½ Dollar Roanoke Island

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1937
Value 1/2 Dollar (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.50 g
Diameter 30.60 mm
Shape Round
Number N# 79010
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 186
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

350th Anniversary of the Colonization of Roanoke Island

Obverse

Profile portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh, who had been granted the charter for colonization by Queen Elizabeth I.

Lettering:
· UNITED · STATES · OF AMERICA · · ·
E · PLURIBUS · UNUM ·
· LIBERTY ·
1937
· SIR WALTER RALEIGH ·
· HALF · DOLLAR ·

Engraver: William Marks Simpson

Reverse

Ellinore Dare and her child Virginia Dare, who was the first child born in America to English parents. To each side are sailing ships and below is a pine branch.

Lettering:
· THE · COLONIZATION · OF · ROANOKE · ISLAND · NORTH · CAROLINA ·
· THE · BIRTH · OF VIRGINIA DARE
IN GOD WE TRUST
1587 · 1937

Engraver: William Marks Simpson

Edge

Reeded

Comments

A silver commemorative coin was authorized to mark the 350th anniversary of the establishment of Roanoke Colony. This early attempt to establish a permanent English settlement in America became known as the Lost Colony when all of the inhabitants mysteriously vanished.

Under the authorizing legislation, the Roanoke Half Dollars had a minimum mintage of 25,000 pieces and no established maximum. A total of 50,000 pieces were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in two batches. The coins were distributed through the Roanoke Colony Memorial Association of Manteo at an issue price of $1.65. Although sales levels exceeded the number of coins sold for other recent issues, eventually a large portion of the production was returned for melting, resulting in net distribution of 29,030.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1937 P 29 030 $ 174 (fr) Philadelphie

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