The Battle of Antietam, otherwise known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, was both the first major Civil War engagement in the North as well as the bloodiest day in American history. Greater than 22,000 men were killed, wounded or missing by day’s end. The withdrawal of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces from Maryland to Virginia, while McClellan’s Union Army stood still, allowed the Confederate Army to escape, but also allowed the Union to declare victory on the battlefield. This victory, while not definitive or crushing, helped to support and give legitimacy to President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to declare the Emancipation Proclamation, which immediately halted both French and English plans that may have recognized or helped the Confederacy.
This commemorative half dollar features the conjoined busts of Lee and McClellan on the obverse and the Burnside Bridge on the reverse. The coin is primarily white, or untoned, but has good skin and a mild ring of golden-yellow on both sides indicative of storage in the original cardboard holder. This coin has good luster and is wonderfully devoid of marks.
PCGS Population: 12 Higher: 17
CAC Population/Higher: 92/10