Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,923
Obverse Designer: William Marks Simpson and Majorie Emory Simpson
Reverse Designer: William Marks Simpson and Majorie Emory Simpso
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.43 (4/18/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1936 NORFOLK 50C MS obverse 1936 NORFOLK 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis



The Norfolk half dollar is yet another example of the commemorative coin series being used to honor events and/or anniversaries of strictly local significance. It was coined to commemorate the bicentennial of the city of Norfolk becoming a borough. As this anniversary approached, a civic group called the Norfolk Advertising Board sought a coin to mark the occasion. The senate, realizing the limited appeal, changed wording in the bill to authorize only a medal, not a coin. It was well-known that medals sold poorly in comparison to coins, so the Board refused to move forward. Eventually, they enlisted the help of Virginia Senator Carter Glass (who appears on the Lynchburg half dollar) to make another attempt. On June 28th, 1937 he succeeded in passing legislation authorizing the mintage of up to 25,000 half dollars was passed.

Models for the half dollar were created by the husband and wife team of William Marks Simpson (creator of the Antietam and Roanoke halves) and Majorie Emory Simpson. The extremely complex and crowded obverse depicts at its center the seal of the city of Norfolk, with a sailing ship placed atop a plow and three bundles of wheat. The various dates associated with the progress of this city are listed, along the anniversary date of 1936. The latter is flanked by scallop shells, and a circle of rope is likewise incorporated as a further reference to the city’s seaport heritage. The reverse of the Norfolk half is dominated by the Royal Mace, which was presented to the city in 1753 as a token of esteem from Lieutenant Governor Dinwiddie. The balance of the design includes the date of the original land grant and the coin’s value, as well as the various statutory legends and mottos found on all U. S. coins.

The entire mintage of 25,000 coins was struck in September of 1937 at the Philadelphia mint. Orders had already been taken for the coin, and the first 15,000 sold fairly quickly. However, a total of 8,077 coins were eventually returned to the mint for melting as they remained unsold, even at steep discounts. This left a net mintage of 16,923 for the issue.

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Last Updated: 5/7/2019

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1936 50C NORFOLK MS
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Base $ - - 250 280 285 300 310 315 320 340 365 370 385 410 435 535 580 1450 11000 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 440 550 625 3900

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2881
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 69

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1936 50C NORFOLK MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------111-273524662011417241021-2881
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Total--------111-273524662011447631281-2949
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 50C NORFOLK MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57962767472582094995897499010051021103610511066108110951138122613632268615610543
59564369175786395296397999510101026104110561071108611091167127216653564761811070
0000009639799951010102610411056107110861109116712721665356400
00000096998510001016103110461061107610901124119713171966486000
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Grade: MS 69
Points: 6156
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 4860
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
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