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    The Longacre French Head 1859
    Pattern Half Dollar, Judd-237, PR62

    1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-237, Pollock-293, R.4, PR62 PCGS. A bust of Liberty faces right with laurel and vine in her hair. A ribbon below the bust is inscribed LIBERTY, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around, and the date 1859 below. The reverse displays the agricultural wreath of the Seated dime, resized to appropriate scale, around the denomination HALF DOLLAR. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. This is a splendid, originally toned example of the James B. Longacre French Head design, with much more eye appeal than the grade might suggest. Silver centers cede to burnt orange and aqua on each side, but more prominently so on the obverse. A few field hairlines are visible on each side, even without a loupe, but are not overly distracting. Population: 12 in 62, 33 finer (3/12). (NGC ID# 29CH, PCGS# 11966)

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