1838 50C J-73 Org PR (PCGS# 11285)

The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction

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Lot Description
1838 Pattern Half Dollar. Judd-73, Pollock-77. Rarity-5. Proof-64 (NGC). A draped bust of Liberty faces left on the obverse, with thirteen stars arranged seven left, six right and the date 1838 below. Liberty is wearing a diadem and a ribbon, there also being a ribbon inscribed LIBERTY in her hair. On the reverse, an eagle flies left in a plain field. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above, and the denomination HALF DOLLAR is below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge and a medallic alignment of the dies. The deeply reflective surfaces are bathed in mottled antique-golden patina through which one can appreciate vivid purple-lilac undertones as the coin turns under a light. There is a bit of light striking detail over the highest points in the centers, as is typical for the type. Free of outwardly noticeable handling marks, with a&nbsp;couple of tiny lintmarks&nbsp;that we mention solely for pedigree purposes. There are heavy reverse die breaks radiating out from the center. According to Andrew W. Pollock, III (1994), examples of Judd-73 that display these heavy die breaks are restrikes coined sometime circa 1858 or later.<br />
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