Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,978
Obverse Designer: Carl L. Schmitz
Reverse Designer: Carl L. Schmitz
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.10 (1/28/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1936 DELAWARE 50C MS obverse 1936 DELAWARE 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1936 Delaware Tercentenary half dollar was struck in commemoration of the first European community to take hold and thrive in the state. While this technically occurred in 1638, apparently the Delaware Swedish Tercentenary Commission thought that 1936 was close enough. Considering Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution of the fledgling United States, the 300th anniversary of the first settlement there was clearly a worthy cause for commemoration.

Legislation was passed on May 15th, 1936 which authorized no less that 25,000 coins to be struck at a single mint with a single date. Clearly the coin was not, unlike many other commemoratives of the era, to be a greed-driven venture. The commission then set to work finding a design. Instead of simply hiring a known artist, an open competition was held, which brought in 40 entries vying for a $500 prize. The competition was judged by the Mint’s Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock and by noted sculptor Dr. Robert Tait McKenzie. Carl L. Schmitz, a German-American who was born in France, was selected for his designs featuring two important motifs from Delaware history.

The obverse features the Swedish ship the Kalmar Nykel which transported the first immigrants to Delaware. Below it is the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM and the legend LIBERTY. Arranged in arcs around the periphery are DELAWARE TERCENTENARY and the commemorative dates 1638 1938. These inscriptions are separated by three diamonds, a reference to Delaware’s motto “The Diamond State” and to its three counties. The reverse is dominated by an elevation view of the Old Swedes Church, claimed to be the oldest remaining Protestant house of worship in the United States. Above it are the Sun’s rays piercing through a cloud, while below are the motto IN GOD WE TRUST and the intended date of coining, 1936. Arranged around the periphery are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR.

A total of 25,000 Delaware halves were coined in March of 1937 in Philadelphia. They were sold by the Commission for $1.75 each, a relatively high issue price for commemorative halves of the era. 4,022 pieces failed to sell and were returned to the mint for melting, which leaves a net mintage of only 20,978 pieces for the issue.

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Last Updated: 8/31/2018

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1936 50C DELAWARE MS
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Base $ - - 170 195 200 205 210 215 225 240 265 275 290 310 385 775 1675 11000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3023
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/26/2021 1936 50C DELAWARE MS
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Base--------147114220697011475131064--3002
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Total--------147114220697211545411547--3090
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1936 50C DELAWARE MS PL
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Base--------------31152----21
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Total--------------31152----21
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 50C DELAWARE MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base46650554613691456154715951642167216921722174118451953206521832305243326103902975117207
479519820139814861563161116521679170217281776188119902104222423482492304158521223618067
0000001611165216791702172817761881199021042224234824923041585200
0000001626166216851712173518101917202821442264239025513471780100
1936 50C DELAWARE MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base434471510551620661665672692707727741754774802838990147722155702862715190
44648452457463466266767969771473274576178381488911521723337766771081515950
000000667679697714732745761783814889115217233377667700
000000670685702720736750767793826939131519694540765200
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 6677
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 4540
Owner: Chippewa
 
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