1882 Shield Earring Half Dollar
1882 50C Shield Earring Half Dollar, Judd-1701, Pollock-1903,
High R.7, PR64 Brown NGC. George Morgan's popular design
features Liberty wearing a broad band with LIBERTY incused, holding
her hair tightly to her head. The namesake for this design is a
small Union shield earring hanging from Liberty's ear. The date is
below with E PLURIBUS UNUM above. The reverse shows a defiant eagle
with raised wings, a variant of the eagle that would reappear 33
years later on the reverse of the Panama-Pacific quarter eagle.
Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Saul Teichman on the
USPatterns.com website states, "The shield earring appear to be the
rarest of the so called name patterns with about 10 struck in
silver and at least 6 struck in copper. The order of these from
rarest to most common appears to be Shield Earring, Schoolgirl,
Amazonian and finally Washlady.
Struck in Copper, Judd-1701, PR64 Brown
Rarest of the 'Named' Pattern Series
This piece is unlisted on the website. The surfaces are a lovely, muted olive-brown with faint underlying mint red in several places. Each side is a bit hazy, thus subduing the brightness of the mirrored fields. Well, but not completely struck up, there are a series of curved reddish lines of patina at the upper part of Liberty's face.
From The Thompson Collection of US Patterns. (NGC ID# 3ATW, PCGS# 62107)
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