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    1859 Half Dollar Mule in Silver
    Judd-253, PR65+

    1859 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-253, Pollock-292, High R.7, PR65+ PCGS. Ex: Simpson. One side features the Paquet Liberty Seated with Fasces design, with a homely, disproportionate Liberty seated on a rock, shield at her lowered right (facing) hand and holding the top of a fasces in her left hand. An olive branch and three arrowheads appear under the shield. Thirteen stars encircle the rim. The other displays the James B. Longacre (or possibly Anthony C. Paquet) French Liberty Head design. It shows Liberty with an elongated neck facing right, and wearing an elaborate floral wreath. A scroll reading LIBERTY wraps irregularly at the bust truncation, and the tall, thin, stilted letters characteristic of Anthony Paquet spell out UNITED STATES OF AMERICA at the rim. The date 1859 appears in exergue on both sides. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    This muling of two obverse dies is clearly a fantasy piece. Saul Teichman has traced seven examples, including this Gem. Dappled shades of peach-orange, powder-blue, mint-green, rose and violet adorn each side. Several curly lint marks are struck-in near the date.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29D2, PCGS# 12012)

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