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    1838 Half Dollar in Silver
    Judd-73 Original, PR66

    1838 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-73 Original, Pollock-77, R.5, PR66 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The obverse, once attributed to Chief Engraver William Kneass, is more likely the work of assistant Christian Gobrecht. It depicts a large draped bust of Liberty facing left. A level flying eagle faces left, dominating the reverse. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Allegedly, both Originals and Restrikes were coined from this pair of designs, and most if not all examples show extensive reverse die cracks. There were at least four striking periods, 1838, late 1840s, mid-to-late 1850s, and 1860s. This example is from one of the initial striking periods, in an earlier die state than those of the latest period. Additional research into die states will help to pinpoint the striking periods. The reverse has cracks joining F DOLLAR to ICA, and radial cracks from the border between AM of AMERICA, and AR of DOLLAR. There is no evidence of the crack through the A in HALF or the late state crack through the U of UNITED to the eagle's neck. Probably 50 to 60 pieces are known from the various striking periods. Each side displays rich, variegated toning in shades of rose, blue, yellow, and sea-green. Population: 2 in 66, 1 finer. CAC: 1 in 66, 1 finer (9/20).
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    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 296N, PCGS# 11285)


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    September, 2020
    17th Thursday
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