Owner's Comments

Ex: Heller Scher WPE JFS Jewell

Expert Comments

David Hall

The Albany half dollar is a mid-range rarity for the silver commemorative series. The original mintage was 25,013. Of those, 13 were assay issues and 7,342 were melted as unsold at the issue price of $2. That leaves a net distributed mintage of 17,671, about mid-range mintage size for silver commems. Of the original mintage, probably 12,000 to 15,000 survive today, nearly all of them mint state. Most Albanys are in the MS64 or MS65 grade. Albanys, like most commemorative issues of the 1930s, are quite rare in circulated grades and are in high demand from "low ball" collectors.

The average grade for an Albany is MS63 to MS66 and MS67s are somewhat scare. The typical Albany has good satiny luster, though there are many toned with varying degrees of eye appeal. You should avoid the dark, dingy toned examples and also the unattractive yellow toned examples. Eye appeal is definitely a factor with this issue. Interestingly, though Albanys are readily obtainable in MS64 to MS66 grades, they are rare in MS67 or better, probably due to eye appeal/toning problems.


30.60 millimeters
Gertrude K. Lathrop
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 15000 R-2.9 84 / 144 TIE 84 / 144 TIE
All Grades 12000 R-2.9 91 / 144 TIE 91 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 6000 R-3.8 98 / 144 TIE 98 / 144 TIE

Condition Census

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

Heller Collection - Heritage 3/2004:6876, $20,125 - JFS Collection - Heritage 8/2004:4205, $16,100 - Bruce Scher Collection - Heritage 2/2005:4142, $16,100 - Heritage 1/2011:5702, $19,550 - “J&L 144 Complete Set” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade

“San Diego” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade