Click to enlargeJ1523/P1687

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 3 or 4 examples are known as follows:

1) Lohr?, Merkin 9/67, Coronet Coin FPL, Champa-B/R 5/72, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99, K. Goldman PCGS67BN

2) Superior 10/92, B/M 3/96, Heritage 5/97 FPL - PCGS65RB

3) Maris 6/1886, Garrett-JHU, Stacks 3/76 ?, Evans-B/M 8/98, Simpson collection PCGS67RB, illustrated above - medallic die alignment

4) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bolender 10/55?, Bass-HWBRF condition not reported this coin is no longer in the HWBRF or else this is an error in Pollock same as #2?

The Lohr and Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bolender 10/55 pedigrees may be reversed or may belong to only one coin. Woodin owned at least 2-duplicate sold in Adams 2/11 sale.

This design was also struck in silver J1522/P1686 with only 2 known.

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

Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena.