Coins

1926 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

1926 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar Mintage 141,120 When collectors refer to the ‘Sesquicentennial’ or ‘Sesqui’ half dollar, they’re almost surely speaking of the 1926 coin issued for the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the document that heralded [...]

1935-36 San Diego Half Dollar

1935-36 San Diego Half Dollar Mintage 100,224 Some coins are known by shorthand names which tend to confuse their true identity. That’s the case, for instance, with the so-called San Diego half dollar of 1935-36. It was issued to commemorate a world’s fair held in San Diego: the [...]

1923 Monroe Doctrine Half Dollar

1923 Monroe Doctrine Half Dollar  Mintage 274,077  It was logical enough to Issue a special coin in 1923 to honor the Monroe Doctrine on its centennial. This, after all, was a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy: that the U.S. government would oppose further colonization in the Americas [...]

1921 Missouri Centennial Half Dollar

1921 Missouri Centennial Half Dollar Mintage 20,428 The Missouri half dollar was issued to mark the centennial of Missouri’s admission to the Union. Congress authorized 250,000 but only 20,428 survived after melting. Two separate varieties were produced. The first 5,000 pieces had a small [...]

1934 Maryland Tercentenary Half Dollar

1934 Maryland Tercentenary Half Dollar Mintage 25,015 One of the drawbacks of President Hoover’s administration as far as numismatics were concerned, was his opposition to the production of commemorative coins. He thought they were a burden on the Mint and a waste of taxpayer dollars. From [...]

1920 Maine Centennial Half Dollar

1920 Maine Centennial Half Dollar Mintage 50,028 Under the famous Missouri Compromise of 1820, Missouri and Maine were admitted to the Union. Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state. A century later, the two states were honored with half dollars marking their centennials. The Maine half [...]

1936 Lynchburg Half Dollar

1936 Lynchburg Half Dollar Mintage 20,013 Lynchhurg, Va,-like Elgin, Ill., Bridgeport, Conn., and Hudson, N.Y.-Is a small city that takes justifiable pride in its heritage. Like them, it is honored on a U.S. commemorative coin. And it probably doesn’t really merit a tribute so national in [...]

1936 Long Island Half Dollar

1936 Long Island Half Dollar  Mintage 81,826 New York State localities are honored on a disproportionate share of the U.S. commemorative half dollars issued between 1892 and 1954. Five of the 48 halves produced during that period are tied to early settlements in the Empire State. What this [...]

1925 Lexington Concord Half Dollar

1925 Lexington Concord Half Dollar  Mintage 162,013 Histoncally speaking, the Lexington-Concord half dollar is one of the more significant U.S. commemorative coins. Artistically speaking it’s certainly one of the plainest and probably one of the dullest. Congress authorized this coin to [...]

1946 Iowa Centennial Half Dollar

1946 Iowa Centennial Half Dollar Mintage 100,057 Production of U.S. commemorative coins came to a halt with the onset of World War II. Between the end of the war and 1954, only three new coins were authorized. One of these was issued in 1946, the Iowa centennial of statehood was its theme . This [...]
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