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SERIES: Silver Commemoratives
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1937 50C Antietam (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+
PCGS #:
9229
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Designer:
William Marks Simpson
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
18,028
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$26,450 • PCGS MS68 • 9-1-2003 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 15,000 R-2.9 84 / 144 TIE 84 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 12,000 R-2.9 91 / 144 TIE 91 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 7,500 R-3.5 109 / 144 TIE 109 / 144 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade

J&L Collection

1 MS68+ PCGS grade

San Diego Collection

1 MS68+ PCGS grade

San Diego Collection

4 MS68 PCGS grade
4 MS68 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade

J&L Collection

1 MS68+ PCGS grade

San Diego Collection

1 MS68+ PCGS grade

San Diego Collection

4 MS68 PCGS grade
4 MS68 PCGS grade
4 MS68 PCGS grade
4 MS68 PCGS grade  
4 MS68 PCGS grade  
4 MS68 PCGS grade  
4 MS68 PCGS grade  

David Hall: The 1937 Antietam half dollar is a very popular commemorative issue with collectors. The original mintage was 50,028 coins although 32,000 were melted as unsold at the original issue price of $1.75. So the original mintage distributed to collectors is actually 18,028. Probably 12,000 to 15,000 of the original distributed mintage still survives today, nearly all of those survivors now grading MS63 to MS66. The Antietam has traditionally sold for a premium over the price of other commemorative issues with similar original mintages and survival rates in Choice and Gem condition. Perhaps this is due to some Southern regional chauvinism as it is a Civil War battle anniversary being commemorated.

Most Antietam are very nice. The average grade is MS64 to MS66. Antietams usually have great original luster or attractive toning. They don't seen to suffer from the unattractive "yellow" toning syndrome that effects a few of the other silver commemorative issues.