Fully Original Issue Card-Toned Antietam Commemorative Half Dollar – $1,575

1937 Antietam Half Dollar, PCGS MS-66

Deeply toned in varying shades of orange, red, and magenta from decades of storage in one of the original 5-coin issue cards. Full MS-67 quality, and very desirable!

On a personal note, this design is one of my favorites in the commemorative series, just as the Antietam Battleground near Sharpsburg, Md. is a top destination for anyone interested in American History. There is no better battleground to visit to fully appreciate the horror and the sacrifices of the American Civil War. If you have never visited Antietam, I strongly urge that you put it on your bucket list. Every American who bitches and gripes, throws rocks, burns cars or sits on a street corner asking for handouts should go there to experience the sacrifices made on their behalf.

HISTORY

From Wikipedia: The Battle of Antietam fought on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland and Antietam Creek as part of the Maryland Campaign, was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing.

After pursuing Confederate General Robert E. Lee into Maryland, Union Army Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan launched attacks against Lee’s army, in defensive positions behind Antietam Creek. At dawn on September 17, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s corps mounted a powerful assault on Lee’s left flank. Attacks and counterattacks swept across Miller’s Cornfield, and fighting swirled around the Dunker Church. Union assaults against the Sunken Road eventually pierced the Confederate center, but the Federal advantage was not followed up. In the afternoon, Union Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s corps entered the action, capturing a stone bridge over Antietam Creek and advancing against the Confederate right. At a crucial moment, Confederate Maj. Gen. A. P. Hill’s division arrived from Harpers Ferry and launched a surprise counterattack, driving back Burnside and ending the battle. Although outnumbered two-to-one, Lee committed his entire force, while McClellan sent in less than three-quarters of his army, enabling Lee to fight the Federals to a standstill. During the night, both armies consolidated their lines. In spite of crippling casualties, Lee continued to skirmish with McClellan throughout September 18, while removing his battered army south of the Potomac River.

Despite having superiority of numbers, McClellan’s attacks failed to achieve force concentration, which allowed Lee to counter by shifting forces and moving interior lines to meet each challenge. Therefore, despite ample reserve forces that could have been deployed to exploit localized successes, McClellan failed to destroy Lee’s army.

McClellan had halted Lee’s invasion of Maryland, but Lee was able to withdraw his army back to Virginia without interference from the cautious McClellan. Although the battle was tactically inconclusive, the Confederate troops had withdrawn first from the battlefield, making it, in military terms, a Union victory. It was a sufficiently significant victory to give President Abraham Lincoln the confidence to announce his Emancipation Proclamation, which discouraged the British and French governments from pursuing any potential plans to recognize the Confederacy.

Nearly all classic commems are priced at historically low levels for the past 30 years and most represent outstanding values at current prices. None fit that description more than the 1937 Antietam, one of the true classics of the series. Nice, fully original card toned pieces like this, are much harder to find than the price indicates.

We do not send coins to CAC, we do not support CAC standards which we see as biased, arbitrary, and out of touch with the collector market; and we believe CAC is very harmful to the health of the market, so this coin has not been there.

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