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    1878 Half Eagle in Copper
    Judd-1571, PR67 Brown
    Ex: Harry Bass

    1878 $5 Half Eagle, Judd-1571, Pollock-1765, Low R.7, PR67 Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The central figure of the obverse die is a head of Liberty facing left, with her hair tied in a bun. A band confining the hair is inscribed LIBERTY. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM, punctuated by pellets, extends around the periphery, with the date below. The reverse features an upright eagle holding an olive branch and three arrows. The peripheral inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and FIVE DOL. IN GOD WE TRUST is inscribed in the field between the eagle and the motto. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    This is one in a series of similar Morgan half eagle designs. Six or so pieces are thought to exist in copper, and a single example is known in gold. This exquisite Superb Gem is the finest of three certified at PCGS, the others being a PR64 Brown and a PR63 Red and Brown (1/21). It can be traced back to the esteemed collection of Harry Bass and is as well-preserved and attractive as one would expect for a coin with that illustrious pedigree. Deep brown surfaces are flashy with splashes of brick-red color and an overlay of ice-blue patina.
    Ex: Stanley Kesselman (8/1971); Harry W. Bass, Jr.; Bass Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1372; Pre-Long Beach Sale (Superior Galleries, 9/1999), lot 1456; Pre-Long Beach Sale (Superior Galleries, 10/2000), lot 4460; Wayne S. Rich Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/2002), lot 13.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AFT, PCGS# 61934)


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