George T. Morgan's famous Liberty Head design previously believed to have been modeled after Anna Williams. The arrangement of the motto "E Pluribus Unum" is believed inspired by Morgan's eagle design J1545/P1718 and, per Robert W. Julian, was likely made after June 1877. Morgan's initial "M" is on Liberty's neck.
Only 4 examples are known as follows:
1) Doughty 4/1891, Reed-Durham Museum (P251) – ICG63RB with a couple of spots - Illustrated above.
2) Lohr, Davidson-B/R 11/76, Evans-B/M 8/98, Simpson collection - PCGS66RB
3) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bolender 10/55, Kagin 5/87, Kagin 11/87 - cleaned, lacquered
4) Maris 6/1886, Garrett-JHU, Stacks 3/76, Sieck-81 ANA - choice proof
There are also 5 known in silver of J1510/P1674.
For pedigree information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
Photo from the Byron Reed Collection; owned by the City of Omaha, Nebraska; on loan to The Durham Museum.