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Category: Patterns & Trial Coins (1792-1863)
Mint: Philadelphia
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1839 J-97 50C PF obverse 1839 J-97 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Judd-97, Pollock-107, High R.7.

Design. The Backward Head design. The obverse is much like that found on the regular-issue 1839 gold eagles, with a rounded tip on the forward edge of the bust truncation and a pointed tip on the rear edge--but the entire head faces backward from that on the eagle, right rather than left. Thirteen stars ring the rim, with date 1839 below. The reverse is from the regular-issue Seated Liberty die, Large Letters, as used from 1842 through 1853. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

Commentary. Perhaps five or even a half-dozen pieces might exist. This still puts the variety in the stratosphere of the super-rare, with--a little numismatic perspective here, please--far fewer known survivors than the 1933 double eagle or the 1804 silver dollar.

USPatterns.com says, "Stewart Witham noted 146 reeds [the edge reeding] on these, which according to a reed count listing from Bill Bugert of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, means they were likely struck some time between 1854 & 1860 although this reed count was also used in 1869 and 1870."

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


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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 64

The chart showing 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/7/2020 1839 50C J-97 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------2------2
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Total---------------2------2
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