Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Reeded Edge Half Dollars (1836-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,629,820
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $9.09 (11/25/2020)
Diameter: 30mm
Edge: Reeded
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1837 50C MS obverse 1837 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In its first full year of steam-powered coining the Philadelphia Mint struck nearly as many half dollars as it had during the final years of manually-powered presses. Production would have been higher, were it not for technical problems in obtaining a full strike. The mint experimented with four different collar diameters in an attempt to get the border to become fully formed, and many of the 1837 half dollars are deficient in this feature.

This date is fairly common in the lower Mint State grades, but gems are rather scarce. A few pieces have been certified as PL (prooflike).

Frequent erosion and cracking problems drove up the number of dies needed. Numismatists have identified 26 die marriages which resulted from the pairing of 19 obverses and 23 reverses. Scarce varieties include Graham/Reiver-1, GR-11, GR-25 and GR-26. These are of interest primarily to series specialists, and none merit a separate line entry in popular catalogs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1837 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 75.00 90.00 100.00 150 245 420 410 590 850 1200 1300 1600 3050 5750 17850 30000 110000 - - -
$ 250 - 450 650 900 - 1450 1750 3500 6250 22350 38000 130000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1675
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1837 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base9312131481121458711119231991121441031004173---1670
----------1-----31----5
----------1---3411----10
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Total9312131481121458711119232191121441061044593---1685
 1%0%1%1%9%7%9%5%7%11%19%1%7%9%6%6%3%1%0%--- 
1837 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-1-12----5
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Total------------1-1-12----5
 ------------20%-20%-20%40%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1837 50C MS PL
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1837 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17923428531745665574587497411441472172518342102282337195986743112049129761395514987
197251295363522685788907103012531556176119232342312144746467897012358133021429915736
0000007889071030125315561761192323423121447464678970123581330200
00000083194010871362164017972012258234205230694910509126671362800
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7431
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 3276
Owner: Half-collector
 
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