1838-O 50C, BM (Proof)

Series: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1817-1839

PCGS PR64BM

PCGS PR64BM

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PCGS PR64BM

PCGS PR64BM

PCGS #:
6226
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
20
Mint:
New Orleans
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 6 R-9.7 N/A N/A
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 N/A N/A
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 N/A N/A
Survival Estimate
All Grades 6
60 or Better 3
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.7
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades N/A
60 or Better N/A
65 or Better N/A
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades N/A
60 or Better N/A
65 or Better N/A

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 SP64BM PCGS grade

Col. E.H.R. Green - W.G. Baldenhofer Collection - Stack's 11/1955:708, $3,200 - Robert Pelletreau Collection  - Stack's 3/1959:782 - Jerome L. Cohen - Lester Merkin - Q. David Bowers - Charles Jay - Stack's 10/1967:181, $14,000 - Dr. E. Yale Clarke Collection - Stack's 10/1975:253, $43,000 - Julian Leidman - NASCA “Bryan Collection” 11/1977:708 - Julian Leidman - Paramount “Auction ‘82” 8/1982:1689, $47,500 - unknown intermediary - Heritage 6/2005:6244, $632,500 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5644, $734,375

1 SP64BM PCGS grade

H.O. Granberg Collection - William H. Woodin Collection - Waldo Newcomer Collection - B. Max Mehl - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - Burdette G. Johnson - Maurice A. Ryan Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1945:936 - Will W. Neil Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1947:580 - James A. Stack Collection - Stack’s 3/1975:415 - Julian Leidman - Steve Ivy Numismatic Auctions 8/1982:2320 - Anthony Terranova  - Kevin Lipton - George Vogt (Colonial Coins) - RARCOA “Auction ’84” 8/1984:1666 - David Queller Collection - Stack’s 10/2002:446, $184,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4007, $493,500

3 SP63BM PCGS grade

Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - William Cutler Atwater Collection) - B. Max Mehl 6/1946:555 - Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 8/1973:122 - Superior “Auction '79” 8/1979:1569 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:94, $104,500 - Doug Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/2000:4117, not sold - Heritage, sold privately in 9/2005 - Madison Collection - Heritage, sold privately in 10/2007 - Sid & Alicia Belzberg Collection - Jenkins Family Collection - Heritage 2/2008:600, $632,500 - Heritage 1/2018:4861, $444,000

3 SP63BM estimated grade

Robert Coulton Davis Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 1/1890:655, $51 - S.H. & H. Chapmans (per Carl Carlson) - Martin Luther Beistle - Colonel E.H.R. Green - B.G. Johnson - Stack's (1942) - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1911, $121,000 - Andrew Lustig and Don Kagin - John Albanese - Smoke Rise Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5249, $763,750 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98459, $646,250

5 SP50BM PCGS grade

New Orleans private collection, valued at $40 - Ferguson Haines Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 10/1888:483, bought in by the Chapmans (per Carl Carlson) - George Bauer - S.H. & H. Chapman 2/1903:1149 - purchased by Virgil Brand for $250 (from the Chapman Brothers’ sale or privately?) - Col. E.H.R. Green (per Carl Carlson, but the window of opportunity for Green to buy coins from Brand's collection was brief, creating some doubt about this citation) - Wayte Raymond - F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Numismatic Gallery 4/1945:410, $1,600 - Eastern Collection - Stack's - F.S. Guggenheimer Collection - Stack's 1/1953:830 - Stack's 11/1957:1344, $4,000 - New Netherlands - Jerome L. Cohen - Kreisberg-Schulman 4/1967:1065 - Abner Kreisberg Mail Bid Sale 6/1970 - Stack's 8/1971:805 - Dr. George J. Oviedo Collection - Stack's 9/1983:830 - George Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1097, $253,000 - offered by Rich Uhrich Coins in 12/2014 for $425,000 - Heritage 8/2015:4057, $293,750

