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1838 HALF DOLLAR

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 3,546,000
Proofs: est. 5

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, Pennsylvania)

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - J.D. Morgenthau "Howard Newcomb", May 1945, Lot 850 - Wayte Raymond, May 14, 1946, cold for $75.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers "Pittman", May 1998, Lot 1513 - Bowers & Merena "ANA Sale of the Millenium", August 2000, Lot 4114 - Bowers & Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 301, illustrated, sold for $97,750.00

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8375, illustrated, sold for $11,500.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 710, illustrated, sold for $4,025.00

MS-63 Questionable Toning.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6822, not illustrated, not sold

MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1750, illustrated, sold for $805.00

NGC MS-63.  PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5991, not illustrated, sold for $977.50

PCGS MS-62 Premium Quality.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1751, not illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

ANACS MS-60.  PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5990, not illustrated, sold for $437.00

MS-60, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5624, not illustrated, sold for $287.50  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 392, not plated, sold for $195.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 65, plated, sold for $1,322.50  Ex Abner Kreisberg's sale of June 28, 1965, lot 3122

AU-58 Obverse Tooled.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6821, not illustrated, not sold

Kneas Pattern Half Dollar, Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 985, "Judd 72, R-5", plated, sold for $3,220.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 986, not plated, sold for $460.00

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 987, not plated, sold for $207.00

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

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