Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 29,000
Catalog: KM-186
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 (9/1/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1937 ROANOKE 50C MS obverse 1937 ROANOKE 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke is a sobering reminder of how perilous a journey to the New World could be in the 16th century. Over 125 colonists from England simply disappeared without a trace. In honor of the 350th anniversary of their sacrifice, the Roanoke Colony Memorial Association was formed. The Association petitioned Congress for a commemorative coin, and on June 24th, 1936, legislation was passed calling for no fewer than 25,000 half dollars in commemoration of Roanoke as well as Virginia Dare, the first child of English decent to be born in the New World.

The Association selected sculptor William Marks Simpson, creator of the Antietam and Norfolk half dollars to design the coin. His obverse depicts a left-facing bust of Sir Walter Raleigh. To his left is the date, 1937. Many of the statutorily required mottos are crammed in the spaces above and around his bust, and below is the denomination, HALF DOLLAR. The reverse features Elinor Dare holding the baby Virginia Dare. Again, the reverse is very wordy. 1587-1937 is seen below the woman, and sailing ships flank the pair on either side. THE COLONIZATION OF ROANOKE ISLAND NORTH CAROLINA and THE BIRTH OF VIRGINIA DARE are arranged in two lines around the periphery of the coin.

While there was no maximum mintage imposed on this issue, there was a provision stating that none could be struck after July 1st. There were 25,000 coins were struck in January. This was followed by 25,000 more in June, which were most likely struck due to the fact that none could be struck after the end of that month. This second order proved excessive, however, as the sale of the coins (offered at $1.65 each by mail) quickly slowed. In the end, 21,000 coins were melted, leaving a net mintage of 29,000 coins.

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Last Updated: 7/24/2015

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1937 ROANOKE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 140 175 180 185 195 200 210 215 235 245 250 340 985 5850 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 265 425 1650 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3819
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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2/24/2002 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2002 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #285, 285/Lot# 1608 $235.75
7/4/2005 PCGS MS 67   Teletrade Auction 2061, 2061/Lot# 1682 $660.00
9/19/2010 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2695 $207.00
5/22/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131122/Lot# 27184 $161.00
8/11/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(7), 1158/Lot# 12160 $195.50
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20038/Lot# 1264 $175.00
2/7/2013 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1182/Lot# 4608 $822.50
6/1/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 178862 $948.20
6/16/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20924 $632.15
1/4/2015 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 837, 846/Lot# 1256 $210.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1937 ROANOKE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base342372404439477563572575586609620631642653695725820102816924095618910796
35238341645250656657357959461362463564666770575788912492493479377250
00000057357959461362463564666770575788912492493479300
00000057458260161662763864968171578895914713294549100
1937 ROANOKE 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3694014374745126046136156296536636766866997437741505170726432821707112370
3804134494875436076146206376566676796907147531018157220192702423888370
0000006146206376566676796907147531018157220192702423800
0000006146246456606726836957287641261164023312762565400
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 4793
Owner: Chippewa
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 4793
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
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