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    1879 Half Dollar Pattern, PR65
    Popular Morgan Design, Judd-1599

    1879 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1599, Pollock-1794, High R.6, PR65 NGC.
    The obverse is dominated by a portrait of Liberty nearly identical to that on the Morgan dollar, but appropriately reduced in size for the half dollar denomination. The peripheral inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM and the accompanying stars differ in placement from the Morgan dollar. The reverse features an eagle with partially spread wings, holding an olive branch in the right talon and a trio of arrows in its left claws. IN GOD WE TRUST is widely spaced below, along with the denomination and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    Commentary. Morgan's famous profile of Liberty was also used on quarter and dime patterns in 1879. Judd-1599 is a rare issue in an absolute sense, but just of average rarity in the context of the pattern series. Possibly as many as 12-15 specimens remain. The design was also struck in copper in 1879 (Judd-1600). An early auction appearance was lot 362 of the Woodside Collection (New York Coin & Stamp, 4/1892):

    "1879 Half Dollar: similar to last, but E PLURIBUS l., UNUM r. separated by 8 stars at top: silver: proof: not sharp in centers; equally rare."

    NGC and PCGS have combined to certify 19 specimens in all grades and designations, undoubtedly including a few resubmissions and crossovers.

    Physical Description. A delightful Gem, with shades of champagne-gold and lavender-gray patina on both sides. Like the coin in the Woodside sale above, and every other example of Judd-1599 we have seen, the central design elements are a little soft. The peripheral devices are more strongly impressed. The reflective proof surfaces shine through the toning at irregular intervals, especially on the reverse and on the obverse peripheries. No mentionable distractions are evident. Census: 1 in 65, 0 finer (3/13).

    Provenance. "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $60; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
    From The Eric P. Newman Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AGP, PCGS# 61977)

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2013
    24th-28th Wednesday-Sunday
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