There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Lot
1522

1839 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-96 Restrike, Pollock-104, R.8, PR66 Brown NGC....

2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121

 
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Claim Item: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Auction Ended On: Jan 7, 2009
Item Activity: 9 Internet/mail/phone bidders
694 page views
Location:

Orange County Convention Center
North/South Building
9400 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Description:
R.8 1839 Half Dollar Restrike, Judd-96, PR66 Brown
Finest Certified of Only Two Available Today
1839 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-96 Restrike, Pollock-104, R.8, PR66 Brown NGC.
Design.
Sometimes called the Backward Head, this pattern features an obverse much like that found on the regular-issue 1839 gold eagles, with a rounded tip on the forward edge of the bust truncation and a pointed tip on the rear edge--but the entire head is facing backward from that on the eagle, right rather than left. Thirteen stars ring the rim, with date 1839 below. The reverse is from the regular-issue Seated Liberty die, Medium Letters, as seen on the 1840 half dollars. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

Commentary.
An experiment begun in 1838, the various half dollar patterns continued into 1839, but many of them were clearly restruck as numismatic delicacies or "trade bait" for the Mint Cabinet in the late 1850s. The original pieces struck conform to the weight standard of the Mint Act of January 18, 1837, at 206.25 grains of .900 fine silver (0.430 troy oz.; 0.387 oz. pure silver), while the restrikes conform to the lesser-weight requirements of the Mint Act of February 21, 1853, that is 192 grains (0.4 oz.; 0.36 oz. pure silver).

The original silver and copper half dollars from these dies are classified Judd-93 and 94, while the restrikes are classified Judd-95 and 96, respectively. USPatterns.com makes a useful distinction between the two groups, calling the originals "essai" (a trial strike, from the French essayer, "to try") and the restrikes "fantasy pieces." Only three pieces of the Judd-96 are known, one of them in a museum collection. All of the various half dollar patterns of 1838 and 1839 are incredibly rare to unique--with the sole exceptions of the Judd-72 and 73 in silver--and all are monumentally important. These pieces represent a profound shift in design, from the older Capped Bust style to more-modern designs, and as such are significant previews of the future of U.S. silver coinage.

Physical Description.
The fields are moderately reflective and considerably enliven the lovely iridescent brown, pale red, and blue coloration. This evenly balanced coin has no detracting contact marks, and just a bit of slight strike softness appears in the centers of each side. Andrew Pollock notes that the present Lemus Collection specimen, one of only two available and the finest in private hands, weighs 173.0 grains, has a diameter of 1.196 in. and is in 180-degree ("coin turn") die alignment. NGC Census: one PR66 Brown (this specimen). PCGS Population: one PR64 Brown (10/08). Confirmation of the two pieces below with, unusually, no duplication.

Census.
We can trace only three specimens:
1. Stewart Witham; Auction '81 (RARCOA, 7/1981), lot 326. The present specimen.
2. J.C. Mitchelson (1913); Connecticut State Library.
3. D. Weaver (1/1974); Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1154; Shippee. PR64 Brown PCGS.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (PCGS# 11410)

View all of [The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two ]
View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Guides and Pricing Information:

Previous Prices from Heritage Auctions
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Price Guide
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Population Guide
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Photographs:
Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image




FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
888,210
bidder-members
$978,356,926
sold in the last year
VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
CONSIGNMENTS WANTED
Only 18 days left to consign to the 2015 January 4 - 5 NYINC World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Waldorf NYINC!
Learn About Consigning With Us
If/when you are considering selling your treasured collection, it would be in your best interest to consider Heritage.
The White Rose Collection
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com
Take our 2014 Coin
and Currency Survey
Grand prize:
A Certified Uncirculated
1907 High Relief $20!*
Take the Survey
HERITAGE VIDEO TUTORIAL
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SEARCH
RECENT AUCTIONS
2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York
2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York
REALIZED $11,173,440
2014 September 3 - 10 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
2014 September 3 - 10 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $9,069,066
2014 September 4 - 8 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
2014 September 4 - 8 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $1,806,473