1859 Pattern Half Dollar, PR64 Brown
1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-242, Pollock-298, R.5, PR64 Brown
PCGS. The European-inspired design of James B. Longacre, the
so-called French Head, shows a bust of Liberty facing right, draped
with a ribbon inscribed LIBERTY with a wide wreath of oak and vine
on her head. the date 1859 is below. The reverse has the
denomination 50 CENTS within a wreath of cotton, tobacco, sugar
cane, corn, wheat, and oak. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
Despite the Brown designation, glimpses of original mint red show
near the rims. A dark toning area is noted through 18 in the date.
Population: 6 in 64 Brown, 5 finer (5/11). (NGC ID# 29CN, PCGS# 11980)
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