1936-S 50C Bay Bridge MS68+
1938-D 50C Boone MS69
The coin commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Daniel Boone. This occurred in the year 1734. In 1934, there was one coin type minted in Philadelphia. After this, it became interesting. In 1935, there were two PDS (Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mint) sets created. One set was the regular 1935 year with PDS mint marks. A second PDS set was also created in 1935. In this set, a small 1934 was added to the obverse just above "Pioneer Year." Who knows why this was done. Maybe, it was to sell more coins. In 1936, there was a PDS set, as well as in 1937 and 1938 - sixteen coins overall. The coin above is the single finest Boone ever graded by PCGS, a 1938-D MS69.
Memorabilia for the Boone is very scarce. Several of the rare envelopes used to mail coins are available. The return address is C. Frank Dunn, Phoenix Hotel, Lexington, Kentucky, or Mrs. C. F. Dunn at the same address. They were the distributors of these coins. Holders are rare. Most are one coin wedge-shaped, and when these were not available, simple tissue paper was used. Many times, they would put two coins in one wedge holder. There are several postcards used as ordering and acknowledgement cards, a pin back, and several journal or magazine articles which describe the coin and/or the celebration.
- J & L
1946 50C Booker T. Washington MS68
The Bridgeport Commemorative, and the celebration of the City of Bridgeport's Centennial 1836 - 1936, has quite a number of memorabilia. The coin was distributed in either three-coin or one-coin boxes. These are blue boxes with gold stripes and the Seal of the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut. These boxes are not too difficult to find. The price, of course, is determined by the condition of the box. The real rarity is the mailing box. There are large medals distributed during the Centennial. Here, also, the light-blue box in which the medal was distributed is the rarity. Other types of memorabilia include poster stamps, pin backs, coin receipts usually in postcard form, blue transferware plates, and a book "The Story of Bridgeport" by Elsie Nicholas Danenberg.
The coin here has spectacular toning and luster. It is a 67+. There are no PCGS 68's at this time, but there are seven in 67+. Marks on this coin are readily seen because of the open fields on both sides, specifiically P.T. Barnum's cheek and the Eagle on the reverse. A maximum of five coins could be purchased by any one individual.
- J & L