½ Dollar Iowa Centennial

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1946
Value 1/2 Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 18229
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 197
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Iowa Statehood Centennial

Obverse

An eagle in a circle with scrolls held by its beak and stars above, with the words "IOWA STATEHOOD CENTENNIAL" and dates surrounding the circle

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HALF DOLLAR
IN GOD WE TRUST
THE OLD STONE CAPITAL IOWA CITY
LIBERTY

Engraver: Adam Pietz

Reverse

A building with the American motto above and the denomination below, with the country name around the rim

Lettering:
IOWA STATEHOOD CENTENNIAL 1846-1946
OUR LIBERTIES WE PRIZE
OUR RIGHTS WE WILL MAINTAIN
AND
E PLURIBUS UNUM

Translation:
Iowa Statehood Centennial 1846-1946
Our Liberties we Prize
Our Rights We Will Maintain
And
Out of Many, One

Engraver: Adam Pietz

Edge

Reeded

Mint

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)

Comments

After a period of dormancy for commemorative coins, the Iowa Centennial Half Dollar was produced and issued in 1946 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Iowa’s statehood.

Abuses of the commemorative coin program had come to the forefront after a Congressional hearing held on April 15, 1937. There were complaints about some programs which had ordered coins from several different mints over several years to create additional varieties and complaints the curious distribution of some program which resulted in few if any coins being sold to the public at issue prices. As a result of the hearings, 81 bills proposing commemorative coins were buried and authority was revoked to produce additional coins for existing programs.

The issuance of commemorative coins was reconsidered following a change in administration. The 1946 Iowa Centennial Half Dollar was authorized on August 7, 1946, with a maximum mintage of 100,000 pieces.

The coins were distributed by the Iowa Centennial Committee for $2.50 to state residents and $3 to others. The entire authorized mintage sold out, with more than 90,000 distributed to residents. An amount of 500 pieces was set aside for distribution in 1996, and 500 more pieces for distribution in 2046. In 1996, the coins were offered for $500 each in special holders. Sales were slow since the offering price was far above the market price for uncirculated pieces.

Authorization: Public Law 79-612

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1946  100 057 $ 118

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