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    1884 Seated Half Dollar in Copper
    Unique Judd-1730, PR67+ Red and Brown
    First Public Appearance Since 1953

    1884 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1730, Pollock-1941, Unique, PR67+ Red and Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The regular dies for an 1884 Seated Liberty half dollar. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Judd-1730 is unique. It was presented as part of a complete set of 1884 copper patterns by the superintendent of the Philadelphia Mint to A.M. Smith for his work on a visitor's guide for the facility. Unknown to the collecting community until the 1930s, the coin appeared at auction three times in relatively short succession, first in 1936 and then in 1939, then again in 1953. Per United States Pattern Coins (2009), "it has not been seen since."

    Nearly 70 years later this copper half dollar remains in virtually flawless condition, appearing as it must have when Superintendent Snowden handed it to A.M. Smith. Only the surfaces have mellowed slightly. While fiery orange color rings the borders and illuminates the design recesses, much of each side features rich shades of blue and violet patina. Eye appeal is spectacular. A rarity of the highest order.
    Ex: Presented to A.M. Smith by Mint Superintendent A. Louden Snowden (1884); A.M. Smith Collection / 101st Auction Sale (M.H. Bolender, 2/1936), lot 27; 124th Auction Sale (M.H. Bolender, 5/1939), lot 359; ANA Sale (Abe Kosoff, 8/1953), lot 4556.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 72160)


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