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    1879 Washlady Half Dollar in Copper
    Judd-1598, PR65+ Red

    1879 50C Washlady Half Dollar, Judd-1598, Pollock-1792, R.6, PR65+ Red PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Barber's Washlady motif is featured on the obverse. The head of Liberty faces left with IN GOD WE TRUST above and the date below. The reverse depicts an eagle with spread wings holding an olive branch in one talon and three long, slender arrows in the other. The legends surround the eagle, with the denomination below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. According to the USPatterns.com website: "The "Washlady" half dollar is considered to be one of the more beautiful designs ever made by the US Mint. At the time of its striking, however, the design was not well received as, apparently, Liberty's hair and the way it was tied back was considered to be disheveled. The Washlady name dates back to the April 1891 New York Coin and Stamp auction of the F.W. Doughty collection and was probably given by David Proskey." This is a magnificent example of one of the most widely collected "named" pattern designs. The surfaces are bright red throughout and show no obvious flaws. Patterns with complete mint red are of the highest rarity, made even more significant here by undimmed surfaces on such a widely recognized pattern.
    Ex: Gaston DiBello Auction (Stack's, 5/1970), lot 398; William R. Sieck Collection (Bowers and Merena, 7/1981), lot 248; Dallas Signature (Heritage, 11/2005), lot 2513.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AGN, PCGS# 81976)


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