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1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-237, Pollock-293, R.4, PR62 PCGS....

2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143

 
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900 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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PR62 1859 'French Head' Half Dollar, Judd-237
1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-237, Pollock-293, R.4, PR62 PCGS. The Longacre French Liberty Head design. Liberty faces right with laurel and vine in her hair. A ribbon below the bust is inscribed LIBERTY, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around, and the date below. The reverse has an agricultural wreath around the denomination HALF DOLLAR. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
Cornelius Vermeule comments of the design in Numismatic Art in America: "The obverse is a horror by any standards of taste in any age. The bust of Liberty is none other than that of the Greco-Roman Apollo Belvedere with a large wreath of oak and vine leaves, an awkward ribbon set at various irregular, jerky angles around the base of the neck being the surface for display of the word LIBERTY." Vermeule has kinder things to say about the reverse.
This piece displays considerable reflectivity over silver-white surfaces lightly tinged with gold. A few minor contact marks account for the grade. (PCGS# 11966)

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