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(2017) Smithsonian - William Barber 1877 $50 Half-Union Pattern 1 oz AVDP Copper Proof Medal Denver ANA 2017 in its Original Mint Packaging

(2017) Smithsonian - William Barber 1877 $50 Half-Union Pattern 1 oz AVDP Copper Proof Medal Denver ANA 2017 OGP
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Secure the design of a pattern never struck for circulation in your collection!

Late into the 19th century, many years after the famous California Gold Rush, the bankers and merchants of California faced a very unexpected monetary problem: They had more gold than they had currency! In response to the issue, they had a bill introduced to the government that would allow the minting of $100 “Union” and $50 “Half-Union” coins, struck from large amounts of gold. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass… but that didn’t stop U.S. Mint Director Henry Linderman, who proceeded to have 5th U.S. Mint Chief Engraver William Barber design the coins anyways! The “Union” design was never struck onto a pattern, but two patterns of the “Half-Union” coins were created, and are now protected at the Smithsonian today!

Limited to a mintage of just 2,500, this 1 avoirdupois (AVDP) oz. copper proof commemorates these existing patterns by bearing their designs! Created directly from the original gold “Half-Unions” at the Smithsonian, this version bears the original designs of William Barber, only slightly more affordable version and struck with a fine, proof finish

Barber’s historic “Half-Union” designs!

The obverse of the “Half Union” features a portrait of Liberty facing left, wearing a coronet with the text “LIBERTY.” 13 stars surround the portrait, representing the thirteen original states.

On the reverse is a heraldic eagle. “HALF UNION” is present below the design, along with the inscription “2017 DENVER” and “ANA WMF” on either side.

Smithsonian-branded packaging

This commemorative came to us just as it came from the Mint, in GEM Proof condition. It also comes in officially licensed, Smithsonian-branded packaging.

Secure U.S. numismatic history now!


Year of Issue:(2017)
Mint:Private Mint
Grading Service:Uncertified
Variety:Denver ANA 2017
Finish:Proof
Packaging:Original Mint Packaging
Composition:Copper
Purity:0.999
Display Weight:1 oz AVDP
Weight in Grams:31.1032 g
Weight in Ounces:1 oz
Diameter:39 mm
Edge Type:Plain
Country:United States
Mintage:2,500
Obverse Design:Liberty facing left, surrounded by 13 stars
Reverse Design:Heraldic Eagle and shield
Reverse Designer/Engraver:William Barber
Obverse Designer/Engraver:William Barber
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Stunning Proof
A beautiful coin with off the chart mirror finishes. I purchased this on sale and I'm very impressed with the quality, from the minting to the copper. I know it is only copper but the limited minting(2500) makes it worth the purchase.

Included with the coin, which is in an Air-tite coin capsule, is official packaging & COA from the Smithsonian who these were commissioned for. Along with that is a black velvet coin pouch also from the Smithsonian.

Professionally packaged and shipped quickly and securely by MCM. I'm glad I purchased this and would buy more if I had the chance.
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Perfect match to the silver William Barber
I really enjoyed working with MCM . I completed my. Silver eagle collection and while I'm overjoyed the collection, my wife wasn't happy with my bills! Lolol.
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Very pleased
I ordered these as gifts for fellow employees. I am sure they will be well received and am very impressed with the overall quality of the product and packaging. Thank you
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