Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,000
Catalog: KM-185
Obverse Designer: John Howard Benson & Arthur Graham Carey
Reverse Designer: John Howard Benson & Arthur Graham Carey
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.26 (8/28/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1936 RHODE ISLAND 50C MS obverse 1936 RHODE ISLAND 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Providence, Rhode Island was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams. Williams was a Puritan, and his unconventional beliefs including the ideas of separation of Church and State as well as religious freedom, brought him into conflict with the Massachusetts General Court. He was banished in 1635, and decided to start his own settlement. This colony, Providence, was a place where people were free to be who they were. In honor of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city, the Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Tercentenary Committee was founded. They sought a coin commemorating the founding of Providence, and on May 2, 1935, a mintage of 50,000 coins from the three mints was authorized.

John Howard Benson, an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and silversmith Arthur Graham Carey were selected to design the coin. Their obverse features Roger Williams coming ashore in a small boat with a Bible in his hand. He is being greeted by a Native American whose hand is extended as if to help him disembark. A stalk of corn is to their left, and a sunset is seen behind them. IN GOD WE TRUST and RHODE ISLAND are on the top and bottom periphery, with 1636 and 1936 separating them at 9 and 3 o’ clock respectively. The reverse is dominated by a representation of the state seal of Rhode Island. The seal features a boat anchor at its center with the word HOPE above. E PLURIBUS UNUM is seen below, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR are arranged around the periphery.

The Philadelphia Mint struck 20,000 coins in January, which was followed the following month by Denver and San Francisco’s minting of 15,000 each. They were to be distributed by the Rhode Island Hospital National Bank and prominent coin dealer Horace M. Grant. The demand seems to have met the supply in this coin’s case, as no coins were returned to the mint for melting.

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1936 RHODE ISLAND 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 65.00 83.00 85.00 88.00 90.00 95.00 100.00 105 115 125 205 360 1950 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 140 225 500 2300 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2366
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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9/20/2015 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1224/Lot# 8201


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9/14/2008 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1157 $7,762.50
9/25/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 286, 292/Lot# 6306 $126.50
4/6/2011 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3044, 3044/Lot# 1428 $97.75
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1414 $163.00
12/15/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 140920 $101.20
8/10/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131433/Lot# 25367 $205.63
11/7/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3507, 6061/Lot# 23512 $193.88
1/4/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131502/Lot# 24496 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 RHODE ISLAND 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base175190212234255314317320330342354366372378409437725106630094935931616855
180197219241275315318323334346358368374388418533839171436516395118290
00000031832333434635836837438841853383917143651639500
00000031932733835036237037639942862995223614293785600
1936 RHODE ISLAND 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19020923025127833934234835736938439540140657572510812335334554171050519031
1962162372602983403443513613743883974034626258441499267240367113133470
000000344351361374388397403462625844149926724036711300
000000346354365379391399404519675962191730084726880900
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 6395
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3651
Owner: Rob8
 
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