Click to enlargeJ1522/P1686

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.