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Set Name
1859 Longacre and Paquet Half Dollar Pattern Set
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1859 - Mint Director James Snowden took action to review the difficulty the mint was experiencing in maintaining a good obverse strike of the Liberty Seated half dollar with the conventional Eagle reverse of that period. As such, there was a concentration of patterns struck to review a modify design and the 1859 50C pattern series represent this sweeping attempt to explore the strike issue.
This set is to exhibit the 1859 James Longacre and Anthony Paquet 50 cent patterns of both silver and copper strikes, however, while all are dated 1859, it is clear the many the pieces with the mule reverses were struck well into the 1860's.

While many of these patterns were dated 1859 - it clear that many of the obverse and Reverse die parings were stuck in the 1860's