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

1936 50C Elgin (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68
PCGS #:
9303
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Designer:
Trygve Rovelstad
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
20,015
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$49,938 • PCGS MS68+ • 1-8-2014 • 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 7,800 R-3.4 112 / 144 TIE 112 / 144 TIE
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1 MS68+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2014:5609, $49,937.50 -  J&L Commemorative Type Set Collection

2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2014:5609, $49,937.50 -  J&L Commemorative Type Set Collection

2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
8 MS67+ PCGS grade
8 MS67+ PCGS grade  
8 MS67+ PCGS grade

David Hall: The Elgin was one of the many commemoratives struck in the 1934-1939 "commemorative boom" era. The original mintage for the Elgin was 25,015 coins. The entire mintage was well distributed at the original issue price of $1.75. Today, Elgins are fairly easily obtained as most of the original mintage was saved and the majority of the survivors grade in the MS63 to MS67 range. Of the coins of this period with similar mintages, the Elgin is not as rare as the Robinson, Connecticut, Lynchburg, Maryland, Gettysberg, Albany, New Rochelle, or Antietam. It is similar in rarity to the Roanoke, and rarer than the Norfolk, Wisconsin, and York.

The design of the Elgin is pretty flat, so marks and abraisions are commonplace. But a good number of relatively mark-free Gems do exist, so with a little patience you'll have no trouble at all finding a Gem for your collection. The typical Elgin has white frosty luster that looks a little matte-like. There are of course Elgins with varying degrees of toning.