Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,000
Obverse Designer: Charles Keck
Reverse Designer: Charles Keck
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.78 (2/16/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1936 LYNCHBURG 50C MS obverse 1936 LYNCHBURG 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Commemorative coin fever was running rampant in 1936 and many coins that celebrated events that were of local or regional importance were struck. The 1936 Lynchburg Sesquicentennial half dollar was one of those coins. While Lynchburg has had slight significance at times in the history of the United States, it has never been of great importance to the country as a whole. Yet Congress was inundated with a flurry of commemorative coin bills at this time, legislation authorizing the mintage of up to 20,000 Lynchburg half dollars was passed on May 28, 1936.

The Lynchburg Sesqui-Centennial Association selected sculptor Charles Keck to design the coin. They initially wanted a depiction of the city’s founder, John Lynch, but unfortunately no portrait of him survived. Therefore, the obverse instead depicts then-living U.S. Senator Carter Glass, a native of the city. Below his portrait is his name, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above on the periphery. To his left is LIBERTY and to the right, IN GOD WE TRUST. The reverse of this issue features a standing figure of Liberty in modern dress. In the background was placed Lynchburg’s Monument Terrace, with its Confederate Memorial, as well as the Old Lynchburg Courthouse. LYNCHBURG VIRGINIA SESQUICENTENNIAL forms an arc around the top edge of the coin, and the dates 1786 and 1936 are to the left and right of Liberty. Also to her left is the national motto E PLURIBUS UNUM, and below is the denomination, HALF DOLLAR.

The 20,000 coins authorized were all minted in September of 1936. While the anniversary that the coin celebrated was not of National Importance, commemorative coin speculation was rampant during the mid 1930’s. Due to this, the coin quickly sold out, leaving the final mintage at 20,000 coins.


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Total Graded: 2642
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/11/2019 1936 LYNCHBURG 50C MS
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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
9/24/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2426, 2426/Lot# 1674 $291.20
5/29/2011 NGC MS 67   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1124 $1,667.50
12/1/2011 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 641, 648/Lot# 5489 $224.25
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1181/Lot# 13821 $381.88
10/27/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 146398 $93.50
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1225/Lot# 4395 $822.50
11/10/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26904 $199.75
12/6/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131550/Lot# 25929 $175.08

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 50C MS LYNCHBURG
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5268
Owner: Gregg Bingham
Grade: MS 68
Points: 5268
Owner: J & L
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