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1936 50C Elgin MS68+

CERTIFICATION#: 32961666
PCGS #: 9303

Expert Comments

David Hall

The Elgin was one of the many commemoratives struck in the 1934-1939 "commemorative boom" era. The original mintage for the Elgin was 25,015 coins. The entire mintage was well distributed at the original issue price of $1.75. Today, Elgins are fairly easily obtained as most of the original mintage was saved and the majority of the survivors grade in the MS63 to MS67 range. Of the coins of this period with similar mintages, the Elgin is not as rare as the Robinson, Connecticut, Lynchburg, Maryland, Gettysberg, Albany, New Rochelle, or Antietam. It is similar in rarity to the Roanoke, and rarer than the Norfolk, Wisconsin, and York.

The design of the Elgin is pretty flat, so marks and abraisions are commonplace. But a good number of relatively mark-free Gems do exist, so with a little patience you'll have no trouble at all finding a Gem for your collection. The typical Elgin has white frosty luster that looks a little matte-like. There are of course Elgins with varying degrees of toning.

 

Diameter

30.60 millimeters
Designer

Trygve Rovelstad
Edge

Reeded
Mintage

20015
Weight

12.50 grams
Metal Content

90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country

The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
65 or Better 17000 R-2.8 96 / 144 TIE 96 / 144 TIE
All Grades 13500 R-2.9 91 / 144 TIE 91 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 7800 R-3.4 112 / 144 TIE 112 / 144 TIE

Condition Census

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

Heritage 1/2014:5609, $49,937.50 -  J&L Commemorative Type Set Collection

2 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade