Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,000
Catalog: KM-183
Obverse Designer: Charles Keck
Reverse Designer: Charles Keck
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.28 (8/4/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1936 LYNCHBURG 50C MS obverse 1936 LYNCHBURG 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Commemorative coin fever was running rampant in 1936 and many coins that celebrated events that were of local or regional importance were struck. The 1936 Lynchburg Sesquicentennial half dollar was one of those coins. While Lynchburg has had slight significance at times in the history of the United States, it has never been of great importance to the country as a whole. Yet Congress was inundated with a flurry of commemorative coin bills at this time, legislation authorizing the mintage of up to 20,000 Lynchburg half dollars was passed on May 28, 1936.

The Lynchburg Sesqui-Centennial Association selected sculptor Charles Keck to design the coin. They initially wanted a depiction of the city’s founder, John Lynch, but unfortunately no portrait of him survived. Therefore, the obverse instead depicts then-living U.S. Senator Carter Glass, a native of the city. Below his portrait is his name, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above on the periphery. To his left is LIBERTY and to the right, IN GOD WE TRUST. The reverse of this issue features a standing figure of Liberty in modern dress. In the background was placed Lynchburg’s Monument Terrace, with its Confederate Memorial, as well as the Old Lynchburg Courthouse. LYNCHBURG VIRGINIA SESQUICENTENNIAL forms an arc around the top edge of the coin, and the dates 1786 and 1936 are to the left and right of Liberty. Also to her left is the national motto E PLURIBUS UNUM, and below is the denomination, HALF DOLLAR.

The 20,000 coins authorized were all minted in September of 1936. While the anniversary that the coin celebrated was not of National Importance, commemorative coin speculation was rampant during the mid 1930’s. Due to this, the coin quickly sold out, leaving the final mintage at 20,000 coins.

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Last Updated: 7/24/2015

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1936 LYNCHBURG 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - 130 160 195 205 210 215 220 230 240 270 300 360 540 1765 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 285 330 525 800 5300 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2564
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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10/16/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 292, 298/Lot# 6519 $460.00
11/15/2009 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2771, 2771/Lot# 1837 $414.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1878 $345.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/27/2012, 24/Lot# 19394 $225.50
2/10/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131308/Lot# 28508 $381.88
10/30/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4436 $2,467.50
4/5/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131515/Lot# 23660 $199.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 LYNCHBURG 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base351381415450527609620631642653663674684705764820925119323123694841714869
3613924274765546136246356466566676776917257838551014156627735268105680
000000624635646656667677691725783855101415662773526800
000000627638649660670681698744801890110419393233684300
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5268
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 5268
Owner: J & L
 
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