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: $6.44 (2/27/2015)
Diameter: 30mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 11/21/2014

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1837 50C MS
Base $ 65.00 80.00 95.00 140 225 225 390 410 590 825 1200 1300 1600 3050 5750 17850 32500 110000 - - -
$ 250 430 450 650 900 1350 1450 1750 3500 6250 22325 38000 130000 -

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Total Graded: 1405
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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5/5/2004 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 7388 $517.50
1/15/2008 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) US Coin Final Session #455, 455/Lot# 8780 $161.00
5/24/2009 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 538 $14,375.00
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5/30/2010 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1449 $292.00
6/26/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 3090, 3090/Lot# 1916 $103.50
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7/18/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21159 $4,700.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1837 50C MS
1837 50C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7431
Owner: Heartland Collection
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3406
Owner: BillJones
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