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1877 Morgan Half Dollar in Silver
1877 50C Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1514, Pollock-1678, Low R.7,
PR66 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse is similar to the Morgan
dollar, but the head of Liberty is surrounded by a beaded circle,
with 13 stars and E PLURIBUS UNUM around the edge. The date 1877 is
below. On the reverse a so-called "defiant eagle" is perched on a
scroll inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST. An olive branch points left, and
three arrowheads point right. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
This pattern design dates to February 1877, and is the first of
four dies from this year. Only seven examples are known in silver
with the same number known in copper. Each side exhibits speckled,
multicolor toning over deeply mirrored fields. The devices show
thick mint frost and the coin would undoubtedly earn a Cameo
designation if it were untoned.
Judd-1514, Toned PR66
Ex: George W. Cogan, March 17, 1883; T. Harrison Garrett; Garrett Collection (Stack's, 3/1976), lot 638; Garrett Collection, Part I (11/1979); Morris Evans Collection (Bowers and Merena, 8/1998), lot 2079; Kenneth Goldman; Red Bank Collection (ANR, 12/2003), lot 305; American Numismatic Rarities (3/2006), lot 1368; Santa Clara Elite Auction (Superior, 4/2004), lot 1510; ANA Auction (Stacks Bowers, 8/2011), lot 7528.
Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ADX, PCGS# 61852)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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