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    1863 Half Dollar Pattern, PR65
    Judd-342, Pollock-414, Low R.7

    1863 50C Half Dollar, Judd-342, Pollock-414, Low R.7, PR65 PCGS. CAC. The obverse and reverse designs for Judd-342 are similar to those used to strike regular issue with motto coinage in 1866, except for the 1863 date. Struck in silver, with a reeded edge. states these patterns were actually produced in the late 1860s to early 1870s, and marketed in pattern sets during that time period. An example of such a set can be found in lot 129 of the Woodside Collection (New York Coin & Stamp, 4/1892):

    "1863 Proof set: with Dollar, Half and Quarter: same as regular issue, with additions of 'IN God WE TRUST' over eagle: this set is unique and has never before been offered, even the existence of such a set being known to but few numismatists: brilliant silver proofs: 3 pcs."

    The present coin is a delightful example of this rare pattern issue, with sharp striking details on the frosty devices. The surfaces are reflective under lovely iridescent blue and lavender patina. Currently, PCGS has certified only two specimens of Judd-342 in PR65, with none finer (5/10).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29FW, PCGS# 60504)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2010
    8th-11th Thursday-Sunday
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