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    Undoubtedly Rare 1870 Standard Silver Half Dollar Struck in Copper, Pollock-1069, R.7, PR64 Red PCGS

    1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-942, Pollock-1069, R.7, PR64 Red PCGS. Standard Silver design with a bust of Liberty facing right on the obverse. Liberty wears a cap that is ornamented with two stars, and the word LIBERTY is on a ribbon over her shoulder. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is at the upper border, while the motto IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll below. On the reverse, one can see the denomination 50 CENTS and the date 1870 within a wreath of cotton and corn. the word STANDARD is at the upper border. Struck in copper with a plain edge. In the 1994 book United States Pattern and Related Issues, Andrew W. Pollock III actually breaks down examples of Judd-942 into two separate varieties. The present example, a Pollock-1069 coin, is distinguishable from Pollock-1055 by the position of the tip of Liberty's cap relative to the final S in STATES. On this coin, it is under the left side of that letter. (Interestingly, Pollock was unable to confirm the existence of Pollock-1055.) The author was aware of two examples of Pollock-1069:

    1. Ex: Winthrop Collection Sale (Bowers and Ruddy, 9/1975), lot 1026.

    2. Ex: Sieck Collection Sale (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1981), lot 2411.

    We do not know which, if either of these pedigrees represents the present coin. Both sides of this piece are fully lustrous with rich reddish-olive coloration. A few scattered carbon spots seem to bar this coin from a full Gem grade, the most readily evident of which is located at the top of Liberty's neck in the center of the obverse. Population: 1 in 64 Red, 0 finer (10/02).
    From the Trane Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 81188)

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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2003
    8th-11th Wednesday-Saturday
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