Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,000
Obverse Designer: William Marks Simpson
Reverse Designer: William Marks Simpson
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.25 (1/26/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1937 ANTIETAM 50C MS obverse 1937 ANTIETAM 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Unlike many of its contemporaries, the Antietam half dollar commemorates an event that was of truly national significance. The Battle of Antietam, which occurred on September 17th of 1862, is remembered as the single bloodiest day of the American Civil War. In total, nearly 5,000 were killed, and 20,000 were wounded.

The coinage of this commemorative was prompted by the Washington County Historical Society of Hagerstown, Maryland, which designated an Antietam Celebration Commission to co-ordinate events marking the battle’s 75th anniversary in 1937. A bill authorizing the coinage of no more than 50,000 Antietam half dollars was passed on June 24 of that year. Recognizing the abuses perpetrated by other coin programs, this legislation specifically required that the coins be struck with a single design and at a single mint.

Baltimore sculptor William Marks Simpson was selected to design and model the coin. Simpson was also the creator of commemorative halves for Roanoke and Norfolk. His models for the Antietam half dollar were reviewed favorably by the Commission of Fine Arts. The obverse depicts the generals of the two armies involved, George B. McClellan and Robert E. Lee on the obverse. The reverse features a view of a bridge over Antietam Creek which was the focus of the fighting in 1862.

The entire authorized mintage of 50,000 pieces was struck in August of 1937 at the Philadelphia Mint. The first struck was offered to President Franklin Roosevelt on August 12 of that year, and the remainder were offered by the Washington County Historical Society at $1.65 a piece. Despite the significant theme of the coin, they were poor sellers, and 32,000 were returned to the mint to be destroyed. This left a net mintage of merely 18,000 coins.


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Last Updated: 1/31/2020

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1937 50C ANTIETAM MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - 300 325 345 475 510 520 525 550 585 600 650 670 675 700 750 1050 6450 28500 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 685 725 915 2300 13500

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2845
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 69

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/26/2021 1937 50C ANTIETAM MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------411-3341325911060808184153-2845
-----------------396--18
---------------241712---35
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Total---------411-3341325931064828208213-2901
 ---------0%0%-0%1%5%20%37%29%7%1%0%- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1937 50C ANTIETAM MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base597644692745900116611931206122612461284136313931416143314881707186923123817515813291
613660710797989117511971213123312591310137314011422145115611761201728144264786913956
0000001197121312331259131013731401142214511561176120172814426400
0000001202121912391271133713831408142714701634181521643315471100
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Grade: MS 69
Points: 5158
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
Grade: MS 69
Points: 5158
Owner: J & L
 
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