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    1859 Paquet-Designed Half in Silver
    Judd-235, PR65+ Cameo

    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.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 388517)


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