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Obverse of 1837 Half Dime - Seated Liberty     Reverse of 1837 Half Dime - Seated Liberty
 


1837 HALF DIME -
SEATED LIBERTY
(see also 1837 Half Dime - Capped Bust)

PCGS Nos: 4311, 4312, 4407

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,405,000
Proofs: 
estimated 20

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: ±15.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: ±20.6 grains (±1.3 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below DIME on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-67.  Large Date.  Offered by North American Certified Trading in the October 22, 2001 issue of Coin World for $5,850.00

NGC MS-66 (illustrated above).  Ex - Dr. David Litrenta collection - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Santa Clara" Sale, November 18-20, 1999, Lot 6419

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 467, illustrated, sold for $4,830.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3009, where it was described as follows: "Reddish magenta with some gold, steel and a touch of blue. Superb throughout, from the aforementioned color to its bold relief and frosty frost. The mint changed designs in mid-year when the earlier capped bust of Liberty gave way to this more graceful rendition of America's icon casually seated upon a rocky outcrop while holding a staff with liberty cap in one hand and supporting a Union shield with the other. A simple wreath was chosen for the reverse."

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6103, plated, sold for $5,865.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 468, illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 332, "No Stars, Large Date, Triple-punched date numerals", illustrated, sold for $2,070.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1545, "No stars", illustrated, sold for $1,955.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7966, "No Stars", not illustrated, sold for $833.75

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6826, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

MS-63 Slightly Bent.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5217, not illustrated, sold for $241.50

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 427, "No Stars, Small Date, Round-top 3", plated, sold for $2,760.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 285, sold for $603.75

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 286, sold for $603.75

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6825, not illustrated, sold for $546.25

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 428, "No Stars, Small Date", not plated, sold for $690.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 74, "No Stars, Large Date", plated, sold for $517.50  Ex Freisberg sale of May 20, 1966, lot 780

ANACS AU-55.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 285, not plated, sold for $575.00

AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 470, not illustrated, sold for $368.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 552, "Large Date", sold for $258.75

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "No Stars" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's.

The finest Uncirculated "Small Date" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

The finest Proof "No Stars" example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service