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    1879 Morgan Half Dollar in
    Silver, Judd-1601, PR64
    Ex: Bass

    1879 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1601, Pollock-1796, High R.6, PR64 PCGS.
    Design.
    Sometimes called the "Miniature Morgan dollar" design. Both dies designed by George T. Morgan. The obverse is the same as on the regular-issue Morgan dollar, while the reverse shows a tall, thin, and somewhat stylized eaglet perching on an olive branch, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR at the extreme rim. IN GOD WE TRUST is an inner arc around the eagle. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    Commentary.
    More than a dozen examples are known in both silver and copper, according to USPatterns.com, with the Judd reference providing an estimate of 10 pieces for the silver examples and eight for the copper (Judd-1602).

    Physical Description.
    Lovely iridescent toning in shades of silver-gray and sunset-orange enhances both sides, with some silver remaining in the fields. As noted on Saul Teichman's pattern website, most examples (including the present piece are weakly struck) on the hair just above Liberty's ear, a design flaw shared with most of the circulation strike Morgan dollars. A few tiny dots of darker toning in the reverse field, below OF, will serve as future pedigree markers. NGC and PCGS combined show a total of 11 "submission events" in all grades, although the actual number of distinct pieces could be considerably lower.

    Provenance.
    Ex: Brinton T. Schorer, private sale (5/3/1973); Harry W. Bass, Jr. Research Foundation; Bass Collection Part I (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1242, which brought $10,350. PR64 PCGS
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AGS, PCGS# 61979)


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