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

1937 50C Roanoke (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68
PCGS #:
9367
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Designer:
William Marks Simpson
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
29,030
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$46,000 • PCGS MS68 • 2-1-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
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Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 24,750 R-2.7 103 / 144 TIE 103 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 19,750 R-2.8 103 / 144 TIE 103 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 12,250 R-2.9 119 / 144 TIE 119 / 144 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
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David Hall: The 1937 Roanoke is one of the least rare, yet most popular silver commemoratives. There were 50,000 originally struck and they were to be sold at an issue price of $1.65. However, by 1937 the first wave of commemorative collecting fever had subsided and 21,000 Roanokes were returned to the Mint as unsold and were subsequently melted.

Today, the Roanoke is quite popular, probably due to the fact that it was a very "legitimate", historically important issue (commemorating the first settlers in Virginia and the birth of Virginia Dare) and the Roanoke is a beautiful design. In terms of rarity, the Roanoke is one of the more common silver commems in uncirculated grades, especially in Gem condition. It is in the same rarity class as the Elgin, Norfolk, Wisconsin, and York. It is more common than the Albany, Antietam, Gettysburg, and New Rochelle.

The typical Roankoe has highly lustrous, mark-free surfaces. The average grade is MS64 to MS66 and MS67's are fairly available. Roanokes come really nice!