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1891 Seated Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS64


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1891 Seated Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS64

  • Mint: Philadelphia
  • Mintage: 200,000
  • Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
  • Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
  • Composition: Silver
  • Fineness: 0.9
  • Weight: 12.5g
  • ASW: 0.3617oz
  • Diameter: 30.6mm
  • Edge: Reeded

This is a photo of the exact Liberty Seated Half Dollar you will receive.

The 1891 Liberty Seated Half Dollar is an important numismatic piece that marks the conclusion of the Liberty Seated design series for the half dollar denomination. This series, which began in 1839, featured the work of Christian Gobrecht, the United States Mint Chief Engraver at the time. The Liberty Seated Half Dollar is cherished for its historical significance and its classic depiction of allegorical and patriotic themes central to America’s national identity.

Design and Artistry The obverse of the 1891 Liberty Seated Half Dollar features the figure of Liberty seated on a rock. In her left hand, Liberty holds a pole with a Phrygian cap on top, symbolizing liberty and freedom. Her right hand rests on a shield emblazoned with the word “LIBERTY,” representing the defense of freedom. This design is surrounded by thirteen stars, representing the original thirteen colonies, and the date of minting appears below Liberty.

The reverse design displays an eagle with outstretched wings, clutching an olive branch and arrows in its talons. This imagery represents the United States’ preference for peace but readiness for war. The eagle holds a scroll in its beak inscribed with the motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and the surrounding inscriptions read “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “HALF DOL.”

Historical Context and Collectibility The 1891 edition is particularly notable as it represents the final year of the Liberty Seated design for the half dollar, which was replaced by the Barber Half Dollar design in 1892. This transitional historical context adds an additional layer of collectibility and interest for numismatists.

Coins from this period are highly sought after, especially in well-preserved conditions, as they capture a pivotal moment in the evolution of U.S. coinage. The aesthetic appeal of the Liberty Seated design, combined with its rich symbolism and fine engraving, makes the 1891 Liberty Seated Half Dollar a coveted piece for both serious collectors and those new to the field of numismatics.

Today, this Half Dollar is not just valued for its silver content but also appreciated as a piece of art and a tangible connection to the history of the United States. It reflects a period of growth and change within the country, making it a significant artifact for anyone interested in American history and heritage.



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