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    1877 Half Dollar in Silver, PR65
    Judd-1524, Pollock-1692
    Unique, Ex: Maris-Garrett-Bass

    1877 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1524, Pollock-1692, R.8, PR65 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse offers 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, hair tied back with a ribbon. The cap is garnished by wheat and cotton. The reverse displays an eagle on a shield inside a band that carries the dual mottoes IN GOD WE TRUST and E PLURIBUS UNUM in Gothic script. Around is the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with HALF DOLLAR below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Pollock lists two variants of this obverse die in silver, one with the second 7 far from the dentils (Pollock-1690) and one with the second 7 close to the dentils (Pollock-1692). According to USPatterns.com, this is the only known example of Pollock-1692. The Bass cataloger believed it to be unique, and no information has come to light to contradict that assertion.

    All 1877 half dollar patterns are highly sought-after, but this unique, well-pedigreed representative deserves extra attention and a premium bid. The obverse is largely cobalt-blue with central shades of magenta and peach-orange. A similar blue hue dominates the reverse, surrounded by golden patina around the borders.
    Ex: Dr. Edward Maris (6/1886), T. Harrison Garrett; Garrett Estate; Johns Hopkins University; Garrett Collection, Part I (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 388; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1228.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AE9, PCGS# 61864)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    January, 2021
    20th-24th Wednesday-Sunday
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