1859 50C J-247 PR (PCGS# 11994)
The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale
Lot Number: 5771
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1859 Pattern Half Dollar. Judd-247, Pollock-286. Rarity-7+. Proof-64 (PCGS). CAC. Silver. Reeded edge. Repunching at 185 in date. Fully brilliant at the centers with concentric halos of gold, violet, neon blue, and sea green moving outwardly from there to the rims. The devices are heavily frosted and the fields equally reflective though the PCGS holder makes no mention of the cameo contrast. Paquet's upright-style of a Seated Liberty left, shield at her left hand, fasces at her right, 13 stars around, date below. Reverse Cereal Wreath with HALF / DOLLAR within on two lines. One of perhaps half a dozen examples of J-247 struck in silver; the design type was also produced in copper (J-248) and is of about equal rarity. A nice opportunity for an advanced pattern specialist.