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1858 Seated Half Dollar in Silver
1858 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-222, Pollock-265, High R.7, PR61
PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The regular issue obverse is paired with
Anthony Paquet's reverse with an eagle, wings spread, its head
turned toward the right (viewer's left) wing, the statutory legend,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, around, and the denomination, HALF
DOLLAR, below. The eagle is clutching an olive branch and three
long arrows, a ribbon in its mouth inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
Four Known with Paquet's Reverse
Only four examples of this pattern variety are known, per the USPatterns.com website, and two of those are in museums. The four known are the Byron Reed-Durham Museum coin; the Harry W. Bass, Jr. example on display at the American Numismatic Association Money Museum; the present piece from the King Farouk Collection; and the example certified PR63 PCGS with spotty charcoal-blue obverse toning. This boldly defined example has nice contrast between the fields and devices with splashes of iridescence. Both sides are brilliant and highly attractive. With just two examples in private hands, this pattern variety seldom appears for sale.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 11916)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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