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 6 examples are known as follows:
1) Doughty 4/1891, Reed-Durham Museum (P258) – ICG64RB - Illustrated above.
2) Stickney, Mitchelson, CSL (C11932) - gem proof
3) Kreisberg 11/70, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99, Heritage 2/01 as PCGS66RB, Simpson-Heritage 11/20 - PCGS67RB
4) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bolender 3/55 ?, Lohr ?, Davidson-B/R 11/76 - cleaned ? - Pollock plate
5) Dibello-Stacks 5/70 ?, Sieck-81 ANA, Rubin - NGC64RB stolen
6) Kosoff 11/55, Bergin-Stacks 6/84, Heritage 6/97-6/98 FPL, K. Goldman as NGC65RB, Superior 2/02, Heritage 1/07 as PCGS65RB, Simpson collection - PCGS67RB, lacquered !!
Dibello’s or Lohr’s may duplicate #3. Stickney pedigree from H. Chapman bidbook sold in C. Davis 3/97 sale. NGC shows an example graded as NGC63RB which may duplicate #4 or could be a 7th.
This design was also struck in silver J1530/P1698 with only 4 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 from the Byron Reed Collection; owned by the City of Omaha, Nebraska; on loan to The Durham Museum.