1838 50C J-79a PR (PCGS# 11328)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4274
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1838 Pattern Liberty Seated Half Dollar. Judd-79a, Pollock-86. Rarity-7-. Silver. Reeded Edge. Proof-64 (PCGS). Obv: Similar to the regular issue 1839 Liberty Seated half dollar as adopted, but the rock behind Liberty is a bit larger and closer to the first star. Rev: Medal turn alignment with eagle flying level to the left, wings above in full flight. Below is HALF DOLLAR with circular stops, above is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounding. Delicate to rather flashy orange-russet toning is seen on both sides, with deeper blue and crimson accents near the rims. Rather well struck, especially on the obverse, while the eagle shows minor softness, in part because of the circular die polishing used by the engraver, which left traces on the eagle and softened some of the feather definition. Of perhaps 10 to 12 of these known today, this is one of the finer examples from that select group. Highly collectible as a mimic to the famed Gobrecht silver dollars of this period, and rarely seen in the numismatic marketplace.