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    1878 Half Eagle in Gilt Copper
    Judd-1578, PR63

    1878 $5 Five Dollars, Judd-1578, Pollock-1771, Low R.7, Gilt PR63 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The so-called Phrygian Head or Liberty Head obverse, attributed to George T. Morgan. Liberty wears a Phrygian cap, facing left, with LIBERTY incused on the band. E PLURIBUS is to the left, UNUM to the right, with date 1878 below. On the reverse an eagle is somewhat similar to the Morgan dollar reverse "except not as delicate" (Judd). IN GOD WE TRUST is in Gothic script over the eagle, with FIVE DOL. at the rim below. Struck on a regular-diameter planchet, in copper with a reeded edge.

    The overall appearance is similar to the Morgan silver dollar, although a silver one dollar and a gold five dollar with the same or similar designs would have been a fairly radical departure from longstanding practice for the Mint. USPatterns.com reports about a dozen examples known, including a handful that have been gilted, like this one. Bright yellow-gold surfaces are partially reflective with scattered hairlines.
    Ex: Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1899.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535364)


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