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Lot 2035

1870 Pattern Half Dollar. Copper, reeded edge. Judd-953. Pollock-1096 Low Rarity 7. PCGS graded Proof 66 Brown. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Highest PCGS certified Judd-953. A resplendent brownish steel-gray highlights the gem reddish brown foundation of the piece with a vivid display of rich mirrored iridescence on both sides. Clear-cut devices point to it having been giving a full strike by the dies. Only a portion of LIBERTY at the headband shows any diminishment in the detail.

1870 marks the appearance of the "Standard" reverses for the Pattern coins from the half dime to the dollar, a group out of which this lovely Proof Judd-953 is a member. Probably because of lack of time to prepare suitable obverse dies, these reverses were combined with the obverses of 1869 and a new seated Liberty design by Barber. When this reverse design was combined with the Barber obverse design for the quarter, half and silver dollar and with the Longacre design for a silver dollar, unintentional mules resulted since United States of America does not appear on either side.

The "Standard Silver" series of dimes, quarters and half dollars of 1869 were again issued dated 1870.

At the Mint, experiments continued with silver coins labeled STANDARD SILVER but of lower weights than those authorized by the Act of 1853. As was the case with 1869 STANDARD SILVER Patterns, many varieties were made. The 1870 coinage included pieces denominated STANDARD 1 DOLLAR as well. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 61199) .
Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500.

Realized $7,763

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