1859 Pattern Half Dollar. Judd-242, Pollock-298. Rarity-5. Copper. Reeded Edge. Proof-63 BN (PCGS). OGH--First Generation.Obv: James Barton Longacre's "French Head of Liberty" design. A bust of Liberty faces right with a wreath of oak and vine leaves on her head, a ribbon or scroll inscribed LIBERTY crossing her right shoulder. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around the border and the date 1859 is below. Rev: A wreath of cereals encloses the denomination 50 CENTS. A richly original example toned in dominant autumn-brown patina. Faded pinkish-red color remains in the protected areas around several of the peripheral design elements. Sharply struck throughout with just a few out of the way carbon spots around the obverse border precluding a higher numeric grade. Judd-242 is scarcer than its identically designed Judd-241 counterpart in silver with somewhat more than 30 specimens believed extant per the uspatterns.com website.Provenance: From the E. Horatio Morgan Collection. Acquired circa 1989.PCGS Population: 7; 15 finer in this category (Proof-66 BN finest).PCGS# 11980. NGC ID: 29CN.Click here for certification details from PCGS.