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1938 Half Dollar New Rochelle

1938 Half Dollar New Rochelle

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Greysheet Catalog Details (GSID: 198243)

The 1938 Half dollar is part of a series of Classic Commemorative coins struck from 1892-1954. The specific variety is New Rochelle. Struck in Philadelphia and designated as a Business (SP) strike, this coin is made of 90% silver; 10% copper from a mintage of Est. 50 struck.
The 1938 New Rochelle half dollar, dated 1938, marks the 250th anniversary of the New York community's settlement in 1688. However, this coin was struck in 1937, a year before its stated date of issue. Such discrepancies between dates of production for certain coins versus the dates seen on those pieces were common in the high-flying days of the traditional commemorative series in the mid 1930s. This attractive coin, designed by Gertrude K. Lathrop, features an obverse motif of a settler handling a calve, and the reverse showcases a fleur-dis-lis, or flower of the lily.

Approximately 50 examples of the issue were struck with a special strike. The dies and planchets were polished like a proof coin but the strike wasn't quite to that standard resulting in a special (SP) strike.

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Catalog Detail

GSID: 198243
Coin Date: 1938
Denomination: 50c / Half dollar
Designation: SP
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Mintage: Est. 50
Coinage Type: Classic Commemorative
Coinage Years: 1892-1954
Composition: 90% silver; 10% copper
Variety: New Rochelle
Strike Type: Special Strike
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Fineness: 0.9
Weight: 12.5 gr
Weight: 0.36169 oz
Coin Shape: Round
Designer: Gertrude K. Lathrop
PCGS #: 99335

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