George T. Morgan's famous Liberty Head design previously believed to have been modeled after Anna Williams. The arrangement of the motto "E Pluribus Unum" is believed inspired by Morgan's eagle design J1545/P1718 and, per Robert W. Julian, was likely made after June 1877. Morgan's initial "M" is on Liberty's neck.
Only 5 examples are known as follows:
1) Empire Topics #3, Cox-Stacks 4/62, Smithsonian (246796.0005). To view this piece, click here.
2) Col Green, Judd (B.G. Johnson 7/23/43 invoice), Merkin 6/70, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99 as PCGS64, M. Hagen, private collection, ANR-Stacks 11/06 (not sold), Heritage 1/08, Simpson collection – PCGS65, illustrated above.
3) Woodin, V. Brand (via Edgar Adams 4/26/11 journal #57887), A. Brand (sold 4/1/41 via B.G. Johnson), Boyd-5/46 Numismatic Gallery FPL, Kaplan, Taylor-NN61st 6/70, Stacks 1/94, Superior 5/94 as PCGS65, Novoselsky, Higman-Alterman, Alhambra/Hanks as PCGS64, Superior 5/04 dipped
4) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bolender 9/56, Merkin 9/67, Coronet Coin FPL - cleaned, lacquered
5) Queller-Heritage 1/09 – NGC66 - Pollock plate earlier history uncertain.
This design was also struck in copper J1511/P1675 with only 4 known.
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
Photo by Doug Plasencia and is courtesy of Bowers and Merena and the Harry W. Bass Jr. Research Foundation.