1869 Standard Silver Half Dollar
Without Initial "B" On Ribbon
PCGS PR 64+ CAC
Patterns in the Standard Silver series, inscribed on each coin STANDARD SILVER, were produced in the dime, quarter dollar and half dollar denominations. The dies were engraved by William Barber with one common reverse die. They were struck in silver, copper, aluminum and brass. This discovery coin was struck without Barber’s initial on the ribbon.
There are four known 1869 Standard Silver Half Dollars designated Judd 742a, which is the reeded edge without Barber's initial on the ribbon. Recently in a Heritage auction, one in Proof 62 realized $5,760.
This unique discovery coin, without Barber's initial on the ribbon, was struck with a plain edge. It has been assigned Judd number 742b and was previously unknown to the numismatic community.
Below is a comparison with
J-742a (pictured on the left)
that has the B on the ribbon:
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