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: $5.79 (4/21/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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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: 12/24/2014

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1935 S BOONE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - 72.00 81.00 102 105 108 112 115 125 135 150 185 220 460 2600 - - -
$ 103 107 110 114 118 130 145 170 205 240 675 4100 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 824
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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5/14/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 May US Coin Online Session #435, 435/Lot# 9942 $322.00
3/23/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 351, 357/Lot# 1380 $103.50
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1112 $2,530.00
2/25/2013 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3419, 3419/Lot# 2347 $180.00
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1191/Lot# 3203 $2,585.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8445 $558.13
1/19/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 144788 $1,866.70
2/5/2015 PCGS MS 68   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1334 $9,165.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1935 S BOONE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base209230255278308372375381389401409423437463502586663108128073431678712137
21623826328832937337738439340441442844647653061280216563015455085700
00000037738439340441442844647653061280216563015455000
00000037938639740641843245448955863794222323223566800
1935 S BOONE 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base230251275301333401404412420431442456471500539629709114629413800773013849
23725928431235640240741542443544746148151356965685517443227511097700
00000040741542443544746148151356965685517443227511000
000000409417427438451466490526599682100023433514642000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3015
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2807
Owner: J & L
 
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