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09 May 2022

My Favorite Classic Commem: The 1936-S Bay Bridge Commemerative

| CheerioCoins

In 1936, theSan Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened. It is one of the most famous bridges in the U.S. today. The same year they made a silver commemorative half dollar for it. This is my favorite classic commemorative.


I first saw this commemorative in Red Book and was interested in it. The design was beautiful and has a grizzly bear on the obverse, which symbolizes California. The back features the Oakland Bay Bridge. It was designed by Jacques Schnier, who lives in California, and is American sculptor and visual artist. This is the only coin he has designed, which is a pretty great coin, but he is known for his sculptors.


It has a mintage of71,424, which is a good, healthy mintage for an early commem. The coins value goes from $140 in MS60 to $18,000 in MS68. It is 90% silver and 10% copper. It was only minted at the San Francisco (S) mint. The coin has a diameter of 30.60mm and a weight of 12.50g.The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge or just the Bay Bridge is a giant bridge in Oakland, California. It opened on November 12, 1936, the same year they made the commemorative. It spans around 4.46 miles making it the world’s largest bridge.


Originally in November of 1936 there were 100,055 Bay Bridge commems struck. Most of them were sold at drive- up booths at the bridge of $1.50. After that they melted 28,631 unsold commems and that left it with the mintage of 71,424. There are a lot of them and in really good condition. Most are in mint state condition and many have nice toning, luster, and/or eye appeal.


As I said in the title, this is my favorite early commem and may be my all time favorite commem. It has a good price range that is affordable for me and I’m saving up my money to eventually get one in around MS60-MS63 condition making it around $140-$175.


Thanks for reading my blog and have a great day!


CheerioCoins

Comments

TypeCollector

Level 3

Nice coin! I need to start delving into classic commemoratives. I really like the Oregon Trail half.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah, I’m going to start collecting some classic commems. The Oregon Trail is also a great design!

Kepi

Level 6

I really enjoyed your blog! I love the old commemoratives... The toned grizzly bear is a great choice! Hope you obtain yours one of these days! ; )

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Thanks!

Longstrider

Level 6

I was born down that way and as an adult, sort of, found myself crossing that bridge a couple of times a month. A beautiful bridge but driving over it on a bike, Harley, it felt like someone was grabbing my front tire and shaking it all over. I haven't been on it since it's repairs from the earthquake. I sure hope they fixed that. It is also one of my favorite commemoratives as well. I think it says a lot about California that it has the Grizzly Bear on it. An extinct animal in California. I keep looking for a nice toned one at coin shows but haven't found THE one yet. Nice job. Thanks.

Mike

Level 7

I really enjoyed this. I'm a big fan of the old commemoratives. Great job . I wish the mint would go back to them.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Cool!

CC

Level 4

beautiful coin! let me know when you get it!!

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Okay!

AC coin$

Level 6

Awesome ! Beatiful coin , great blog .

"SUN"

Level 6

Interesting choice

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah.

It's Mokie

Level 6

I had a chance to buy one of those signed/carded examples a few years ago but failed to pull the trigger. I have regretted it ever since. Nice coin, I hope you're able to get yours soon.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

We all have regrets. Thanks!

Longstrider

Level 6

MoKe! What was wrong with you? Too bad. It is awesome. Next time.

Jackson14

Level 4

Super cool coin! Awesome design! Great blog! Thanks!

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah, your welcome!

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