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    1870 William Barber Seated Liberty Half
    Judd-933, PR66 Cameo

    1870 P50C Seated Half, Judd-933, Pollock-1039, R.7, PR66 Cameo NGC. CAC.
    Design. The obverse portrays a seated figure of Liberty with shield and olive branch. A scroll is draped over the shield, with the word LIBERTY inscribed, and a Liberty pole is positioned behind the shield. Thirteen stars surround the central devices, with the date in the exergue. The reverse is the design used for regular-issue coinage in 1870. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    Commentary. William Barber's lovely Seated Liberty design is a classic in American numismatic art, and even more beautiful with field-to-device contrast, as seen here. NGC and PCGS have combined to grade 13 specimens, including just three Cameo and two Deep Cameo pieces. The Newman example is the finest that NGC has examined.

    Physical Description. A stunning Premium Gem Cameo proof, this specimen exhibits deeply mirrored silver surfaces with frosty devices that possess bold, intricate details. Delicate gold and light blue toning resides along the obverse border with champagne toning over the entire reverse. The reverse has a trivial rim indentation, as struck, at 3:30.
    From The Eric P. Newman Collection. (NGC ID# 29Y5, PCGS# 3000005)


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

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2013
    24th-28th Wednesday-Sunday
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    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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