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    1852 Half Dollar Pattern in Gold
    Judd-135, PR66

    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. 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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