1838 50C Reeded Edge (Proof)

Series: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1817-1839

PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR64

PCGS PR64

PCGS #:
6225
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
5
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR66+ PCGS grade

Howard R. Newcomb Collection - J.C. Morgenthau & Co. 5/1945:850 - Wayte Raymond, sold privately on 5/14/1946 - John Jay Pittman Collection, Part II - 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, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part IV - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4005, $199,750 - Heritage 8/2018:5145, $336,000

2 PR64 PCGS grade  
	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

#1 PR66+ PCGS grade

Howard R. Newcomb Collection - J.C. Morgenthau & Co. 5/1945:850 - Wayte Raymond, sold privately on 5/14/1946 - John Jay Pittman Collection, Part II - 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, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part IV - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4005, $199,750 - Heritage 8/2018:5145, $336,000

 
	PR64 PCGS grade 
#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

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.