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1926-(P) Sesquicentennial Half Dollar Commemorative Silver Coin PCGS MS65

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1926-(P) Sesquicentennial Half Dollar Commemorative Silver Coin PCGS MS65

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Why purchase this Silver Commemorative 1926-(P) Sesquicentennial Half Dollar?

America celebrated the 150th, or sesquicentennial, anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1926. Initial plans called for a series of coins to be struck to mark the occasion, but eventually the decision was made to strike just two, this one and a $2.50 gold quarter eagle. A million of these coins were authorized, but just 141,120 sold. This was due in part to the low relief in which the coins were struck, which resulted in one of the lowest quality issues in US history. This coin was struck from 12.5 g of .900 fine silver at the Philadelphia Mint.

Controversial Overlapping Presidents Design

John Frederick Lewis designed and John Ray Sinnock sculpted both faces of this coin. On the obverse are two overlapping portraits of Presidents, America's first, George Washington, and the incumbent at the time of the anniversary, Calvin Coolidge. The design caused an uproar, as striking living figures onto coinage was long considered something that is more fitting of monarchies than republics. In fact, that belief is still in place. "IN GOD WE TRUST," the national motto, is inscribed in the lower right, while "LIBERTY" and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" are inscribed along the rim.

Dominating the reverse is the Liberty Bell. The design of the Philadelphia Landmark was modified and revived for the Franklin half dollar. The anniversary dates, "1776" and "1926," are inscribed to the left and right of it, respectively. The design is encircled by a rim frame in which there are two inscriptions, "SESQUICENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE" and "HALF DOLLAR."

Beautifully Maintained MS65

This coin received a Mint State 65 grade from the experts at Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). That grade means that a coin was well struck and shows no traces of wear.

Don't miss your chance to own this 1926-(P) Sesquicentennial Silver Half Dollar Commemorative.

Year of Issue:1926
Mint:U.S. Mint
Mint Mark:(P)
Grading Service:PCGS
Weight in Grams:12.5 g
Weight in Ounces:0.4019 oz
Diameter:30.6 mm
Country:United States
Legal Tender:United States Legal Tender