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    1877 Morgan-Designed Half Dollar, Judd-1503
    PR63 Cameo
    , Ex: Farouk, Queller

    1877 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1503, Pollock-1656, High R.7, PR63 Cameo NGC. Ex: Lemus Collection. 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.
    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.
    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. Census: 1 in PR63 Cameo, 1 finer (2/12).
    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; Lemus/Queller Collection (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1870, where it brought $23,000.

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


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    April, 2012
    18th-22nd Wednesday-Sunday
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