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Obverse of Judd 1201     Reverse of Judd 1201

1872 Pattern Half Dollar

Variety equivalents:
Adams-Woodin = Judd 1201 = Pollock 1341

Rarity: Extremely Rare

Metal content: Copper

Edge: Reeded

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:
1. NGC Proof-67 Red and Brown (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 597, where it was described (in part) as follows:  "Resplendent in every way, this popular pattern displays William Barber's magnificent Amazon design. A review by the authorities decided that this was too militaristic a design as it included two eagles, two shields, no olive branch for peace, and no legend LIBERTY. As Judd states, "throughout the year Congress continued to consider the bill which became the Act of 1873, and considerable pressure was brought to bear for the authorization of a silver trade dollar." Struck during the heyday of shenanigans at the Mint, while countless pattern issues were spilling forth into certain friendly hands. Approximately 5 are known, this is the highest graded example in copper and at a glance, one can see why; the surfaces are pristine, and the strike is as bold as possible. The color is a deep mahogany red, with bluish tones near the devices. The only sign of age is the mellow brown tones settling in over the mirror surfaces and devices, otherwise this coin is basically as struck by the mint."

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