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    1877 Morgan Half Dollar in Copper
    Judd-1513, PR66+ Red and Brown
    Tied for Finest Certified

    1877 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1513, Pollock-1677, Low R.7, PR66+ Red and Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Weight: 189.9 Grains. Diameter: 30.4 mm. Designed by George Morgan, the obverse has a reduced head of Liberty as seen on the adopted silver dollar of 1878, surrounded by a circle of beads, and between the beads and denticles are E PLURIBUS UNUM, 13 stars, and the date. The reverse shows a defiant eagle facing left. This is the same eagle Morgan would use 38 years later on the reverse of the Panama-Pacific quarter eagle. This reverse was also used with minor modifications on the famous 1879 Schoolgirl dollar. The same inner beaded border is repeated on the reverse and between the beads and the denticles are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HALF DOLLAR. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Research by R.W. Julian indicates the design was produced in February of 1877. The design was also struck in silver (Judd-1512). USPatterns.com lists a roster of nine distinct examples, and two more that may (or may not) be duplicate citations of some other coins in the list.

    This Plus-graded Premium Gem exhibits sharply detailed design elements in most areas, with just a touch of softness on the eagle's breast. The well-preserved golden-brown surfaces show highlights of electric-blue sea-green, and lilac, with reflective fields underneath. A short mark through LI in LIBERTY serves as a pedigree marker. Eye appeal is outstanding. Population: 3 in 66 (2 in 66+) Red and Brown, 0 finer (4/20).
    Ex: Edward Maris Collection (H.P. Smith, 6/1886), lot 196; T. Harrison Garrett; Robert Garrett; John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University; Garrett Collection (Stack's, 3/1976), lot 637; Morris Evans; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/1998), lot 2078; R. Kay; M. Hagen; Southern Collection; Simpson Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 71851)


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

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    January
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