Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: San Francisco
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: $5.73 (2/14/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1936 S RHODE ISLAND 50C MS obverse 1936 S 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 S RHODE ISLAND 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 70.00 83.00 85.00 88.00 90.00 95.00 105 110 120 130 240 540 3450 - - -
$ - - - - - - 115 125 145 260 940 4500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1501
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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8/21/1996 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0869, 869/Lot# 1696 $76.30
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 442 $195.50
5/9/2007 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 5339 $2,581.75
5/27/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28061, 28061/Lot# 21472 $104.65
12/12/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 210123/Lot# 25203 $172.50
8/21/2011 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/21/2011, 132/Lot# 8396 $220.00
1/20/2013 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1530 $170.00
2/6/2015 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2469 $1,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 S RHODE ISLAND 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1862052272482723143173203303363513663813954234507051375391962321215222066
192212234256286315318323332341356371386404432535928222346908205154570
00000031832333234135637138640443253592822234690820500
0000003193273343463613763904144416201152307154611017900
1936 S RHODE ISLAND 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2052232442682953393423483573633813954124264564848201564432668041359024707
2112302522773103403443513593693864014174364655961068248551529066172960
000000344351359369386401417436465596106824855152906600
0000003463543613753904064214464757081316340559781132800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4690
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3919
Owner: Chippewa
 
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