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SERIES: Patterns - PR
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1877 50C J-1512 (Proof)

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PCGS PR62
PCGS #:
61850
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Auction Record:
$37,200 • NGC PR65 • 11-8-2017 • Stack's/Bowers
 
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 estimated grade  
186.2 grains (per the Garrett catalog)
 
Plate coin in Judd (8th, 9th and 10th editions)
 
George W. Cogan, sold privately on 3/17/1883 - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:383, $15,000 - Morris Evans Collection - Bowers & Merena 8/1998:2077, $21,850 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2003:25, not sold - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:914, not sold - Heritage 1/2017:6167, $30,550 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2017:10248, $37,200
3 PR62 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 estimated grade  
186.2 grains (per the Garrett catalog)
 
Plate coin in Judd (8th, 9th and 10th editions)
 
George W. Cogan, sold privately on 3/17/1883 - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:383, $15,000 - Morris Evans Collection - Bowers & Merena 8/1998:2077, $21,850 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2003:25, not sold - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:914, not sold - Heritage 1/2017:6167, $30,550 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2017:10248, $37,200
3 PR62 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: Judd 1512 is one of the most impressive works by George T. Morgan, who is best known for his eponymous Silver Dollars of 1878 to 1921.  Q. David Bowers once called this design "...a high point of Morgan's engraving art."  This coin was part of a series of Half Dollar patterns issued in 1877 which combined several of Morgan's obverse and reverse designs in a variety of different pairings.  The obverse of Judd 1512 presents a small head of Liberty surrounded by a bold E PLURIBUS UNUM, and the date below.  The reverse features a defiant eagle facing left, standing on a pedestal incised with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.  Similar eagles can be seen on the reverse of the 1879 "Schoolgirl" Pattern Dollar, the 1915-S Panama-Pacific $2.50, the 1918 Lincoln-Illinois Centennial Half Dollar, and (in a softer stance) on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar.  On Judd 1512, the lowest arrow is bent sharply in the form of a lightning bolt.  Of the approximately six examples known, Simpson's PCGS PR67DCAM is the finest.