1870 50c Fifty Cent Piece Pattern J-989 NGC PR65BN
Firstly, this Judd-989 pattern is beautifully toned with hints of green and blue hues on both the obverse and reverse.
The obverse of the depicts Liberty, head facing right with star on band with United States of America above. Motto below, In God We Trust.
The reverse depicts an open oak and laurel wreath enclosing 50 cents. Two stars boarding the date.
Minted in Philadelphia. High grade with eye appeal!
Secondly, the coin is NGC TOP POP of 1/0 with none better! This copper coin has a reeded edge.
Mintage is unknown! Rarity value of H6 with only about 15 known! This pattern never resulted in a business strike and only silver half dollars existed at the time.
Thirdly, please see photos for a detailed view and contact our office if you have any questions.
Finally, this rare 1870 50c Fifty Cent Piece Pattern J-989 NGC PR65BN coin will make an excellent addition to any collection!
History of Patterns
Pattern coins are produced to assess a suggested coin layout but are not yet accepted for production. Each pattern has a valued historic prominence and are typically uncommon.
The U.S. Mint struck patterns since its establishment in 1792 with over 1,000 patterns struck. Most were never produced for circulation.
Before 1836, all patterns were struck on hand-operated presses, followed by steam-powered presses.
The hobby of coin collecting just started to take off in 1870 and patterns desirable. The United States Mint had more independence than ever before and the amount of patterns proposed skyrocketed.
Commonly during the time period, the copper patterns are quite rare and difficult to find, especially in a high grade with eye appeal.
Nowadays, the U.S. Mint seldom investigates new coinage proposals. Most notably in the 1960s when silver was removed from circulation.
Patterns are a highly coveted coin and can be difficult to find.