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Appealing 1838 Half Dollar Pattern
1838 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-73 Restrike, Pollock-77, R.5, PR64
Design. The central figure of the obverse die is a bust of Liberty facing left, wearing a diadem, with a ribbon inscribed LIBERTY. Thirteen stars at the periphery are arranged seven left and six right, with 1838 below. The reverse features an eagle flying left, with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above and the denomination HALF DOLLAR below. Struck in silver with a medal turn and a reeded edge.
Commentary. From a design by William Kneass, Judd-73 is found in both original and restrike formats. The extensive die cracks on the reverse would seem to indicate the present example is a restrike, but this evidence is inconclusive, as no examples are known from perfect dies. In any case, the present coin is an attractive example of this scarce and popular pattern.
Physical Description. The strike is strong at the periphery, with excellent detail on the star centers, but there is a little softness on the hair and eagle's breast, as usually seen on this issue. Fetchingly toned in shades of green and brown, with the color deepest at the borders. Overall eye appeal is strong. An exceptionally pleasing specimen for the dedicated pattern specialist. NGC Census: 10 in PR64 including a single cameo example; 9 finer. PCGS Population: 10 in PR64, 8 finer (12/08).
Provenance. Ex: Stack's private treaty transaction (circa 1979).
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 296N, PCGS# 11288)
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