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    Extraordinary 1882 Shield Earring
    Half Dollar, Judd-1700, PR65 ★

    1882 50C Shield Earring Half Dollar, Judd-1700, Pollock-1902, Low R.7, PR65 ★ Cameo NGC. The Shield Earring design of George T. Morgan. A youthful Liberty faces right wearing a band with the usual inscription, the band compressing the back portion of the hair. Liberty wears a shield-shaped earring, with stars six left, seven right, date 1882 below. On the reverse a perched, defiant eagle occupies the center, clutching an olive branch and arrows. The design is reminiscent of the Flying Eagle cent and Gobrecht dollar reverses, although facing right. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR are the peripheral legends. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
    The Shield Earring design is among the top three most popular pattern designs, a trio that also includes the Schoolgirl and Amazonian designs. The Shield Earring was also struck in quarter and silver dollar denominations and in silver and copper. It is believed that 10-12 examples are known today of the Shield Earring quarter in silver. This is an especially vibrant, deeply reflective piece. The centers are pale reddish-brown and surrounded at the margins by cobalt-blue. A couple of thin, Mint-made planchet streaks are seen over the high point of Liberty's cheek. Otherwise, the surfaces are defect-free.
    Ex: Thomas Bergin Collection (Stack's, 6/1984), lot 1260.
    From The Van Treuren Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AKM, PCGS# 62106)

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