1837 Reeded Edge Half, PR62
1837 50C Reeded Edge PR62 NGC. The 1837 is an extremely rare
Reeded Edge proof half dollar with only three or four known
specimens, from a small but unknown mintage. This is the second
appearance of this specimen in our sales, and just one other proof
appeared in a Stack's sale in October 2004.
The Only Certified Proof
Splashes of reddish-gold dominate both sides, and occasional whispers of electric-blue and lavender gravitate to the margins. The bold definition on the design elements is the result of a sharp strike, and luminous surfaces reveal some light, inoffensive hairlines interspersed with die polish lines in the fields. A faint scratch between stars 5 and 6, along with a minute contact on Liberty's neck, serves to identify the coin. Overall, a sharp piece with nice eye appeal.
NGC has certified this proof example, along with another 1837 half dollar that they describe as Specimen 65, while PCGS has never certified a proof. This piece is the only certified proof 1837 half dollar known to the grading services (11/12).
From The Greensboro Collection, Part II. (NGC ID# 24GH, PCGS# 6224)
Weight: 13.36 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Cooper
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