1839 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-103 Restrike, Pollock-115, R.8...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1839 Half Dollar, PR66 Red and Brown
1839 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-103 Restrike, Pollock-115, R.8, PR66
Red and Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Weight: 178.9 grains.
Diameter: 1.199 inches. Die alignment: 180 degrees. The obverse
design is the regular-issue Seated Liberty half, With Drapery, of
1839. The reverse is the Medium Letters die, as seen on the regular
issue (not pattern) Judd-100A, and later used on the pattern
restrikes Judd-95 and Judd-96. Struck in copper with a reeded
Judd-103 Restrike, Pollock-115
Only Example in Private Hands
Judd-103 is a fantasy piece struck long after the date on the die, probably in the 1870s, for sale to collectors. Only two examples are known of this R.8 pattern, and one of them is impounded--presumably permanently--in the Mitchelson Collection at the Connecticut State Library. Like some of the related pieces of this period, Stewart Witham has counted the edge reeds and gotten a total of 152. USPatterns.com notes, "according to a reed count listing from Bill Bugert of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, [that] means they were likely struck some time between 1861 & 1871. We believe the actual date is closer to the latter date."
A wonderfully toned coin from the Simpson Collection, this piece boasts splendid, near-pristine surfaces with overtones of lilac, green, and purple. The needle-sharp strike brings out tiny details of Liberty's sandal and emboldens all the stripes in the shield. A small patch of die rust appears above TAT in STATES and there are scattered areas elsewhere, but overall the die rust is less than would be expected. A simply marvelous coin that is in every way representative of the quality that embodies the Simpson Collection.
Ex: Possibly Lorin G. Parmelee Collection (New York Coin & Stamp, 6/1890), lot 43 (per Andrew Pollock); Crosby; unknown intermediaries; King Farouk; Mayflower (5/1959); R.E. Cox Collection (Stack's, 4/1962), lot 2197; ANA Convention Auction (Kosoff, 6/1966), lot 1027; Gentleman's Study Collection (Coronet Coin), lot 11; Stewart Witham; Auction '81 (RARCOA, 7/1981), lot 333; David Queller; Lemus Collection (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1528; Simpson Collection.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 11439)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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