1879 Pattern Washlady Half Dollar. Judd-1597, Pollock-1791. Rarity-6+. Silver. Reeded Edge. Proof-67 Cameo (PCGS). Obv: Chief Engraver Charles E. Barbers Washlady or Society Lady motif with a left facing head of Liberty. Liberty is wearing a headband inscribed LIBERTY and ornamented with ears of wheat, cotton leaves and bolls. Thirteen stars are arranged around the border seven left, six right with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST above and the date 1879 below. Rev: An eagle with outstretched wings clutches an olive branch in its right talon and three long arrows in its left talon. The Latin motto E PLURIBUS UNUM is inscribed in the field directly above the eagle, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above the motto, and the denomination HALF DOLLAR is inscribed along the lower border. Crescents of antique gold and cobalt blue line the right borders and give way to lighter, equally attractive champagne-pink iridescence elsewhere. Although there is a touch of softness to the high points in and around the centers, this as a well struck, overall sharply defined example of this perennially popular pattern type. Boldly cameo in finish with expertly preserved, virtually pristine surfaces. The last of three Washlady patterns in the present offering from the Pogue Collection, this silver striking of the half dollar is rare and there are just 12 to 15 examples known per <em>uspatterns.com</em>. Ex Armand Champa, prior to 1972; our (Bowers and Merenas) sale of the Rogers M. Fred, Jr. Collection, September 1995, lot 2284; Heritages sale of the Genaitis Collection of 1879 Coinage, August 2001 Atlanta, GA Signature Sale, lot 8393; Heritages sale of the Jones Beach Collection, January 2007 FUN Signature Coin Auction, lot 1562.