Click to enlargeJ1507/P1669

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.