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Coins Certified as of 9/30

My Coin #-32380

1838 50C Reeded Edge PR66+

CERTIFICATION#: -32380
PCGS#: 6225

Owner's Comments

PCGS grade. Ex. Newcomb; Raymond (1946) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98. Price realized $93,500. Pedigreed 5/6/15.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Proof 1838 Reeded Edge Half Dollars are exceedingly rare.  Presently, only five examples are known, two if which are in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, leaving only three examples for collectors to fight over.  One of the Smithsonian examples appears to have been placed into the collection in the year of issue, which, concidentally, was the year the Mint Cabinet was established.

The finest Proof 1838 Half Dollar is the PCGS PR66 from the Pittman Collection

Four of the five Proofs are of the GR-14 variety (based on Dick Graham's attribution scheme), all of which have a cracked reverse and some interesting die anomalies on the obverse.  We await confirmation of the die variety of the Pittman coin to complete the census. 

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 5 Weight: 13.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb Collection - J.C. Morgenthau 5/1945:850 - Wayte Raymond, sold privately on 5/14/1946 for $75 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1513, $93,500 - Bowers & Merena 8/2000:4114, not sold - Bowers & Merena 7/2002:301, $97,750 - Heritage 1/2007:979, $161,000 - Larry Hanks - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 PR64 PCGS grade

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 8/1973:120 - Long Beach Connoisseur - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:199, $33,350 - Coinberts Proofs

2 PR64 PCGS grade  

“Obtained by a European noble while visiting this country in the middle 19th century and retained by the same family until the present time” [per the 2013 Heritage catalog] - Heritage 9/2013:6435, $94,000 - Heritage 4/2014:5598, $129,250

4 Proof  

Virgil Brand Collection - Lichtenfels Collection - Kreisberg - Schulman 2/1961:2793, $775 - R.E. Cox, Jr. Collection - Stack's 4/1962:1871, $550 - unknown donor - National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution (accession #244872-002)

4 Proof  

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution