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1916 Pattern Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Judd-1996/1800, Pollock-2058.
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A Second Rare 1916 Pattern Walking Liberty Half DollarJudd-1996/1800Just Two Known1916 Pattern Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Judd-1996/1800, Pollock-2058. Rarity-8. Silver. Reeded Edge. VG-8 (PCGS). CAC. OGH.Obv: Adolph A. Weinman's classic Walking Liberty design. A full length figure of Liberty strides left toward a rising sun. She holds sprigs of laurel and oak in her left hand, behind her a cape in the form of a flag with 13 stars. The word LIBERTY is inscribed along the upper border, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST in the lower right field, and the 1916 is below in exergue. This design is very similar to that which the Mint adopted for regular issue Walking Liberty half dollar production, although the borders are beaded (instead of plain), the date is larger, and the letter E in LIBERTY is positioned differently relative to Liberty's head. Rev: A large eagle with spread wings strides left toward a mountain pine sapling, symbolic of America. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is inscribed along the upper border, the Latin motto E PLURIBUS UNUM in the left field, and the denomination HALF DOLLAR along the lower border. This design is also similar to that adopted for regular issue Walking Liberty half dollar production, although with a beaded (as opposed to plain) border and smaller letters around the periphery. A richly original example bathed in bold dove and steel gray patina. Wear is commensurate with the assigned grade, although all main design elements are well outlined and the differences between this piece and the adopted type are readily evident, including the beaded borders. Smooth in hand and problem free.According to research by Roger W. Burdette, this type is final pattern Walking Liberty half dollar produced, examples believed to have been struck between October 21 and November 11, 1916. Judd-1800 is a major numismatic rarity with only two examples positively confirmed to exist:1 - Ex New England Rare Coin Auctions' Devonshire Sale, November 1977, lot 802; New England Rare Coin Auctions' Boston Jubilee Auction, July 1980, lot 870; our (Bowers and Ruddy's) Michael Steig Collection sale, September 1982, lot 1814; our (Bowers and Ruddy's) Rare Coin Review, issues No. 43 and 44; Christie's sale of December 1992; our (Bowers and Merena's) Rarities Sale of August 1995, lot 482; E. Horatio Morgan Collection. PCGS VG-8. The present example, and the only one certified by the leading third-party grading services. The plate coin for the type in the Judd (10th edition) and Pollock references on pattern and related coinage, and on the uspatterns.com website.2- The Taxay plate coin.Pollock (1994) references an example reportedly in the cabinet of a prominent Kentucky numismatist, which may be specimen #2 listed above.Patterns of the United States Mint's classic Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half dollar introduced in 1916 are universally rare and enjoy strong demand that transcends the market for pattern coinage. With offerings usually few and very far between, it is remarkable that our sale of the E. Horatio Morgan Collection includes two pattern 1916 half dollars. An opportunity not soon to be repeated, and worthy of serious bidder participation.Provenance: From the E. Horatio Morgan Collection. Earlier ex New England Rare Coin Auctions' Devonshire Sale, November 1977, lot 802; New England Rare Coin Auctions' Boston Jubilee Auction, July 1980, lot 870; our (Bowers and Ruddy's) Michael Steig Collection sale, September 1982, lot 1814; our (Bowers and Ruddy's) Rare Coin Review, issues No. 43 and 44; Christie's sale of December 1992; our (Bowers and Merena's) Rarities Sale of August 1995, lot 482. The plate coin for the type in the Judd (10th edition) and Pollock references on pattern and related coinage, and on the uspatterns.com website.Combined PCGS and NGC Population: just 1 in all grades.PCGS# 62297.Click here for certification details from PCGS.
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