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Early United States commemorative coins | 50 Cents Silver (1892-1954)

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Catalogue No Denomination Issue Name
KRAUSE-KM# 117 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1892-1893 Columbian half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 135 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1915 The PanamaPacific half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 143 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1918 Illinois Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 146 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1920 Maine Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 147.1 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 147.2 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1921 Pilgrim Tercentenary half dollar (1921)
KRAUSE-KM# 148.1 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1921 Alabama Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 148.1 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1921 Alabama Centennial half dollar (2x2)
KRAUSE-KM# 149.1 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1921 Missouri Centennial half dollar (2*4)
KRAUSE-KM# 149.1 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1921 Missouri Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 151.1 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1922 Grant Memorial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 151.2 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1922 Grant Memorial half dollar (Fake star)
KRAUSE-KM# 153 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1923 Monroe Doctrine Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 154 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1924 Huguenot-Walloon half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 155 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1925 California Diamond Jubilee half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 156 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1925 Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 157 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 158 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1925 Fort Vancouver Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 159 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1926-1939 Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 160 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1926 Sesquicentennial of American Independence half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 162 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1927 Vermont Sesquicentennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 163 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1928 Hawaii Sesquicentennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 165.2 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1935 Daniel Boone Bicentennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 165.2 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1935 Daniel Boone Bicentennial half dollar ("1934")
KRAUSE-KM# 166 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1934 Maryland Tercentenary half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 167 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1934 Texas Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 168 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1935 Arkansas Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 169 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 170 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1935 Hudson Sesquicentennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 171 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1935-1936 California Pacific International Exposition half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 172 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1935 Old Spanish Trail half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 173 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Albany Charter half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 174 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 San FranciscoOakland Bay Bridge half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 175 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Bridgeport, Connecticut Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 176 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Cincinnati Musical Center half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 177 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936-1937 Cleveland Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 178 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Columbia, South Carolina Sesquicentennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 179 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1937 Delaware Tercentenary half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 180 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Elgin, Illinois, Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 181 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Battle of Gettysburg half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 182 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Long Island Tercentenary half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 183 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Lynchburg Sesquicentennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 184 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Norfolk, Virginia Bicentennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 185 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Rhode Island Tercentenary half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 186 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1937 Roanoke Island half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 187 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Arkansas-Robinson half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 188 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 Wisconsin Territorial Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 189 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1936 York County, Maine Tercentenary half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 190 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1937 Battle of Antietam half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 191 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1938 New Rochelle, New York half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 197 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1946 Iowa Centennial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 198 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1946-1951 Booker T. Washington Memorial half dollar
KRAUSE-KM# 200 50C - 1/2 Dollar 1951-1954 George Washington Carver-Booker T. Washington half dollar



Columbian half dollar

Issue: 1892-1893
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 117


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 949 897



The Columbian Exposition Half Dollar was the first commemorative coin produced by the Mint. It was released in 1892 to commemorate the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

The obverse design features Christopher Columbus in profile.

The reverse features the Columbus flagship, the Santa Maria, and two globes

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer:
Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan, after a concept by Olin Levi Warner


The PanamaPacific half dollar

Issue: 1915
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 135


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 27 134



The Panama-Pacific Exposition Half Dollar was issued in 1915 to commemorate the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The Exposition was held in San Francisco and celebrated the successful completion of the Panama Canal. This was the first commemorative coin to carry the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

The obverse design features Columbia scattering fruits and flowers. She has a cornucopia, or horn of plenty, to signify the boundless resources of the West. In the background is the Golden Gate, illuminated by the rays of setting sun.

The reverse features the Shield of the United States surmounted by the American eagle. The Shield is supported on one side by a branch of oak, the emblem of strength, and on the other side by the olive branch of peace.

Mint: San Francisco

Designer:
Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan


Illinois Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1918
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 143


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 100 058



The Illinois Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1918 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the admission of Illinois into the Union.

The obverse, depicting Abraham Lincoln, was designed by Chief Engraver George T. Morgan.

The reverse, based on the Seal of Illinois, was by his assistant and successor, John R. Sinnock. Morgan's obverse is based on the statue by Andrew O'Connor.


Mint: Philadelphia

Designer:
George T. Morgan


Maine Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1920
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 146


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 50 028



The Maine Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1920 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Maines admission into the Union.

