½ Dollar California Diamond Jubilee


Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1925
Value 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.61 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 155
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

California Diamond Jubilee


A kneeling figure of a “forty-niner” as he pans for gold.

Script: Latin


Engraver: Joseph Mora


An image of a grizzly bear, which comes from the state emblem of California.

Script: Latin


Engraver: Joseph Mora




S United States Mint of San Francisco, United States (1854-date)


The 1925 California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar is one of the collector favorites amongst early commemorative coins. The issue was authorized to mark the 75th anniversary of California’s statehood and featured imagery recalling the famous gold rush.

Authorization was provided to strike up to 300,000 coins. Production took place at the San Francisco Mint, where 150,000 coins were produced. Distribution was handled by the San Francisco Citizens’ Comittee with an issuance price of $1 per coin, which had become standard for commemorative half dollar issues. Coins which remained unsold were returned to the mint for melting, resulting in a net distribution of 86,594.

Authorization: Public Law 68-452
Maximum Authorized Mintage: 300,000

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1925 S 150 000 $ 160 $ 180

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