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1836 HALF DOLLAR -
LETTERED EDGE
(see also 1836 Half Dollar -
Reeded Edge
)

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 6,545,000
Proofs: est. 15

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 32-33 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%

Weight:  208 grains (13.48 grams)

Edge: Lettered ("FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR")

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia)

   

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Varieties:
Overton 101
Overton 102
Overton 103
Overton 104
Overton 105
Overton 106
Overton 107
Overton 108
Overton 109
Overton 110 - 
Overton 111 - 
Overton 112 - 
Overton 113 - 
Overton 114 - 
Overton 115 - 
Overton 116 -
Overton 117 -
Overton 118 - 
Overton 119 - 
Overton 120 - 
Overton 121 - 
Overton 122 - 
Overton 123 -

Recent appearances: 
NGC Proof-67, Superb!  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 284, "50 over 00, Overton-116, Rarity-7", sold for $46,000.00  The finest known example; Ex- George H. Earle Collection, Lot 2957 (but not described as a Proof), Henry Chapman, June 25-29, 1912; John H. Clapp.  Clapp estate, 1942, to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Bowers and Merena's Eliasberg collection, April 1997, lot 1906, reappearing in out 6/99 sale, lot 2201 where it realized $86,250.

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 202, "O-110", illustrated, sold for $1,610.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1746, "Lettered Edge, Overton-117, Rarity-3", illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1294, "Overton-119", sold for $460.00


MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1725, "Overton-119", sold for $368.00

SEGS AU-58 Light Cleaning,50 over 00. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5285, not plated, sold for $529.00

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 980, "Overton-120", not plated, sold for $241.50

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 395, "O-116, 50 Over 00", not illustrated, sold for $690.00

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

The finest "50/00" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
Al C. Overton, "Early Half Dollar Varieties 1794-1836"

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service