The obverse of the Maine Centennial half dollar depicts the arms of Maine, based on the state's seal. At its center is a shield with a pine tree, sunken incuse into the coin, and below the tree a moose, lying down. The shield is flanked by two male figures, one bearing a scythe and representing Agriculture; the other, supporting an anchor, represents Commerce. Above the shield is the legend Dirigo, Latin for "I direct", and above that a five-pointed star. Below the shield is a scroll with the state's name. Near the rim are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR.

The reverse contains a wreath of pine needles and cones (Maine is known as the Pine Tree State) around MAINE CENTENNIAL 18201920 as well as the various mottoes required by law to be present on the coinage.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer:
Anthony de Francisci, based on sketches by an unknown artist.


Pilgrim Tercentenary half dollar

Issue: 1920-1921
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 147.1


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 152 112



The Maine Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1920 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Maines admission into the Union.

The obverse of the coin features William Bradford. He wears a hat and carries a Bible under his arm. Bradford, noted for piety, is intended to be seen in a moment of meditation. Dallin's plaster models had the words "HOLY BIBLE" on the volume; these, together with Dallin's initials "CED", were removed. Instead, the initial D was placed under Bradford's elbow, likely impressed upon the hub as an afterthought by a punch normally used to create the mint mark D for the Denver Mint. Numismatists Anthony Swiatek and Walter Breen deemed Bradford's broad collar near enough to Puritan wear of the day to pass, though they questioned the authenticity of the ruffled cravat. Bradford's portrait is in any case an invention; no genuine likeness of him is known. The crudeness of the lettering complained of by Fraser is not apparent due to the relatively small size of the coins.
(coins struck in 1920 do not display a date on this side)

The reverse depicts the Mayflower under full sail. Numismatic writers have focused much attention on the fact that the ship bears a triangular flying jib, a type of sail not used at the time of the Mayflower voyage. This error was avoided by Clair Aubrey Huston in his design for the one-cent stamp issued on December 21, 1920, for the anniversary. The inscriptions and dates that encircle the coin are self-explanatory.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer:
Cyrus E. Dallin


Pilgrim Tercentenary half dollar (1921)

Issue: 1920-1921
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 147.2


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 20 053



The Maine Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1920 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Maines admission into the Union.

The obverse of the coin features William Bradford. He wears a hat and carries a Bible under his arm. Bradford, noted for piety, is intended to be seen in a moment of meditation. Dallin's plaster models had the words "HOLY BIBLE" on the volume; these, together with Dallin's initials "CED", were removed. Instead, the initial D was placed under Bradford's elbow, likely impressed upon the hub as an afterthought by a punch normally used to create the mint mark D for the Denver Mint. Numismatists Anthony Swiatek and Walter Breen deemed Bradford's broad collar near enough to Puritan wear of the day to pass, though they questioned the authenticity of the ruffled cravat. Bradford's portrait is in any case an invention; no genuine likeness of him is known. The crudeness of the lettering complained of by Fraser is not apparent due to the relatively small size of the coins.
(coins struck in 1920 do not display a date on this side)

The reverse depicts the Mayflower under full sail. Numismatic writers have focused much attention on the fact that the ship bears a triangular flying jib, a type of sail not used at the time of the Mayflower voyage. This error was avoided by Clair Aubrey Huston in his design for the one-cent stamp issued on December 21, 1920, for the anniversary. The inscriptions and dates that encircle the coin are self-explanatory.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer:
Cyrus E. Dallin


Alabama Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1921
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 148.1


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 59 038



The Alabama Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1921 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the admission of the State of Alabama into the Union. This coin was the first ever created by the Mint to carry a living persons portrait.

The obverse of the coin features jugate busts of Bibb, Alabama's first governor as a state, and the incumbent in 1919, Kilby. In so appearing, Kilby became the first living person depicted on a U.S. coin. Anthony Swiatek, in his volume on commemoratives, averred that the issuance was not controversial at the time, as the Act of May 16, 1866, that forbids the depiction of living people on currency was deemed to refer to paper money only, but Q. David Bowers wrote that the portrayal caused contemporary comment, for the position of the federal government (excepting some paper money issues of the 19th century) was that living people should not appear on U.S. money. A total of 22 stars flank the busts, symbolic of Alabama being the 22nd state. The date, the names of the governors, and various other wordings appear towards the rim of the obverse.

