1936-S 50C Bay Bridge MS68+ Certification #32961655, PCGS #9254

Owner's Comments

Ex: WPE Scher

Expert Comments

David Hall

The San Francisco- Oakland Bay Bridge was opened to the public in November , 1936 and in the same month 100,055 Bay Bridge commemorative half dollars were struck at the San Francisco Mint. Interestingly, many were sold (at $1.50) in drive-up booths at the bridge itself. It was the first (and I think only) "drive-up" commemorative! In 1937, there were 28,631 Bay Bride half dollars melted as unsold making the distributed mintage a healthy 71,424 coins.

The healthy mintage has made the Bay Bridge one of the more readily available silver commemorative issues. It is also one of the only commemoratives of the 1930s that can be found somewhat easily in circulated condition. Nonetheless, most survivors grade MS63 to MS66. The typical Bay Bridge has nice frosty luster and eye appeal is usually quite good.


30.60 millimeters
Jacques Schnier
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 60000 R-2.4 118 / 144 TIE 118 / 144 TIE
All Grades 48000 R-2.5 121 / 144 TIE 121 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 22000 R-2.7 129 / 144 TIE 129 / 144 TIE

Condition Census

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