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    Rarely Encountered 1877 Half Dollar Pattern
    Morgan Obverse Design, Ex: Farouk
    Pollock-1656, PR63 Cameo

    1877 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1503, Pollock-1656, 1664, High R.7, PR63 Cameo NGC.
    Design.
    The obverse features Morgan's head of Liberty facing left, wearing a cap with ears of wheat and cotton bolls. Two groups of stars surround the bust, seven to the left and six to the right. E PLURIBUS UNUM is inscribed above the head and the date is below. The intricate reverse design displays an eagle on a shield, clutching an olive branch and three arrows. The shield is tightly surrounded by a laurel wreath and a scroll bearing the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. The peripheral inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above and HALF DOLLAR below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    Commentary.
    Andrew Pollock noted there were two varieties of Judd-1503, which he designated Pollock-1656 and Pollock-1664. The present coin is Pollock-1656, characterized by a short leaf beneath the I in PLURIBUS and a long, slender truncation of the bust. Pollock credits Harry Bass with the discovery of the two varieties. USPatterns.com lists a census of just four surviving specimens of Pollock-1656. The discerning pattern specialist will not let this opportunity slip by.

    Physical Description.
    Deeply mirrored fields contrast boldly with fully frosted devices to produce a delightful cameo effect. Hints of iridescent blue and gold toning accent the surfaces, creating remarkable eye appeal. A few hairlines in the fields account for the grade. The present specimen is the only coin to receive the highly regarded Cameo designation at either of the leading grading services (11/08).

    Provenance.
    Ex: King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1970; June Sale Part II (Stack's, 6/1984), lot 1242; Randolph S. Rothschild Collection (Stack's, 10/2003), lot 1090.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.


    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26WZ, PCGS# 61838)


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    January, 2009
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