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    Description

    Extraordinary 1877 Morgan Half Dollar Pattern
    Finest Certified Brown Example
    Judd-1517, PR66 Brown

    1877 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1517, Pollock-1681, Low R.7, PR66 Brown NGC.
    Design.
    The obverse features Morgan's head of Liberty facing left inside a beaded circle. There are 13 stars arranged in two arcs outside the circle, six left and seven right. The inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM is above and the date below. The central figure of the reverse die is an eagle with spread wings inside a beaded circle. The eagle's wing feathers are larger than on other varieties. The eagle is standing on a scroll inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST, with an olive branch and three arrows behind. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above and the denomination HALF DOLLAR is below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    Commentary.
    Morgan's Liberty head design is well known to all collectors as the device used for the obverse of regular-issue silver dollars, beginning in 1878. R.W. Julian has shown this design was actually the first of four designs prepared by Morgan in 1877. The model for Liberty was Miss Anna Williams of Philadelphia. The reverse design is similar to the motif used on Judd-1514, but the feathers in the eagle's wings are larger and fewer in number.

    An early auction appearance of Judd-1517 was in the Maris Collection (H.P. Smith, 6/1886), lot 198. Maris was an avid collector of patterns, and his collection included examples of 20 different 1877 half dollar patterns. Many of these coins were purchased by T. Harrison Garrett at the sale.

    USPatterns.com indicates eight specimens of Judd-1517 are extant (please see the website for detailed census information). The present coin is a virtually unimprovable specimen and last appeared at auction 37 years ago. Advanced collectors should bid accordingly.

    Physical Description.
    The strike shows only minimal softness on Liberty's hair, as usually seen on this issue. Lovely, iridescent toning enhances the undisturbed surfaces in shades of crimson, green, and gold. This specimen exudes spectacular eye appeal. The present coin is the finest certified in the Brown designation at both NGC and PCGS (11/08).

    Provenance.
    Ex: 1971 ANA (Stack's, 8/1971), lot 475.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61855)


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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