George T. Morgan's famous Liberty Head design previously believed to have been modeled after Anna Williams. Research by Robert W. Julian notes that this is actually the first of the 4 Morgan dies of this year.
At least 8 examples are known as follows:
1) Doughty 4/1891, Reed-Durham Museum (P254) – ICG63RB spotty especially on obverse - Illustrated above.
2) Maris 6/1886, Garrett-JHU, Stacks 3/76, Evans-B/M 8/98, Simpson collection - PCGS66RB
3) 71 ANA, Queller-Heritage 1/09 as NGC66BN, B/M 6/10 (NCS'd), Heritage 1/13 - NGC66RB - Pollock plate
4) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bolender 10/55, Bergin-Stacks 6/84 - cleaned, lacquered
5) Terrell-B/R 5/73 - cleaned ?
6) Merkin 9/67, Coronet Coin FPL, Champa-B/R 5/72, Sieck-81 ANA, Superior 10/92 (not sold), 96 ANA (not sold), B/M 8/98, R. Shippee - PCGS65RB
7) Stacks 10/88, Superior 10/89, Auction 90, Tangible Assets, Teletrade 3/3/93, Marin, 94 ANA - PCGS65RB
8) Fred-B/M 11/95, Heritage 7/03 as PCGS65RB, Simpson collection - PCGS66RB
Boosel-Rarcoa 4/72 may duplicate either #7 or #8 or is a 9th.
This design was also struck in silver J1516/P1680 with only 6 known
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
Photo from the Byron Reed Collection; owned by the City of Omaha, Nebraska; on loan to The Durham Museum.