Click to enlargeJ1524/P1690

The Barber design. This obverse was also used on Goloid dollar patterns from 1878-1880.

Only 7 examples are known as follows:

1) Col Green, Judd (B.G. Johnson 7/23/43 invoice), Ivy 12/76 proof 60+

2) Merkin 6/70, Champa-B/R 5/72, Johnson-Hughes 1/79, Hughes 1/80 - choice proof

3) Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99 as PCGS63, Superior 7/99 FPL, Heritage 1/07, Queller-Heritage 1/09, Heritage 3/10, Stacks-Bowers 3/12, Holabird-Kagin 12/12, Heritage 4/13 NGC64

4) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bergin-Stacks 6/84, Stacks 3/05, several Heritage 2012 internet sales as NGC proof details, improperly cleaned, StacksBowers 9/13 - PCGS62

5) Hughes 7/80, Ivy 12/80, Stacks 11/09 as NGC63 now PCGS63

6) Stacks 9/94, Superior 7/03 - NGC62 cleaned, retoned

7) Cogan in 1883, Garrett-JHU duplicate, Superior 2/77, Evans-B/M 8/98 where misdescribed as P1692 choice proof

This design was also struck in copper J1525/P1691 with at least 8 known.

A second obverse die with low date, head and less finishing in the leaves was also created and is described in Pollock as P1692-P1693. I believe this die was actually the first one created but was rejected. Only a single example was struck in both silver and copper.

To see both obverses side by side, click here.

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

Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena.