½ Dollar Cleveland Centennial / Great Lakes Exposition

½ Dollar (Cleveland Centennial / Great Lakes Exposition) - obverse½ Dollar (Cleveland Centennial / Great Lakes Exposition) - reverse

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Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1936
Value ½ Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 50680
References KM# 177
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Cleveland Centennial


Bust of Moses Cleaveland

Script: Latin


Engraver: Brenda Putnam Read more on Wikipedia

Brenda Putnam (June 3, 1890 – October 18, 1975) was a noted American sculptor, teacher and author.


The Great Lakes, a compass

Script: Latin


Engraver: Brenda Putnam Read more on Wikipedia

Brenda Putnam (June 3, 1890 – October 18, 1975) was a noted American sculptor, teacher and author.




United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)


The 1936 Cleveland Centennial Half Dollars were struck for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the city to coincide with the Great Lakes Exposition held on the shore of Lake Erie. The reverse design is particularly interesting for its creation of perspective on the surface of a flat coin.

The maximum authorized mintage for the issue was 50,000 pieces. Initially, half of this quantity was struck at the Philadelphia Mint. After additional demand was anticipated, the remaining 25,000 coins were ordered. These were also struck in the Philadelphia Mint, but with production taking place in 1937. Because of the stipulations of the authorizing legislation, these coins carried the same 1936 date and are indistinguishable from the earlier strikes.

Designs for the Cleveland Half Dollars were created by Brenda Putman. The obverse features a left-facing portrait of Moses Cleaveland, the founder of the city. The reverse depicts a map of the Great Lakes area with stars placed at the location of prominent cities. A compass appears above the map with the point at the slightly larger star representing Cleveland.

With the entire maximum mintage produced at a single mint facility, the 1936 Cleveland Half Dollar remains readily available for present-day collectors and affordable even into gem grades. Distracting contact marks will often be seen on the high points of the design, but with patience, a pleasing specimen can be located.

Authorization: Public Law 74-552

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1936  50 030 $ 100

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar (Cleveland Centennial / Great Lakes Exposition)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar (Cleveland Centennial / Great Lakes Exposition)
Stacks Bowers
Collector's Choice February 2022 Auction
Lot 91538
Internet Archive
22 Feb 2022 UNC
USD 240.00
(incl. buyer's premium)

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