The Barber design. This obverse was later used on Goloid dollar patterns from 1878-1880.
At least 8 examples are known as follows:
1) Doughty 4/1891, Reed-Durham Museum (P256) – ICG64RB - Illustrated above.
2) ANS (1980.109.2121) - choice proof, to view click here.
3) 53 ANA, Bergin-Stacks 6/84 – gem proof but lacquered
4) Champa-B/R 5/72, Terrell-B/R 5/73, Sieck-81 ANA, Stacks Inventory in 1988, Auction 88 - choice proof bronzed
5) Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Champa-B/R 5/72, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99, Simpson, Heritage 8/10, I&L Goldberg 2/13, Heritage 8/17 ANA – PCGS65RB
6) Champa-B/R 5/72, Nerca 11/77, Stacks 2/78, 80 ANA, Heritage 2/84 - choice proof bronzed
7) B/R 11/83, Fredericks-Heritage 1/04, ANR 1/06, Heritage 8/10, Heritage 1/13 - PCGS63RB
8) Merkin 9/67, Coronet Coin FPL, Merkin 6/71, Queller-Heritage 1/09, Heritage 4/10, Heritage 2/12, Goldberg 8/14, Goldberg 6/18 – NGC67BN, Pollock plate
Note: Boosel-Rarcoa 4/72 (photo too dark for attribution purposes) may duplicate #7 or #8 or be a 9th. There are many other listings for this pattern.
This design was also struck in silver J1524/P1690 with 7 known.
A second obverse die with low date, head and less finishing in the leaves was also created and is described in Pollock as P1692-P1693. I believe this die was actually the first one created but was rejected. Only a single example is known in both silver and copper.
To see both obverses side by side, click here.
For additional information on this and all 1877 half dollars, click here.
PhotPhoto from the Byron Reed Collection; owned by the City of Omaha, Nebraska; on loan to The Durham Museum.