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.
The following examples are known - the first 9 are unquestionably different specimens:
1) Doughty 4/1891, Reed-Durham Museum (P252) – ICG64RB Illustrated above.
2) Mitchelson, CSL (C11847) – gem proof
3) Maris 6/1886, Garrett-JHU, Stacks 3/76, Evans-B/M 8/98, R. Kay, M. Hagen, Simpson collection - PCGS66RB - scratch through Li
4) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99 – PCGS61RB cleaned & lacquered possibly rehabbed since - see #11 below.
5) Bluestone 8/38, Stacks 12/87, Queller-Heritage 1/09 – NGC66BN - Pollock plate
6) Stacks 2/53, Bergin-Stacks 6/84 - choice proof
7) Hughes 7/80 - gem proof spot at rim above E of United and under O of Dollar
8) Heritage 2/84, Tangible Assets, Teletrade 3/3/93, Marin - PCGS65RB
9) Anderson/Dupont-Stacks 11/54, Fred-B/M 11/95, Heritage 4/05 - PCGS65BN
10) Heritage 1/04 as PCGS64RB, Simpson collection - PCGS66RB, possibly the same as #6
11) Superior 5/04, Heritage 2/05, ANR 7/05 - NGC65BN ("chocolatized", ie recolored), Heritage 2/06, Heritage 4/10, Stacks-Bowers 3/12, Holabird-Kagin 12/12, Scotsman 10/13 - PCGS65BN same as #4?
Tim Larson notes that this piece has traces of lacquer still visible so this could be #4 cleaned up.
This design was also struck in silver J1512/P1676 with 6 known.
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
Photo from the Byron Reed Collection; owned by the City of Omaha, Nebraska; on loan to The Durham Museum.