The helmeted Liberty design executed by William Barber. This was apparently inspired by a drawing prepared by Christian Gobrecht in the late 1830s per Pollock. To view this drawing, click here.
Only 4 examples are known as follows:
1) Col Green, Judd (B.G. Johnson 7/23/43 invoice), Merkin 6/70, Bass-HWBRF – gem proof - Pollock plate
2) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Johnson-Hughes 1/79 later to K. Goldman, ANR 12/03, Queller-Heritage 1/09 - PCGS65
3) Lohr, Cox-Stacks 4/62, Christies 9/88, Auction 89, Novoselsky, Higman-Alterman, Alhambra/Hanks, Saul Teichman, private collection, Superior 7/03, Heritage 11/03, Simpson-Heritage 1/21 – NGC65/PCGS65
4) Kagin, Monroe, Champa-B/R 5/72, Sieck-81 ANA, Evans-B/M8/98 as proof 63, Simpson collection - PCGS65, illustrated above.
This design was also struck in copper J1529/P1697 with only a single example known.
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
A complete reverse die trial in lead JA1877-3/P3425 is also known.
Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena.