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    The King Farouk 1870 Judd-983
    Standard Silver Half in Copper, PR65 Brown
    Tied for Finest Certified, Three or Four Known

    1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-983, Pollock-1103, High R.7, PR65 Brown NGC.
    Liberty faces right, her hair tied in a bun, wearing a starless diadem inscribed LIBERTY. IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll at the bottom rim, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. On the reverse a wreath of corn and cotton encloses 50 / CENTS, the latter in an upcurving arc, with STANDARD at the upper rim and the date 1870 inside the wreath. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    Much rarer than its silver counterpart, the Judd-983 struck in copper with reeded edge has seen only three auction appearances in the last quarter-century. Before the offering in our October 2007 Signature auction, the last appearance was in the famed collection of William R. "Rudy" Sieck sold in 1981. Other recent landmark pattern collections such as the Rogers Fred Jr., Harry W. Bass Jr., Garrett, and Morris Evans collections have all lacked an example.

    Physical Description.
    Tinges of brilliant blue touch the high points of this lovely and well-struck Gem, tied for the finest certified. NGC Census: one PR64 Red and Brown, one PR65 Brown. PCGS Population: one PR65 Brown (11/08). As always, possible duplicates could exist, and collectors would do well to remember that not all examples of any coin are necessarily certified. The preceding are nonetheless useful data to help indicate a coin's true rarity, in the absence of absolute certainty.

    We believe it possible that as few as three examples could exist.
    1. King Farouk; "Palace Collections of Egypt" (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1849; Gentleman's Study Collection (Coronet Coin), lot 62; Lester Merkin (2/1971), lot 902. The present specimen.
    2. ANA (Superior, 8/1975), lot 1251; William R. "Rudy" Sieck Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 7/1981), lot 209, which brought $850. Choice Proof-65.
    3. Detroit Collection (Stack's, 3/1980), lot 713. Proof.
    4. Hoosier Discovery Collection (Heritage, 10/2007), lot 3213. PR65 Brown PCGS. Possibly a duplication of one of the above.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29Z7, PCGS# 61229)

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    Auction Info

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