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    1877 Half Dollar in Copper
    Unique Judd-1525, Pollock-1693
    Ex: Bass, PR68 Red and Brown

    1877 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1525, Pollock-1693, Unique, PR68 Red and Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The William Barber "Metric Head" design. A bust of Liberty faces left, wearing a wide-banded cap inscribed LIBERTY. The cap displays cereal grains similar to the Morgan silver dollar design. The initial B for William Barber is above the last 7. On the reverse, a small heraldic eagle, wings lowered, is within a shield with six vertical and many horizontal stripes. IN GOD WE TRUST and E PLURIBUS UNUM in Gothic letters are in the inner band, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR in the outer band. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    Two die varieties are known. The usual variant of Judd-1525 is Pollock-1591, with the last 7 in the date high. Eight such examples exist in copper. This variety, Pollock-1693, is believed to be unique with the last 7 in the date nearly touching the dentils. A single example from the same dies also exists in silver. Saul Teichman writes: "I believe this die was the first of this type created by William Barber but was rejected."

    Not only is this pattern unique, it is a spectacular Superb Gem in essentially flawless Red and Brown condition. Vibrant coppery color yields to splashes of magenta and cobalt-blue patina on each side. A few inconsequential carbon specks are noted. This is the first time this unique rarity has been made available publicly in more than 20 years. Collectors are encouraged to bid accordingly.
    Ex: RARCOA (2/1972); Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part 1 (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1229.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AEA, PCGS# 71865)

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    April, 2021
    22nd-25th Thursday-Sunday
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