Of the many commemorative issues for the year, the 1936 Long Island Tercentenary Half Dollar had the highest total distribution. A total of 81,826 coins out of the 100,000 maximum mintage were ultimately sold to collectors and enthusiastic residents of the area.
The coins were authorized to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Long Island by Dutch colonists. Designs for the coin were created by Howard Kenneth Weinman, the son of Adolph A Weinman, who had designed the Winged Liberty Dime and Walking Liberty Half Dollar.
The obverse design features the heads of a Dutch settler and an Alogonquin Native American. The heads are partially imposed on each other, to infer the harmonious balance of a peaceful settlement. The inscriptions are “Liberty” above the portraits and “E Pluribus Unum” below. On the reverse is the image of a Dutch sailing vessel. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “In God We Trust”, “1936”, and “Long Island Tercentenary”.
The original issue price for the Long Island Half Dollars was $1, with the coins available through the Long Island Tercentenary Committee. Despite the high mintage, the number of gem condition survivors is somewhat low. Frequently encountered problems include bag marks or abrasions on the high points of the coin, the cheek of the Dutch settler on the obverse and the sails of the ship on the reverse.
Long Island Tercentenary Half Dollar Coin Specifications
Designer: Howard Kenneth Weinman
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 12.50 grams
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Authorization: Public Law 74-517
Maximum Authorized Mintage: 100,000
Long Island Tercentenary Half Dollar Mintage