Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,008
Catalog: KM-165.2
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.25 (9/30/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1935/1934 BOONE 50C MS obverse 1935/1934 BOONE 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It wasn’t too many years ago that Daniel Boone was one of the best known figures in American history. This was due in no small part to a popular television series about his adventures that featured Fess Parker in the title role. Today, Boone is probably less well known than most professional athletes. This is a sad commentary on current American values, for Daniel Boone was indeed an important figure whose actions truly lived up to his legend. That he should appear on a United States commemorative half dollar seems entirely justified.

This episode set the tone for future offerings of this and other “serial” commemoratives of the mid-to-late 1930s. With nothing to prevent further coinings of the Boone halves, new editions were put out annually in three-piece sets through 1938. Both prices and ordering options varied from year to year, creating much confusion and resentment. Congress finally put an end to this abuse in 1939 with the passage of a bill prohibiting the further minting of any commemorative coins authorized prior to that date.

Boone halves are found with a number of differing surface textures and a wide variance in luster. Some are prooflike, some have a chrome or satin finish, and a number will display dull, semi-matte surfaces. Conventional, frosty luster, with its accompanying “cartwheel” effect, is primarily limited to the Philadelphia Mint issues, although there are a few exceptions. Most pieces are well struck, yet weakness may occur in the Indian’s head and hand. All of the dates within the series seem to be available in grades up through MS-65, but their numbers drop off quite a bit at higher levels. Coins struck in Philadelphia from 1934 through 1937 were often sold to the general public, and such pieces, particularly the 1934 issue, may show signs of mishandling. The branch mint halves are more often found choice. The first signs of wear on the obverse will appear on the hair behind Boone’s ear; on the reverse, check for wear on the shoulder of Black Fish.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/10/2013

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1935/1934 BOONE 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 75.00 92.00 110 110 115 115 120 120 127 135 145 155 185 235 425 1475 - - -
$ 120 125 130 130 135 145 150 160 175 205 250 500 2100 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1274
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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4/15/1998 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1041, 1041/Lot# 1697 $185.30
8/22/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #50, 55/Lot# 836 $373.75
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1854 $2,875.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 9784 $998.75
4/14/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20780 $123.38
4/27/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 189857 $165.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1935/1934 BOONE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333311522022022322723023724124426542367419853431678712137
333334015022022122422823223824225131750611112467454985700
00000015022022122422823223824225131750611112467454900
00000018522022222522923423924325837059015482949566800
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 3431
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 1985
Owner: Bruce Young
 
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