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Description

Historic 1865 Transitional Half
Dollar Pattern, Judd-430
PR66 Red and Brown

1865 50C Half Dollar, Judd-430, Pollock-503, High R.6, PR66 Red and Brown NGC.
Design.
The obverse design is the familiar Liberty Seated motif used in regular-issue coinage in 1865. The reverse is similar to the regular die, with the addition of the scroll and motto that would be adopted in 1866. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

Commentary.
One of the earliest auction appearances of this issue was in the Fewsmith Sale (Mason, 10/1870, lot 1329). The lot was purchased by "Stone" for three dollars. Lot 1330 in the sale was a transitional quarter pattern in copper. In the description for the transitional quarter, the cataloger discussed all the pattern denominations. He reported that only 10 pieces were struck of each denomination in copper, except for the dollar, which had five examples struck. This figure of 10 struck accords well with the modern estimate of fewer than one dozen survivors. According to USPatterns.com, many of the "transitional" pattern pieces were restruck as numismatic delicacies circa 1870.

Physical Description.
Fully struck, with crisp detail on all design elements. The satiny surfaces are accented by lovely reddish-brown and purple toning. This specimen is tied with only two others as the highest graded coin in the Red and Brown category at both grading services (11/08).

Provenance.
Ex: Anderson Dupont Collection, Part II (Stack's, 11/1954), lot 2429.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (PCGS# 70615)

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January, 2009
7th-11th
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