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    1869 Half Dollar in Nickel
    Judd-762, PR66+
    Sole Finest Certified

    1869 50C Half Dollar, Judd-762, Pollock-847, R.8, PR66+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The regular-issue Seated Liberty half dollar dies are present here, but struck in nickel with a reeded edge. These and many other patterns struck in "off metals" during the 1860s-1870s were almost certainly produced for sale to collectors. Many were in complete sets of nickel, copper, aluminum, and silver, in small quantities in many cases (but a plethora of designs including regular-issue dies, alternative designs, and even illogical die pairings in some cases).

    The present nickel half dollar may be one of only two pieces known. The surfaces show excellent strike and preservation along with attractive rose-gray patina, deepening to a small dollop of russet near stars 10 to 12. The present coin appears to be different from the Tree Many Feathers example (Bowers and Merena, 11/2001, rescheduled from 9/2001, lot 138), which was a PR64 NGC piece. However, an example in the Kensington Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 12/1975), lot 1184, described as a lightly toned proof, may or may not be the same as the present coin. The quality of the 45-year-old black-and-white plates precludes certainty, even though the description fits this coin well. There is no doubt that this is the sole finest certified (9/20).
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    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29TE, PCGS# 60993)


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