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    1865 'Transitional' Half Dollar, PR66
    Judd-429, Struck in Silver

    1865 50C Half Dollar, Judd-429, Pollock-502, Low R.7, PR66 NGC. Ex: Bass/ANA Museum Display. The obverse is struck from the regular-issue Seated Liberty half dollar die, but the reverse shows a scroll with motto IN GOD WE TRUST, as adopted in 1866. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Although these are often called "transitional" pieces, there was no transition involved, as they were struck well after the 1866 Motto silver coins debuted -- possibly as late as the early 1870s. The Breen Proof Encyclopedia notes that seven three-piece sets [quarter, half, dollar] were thought to have been made, but USPatterns.com estimates that about a dozen are known of the Judd-429. This is an extremely attractive Premium Gem proof with light pinkish-gold toning and much contrast between reflective fields and frosted devices. The Lemus-Queller Collection (Heritage, 1/2009) was particularly strong in the so-called "transitional" patterns of 1863 and later, having an example each of the 1865-dated silver, copper, and (unique) aluminum versions of these, Judd-429 through 431.
    Ex: Abe Kosoff, 8/16/1971; Harry W. Bass Research Foundation. Accompanied by an inventory tag showing provenance. HBCC-6056 (Bass Sylloge number).
    Selections From The Harry Bass, Jr. Foundation's A.N.A. Museum Display. (NGC ID# 29JF, PCGS# 60614)


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

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