Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 15,000
Catalog: KM-185
Obverse Designer: John Howard Benson & Arthur Graham Carey
Reverse Designer: John Howard Benson & Arthur Graham Carey
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.77 (8/28/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1936 D RHODE ISLAND 50C MS obverse 1936 D RHODE ISLAND 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Providence, Rhode Island was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams. Williams was a Puritan, and his unconventional beliefs including the ideas of separation of Church and State as well as religious freedom, brought him into conflict with the Massachusetts General Court. He was banished in 1635, and decided to start his own settlement. This colony, Providence, was a place where people were free to be who they were. In honor of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city, the Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Tercentenary Committee was founded. They sought a coin commemorating the founding of Providence, and on May 2, 1935, a mintage of 50,000 coins from the three mints was authorized.

John Howard Benson, an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and silversmith Arthur Graham Carey were selected to design the coin. Their obverse features Roger Williams coming ashore in a small boat with a Bible in his hand. He is being greeted by a Native American whose hand is extended as if to help him disembark. A stalk of corn is to their left, and a sunset is seen behind them. IN GOD WE TRUST and RHODE ISLAND are on the top and bottom periphery, with 1636 and 1936 separating them at 9 and 3 o’ clock respectively. The reverse is dominated by a representation of the state seal of Rhode Island. The seal features a boat anchor at its center with the word HOPE above. E PLURIBUS UNUM is seen below, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR are arranged around the periphery.

The Philadelphia Mint struck 20,000 coins in January, which was followed the following month by Denver and San Francisco’s minting of 15,000 each. They were to be distributed by the Rhode Island Hospital National Bank and prominent coin dealer Horace M. Grant. The demand seems to have met the supply in this coin’s case, as no coins were returned to the mint for melting.

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1936 D RHODE ISLAND 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 70.00 83.00 85.00 88.00 90.00 95.00 98.00 102 105 115 130 230 400 1475 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 125 145 245 550 3450 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1771
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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10/12/2003 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1791, 1791/Lot# 1057 $396.00
6/7/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25062, 25062/Lot# 14041 $86.25
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 3378 $1,800.00
3/9/2009 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 344, 350/Lot# 1252 $230.00
8/4/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/04/2013, 86/Lot# 131865 $122.83
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4748 $411.25
4/22/2015 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 8709 $446.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 D RHODE ISLAND 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18620522724827231431732033033635136037238140945068499025734301812714654
192212234256286315318323332341354364375390423528786151831495576103030
00000031832333234135436437539042352878615183149557600
00000031932733434635736837840043660688820453725685200
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5576
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3149
Owner: Rob8
 
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