½ Dollar Pilgrim Tercentenary

½ Dollar (Pilgrim Tercentenary) -  obverse½ Dollar (Pilgrim Tercentenary) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 1920-1921
Value 1/2 Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.61 mm
Thickness 2.15 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 4398
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 147
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

Landing of Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts

Obverse

William Bradford governor of the Plymouth Colony holding a Bible.

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN GOD WE TRUST
PILGRIM HALF DOLLAR
1921 (1921 only)

Engraver: Cyrus E. Dallin

Cyrus Edwin Dallin was an American sculptor best known for Native Americans subjects. He created more than 260 works, including the equestrian statue of Paul Revere in Boston, Massachusetts; the Angel Moroni atop Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah; and his most famous work, Appeal to the Great Spirit, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Reverse

The Mayflower, the ship which carried the Pilgrims to Plymouth.

Lettering:
PILGRIM TERCENTENARY CELEBRATION
1620 - 1920ั

Engraver: Cyrus E. Dallin

Cyrus Edwin Dallin was an American sculptor best known for Native Americans subjects. He created more than 260 works, including the equestrian statue of Paul Revere in Boston, Massachusetts; the Angel Moroni atop Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah; and his most famous work, Appeal to the Great Spirit, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Edge

Reeded

Comments

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts, Congress authorized the Pilgrim Tercentenary Half Dollar. The commemorative coins were issued with two different dates, setting a precedent that would be followed by future issues.

A quantity of 200,000 coins were initially produced at the Philadelphia Mint in 1920. These were sold by the Pilgrim Tercentenary Commission for $1 each.

Although the existing production was not completely sold out, the Commission requested production of the remaining 100,000 coins of the 300,000 maximum authorized mintage. These would carry the date “1921” on the obverse, differentiating them from the original issue. Sales of the additional issue were poor and eventually 48,000 of the original issue and 80,000 of the second issue were returned to the Mint for melting.

Authorization: Public Law 66-203
Maximum Authorized Mintage: 300,000

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1920  152 112 $ 46 $ 57 $ 69 $ 93 94% KM# 147.1
1921  20 053 $ 163 10% KM# 147.2

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