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1859 Fifty Cent in Copper
1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-242, Pollock-298, R.5, PR64 Red and
Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The so-called "French Head of Liberty"
obverse design features a right-facing bust of Liberty. This bust
is often credited to Chief Engraver Longacre though the narrow
lettering style of the legends is associated with Anthony Paquet.
Its apparent inspiration was the Neoclassical statue of the Apollo
Belvedere, but the "French Head" label remains a mystery. The
reverse has 50 CENTS in the center, and is surrounded by a large
wreath similar to that later introduced on the 1860 dime. Struck in
copper with a reeded edge. Vivid shades of pale jade, lavender, and
russet patina blankets the well-preserved surfaces of this
attractive Choice proof, with sharply detailed design elements
underneath. Some minor carbon specks are evident on the obverse.
Population: 5 in 64 Red and Brown, 2 finer (4/20).
'French Head of Liberty'
Judd-242, PR64 Red and Brown
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29CN, PCGS# 11981)
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