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Lot 1672

1877 Pattern Half Dollar. Copper, Reeded Edge. Judd-1525. Pollock-1691 Low Rarity 7. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red & Brown. CAC Approved PQ. A very popular Pattern Half Dollar. This rarity displays William Barber's distinctive "Metric Head" motif. A lovely Proof with light coppery orange surfaces, slightly faded from full mint red. Sharply struck with moderate cameo contrast. As is the case with a number of other 1877 Pattern Half Dollars, the true rarity is not known. Saul Teichman, a noted authority on Patterns, lists eight different examples of which he is aware, but notes that there are certain other listings which may present further possibilities. Thus, the present variety could be Rarity-7 (four to 12 known), or perhaps high Rarity-6. The splendid surfaces of the present piece rank it high on any listing of examples, indeed it is the finest certified by PCGS. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 71865) .

Note: More Patterns were made in 1877 than in any other year but almost all were struck in truly minuscule numbers. Most interesting are the rare Pattern half dollars which form a beautiful and interesting series in and of themselves. They include designs by Anthony C. Paquet, William Barber and George T. Morgan.
Estimated Value $25,000 - 28,000.
Ex: Bass-Simpson. Earlier from Bowers & Ruddys Armand Champa Collection, May 20, 1972, Lot 1072; prior to that from Stack's Gaston DiBello Sale, May 1970.

Realized $25,300

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