Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,000
Catalog: KM-169
Obverse Designer: Henry G. Kreis
Reverse Designer: Henry G. Kreis
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.79 (10/7/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1935 CONNECTICUT 50C MS obverse 1935 CONNECTICUT 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The Connecticut Tercentenary Half Dollar was struck in 1936 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Connecticut. As opposed to many other commemorative issues which can only be described as money grab, this coin was actually well-thought out and designed to celebrate the anniversary. In fact, planning for the coin began in 1934, when the Tercentenary Commission was tasked with creating a coin to celebrate the anniversary. The bill was passed with minimal debate on June 21, 1934, and authorized the coining of 25,000 half dollars.

Local artist Henry G. Kreis, who also created the Bridgeport commemorative, was tasked with creating the designs for the coin under the direction of famed sculptor Paul Manship. This collaboration produced superb designs of a highly stylized character. Both the Charter Oak, with its bold, oversized leaves, and the monumental eagle, with its defiant expression, may be included among the finest elements to appear within the commemorative series. The Commission of Fine Arts gave provisional approval of the models, and after only a few minor changes, the final designs were approved.

The central element of the obverse is, of course, the famed Charter Oak. It is modeled after a painting by Charles DeWolf Brownell belonging to the Connecticut Historical Society and created just one year before the tree was toppled in 1856. IN GOD WE TRUST and LIBERTY are seen at the top of the coin, with THE CHARTER OAK beneath the branches of the tree, and CONNETICUT 1635-1935 below its roots. The reverse shows a stylized eagle, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR around the periphery, and E PLURIBUS UNUM to the left of the eagle.

All 25,000 of the coins were coined in April and May of 1935. They were available well in time for the anniversary, and were sold to residents of the state as well as visitors to the celebration at $1 each. They were extremely well received and sold out quickly. In fact, the Tercentenary Commission’s executive secretary, Herbert L. Crapo, confessed to prominent coin dealer L. W. Hoffecker that “We have disposed of our entire original allotment of 25,000, and are having some difficulty in reserving a few which we want to present as gifts to dignitaries.” When the speculative market for commemorative coins heated up in 1936, this issue quickly rose in value to $6. By comparison, a proof silver dollar of the Seated Liberty design was then valued at only $5! The Connecticut Tercentenary Half Dollar, with it’s bold designs on both obverse and reverse, remains one of the most popular issues of the classic commemorative series.


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Total Graded: 3445
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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8/9/1999 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1197, 1197/Lot# 1674 $572.25
4/25/2002 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus, OH (CSNS) Signature Sale #288, 288/Lot# 8004 $603.75
11/9/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 11071 $385.25
5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 544 $195.50
5/30/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 3344 $2,902.25
8/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 766, 775/Lot# 5232 $675.00
11/17/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/17/2013, 101/Lot# 151637 $154.00
6/16/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20902 $209.15
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 11970 $493.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1935 CONNECTICUT 50C MS
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 4445
Owner: Gregg Bingham
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3520
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
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