The 1851 Seated Liberty half dollars have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1851 Half Dollar

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Half Dollar
Year: 1851
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .3866 oz.
Total Weight: 13.36 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $8.41

The US minted the 1851 half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1851 O half dollar. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin below the eagle.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1851 Philadelphia 200,750
1851 O New Orleans 402,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $8.41 as of May 21, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $21.75 per ounce.

The 1851 half dollar with no mint mark is worth around $750 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $1,750. In extremely fine condition the value is around $2,350. In uncirculated condition the price is around $3,500 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $5,000.

The 1851 O half dollar is worth around $65 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $325. In extremely fine condition the value is around $450. In uncirculated condition the price is around $2,750 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $4,000.

Grading System

Good- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is not readable. The letters and the date are readable.

Very fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is mostly sharp.

Extremely fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is completely sharp. The edges on the scroll are distinct.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

 

Sources:

The Red Book