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