1934-1938 Daniel Boone Bicentennial Half Dollar

This is not a rare type coin, as over 7,000 pieces are certified by PCGS in MS65 or better. That being said, the 16-coin series (1934-38) is still highly worthy of consideration. This series contains the lowest mintage coin of the 20th century, the second lowest mintage coin, and a total of seven different issues with a mintage of 2,506 pieces or less! This coin is available in MS67 at times (over 200 certified) and occasionally in MS68. - Bruce Amspacher


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The Daniel Boone Half Dollar was minted to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the famous frontiersman, explorer, and folk hero. Originally, the coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint to coincide with the bicentennial year. During the next four years, the coins would continue to be struck, across three different mint facilities.


On the obverse of the coin is a portrait of Daniel Boone. Since no known portraits of him exist, this is an artists conception created by Augustus Lukemann. The likeness looks decidedly different than the portrait of Boone, which had appeared on the previous 1921 Missouri Centennial Half Dollar. The inscriptions surrounding the portrait include “United States of America” and “Half Dollar”.


The reverse of the coin features a scene of the frontiersman holding a chart of Kentucky and a musket, facing an American Indian holding a tomahawk. In the background a blockhouse stockade and a sun with rays appear. This was also designed by Augustus Lukemann. The inscriptions read “In God We Trust”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “Daniel Boone Bicentennial Pioneer Year”, and the date of issue.


Out of the maximum authorized mintage of 600,000 coins, there were only 10,007 of the 1934 Daniel Boone Half Dollars produced and sold at a price of $1.60 each. In the following year, additional coins were struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints carrying the 1935 date. Subsequent to the initial distribution, legislation was passed in Congress stipulating that the original design should be supplemented by adding the bicentennial year “1934” to the reverse of the coin. A smaller number of coins were minted with the “small 1934 on reverse” and came to represent a scarce variety.


More coins continued to be minted and issued in 1936, 1937, and 1938. The final two years would have smaller net distribution levels as collectors began to grow weary of the endless string of varieties of the commemorative coin, issued years after the actual bicentennial.

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1934 50C Boone MS68

1934 50C Boone MS68

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1935 50C Boone MS67+

1935 50C Boone MS67+

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1935/34 50C Boone MS6

1936-D 50C Boone MS67+

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1935-D 50C Boone MS67

1935-D 50C Boone MS67

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1935/34-D 50C Boone MS68+

1935/34-D 50C Boone MS68+

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1935-S 50C Boone MS67+

1935-S 50C Boone MS67+

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1935/34-S 50C Boone MS68

1935/34-S 50C Boone MS68

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1936 50C Boone MS68

1936 50C Boone MS68

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1936-D 50C Boone MS67+

1935/34 50C Boone MS68

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1936-S 50C Boone MS68

1936-S 50C Boone MS68

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1937 50C Boone MS68

1937 50C Boone MS68

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1937-D 50C Boone MS68

1937-D 50C Boone MS68

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1937-S 50C Boone MS68

1937-S 50C Boone MS68

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1938 50C Boone MS67+

1938 50C Boone MS67+

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1938-D 50C Boone MS69

1938-D 50C Boone MS69

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1938-S 50C Boone MS68

1938-S 50C Boone MS68

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Above article 1934-1938 Daniel Boone Bicentennial Half Dollar. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://earlycommemorativecoins.com/