1838 50C J-79a (Proof)

Series: Patterns - PR

PCGS PR65+

PCGS PR65+

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PCGS PR64

PCGS PR64

PCGS #:
11328
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Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Other
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Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR66 PCGS grade

S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1897 - J.M. Clapp Collection - Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:233, $7,920 - Heritage 1/2007:1206, $25,300 - Bowers & Merena 8/2010:1378, $20,700

2 PR66 estimated grade
3 PR65+ PCGS grade PR65+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/1998:2055 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 PR65 estimated grade
4 PR65 estimated grade
6 PR64 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:899 (said to be the Judd Plate Coin, but the image does not match either the 7th or the 10th editions of Judd), $25,300 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7149, $21,850

6 PR64 PCGS grade

Heritage 5/2012:4655 - Richard C. Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4274, $25,850

8 PR63 PCGS grade
9 PR62 PCGS grade
10 PR62 estimated grade
#1 PR66 PCGS grade

S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1897 - J.M. Clapp Collection - Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:233, $7,920 - Heritage 1/2007:1206, $25,300 - Bowers & Merena 8/2010:1378, $20,700

#2 PR66 estimated grade
PR65+ PCGS grade #3 PR65+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/1998:2055 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

#4 PR65 estimated grade
#4 PR65 estimated grade
#6 PR64 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:899 (said to be the Judd Plate Coin, but the image does not match either the 7th or the 10th editions of Judd), $25,300 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7149, $21,850

#6 PR64 PCGS grade

Heritage 5/2012:4655 - Richard C. Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4274, $25,850

#8 PR63 PCGS grade
#9 PR62 PCGS grade
#10 PR62 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

Judd 79a is a pattern for a new Seated Liberty Half Dollar. With some modifications, the obverse design appeared on regular issue Half Dollars in 1839. The reverse design is similar to that of the Gobrecht Dollars, and was never adopted for regular coinage.

According to the Judd reference, both Originals and Restrikes exist of this type. Originals are on heavy-weight (200-206 grains) planchets; Restrikes are supposedly on lighter-weight planchets. However, the research site at www.uspatterns.com notes that no J-79a's are known on lightweight planchets. We do know that at least one example was restruck at the Mint in 1843 expressly for Matthew Stickney based on contemporary documentation. Researcher Saul Teichman suggests that any lightweight planchets should have extensive central die cracking as on the Judd 73's.

An estimated 10-12 Judd-79a's exist today.