1875-S MS 65. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse of Seated Liberty coinage in 1866. Although the Civil War ended in 1865, the resumption of specie payments would have to wait for the passage of the Mint Act of February 12, 1873. As such, deliveries of half dollars from 1866-1873 remained low with the exception of a few S-mint issues. The first-year the Motto Half Dollar was produced was 1866, but only to the extent of only 745,625 pieces versus the 3.2 million pieces that were struck of the 1875-S. The 1875-S is one of the most frequently encountered Seated halves, even in Gem condition. It is also one of the most visually appealing. A common date and an excellent type coin candidate, this representative displays a coating of silver-rose satin frost over its fields with a bit of gold and russet color in the peripheries. The piece is generally well struck, although a trace of weakness can be noted at upper obverse and lower reverse. Contact marks are few and unobtrusive, with a few clashmarks (as struck) visible in the reverse.
Heritage 4/2013:4276, $22,325 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/23/2014:30518, $18,800
"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $3.50 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33741, $11,750 - Legend Numismatics, offered on their website on 7/16/2014 for $11,950