The reverse features an eagle, possessing arrows and a shield, but no olive branch to symbolically counter the instruments of war; matched branches and arrows are often present in heraldic depiction of eagles on coins. The eagle's beak holds an end of a ribbon on which is inscribed the Alabama state motto, "HERE WE REST" about which Swiatek and Breen, in their 1988 book jibed, "no pun intended about the sleepy Deep South".

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer:
Laura Gardin Fraser.


Alabama Centennial half dollar (2x2)

Issue: 1921
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 148.1


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 6 006



The Alabama Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1921 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the admission of the State of Alabama into the Union. This coin was the first ever created by the Mint to carry a living persons portrait.

The obverse of the coin features jugate busts of Bibb, Alabama's first governor as a state, and the incumbent in 1919, Kilby. In so appearing, Kilby became the first living person depicted on a U.S. coin. Anthony Swiatek, in his volume on commemoratives, averred that the issuance was not controversial at the time, as the Act of May 16, 1866, that forbids the depiction of living people on currency was deemed to refer to paper money only, but Q. David Bowers wrote that the portrayal caused contemporary comment, for the position of the federal government (excepting some paper money issues of the 19th century) was that living people should not appear on U.S. money. A total of 22 stars flank the busts, symbolic of Alabama being the 22nd state; a message reinforced on those pieces bearing the inscription 2X2 in the obverse field. The X in that inscription alludes to the St. Andrew's cross on the flag of Alabama. The date, the names of the governors, and various other wordings appear towards the rim of the obverse.

The reverse features an eagle, possessing arrows and a shield, but no olive branch to symbolically counter the instruments of war; matched branches and arrows are often present in heraldic depiction of eagles on coins. The eagle's beak holds an end of a ribbon on which is inscribed the Alabama state motto, "HERE WE REST" about which Swiatek and Breen, in their 1988 book jibed, "no pun intended about the sleepy Deep South".

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer:
Laura Gardin Fraser.


Missouri Centennial half dollar (2*4)

Issue: 1921
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 149.1


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 50 028



The Missouri Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1921 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Missouris admission into the Union.

The obverse design features a bust of Daniel Boone wearing his famous coon-skin cap and deer-skin coat.

The reverse features Daniel Boone, with his power horn and rifle, directing the attention of an Indian to the westward course of the white man and the name of the city, Sedalia, where the centennial celebration was held.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Robert Aitken


Missouri Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1921
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 149.1


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 50 028



The Missouri Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1921 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Missouris admission into the Union.

The obverse design features a bust of Daniel Boone wearing his famous coon-skin cap and deer-skin coat.

The reverse features Daniel Boone, with his power horn and rifle, directing the attention of an Indian to the westward course of the white man and the name of the city, Sedalia, where the centennial celebration was held.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Robert Aitken


Grant Memorial half dollar

Issue: 1922
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 151.1


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 67 405



The Grant Memorial Half Dollar was released in 1922 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of General Ulysses S. Grants birth.

The obverse design features a strong profile portrait of General Grant.

The reverse features a sketch of the historic log cabin in which Grant was born.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser


Grant Memorial half dollar (Fake star)

Issue: 1922
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 151.2


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 4 256



The Grant Memorial Half Dollar was released in 1922 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of General Ulysses S. Grants birth.

The obverse design features a strong profile portrait of General Grant.

The reverse features a sketch of the historic log cabin in which Grant was born.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser


Monroe Doctrine Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1923
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 153


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 274 077



The Monroe Doctrine Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1923 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine.

The obverse design features the likenesses of presidents James Monroe and John Quincy Adams with the names Monroe and Adams underneath.

The reverse features the Western Hemisphere. North America in the form of a draped figure with the laurel of peace reaching to South America, also a draped figure carrying a horn of plenty. Their hands touch at the Panama Canal. Between the dates 1823-1923 are a scroll and a quill symbolizing the Treaty.

Mint: San Francisco

Designer: Chester Beach


Huguenot-Walloon half dollar

Issue: 1924
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 154


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 142 080



The Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary Half Dollar was released in 1924 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the 1624 settling of New Netherland by Walloons, French and Belgian Huguenots, under the Dutch West India Company.

