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

1936 50C Rhode Island (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+
PCGS #:
9363
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Designer:
Arthur Graham Carey & John Howard Benson
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
20,013
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$9,200 • NGC MS68 • 5-1-2007 • 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 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 6,800 R-3.6 107 / 144 TIE 107 / 144 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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David Hall: The Rhode Island commemoratives were struck to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Roger Williams founding Rhode Island in 1636. The Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint each struck Rhode Islands. However, the distribution of the coins became a major scandal after phony announcements of a quick sell-out caused price gouging by various participants.

The intial sell price was $1 per coin and the Philadelphia Mint distributed about a third as many coins as the other two Mints, 20,013 coins for the Philadelphia issue versus 15,010 for the Denver and 15,000 for the San Francisco. As to be expected from the higher mintage, the Philadephia Mint Rhode Island is somewhat more common than the Denver or San Francisco.

The design of the Rhode Island is in relatively low relief and consequently many coins have marks and abrasions. Luster is somewhat frosty though many specimens have a somewhat prooflike appearance. Ultra high quality (MS67) examples are surprisingly rare.