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    1838 Kneass Half Dollar Pattern

    1838 Half Dollar, Judd-72, Pollock-75, R.5, PR 64 PCGS. The William Kneass design for the half dollar featuring a draped bust of Liberty facing left with stars on the left and right, date below. The reverse shows a stately drop-wing eagle without shield. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Believed to be an earlier restrike as there is no evidence of die rust and only slight softness in the centers. The reverse is medallically aligned to the obverse. Deeply toned with blue, tan, and lilac coloration over highly reflective proof fields. A high-end example of this popular design.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 296M, PCGS# 11282)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    August, 1995
    16th-19th Wednesday-Saturday
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