1860-S Seated Liberty half dollar with luster brings solid value at ANA: Market Analysis

Even the major ANA World's Fair of Money auctions offer reasonable price points
By , Coin World
Published : 09/14/15
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Both Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions hosted massive auctions at this year’s American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., Aug. 11 to 15.

While six-figure rarities often capture headlines, the sheer volume of these auctions provide many opportunities for collectors to add coins to their collection at more reasonable price points.

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Here is one of three coins we're profiling in this week's Market Analysis that sold for less than $500 and that each provide solid value for the money.

The Coin

1860-S Seated Liberty half dollar, AU-55

The Price

$440.63

The Story 

An 1860-S Seated Liberty half dollar graded About Uncirculated 55 by ANACS sold for $440.63 as part of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ online ANA sessions held after the official ANA floor sessions. 

Despite a bit of wear at the high points, the scarce San Francisco issue offered ample remaining luster. The mintage of 472,000 pieces has a low survival rate, and examples in Mint State are infrequently offered, with the finest examples being several grading MS-64.

With AU-58 pieces selling for more than $1,000 and lower-level Mint State examples selling for twice that, this example offered solid value for the grade. Especially when one considers that a different example also graded AU-55 by Professional Coin Grading Service sold for $646.25 at a Heritage auction last year. 

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