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    (1858) Half Dollar in Copper
    Judd-223A, PR63 Brown
    Only One Known in Private Hands

    (1858) 50C Half Dollar, Judd-223A, Pollock-267, R.8, PR63 Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The Judd-223A patterns were created through the marriage of two Paquet Perched Eagle reverse dies, one with a "perfect scroll" and one with a "broken scroll." Both feature a slightly disproportionate eagle, with wings spread, holding three slender arrows in its left claw and an olive sprig with its right talon. The scroll is held in the eagle's beak and reads E PLURIBUS UNUM with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA occupying the upper periphery and HALF DOLLAR the lower. The "perfect ribbon" side features vertical shield lines in groups of four each, as opposed to three lines that would be seen on the similar "broken ribbon" version of this pattern were in not for the die being extensively ground, removing approximately 75% of the detail. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    Only two examples of Judd-223A are known, although it is possible that a third exists, according to Saul Teichman. The Cox piece, which was unknown to Pollock, is permanently impounded in the Smithsonian Institution. Taxay (1975) also considered this to be a unique die trial. The USPatterns.com website provides a provenance that corrects the information documented in Pollock's 1994 treatise. The current offering is plated in both Judd and Pollock.

    Mottled ebony and walnut coloration surfaces adorn this curious pattern. Both sides are smooth with a few scattered abrasions. Although more fascinating than attractive, this extremely rare piece is sure to be a highlight of its new owner's pattern cabinet.
    Ex: King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1756; M.H. Bolender; Edwin Hydeman; Mann Sale (Bowers and Merena, 9/1988), lot 597; Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1564.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 71901)


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

    View all of [Important Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part II ]

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    November, 2020
    19th-22nd Thursday-Sunday
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