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    1865 Motto Seated Half Dollar
    Judd-431, PR66 Cameo
    Unique in Aluminum

    1865 50C Motto Seated Half Dollar, Judd-431, Pollock-504, R.8, PR66 Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. A regular 1865 Seated half dollar obverse is paired with a regular Motto half dollar reverse. Since the Motto design was introduced in 1866, Judd-429, the silver counterpart of Judd-431, is a transitional pattern. There are about a dozen known examples of Judd-429, and another dozen survivors for the copper Judd-430, but Judd-431, struck in aluminum with a reeded edge, is unique. Like many aluminum patterns, the present Premium Gem exhibits impressive cameo contrast. The devices are frosty, and the fields are darkly mirrored. As noted in the Bergin catalog, the coin exhibits a "very high wire edge." No contact is consequential, and the sole identifier is a tiny spot on the obverse rim at 6 o'clock. As the sole example of Judd-431, this lot is key to any collection of 1865 Motto patterns.
    Ex: George D. Woodside Collection (New York Coin & Stamp 4/1892), lot 167; Waldo Newcomer Collection (J.C. Morgenthau & Co., 6/1932), lot 40; Anderson DuPont Collection, Part II (Stack's, 11/1954), lot 2430; Thomas A. Bergin Collection (Stack's, 6/1984), lot 1226; Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1639.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535147)

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2021
    20th-24th Wednesday-Sunday
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