Olevian Numismatic Rarities
1846 Seated Liberty Half Dollar // Tall Date Variety // PCGS Certified VF20 // Deluxe Collector's Pouch
Due to improvements in the silver and gold bullion supply and advances in minting technology, the production of both silver and gold coins increased dramatically in the 1830s. The completion of a new and much larger Philadelphia Mint building in 1833 further supported the mintage and circulation of coins. These conditions prompted Mint Director Robert Patterson to seek fresh designs and hire Christian Gobrecht to assist Chief Engraver William Kneass, who had recently suffered a debilitating stroke. Gobrecht ultimately created the Seated Liberty design employed on most silver coinage of the mid to late 19th century (1836-1891), including the half dime, dime, twenty-cent piece, quarter, half dollar, and dollar denominations.
The obverse features Lady Liberty seated upon a rock, holding a liberty pole and cap symbolic of freedom in her left arm, and a shield in her right to defend it. The reverse design of the half dime and dime features a wreath encircling the denomination. With room for more elaborate design elements, the larger denominations feature an American Bald Eagle with outstretched wings holding an olive branch and bundle of arrows in its talons.
The Seated Liberty half dollar is a vintage American coin minted from 1839 to 1891. Today, they are seldom seen but are cherished by coin collectors and enthusiasts of American history alike. You will receive the unique coin shown in the photos, housed in a deluxe collector's pouch with a certificate of authenticity.
5"L x 4"W x 1"H
- OriginUnited States
— Type: Seated Liberty Half Dollar (1839-1891)
— Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
— Weight: 13.36 grams
— Diameter: 30.0 mm
— Composition: 0.900 silver, 0.100 copper
— Net silver weight: 0.3866 oz pure silver
— Obverse Design: Liberty, seated upon a rock, with liberty pole, cap, and shield
— Obverse Inscription: LIBERTY / DATE
— Reverse Design: Eagle with outstretched wings and shield, bearing olive branches and arrows in talons.
— Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / HALF. DOL.
The product offered for sale in this listing has been certified by one or more professional certification services, so you can be confident in the authenticity and stated condition.
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