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    1877 Half Dollar in Silver, PR63
    Judd-1539A, Three Known, Ex: Bass

    1877 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1539A, Pollock-1707, High R.7, PR63 PCGS. 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 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 silver with a reeded edge.

    This Select proof example is untoned and lightly hairlined in the fields, the second-finest of only three examples traced of this extremely rare silver pattern half dollar. The half dollars of 1877, with their many variations, have been a particular pursuit of generations of pattern collectors.
    Ex: Davenport Collection (Superior, 2/1977), lot 843 (a Garrett Collection duplicate, according to the Superior sale); Harry W. Bass, Jr., Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1239. The Pollock plate coin under Judd-1539, Pollock-1708.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AEN, PCGS# 61881)

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

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