Premium Gem Proof 1859
1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-237, Pollock-293, R.4, PR66 NGC.
Half Dollar, Judd-237
Tied for Finest Certified
Design. Referred to as Longacre's "French Liberty Head" design. A Romanesque bust of Liberty faces right, with a crown of intertwined oak and vine leaves. Around her neck is a scroll inscribed with the word LIBERTY. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA fills the peripheral fields with the date below. An ornate wreath of cotton, tobacco, sugar cane, corn, wheat, and oak leaves dominates the reverse, with HALF / DOLLAR enclosed. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
Commentary. The reverse design was attributed to Anthony Paquet by Mint Director James Ross Snowden in 1860, according to research by Pollock. Snowden stated that the "Wreath of Cereals" was "deliberately designed to admit perfect striking of the head on the obverse." Even though Paquet was the engraver, Snowden credits Harold P. Newlin with the concept.
Physical Description. Crisply struck with mirrored fields throughout. Delicate amber toning boosts the eye appeal of this Premium Gem proof. NGC Census: four in PR66, none finer (11/08). PCGS Population: one PR66. This example is tied for finest certified.
Provenance. Ex: Stack's private treaty transaction.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 29CH, PCGS# 11966)
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