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1867 Pattern Liberty Head Half Eagle. Judd-599, Pollock-665. Rarity-7+.
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1867 Pattern Liberty Head Half Eagle. Judd-599, Pollock-665. Rarity-7+. Copper. Reeded Edge. Proof-58 (PCGS).Struck from the same dies as the regular issue 1867 Liberty Head half eagle. Deep golden-tan surfaces with bold chestnut highlights. Faint, even wear is present; this specimen either circulated for a brief time (unlikely in our eyes owing to the copper composition) or was slightly mishandled over the years by collectors to explain the Proof-58 designation from PCGS. Magnified scrutiny provides a glimpse at a shallow depression on Liberty's neck and some other field marks, but the in hand appearance is overall smooth and choice for the grade. The uspatterns.com website, an invaluable source of knowledge in all things pattern-related, notes the following about Judd-599: "Although described as regular dies trial pieces, this was more likely deliberately struck for sale to collectors as part of complete copper sets. T. Harrison Garrett had one and a double set is described by Pollock as being in the Iowa State Historical Department. About a half dozen are known." The present coin is one of just two examples of the type certified by PCGS, and the solitary BN example in their Population Report, the other a Gem Proof-65+ RB. As elusive as the Rarity-7+ rating suggests, and a desirable copper impression that will appeal to advanced pattern specialists as well as advanced half eagle devotees.Provenance: From our (Stack's) Autumn Sale of September 2008, lot 4667.PCGS Population: just 2 in all categories and grades.PCGS# 60811. NGC ID: 29MT.Click here for certification details from PCGS.
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