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Extremely Influential 1877 Half Dollar Pattern
Six Examples Known
Judd-1512, PR62

1877 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1512, Pollock-1676, High R.7, PR62 NGC.
The obverse features Morgan's head of Liberty facing left inside a beaded circle. There are 13 stars arranged in two arcs outside the circle, six left and seven right. The inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM is above and the date below. On the reverse, a beaded circle encloses a defiant eagle facing left perched on a thick scroll. The scroll carries the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST, with three arrows and an olive branch behind. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above and the denomination HALF DOLLAR is below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

Morgan's memorable Liberty head was used , with slight modifications, on 17 different pattern designs in 1877. Of course, it was also adopted for use on the obverse of the Morgan silver dollar, which began production in 1878. The model for Morgan's design was reportedly a Philadelphia school teacher, Miss Anna W. Williams. Williams was always shy about her role as model, and tried to avoid notoriety as the famous "Silver Dollar Girl."

The intricate reverse design was also used again, with minor revisions, on the famous " Schoolgirl" dollar pattern of 1879. The impressive "defiant" eagle was also borrowed by Charles Barber many years later for the reverse of the Panama-Pacific quarter eagle. Andrew Pollock believes the inspiration for this striking motif was a sketch drawn by Titian Peale, circa 1838. states only six examples of Judd-1512 are extant (see for a detailed census of surviving examples). The present coin has been off the market since 1984, and offerings of any example of Judd-1512 are few and far between. We expect intense competition for this influential, historically important pattern.

Physical Description.
Attractive golden-rose toning accents the well-preserved surfaces. The strike is a little soft on the hair around Liberty's ear, as often seen on this design. Reportedly cleaned in the past, as many of King Farouk's coins were, light hairlines can be seen in the mirrored fields. Overall, a pleasing example of this extremely important issue. NGC Census: 1 in PR62, 4 finer. PCGS Population: None in PR62, 2 finer (12/08).

Ex: King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1975; June Sale Part II (Stack's, 6/1984), lot 1245.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.
(NGC ID# 2ADV, PCGS# 61850)

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