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    1838 Judd-73, Pollock-77 Half Dollar, PR67
    Intermediate Die State

    1838 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-73 Original, Pollock-77, R.5, PR67 NGC. CAC. 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.

    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, AR of DOLLAR, and through the A of HALF. There is no evidence of the late state crack through the U of UNITED to the eagle's neck.

    Regardless of the striking period, we know that the present piece is one of the finest existing 1838 Judd-73 half dollars, and it is tied with one other PR67 for the finest that NGC has certified (3/15). It is also finer than any the PCGS has examined.

    This amazing Superb Gem exhibits original blue, gold, and iridescent toning over fully mirrored fields with underlying contrast. The obverse features full details with weakness limited to the high points of the wings on the reverse.
    From The Virginia Cabinet.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 296N, PCGS# 11285)

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
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