Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollars (1807-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,545,000
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $8.80 (9/27/2021)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1836 LETTERED 50C MS obverse 1836 LETTERED 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1836 was the final year in which the U. S. Mint struck coins in an open collar and having an edge device applied prior to striking. The transition to close collars that already included the requisite edge device had already been made for the other denominations a few years previous, but the urgency of coining half dollars delayed any such change until the Philadelphia Mint received its first steam-powered coin press in 1836. Most of 1836's half dollar mintage still consisted of Lettered Edge coins struck by manpower, and this date saw the largest production of half dollars for the entire Capped Bust series.

The 1836 Lettered Edge half dollar is fairly plentiful in Mint State, though not as common as one might expect of its mintage. As with 1835, certified gems are scarce, and probably for the same reason; the shallow borders typical of these dates and some of the 1834 halves did not protect the main devices from light abrasion, and there are huge numbers of such "sliders" for all three years.

Popular varieties include O-108, on which a numeral 3 was punched where the 8 should be and there overpunched with the correct numeral. Another engraving mistake was punching the denomination as "00 Cl" This was then corrected to read "50 C." (O-116). Finally, one reverse die has a different treatment of the border device, which appears more like beads than the usual denticles. This "Beaded Reverse" (O-106) sounds more interesting than it is, and the distinction is a very subtle one. All three varieties are common enough to be collectable, and the only rare die marriage for 1836 is O-121. The latter is of interest solely to series specialists.

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1836 LETTERED 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 80.00 95.00 98.00 205 360 435 600 885 1250 1280 1575 2350 3450 6875 23000 - - - -
$ 225 - 475 675 1040 - 1440 1700 2600 4050 13250 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2037
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/21/2021 1836 LETTERED 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base7183862322167251991592693001551125995212----2037
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Total71838623221682519915926930015511561100213----2049
 0%1%2%3%16%8%12%5%8%13%15%0%3%6%3%5%1%0%---- 
1836 LETTERED 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1836 LETTERED 50C MS PL
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1836 LETTERED 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021231551631832884565976977588469001066145017992671411151589214142752236035372
10913415817021834450363071778786495511941566209031514460651010901169702669737141
000000503630717787864955119415662090315144606510109011697000
0000005506647388178821011132216832380363148097862125881966500
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2671
Owner: goldsaint
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1558
Owner: goldsaint
 
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