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    1871 Half Dollar in Aluminum
    Judd-1116, PR67 Cameo
    Ex: Champa, Sieck

    1871 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1116, Pollock-1252, R.8, PR67 Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse is the Indian Princess design of James B. Longacre, Mint chief engraver until his death in January 1869. William Barber, with his son Charles as assistant, assumed those duties upon Longacre's death. While the 1870-dated Indian Princess obverse dies are signed LONGACRE in full, the 1871 dies are unsigned, save for some of the silver dollars. The reverse here is that of the regular-issue half dollars for the year. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.

    Only two examples of this pattern are known, the Eric P. Newman example in PR67 NGC, which we handled twice in 2013, and the present coin, a virtual tie in terms of technical and aesthetic quality. This coin is essentially mark-free and of extremely high quality. A thin, straight line of gray toning provides a pedigree marker, connecting Liberty's right (pole) hand with the drape over her shoulder. Tiny planchet flaws appear on the right upright of the A and above the F in HALF. Perceptible contrast between mirrored fields and frosty devices merits the Cameo designation, a trait seen with regularity on aluminum strikes.
    Ex: Krouner-Coronet Coin Fixed Price List; Armand Champa (Bowers and Ruddy, 5/1972), lot 1055; William Mitkoff; William R. "Rudy" Sieck/ANA (Bowers and Ruddy, 8/1981), lot 223, "Gem Brilliant Proof-67"; Michael Steig Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 9/1982), lot 1806; Frank O. Fredericks Collection / Orlando FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2004), lot 2256, as PR66 Cameo PCGS, which realized $29,325; Southern Collection.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 800184)

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