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1837 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Reeded Edge. 50 CENTS. GR-20. Rarity-3. MS-63 (PCGS). CAC.

Original Lot at Stack's Bowers

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Stack's Bowers Auction August 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction U.S. Coins Aug-2017 [GR 20] CAC Ex. HC Sept. 2013 Lot 3801 Choice Mint State 1837 Reeded Edge Half Scarcer GR-20 Die Marriage 1837 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Reeded Edge. 50 CENTS. GR-20. Rarity-3. MS-63 (PCGS). CAC. The delightful Choice piece is essentially brilliant save for faint hints of bronze irridescence in the reverse fields. Peripheral softness suggests a slightly later die state of this scarce marriage, though the focal elements remain pleasantly bold, with considerable sharpness displayed throughout the intricacies of the eagle. The luster is uniform and satiny, remaining undisturbed by notable wear or blemishes even under a glass. This handsome complexion implies an originality that is seldom seen in today's market, making the present piece a desirable find for both type collectors and series specialists. This short-lived type, produced only in 1836 and 1837, came about through the introduction of steam coinage to the United States Mint. The first working dies for the Reeded Edge Capped Bust half dollar were completed by Christian Gobrecht during the autumn of 1836. The type is superficially similar to that of its Lettered Edge predecessor, although Liberty's portrait and the eagle have a more refined look, the scroll on which the Latin motto E PLURIBUS UNUM was engraved in the upper reverse field is gone, and the diameter is smaller and more uniform within a beaded border. The final-listed refinement, in particular, was meant to accommodate the close collar, a new innovation to the United States made possible by the introduction of the steam press. The close collar allowed the Mint to produce half dollars not only of a uniform diameter, but also with a reeded edge for the first time. A final innovation of the revolutionary Reeded Edge half dollar is a revised weight standard of 13.36 grams, as stipulated by the Act of January 18, 1837. Provenance: From Heritage's sale of February 2005, lot 7019; Heritage's sale of the Searight Collection, September 2013, lot 3801. PCGS# 6176. NGC ID: 24G4. Click here for certification details from PCGS.

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PCGS # Service Cert # PCGS Pop PCGS Pop Higher PCGS Price GuideSM Value Set Registry
6176 PCGS 21849536 123 141 $2,750.00 View a set that requires this coin
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Other Auction Appearances

Date Price Firm Sale Lot
Sep-2013 $2,820.00 Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25-29 Long Beach Expo U.S. Coins Signature Auction 3801
Feb-2005 $2,300.00 Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366 7019