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Lot 2293

1859 Pattern Half Dollar. Silver, reeded edge. NGC graded Proof 64. Nice blue and gold toning. The handsome Longacre design with a head of Liberty crowned with a wreath of oak and vine leaves; a ribbon inscribed LIBERTY around the neck. The reverse of Judd-237 (there were several different reverse dies made for this series of patterns) has the words HALF DOLLAR within Longacre's "cereal wreath" comprising cotton, tobacco, sugar cane, corn, wheat and oak leaves. Pop 5; 6 finer. (PCGS # 11966) .

The handsome Longacre "cereal wreath" is actually the second design of a cereal wreath created by the Mint's chief engraver, 1844-69. Longacre's first usage, which is found on the flying eagle cents, the gold dollars (type 2 and 3) as well as the $3 gold pieces, is comprised of corn, wheat, cotton and tobacco but without the sugar cane or oak leaves.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,500.

Realized $2,760

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