Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,000
Obverse Designer: Hans Schuler
Reverse Designer: Hans Schuler
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.49 (4/19/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1934 MARYLAND 50C MS obverse 1934 MARYLAND 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Maryland was first settled by a group of mostly English Catholic colonists who established the settlement St. Mary’s in 1634. In honor of the 300th anniversary of this outpost, the Maryland Tercentenary Commission was formed in Baltimore to help plan festivities. As was the norm with the commemorative coin series, funds raised by the sales of the coins were to be used to help defray the cost of the celebrations. On May 9th, 1934, legislation was passed authorizing the striking of up to 25,000 Maryland Tercentenary half dollars.

Sculptor Hans Schuler was commissioned to prepare models for the coins. The obverse depicts the second Lord of Baltimore, Cecil Calvert, with his name below. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR are on the periphery above and below him, respectively. To his left is E PLURIBUS UNUM and to his right, IN GOD WE TRUST. The reverse displays the arms of Maryland, with MARYLAND TERCENTENERAY above and the date 1634-1934 below.

All 25,000 Maryland Tercentenary half dollars were coined in early July of 1934. They were delivered to the Commission on July 10th, and were marketed by the group for $1 each both directly as well as through banks throughout the state. By the end of the year, around 10,000 coins remained, which were sold at ever-increasingly discounted prices until none remained.

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1934 MARYLAND 50C MS
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Base $ - - 75.00 90.00 120 145 145 145 150 155 160 165 175 180 240 435 2200 11900 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 200 325 580 5925 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3483
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/16/2019 1934 MARYLAND 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------1-2211-33423011781408520913--3483
------------------73--10
---------------210105---27
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Total------1-2211-334230118014185301036--3520
 ------0 %-0 %0 %0 %-0 %1 %7 %34 %40 %15 %3 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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9/4/1996 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0873, 873/Lot# 1570 $517.75
6/13/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #42, 46/Lot# 1433 $276.00
3/6/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Online Session #413, 413/Lot# 8582 $253.00
9/25/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131140/Lot# 22664 $218.50
2/19/2012 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/19/2012, 8/Lot# 37577 $236.50
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1012 $414.00
11/10/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26910 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1934 50C MS MARYLAND
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base220241265288336409437463477502527539551563586631847118626144319962717146
227249273304360418446468485510531543555571601703960166231826088121330
00000044646848551053154355557160170396016623182608800
000000454472494519535547559578616775107321383751785800
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 4319
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3182
Owner: Chippewa
 
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