Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,000
Obverse Designer: Walter H. Rich
Reverse Designer: Walter H. Rich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.21 (8/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1936 YORK 50C MS obverse 1936 YORK 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1936 York Tercentenary half dollar was another commemorative coin decried at the time of its issuance for its strictly local significance. The coin was approved mostly due to the connections that the coin’s sponsors had, most notably numismatist Walter P. Nichols, who was Treasurer of the Committee for Commemoration of the Founding of York County. The sponsors were able to have a bill passed on June 26th, 1936 authorizing the mintage of up to 30,000 coins.

The Committee selected Portland, Mane artist Walter H. Rich to design the coin. His obverse depicts the arms of York County. This includes a cross against a shield, with a pine tree in the upper left quadrant. The dates 1636 and 1936 flank the shield, while the statutory motto IN•GOD WE•TRUST appears below it, all enclosed within a circle. Arranged around the obverse periphery are the legends YORK•COUNTY and FIRST•COUNTY•IN• MAINE, separated by stars.

The reverse of this type features a view of Brown’s Garrison (which was a fort around which York County was formed) with a rising sun behind it. The statutory mottoes LIBERTY and E•PLURIBUS•UNUM appear in the field above and below the garrison, respectively. Below the Latin motto are the designer’s script initials W.H.R. All of these elements are enclosed within a circle. Arranged around the periphery are the legends UNITED•STATES•OF•AMERICA and HALF•DOLLAR, the two separated by stars.

In August of 1936, 25,000 of the 30,000 mintage limit were coined. Many were sold to Maine residents, and early sales were brisk. However, after the commemorative coin market collapsed in late 1936, sales slowed. The Commission held on to the remaining coins however, and they were sold in lots all the way through the 1950’s. This left a net mintage of 25,000 coins for the type.

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Last Updated: 8/31/2018

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1936 YORK 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 105 130 165 170 172 175 180 215 235 245 255 265 230 260 475 3360 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 245 300 915 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3519
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1936 YORK 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1-----11-19865021154133638831--3519
----------------15248--38
----------------215141--32
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Total----1-----11-19865021157135642640--3589
 ----0 %-----0 %0 %-1 %2 %14 %32 %38 %12 %1 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Price
1/28/2003 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23021, 23021/Lot# 11903 $471.50
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3012 $368.00
3/8/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 460, 466/Lot# 488 $235.75
11/13/2011 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3171, 3171/Lot# 2028 $150.00
3/18/2012 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 41824 $247.50
7/25/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22634 $240.88
3/22/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131513/Lot# 29340 $199.75
10/4/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23327 $199.75
2/16/2017 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1252/Lot# 5347 $1,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 50C MS YORK
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2953203513814505635755866096316536746957157357547838651333356449288568
30333036140448856757959461663866068170272274176481010212077401961410
00000057959461663866068170272274176481010212077401900
00000058260162464666768870872874877383811772820447300
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 4019
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 3564
Owner: Chippewa
 
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