Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,005
Catalog: KM-165.1
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.59 (7/22/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1935 S BOONE 50C MS obverse 1935 S 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 S BOONE 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 72.00 81.00 102 102 105 108 112 115 120 125 135 150 185 220 460 2600 - - -
$ 113 117 120 125 130 135 140 150 170 205 240 675 4100 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 818
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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8/6/2003 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1762, 1762/Lot# 1194 $88.00
11/7/2003 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 5666 $805.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2903 $172.50
4/25/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 891 $253.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1117 $2,467.50
1/19/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 144788 $1,866.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1935 S BOONE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333311522022022322723023724124426542367419853431678712137
333334015022022122422823223824225131750611112467454985700
00000015022022122422823223824225131750611112467454900
00000018522022222522923423924325837059015482949566800
1935 S BOONE 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333311522022022322723023724129832050278522333800773013849
333334015022022122422823223826030538059612672755511097690
00000015022022122422823223826030538059612672755511000
00000018522022222522923423927931244169017503277642000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2467
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 1985
Owner: J & L
 
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