50 Dollars "1877" Pattern; gold

50 Dollars "1877" (Pattern; gold) -  obverse50 Dollars "1877" (Pattern; gold) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Pattern
Year 1877
Value 50 Dollars (50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Gold
Diameter 50.8 mm
Thickness 3.175 mm
Shape Round
Number N# 124032
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References Judd# 1546
J. Hewitt Judd, Q. David Bowers, Saul Teichman; 2008. United States Pattern Coins, Experimental and Trial Pieces : Complete Source for History, Rarity, and Values (10th Edition). Whitman Publishing, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

Obverse

Head of Liberty left, wearing coronet with beaded boarder. Stars and date at rim. Small "B" at neck truncation.

Lettering:
LIBERTY
B
1877

Engraver: William Barber

William Barber (2 May 1807 – 31 August 1879) was the fifth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1869 until his death. Barber is best known for his "Britannia"-inspired trade dollar design, and his adaptation pf the long-standing Seated Liberty design for use on the ill-fated 20-cent piece, which saw circulation only in 1875 and 1876.

Reverse

Eagle with open wings, with shield in front of breast, holding arrows and olive branch in talons. Scroll partially held in beak with motto. "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "FIFTY DOLLARS" at rim.

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN GOD WE
TRUST
FIFTY DOLLARS

Engraver: William Barber

William Barber (2 May 1807 – 31 August 1879) was the fifth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1869 until his death. Barber is best known for his "Britannia"-inspired trade dollar design, and his adaptation pf the long-standing Seated Liberty design for use on the ill-fated 20-cent piece, which saw circulation only in 1875 and 1876.

Edge

Reeded

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1877 

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