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

1936-S 50C Oregon (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68
PCGS #:
9346
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser and Laura Gardin Fraser
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
5,006
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$12,075 • PCGS MS68 • 3-14-2006 • American Numismatic Rarities
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,175 R-4.1 21 / 144 TIE 21 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 3,900 R-4.2 28 / 144 TIE 28 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 2,400 R-4.5 41 / 144 TIE 41 / 144 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade  
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
5 MS67+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade  
2 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
5 MS67+ PCGS grade
5 MS67+ PCGS grade  
5 MS67+ PCGS grade  
8 MS67 PCGS grade  
8 MS67 PCGS grade  
8 MS67 PCGS grade  

David Hall: The 1936-S is the fourth lowest mintage of the 14 Oregon Trail commemorative half dollars and it is indeed the fourth rarest in total number of survivors, surpassed in rarity only by the three very low mintage 1939 issues. There were 5006 originally minted and the issue price was $1.60 per coin. The 1936-S had good initial collector demand and in the summer of 1936 they were bringing as much as $5.50 in various dealer offerings.

The 1936-S, like all Oregons, comes very nice. The surfaces are normally very clean and the luster is usually frosty and excellent. The typical grade is MS64 to MS66. This issue is virtually unknown in circulated grades as the entire issue was saved.