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Pcgs Ms65 1936 Battle Of Gettysburg Commemorative 90% Silver Half Dollar Coin For Sale
Wonderful Uncirculated PCGS MS65
1936Battle of Gettysburg
Commemorative Silver Half Dollar
ASuperbPCGS Graded MS65 Uncirculated 1936 Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary Commemorative Silver Half Dollar. A wonderful, no problem, solid coin! The image should tell most of the story on this piece! (and yes this is the actual coin!) How can you go wrong with a Fifty Cent face value minimum offer? Check back frequently withVierksjewelryas we will be adding many new face value sales on US and foreign coins in the near future not to mention some fantastic sales of some of the coolest items imaginable with ridiculously low minimum offers!
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Another Confusing Anniversary
To observe the 75th anniversary of one of the most famous Civil War conflicts, the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Congress on June 16, 1936, provided for the coinage of not more than 50,000 silver half dollars to be produced of a single design and struck at a single mint. 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 coins 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.
Design and Distribution
The Pennsylvania State Commission, located at the Hotel Gettysburg in Gettysburg, hired Frank Vittor, a Philadelphia artist, to prepare designs. On the obverse two busts were depicted, one of a Confederate and the other of a Union soldier. The inscription, BLUE AND GRAY REUNION, referred to an event scheduled for July 1-3, 1938. The reverse showed two shields, one representing the Union and the other the Confederacy, divided by a fasces, with the date 1936 below. The dates 1863-1938 were to the left and right at the border.
In June 1937, 50,028 coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Thus we have a situation similar to that of the Delaware half dollar: a coin dated 1936 struck in 1937 for an event scheduled to take place in 1938, still another shameful example of commemorative half dollar exploitation. Paul L. Roy, executive secretary of the Pennsylvania State Commission, held out the hope that he would have Denver and San Francisco coins until the very end, when he reluctantly told those who had ordered sets of three different coins that he would send them three examples all from the same mint (philadelphia). Refunds were offered to anyone not wanting that quantity. Single coins were priced at $1.65.
By May 15, 1937, Paul L. Roy mailed a postcard containing the blatant lie that the issue had been oversubscribed: "This will advise you that the 50,000 Gettysburg commemorative half dollars will be issued from the Philadelphia Mint only .... Because of the large oversubscription and the tremendous demand, which we will not be able to fill, we will appreciate your limiting your order to your actual needs in order that all who desire may secure one of the new half dollars .... "
The reunion between the Blue and the Gray eventually took place as scheduled in 1938, and among those in attendance was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. Commemorative half dollars were among the souvenirs on sale there.
In August 1938 it was reported in The Numismatist that Paul L. Roy had announced that the unsold balance of the Gettysburg coins had been turned over to the American Legion - Department of Pennsylvania for further distribution. The American Legion raised the price from $1.65 each to $2.65 in the hope that this would make the coins appear to be rare and a good investment. 23,100 remained unsold and were subsequently melted.
While collectors considered the Gettysburg half dollar to be of pleasing design and appearance, interest was less than usual; for by the time they were available for sale in 1937, the commemorative market had faded.
Collecting Gettysburg Half Dollars
The 1936 Gettysburg half dollars, properly called Battle of Gettysburg half dollars, are popular with collectors today.
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Pcgs Ms65 1936 Battle Of Gettysburg Commemorative 90% Silver Half Dollar Coin: $676