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: $6.09 (7/6/2015)
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: 3/12/2015

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1837 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 80.00 95.00 140 225 390 410 590 825 1300 1600 3050 5750 17850 32500 110000 - - -
$ 250 - 450 650 900 1450 1750 3500 6250 22325 38000 130000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1419
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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12/10/2001 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1516, 1516/Lot# 1382 $392.40
5/15/2006 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 97 $920.00
1/7/2009 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 2852 $3,335.00
5/30/2010 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1449 $292.00
10/2/2011 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/02/2011, 138/Lot# 17895 $148.50
6/4/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1206/Lot# 8256 $411.25
9/22/2014 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1480 $834.00
10/10/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15168 $95.18


NGC Registry

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