Low mintage, 90% silver and lustrous, this 1936 Bridgeport half dollar honors P.T. Barnum and his Connecticut hometown. Born in Bethel, CT, he moved to Bridgeport in 1848, and used much of his own money to benefit the city, founding a hospital, a park and even attracting industry. But Bridgeport's most famous citizen is best known for the circus.
Barnum purchased the American Museum in New York City in 1841 and it grew to eventually hold over 850,000 exhibits. A year later in Bridgeport, he met Charles Stratton, who became the famed Tom Thumb, Man in Miniature, but it wasn't until he was 60 that his circus debuted. A decade later, he joined with James Bailey, becoming The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth. Struck to honor Bridgeport, CT, these Gems capture the great showman Barnum in full detail, and are still lustrous even after 75 years. Each coin has been graded Gem Uncirculated 65 by our experts, and certified by NGC. With only 25,015 issued, and a mere 1,155 certified as Gems to date, don't wait! Get one now while our limited supply lasts.
- Material: Silver
- Product Type: Single Products
- Commemorative Series: Bridgeport, Connecticut, Centennial (1936)
- Year: 1936
- Mint: Philadelphia