1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-929, Pollock-1048, R.7
The obverse portrays a seated figure of Liberty with shield and olive branch. A scroll is draped over the shield with the word LIBERTY inscribed in raised letters; a Liberty pole stands behind the shield. Thirteen stars surround the central devices, with the date in the exergue. The reverse features the denomination 50 / CENTS encircled by an agricultural wreath, with the word STANDARD spelled out above. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
William Barber designed the beautiful obverse of this pattern, one of his finest designs. There is some controversy concerning the design, as Pollock and Judd both list the variety with LIBERTY in incuse letters on the scroll, while USPatterns.com has seen only the raised letters design. The present example has raised letters. USPatterns.com estimates fewer than a dozen specimens are extant.
A few unobtrusive handling marks near star 1 act as a pedigree marker.
PR65 Red and Brown $14,950.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-931, Pollock-1037, High R.7
William Barber's Seated Liberty design, interesting for its placement of the shield behind her legs. The reverse displays an agricultural wreath more suitable for a lower denomination, along with the legends STANDARD and 50 CENTS. An inappropriate pairing of dies, since UNITED STATES OF AMERICA does not appear on either side. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.
PR66 Cameo $12,650.00 (Feb 9, 2006 HA.com)
1870 50C Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-927A, Pollock-1046, R.7
The obverse has Liberty seated left, surrounded by thirteen stars with the date below. Liberty supports a shield with her right hand, and holds an olive sprig with her left hand. The shield is inscribed with the banner LIBERTY. The reverse displays a wreath of cotton and corn. 50 CENTS is located high within the wreath, and STANDARD is centered above. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Similar to Judd-927, but LIBERTY has raised letters.