Important 1877 Judd-1524 Pattern Half Dollar1877 50C Barber's Liberty Head Half Dollar, Judd-1524, Pollock-1690, Low R.7, PR64 NGC. The obverse has a head of Liberty with six stars to the left, seven to the right, and the date below. Liberty wears a wide banded cap with the word LIBERTY, her hair tied back with a ribbon. The cap is garnished by wheat and cotton. The reverse has an eagle on a shield inside a band that carries the dual mottoes IN GOD WE TRUST and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Around is the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with the denomination HALF DOLLAR below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. This Choice proof is a lovely example with delicate champagne toning over brilliant silver surfaces. The fields are fully mirrored, although little contrast is evident between the fields and the devices.
Among 1877 pattern half dollars, this variety is more plentiful than most, with eight different examples currently known, according to Saul Teichman's notes, including one example of P-1692 with the second 7 in the date closer to the border, from a different obverse die.
PR64 NGC. The piece offered here. DiBello Collection (Stack's, 5/1970), lot 389; Harry W. Bass, Jr. (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1226; Superior (7/1999 FPL).
PR64 PCGS. P-1692. Dr. Edward Maris; Garrett Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 388; Harry W. Bass, Jr. (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1228.
Choice Proof. Lester Merkin (6/1970), lot 647; Armand Champa (Bowers and Ruddy, 5/1972), lot 1069; Robert L. Hughes (1/1979); Robert L. Hughes (1/1980).
Choice Proof. Robert L. Hughes (7/1980), lot 104; Steve Ivy (12/1980), lot 1853.
Choice Proof. Edward Cogan (1883); Garrett Collection duplicate; Superior (2/1977); Morris Evans (Bowers and Merena, 8/1998).
PR62 NGC, cleaned and retoned. Stack's (9/1994); Superior (7/2003).
PR60+. Dr. J. Hewitt Judd; Steve Ivy (12/1976), lot 1170.
Proof, cleaned and lacquered. King Farouk (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1979; Stack's (6/1984), lot 1251; Stack's (3/2005).
From The Jones Beach Collection. (NGC ID# 2AE9, PCGS# 61864)
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