The ANS example of Barber's large head design. This obverse was later used on Goloid dollar patterns from 1878-1880. It is one of at least 8 known several of which have been bronzed. The Byron Reed-Durham Museum example is also available. To view, click here.
This design was also struck in silver J1524/P1690 with 7 known.
A second obverse die with low date, head and less finishing in the leaves was also created and is described in Pollock as P1692-P1693. I believe this die was actually the first one created but was rejected. Only a single example is known in both silver and copper.
To see both obverses side by side, click here.
For additional information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
Photo courtesy of the American Numismatic Society, accession number 1980.109.2121.