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    1859 Half Dollar in Copper
    Judd-242, PR66 Red and Brown
    Ex: Eliasberg

    1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-242, Pollock-298, R.5, PR66 Red and Brown NGC. Ex: Eliasberg. 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. Most of each side is covered in deep blue patina, but deep cherry-red luster still surrounds the devices. Deeply mirrored fields.
    Ex: Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 247.

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


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