The obverse design features a profile likenesses of Admiral Coligny and William the Silent, leaders in the struggle for civil and religious liberty.

The reverse features a reproduction of the New Nederland, the ship in which the refugees came to the New World.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: G.T. Morgan


California Diamond Jubilee half dollar

Issue: 1925
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 155


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 86 594



The California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar was released in 1925 to commemorate the states 75th anniversary.

The obverse design features a kneeling figure of a forty-niner.

The reverse features a walking grizzly bear, the state emblem of California.
Obverse Inscriptions

Mint: San Francisco

Designer: Jo Mora


Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial half dollar

Issue: 1925
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 156


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 162 013



The Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial Half Dollar was released in 1925 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

The obverse design features a Minute Man.

The reverse features the old belfry at Lexington.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Chester Beach


Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar

Issue: 1925
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 157


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 1 314 709



The Stone Mountain Memorial Half Dollar was released in 1925 to commemorate the effort, begun in 1923, to carve the Stone Mountain Memorial in Georgia.

The obverse design features equestrian figures of generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson reviewing the Confederate armies.

The reverse features an eagle, emblematic of liberty, poised on a mountain crag with stars dimly visible in the background.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Gutzon Borglum


Fort Vancouver Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1925
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 158


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 14 994



The Fort Vancouver Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1925 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Fort Vancouver by the Hudson Bay Company, State of Washington.

The obverse design features the likeness and name of Dr. John McLoughlin, builder of the fort.

The reverse features the full-length figure of a frontiersman with gun, the fort and a mountain peak in the background.

Mint: San Francisco

Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser


Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar

Issue: 1926, 1928, 1933-34, 1936-39
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 159


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15



The Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar was first released in 1926 to commemorate those who had traveled west on the trail during the mid 1800s. It was later minted again in 1928, from 1933-34, and finally from 1936-39. The 1933 issue of this coin was the first commemorative coin struck at the Denver Mint.

The obverse design features an old-time Conestoga wagon drawn by oxen over the brow of a hill and toward the setting sun.

The reverse features a full-length image of an Indian with headdress, blanket, and bow. His left hand is raised as if warning those of the East. In the background is a map of the United States with the Oregon Trail indicated.

Mint: Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Mintage:
1926 - 47 955
1926S - 83 055
1928 - 6 028
1933D - 5 008
1934D - 7 006
1936 - 10 006
1936S - 5 006
1937D - 12 008
1938 - 6 006
1938D - 6 005
1938S - 6 006
1939 - 3 004
1939D - 3 004
1939S - 3 005

Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser


Sesquicentennial of American Independence half dollar

Issue: 1926
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 160


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 141 120



The Sesquicentennial of American Independence Half Dollar was released in 1926 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This coin marked the first time a U.S. Presidents portrait appeared on a coin during his lifetime.

The obverse design features profiles of Washington and Coolidge.

The reverse features the Liberty Bell.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: John R. Sinnock


Vermont Sesquicentennial half dollar

Issue: 1927
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 162


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 28 142



The Vermont Sesquicentennial (Bennington) Half Dollar was released in 1927 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bennington.

The obverse design features Ira Allen, founder of Vermont.

The reverse features the figure of a catamounta large wild cat native to Vermontand the date of the Battle of Bennington.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Charles Keck


Hawaii Sesquicentennial half dollar

Issue: 1928
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 163


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 10 008



The Hawaiian Sesquicentennial Half Dollar was released in 1928 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the islands.

The obverse design is based on sketches submitted by Juliette May Fraser and includes a portrait of Capt. James Cook.

The reverse features a portrait of a native chief with robe and spear. He stands on the summit of a hill and extends his hand in welcome. Behind him are a coconut tree and a Hawaiian village of grass huts in the distance along the Waikiki Beach at the foot of Diamond Hill.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Chester Beach


Daniel Boone Bicentennial half dollar

Issue: 1934-1935
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 165.2


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15



The Daniel Boone Bicentennial Half Dollar was first struck in 1934 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Daniel Boone.

The obverse design features a portrait of Daniel Boone.

The reverse features frontiersman holding a chart of Kentucky and a rifle facing an American Indian holding a tomahawk. In the background includes a blockhouse stockade and a sun half on the horizon.

