George T. Morgan's famous Liberty Head design previously believed to have been modeled after Anna Williams.
This design became the first prototype for the silver dollar of the following year J1550/P1725. Research by Robert W. Julian dates this to late August or early September 1877.
No actual specimen is confirmed to exist today. The only listing I was ever able to find for it was a check mark next to the Adams and Woodin number in H.O. Granberg's deluxe copy of the 1913 edition of the Adams and Woodin book which was sold as part of the Harry W. Bass Jr. library by George Kolbe.
The illustrated example is the silverplated copper example of J1509/P1663 offered in Stacks 10/2000 sale and may be the Granberg piece or the former Bass foundation piece after much rehab.
This design is also known in copper J1509/P1663 with 6 confirmed known.
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here
Photo courtesy of Stacks.