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Rare 1877 gold $50 pattern up for bid

 (Images courtesy Kagin's Auctions)

(Images courtesy Kagin's Auctions)

A rare and impressive 1877 $50 Half Union Pattern (J-1547) will be included in Kagin’s ANA National Money Show Auction, set for Mar. 28-29 at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Among the most celebrated of U.S. coinage rarities, the pattern gold $50 Half Union consisted of a solitary gold pattern with coiner William Barber’s Large Head design.

A $100 Union coin was also contemplated but never struck.

A single smaller head design is also known, with both gold specimens now permanently in the Smithsonian Institution.

These pieces were never struck for circulation, and it wasn’t until the 1915-S Panama-Pacific gold $50 coins that the denomination actually saw fruition.

Of the ten confirmed examples in copper, four are in museums and several are gilt. The Kagin specimen being offered unreserved is PCGS certified gilt Proof-63RB CAC and is considered the second-finest known. (One is Proof-65).

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