Bridgeport, Connecticut, Centennial half dollar

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Bridgeport, Connecticut, Centennial half dollar
United States
Value50 cents (0.50 US dollars)
Mass12.5 g
Diameter30.61 mm
Thickness2.15 mm (0.08 in)
  • 90.0% silver
  • 10.0% copper
Silver0.36169 troy oz
Years of minting1936
Mint marksNone, all pieces struck at Philadelphia Mint without mint mark.
Bridgeport centennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg
DesignP.T. Barnum
DesignerHenry Kreis
Design date1936
Bridgeport centennial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg
DesignStylized eagle
DesignerHenry Kreis
Design date1936

The Bridgeport centennial half dollar commemorative coin was minted in 1936 to celebrate the centennial of the incorporation of the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Designed by Henry Kreis, the obverse depicts the city's most famous resident, P.T. Barnum, while the reverse depicts a stylized eagle.


The bill authorizing the coin passed on May 15th, 1936, and unlike other commemoratives of this area, called for only a date and mint mark. Both sides of the coin were designed by sculptor Henry Kreis, who had designed the Connecticut Tercentenary half dollar the previous year, with the Commission of Fine Arts only having to make a minor change to his design.[1]


The Bridgeport centennial half dollar was minted exclusively at the Philadelphia Mint. A total of 25,015 coins were produced. The coins were sold for $2 a piece through the First National Bank and Trust Co. as well as certain other banks. Despite its relatively high price and the fact that it was released following centennial celebrations, the coin sold well with both the public and collectors. None of the few thousand unsold coins were returned to the mint, and many remained intact as late as the early 1970's.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "1936 Bridgeport 50C MS Silver Commemoratives". www.ngccoin.com. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. ^ "1936 Bridgeport Centennial Half Dollar Commemorative Coin". Retrieved 15 April 2019.