1840-O 50c MS

Mintage: 855,100

1841 50c MS

Mintage: 310,000

1841-O 50c MS

Mintage: 401,000

1843 50c MS

Mintage: 3,844,000

1843-O 50c MS

Mintage: 2,268,000

1844 50c MS

Mintage: 1,766,000

1844-O 50c MS

Mintage: 2,005,000

1845 50c MS

Mintage: 589,000

1845-O 50c MS

Mintage: 2,094,000

1845-O 50c MS No Drapery

Mintage: 2,094,000

1846 50c MS

Mintage: 2,210,000

1846-O 50c MS

Mintage: 2,304,000

1847 50c MS

Mintage: 1,156,000

1847-O 50c MS

Mintage: 2,584,000

1848 50c MS

Mintage: 580,000

1848-O 50c MS

Mintage: 3,180,000

1849 50c MS

Mintage: 1,252,000

1849-O 50c MS

Mintage: 2,310,000

1850 50c MS

Mintage: 227,000

1850-O 50c MS

Mintage: 2,456,000

1851 50c MS

Mintage: 200,750

1851-O 50c MS

Mintage: 402,000

1852 50c MS

Mintage: 77,130

1852-O 50c MS

Mintage: 144,000

1856 50c MS

Mintage: 938,000

1856-O 50c MS

Mintage: 2,658,000

1856-S 50c MS

Mintage: 211,000

1857 50c MS

Mintage: 1,988,000

1857-O 50c MS

Mintage: 818,000

1857-S 50c MS

Mintage: 158,000

1858 50c MS

Mintage: 4,225,700

1858-O 50c MS

Mintage: 7,294,000

1858-S 50c MS

Mintage: 476,000

1859 50c MS

Mintage: 747,200

1859-O 50c MS

Mintage: 2,834,000

1859-S 50c MS

Mintage: 566,000

1860 50c MS

Mintage: 302,700

1860-O 50c MS

Mintage: 1,290,000

1860-S 50c MS

Mintage: 472,000

1861 50c MS

Mintage: 2,887,400

1861-O 50c MS

Mintage: 2,532,633

1861-S 50c MS

Mintage: 939,500

1862 50c MS

Mintage: 253,000

1862-S 50c MS

Mintage: 1,352,000

1863 50c MS

Mintage: 503,200

1863-S 50c MS

Mintage: 916,000

1864 50c MS

Mintage: 379,100

1864-S 50c MS

Mintage: 658,000

1865 50c MS

Mintage: 511,400

1865-S 50c MS

Mintage: 675,000

1866-S 50c MS No Motto

Mintage: 60,000

1866 50c MS Motto

Mintage: 744,900

1866-S 50c MS Motto

Mintage: 994,000

1867 50c MS

Mintage: 449,300

1867-S 50c MS

Mintage: 1,196,000

1868 50c MS

Mintage: 417,600

1868-S 50c MS

Mintage: 1,160,000

1869 50c MS

Mintage: 795,300

1869-S 50c MS

Mintage: 656,000

1870 50c MS

Mintage: 633,900

1870-CC 50c MS

Mintage: 54,617

1870-S 50c MS

Mintage: 1,004,000

1871 50c MS

Mintage: 1,203,600

1871-CC 50c MS

Mintage: 153,950

1871-S 50c MS

Mintage: 2,178,000

1872 50c MS

Mintage: 880,600

1872-CC 50c MS

Mintage: 257,000

1872-S 50c MS

Mintage: 580,000

1875 50c MS

Mintage: 6,026,800

1875-CC 50c MS

Mintage: 1,008,000

1875-S 50c MS

Mintage: 3,200,000

1876 50c MS

Mintage: 8,418,000

1876-CC 50c MS

Mintage: 1,956,000

1876-S 50c MS

Mintage: 4,528,000

1877 50c MS

Mintage: 8,304,000

1877-CC 50c MS

Mintage: 1,420,000

1877-S 50c MS

Mintage: 5,356,000

1878 50c MS

Mintage: 1,377,600

1878-CC 50c MS

Mintage: 62,000

1878-S 50c MS

Mintage: 12,000

1879 50c MS

Mintage: 4,800

1880 50c MS

Mintage: 8,400

1881 50c MS

Mintage: 10,000

1882 50c MS

Mintage: 4,400

1883 50c MS

Mintage: 8,000

1884 50c MS

Mintage: 4,400

1885 50c MS

Mintage: 5,200

1886 50c MS

Mintage: 5,000

1887 50c MS

Mintage: 5,000

1888 50c MS

Mintage: 12,001

1889 50c MS

Mintage: 12,000

1890 50c MS

Mintage: 12,000

1891 50c MS

Mintage: 200,000

Series Overview

Liberty Seated half dollars were designed by Christian Gobrecht and struck from 1839 through 1891. The Liberty Seated motif was one of the longest-running designs in United States history and was seen on several silver coins. However, the design was modified over the course of the decades to accommodate changes to the coin's physical weight and also to incorporate various elements that were added to or removed from the obverse and reverse.

The major sub-varieties in the Liberty Seated half dollar series are:
  • Variety 1: No Motto Above Eagle (1839-1853)
  • Variety 2: Arrows at Date, Rays Around Eagle (1853)
  • Variety 3: Arrows at Date, No Rays (1854-1855)
  • Variety 1 resumed: with Weight Standard of Variety 2, 12.44 Grams (1856-1866)
  • Variety 4: Motto Above Eagle (1866-1873)
  • Variety 5: Arrows at Date (1873-1874)
  • Variety 4 resumed: With Weight Standard of Variety 5, 12.50 Grams (1875-1891)

Most Liberty Seated half dollars are readily available in the circulated grades, but several issues are considerably scarce, and the Variety 1 1853-O is among the rarest of all with just four known examples and a six-figure minimum price tag. The 1878-S also stands out as an exceedingly rare piece, with an original mintage of 12,000 and just 50 estimated to exist. Other scarce issues include the 1844-O doubled date, 1847 7 Over 6, 1870-CC, 1873 Open 3, 1874-CC, and 1878-CC. Meanwhile, virtually all Liberty Seated half dollars are conditionally scarce in the gem Mint State grades.