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June 24

Roanoke Half Dollar

Approved on the 24th day of June in 1936, the Roanoke Half Dollar celebrates the 350th anniversary of the Roanoke Colony, more famously known as the Lost Colony.

Designed by William Marks Simpson the Roanoke Half features Sir Walter Raleigh on the coins obverse and Ellinore Dare with child Virginia Dare on the reverse. Raleigh was granted the charter for colonization by Queen Elizabeth I while Ellinore Dare birthed  the first child born in America to English parents.

Legislation authorized a minimum mintage of 25,000 coins with no maximum and the Philadelphia Mint would strike a total of 50,000 coins. Sales would be better than other recent issues but many would be returned leaving a total of just over 29,000.

Battle of Antietam Half Dollar

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam an act would be approved on the 24th day of June in 1937 authorizing up to 50,000 half dollars. All would be struck at the Philadelphia Mint and eventually 32,000 would be returned for melting, leaving the lowest mintage of the three Civil War themed classic commemoratives (Stone Mountain, Gettysburg, and Antietam).

Also designed by William Marks Simpson the Antietam Half features Generals George B. McClellan and Robert E. Lee on the obverse and the Burnside Bridge on the reverse.

The Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) took place on September 17th, 1862. Over 22,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded on that day making it the most bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War.

Roanoke Half Dollar and Battle of Antietam Half coin images acquired with permission from David Lawrence Rare Coins.