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    1859 Half Dollar in Copper
    Judd-244, PR65 Red and Brown
    Unique With Sunken Portrait of Washington

    1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-244, Pollock-300, High R.7, PR65 Red and Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Longacre's "French Liberty Head" design. A Romanesque bust of Liberty faces right, wearing 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. A regular Type Two reverse die -- with LF of HALF spaced apart at their tops -- was used to strike Judd-243 and Judd-244 patterns. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. About a half dozen patterns each of this design are known in silver and copper. USPatterns.com notes that one of the copper examples "is struck from a planchet which had an incused head of Washington on it." This is that famous and well-pedigreed example. Norman Stack noted the feature as early as 1954, writing in the Anderson-Dupont catalog:

    "Listed as A.W. 302. This differs, however, in having at center of reverse an impression from a bust of Washington like that on the nickels of 1866. We do not know how this was superimposed on the regular design. Should be seen by every collector of Washington items. Possibly Unique."



    Two incised circles surround the partial sunken portrait, suggesting, as Dave Bowers has written, that this pattern may have been struck on a hub trial during the 1860s, presumably after 1866. Both sides are largely copper-orange with mellowed violet patina in the fields. A handful of small ticks and planchet flakes are noted. Otherwise clean.
    Ex: S.K. Nagy (10/1907), Virgil Brand; Anderson-Dupont Collection, Part II (Stack's, 11/1954), lot 2419; S.E. Goldsmith Collection (Stack's, 10/1958), lot 1450; Morris Evans Collection / Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena 8/1998), lot 2047; Orlando Sale (Stack's, 1/2007), lot 1019; Los Angeles ANA Auction (Bowers and Merena, 8/2009), lot 4152.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 11987)


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