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1870 Half Dollar in Nickel, PR65
1870 50C Half Dollar, Judd-995, Pollock-1125, R.8, PR65 PCGS.
CAC. Ex: Simpson. The regular-issue half dollar dies for the
year, but struck in nickel with a reeded edge. Making its first
public appearance in more than 35 years is this exceptionally rare
1870 half dollar pattern. It was first auctioned as part of the
famous Anderson-Dupont Collection, where the cataloger wrote:
Judd-995, Only Example Traced
Ex: Anderson-Dupont, Bergin, Simpson
"1870. Regular Dies but struck in Nickel. Choice Proof. A.W. 935. Excessively rare, only three believed struck. No recent records of sale. Worth as much as the 1869. PLATE."
The lot realized $60. It next appeared 30 years later as part of the Thomas A. Bergin Collection. Again, the cataloger noted that only three examples were believed struck and that the piece was a very rare brilliant proof. This time, the coin brought $2,640. According to Saul Teichman, there exists another example, designated as Judd-995a, that is supposedly struck in copper-nickel. However, "it is likely this is a toned nickel as opposed to being struck on a planchet similar in composition to an 1857-1864 cent." According to USPatterns.com, Heritage last sold that piece in December 1990. It does not show up in the population data at either PCGS or NGC (4/20). This remains the only traced example of Judd-995 and is a significant rarity as such. Despite the hardness of the metal, this Gem is fully struck. Each side features attractive golden-orange patina with a few speckled spots of deeper toning, including an identifying one at the dentils below (HA)LF.
Ex: Anderson-Dupont Collection (Stack's, 11/1954), lot 2442; Thomas A. Bergin Collection (Stack's, 6/1984), lot 1235.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61241)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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