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    1877 Morgan Half Dollar in Silver
    Judd-1503, Unique Pollock-1664
    PR63 Ultra Cameo

    1877 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1503, Pollock-1664, High R.7, PR63 Ultra Cameo NGC. On the obverse, Morgan's head of Liberty faces 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 above the head and the date below. The reverse design shows an eagle on a shield, clutching an olive branch and three arrows. The shield is surrounded by a laurel wreath and a scroll bearing IN GOD WE TRUST. The peripheral inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above and HALF DOLLAR below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge, in medallic alignment.

    Andrew Pollock noted two varieties of Judd-1503, designated Pollock-1656 and Pollock-1664. This coin is Pollock-1664, characterized by less hair that does not extend beyond the cap, no initial M on the neck truncation, the first leaf points past the letter R and the third leaf touches the I in PLURIBUS. While Pollock listed this obverse type second, it was actually the first obverse of this type. Judd-1503 is a rarity, but of the two variants this design type is apparently unique. There are four known examples of Pollock-1654.

    This is a nearly brilliant coin that exhibits just a hint of pale golden toning around the margins. Light hairlines can be discerned upon close examination, but these do not inhibit the extraordinarily frosted devices against the deeply mirrored fields.
    Ex: Dr. Edward Maris Collection (H.P. Smith, 6/1886); Garrett Collection, Part I (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 381; Rogers M. Fred Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1995), lot 2274; Kenneth Goldman; The Classics Sale (ANR, 12/2003), lot 304.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535351)


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