1936 50C Norfolk (Regular Strike)

Series: Silver Commemoratives

PCGS MS69

PCGS MS69

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PCGS MS69

PCGS MS69

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+

PCGS #:
9337
Designer:
William Marks Simpson & Marjorie Emory Simpson
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
16,936
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 14,000 R-2.9 84 / 144 TIE 84 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 11,500 R-2.9 91 / 144 TIE 91 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 9,000 R-3.2 117 / 144 117 / 144
Survival Estimate
All Grades 14,000
60 or Better 11,500
65 or Better 9,000
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.9
60 or Better R-2.9
65 or Better R-3.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 84 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 91 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 117 / 144
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 84 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 91 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 117 / 144

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS69 PCGS grade

San Diego Collection - Hidden Liberty II Collection

1 MS69 PCGS grade

J&L Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS68+ PCGS grade  
	MS68+ PCGS grade

J&L Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS68+ PCGS grade MS68+ PCGS grade
3 MS68+ PCGS grade MS68+ PCGS grade
3 MS68+ PCGS grade MS68+ PCGS grade
3 MS68+ PCGS grade
3 MS68+ PCGS grade
3 MS68+ PCGS grade
3 MS68+ PCGS grade
#1 MS69 PCGS grade

San Diego Collection - Hidden Liberty II Collection

#1 MS69 PCGS grade

J&L Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

 
	MS68+ PCGS grade 
#3 MS68+ PCGS grade

J&L Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS68+ PCGS grade #3 MS68+ PCGS grade
MS68+ PCGS grade #3 MS68+ PCGS grade
MS68+ PCGS grade #3 MS68+ PCGS grade
#3 MS68+ PCGS grade
#3 MS68+ PCGS grade
#3 MS68+ PCGS grade
#3 MS68+ PCGS grade
David Hall:

The Norfolk commemorative was one of the many "contrived" commemorative issues of the 1930s. It was supposedly struck to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Norfolk's change from village to full "borough" status in 1736?!?!?!? Contrived though it may have been, 25,013 were distributed at $1.50 per coin ($1.65 by mail). Today, Norfolks are of course a legitimate part of the 50 piece 1892-1954 silver commemorative type set and they have been widely collected since they were issued in 1936.

The interesting thing about Norfolk half dollars is that they are the highest quality commemorative in terms of condition. In fact, the average grade for Norfolks is Gem MS65 to Superb Gem MS67. And MS68s aren't exactly rare either. This is probably due to the fact that the design is so busy. There is so much going on with the design that there isn't a lot of flat field space and consequently Norfolks don't seem to ever have many marks. They also usually have great frosty luster and the strike is always full.

Overall, Norfolks are about as rare as the Elgin, Roanoke, Wisconsin, and York, but in terms of condition rarity, the Norfolk is by far the most common 1892-1954 silver commem in MS67 and MS68 condition. There is, however, one thing about Norfolks that is rare. If you are a "low ball" collector, you will really struggle to find a circulated grade Norfolk. In fact, I have never seen one that graded below AU55.