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    1838 Half Dollar in Silver
    Judd-73 Restrike, PR63
    Attractive Border Toning

    1838 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-73 Restrike, Pollock-77, R.5, PR63 NGC. CAC. A draped bust of Liberty faces left on the obverse, with a flying eagle dominating the reverse. Kneass was once believed to designed this pattern, but visual evidence points to Christian Gobrecht, since the face of Liberty bears a strong resemblance to her counterpart on the Liberty eagle, also introduced in 1838. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Medallic alignment. Housed in a former generation holder, which states the pattern is an original striking. But per USPatterns.com, probably all Judd-73 patterns are restrikes, since the three prominent reverse radial cracks are seen on all examples but do not appear on Judd-79 patterns, which were struck in 1838. The online (11/20) Judd-73 NGC Census makes no mention of originals or restrikes. The present piece is an earlier die state than sometimes seen, since there is no radial crack through the U in UNITED. This is a well-mirrored Select specimen with peripheral plum-red and cobalt-blue toning. The centers display minor incompleteness of strike. No detractions are evident.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 296N, PCGS# 11288)


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2021
    20th-24th Wednesday-Sunday
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