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Obverse of 1837 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1837 Half Dollar


1837 HALF DOLLAR

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 3,629,820
Proofs: est. 10

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: ±30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight:  206.25 grains (13.36 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

Recent appearances:
Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 982, plated, sold for $6,037.50

PCGS MS-64 Premium.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 709, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

"MS-64" (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 14-16, 2003, Lot 1780

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 983, plated, unsold

PCGS MS-63 Premium Quality.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1747, illustrated, sold for $2,875.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 204, illustrated, sold for $1,552.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 466, "Reeded edge", illustrated, sold for $862.50

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1295, sold for $414.00

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1748, illustrated, sold for $747.00

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1749, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

MS-60, Questionable Toning.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5622, not illustrated, sold for $345.00  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

Brilliant Uncirculated. Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 390, not plated, sold for $241.50

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8374, not illustrated, sold for $333.50

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 396, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

AU-55, Lightly Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5560, not plated, unsold

AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5621, not illustrated, sold for $356.50  Ex Hoke S. Greene Collection (Bowers and Merena, 6/85), lot 1263  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 984, not plated, sold for $345.00

Choice AU.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 421, sold for $402.50

Choice AU.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 391, not plated, sold for $414.00

Choice AU.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 64, plated, sold for $546.25  Ex Al Overton's sale of June 15, 1964

AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 285, sold for $212.75

NGC AU-50.   Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5989, not illustrated, sold for $264.50

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