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    1870 Standard Silver Half in Silver
    Judd-927, PR65
    'Coin Without a Country'

    1870 P50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-927, Pollock-1032, Low R.7, PR65 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The obverse bears the William Barber design of a seated Liberty, different from that on circulation issues of the day. Liberty holds an olive branch in her left hand and the top of a shield with raised LIBERTY on a ribbon in her right. A cap atop a Liberty pole rises from behind to separate stars 5 and 6; Liberty's left-facing head separates stars 6 and 7. Her gown bottom shows extensive drapery, with a bit of rock showing beneath and date 1870 below. The reverse shows STANDARD at the top rim with 50 / CENTS in two lines inside an agricultural wreath. The Judd reference notes this as an "illogical die combination with no mention of United States of America." Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    Earlier editions of Judd and the 1994 Pollock pattern reference distinguish between the Barber design with raised LIBERTY on the shield and LIBERTY incused on the shield. This appears to be a false distinction. All known coins of this design show the raised LIBERTY. This is a lovely example of a curious design, showing blue patina around the rims framing rose-silver centers on both sides. Fewer than a dozen are known of both supposed variants.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61171)

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

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