Auction Name: 2020 November 19 - 22 US Coins Signature Auction
Lot Number: 3249
Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/1321-3249
1877 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1515, Pollock-1679, High R.7, PR67+ Brown PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The obverse is similar to the Morgan dollar, but the head of Liberty is surrounded by a beaded circle, with 13 stars and E PLURIBUS UNUM around the edge. The date 1877 is below. On the reverse a so-called "defiant eagle" is perched on a scroll inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST. An olive branch points left, and three arrowheads point right. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
Only seven Judd-1515 representatives are known, and this Superb Gem is considered the finest among them. Golden-brown and olive surfaces showcase accents of magenta and light blue-green patina. Eye appeal is outstanding. Ex: Joe Flynn Rare Coins; Morris Evans Collection (Bowers and Merena, 8/1998), lot 2080, Heritage Fixed Price List (9/1998); FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/1999), lot 7570; Drew St. John Sale (American Numismatic Rarities, 6/2005), lot 417. Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary