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Stunning 1859 Half Dollar, PR67
Finest Graded at Either Service;
Judd-235, Pollock-282, R.6

1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-235, Pollock-282, R.6, PR67 NGC.
Design.
Paquet's obverse design features a left-facing Liberty, seated, supporting a fasces with her right hand and a shield with her left. Thirteen small stars surround the periphery with the date, 1859, in exergue. Arrows and olive branches lie at the base of the shield. Reverse: Also by Paquet. A slightly disproportionate eagle, with wings spread, holds three slender arrows in its left claw and an olive sprig with its right talon. The perfect scroll held in the eagle's beak reads E PLURIBUS UNUM with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA occupying the upper periphery and HALF DOLLAR the lower. The vertical lines in the shield are in groups of four each, as opposed to three lines as found on the similar "broken ribbon" version of this pattern. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

Commentary.
Interestingly, Judd chose to classify four different die marriages of this design within two categories: Judd-235 for the silver pieces and Judd-236 for the copper strikings. Each of the Judd varieties actually includes two different reverse dies. The difference in the reverse dies--both by Paquet--is most easily recognized in the shield design and the broken, versus perfect, condition of the ribbon held in the eagle's beak. In addition, on Pollock-282 the eagle has seven tail feathers, whereas the Pollock-284 eagle shows six tail feathers. Judd-235 comprises the aforementioned Pollock attributions.

Physical Description.
A sharply impressed and wonderfully preserved example. Deep, watery fields contrast nicely with the lustrous devices, although not designated as Cameo by NGC. Light, amber toning attests to the utter originality of this Superb Gem proof pattern. NGC Census: 1 in PR67, none finer. PCGS Population: No Judd-235 has been graded higher than PR65 (12/08).

Provenance.
Ex: Metropolitan New York Numismatic Convention (Stack's, 3/1973), lot 337.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 29CE, PCGS# 11960)


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January, 2009
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