The Paquet design from a second obverse die. This is the former Higgy, Champa, Bass Foundation, Heritage 7/10, Stacks-Bowers 3/12, Holabird-Kagin 12/12, Scotsman 10/13 example and is unique. We believe this die was created as a replacement for the original that cracked through the stars on the left side and through the date on later examples. Roger Burdette reports Mint archive records dated March 20, 1877 which state that "Anthony Paquet left pair of half dollar dies with Coiner to have them turned down to fit the mintís presses", thus his design was ready fairly early in 1877.
Although Pollock shows both dies, he did not assign this one a separate number. We are calling it P1711A for those so inclined.
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Incomplete obverse JA1877-7/P3437 and reverse JA1877-8/P3440 die trials in lead are also known.
Photo courtesy of Heritage.