Mint: Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Mintage:
1934 - 10 007
1935 - 10 010
1935D - 5 005
1935S - 5 005

Designer: Augustus Lukeman


Daniel Boone Bicentennial half dollar ("1934")

Issue: 1934-1935
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 165.2


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15



The Daniel Boone Bicentennial Half Dollar was first struck in 1934 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Daniel Boone.

The obverse design features a portrait of Daniel Boone.

The reverse features frontiersman holding a chart of Kentucky and a rifle facing an American Indian holding a tomahawk. In the background includes a blockhouse stockade and a sun half on the horizon.

Mint: Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Mintage:
1935 - 10 008
1935D - 2 003
1935S - 2 004
1936 - 12 012
1936D - 5 005
1936S - 5 006
1937 - 9 810
1937D - 2 506
1937S - 2 506
1938 - 2 100
1938D - 2 100
1938S - 2 100

Designer: Augustus Lukeman


Maryland Tercentenary half dollar

Issue: 1934
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 166


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 25 015



The Maryland Tercentenary Half Dollar was released in 1934 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Province of Maryland.

The obverse design features the likeness of Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore.

The reverse features Calvert's coat of arms.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Hans Schuler


Texas Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1934-1938
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 167


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15



The Texas Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1934 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Texas declaring its independence from Mexico.

The obverse design features an eagle superimposed on a large star, clasping an oak branch.

The reverse features the winged kneeling female figure of Liberty extending a left arm over the Alamo. She holds a spray of laurel in her right hand and is flanked by portrait likenesses of Houston and Austin and the tops of six battle flags.

Mint: Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Mintage:
1934 - 61 463
1935 - 9 994
1935D - 10 007
1935S - 10 008
1936 - 8 911
1936D - 9 039
1936S - 9 055
1937 - 6 571
1937D - 6 605
1937S - 6 637
1938 - 3 780
1938D - 3 775
1938S - 3 814

Designer: Pompeo Coppini


Arkansas Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 168


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15



The Arkansas Centennial Half Dollar was first issued in 1935 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the admission of Arkansas into the Union. It was reissued annually through 1939.

The obverse design features an eagle with wings spread against a background containing rays and stars. The models for this coin were prepared by Emily Bates

The reverse design features the heads of an Indian and Liberty. Inscriptions: Liberty, Arkansas Centennial, and 1836 1936.

Mint: Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Mintage:
1935 - 13 012
1935D - 5 505
1935S - 5 506
1936 - 9 660
1936D - 9 660
1936S - 9 662
1937 - 5 505
1937D - 5 505
1937S - 5 506
1938 - 3 156
1938D - 3 155
1938S - 3 156
1939 - 2 104
1939D - 2 104
1939S - 2 105

Designer: Edward Everett Burr


Connecticut Tercentenary half dollar

Issue: 1935
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 169


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 25 018



The Connecticut Tercentenary Half Dollar was released in 1935 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the colonys founding.

The obverse design features an eagle with folded wings standing on a rock.

The reverse features The Charter Oak.

Designer: Henry Kreis


Hudson Sesquicentennial half dollar

Issue: 1935
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 170


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 10 008



The Hudson, New York Sesquicentennial Half Dollar was released in 1935 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the citys founding.

The obverse design features the seal of the city of Hudson.

The reverse features a two-masted sailing vessel under full sail with the moon in the background.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Chester Beach


California Pacific International Exposition half dollar

Issue: 1935-1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 171


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15



The San Diego-California-Pacific Exposition Half Dollar was issued in 1935 and 1936 to commemorate the citys exposition during those years.

The obverse design features a composite image of a seated woman, bear, horn of plenty, ship, and a miner at work.

The reverse design features one of the exposition buildings with the name San Diego.

Mint: Denver, San Francisco

Mintage:
1935S - 70 132
1935D - 30 092

Designer: Robert Aitken


Old Spanish Trail half dollar

Issue: 1935
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 172


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 10 008



The Old Spanish Trail Half Dollar was released in 1935 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Cabeza de Vaca Expedition and the opening of the Old Spanish Trail.

This obverse design features a Texas steer skull and the name of the pioneer Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca.

The reverse features a yucca plant in flower and a map showing the trail taken by Cabeza De Vaca.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: L.W. Hoffecker


Albany Charter half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 173


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 17 671



The Albany, New York Charter Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the citys charter.

