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Lot
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1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-241, Pollock-297, R.4, PR64+ NGC. CAC....

2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago #1184

 
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Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 North Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Description:
1859 Judd-241 Half Dollar Pattern, PR64+
The So-Called 'French Head of Liberty'
1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-241, Pollock-297, R.4, PR64+ NGC. CAC.
Design.
The "French Head of Liberty" design for the half dollar. The reverse displays 50 CENTS encompassed by a cereal wreath that is very similar to that introduced on the issued 1860 Seated dime, although much larger in scale. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

Commentary. The obverse die is typically attributed to James Longacre, but it is unsigned and uses the letter punches normally associated with Anthony Paquet.

Physical Description. A lovely Choice proof, this specimen exhibits deeply mirrored fields and lustrous devices beneath delicate gold patina with peripheral blue toning. Both sides have striations as minted, intermingled with wispy hairlines and trivial contact marks that do not detract from its appearance.
From The Eric P. Newman Collection. (PCGS# 11978)

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