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    Gem Proof 1872 Amazonian Half Dollar, Copper Impression

    1872 50C Amazonian Half Dollar, Judd-1201, Pollock-1341, Low R.7, PR66 Red and Brown PCGS. The obverse exhibits a seated figure of Liberty, her right hand above the head of an eagle, her left forearm resting on top of a shield, and her left hand holding a sword. Around, 13 stars with the date below. The reverse has an eagle with spread wings, clutching three arrows in its right claw, its left leg raised up with the talon supporting a shield with an olive branch in front. A scroll across the shield is inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST. Around is the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with the denomination HALF DOL below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. On the obverse, Liberty appears to be petting or stroking the eagle's head. William Barber's Amazonian design is considered by some to be a top quality coinage design. This example is a gorgeous Gem proof with considerable original mint red color on both sides, accented by pale blue, lilac, and iridescent toning. Only about 10 examples of this pattern issue are known, including two in museum collections. This example does not appear to match the plate of any that have been offered for sale at auction over the past 25 years.
    From The Jones Beach Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2A6D, PCGS# 71472)

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2007
    3rd-6th Wednesday-Saturday
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