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    1872 Amazonian Half Dollar in Aluminum
    Judd-1202, PR65 Deep Cameo
    Only Two Confirmed Examples

    1872 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1202, Pollock-1342, R.8, PR65 Deep Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. William Barber's Amazonian design with Liberty seated, facing left, her right hand touching the head of a spread-wing eagle, sword in left hand. Thirteen stars are on the upper portion of that side with the date below. The reverse has a reversed variant of the eagle seen on the obverse, denomination below, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around much of the perimeter on that side. An olive branch is draped over the shield. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.

    The Amazonian patterns of 1872 rank among the most popular and attractive in the series. This design was employed on quarters, half dollars, and dollars in silver, copper, and aluminum, all with reeded edges. The half dollars in silver and copper tend to be the most available, while aluminum coins such as this are the rarest. No individual Amazonian pattern issue has a population in excess of a dozen pieces. In the case of Judd-1202, only two distinct examples are confirmed with the possibility that another exists. One was sold as part of the Farouk Collection, one appeared in a November 1955 Abe Kosoff sale, and one is attributed to the Lohr and Cox sets. It is likely that the two confirmed examples are represented in those other appearances. The general consensus is that two or three pieces exist.

    The Boosel-Fred-Simpson coin is a frosty Gem with Deep Cameo contrast. Brilliant surfaces feature profoundly mirrored fields and heavy die polish but few signs of contact. In it's last appearance nearly 13 years ago the cataloger correctly cautioned that it could be a decade or more before this pattern reappears on the market. We would encourage bidders to proceed with that same understanding.
    Ex: Harry X Boosel Collection (RARCOA, 4/1972), lot 1132; Rogers M Fred, Jr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1995), lot 2273; The Collection of Samuel J. Berngard & Treasure Coins of the S.S. New York (Stack's 7/2008), lot 4215.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535356)

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