Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,000
Catalog: KM-190
Obverse Designer: William Marks Simpson
Reverse Designer: William Marks Simpson
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.27 (8/31/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1937 ANTIETAM 50C MS obverse 1937 ANTIETAM 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Unlike many of its contemporaries, the Antietam half dollar commemorates an event that was of truly national significance. The Battle of Antietam, which occurred on September 17th of 1862, is remembered as the single bloodiest day of the American Civil War. In total, nearly 5,000 were killed, and 20,000 were wounded.


The coinage of this commemorative was prompted by the Washington County Historical Society of Hagerstown, Maryland, which designated an Antietam Celebration Commission to co-ordinate events marking the battle’s 75th anniversary in 1937. A bill authorizing the coinage of no more than 50,000 Antietam half dollars was passed on June 24 of that year. Recognizing the abuses perpetrated by other coin programs, this legislation specifically required that the coins be struck with a single design and at a single mint.

Baltimore sculptor William Marks Simpson was selected to design and model the coin. Simpson was also the creator of commemorative halves for Roanoke and Norfolk. His models for the Antietam half dollar were reviewed favorably by the Commission of Fine Arts. The obverse depicts the generals of the two armies involved, George B. McClellan and Robert E. Lee on the obverse. The reverse features a view of a bridge over Antietam Creek which was the focus of the fighting in 1862.

The entire authorized mintage of 50,000 pieces was struck in August of 1937 at the Philadelphia Mint. The first struck was offered to President Franklin Roosevelt on August 12 of that year, and the remainder were offered by the Washington County Historical Society at $1.65 a piece. Despite the significant theme of the coin, they were poor sellers, and 32,000 were returned to the mint to be destroyed. This left a net mintage of merely 18,000 coins.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2015

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1937 ANTIETAM 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - 260 345 520 550 565 575 600 700 720 735 785 950 1125 1765 11750 - -
$ - - - 590 640 - - - 850 1050 1250 1900 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2635
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 69


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4/25/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 871 $621.00
3/1/2006 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Auction #412, 412/Lot# 1349 $1,495.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 3316 $718.75
3/24/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 10059 $747.50
8/19/2013 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3444, 3444/Lot# 1728 $675.63
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 68   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/13/2013, 96/Lot# 136786 $7,535.00
7/25/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22598 $599.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1937 ANTIETAM 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base597644692745900116611931206122612461284136313931416143314881707186923123817515813291
61366071079798911751197121312331259131013731401142214511561176120172814426478690
0000001197121312331259131013731401142214511561176120172814426400
0000001202121912391271133713831408142714701634181521643315471100
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Grade: MS 69
Points: 5158
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
Grade: MS 69
Points: 5158
Owner: J & L
 
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