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: $5.99 (6/3/2015)
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: 12/24/2014

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1935/1934 BOONE 50C MS
Base $ - - 75.00 92.00 110 115 118 122 125 135 145 155 185 235 425 1475 - - -
$ 115 117 120 123 127 140 150 175 205 250 500 2100 -

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Total Graded: 1282
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/1/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68062, 68062/Lot# 62701 $161.00
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
7/22/2012 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 3315, 3315/Lot# 2055 $220.00
7/15/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131230/Lot# 26454 $172.50
3/10/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 742, 751/Lot# 740 $240.00
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225571 $240.00
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 7011 $940.00
5/3/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131519/Lot# 22061 $188.00

NGC Registry

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