Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
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: $6.58 (9/24/2017)
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: 3/12/2015

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1837 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 80.00 95.00 140 225 390 410 590 825 1200 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: 1549
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/30/2010 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1449 $292.00
9/20/2010 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 2928, 2928/Lot# 1560 $977.50
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 820 $2,415.00
7/6/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 199086 $150.00
6/30/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20298 $152.75
8/5/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7727 $411.25
12/14/2014 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 834, 843/Lot# 609 $150.00
8/9/2015 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131533/Lot# 25259 $211.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1837 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17923428531745665574587497411441472172518342102282337195986743112049129761395514987
19725129536352268578890710301253155617611923234231214474646789701235813302142990
0000007889071030125315561761192323423121447464678970123581330200
00000083194010871362164017972012258234205230694910509126671362800
1837 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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0000001111111111111100
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7431
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 3276
Owner: Half-collector
 
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