Important Copper 1870 Standard Silver Half Dollar
1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-942, Pollock-1069,
High R.7, PR64 Brown NGC.
Judd-942, Pollock-1069, PR64 Brown
Design. The obverse design is a bust of Liberty facing right, with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. Liberty is wearing a cap ornamented with two stars, and a ribbon crossing her shoulder is inscribed LIBERTY in incuse letters. The reverse has the denomination 50 / CENTS and the date 1870 within a wreath of cotton and corn, with the inscription STANDARD above. Struck in copper with a plain edge.
Commentary. Andrew Pollock listed two different varieties for Judd-942, but went on to say that one of them, Pollock-1055, remains unknown. For Pollock-1069, he listed just two auction appearances, both by Bowers and Ruddy. He overlooked this example, surprising since he had viewed and recorded the entire Queller Collection prior to publication of his reference. This example matches the plate of neither piece recorded in Pollock's book, so it is a third known example. At least two other pieces also exist.
Physical Description. Considerable pale orange color intermingles with violet and blue on both sides of this Choice proof. A couple of marks appear on Liberty's cheek. Otherwise, the surfaces are nicely preserved, with lightly mirrored fields.
Census. We can account for these pieces:
1. D.E.A. and U.S. Marshals Service Sale (Heritage, 12/1988), lot 1889. The present example.
2. Heritage (8/2006), lot 1462. PR65 Brown NGC.
3. Heritage (1/2003), lot 9925; Heritage (9/2008), lot 3448. PR64 Red PCGS.
4. Bowers and Ruddy (7/1981), lot 2411. PR63.
5. Bowers and Ruddy (9/1975), lot 1026. Proof.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 2Y5K, PCGS# 61188)
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