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Eagerly Sought Pattern Morgan Half Dollar: Stack’s Bowers Direct

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Eagerly Sought Pattern Morgan Half Dollar: Stack's Bowers Direct

Judd-1602 1879 Pattern Morgan Half Dollar

Just One Finer

1879 Pattern Morgan Half Dollar. Judd-1602, Pollock-1797. Rarity-6. Copper. Reeded Edge. Proof-66+ RB (PCGS).


The Judd-1602 half dollar is one of the most popular patterns due to the use of George T. Morgan’s portrait of Liberty, previously believed to have been modeled after Anna Williams, the daughter of Morgan’s close friend. However, a note from the Morgan Estate surfaced in a 200 sale by Craig A. Whitford Numismatic Auctions revealing that “he just made up the obverse himself.”

This portrait is essentially identical to that used on the Morgan dollar struck for circulation from 1878 through 1921, generating considerable interest in the Judd-1602 from collectors of that series. This popularity is compounded by the significant rarity, with estimates of only a dozen or so specimens known in both silver (Judd-1601) and copper.

This particular example features a complexion of pinkish and violet patina that erupts with magenta and sapphire iridescence beneath a light source. A slight reflectivity in the fields contrasts the richly frosted texture that blankets the devices. The centers are somewhat soft, as is typical, and the Mint-made die flaw on Liberty’s cheek can be found on all known specimens. Smooth beneath a glass and without noteworthy blemishes. This piece is among the very finest known, with just one coin ranked numerically finer across all services and color designations at Proof-67 RB (PCGS).

PCGS# 71980. NGC ID: 2AGT.



PCGS Population: 1; just 1 finer across all categories in Proof-67 RB.

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Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, internet, and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 90-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection, and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with galleries in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris, and Vancouver.

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