Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,015
Obverse Designer: Benjamin Hawkins
Reverse Designer: Benjamin Hawkins
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.40 (6/17/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1936 WISCONSIN 50C MS obverse 1936 WISCONSIN 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1936 Wisconsin Centennial half dollar was yet another commemorative issue that honored event of no real national significance. In this case, it was the 100th, anniversary of the founding of the Wisconsin territory. It seems the coin was essentially an afterthought, as the centennial celebrations were to be held on July 4thof 1936, and the legislation authorizing the mintage of no less than 25,000 coins was not passed until May 15th of that year.

After some troubles with their first selection, the Wisconsin Centennial Commission’s Coinage Committee selected New York sculptor Benjamin Hawkins to design the coin. His obverse of the Wisconsin half dollar depicts a badger in profile, facing left and perched upon a log. Behind it, arranged vertically, are three arrows, symbolizing the three engagements of the Blackhawk Wars, and an olive branch, denoting the peace which followed. The statutory motto IN GOD WE TRUST is crowded into the space between these symbols. E PLURIBUS UNUM and LIBERTY are arranged in arc form above and below, respectively. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR are inscribed around the periphery.

The reverse depicts the old territorial seal, with a disembodied arm holding a pickaxe suspended above a pile of lead ore (which was important for making bullets during the War of 1812.) The inscription 4th DAY OF JULY ANNO DOMINI 1836 is arranged in three lines (the Latin part seemingly unnecessary). Encircling the periphery are the legend WISCONSIN TERRITORIAL CENTENNIAL and the date 1936, these separated by stars.

While the legislation authorized the minimum mintage of 25,000 coins, no maximum was noted. However, the Centennial Commission took the conservative route, and minted the minimum required. This ended up being the right move, as even ten years after the centennial celebrations, coins were still available by mail. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that the supplies of the coin were finally exhausted.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/28/2019

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1936 WISCONSIN 50C MS
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Base $ - - 105 130 182 188 190 190 191 220 225 230 235 245 260 325 570 5250 21350 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 250 300 390 1075 18500

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3851
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/11/2019 1936 WISCONSIN 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2-3269268813751254371391-3851
-----------------1179--27
-----------------8252--35
------------------11--2
Total----------2-3269268813751263414511-3915
 ----------0 %-0 %1 %2 %18 %35 %32 %11 %1 %0 %- 

Auction Prices Realized

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9/19/2010 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1963 $253.00
9/27/2011 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3145, 3145/Lot# 1086 $251.00
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 144242 $247.50
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1201/Lot# 10510 $652.13
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 810, 819/Lot# 301 $326.00
11/10/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26979 $164.50
9/24/2017 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131740/Lot# 21613 $132.00
12/26/2018 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131901/Lot# 21732 $312.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 50C MS WISCONSIN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base29532035138145058659760963165368470572574576478382090816094261630311036
30333036140449559060161663866369171273275177079584911422493494278810
00000060161663866369171273275177079584911422493494200
00000060562464667469871873875877780887913753377562200
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 4942
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 4942
Owner: J & L
 
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