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1837 50C MS65 PCGS. CAC....

2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128

 
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Auction Ended On: Jul 31, 2009
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Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Impressive Gem 1837 Reeded Edge Half Dollar
1837 50C MS65 PCGS. CAC. All Reeded Edge half dollars were struck on steam-powered presses, using close collar technology that made the old lettered edge design obsolete. In 1837, the second year of the Reeded Edge design, a large mintage of 3.6 million half dollars was accomplished, making this date much more available than the scarce 1836 issue. The following year, the denomination on the reverse was changed from 50 CENTS to HALF DOL., creating a two-year type coin. The 1837 date is conditionally rare, with specimens above the Gem level seldom encountered.
The present coin is sharply struck with crisp detail on the central devices. Some slight weakness is seen on the upper stars. Spectacular luster shines through the multiple layers of iridescent toning, with gray-blue centers that yield to gold at the rims. Overall eye appeal is excellent. Population: 17 in 65, 7 finer (6/09).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24G4, PCGS# 6176)

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