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    1877 Half Dollar, Struck in Copper
    Judd-1539, PR66 Brown
    Barber's Capped Liberty, Only Two Known

    1877 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1539, Pollock-1708, R.8, PR66 Brown PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The dies for these are known as "Barber's Liberty Head with Phrygian cap" (or simply the "Barber Capped Liberty") paired with the "Barber's eagle holding a shield on pedestal," the Judd 8-K die pairing. The capped Liberty on the obverse is conjectured by USPatterns.com to have been a competitor for the George T. Morgan Liberty design. LIBERTY is incused on the headband, with motto IN GOD WE TRUST above, date below, and stars seven left, six right. A vertical die scratch runs from the rim left of the I in IN to the portrait. The reverse, also called the "Amazonian" reverse, shows an eagle holding a shield on a pedestal inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination are around the rim. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This is a rare pattern, regardless of metallic composition. Only two copper impressions are known with three more in silver. The surfaces remain attractive with the mellowed coloration. The obverse is deep cobalt-blue, while the reverse displays pale yellow-golden in the center with cobalt-blue surrounding the margin.
    Ex: J. Hewitt Judd; Numismatic Enterprises (2/1966); Detroit Historical Society Auction (Stack's, 3/1980), lot 720; The Great '80 Sale (R.L. Hughes, 7/1980), lot 105; Tangible Assets; Teletrade (3/3/1993); Marin; ANA Signature (Heritage, 7/1994), lot 7946; bought back by Marin; Southern Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26X5, PCGS# 61880)


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