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1936 50C Gettysburg (Regular Strike)

Series: Silver Commemoratives

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS #:
9305
Designer:
Frank Vittor
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
26,928
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 23,000 R-2.7 103 / 144 TIE 103 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 18,000 R-2.8 103 / 144 TIE 103 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 7,900 R-3.4 112 / 144 TIE 112 / 144 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 23,000
60 or Better 18,000
65 or Better 7,900
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.7
60 or Better R-2.8
65 or Better R-3.4
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 103 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 103 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 112 / 144 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 103 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 103 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 112 / 144 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
8 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #9305 (MS)     67

AGW Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

8 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
8 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #9305 (MS)     67
MS68 PCGS grade #1 MS68 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#3 MS67+ PCGS grade
#3 MS67+ PCGS grade
#3 MS67+ PCGS grade
#3 MS67+ PCGS grade
#3 MS67+ PCGS grade
PCGS #9305 (MS)     67 #8 MS67 PCGS grade

AGW Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS67 PCGS grade #8 MS67 PCGS grade
PCGS #9305 (MS)     67 #8 MS67 PCGS grade
David Hall:

The Gettysburg commemorative half dollar was struck to commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most important battles of the Civil War. It was a worthy commemorative, but abuses were many during the commemorative boom of the 1930s. As Q. David Bowers wrote,

"The 75th anniversary was to be held in 1938, but once again the promoters sniffed an immediate profit and simply could not wait. The Commission originally requested 20,000 from Philadelphia, 15,000 from Denver, and 15,000 for San Francisco to make up the quantity, an idea that was rejected. The coins were dated 1936, a year completely irrelevant to the situation."

The Gettysburgs were only struck in Philadelphia and 26,928 were originally distributed. The issue price was $1.65, later raised to $2.65. Whatever the abuses of the original issue, today Gettysburgs are very popular with commemorative collectors. The design is impressive and the event commemorated was indeed monumental.

The Gettysburg is moderately scarce in Gem condition. It is more scarce than the New Rochelle, Antietam, Elgin, Roanoke, Norfolk, Wisconsin, and York. It is not as rare as the Connecticut and Robinson and the Gettysburg is about equal in rarity to the Lnychburg, Maryland, and Albany.

The typical Gettysburg is a very nice coin. Most survivors have relatively clean, mark-free surfaces. Luster is usually excellent and often quite white and flashy.