There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Lot
7730

1839 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-97 Restrike, Pollock-107, High R.7, PR64 NGC....

2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction #1158

 
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Claim Item: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Auction Ended On: Aug 12, 2011
Item Activity: 12 Internet/mail/phone bidders
735 page views
Location: Marriott - Chicago O Hare
8535 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631

Description:

1839 'Backward Head' Half Dollar Pattern
Judd-97 Restrike, Deeply Toned PR64
1839 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-97 Restrike, Pollock-107, High R.7, PR64 NGC. The Backward Head design. The obverse is 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 faces backward from that on the eagle, right rather than left. Thirteen stars ring the rim, with the date 1839 below. The reverse is from the regular-issue Seated Liberty die, Large Letters, as used from 1842 through 1853. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
In the 1976 ANA sale the cataloger described this coin as, "Brilliant Proof. Deep blue obverse, pink and russet iridescent toning on the reverse. An extremely rare coin, high Rarity 8, with no recent records." The 1989 cataloger quoted the above while adding, "In our opinion today the Rarity 8 rating stands intact. The only other specimen offered in two decades was the example in Rarcoa's session of Auction '81, lot 327. No specimen was included in the Olsen, Garrett, Malcolm Jackson, Crouch, or even Woodin collections. The only earlier record we have was the Farouk Sale, lot 1733."
It appears from the census below that today we should rate the piece as High R.7 rather than R.8, as perhaps five or six pieces might exist. This still puts the variety in the stratosphere of the super-rare, with--a little numismatic perspective here, please -- far fewer known survivors than the 1933 double eagle or the 1804 silver dollar.
USPatterns.com says, "Stewart Witham noted 146 reeds [the edge reeding] on these, which according to a reed count listing from Bill Bugert of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, means they were likely struck some time between 1854 & 1860 although this reed count was also used in 1869 and 1870."
The splendid original toning present in the 1976 description above is still much in evidence, perhaps a bit more mellowed but just as stunning. This near-Gem boasts a sharp strike, particularly on the reverse, that is equally appealing.
Ex: ANA (Stack's, 8/1976), lot 3598; Rarities Group; James A. Stack, Sr. Collection (Stack's, 11/1989), lot 716; Lemus/Queller Collection (Heritage, 2/2010), lot 1338. (PCGS# 11416)

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




Videos:
FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
888,741
bidder-members
$981,916,746
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 30 days left to consign to the 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando!
Learn About Consigning With Us
Everyone was raving about the way it got the word out as well as how it generated so many pre-bids.
Craig,
Tustin, CA
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 $11,168,270
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 $9,019,868
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