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    1859 'French Head of Liberty' Half
    Judd-238, PR64 Red and Brown

    1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-238, Pollock-294, R.5, PR64 Red and Brown NGC. 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 copper with a reeded edge. Many would mistake this coin for a full red specimen. The obverse is much lighter in hue than the cherry-red reverse. The strike is full and there are just a couple of specks of carbon.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29CJ, PCGS# 11969)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    August, 2011
    11th-14th Thursday-Sunday
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