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    1885 Half Dollar in Aluminum
    Judd-1746, PR64+ Cameo
    Two Known, One in Private Hands

    1885 50C Half Dollar, Judd-1746, Pollock-1958, R.8, PR64+ Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The regular dies for the 1885 Seated half dollar. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. Only two Judd-1746 pieces are known, one of which is permanently impounded in the Smithsonian Institution. This is the only example in private hands, and it can be traced all the way back to Thomas Elder's 1908 sale of the Peter Gschwend Collection, where it was plated. The image clearly matches this piece. A few grayish-gold spots are speckled across otherwise brilliant surfaces. Contrast between the fields and devices is pronounced. The Judd plate coin.
    Ex: Peter Gschwend (Thomas Elder, 6/1908), lot Z in the second addendum; Virgil Brand (Journal #44170); Armin Brand; unknown intermediaries, Harry X Boosel Collection (RARCOA, 4/1972), lot 1190; FUN Sale (RARCOA, 1/1973), lot 688; Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 1/1987) lot 535; October 7-9, 1990 Sale (Superior Galleries, 10/1990), lot 1887; Robert W. Miller, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1992), lot 1085; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1/1997), lot 466; William H. LaBelle, Sr. Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 7/2005), lot 68.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 534955)


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