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    1879 Washlady Half Dollar in White Metal
    Unique Judd-1598A, AU Details

    1879 50C Washlady Half Dollar, Judd-1598A, Pollock-1793, Unique -- Damaged -- ANACS. AU Details, Net PR40. The Washlady design is attributed to Charles Barber, with Liberty's hair bound behind the head. The obverse has UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the border with the date below the bust. The reverse has an eagle clutching an olive branch and three arrows. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA legend and E PLURIBUS UNUM motto follow inside the upper reverse border with the denomination expressed as HALF DOLLAR below. Struck in white metal with a reeded edge. The Washlady designs is one of the legendary pattern designs for collectors. Pattern collectors who have spent any time studying this series know of the unique one-offs in many series, "struck in white metal," "struck in lead," etc. This is one of those one-offs that is struck in white metal and it is unique as such. The surfaces have sustained minor damage here and there, but it is difficult to discern what was in the planchet prior to striking and what is post-production damage. Untoned, gray-brilliant surfaces. For the specialist, this opportunity may not come again for many years.
    Ex: Kaufman Collection (RARCOA, 8/1978); Steve Ivy (2/1982).
    From The Collection of William Rau. (PCGS# 71907)


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