motto, No Arrows
1866$46.00$32.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1866-S$45.00$33.00 $1,500.00$1,100.00
1867$48.00$34.00 $900.00$700.00
1867-S$46.00$33.00 $1,900.00$1,400.00
1868$71.00$47.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1868-S$44.00$30.00 $1,300.00$1,000.00
1869$43.00$32.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1869-S$45.00$32.00 $2,100.00$1,600.00
1870$44.00$32.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1870-CC *$3,000.00$2,000.00 $120,000.00$90,000.00
1870-S$49.00$35.00 $2,500.00$1,900.00
1871$43.00$30.00 $900.00$700.00
1871-CC$620.00$440.00 $33,000.00$25,000.00
1871-S$44.00$29.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1872$44.00$31.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1872-CC$380.00$260.00 $34,000.00$26,000.00
1872-S$54.00$39.00 $2,400.00$1,700.00
1873 Closed 3$48.00$34.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1873 Open 3 *$3,900.00$2,800.00 $51,000.00$38,000.00
1873-CC *$560.00$390.00 $19,000.00$14,500.00
Variety 5: Arrows at Date
1873$46.00$33.00 $1,500.00$1,100.00
1873-CC$410.00$270.00 $11,700.00$9,000.00
1873-S$110.00$80.00 $4,500.00$3,500.00
1874$46.00$33.00 $1,600.00$1,200.00
1874-CC$1,600.00$1,100.00 $22,000.00$17,000.00
1874-S$64.00$45.00 $2,600.00$2,100.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
Variety 4: With Motto, No Arrows (Resumed)
1875$44.00$32.00 $640.00$460.00
1875-CC$90.00$60.00 $2,400.00$1,900.00
1875-S$43.00$28.00 $750.00$540.00
1876$43.00$29.00 $720.00$530.00
1876-CC$80.00$60.00 $1,600.00$1,200.00
1876-S$40.00$28.00 $740.00$560.00
1877$45.00$33.00 $760.00$600.00
1877-CC$73.00$49.00 $1,600.00$1,200.00
1877-S$40.00$27.00 $770.00$570.00
1878$51.00$37.00 $900.00$700.00
1878-CC$1,400.00$1,000.00 $15,200.00$12,000.00
1878-S *$38,000.00$27,000.00 $130,000.00$100,000.00
1879$360.00$240.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1880$340.00$230.00 $1,000.00$800.00
1881$350.00$250.00 $1,000.00$800.00
1882$410.00$300.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1883$370.00$270.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1884$440.00$310.00 $1,300.00$1,000.00
1885$460.00$330.00 $1,300.00$1,000.00
1886$510.00$380.00 $1,300.00$1,000.00
1887$530.00$360.00 $1,400.00$1,000.00
1888$330.00$230.00 $1,000.00$800.00
1889$350.00$240.00 $1,000.00$800.00
1890$330.00$240.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1891$80.00$50.00 $790.00$610.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
Complete
Date-Mint Set
$60,000.00$42,000.00 $575,000.00$450,000.00
Complete
Date Set
$7,000.00$4,900.00 $64,000.00$48,000.00

"-" (dash) = Not Applicable or not enough data exists to calculate an average price
* = See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins. 

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