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    1873 Half Eagle in Copper
    Judd-1338, PR65 Brown
    Ex: King Farouk

    1873 $5 Half Eagle, Judd-1338, Pollock-1482, High R.7, PR65 Brown PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. William Barber's design with Liberty facing right, dated 1873, with an obverse that is similar to his Trade dollar design. The reverse is taken from Barber's Amazonian design from the previous year. According to a J.W. Haseltine auction from 1876, only five pieces were struck in copper (this information courtesy of USPatterns.com). That same number is still available to collectors today but two are gilt, leaving only three copper pieces such as this one.

    This is a lovely pattern. Great liberties were taken with the term "Brown" on this example. The blue-brown patina that covers each side actually shows a significant amount of underlying red. A few light contact marks are scattered over both obverse and reverse, but none are worthy of individual mention.
    Ex: King Farouk; Palace Collection of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1907; Salman Collection (Stack's 12/1962), lot 996; Lake Michigan and Springdale Collections (American Numismatic Rarities, 6/2006), lot 1034; Pelican Bay Collection of Pattern Coins / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3477.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2A9E, PCGS# 61626)


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