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1839 Half Dollar in Silver, Facing Right
1839 P50C Half Dollar Judd-93 Original, Pollock-105, Low R.7,
PR65 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse has a bust of Liberty,
facing right, with thirteen stars around and the date 1839 below.
Liberty's hair is knotted in a bun, and a long curl trails below
the ear. This obverse, by Christian Gobrecht, is similar to the one
used on 1838 eagles but it faces the other way. This particular
design uses the regular 'Small Letters' reverse die of 1839. It is
the only original produced from this obverse die. The reverse has
the same design used to coin regular issue, Small Letters, Liberty
Seated half dollars, ca. 1839-1842. Struck in silver with a reeded
edge. Maybe as many as eight pieces are known, two of which are in
museums. Each side is dominated by rich blue toning with steel-gray
interspersed in the centers. Fully struck and problem-free.
Judd-93 Original, PR65
Ex: W.E. DuBois to Matthew Stickney, 1843; Matthew Stickney Estate (Henry Chapman, 6/1907); John Story Jenks (Henry Chapman, 12/1921); P.C. Clark (Bolender 11/32); "Colonel" Green; Lenox Lohr; R.E. Cox (Stack's, 4/1962); 1966 ANA (Kosoff, 8/1966); Auction '81 (RARCOA, 8/1981), lot 324; Jascha Heifetz Collection (Superior, 10/1989), lot 3246; Pre-Long Beach Elite Coin Auction (Superior, 5/2004), lot 2202..
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2978, PCGS# 11396)
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