½ Dollar Arkansas Centennial

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1936
Value 1/2 Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.50 g
Diameter 30.60 mm
Shape Round
Number N# 79011
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 187
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

Arkansas Centennial

Obverse

Senator Joseph T. Robinson. He was a well known figure within Arkansas having served in the House of Representatives, as governor, and finally within the Senate.

Lettering:
ARKANSAS CENTENNIAL 1836-1936
LIBERTY
JOSEPH T. ROBINSON

Engraver: Henry Kreiss

Reverse

An eagle with wings spread, perched on the rising sun with rays emanating upwards, a geometrical shape in the background with the word “Arkansas” in the centre, amidst an arrangement of stars.

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ARKANSAS
IN GOD WE TRUST
E PLURIBUS UNUM
HALF DOLLAR
1935

Translation:
United States of America
Arkansas
In God we Trust
Out of Many, One
Half Dollar
1935

Engraver: Edward E. Burr

Edge

Reeded

Mint

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

Comments

Amidst the proliferation of different Arkansas Centennial Half Dollar coins issued, a separate version with a new obverse design was issued in 1936. This was made possible through the passage of separate legislation authorizing the issuance of one new design with a maximum mintage of 50,000 pieces. The resulting 1936 Robinson-Arkansas Half Dollar is also notable because it contains a Senator who was living at the time of mintage.

The initial production for the Robinson Half Dollar was 25,265 pieces, which were to be distributed by Stack’s. The coins were offered at $1.85 each, but the quantity available failed to sell out and is said to have been sold to dealers in bulk quantities at lower prices in subsequent years. For present-day collectors, the issue remains relatively available since the original issue went mostly into the hands of collectors or dealers.

Authorization: Public Law 74-831
Maximum Authorized Mintage: 50,000

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1936  25 265 $ 102 Philadelphia

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