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: $5.11 (11/27/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Total Graded: 2581
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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12/6/2015 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 8378
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Auction Prices Realized

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6/2/1995 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #136, 136/Lot# 734 $880.00
4/30/1997 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0941, 941/Lot# 1648 $250.70
2/13/1999 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1999 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #196, 196/Lot# 649 $286.00
3/29/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Bullet Sale #345, 345/Lot# 1504 $379.50
10/17/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #58, 63/Lot# 1292 $488.75
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 1577 $977.50
9/23/2012 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/23/2012, 41/Lot# 71392 $220.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25486 $224.43

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 LYNCHBURG 50C MS
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5268
Owner: Gregg Bingham
Grade: MS 68
Points: 5268
Owner: J & L
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