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    1859 Fifty Cent in Copper
    'French Head of Liberty'

    Judd-242, PR64 Red and Brown

    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).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29CN, PCGS# 11981)

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

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