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[1839-1891] Seated Liberty Half Dollars

The “Liberty Seated” Half Dollar was issued in various forms from 1839 until 1891 when the design was replaced by the Barber Half Dollar. Designed by Christian Gobrecht, it was issued in five major varieties. Variety 1, known as the “No Motto Above eagle” variety was issued from 1839 until 1853, when it was replaced by Variety 2, the “Arrows at Date, Rays Around Eagle” variety that was only issued in 1853 Variety 3 was issued for only two years, 1854 and 1855, when the Mint eliminated the rays and struck the “Arrows at Date, No Rays” variety. In 1856, the Mint resumed the Variety 1 issue, but with the weight standard of the Variety 2 coin, 12.44 grams as opposed to 13.36 grams of the earlier version. Variety 4, known as the “Motto Above Eagle” variety, was issued from 1866 until 1873 when it was replaced by Variety 5, another version of the “No Arrows at Date” variety. Variety 5 only lasted for two years before the coinage reverted to Variety 4, which was then issued until 1891. The “Liberty Seated” half Dollar was struck at one time or another at four mints: Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City and San Francisco.

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