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1859 Paquet-Designed Half in Silver
1859 50C Half Dollar, Judd-235, Pollock-284, R.5, PR65+ Cameo
PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Paquet's obverse design features a
left-facing Liberty, seated, supporting a fasces with her right
hand and a shield with her left. Thirteen small stars surround the
periphery with the date, 1859, in exergue. Arrows and olive
branches lie at the base of the shield. The reverse is also by
Paquet with a slightly disproportionate eagle, with wings spread,
holding three slender arrows in its left claw and an olive sprig
with its right talon. The "broken" scroll is held in the eagle's
beak and reads E PLURIBUS UNUM with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
occupying the upper periphery and HALF DOLLAR the lower. The
vertical lines in the shield are in groups of three each, as
opposed to four lines seen on the similar "perfect" ribbon version
of this pattern. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. This is a
nearly brilliant example of this popular, early pattern. The fields
are deeply reflective with noticeably contrasting frosted devices.
A bit softly struck in the centers, as always. A few as-struck lint
marks on the obverse serve as convenient pedigree identifiers.
Judd-235, PR65+ Cameo
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 388517)
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