1936 50C Cleveland MS68 Certification #34562267, PCGS #9288
With a mintage of over 50,000 coins, the Cleveland half dollar is one of the most comon silver commemoratives of the classic 1893-1954 era. Interestingly, half of the Clevelands were struck in July, 1936, and the other half were struck in February, 1937, but dated 1936. There is no way to tell the two "batches" apart. The majority of Clevelands were saved at the time of issue as they were sold to the public at a premium price of $1.50. Many Clevelands remained in dealer hands (mostly Abe Kosoff and Sol Kaplan) for a number of years. Today, almost all Clevelands grade MS63 to MS66. They are the third most populous silver commem graded by PCGS, after the 1946 Iowa and 1935-S San Diego. Clevelands are readily available in Gem condition and many are very frosty and lustrous.