Gettysburg 1936 50C Silver Commemorative PCGS MS67. Original Mintage of only 26,928 coins. PCGS Population: 120 certified as MS67 with 15 finer (3 are MS68). The present specimen is a stack “white” coin with no noticeable toning. The design on the Gettysburg has broad plain areas that are always subject to contact marks and cabinet friction. The obverse likenesses of the generals have large facial areas and the reverse shields are wide and vulnerable. The only mark I see on either of these areas is a tiny “tic” to the left of the Confederate soldiers eye.
The obverse features both Union and Confederate soldiers in uniform, looking like brothers in a war which in fact did pit brother against brother, a duality concept which is mirrored on the reverse where the fasces (power of life and death, sovereignty of the state) divides the Union and Confederate Arms. Oak and olive branches, ostensibly for war and peace, actually connote authority and victory: the Union triumph followed by Reconstruction. The date of 1936 is that of the authorizing act, not the 75th reunion.
The auction record for the issue of $48,875 occurred in February of 2005. That coin was MS68 and was sold as a part of the Bruce Scher #1 All-Time PCGS Silver Commemorative Registry Set.
Weight: 12.50 grams. Diameter: 30.6mm. Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper. Edge: Reeded.