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    1838 No Drapery Half in Copper
    Judd-77 Restrike, PR65 Brown
    Straight Date, Incused LIBERTY

    1838 P50C Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Judd-77 Restrike, Pollock-85, High R.7, PR65 Brown NGC. CAC. Ex: Bass/ANA Museum Display. The obverse is the regular-issue No Drapery Seated Liberty design, with the scroll draped across the shield bearing the inscription LIBERTY in incused letters. The date is straight, not curved. Thirteen stars ring the obverse, the date in exergue. The reverse shows a spread-winged eagle holding an olive branch and four arrows; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds the margin, and HALF DOLLAR is below. Struck in copper with a plain edge. Judd-77 is a restrike issue produced for sale to collectors in the 1870s. Extensive die rust shows on the reverse of all known examples, seen here most prominently around the D in UNITED, above the left olive-leaf triplet, and between the eagle's right (facing) wing and MERICA. (The only original use from 1838 of the Incused LIBERTY, Straight Date obverse, as seen here, was on the Judd-79a in conjunction with the Gobrecht Flying Eagle reverse.)

    This piece is probably only five degrees or so from medal alignment. The obverse is nicely toned in deep bluish shades of blue with an area of reddish-brown in the center. The reverse is mostly deep red with slight deepening of color in the center.
    Ex: Numismatics, Ltd., August 12, 1974, from an unspecified trade; Harry W. Bass Research Foundation. Accompanied by a flip showing provenance. HBCC-6008 (Bass Sylloge number).
    Selections From The Harry Bass, Jr. Foundation's A.N.A. Museum Display. (PCGS# 11309)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2014
    5th-9th Tuesday-Saturday
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