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Category: Patterns & Trial Coins (1792-1863)
Mint: Philadelphia
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1839 J-103 50C PF obverse 1839 J-103 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Judd-103, Pollock-115, R.8.

Design. The obverse is of the regular-issue Seated Liberty half, With Drapery, of 1839, and the reverse is the Medium Letters die, as seen on the 1840 issue. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

Commentary. Another fantasy piece struck long after the date on the die, probably in the 1870s, for sale to collectors. Only two examples are known of this R.8 pattern, and one of them is impounded--presumably permanently--in the Connecticut State Museum Collection.

Like some of the related pieces of this period, Stewart Witham has counted the edge reeds and gotten a total of 152. According to USPatterns.com, "according to a reed count listing from Bill Bugert of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, [that] means they were likely struck some time between 1861 & 1871. We believe the actual date is closer to the latter date."

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

The chart showing 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/7/2020 1839 50C J-103 PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
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-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100%---- 
1839 50C J-103 PF BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100%---- 

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