½ Dollar Wisconsin Territorial Centennial

½ Dollar (Wisconsin Territorial Centennial) - obverse½ Dollar (Wisconsin Territorial Centennial) - reverse

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Features

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 12.50 g
Diameter 30.60 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 79012
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 188
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

Wisconsin Territorial Centennial

Obverse

An arm holding a pickax and a small mount of rocks, an image adapted from the Wisconsin Territorial Seal.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
* WISCONSIN TERRITORIAL CENTENNIAL *
4th DAY OF JULY
ANNO DOMINI
1836
1936

Engraver: Benjamin Hawkins

Reverse

An image of a badger standing on a log with three arrows and an olive branch positioned vertically behind.

Script: Latin

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

Engraver: Benjamin Hawkins

Edge

Reeded

Comments

As the name suggests, this issue does not mark the 100th anniversary of statehood, which would occur six years later, but rather the start of the territorial government.

The designs, which have been criticized by some collectors, are the result of the strict instructions from the Coinage Committee of the Wisconsin Centennial Celebration and the work of two artists. A local university art student David Parsons prepared initial designs based on the requirements to feature the territorial seal on one side of the coin and a badger on the other. The models prepared by Parsons were rejected by the Mint, so modifications were performed by New York artist Benjamin Hawkwins to make the designs suitable for production. The final designs bore little resemblance to the initial rejected models, except for the identical themes presented.

The authorizing legislation for the 1936 Wisconsin Half Dollars specified a minimum mintage of 25,000 pieces, with no specified maximum. The minimum quantity was struck at the Philadelphia Mint and offered for sale for an initial price of $1.50 per coin plus postage. Unsold quantities remained available for many years.

Authorization: Public Law 74-593
Maximum Authorized Mintage: none (minimum mintage 25,000)

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1936  25 015 $ 230 Philadelphia

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