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Roanoke Island, North Carolina half dollar

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Roanoke Island, North Carolina half dollar
United States
Value50¢ (.50 US$)
Mass12.50 g
Diameter30.6 mm
Edgereeded
Composition
  • 90.0% silver
  • 10.0% copper
Silver0.3617 troy oz
Years of minting1937
Obverse
Roanoke colony half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg
DesignWalter Raleigh
DesignerWilliam Marks Simpson
Design date1937
Reverse
Roanoke colony half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg
DesignEllinore Dare holding her child, Virginia Dare
DesignerWilliam Marks Simpson
Design date1937

The Roanoke Island, North Carolina half dollar (also Roanoke Island half dollar) is a commemorative coin issued by the United States Mint in 1937. The coin commemorated the 350th anniversary of the Roanoke Colony.[1]

Production and sales

Unlike most United States commemorative coins, the Roanoke Island half dollar did not have a maximum authorized mintage. However, Pub.L. 74–790 did impose a minimum mintage of 25,000, with a provision stated that no coins could be struck after July 1, 1937. The Philadelphia Mint struck 25,000 pieces in January, and a further 25,000 in June.[2] 15 extra coins were struck in each batch for assay.[3]

A total of 29,000 coins were sold, with the remainder being returned to the mint for melting.[2]

References

  1. ^ "1937 Roanoke Half Dollar Commemorative Coin". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  2. ^ a b "1937 Roanoke 50C MS Silver Commemoratives | NGC". www.ngccoin.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  3. ^ "US Roanoke Colony Half Dollar Commemorative History | Coin Community". www.coincommunity.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
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