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    1935 Hudson Sesquicentennial Half Dollar, PR67
    Uniface Obverse Hub Trial, J-A1935-2
    Possibly Unique in Copper

    1935 50C Hudson Half Dollar, Judd-A1935-2, R.8, PR67 NGC. A wonderful Superb Gem specimen of the obverse hub trial for the 1935 Hudson, New York Sesquicentennial half dollar. Three obverse hub trials of this issue are known to numismatists today, classified as J-A1935-2 in the Judd pattern reference. The hub trials were struck on planchets with different composition and sizes. Apparently, two of the known trial pieces were struck on copper-plated silver planchets and the third example (the coin offered here) was struck on an oversized copper planchet (a copper-plated example of this trial was also in Anthony Swiatek's collection and is offered in another lot in this sale). The first auction appearance of this hub trial was probably in lot 2047 of the ANA Convention Auction (Abe Kosoff, 8/1958):

    "Hub impression (incused) of the obverse of the Hudson Sesqui-Centennial half dollar, 1935. Struck in copper, uniface, on a large planchet. Probably unique."

    The lot was purchased for $80 by bidder number 172. Several other extremely rare trial pieces, including the obverse of the 1925 California Jubilee half dollar in lead (J-A1925-1), the reverse of the 1935 San Diego half dollar in copper (J-A1935-3), and the incomplete trial of the 1918 Lincoln half dollar in copper were also purchased by bidder number 172. Bidder 172 is identified as Harry Forman in a sale-room copy of the catalog, but all four of these extremely rare issues later appeared in the collection of R.E. Cox, Jr., so Forman must have been acting as an agent for him. All three of the known examples of the 1935 Hudson half dollar hub trial appeared together in lot 2306 of the R.E. Cox, Jr. Collection (Stack's, 4/1962):

    "1935 Hudson, N.Y. 3 different hub impressions of obverse design (the ship) of this rare half dollar. Each shows minor die adjustments over preceding piece. As these are so close to each other in actual appearance we decided to sell them as a lot, so that the owner could have this set. 3 pieces."

    Oddly, the cataloger did not mention the composition of the planchets. At least two of these hub trials (the present coin and the copper-plated example in this sale) were acquired by Sol Kaplan at some point and sold to Anthony Swiatek at a Shaker Heights, Ohio coin show in 1971. The other copper-plated example was offered in a Coin Galleries auction in 2004. Don Taxay indicated that the two copper-plated examples that were not in the 1958 ANA sale were once owned by Steven Nagy.

    The present coin is a stunning Superb Gem, with sharply detailed design elements in mirror image of the way they appear on the obverse of the regular-issue coin. The original red surfaces are free of mentionable distractions and eye appeal is terrific. This lot represents a rare opportunity to acquire this historic issue, which has only been offered publicly twice before.

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2015
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

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