The Barber design in copper combined with a reverse displaying a standing eagle holding a shield. The '8' in the date is over a '1' caused by the date being initially started too far to the right.
Only 2 examples are known as follows:
1) Woodin-1914 ANS, Newcomer, Boyd, Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Judd, Numismatic Enterprises 2/66, Coronet Coin FPL, Merkin 6/71, Hughes 1979 FPLs, Hughes 10/79 - cleaned, lacquered, likely rehabbed, possibly the piece listed as PCGS64BN
2) Maris 6/1886, Garrett-JHU, Stacks 3/76, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99, Kagins, southern collection as PCGS66RB, Simpson collection – PCGS67RB, illustrated above.
This design is unique in silver J1534A/P1701
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
Photo courtesy of Saul Teichman.