George T. Morgan's famous Liberty Head design previously believed to have been modeled after Anna Williams. Research by Robert W. Julian dates this to February of 1877 and is actually the first of the 4 Morgan dies of this year.
The reverse of this design with minor modifications was used on the famous 1879 Schoolgirl dollar J1608-J1610/P1804-P1806.
Only 6 examples are known as follows:
1) Cogan in 1883, Garrett-JHU, Garrett I, Evans-B/M 8/98, Kagins, Teletrade 4/10/99 (not sold), R. Kay, ANR 9/03, ANR 1/06 (not sold), Virginia collection, Heritage 1/17 FUN, StacksBowers 11/17 – NGC65
2) Judd, Stacks 3/80, Superior 7/93 - PCGS66
3) Lohr, Cox-Stacks 4/62, Johnson-Hughes 1/79, Sieck-81 ANA - gem proof
4) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bergin-Stacks 6/84, Queller-Heritage 1/09 NGC62 - cleaned, lacquered
5) Kagin, Monroe, Champa-B/R 5/72, Stacks 2/78, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99 as PCGS65, Superior 7/99 FPL, M Hagen as NGC66, Simpson collection, illustrated above.
6) Shinkle-Morgenthau 4/32, Ivy 12/81, Melnick 11/83 - circulated VF !!
This design was also struck in copper J1513/P1677 with at least 9 known.
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
Photo by Doug Plasencia and is courtesy of Bowers and Merena and the Harry W. Bass Jr. Research Foundation.