Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,265
Catalog: KM-187
Obverse Designer: Henry Kreiss
Reverse Designer: Edward E. Burr
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.69 (10/5/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1936 ROBINSON 50C MS obverse 1936 ROBINSON 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The story of the Arkansas-Robinson Commemorative Half Dollar coin began with the grand plans for marking the state of Arkansas’ 100th anniversary in 1936. After noting the success of other states in funding such events through the sale of commemorative coins, a similar plan was devised by a state-appointed group calling itself the Arkansas Centennial Commission.

After the initial success of the original Arkansas Centennial Commemoratives, the commission sought to create additional reverse designs to help raise more funds. This move was prompted by the Texas Centennial Commission scheme to have five new reverses adapted for use with a common obverse. Even after scaling down their desires to 3 new reverse designs, however, Congress forced the Arkansas Centennial Commission to make do with just one new design. Legislation passed on June 26, 1936 authorized a supplemental production of not less than 25,000 nor more than 50,000 coins.

Unlike the long and painful process associated with producing the designs and models for the Arkansas Centennial half dollar, the Robinson coin progressed smoothly and quickly. It was ultimately decided that Joseph T. Robinson, a former member of the United States Senate and Governor of the state would grace the new reverse of the coin. The coin proved relatively popular, but only 25,265 pieces were eventually struck of the original 50,000 allotted.


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Total Graded: 2675
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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9/10/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 534 $517.50
12/4/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 December Dallas, TX US Coin Final Session #371, 371/Lot# 68535 $287.50
9/25/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 286, 292/Lot# 6310 $120.75
9/19/2012 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3350, 3350/Lot# 1625 $180.00
1/27/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131306/Lot# 24472 $217.38
3/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 177984 $160.60
10/30/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4452 $881.25
1/25/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131505/Lot# 21847 $129.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 ROBINSON 50C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3163
Owner: Richard Schultz
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2614
Owner: Bruce Young
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