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    1839 'Backward Head' Half in Copper
    Judd-96 Restrike, PR66

    1839 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-96 Restrike, Pollock-104, R.8, PR66 Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Sometimes called the Backward Head, this pattern features an obverse much like that found on the regular-issue 1839 gold eagles, with a rounded tip on the forward edge of the bust truncation and a pointed tip on the rear edge--but the entire head is facing backward from that on the eagle, right rather than left. Thirteen stars ring the rim, with date 1839 below. The reverse is from the regular-issue Seated Liberty die, Medium Letters, as seen on the 1840 half dollars. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. There are only three pieces believed known in copper (two in silver). The fields are moderately reflective and considerably enliven the lovely iridescent brown, pale red, and blue coloration. This evenly balanced coin has no detracting contact marks, and just a bit of slight strike softness appears in the centers of each side.
    Ex: Stewart Witham; Auction '81 (RARCOA, 7/1981), lot 326; Lemus-Queller Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1522.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 11410)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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