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1870 Standard Silver Half in Silver
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.
'Coin Without a Country'
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)
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