1877 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1540, Pollock-1711, Unique, PR62 PCGS....
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Discovery Coin by Harry Bass, PR62
Roger Burdette and USPatterns.com cite a Mint archives document, dated March 20, 1877: "Anthony Paquet left pair of half dollar dies with Coiner to have them turned down to fit the mint's presses." Unfortunately, the dies broke early in the striking process. All examples known, except this single piece, feature a prominent die crack through stars 1 to 5 and extending through the date to stars 12 and 13. A second die was prepared, this one, with the date positioned with the bust point over the extreme left edge of the base of the 1. This is the only known example of this pattern from this second set of dies. The surfaces are brilliant and lightly hairlined. There is a contact mark in the lower left obverse field below the chin of Liberty that identifies this as the Bass specimen, a piece that he discovered was from the second die pairing.
Ex: Higgy Sale (Kosoff, 9/1943); C.E. Monroe; Armand Champa Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1972), lot 1079; Harry Bass; Harry Bass I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1241, where it brought $6,325. (PCGS# 61882)
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