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) Doughty 4/1891, Reed-Durham Museum (P257) – ICG65 dark tone - to view, click here.
2) Cogan in 1883, Garrett-JHU, Stacks 3/76, Sieck-81 ANA, Evans-B/M 8/98, Simpson collection - PCGS65, illustrated above.
3) Maris 6/1886, Garrett-JHU, Garrett I, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99, ANR 9/03, S. Manson - PCGS64CAM
4) Newcomer-Morgenthau 6/32, Boyd-5/46 Numismatic Gallery FPL, Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bolender 3/57, Lohr, Cox-Stacks 4/62, 66 ANA, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99, Superior 7/99 FPL, Superior 9/99 - PCGS60 cleaned, badly hairlined
This design was also struck in copper J1531/P1699 with 6 known.
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
A reverse die trial, in lead, JA1877-5/P3431 is also known.
Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena.