Click to enlargeJ1521/P1685

George T. Morgan's famous Liberty Head design previously believed to have been modeled after Anna Williams. Research by Robert W. Julian notes that this is actually the first of the 4 Morgan dies of this year.

Only 3 or 4 examples are known as follows:

1) Judd, Numismatic Enterprises 2/66, Coronet Coin FPL, Champa-B/R 5/72, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99, Superior 7/99 FPL, Superior 9/99 (not sold), M. Hagen, Simpson collection – PCGS66RB double struck on obverse about 5 degrees off and is the illustrated piece. To view better images of the double striking, click here.

2) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bolender 3/55 ?, Davidson-B/R 11/76, B/R 9/84, Fred-B/M 11/95, Superior 2/05 (not sold), ANR 6/05 (not sold), B/M 8/05 (not sold), Goldberg 2/06 (not sold), Stacks 6/06, Queller-Heritage 1/09, Heritage 3/10 - PCGS63RB, Stacks-Bowers 3/12 cleaned - Pollock plate

3) Maris 6/1886, Garrett-JHU, Stacks 3/76, Evans-B/M 8/98 - gem proof (medallic die alignment)

4) Anderson/Dupont-Stacks 11/54 - same as #1 ?

The Farouk, Bolender 3/55 could be Judd’s with the Anderson/Dupont-Stacks 11/54 example being #2. The cleaning determined my pedigree.

This design was also struck in silver J1520/P1684 with only the Garrett coin known.

For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.

Photo courtesy of Mark Hagen and Paul Houck.