Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,629,820
Catalog: KM-58
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.89 (9/20/2014)
Diameter: 30mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1837 50C MS obverse 1837 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

In the introduction to his work 'Variety Identification Manual for United States Reeded Edge Half Dollars 1836-1839,' Reiver opens with the following comments: 'The period from 1836 to 1839 was one of tremendous change in the production of coins in the United States. Dr. Robert Maskell Patterson was appointed by President Andrew Jackson to the post of Director of the Mint in 1835. The first steam press was put into operation in 1836, and brought on a revolution in the coining process. ... In 1836, Christian Gobrecht was appointed assistant to William Kneass, the Engraver. ... Kneass died in 1840, and Gobrecht was appointed to fill the vacancy. He continued until his death in 1844. Gobrecht was the engraver of the Reeded Edge Bust half dollars.'

The 1837 is one of only two issues of Christian Gobrecht's Reeded Edge, 50 CENTS Reverse half dollar. The scarcity of the low mintage (1,200 pieces) 1836, which is technically a pattern issue, steers most type collectors in the direction of the 1837.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/4/2013

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1837 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 80.00 95.00 140 225 225 390 410 590 825 1200 1300 1600 2800 5750 17850 32500 110000 - - -
$ 250 430 450 650 900 1350 1450 1750 3150 6250 22325 38000 130000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1354
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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1/19/2005 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1990, 1990/Lot# 1441 $198.00
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 1072 $2,415.00
5/30/2010 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1449 $292.00
1/20/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 91788 $302.50
8/8/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7854 $763.75
8/4/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131333/Lot# 28211 $110.45
9/25/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8196 $646.25
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 117 $3,350.00
8/1/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3493, 6044/Lot# 20151 $246.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1837 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17923428531745665574587497411441472172518342102282337195986743112049129761395514987
19725129536352268578890710301253155617611923234231214474646789701235813302142990
0000007889071030125315561761192323423121447464678970123581330200
00000083194010871362164017972012258234205230694910509126671362800
1837 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7431
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3406
Owner: BillJones
 
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