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1838 Seated Half Dollar in Silver
1838 50C Half Dollar, Judd-76b, Pollock-89a, R.8, PR63 Cameo
PCGS. Ex: Simpson. 200.8 grains, per the Eliasberg catalog. The
obverse is similar to the adopted design with only slight
differences. LIBERTY is raised on the shield and each star has two
points near the border, compared to a single point near the border
on the 1839 regular issue. The reverse is noticeably different,
with a spread-winged eagle that holds four distinctively-shaped
arrows and a laurel branch, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
around, and the denomination HALF DOLLAR below. Struck in silver
with a reeded edge.
Judd-76b, PR63 Cameo
Only Two Known, Unique in Private Hands
The description in the 1996 Eliasberg catalog noted that this was an unlisted pattern variety and the first time it was described. Since that time, the other known example, permanently in the Smithsonian Institution, has been properly identified as this same Judd-76b variety, having received an improper identification in eight editions of Judd, and in the Pollock reference. The present example is extraordinarily important as the only known piece in private hands. Exceptionally well struck with delicate gold toning and iridescent splashes.
Ex: Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 232; Superior (9/1999), lot 1414; Superior (1/2004), lot 3423; Southern Collection. Earlier, Ex: Mickley, Cohen, Ely, H.P. Smith, and J.H. Clapp Collections.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535184)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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