Click to enlargeJ1541/P1712

The Paquet design. All the copper specimens seen by me were struck from the cracked obverse die. 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 mint’s presses", thus his design was ready fairly early in 1877.

At least 7 known are known as follows:

1) Doughty 4/1891, Reed-Durham Museum (P263) – ICG63RB spotty with trimmed wire edge - illustrated above.

Photo from the Byron Reed Collection; owned by the City of Omaha, Nebraska; on loan to The Durham Museum.

2) Stickney, Mitchelson, CSL (C11848) - choice proof

3) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bergin-Stacks 6/84 - cleaned, lacquered

4) Maris 6/1886, Garrett-JHU, Garrett I, Sieck-81 ANA - choice proof with carbon spot below star 4

5) Lohr ?, Superior 8/91 as NGC65RED, Tangible Assets?, Teletrade 3/3/93, ANR 3/05, Simpson collection - PCGS65RED, illustrated below.

6) Evans-B/M 8/98, Stacks 11/07, Simpson collection, NGC66BN with carbon spot to right of star 4 – bronzed (medallic die alignment)

7) B/M 8/96 (not sold), Heritage 8/97 - 10/97 FPL as PCGS64BN, B/M 6/01 as PCGS65BN, Heritage 1/07 (not sold), Heritage 1/08, Virginia collection, Heritage 8/16 ANA - bronzed (medallic die alignment), is this #3 rehabbed ?

This design was also struck in silver from 2 different obverse dies differing in date placement. 5 are known from the cracked obverse die as used on all the copper ones listed above J1540/P1711 and a single example, formerly in the Harry W. Bass Research Foundation is known from the other J1540/P1711A.

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Incomplete obverse JA1877-7/P3437 and reverse JA1877-8/P3440 die trials in lead are also known.



Photo courtesy of the American Numismatic Rarities.