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    1877 Morgan Half Dollar in Silver
    Judd-1514, PR65 Deep Cameo

    1877 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1514, Pollock-1678, Low R.7, PR65 Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC. The obverse is similar to the Morgan dollar, but the head of Liberty is surrounded by a beaded circle, with 13 stars and E PLURIBUS UNUM around the edge. The date 1877 is below. On the reverse a so-called "defiant eagle" is perched on a scroll inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST. An olive branch points left, and three arrowheads point right. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Despite the popular terminology, the defiant eagle, while it may have its wings spread, is rather dyspeptic in appearance. The pose seems staid and monumental rather than lifelike, and the unnaturally heavy wings appear to be Oriental fans. This bird would never have flown. Nevertheless, this is a majestic and well-produced pattern half dollar. The fields are deeply reflective and establish a "black" background against the heavily frosted devices. The centers of each side appear untoned at first glance, but they actually display almost invisible pale golden color. That golden-brown patina deepens significantly toward the rims on each side. This is the only CAC-certified Deep Cameo for the Judd-1514.
    Ex: Waldo Newcomer; F.C.C. Boyd; Dr. Hewitt Judd personal collection; plate coin in the Judd reference, Volumes 1-7; Coronet Coin FPL; Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 3/1980), lot 716; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/1982), lot 2891.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ADX, Variety PCGS# 134084, Base PCGS# 61852)


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