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    1859 Half Dollar in Copper
    Judd-238, PR66 Red and Brown
    Ex: Eliasberg

    1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-238, Pollock-294, R.5, PR66 Red and Brown PCGS. CAC. Ex: Eliasberg-Simpson. Enigmatically 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. This is a remarkably attractive example of this frequently seen early pattern. The obverse retains much original mint red with an irregular smattering of deep blue; however, the reverse is uniformly deep blue. Deep mirrors in the fields further accent the rich colors present.
    Ex: Eliasberg I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 240.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

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


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2020
    17th Thursday
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