The obverse design features a beaver with a branch of maple seeds.

The reverse features a full-length portrait of Sir Thomas Dongan, Colonial Governor, presenting a charter to Peter Schuyler, Albany's first mayor, and Robert Livingston. Also pictured is an eagle in flight above the men, a pine branch, and cones.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Gertrude K. Lathrop


San FranciscoOakland Bay Bridge half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 174


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 71 424



The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the opening of the bridge that year.

The obverse design features a grizzly bear, the symbol of California.

The reverse features a view of the bridge with the historic Ferry Tower in the foreground, Yerba Buena Island and East Bay Hills in the distance.

Mint: San Francisco

Designer: Jacques Schnier


Bridgeport, Connecticut Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 175


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 25 015



The Bridgeport, Connecticut Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the citys incorporation.

The obverse design features a portrait of circus promoter P.T. Barnum.

The reverse features an eagle.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Henry Kreis


Cincinnati Musical Center half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 176


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15



The Cincinnati Music Center Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cincinnati, OH, as a center of music and its contribution to the art of music.

The obverse design features a portrait of American composer Stephen Foster.

The reverse features a female figure kneeling and holding a lyre.

Mint: Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Mintage:
1936 - 5 005
1936D - 5 005
1936S - 5 006

Designer: Constance Ortmayer


Cleveland Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1936-1937
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 177


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 50 030



The Cleveland Great Lakes Exposition Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the city of Cleveland and the Great Lakes Exposition.

The obverse design features Moses Cleaveland, who founded Cleveland.

The reverse features a mapmaker's compass poised over a map of the Great Lakes and pointing to the northern and southern extremities of the lakes. The stars indicate the locations of major cities.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Brenda Putnam


Columbia, South Carolina Sesquicentennial half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 178


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15



The Columbia, South Carolina Sesquicentennial Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the citys founding as the state capital.

The obverse design features a figure of Justice with scales and a sword is flanked by images of the original and present capitol buildings.

The reverse features a palmetto tree, with oak and ribbon binding stars at the base, a symbol of South Carolina. An additional 13 stars encircle the tree.

Mint: Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Mintage:
1936 - 9 007
1936D - 8 009
1936S - 8 007

Designer: A. Wolfe Davidson


Delaware Tercentenary half dollar

Issue: 1937
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 179


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 20 993



This Delaware Tercentenary Half Dollar was authorized in 1936, struck by the United States Mint in 1937, and the coin was dual dated. The obverse of this coin is dated 1936 and the reverse is dated 1938.

The obverse design features the Old Swedes Church in Wilmington.

The reverse features a ship, the Kalmar Nykhel.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Carl L. Schmitz


Elgin, Illinois, Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 180


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 20 015



The Elgin, Illinois Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the citys founding.

The obverse design features the head of a pioneer.

The reverse features a group of four pioneer figures.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Trygve A. Rovelstad


Battle of Gettysburg half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 181


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 26 928



The Battle of Gettysburg Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most crucial battles of the Civil War.

The obverse design features the profile images of Union and Confederate Soldiers.

The reverse features a fascesa bundle of sticks bound around an axeflanked by shields of the Union and Confederacy and supported by sprays of oak and laurel.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Frank Vittor


Long Island Tercentenary half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 182


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 81 826



The Long Island Tercentenary Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate Long Islands 300th anniversary.

The obverse design features the heads of an Indian and an early European settler.

The reverse features a ship in full sail.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Howard K. Weinman


Lynchburg Sesquicentennial half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 183


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 20 013



The Lynchburg, Virginia Sesquicentennial Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Lynchburg.

The obverse design features Senator Carter Glass.

The reverse features the standing figure of Liberty and an image of the Lynchburg court house.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Charles Keck


Norfolk, Virginia Bicentennial half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 184


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 16 936



The Norfolk, Virginia Bicentennial Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Norfolk becoming a borough.

The obverse design features the official seal of the city of Norfolka ship plow and stocks of grain.

The reverse features a mace flanked by two floral sprays and the year 1636.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: William Marks Simpson


Rhode Island Tercentenary half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 185


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15



The Providence, Rhode Island Tercentenary Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the citys founding.

The obverse design features an Indian at Slate Rock welcoming Roger Williams in a canoe with the sun rising over the ocean in the background.

