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    Previously Unknown 1877 Judd-1515 Half Dollar
    PR64 Red and Brown

    1877 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1515, Pollock-1679, R.7, PR64 Red and Brown PCGS. 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 copper with a reeded edge. In our public auctions, We have handled three examples of this design combination in silver, but never before in copper.
    The provenance of all five known examples of this pattern issue are recorded at However, the present piece is different than any of those five, so it is a sixth known example. Illustrations of the other five may be found as follows:

    1. PR67 Brown NGC. American Numismatic Rarities (6/2005), lot 417.
    2. PR66 Red and Brown PCGS. American Numismatic Rarities (3/2005), lot 1070.
    3. PR65 Red and Brown PCGS. Superior (10/1989), lot 3274.
    4. Gem Proof. 1981 ANA (Bowers and Ruddy, 7/1981), lot 234.
    5. PR64 Red and Brown PCGS. The present specimen with no previous record.
    6. Choice Proof. Bowers and Ruddy (11/1976), lot 981.

    This near-Gem is an exceptional example of the extremely rare 1877 Judd-1515 half Dollar. Although they are a little subdued, the surfaces on both sides are much closer to Red than they are to Brown. The devices have delicate medium brown toning with accents of pale blue and lilac. A remarkable and extremely important half dollar.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ADY, PCGS# 71853)

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    6th-10th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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