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

1936 50C Delaware (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68
PCGS #:
9301
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Designer:
Carl L. Schmitz
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
20,993
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,400 • PCGS MS67 CAC • 1-3-2012 • 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 17,000 R-2.8 96 / 144 TIE 96 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 13,500 R-2.9 91 / 144 TIE 91 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 6,500 R-3.7 103 / 144 TIE 103 / 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

3 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ 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

3 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade  

David Hall: The Delaware commemorative half was struck to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Swedish colonists landing in Delaware, an event that took place in 1638. Strangely, the Delaware commems were dated 1936, struck in 1937, and sold in 1938. The original issue price was $1.75. Delawares were widely available in the numismatic market place through-out the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. today, Delawares are moderately scarce.

Of the 1936-1938 era commemoratives with similar mintages, the Delaware is similar in rarity to the Albany, Gettysburg, Lynchburg, and Maryland. It is rarer than the Antietam, Elgin, New Rochelle, Norfolk, Roanoke, Wisconsin, and York; and not quite as rare as the Connecticut and Robinson. Delawares often have a somewhat semi-prooflike appearance or a subdued frosty luster. The sails on the ship can get quite marked up so look for clean, well struck sails. Eye appeal will depend on the amount of luster and/or the attractiveness (or lack of) of the toning.