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

1935-S 50C San Diego (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68
PCGS #:
9371
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Aitken
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
70,132
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,400 • PCGS MS68 • 1-8-2003 • Heritage Auctions
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3
65
2
3
4
60
4
6
55
1
6
8
55
8
10
55
10
12
60
12
15
65
15
20
70
2
20
25
70
25
30
70
30
35
70
1
35
40
75
40
45
75
45
45+
75
45+
50
80
1
50
50+
80
50+
53
80
2
53
53+
80
53+
55
85
5
55
55+
85
55+
58+
85
58+
61
90
9
61
62+
95
62+
63+
100
63+
64+
115
7
64+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 56,000 R-2.4 118 / 144 TIE 118 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 49,000 R-2.5 121 / 144 TIE 121 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 29,000 R-2.7 129 / 144 TIE 129 / 144 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
4 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
4 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67+ PCGS grade  
8 MS67+ PCGS grade  

David Hall: San Diego half dollars were struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1935 and the Denver Mint in 1936. They were struck to commemorate the "California-Pacific International Exposition, held in San Diego in 1935 and 1936. They were sold at the Exposition for $1 per coin. For the 1935-S San Diego there were 70,132 coins distributed. But actually, only about half reached public hands and some 30,000 pieces were retained by a few individuals associated with the Exposition. Seveal hoards were disbursed in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1990s, approximately 5000 1935-S and 5000 1936-D San Diegos were sold into the market. Bottom line: the San Diego is a "hoard coin". In fact, PCGS has graded more 1935-S San Diegos (over 10,000 pieces) than any other silver commemorative of the 1892 to 1954 classic commemorative era.

The typical 1935-S San Diego is a frosty white Gem MS65. There are also several thousand MS64s and over a 1000 PCGS graded MS66s. This is a coin that is readily available in Gem condition.