1853 Liberty Octagonal “Peacock Reverse” 50 Cents, BG-302, Low R.4, PCGS MS63. Made by Frontier, Deviercy & Co. A really Choice specimen of the famous “peacock” reverse half dollar, or rising phoenix (as we like to think), of one of the most popular design types in the series. At least three examples of this variety were found in the wreckage of the Winfield Scott. The present choice Mint State coin probably owes its survival to a souvenir seeker some 150 years ago!
Obv: Same Liberty head as B.G.301. 13 stars, tip of bust points to 1st star, tip of coronet points to 7th star; F.D. to right of nape of neck; 1853 below bust.
Rev: Eagle clasping an arrow; rays above and in back of head; CALIFORNIA GOLD. above and 50 CENTS. below.
On die state 2 there is an obverse cud break at the 12th star. On die state 3 the break obliterates the star.