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Lot
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1865 50C Half Dollar, Judd-432, Pollock-505, Low R.7, MS66 Brown NGC....

2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121

 
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Auction Ended On: Jan 7, 2009
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Orange County Convention Center
North/South Building
9400 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Description:
Stunning 1865 Half Dollar Pattern
Judd-432, MS66 Brown
1865 50C Half Dollar, Judd-432, Pollock-505, Low R.7, MS66 Brown NGC.
Design.
Both obverse and reverse dies are the designs used for regular-issue coinage in 1865. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

Commentary.
Traditionally, Judd-432 has been listed as a die trials issue, but there was no intent to change the design or metal composition of the Seated Liberty half; the only planned change was the introduction of the motto, as occurred in 1866, and in any case it is missing here. Like many off-metal strikings, it is possible that this issue was actually produced by unscrupulous Mint employees for sale to collectors. USPatterns.com estimates a population of a half-dozen survivors.

Physical Description.
Interesting, Mint-made roller striations are visible on the obverse. Attractive olive toning highlights the surfaces, while some original mint red lingers in sheltered areas. This coin is the finest certified in the Brown category by NGC and PCGS. It should be noted that NGC has designated this piece as Mint State rather than proof.

Provenance.
Ex: Sprinkle Collection (Stack's, 6/1988), lot 436.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (PCGS# 60617)

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