Barber's capped Liberty design. Was this made to compete with the Morgan design? This die shows a vertical die scratch to the left of the 'I' in 'In' from the rim to Liberty.
Only 4 examples are known as follows:
1) Doughty 4/1891, Reed-Durham Museum (P261) – ICG64RB - illustrated above.
2) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bolender 10/55 ?, Lohr, Cox-Stacks 4/62, Coronet Coin FPL, Champa-B/R 5/72, Sieck-81 ANA, Fred-B/M 11/95, Superior 2/05 (not sold) as PCGS62RB - cleaned, lacquered now rehabilitated, ANR 1/06 (not sold), Heritage 3/06 now PCGS64BN, has depression on wing.
3) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Judd, 66 ANA ?, Coronet Coin FPL, Merkin 2/71, Champa, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99 as PCGS60RB – Pollock plate – cleaned, lacquered now rehabilitated, Teletrade 7/21/99, Teletrade 8/11/99, Teletrade 9/1/99, Teletrade 9/29/99, Teletrade 10/20/99, Teletrade 11/10/99, 2002 ANA as NGC64BN, Simpson-Heritage 2/21 - PCGS64BN
4) Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Champa-B/R 5/72, Stacks 2/78, Evans-B/M 8/98, Saul Teichman - NGC64RED
One of these is ex Elder's 17th-Brand (journal #43923) and another is ex Col Green.
The listing in silver for J1537/P1705 has been discredited.
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
An obverse hub trial in lead of just Liberty's head JA1877-6/P3434 is known as is 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.