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PCGS Number: Set37Ark Coin Date: 1937-PDS Denomination (Short): Set Denomination (Long): Half dollar Variety: Arkansas Desg: MS Mint Mark: Various Composition: 90% silver; 10% copper Mintage: 5,505 Strike Type: Business Coinage Type: Classic Commemorative Coinage Years: 1937 Mint Location: Various Diameter: 30.6 Fineness: 0.9 Weight (Grams): 12.5 Weight (Ounces): 0.36169 Designer: Edward Everett Burr Edge: Reeded Obverse Description: A double portrait of Liberty and Native American Chieftain with the words ARKANSAS CENTENNIAL at the bottom periphery. General Notes:
1937 Arkansas half dollars commemorate the 100th anniversary of the admission of Arkansas to the Union in 1836. While the first Arkansas halves were released in and dated 1935, the series went on for essentially half a decade, until 1939.
Arkansas halves were designed by Everett Burr and dies were prepared by Emily Bates of Arkansas. The obverse of the 1937 Arkansas half dollars features an eagle and rays, while the reverse depicts a jugate portrait of a Native American chief of 1836 and an American woman of 1935. The 1937 Arkansas commemorative half dollars were struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints and sold in three-piece sets at an issue price of $8.75.
1937 Arkansas half dollars are much scarcer than the 1935 and 1936 issues, though they are available with relative frequency in the marketplace and are most commonly found in grades of MS60-65. The 1937-S is the scarcest of the three in Gem grades, though all are scarce in the MS66 range and rare in grades of MS67 or better. Though Arkansas half dollars are known for their abundant levels of frosty luster, toning is prevalent on many examples. PCGS #: Set37Ark