Liberty Head Standard Half Dollar Patterns
1869 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-742, Pollock-823, R.5

A bust of Liberty faces right with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and a scroll with IN GOD WE TRUST below. Liberty wears a cap ornamented with two large stars. William Barber's initial "B" can be seen within the folds of the ribbon at the back of the cap, and pronounced doubling is seen on the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. The reverse has 50 CENTS centered within a wreath of oak and laurel leaves with STANDARD SILVER above and the date 1869 below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

PR62 $1,955.00 (Oct 22, 2009 HA.com)
1869 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-748, Pollock-831, R.5

Standard Silver design with a bust of Liberty facing right on the obverse. Liberty is wearing a diadem inscribed LIBERTY, the legend is around the border, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll at the bottom. The reverse exhibits the denomination 50 CENTS within a wreath of oak and laurel. STANDARD SILVER is at the periphery, the date 1869 is below the wreath. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

PR62 $1,610.00 (Jul 31, 2009 HA.com)
1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-983, Pollock-1103, High R.7

Liberty faces right, her hair tied in a bun, wearing a starless diadem inscribed LIBERTY. IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll at the bottom rim, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. On the reverse a wreath of corn and cotton encloses 50 / CENTS, the latter in an upcurving arc, with STANDARD at the upper rim and the date 1870 inside the wreath. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

PR65 Brown $4,743.75 (Jul 9, 2009 HA.com)
1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-951, Pollock-1094, R.5

This Standard Silver entry depicts Liberty facing right and wearing a coronet. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA adorns the obverse border in large letters, while IN GOD WE TRUST resides on a scroll on the obverse exergue. The date is relegated to the reverse beneath the denomination, inside an agricultural wreath. STANDARD is displayed above.

PR62 $1,495.00 (May 28, 2009 HA.com) - PR64 $2,070.00 (May 28, 2009 HA.com)
1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-982, Pollock-1102, Low R.7

Liberty wears a diadem and faces right. Her hair is tied up in a bun. The reverse features a cotton and corn wreath with the date below and 50 CENTS nestled inside. STANDARD SILVER is proclaimed across the periphery. Struck in silver with a plain edge.

PR63 $2,760.00 (May 28, 2009 HA.com)
1869 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-754, Pollock-838, R.5

A bust of Liberty wearing a headband inscribed LIBERTY and ornamented with a star faces right, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds the figure, and a scroll with IN GOD WE TRUST is below. The reverse has 50 CENTS centered in a wreath of oak and laurel with STANDARD SILVER above and the date 1869 below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

PR62 $1,610.00 (Apr 30, 2009 HA.com)
1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-939, Pollock-1052, R.5

Obverse with a bust of Liberty facing right, wearing a cap ornamented with two stars. A ribbon across Liberty's shoulder has LIBERTY inscribed in incuse letters. Legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the periphery, motto IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. The reverse with denomination 50 CENTS and date 1870 within a wreath of corn and cotton, STANDARD above. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

PR62 Cameo $1,380.00 (Mar 28, 2009 HA.com)
1869 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-743, Pollock-824, High R.6

The obverse features a right-facing Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap decorated with two large stars at the front. A ribbon with LIBERTY in raised letters flows over Liberty's hair. Within the two central folds of the ribbon--above the L in LIBERTY--is the engraver's initial, B, identifying this as a William Barber design. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA boldly encircles the periphery, with IN GOD WE TRUST in a scroll below. The D in GOD is dramatically repunched, with bold remnants of the letter visible by a full character space to the right. On the reverse 50 / CENTS is within an oak and laurel wreath, with STANDARD SILVER at the upper rim and the date below. Two small stars in the lower field--one in the left and one in the right--complete the design. Struck in silver with a plain edge.

Judd-743 differs from Judd-742 only by the absence of edge reeding. Interestingly, the plain edge piece offered here is substantially rarer than Judd-742 and less then a dozen specimens are believed extant in all grades, according to the USPatterns.com website.

PR66 $4,600.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-971, Pollock-1082, High R.7

The obverse Judd calls Obverse 2 of 1869: Liberty faces right wearing a cap with two stars. A ribbon crossing her shoulder bears a raised LIBERTY, with no designer's initial B on the ribbon folds at the rear of the cap. On the reverse a wreath of corn and cotton encloses 50 / CENTS, the latter in an upcurving arc, with STANDARD SILVER around the upper half of the rim. Two ornamental stars are at 4:30 and 7:30, with date 1870 at 6 o'clock. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

Judd-971 and others of this group (Judd-969 through Judd-974) have most of the final S in STATES over the top of the cap. The normal design has nearly the entire final S to the right of the top of the cap. The design variations of Judd-969 through Judd-974 are apparently quite rare. Only three or four examples of Judd-971 are known.

PR65 Red $6,900.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-981, Pollock-1101, Low R.7

Liberty faces right, her hair tied in a bun, wearing a starless diadem inscribed LIBERTY. IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll at the bottom rim, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. On the reverse a wreath of corn and cotton encloses 50 / CENTS, the latter in an upcurving arc, with STANDARD at the upper rim and the date 1870 inside the wreath. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

USPatterns.com's Saul Teichman and Andy Lustig rank this issue as R.7, "less than a half dozen pieces known." Based on the certified population of 11 pieces (less duplicates) at NGC and PCGS combined, however, we believe Low R.7 (10-12 known) is correct.

PR66 $3,737.50 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1869 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-753, Pollock-836, High R.7

A bust of Liberty faces right on the obverse. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around, IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll below. The denomination 50 CENTS is centered within a wreath of laurel and oak on the reverse. STANDARD SILVER is above, the date 1869 is below. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge.

PR64 Cameo $4,600.00 (Dec 4, 2008 HA.com)
1869 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-756, Pollock-840, Low R.7

Standard Silver design for the half dollar with Liberty wearing a ribbon inscribed LIBERTY on the obverse. The ribbon is ornamented with a star, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around the periphery, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll below. On the reverse, the denomination 50 CENTS is positioned within a wreath of oak and laurel. STANDARD SILVER is above, the date, 1869, is below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

PR64 Brown Cameo $2,530.00 (Dec 4, 2008 HA.com)
1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-945, Pollock-1073, Low R.7

The obverse design is a bust of Liberty facing right, with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. Liberty is wearing a cap ornamented with two stars, and a ribbon crossing her shoulder is inscribed LIBERTY in incuse letters. The reverse has the denomination 50 CENTS and the date 1870 within a wreath of cotton and corn, with the inscription STANDARD above. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

PR62 $1,955.00 (May 28, 2009 HA.com)
Source for information and pictures courtesy of  Heritage Coin Auctions
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