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    Nostalgic 1871 Standard Silver Half, PR62 Cameo
    Judd-1111, Low R.7

    1871 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-1111, Pollock-1247, Low R.7, PR62 Cameo NGC.
    Design.
    A seated Liberty faces left, wearing an Indian princess headdress and a flowing robe. Her left hand rests atop a globe wrapped with a scroll bearing the word LIBERTY in raised letters, while holding a spear and liberty cap in her right hand. Two flags--one bearing 13 stars--are in the background with the date 1871 in exergue. Thirteen stars fill the periphery. Reverse: 50 / CENTS within an open agricultural wreath and a smaller STANDARD at the upper border. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    Commentary.
    Pollock (1994) states that Cory Gillilland, in an article titled "Bullion Coins: A Nineteenth Century Proposal," references a letter from James Longacre to Mint Director George Eckert. In the letter, Longacre states that the purpose of his design "is to express a representation of America, by a female figure, in aboriginal costume, seated, contemplating one of the usual emblems of liberty, elevated on a spear, which she holds in her right hand; her left hand resting on a globe, presenting the western hemisphere." The USPatterns.com website states that "this is the most common of the four Longacre designs of this year with slightly over a dozen known." A fascinating comment, considering that the word "common" is associated with a pattern that has appeared at auction less than 10 times in the past 15 years.

    Physical Description.
    The cataloger of the Kosoff estate described the current pattern as "lightly polished long ago but still quite attractive." We agree with the latter comment, but this piece was only lightly cleaned, not polished. This piece is resoundingly white, but signs of improper handling are not immediately apparent, and NGC agrees in their assignment of a PR62 grade. NGC Census: 1 in PR62 Cameo, 3 numerically finer. Of the four examples graded by NGC, this specimen is the only pattern designated as Cameo. PCGS Population: None in PR62 regardless of designation, 2 finer (12/08).

    Provenance.
    Ex: Julian Leidman; William R. Sieck Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 7/1981), lot 219; Abe Kosoff Estate (Bowers and Merena, 11/1985), lot 1087; Auction '86 (Superior, 7/1986), lot 1160.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.


    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2A4D, PCGS# 61370)


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
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