The reverse features the shield of the State of Rhode Island.

Mint: Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Mintage:
1936 - 20 013
1936D - 15 010
1936S - 15 011

Designer: Arthur Graham Carey


Roanoke Island half dollar

Issue: 1937
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 186


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 29 030



The Roanoke Island, North Carolina Half Dollar was released in 1937 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the establishment of Sir Walter Raleighs colony on Roanoke Island, NC.

The obverse design features a portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh.

The reverse features a woman and her child with two sailing ships and a pine branch.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: William Marks Simpson


Arkansas-Robinson half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 187


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 25 265



The Arkansas Centennial Half Dollar was first issued in 1936 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the admission of Arkansas into the Union.

The obverse design features an eagle with wings spread against a background containing rays and stars. The models for this coin were prepared by Emily Bates.

The reverse design features a portrait of Senator Joseph T. Robinson.

Mint: Philadelphia

Obverse Designer: Edward Everett Burr
Reverse Designer: Henry Kreis


Wisconsin Territorial Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 188


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 25 015



The Wisconsin Territorial Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Territorial Government of Wisconsin.

The obverse design features a badger, a symbol of Wisconsin, against vertical arrows and a branch.

The reverse features a man's arm holding a pick above a pile of ore.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Benjamin Hawkins


York County, Maine Tercentenary half dollar

Issue: 1936
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 189


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 25 015



The York County, Maine Tercentenary Half Dollar was released in 1936 to commemorate the countys 300th anniversary.

The obverse design features a stockade on the Saco River.

The reverse features the seal of York County.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Walter H. Rich


Battle of Antietam half dollar

Issue: 1937
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 190


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 18 028



The Battle of Antietam Half Dollar was released in 1937 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bloodiest one day battle in American history.

The obverse design features generals George B. McClellan and Robert E. Lee.

The reverse features the Burnside Bridge and the date of the Battle of Antietam.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: William Marks Simpson


New Rochelle, New York half dollar

Issue: 1938
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 191


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 15 266



The New Rochelle, New York Half Dollar was issued in 1938 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the settlement of New Rochelle in Westchester County, New York.

The obverse design features a full length figure of John Pell leading a calf.

The reverse features a modern interpretation of a classical fleur-de-lis.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Gertrude K. Lathrop


Iowa Centennial half dollar

Issue: 1946
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 197


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15 100 057



The Iowa Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1946 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Iowa statehood.

The obverse design features the first stone capitol building at Iowa City.

The reverse features the Iowa State Seal of an eagle with wings spread outward, holding a large ribbon with the words 'Our Liberties Our Rights We Prize and Will Maintain.'

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer: Adam Pietz


Booker T. Washington Memorial half dollar

Issue: 1946-1951
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 198


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.61 2.15



The Booker T. Washington Hal Dollar was initially offered in 1946 to honor his place in American history. It was reissued annually through 1951.

The obverse features a portrait of Booker T. Washington.

The reverse design features the log cabin in which Booker T. Washington was born.

Mint: Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Mintage:
1946 - 1 000 546
1946D - 200 113
1946S - 500 729
1947 - 100 017
1947D - 100 017
1947S - 100 017
1948 - 8 005
1948D - 8 005
1948S - 8 005
1949 - 6 004
1949D - 6 004
1949S - 6 004
1950 - 6 004
1950D - 6 004
1950S - 512 091
1951 - 51 082
1951D - 7 004
1951S - 7 004

Designer: Isaac Scott Hathaway


George Washington Carver-Booker T. Washington half dollar

Issue: 1951-1954
Catalogue No: KRAUSE - KM# 200


Denomination Condition Material Purity Weight, g. Diameter, mm. Thickness, mm. Mintage
50C - 1/2 Dollar Unc Silver 900 12.5 30.6 2.15



Obverse design:
The busts on this coin are of George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington.

Reverse design:
A simple outline map of the United States of America.

Mint: Philadelphia, San Francisco

Mintage:
1951 - 110 018
1951D - 10 004
1951S - 10 004
1952 - 2 006 292
1952D - 8 006
1952S - 8 006
1953 - 8 003
1953D - 8 003
1953S - 108 020
1954 - 12 006
1954D - 12 006
1954S - 122 024

Designer: Isaac Scott Hathaway


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