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    1916 Walking Liberty Half Dollar in Silver
    Judd-1995, Pollock-2057, PR65
    Only One in Private Hands

    1916 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar, Judd-1995, Pollock-2057, R.8, PR65 PCGS. CAC Ex: Simpson. The design is similar to that of the adopted walking Liberty half dollar, but with numerous subtle differences. The letters in LIBERTY are thinner with the E directly over Liberty's head. IN GOD WE TRUST is right-aligned and the date digits are noticeably larger. On the reverse, all legends are further away from the rim and the designer's monogram is missing. The rock and elements of the eagle are modelled slightly differently than on the regular-issue coins. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    The Walking Liberty half dollar patterns represent a challenging and confusing subseries, with the various examples often differentiated by only minor differences and sometimes appearing in circulated condition. Roger Burdette orders the 1916 Walker patterns by Judd and Pollock numbers as follows in Renaissance of American Coinage: 1916-1921:

    • Judd-1991/Pollock-2056: Struck between May 29 and June 21, 1916.
    • Judd-1992/Pollock-2053: Struck between July 27 and August 18, 1916.
    • Judd-1993/Pollock-2055: Struck between August 21 and before September 20, 1916.
    • Judd-1994/Pollock-2059: Struck between September 25 and October 21, 1916.
    • Judd-1995/Pollock-2057: Struck between October 1 and October 21, 1916.
    • Judd-1996/Pollock-2058: Struck between October 1 and November 11, 1916.

    Judd-1995 (formerly Judd-1799) is a late-production pattern with just two known examples: this one, and a well-worn coin donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1963 by B.M. Douglas. Burdette describes the design as an "attempt by Barber or Morgan to prevent fin and uneven edge thickness by moving the design further from the rim of the coin." This Gem, unlike its circulated counterpart, has been carefully preserved. Its mattelike silver surfaces exhibit extensive die polish lines and a hint of golden color.
    Ex: Col. E.H.R. Green; King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt Sale (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 2027; William Mitkoff (4/11/1974), James Bennett Pryor Collection (Bowers and Merena, 1/1996), lot 331; Southern Collection, Samuel J. Berngard Collection (Stack's 7/2008), lot 4252.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AN2, PCGS# 62296)

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