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1879 50C Washlady Half Dollar, Judd-1598, Pollock-1792, High R.6, PR64 Brown NGC....

2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121

 
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Orange County Convention Center
North/South Building
9400 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Description:
Pleasing 1879 Washlady Half Dollar
Judd-1598, PR64 Brown
1879 50C Washlady Half Dollar, Judd-1598, Pollock-1792, High R.6, PR64 Brown NGC.
Design.
The Washlady design is attributed to Charles Barber, with Liberty's hair bound behind the head. The obverse has UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the border with the date below the bust. The reverse has an eagle clutching an olive branch and three arrows. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA legend and E PLURIBUS UNUM motto follow inside the upper reverse border with the denomination expressed as HALF. DOLLAR below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

Commentary.
It is thought that between 12 and 15 examples of this variety exist and we have offered a few nice examples of this half dollar pattern over the years. References on the subject note that Morgan's Schoolgirl patterns are more highly regarded than Charles Barber's Society Lady--or Washlady--motif. Interestingly, a side-by-side comparison shows that both designs feature a similar likeness of Miss Liberty, only with differing hairstyles.

Physical Description.
An impressive Washlady half dollar with rich sea-green, gold, and iridescent toning on both sides. The fields are fully mirrored and contrast nicely with the sharp devices. Slight central design weakness is the only fault, other than a few tiny flyspecks. NGC Census: 1 in PR64 Brown, 8 finer. PCGS Population: None in PR64 regardless of designation, 7 finer (12/08).

Provenance.
Ex: Stack's (9/1982), lot 749.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.
(PCGS# 61976)

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