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1859 Half Dollar Mule in Silver
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
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.
Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29D2, PCGS# 12012)
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