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.
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 as follows:
1) Doughty 4/1891, Reed-Durham Museum (P255) – ICG64 dipped - illustrated above.
2) Cogan in 1883, Garrett-JHU, Garrett I, Sieck-81 ANA, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99 as PCGS63, Superior 7/03 as NGC64, southern collection, Simpson collection - PCGS64, Pollock plate
This design was also struck in copper J1523/P1687 with only 3 or 4 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.