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1836 Reeded Edge Half Dollar
1836 50C Reeded Edge Half Dollar, Judd-57, Pollock-60, Low R.7
as a Proof, PR64 Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse features
a modified Capped Bust design, with six stars to the left, seven
stars to the right, and the date below. The reverse depicts a
perched eagle with shield, clutching three arrows and an olive
branch. The peripheral legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above and
denomination 50 CENTS below. Struck in silver with a reeded
Judd-57, PR64 Cameo
Rare and Important Proof Strike
The pattern status of this issue is debated, as explained at USPatterns.com:
"Although this is listed as a pattern in all the reference works, many collectors, including your editor, consider this to be a regular issue and not a pattern."
However, that status does not diminish the importance of this piece. They were the first half dollars struck on the Mint's innovative Thonnelier steam press that is now on display at the American Numismatic Association's Money Museum. Perhaps only 10 to 12 examples are known in proof format. Mint records indicate that 1,200 circulation strikes and a small number of proofs, perhaps two dozen, were coined, all on November 11, 1836.
An exceptional example, this Choice Cameo proof has excellent field-to-device contrast with sharp design motifs. Both sides are awash in delicate gold toning with rich gold and iridescent peripheries. This example is the only Cameo proof that PCGS has designated as Judd-57 (8/20).
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535183)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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