1864 50C Half Dollar, Judd-394, Pollock-462, R.8, PR65+ PC...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1864 Half Dollar in Nickel
1864 50C Half Dollar, Judd-394, Pollock-462, R.8, PR65+
PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Transitional striking for the half dollar.
The obverse is the regular design for the year, while the reverse
features a scroll above the eagle with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST,
as adopted in 1866. Struck in nickel with a reeded edge. This is
one of two examples believed to have been struck in nickel and a
major rarity as such.
Only Two Known
Strike softness over the central devices is evidence of the difficulty the Mint encountered in striking coins in this hard metal. Dusky gray surfaces reveal luminous golden accents when tilted. Seemingly free of contact.
Ex: Lenox R. Lohr, 304th Sale (Kagin's 11/1974), lot 1867; Morris Evans Collection / Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/1998), lot 2052; Kennywood Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 1/2005), lot 1178; Southern Collection.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29HG, PCGS# 60565)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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