San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge half dollar

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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge half dollar or Bay Bridge half dollar is a commemorative 50-cent coin manufactured by the United States Mint in 1936. One of the many commemorative coins issued that year, it was designed by Jacques Schnier to commemorate the opening of the Bay Bridge in November that year. One side of the coin depicts a grizzly bear, symbolizing California, and the other side depicts the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, while the Ferry Building is in the foreground.

In 1936, Congress considered competing bills: one to commemorate the completion of the Bay Bridge that year, and the other to commemorate the Golden Gate Bridge that year and under construction. The bill commemorating the Bay Bridge was successful and passed into law with the signature of President Franklin Roosevelt. After discussions involving the fine arts committee reviewing the coin design, Schnell's model was approved and the coin was hit at the San Francisco Mint.

Of the 100,000 mints mailed in person, only 70,000 coins were sold, which were personally obtained from a stall near the Bay Bridge, making it the first commemorative coin sold by way of expulsion. These coins were sold in February 1937, and the remaining unsold coins were returned to the mint for redemption and melting. According to circumstances, the half-dollar catalog price of the Bay Bridge is as low as several hundred dollars.