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Description

Judd-100 Silver 1839 Capped Bust Half
With Flying Eagle Reverse
PR63, One of Two Known
Only One Publicly Available

1839 P50C Capped Bust Half Dollar, Judd-100 Restrike, Pollock-110, R.8, PR63 NGC.
Design.
The obverse is the regular Capped Bust (1836-1839) die, with date 1839. The reverse is a rather ungainly Flying Eagle design with plain field, similar to the Flying Eagle cents but with an awkward extra crook in the neck. The usual legends ring the rim. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

Commentary.
This is another incredibly rare pattern, with only two examples known, per all the standard references we possess. A note on the accompanying envelope puts the weight at 192.5 grains, marking this, unsurprisingly, as another restrike from after the weight was changed as per the Mint Act of February 21, 1853. The former weight of 206.25 grains of .900 fine silver was lowered to 192 grains of .900 fine silver.

Physical Description.
Weakly struck, particularly on the area just below the cap on the obverse. The heavy die rust on both sides marks this as another restrike. Whether these were struck in the late 1850s-early 1860s or in the early 1870s is still open to debate, although USPatterns.com is clearly in the latter camp. Charcoal and powder-gray surfaces on the obverse cede to rose-gray on the reverse. The reverse die is close to shattering, with numerous bold radial cracks dividing that side into "pie slices," and there are other peripheral cracks. This piece is the only example available in the numismatic market, as the other specimen below was retained by the Bass Research Foundation and not sold in the important Bowers and Merena Bass Collection Part I auction of May 1999.

Census.

1. Massachusetts Historical Society; ANA (Stack's, 8/1976), lot 3599, proof; Stewart Witham; Auction '81 (RARCOA, 7/1981), lot 330, proof, 192.5 grains. The present specimen.
2. William H. Woodin; Waldo Newcomer; F.C.C. Boyd; Dr. J.H. Judd; Illustrated History (A. Kosoff, 1962), lot 121; Coronet Coin; Lester Merkin (2/1971), lot 860; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Research Foundation.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (PCGS# 11428)

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