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Lot 1666

1862 Pattern Half Dollar. Copper, Reeded Edge. Judd-296. Pollock-354 High Rarity 6. NGC graded Proof 64 Brown. Type with GOD OUR TRUST in field above the eagle. One of the sections of the new law authorizing the switch to bronze in the Indian cent in 1864 permitted the Treasury to order the addition of the motto "In God We Trust" to any coin it thought proper. The beginning of the Civil War in 1861 had prompted a great rise in religious fervor, an earlier suggestion in 1861-63 of adding the motto had found a receptive home in the Lincoln administration, especially with Secretary Chase. Several pattern silver and gold coins had been struck during the war to illustrate the concept. Some have the predecessor motto GOD OUR TRUST, while others used the more rhythmic IN GOD WE TRUST. Pop 3; 3 finer (PCGS # 60446) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600.


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