½ Dollar Bridgeport

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1936
Value 1/2 Dollar (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.50 g
Diameter 30.60 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 78944
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 175
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of Bridgeport

Obverse

Phineas Taylor Barnum facing left.

Lettering:
BRIDGEPORT · CONNECTICUT · CENTENNIAL
P. T. BARNUM
1836-1936

Engraver: Henry G. Kreis

Reverse

A modernistic interpretation of an eagle.

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN GOD WE TRUST
E PLURIBUS UNUM
LIBERTY
HALF DOLLARั

Engraver: Henry G. Kreis

Edge

Reeded

Mint

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

Comments

The 1936 Bridgeport Centennial Half Dollar was issued for the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the city in Connecticut. The city had actually been founded almost two centuries early in 1639 but had remained unincorporated.

Designs for the commemorative coin were by Henry Kreis, who had also designed 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Half Dollar. The obverse features a portrait of Bridgeport’s most famous citizen, P.T. Barnum. The well-known entertainer, showman, and philanthropist is remembered for his circus, museum, and the promotion of numerous celebrated hoaxes.

The reverse design features a modernistic interpretation of an eagle. It bears similarities to the earlier reverse design for the Connecticut Half Dollar but carries the modernistic approach to a more extreme level.

Distribution of the Bridgeport Half Dollars took place through Bridgeport Centennial, Inc. at a cost of $2. The authorizing legislation had specified a minimum mintage of 25,000 pieces, which was the actual number minted with a few additional pieces for assay. After the majority of the mintage was sold at the full issue price, a remaining quantity was wholesaled at a small premium to face value.

The 1936 Bridgeport Half Dollar is another readily available issue, even in higher grades. Many pieces, even those encapsulated with high grades, with show abrasions on the wide high points of the coin. On the obverse, this is Barnum’s cheek and on the reverse, this is the eagle’s wing.

Authorization: Public Law 74-485

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1936)  25 015 $ 111 (fr) Philadelphie

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