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Why buy this 1926-(P) Sesquicentennial Silver Half Dollar Commemorative?
The US Mint celebrated the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1926. Plans initially called for a series of coins to mark the occasion, but the final decision was to release just two, this one and a gold $2.5 commemorative. Although a million coins were authorized, just 140,120 sold. The rest were sent back to the mint for melting. The coins were struck in low relief, making for one of the poorest quality issues in US history. This piece was struck, appropriately, at the Philadelphia Mint on a 12.5 g planchet of .900 fine silver.
Overlapping Presidential Portraits Design by John Frederick Lewis
Both faces of this coin were designed by John Frederick Lewis and sculpted by John Ray Sinnock. The obverse design consists of overlapping portraits of America's first President, George Washington, and the President at the time of the anniversary, Calvin Coolidge. The design was extremely controversial due to the inclusion of a living figure. Longstanding American tradition had - and has - it that living figures are not struck onto coins, as that is considered to monarchical. The national motto, "IN GOD WE TRUST," is included in the lower left, and the design is encircled by a pair of rim inscriptions, "LIBERTY" and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."
The Liberty Bell dominates the reverse. The anniversary dates, "1776" and "1926," are inscribed to either side of it. A modified version of the design was brought back for the Franklin half dollar. Inscriptions in the rim frame read, "SESQUICENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE" and "HALF DOLLAR."
Well Preserved MS65
The experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) certified that this coin is in Mint State 65 condition. That means that it was struck well and shows no traces of wear.
Add this Silver Commemorative 1926-(P) Sesquicentennial Half Dollar to your collection today.
|Year of Issue:||1926|
|Weight in Grams:||12.5 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.4019 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States Legal Tender|