A beautiful example of the 1936 Long Island Commemorative Half Dollar. This example is graded MS65 by NGC and retains origional frosty surfaces. The coin was minted in 1936 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Long Island by European settlers. The first Europeans to create a permanent outpost were Dutch traders, who established a small farm in 1636 at Jamaica Bay in what is today Brooklyn, New York. The obverse depicts two busts in profile - one of an indigenous Algonquin and another of a Dutch settler. The reverse depicts a Dutch trading ship. The Long Island Tercentenary Committee chose Howard Kenneth Weinman to execute the design. THe majority of the coins minted never entered circulation making mint state examples readily available. This example at MS65 is above average condition for the issue, and grades above MS65 become uncommon.
AUTHORIZING LEGISLATION: Public Law 74-517
COMPOSITION: 90% Silver, 10% Copper