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    1838 Half Dollar in Silver
    Judd-72, PR63

    1838 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-72, Pollock-75, R.5, PR63 PCGS. CAC. A large bust of Liberty faces left, with stars and the date at the margins. The reverse features an eagle with spread wings. For many decades, the obverse design was attributed to William Kneass, but Gobrecht was almost certainly the engraver, as the portrait bears a close resemblance to the gold eagle also introduced in 1838. Struck in silver with a reeded edge with a medal turn. An estimated 50-60 pieces are known. Each side is richly toned with ever deepening shades of golden-brown toward the rims, while a thin ring of cobalt-blue encircles the margins. A bit softly struck in the centers, indicating this design was not suitable for regular coinage since die opposition did not allow the metal to fully flow into all the recesses of the design.

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


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    January, 2021
    20th-24th Wednesday-Sunday
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