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    1869 Standard Silver Half Dollar in Brass
    Unique Judd-759A, PR63

    1869 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-759A, Pollock-844, Unique, PR63 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. A bust of Liberty wears a headband inscribed LIBERTY and ornamented with a star facing right, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds the figure, and a scroll with IN GOD WE TRUST is below. The reverse has 50 CENTS centered in a wreath of oak and laurel with STANDARD SILVER above and the date 1869 below. Struck in brass with a plain edge.

    This is a major rarity -- the only 1869 Standard Silver half dollar known in brass. The Evans cataloger noted: "Standard Silver patterns were not normally struck in brass metal; this piece must have been a delicacy for a highly placed Mint official or, perhaps, a favored insider on the outside -- such as R. Coulton Davis or J.W. Haseltine." Golden-olive surfaces display glints of green, blue, magenta, and peach-orange toning. A few strays signs of handling define the grade. However, a grade point here or there become less of concern when dealing with a unique coin such as this. Well worth a premium bid.
    Ex: Abe Kosoff (advertisement in the Nov. 1976 issue of The Numismatist), Morris Evans Collection / Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/1998), lot 2060; Franklinton Collection, Part II (Stack's 1/2008), lot 1193; Regency Auction XX (Legend Rare Coin Auctions, 1/2017), lot 26.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 60990)


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

    View all of [Important Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part III ]

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