1935 OLD SPANISH TRAIL
COMMEMORATIVE HALF DOLLAR
Circulation strikes: net 10,00 (10,008 struck, of which 8
were reserved for assay)
Proofs: 2 reported
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%
grains (±12.5 grams)
Mintmark: All Old
Spanish Trail half dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
PCGS MS-66. Ex
– American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,”
July 25, 2003
857, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00 From the Luther A. Breck
Obverse: Longhorn cow's head (in Spanish: "cabeza de vaca"),
a play on the name of Alvar Nuñez de Vaca, whose exploration of the
southern United States is the reason for this coin.
Reverse: tall yucca plant
in front of a whimsical map of the Old Spanish Trail (the origin of the
trip is known, but the actual route and ending point are not).
The 1935 Old Spanish Trail
Commemorative Half Dollar is common in Uncirculated condition and is seen
most often in MS-64 and MS-65. The Old Spanish Trail is common even in MS-66,
but becomes scarce in MS-67 and exceedingly rare in MS-68.
The finest Uncirculated
examples graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.
Breen reports two possible
matte proofs: "...one seen by Wayte Raymond, the other from the J.R.
Sinnock estate." PCGS has not yet certified any proofs of this
The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin
Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by