Interesting Business Strike
1861 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-279, Pollock-330, Low R.7 as Proof,
1861 GOD OUR TRUST Half Dollar
Low R.7 as Proof, Judd-279, MS65
Design. The obverse and reverse are the regular Seated Liberty half dollar dies of the year, with GOD OUR TRUST added in the reverse field, no scroll. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
Commentary. The various 1861 patterns produced with reference to trust in God are due to the upswell in religious sentiment during the Civil War. The copper proof pieces usually have a bronzed surface produced by pickling of the struck coins. About a dozen are known.
Physical Description. This piece is fully struck throughout, but the fields show heavy parallel die striations rather than the mirrored finish one would expect from a proof coin--apparently the source for NGC's certification of this rather anomalous coin as a business strike rather than a proof, the only one so certified. Slightly variegated golden-rose toning is seen over each side and is slightly deeper in hue on the reverse. A splendid example with no mentionable or noticeable contact marks on either side. (Business strike) Census: 1 in MS65, 0 finer (11/08). There are no business strikes certified at PCGS.
Provenance. Ex: Superior (2/1987), lot 3225.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 29DN, PCGS# 12106)
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