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

1936-S 50C Bay Bridge (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68
PCGS #:
9254
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Designer:
Jacques Schnier
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
71,424
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$21,850 • PCGS MS68 • 8-1-2004 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Numismatic
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Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 60,000 R-2.4 118 / 144 TIE 118 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 48,000 R-2.5 121 / 144 TIE 121 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 22,000 R-2.7 129 / 144 TIE 129 / 144 TIE
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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.