Coin Specifications

Category: Patterns & Trial Coins (1792-1863)
Catalog: KM-Pn71
Composition: Copper
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1838 J-78 50C PF obverse 1838 J-78 50C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Judd-78, Pollock-84, High R.7.

Design. Obverse: Liberty seated on a rock with shield and pole. A scroll draped across the shield has the inscription LIBERTY in incuse letters. Thirteen stars around and the date below. Reverse: Eagle with wings spread holding an olive branch and four arrows. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and the denomination HALF DOLLAR below. Medallic turn. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

Commentary. Judd-78 is a restrike issue, with all known examples showing evidence of extensive die rust. The issue is extremely rare, with only four examples extant. Exactly half of the known population is currently impounded in museum collections, leaving only two coins available for collectors. Like the Judd-77 1838 half dollar pattern, The issue was unlisted in Adams-Woodin, and no example was shown in the 1914 ANS Exhibition. This piece is so rare that it was missing in most of the great pattern collections of the past, including Linderman, Parmelee, Woodside, Woodin, Farouk, and Lohr.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1
Low Grade: 66
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 66


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1/7/2009 PCGS PF 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 1517 $24,150.00


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