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    Fiery 1870 Standard Silver Half Dollar in Copper
    Judd-971, PR65 Red
    Fifth Auction Appearance in 35 Years

    1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-971, Pollock-1082, High R.7, PR65 Red NGC.
    The obverse Judd calls Obverse 2 of 1869: Liberty faces right wearing a cap with two stars. A ribbon crossing her shoulder bears a raised LIBERTY, with no designer's initial B on the ribbon folds at the rear of the cap. On the reverse a wreath of corn and cotton encloses 50 / CENTS, the latter in an upcurving arc, with STANDARD SILVER around the upper half of the rim. Two ornamental stars are at 4:30 and 7:30, with date 1870 at 6 o'clock. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    Judd-971 and others of this group (Judd-969 through Judd-974) have most of the final S in STATES over the top of the cap. The normal design has nearly the entire final S to the right of the top of the cap. The design variations of Judd-969 through Judd-974 are apparently quite rare. Only three or four examples of Judd-971 are known.

    Consulting a variety of sources, including our own archives, John Dannreuther and Jeff Garrett's Auction Records of U.S. Pattern Coins, and the series of Auction Prices Realized published by Rome and Krause Publications, yields the following record of just four auction appearances for Judd-971 dating back 35 years:

    1. RARCOA, January 1973. Proof.
    2. Jess Peters, April 1976. Fine.
    3. Bowers and Merena, May 1992. PR63 Red and Brown.
    4. Bowers and Merena, March 1993. PR63.

    The auction record suggests that there are four examples known, although a fifth is possible. The 1973 RARCOA appearance was unplated but described as lightly toned, and is probably the same as one of the Bowers and Merena coins. The 1976 Jess Peters coin is clearly different from the others, assuming it was properly attributed.

    Physical Description.
    We believe that the present specimen is by far the finest of those that exist. Both sides of this fiery Gem are deeply mirrored and fully brilliant, with lustrous devices that exhibit just a trace of mellowing. The surfaces are pristine, with few blemishes of any sort. This exceptional example presents a full quota of aesthetic appeal for the connoisseur. NGC Census: The present piece is the only Judd-971 currently certified by NGC. PCGS Population: PCGS has certified only 2 total Judd-971 pieces, a PR63 Brown and a PR63 Red and Brown (12/08).

    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 81217)

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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