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    1872 Liberty Head Half Eagle, PR67+ Brown
    Judd-1243, Struck in Copper

    1872 $5 Liberty Head Half Eagle, Judd-1243, Pollock-1385, High R.7, PR67+ Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The regular-issue design for the Liberty Head half eagle. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This rare off-metal pattern exists to the extent of only three to four pieces. A similar number of equally rare examples are also known in aluminum. Numismatic tradition suggests that these were dies trials struck to test the dies before striking proof examples in gold, although it is more likely that they were deliberately made for sale to collectors of the time. Whatever their original purpose may have been, the copper and aluminum strikings are significant rarities and highly desirable today.

    This example is a remarkable glittering proof with deeply mirrored fields and excellent cameo contrast. Both sides have rich mahogany color with intense blue, violet, magenta, and olive toning. A few faint spots assist in pedigree research, especially over the extreme left serif of E in UNITED.
    Ex: 85th ANA Sale (Stack's, 8/1976), lot 3673; Jones Beach Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 1488.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2A7D, PCGS# 61515)

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    September, 2020
    17th Thursday
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