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1839 Half Dollar in Bronze
1839 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-98 Restrike, Pollock-108, High R.7,
PR65 Brown PCGS. Ex: Bass-Simpson. Weight: 171.0 grains.
Diameter: 30.7 mm. Die alignment: 175 degrees. On the obverse,
Liberty wears a coronet inscribed LIBERTY with her hair tied at the
back of her head. The backward or right facing Liberty head design
is similar to the one appearing on the 1839 half eagles and eagles.
The date, 1839, appears below the bust with 13 stars equally spaced
along the border. Traditionally, the obverse was attributed to
Christian Gobrecht, but a July 18, 1843-dated letter from William
E. Dubois to Matthew Stickney identifies William Kneass as the
designer. The reverse is the regular issue No Motto half dollar
design with Large Letters as used from 1842 to 1853 and from 1856
to 1866. Struck in bronze with a reeded edge.
Judd-98 Restrike, PR65 Brown
Judd-98 is an 1860s-1870s era restrike that employs the obverse die originally used to strike the Judd-93 and Judd-94 half dollar patterns in 1839. USPatterns.com confirms at least six survivors, with one of them included in the Byron Reed Collection at the Durham Western Heritage Museum.
The present coin is a spectacular Gem, with razor-sharp definition on all design elements. A few specks of die rust are visible on the obverse. The well-preserved surfaces are attractively toned in vivid shades of green, orange, and amber, with moderately reflective fields underneath. Overall eye appeal is outstanding. Population: 2 in 65 Brown, 0 finer (3/20).
Ex: Julian Leidman; purchased by Harry W. Bass, Jr. in July 1972; Bass Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1156; Simpson Collection.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 297D, PCGS# 11420)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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