6 SP45BM PCGS grade
#1 SP64BM PCGS grade

Col. E.H.R. Green - W.G. Baldenhofer Collection - Stack's 11/1955:708, $3,200 - Robert Pelletreau Collection  - Stack's 3/1959:782 - Jerome L. Cohen - Lester Merkin - Q. David Bowers - Charles Jay - Stack's 10/1967:181, $14,000 - Dr. E. Yale Clarke Collection - Stack's 10/1975:253, $43,000 - Julian Leidman - NASCA “Bryan Collection” 11/1977:708 - Julian Leidman - Paramount “Auction ‘82” 8/1982:1689, $47,500 - unknown intermediary - Heritage 6/2005:6244, $632,500 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5644, $734,375

#1 SP64BM PCGS grade

H.O. Granberg Collection - William H. Woodin Collection - Waldo Newcomer Collection - B. Max Mehl - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - Burdette G. Johnson - Maurice A. Ryan Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1945:936 - Will W. Neil Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1947:580 - James A. Stack Collection - Stack’s 3/1975:415 - Julian Leidman - Steve Ivy Numismatic Auctions 8/1982:2320 - Anthony Terranova  - Kevin Lipton - George Vogt (Colonial Coins) - RARCOA “Auction ’84” 8/1984:1666 - David Queller Collection - Stack’s 10/2002:446, $184,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4007, $493,500

#3 SP63BM PCGS grade

Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - William Cutler Atwater Collection) - B. Max Mehl 6/1946:555 - Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 8/1973:122 - Superior “Auction '79” 8/1979:1569 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:94, $104,500 - Doug Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/2000:4117, not sold - Heritage, sold privately in 9/2005 - Madison Collection - Heritage, sold privately in 10/2007 - Sid & Alicia Belzberg Collection - Jenkins Family Collection - Heritage 2/2008:600, $632,500 - Heritage 1/2018:4861, $444,000

#3 SP63BM estimated grade

Robert Coulton Davis Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 1/1890:655, $51 - S.H. & H. Chapmans (per Carl Carlson) - Martin Luther Beistle - Colonel E.H.R. Green - B.G. Johnson - Stack's (1942) - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1911, $121,000 - Andrew Lustig and Don Kagin - John Albanese - Smoke Rise Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5249, $763,750 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98459, $646,250

#5 SP50BM PCGS grade

New Orleans private collection, valued at $40 - Ferguson Haines Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 10/1888:483, bought in by the Chapmans (per Carl Carlson) - George Bauer - S.H. & H. Chapman 2/1903:1149 - purchased by Virgil Brand for $250 (from the Chapman Brothers’ sale or privately?) - Col. E.H.R. Green (per Carl Carlson, but the window of opportunity for Green to buy coins from Brand's collection was brief, creating some doubt about this citation) - Wayte Raymond - F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Numismatic Gallery 4/1945:410, $1,600 - Eastern Collection - Stack's - F.S. Guggenheimer Collection - Stack's 1/1953:830 - Stack's 11/1957:1344, $4,000 - New Netherlands - Jerome L. Cohen - Kreisberg-Schulman 4/1967:1065 - Abner Kreisberg Mail Bid Sale 6/1970 - Stack's 8/1971:805 - Dr. George J. Oviedo Collection - Stack's 9/1983:830 - George Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1097, $253,000 - offered by Rich Uhrich Coins in 12/2014 for $425,000 - Heritage 8/2015:4057, $293,750

#6 SP45BM PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1838-O Half Dollar was the first coin struck at the New Orleans Mint and one of the first branch mint coins of any denomination. Apparently, only 20 coins were made as Proofs. Today, less than a dozen have been traced, making this one of the most important American rarities.

The January 22-26, 1890 sale of the R. Coulton Davis collection by the New York Coin & Stamp Company (H.P. Smith and David Proskey) contained the following note for the 1838-O Half Dollar listed as Lot 655 “…sharp perfect impression: almost proof. We have seen a letter from Dr. Riddell, Superintendent N.O. Mint, 1838, which accompanied a similar Half Dollar, in which it was stated that only four Half Dollars of this date and mintage were issued, and judging from the extreme rarity, we do not doubt the truth of the statement.” The coin sold for $51.00

The finest Branch Mint Proof 1838-O Half Dollars graded by PCGS are a pair of Specimen-64s.

The finest Branch Mint Proof Cameo 1838-O Half Dollars graded by PCGS is a single Specimen-64 Cameo.