Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,000
Obverse Designer: Henry G. Kreis
Reverse Designer: Henry G. Kreis
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $10.60 (8/10/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1936 BRIDGEPORT 50C MS obverse 1936 BRIDGEPORT 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Bridgeport Centennial half dollar was coined in 1936 to commemorate 100 years since the incorporation of the city (which was actually founded nearly 200 years earlier in 1639.) While P.T. Barnum is featured prominently on the obverse of the coin, it’s the city, not the man, being honored. Barnum merely called the city his home, but the group of civic leaders which organized the commemorative, Bridgeport Centennial, Inc. knew Barnum’s image would help sell coins.

Unlike other commemorative issues of this era, the May 15th, 1936 bill which authorized the coin only called for a single design, date, and mint-mark. This is in stark opposition to the serialized commemorative issues that were all the rage at the time. Sculptor Henry G. Kreiss, who also designed the Connecticut Tercentenary the year before, was selected to design both sides of the coin. As he had already designed a coin the previous year, the Commission of Fine Arts only had to make minor changes to his designs.

In September, 25,000 pieces were struck at the Philadelphia Mint. The coins were distributed for $2 each through the First National Bank and Trust Co. as well as select other banks. Even though the Bridgeport half had a high release price and arrived after most centennial celebrations, the coin sold well with the public and collectors alike. The few thousand left over at the end were wholesaled to dealers, and hoards of this coin remained intact as late as 1972. None were ever returned for melting, so the net mintage for this type is 25,000.

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Last Updated: 2/14/2020

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1936 50C BRIDGEPORT MS
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Base $ - - 85.00 100.00 110 115 115 120 135 135 140 140 155 165 200 315 1400 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 170 225 575 2100 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3198
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1936 50C BRIDGEPORT MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------15-24124011631308403341--3198
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---------------3995---26
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Total---------15-24124011661317415433--3233
 ---------0%0%-0%1%7%36%41%13%1%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 50C BRIDGEPORT MS
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Base241262288314366381386389395409423450477502527575715111027274403881015803
248271297331371383387391400414432459485510543622847164932865872111410
00000038739140041443245948551054362284716493286587200
00000038839340441844146849451955966897821883844734100
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5872
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2727
Owner: Blaster
 
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