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    1838 Half Dollar in Silver
    Judd-76a Restrike, PR64+
    Just Two Pieces Known

    1838 P50C Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Judd-76a Restrike, Pollock-82, R.8, PR64+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The obverse is similar to the adopted Seated Liberty design. Differences include an incuse LIBERTY and a wide, slightly curved date. The reverse is noticeably different, with a spread-winged eagle that holds four arrows and a laurel branch. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. The die combination was also struck in silver with a plain edge (Judd-76), and in copper with a plain (Judd-77) and reeded (Judd-78) edge. All are believed to be struck during the 1870s, due to die rust evident on the reverse. Originals (Judd-76b) were coined in silver only, from a different obverse die with LIBERTY raised, and a rust-free reverse. This well-preserved near-Gem exhibits attractive original rose-gold, navy-blue, plum-red, and apple-green toning. The strike shows moderate incompleteness on the eagle's breast and legs. There are no relevant detractions. Only two Judd-76a patterns are confirmed, the present lot and the Witham-Queller specimen we auctioned in January, July, and September 2009.
    Ex: Édouard Frossard; T. Harrison Garrett; Robert Garrett; John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University; Garrett Collection, Part 1 (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 364; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1147; Elite Coin Auction (Superior, 4/2003), lot 240.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 11305)


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    January, 2021
    20th-24th Wednesday-Sunday
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