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1852 Half Dollar Pattern in Gold
1852 P50C Gold Half Dollar, Judd-135, Pollock-162, Low R.7, PR66
PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The reverse of this undated annular gold
half dollar pattern was struck using the reverse die of the
regular-issue half dime of 1852. The obverse is plain, aside from
the dentils. Struck in gold, with a reeded edge. Correspondence
from the Mint Director dated January 27, 1852 establishes the date
for this coin. Public complaints that the small size of the
contemporary gold dollar made it easy to lose the coins in pockets,
purses, etc., prompted the Mint to experiment with annular designs
for lower denomination gold coins in 1852. With Judd-135, the large
perforation in the center made it possible to stretch a half
dollar's worth of gold into a coin with the diameter of a half
dime. A number of annular gold dollar patterns were also struck in
1852, but Judd-135 is the only half dollar pattern struck in gold.
USPatterns.com notes at least five examples of Judd-135 are known
today, with two specimens in the National Numismatic Collection at
the Smithsonian Institution.
The present coin is a spectacular Premium Gem proof, tied with one other coin at PCGS and a single example at NGC for finest certified honors (4/20). The design elements are strongly impressed and a wire rim is evident around both sides of the coin. The well-preserved yellow and orange-gold surfaces show some planchet striations and a few tiny lint marks. Eye appeal is outstanding.
Ex: William H. Woodin; Major Lenox Lohr; Cox Collection (Stack's, 4/1962), lot 2193; Dr. Wilkison; Paramount; A-Mark; Auction '79 (Paramount, 7/1979), lot 171; Auction '82 (Paramount, 8/1982), lot 1810; Simpson Collection.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 298Z, PCGS# 11575)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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