Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 50,000
Obverse Designer: Brenda Putnam
Reverse Designer: Brenda Putnam
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.93 (5/10/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1936 CLEVELAND 50C MS obverse 1936 CLEVELAND 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis


The 1936 Cleveland Centennial Half Dollar was struck to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the city, as well as they Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-1937. As opposed to the Cincinnati Commemorative which celebrated no true anniversary, Cleveland was actually incorporated 100 years prior in 1836. However, the same enterprising coin dealer who was behind the Cincinnati coin, Thomas G. Melish, was the man behind the Cleveland coin as well.

Melish, attempting to capitalize on commemorative coin fever, once again tried his best to have many different date and mint mark combinations (as well as multiple designs) authorized for the Cleveland coin. However, Congress had finally had enough of his profiteering, and restricted the coin to a single design, date, and mint mark. The bill authorizing the coin was passed on May 5th, 1936, allowing for no fewer than 25,000 and no greater than 50,000 coins to be minted.

The Cleveland Centennial Commemorative Coin Association selected sculptor Brenda Putnam to design the coin. Her sketches were accepted with only minor alterations. The obverse features the portrait of Moses Cleaveland facing left along with LIBERTY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and HALF DOLLAR. The reverse has an aerial view of the five cities of the Great Lakes, and around the periphery are GREAT LAKES EXPOSITION and CLEVELAND CENTENNIAL, separated by the tiny dates 1836 and 1936.

The first 25,000 coins authorized by the bill were minted in July of 1936, and were offered for sale on the grounds of the Exposition for $1.50 each. The coins proved popular and the remainder of the coins authorized by the bill was minted in 1937 (but with the date of 1936.) Therefore, the total mintage of this issue was the full 50,000.

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Last Updated: 9/30/2018

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1936 50C CLEVELAND MS
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Base $ - - 72.00 75.00 78.00 80.00 82.00 84.00 85.00 95.00 98.00 102 110 140 160 290 1700 9500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 130 150 175 425 2900 16250

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5074
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1936 50C CLEVELAND MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------1-69288237918712104550584--5074
---------------2-665--19
---------------24178---31
------------------21--3
Total-------1-692882379187521085737410--5127
 -------0%-0%0%0%0%2%7%37%41%11%1%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 50C CLEVELAND MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20923025527831133333634235136036638138639543748956399028075747861915644
2162382632893183343383453543623713833894094545147051596378767041096116426
00000033834535436237138338940945451470515963787670400
00000034034835736437638439242347253884822014767766200
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 6704
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 4767
Owner: Chippewa
 
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