George T. Morgan's famous Liberty Head design previously believed to have been modeled after Anna Williams. Although listed second in Pollock, this is actually the first die.
The reverse, showing a 7 sided shield was in the works by February 1877 when Morgan sent pencil sketches to Mint director Henry Linderman. To view those sketches, click here.
Only 2 examples are known and both are illustrated as follows:
1) Kelly 1941, Monroe, Champa-B/R 5/72, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99 as PCGS63, Superior 7/99 FPL, Superior 9/99 (not sold) as NGC63, 2002 ANA as PCGS63, Heritage 1/07, Heritage 8/17 ANA - Pollock plate - illustrated above. Click on the thumbnail image to see an enlargement.
Photo courtesy of Superior.
2) Maris 6/1886, Garrett-JHU, Stacks 3/76, Evans-B/M 8/98, Superior 7/03, M. Hagen, R. Kay - PCGS65 and illustrated below.
Four examples are known struck from the other obverse - P1660. To see this obverse die paired with this reverse, click here.
To compare both obverses side by side, click here.
This design was also struck in copper only from this obverse die J1507/P1669.
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here
An obverse hub trial of just the head of Liberty, JA1877-4/P3428, is also known.
The former Maris, Garrett example.
Photo courtesy of Saul Teichman.