1936 50C Delaware MS (PCGS# 9301)


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1936 50C Delaware MS68 NGC. CAC. Carl L. Schmitz, the winner of the Delaware Swedish Tercentenary Commission's design competition for its half dollars, never designed another coin. Yet the one commemorative that bears his work offers a tantalizing suggestion of what might have been, had he continued with the field. Vermeule (1971) cast it in a favorable light: "Considering that two standard, even popular, and potentially difficult motifs are used, the design comes off with boldness and simplicity." This wonderful piece showcases Schmitz's design and highlights his masterful work. On viewing this coin, one first notes the wonderful tab toning on the obverse, russet-gold at the rims with a subtle central dot and light gray at the centers. On the shining reverse, pale golden toning graces the margins, while the center is untouched. Only later does one think to check for the marks that are conspicuously absent from the surfaces. NGC has graded just three examples at this level, and PCGS has graded none, with no coins finer at either service (3/08). From The Good Humor Collection.
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