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) Doughty 4/1891, Reed-Durham Museum(P250) – ICG65RB Illustrated above. Click on the thumbnail image to see an enlargement.
2) Elder 5/6/08 lot 550 ? (could be J1505), Brand (journal #43922), Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Cox-Stacks 4/62, 66 ANA, Coronet Coin FPL, Champa-B/R 5/72, Sieck-81 ANA, Fred-B/M 11/95, ANR 7/05 as PCGS66RB, Simpson collection - PCGS67BN - illustrated below.
Although Pollock lists an example under P1661 with the other obverse, that coin is also a P1669. P1661 does not exist.
To compare both obverses side by side, click here.
This design was also struck in silver J1506/P1668 with 2 known from this obverse die and 4 known of J1506/P1660 struck with the other obverse die.
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.
Photo from the Byron Reed Collection; owned by the City of Omaha, Nebraska; on loan to The Durham Museum.
The Brand, Cox, Champa, Sieck, Fred example. Photo courtesy of Saul Teichman.