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1877 Half Dollar in Copper
1877 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1515, Pollock-1679, High R.7,
PR66 Red and Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse is George T.
Morgan's famous Liberty head design, similar to the motif adopted
for the 1878 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 militaristic eagle
is perched on a scroll inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST. An olive branch
points left, and three arrowheads point right. Struck in copper
with a reeded edge. The design was also struck in silver
(Judd-1514). R.W. Julian believes this was the first 1877 pattern
half dollar designed by Morgan. USPatterns.com has traced only
seven examples of this iconic pattern.
Judd-1515, PR66 Red and Brown
The present coin is a delightful Premium Gem, with sharp definition on all design elements and well-preserved, vividly toned surfaces. Attractive shades of olive-green, lilac, bluish-gray, and golden-brown toning blanket both sides, with reflective fields underneath. Overall visual appeal is terrific.
Ex: Julian Leidman (1/1975) to Rogers Fred; Rogers M. Fred Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1995), lot 2277; Richard Jewell Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 3/2005), lot 1070.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ADY, PCGS# 71853)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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