1859 50C J-244, BN PR (PCGS# 11986)

August 2011 Chicago ANA - Rarities Night

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    Stack's Bowers
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Lot Description
1859 Pattern Half Dollar. Judd-244, Pollock-300. Rarity-7+. Proof-64 BN (PCGS). The obverse exhibits a right facing bust of Liberty, a wreath of oak and vine leaves on her head and a ribbon inscribed LIBERTY crossing her shoulder. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around the border and the date 1859 is below. The reverse features the same design used to produce regular issue 1859 Seated half dollars of the Type II hub variety. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;This rare type has an extant population of only about a half dozen specimens, per the website uspatterns.com. The present example is mostly glossy-brown in tone, although more direct angles call forth vivid rose-apricot undertones. There are no worrisome contact marks, and a few minor carbon spots hardly detract. Lovely.<br /> <br /> <strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br /> </strong>The pattern half dollars of this design type are popular to collect, part of the several combinations of obverse and reverse dies apparently intended to replace the Liberty Seated issue. This didn&rsquo;t happen and the motifs remained in pattern form only. The present coin is rare and attractive. <br /> <iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/O3DEuiToS0w" frameborder="0"></iframe>
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