From the NGC Archives: 1870 Copper Pattern Half Dollar J-935, P-1041
Posted on 4/12/2011
Despite this situation, experimentation with the designs of the silver coins continued.
Hired by the U. S. Mint as its chief engraver in 1869, succeeding the late J. B. Longacre, William Barber produced an amazing portfolio of work in just his first few years. Seen here is his interpretation of the Seated Liberty figure in use since 1837. On this copper impression, coined with a reeded edge, it is paired with the regular reverse type of 1870. Rare (R7 in Pollock), this specimen is a fully struck gem with remarkably pristine surfaces. Its obverse is a pleasing blend of olive and sea greens with rich magenta, while its reverse is a deep russet with accents of gunmetal blue.
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