Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,265
Obverse Designer: Henry Kreiss
Reverse Designer: Edward E. Burr
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.53 (2/20/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1936 ROBINSON 50C MS obverse 1936 ROBINSON 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The story of the Arkansas-Robinson Commemorative Half Dollar coin began with the grand plans for marking the state of Arkansas’ 100th anniversary in 1936. After noting the success of other states in funding such events through the sale of commemorative coins, a similar plan was devised by a state-appointed group calling itself the Arkansas Centennial Commission.

After the initial success of the original Arkansas Centennial Commemoratives, the commission sought to create additional reverse designs to help raise more funds. This move was prompted by the Texas Centennial Commission scheme to have five new reverses adapted for use with a common obverse. Even after scaling down their desires to 3 new reverse designs, however, Congress forced the Arkansas Centennial Commission to make do with just one new design. Legislation passed on June 26, 1936 authorized a supplemental production of not less than 25,000 nor more than 50,000 coins.

Unlike the long and painful process associated with producing the designs and models for the Arkansas Centennial half dollar, the Robinson coin progressed smoothly and quickly. It was ultimately decided that Joseph T. Robinson, a former member of the United States Senate and Governor of the state would grace the new reverse of the coin. The coin proved relatively popular, but only 25,265 pieces were eventually struck of the original 50,000 allotted.


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Total Graded: 2724
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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6/3/1994 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 1858 $880.00
4/17/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 83, 88/Lot# 1117 $161.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1956 $437.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3201, 3201/Lot# 1155 $142.00
10/6/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 141383 $46.50
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 8445 $123.38
8/5/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 8867 $381.88

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 ROBINSON 50C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3163
Owner: Richard Schultz
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2614
Owner: Bruce Young
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