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The 1936 San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge half dollar (AKA the "Bay Bridge") includes four five-pointed stars on its obverse. One to the left of the grizzly bear and three to the right (viewer's perspective).

The stars appear to serve as spacers (or space fillers) more than anything else as they do not have any special symbolic meaning - neither the 1937 US Mint Annual Report nor the Report of the Commission of Fine Arts for 1935-39 included a description of any symbolism associated with the stars.

The coins were struck at the San Francisco Branch Mint; the "S" mint mark is found to the left of the bear next to its right paw (see enlarged image below). The coin is one of only a handful that was struck solely at San Francisco - the 1915 silver and gold coins for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the 1923 Monroe Doctrine Centennial, the 1925 California Diamond Jubilee and the 1925 Fort Vancouver Centennial are the others. Many US commemorative coins were struck in San Francisco over the years, but typically along with coins of the same issue struck in Philadelphia and/or Denver.

1936 Bay Bridge Half Dollar



I've posted about the Bay Bridge coin before, you can read them here: 1936 San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and here: 1936 Bay Bridge Ephemera.

More recently, I went a bit off the beaten path with this one: 1936 Bay Bridge Half Dollar - A Distant Cousin.


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I've previously posted the Arkansas Statehood Centennial half dollar in this thread, but return here with the "Robinson Variety" of the coin.

The sponsor of the Arkansas Statehood coin, the Arkansas Honorary Centennial Celebration Commission, approached Congress in 1936 seeking approval for an amendment to their bill that would have allowed for multiple new designs for their coin.

The original three-design amendment bill did not get approved, but a one-additional-design version did - the result was a coin that featured Senator Joseph Robinson on its reverse. Robinson was living at the time his coin was issued - an uncommon, but not unprecendented, occurence in US coinage. See my Alive and Well (At the Time!) post for more details.

As the coin shares the obverse (the "star side") with the original Arkansas Statehood Centennial half dollar, my previous discussiopn of it still applies so there's no need to repeat it. If interested, you can read about the coin's 17 obverse stars there: Arkansas Statehood Centennial.

Edward Everett Burr was the designer for the obverse of the coin; Henry Kreiss modeled the Robinson portrait from sketches prepared by Enid Bell, an artist / sculptor / illustrator born in London, England but living in New Jersey at the time; Bell moved to the US and spent most of her professional career working from her studio in New Jersey. She is best remembered for her wood carvings/sculptures. Kreiss was the designer of record for the 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary half dollar and the 1936 Bridgeport, CT Centennial half dollar.

1936 Arkansas Statehood Centennial - Robinson Half Dollar



You can find my more detailed post about the Robinson-Arkansas half dollar here: 1936 Arkansas Centennial / Robinson.

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The 1936 York County, ME Tercentenary half dollar features four five-pointed stars: two are found on the obverse of the coin and two are on the reverse.

Per the US Mint, the obverse of the coin is the garrison side; the stars on the obverse are used to separate the denomination "HALF DOLLAR" (at the bottom) from "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". The stars are located at the 7:30 and 4:30 clock positions.

On the reverse (Seal side), the stars separate the inscriptions "YORK COUNTY" (at the top) and "FIRST COUNTY IN MAINE". The stars are located at the 9:30 and 2:30 clock positions.

1936 York County, ME Tercentenary



For more information about the York County coin and its original holder/mailer, have a look at: 1936 York County Tercentenary or, for more on Brown's Garrison on the reverse, see: York County Tercentenary - Brown's Garrison. You might also find US Commemorative Coin Series Quick Bits #14 - 1936 York County Half Dollar of interest.

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1930 Greece.
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