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    1877 Copper Half Dollar
    Judd-1539, PR65 Red
    Only Two Pieces Believed Known

    1877 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1539, Pollock-1708, R.7-8, PR65 Red NGC. A rare and unusual design on both obverse and reverse. The obverse shows a large head of Liberty with a wide band in front of a Liberty cap that has the word LIBERTY incused. The reverse shows a large eagle standing on a tablet inscribed with incuse E PLURIBUS UNUM. The eagle awkwardly supports a large shield, which distinguishes the reverse from Judd-1537 (silver) and Judd-1538 (also copper). Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    Designed by William Barber, one of the large suite of half dollar patterns that were produced, likely for profit, before the final Morgan dollar design was adopted in 1878. Pattern expert Saul Teichman believes there are only two pieces existing of the Judd-1539. For many years the Judd-1538, lacking the reverse shield on the eagle, was miscataloged as Judd-1539. The first description of the Judd-1538 and 1539 as being different was by Wayte Raymond in Morgenthau's 4/1932 Shinkle sale. It appears that both Farouk examples were actually Judd-1538 but were listed in the Sotheby's sale under the Adams-Woodin number for Judd-1539.

    The present specimen has a needle-sharp strike and seemingly unabraded surfaces. Dusky orange-red and aqua colors are dominant, although the obverse has a few minuscule toning flecks. Some fadeaway toning at the letters on the reverse periphery confirms the remarkable originality of this stunning Gem Red example.
    Ex: November Signature (Heritage, 11/2003), lot 11212; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1883; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4-5/2010), lot 2402.<
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    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26X5, PCGS# 81880)


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