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1839 'Gobrecht Half Dollar,' Judd-102
PR66, High R.7, Four to Six Known
Wonderfully Toned, Finest Certified

1839 P50C Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Judd-102 Restrike, Pollock-113, High R.7, PR66 NGC.
Design.
The obverse is struck from a regular 1839-dated Seated Liberty, With Drapery die, but the reverse has the Flying Eagle design also used on Judd-100. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

Commentary.
The Judd-100 and Judd-102 coins share the same extensively cracked, rusty reverse and other similarities. that indicate a striking period--or restriking period--in the 1870s, the free-wheeling Mint days under Director Henry R. Linderman.

A single unique example, Judd-102a, of this die pairing with a plain edge was listed in the King Farouk catalog, but it may be a misdescription and is now unconfirmed.

Another interesting numismatic side note, with which we wholeheartedly agree, comes from the Bowers and Merena cataloger of the Bass coin below, who notes that "this pattern variety should be of interest as a peripheral item for the Gobrecht dollar specialist." It is, in effect, a "Gobrecht half dollar" that utilizes one of the many intermediate designs that were produced by several artists on the way to final designs for the Gobrecht silver dollars and the Seated Liberty halves that followed.

Physical Description.
The weight is 192.0 or 192.1 grains, the diameter is 1.20 in., and the die alignment is 360 degrees ("medal turn"). Apparently all of the pieces known are in this alignment. The weight further indicates a striking period sometime after 1853. The present specimen is a wonderfully toned coin. It shows strong highlights of golden-rose on the obverse, with moderate die rust noted in the fields behind Liberty and at the mouth. The reverse is similarly shaded, with a pattern of radial die cracks similar to the Judd-100 described herein. NGC Census: one PR66, one PR67. PCGS Population: one PR63 (10/08). The present specimen is the finest certified by two grade points.

Census.
We believe that no more than a half-dozen pieces exist, and perhaps as few as four.
Ex: Bowers and Ruddy Rare Coin Review, various issues (1970s); Roy Harte (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1977), lot 3263.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (PCGS# 11434)

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