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SERIES: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1839
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1837 50C Reeded Edge (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6176
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
13.36 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
3,629,820
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$103,500 • PCGS MS67 • 8-14-2006 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 9,000 R-3.2 2 / 2 73 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 2 / 2 69 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 35 R-8.8 2 / 2 63 / 78
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Knoxville Collection - The Mint (Jay Parrino) Fixed Price List 6/2003 - Oliver Jung Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2004:63 (as PCGS MS67), $62,100

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:5236, $103,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4004, $111,625

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2009:1118 - Bowers & Merena 11/2009:917 - Larry Hanks, sold privately in 3/2010 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4003, $32,900 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 8/2017:2097, $30,550

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Highland Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1665, $14,100 - Heritage 6/2015:3963, $17,625 - Heritage 6/2016:4525, $21,150

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5174, $38,187.50

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Knoxville Collection - The Mint (Jay Parrino) Fixed Price List 6/2003 - Oliver Jung Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2004:63 (as PCGS MS67), $62,100

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:5236, $103,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4004, $111,625

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2009:1118 - Bowers & Merena 11/2009:917 - Larry Hanks, sold privately in 3/2010 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4003, $32,900 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 8/2017:2097, $30,550

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Highland Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1665, $14,100 - Heritage 6/2015:3963, $17,625 - Heritage 6/2016:4525, $21,150

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5174, $38,187.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  

Bowers & Merena 8/1995:139, not sold - Foxfire Collection - Heritage 4/2015:5082, $70,500

Ron Guth: The 1837 Half Dollar is a relatively common coin and it is the most available date of the Capped Bust Reeded Edge type (if one goes only by mintage).  However, it is the only common date of the "50 Cents" sub-type.  The quality of surviving 1837 Half Dollars is rather high and the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census is filled with MS66 examples.  Unfortunately, the Reeded Edge Half Dollars have been in a sort of limbo for many years.  They were left out of Overton's study of Half Dollar varieties from 1794-1836 and no one paid much attention to them except as type coins.  That all changed in 2012 when Dick Graham published "A Registry of Die Varieties of Reeded Edge Half Dollars."  Mr. Graham identified 25 different die varieties of the 1837 Half Dollars, some of which turned out to be quite rare.  In the intervening years, more and more collectors have embraced this date and the challenges presented by attempting to obtain each of the different die varieties.

As far as quality goes, one of the finest 1837 Half Dollars is the D. Brent Pogue example that sold in May 2016 as a PCGS MS67 for a record price of $111,625.