1936-S 50C Bay Bridge AG3

CERTIFICATION#: 21866450
PCGS#: 9254

Owner's Comments

Raw from Ebay

Expert Comments

David Hall: The San Francisco- Oakland Bay Bridge was opened to the public in November , 1936 and in the same month 100,055 Bay Bridge commemorative half dollars were struck at the San Francisco Mint. Interestingly, many were sold (at $1.50) in drive-up booths at the bridge itself. It was the first (and I think only) "drive-up" commemorative! In 1937, there were 28,631 Bay Bride half dollars melted as unsold making the distributed mintage a healthy 71,424 coins.

The healthy mintage has made the Bay Bridge one of the more readily available silver commemorative issues. It is also one of the only commemoratives of the 1930s that can be found somewhat easily in circulated condition. Nonetheless, most survivors grade MS63 to MS66. The typical Bay Bridge has nice frosty luster and eye appeal is usually quite good.

 

Diameter: 30.60 millimeters Designer: Jacques Schnier Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 71,424 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
3
125
2
4
100
6
90
1
8
90
10
95
1
12
100
15
105
20
110
1
25
110
30
110
35
115
40
120
45
125
2
45+
125
50+
130
53
135
53+
135
55+
140
58+
145
62+
160
63+
185
1
64+
225
13
67+
3,900
12
68+
20,000
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 60,000 R-2.4 118 / 144 TIE 118 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 48,000 R-2.5 121 / 144 TIE 121 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 22,000 R-2.7 129 / 144 TIE 129 / 144 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade
1 MS68+ PCGS grade
3 MS68 PCGS grade
3 MS68 PCGS grade  
3 MS68 PCGS grade