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½ Dollar Boone Bicentennial

Features

Country United States
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 1934-1938
Value 1/2 Dollar (0.5 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 165
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

Bicentennial of Daniel Boone birth

Obverse

A frontiersman holding a chart of Kentucky and a musket, facing an American Indian holding a tomahawk. In the background, a blockhouse stockade and a sun with rays appear.

Lettering:
IN GOD WE TRUST
E PLURIBUS UNUM

DANIEL
BOONE
BICENTENNIAL

1934
PIONEER
YEAR

1935

Translation:
In God we Trust
Out of Many, One
Daniel
Boone
Bicentennial
1934
Pioneer
Year
1935

Engraver: Augustus Lukeman

Reverse

A portrait of Daniel Boone. Since no known portraits of him exist, this is an artist's conception.

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
HALF DOLLAR

Engraver: Augustus Lukeman

Edge

Reeded

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

The Daniel Boone Half Dollar was minted to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the famous frontiersman, explorer, and folk hero. Originally, the coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint to coincide with the bicentennial year. During the next four years, the coins would continue to be struck, across three different mint facilities.

Out of the maximum authorized mintage of 600,000 coins, there were only 10,007 of the 1934 Daniel Boone Half Dollars produced and sold for $1.60 each. In the following year, additional coins were struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints carrying the 1935 date. After the initial distribution, legislation was passed in Congress stipulating that the original design should be supplemented by adding the bicentennial year “1934” to the obverse of the coin. A smaller number of coins were minted with the “small 1934 on reverse” and came to represent a scarce variety.

More coins continued to be minted and issued in 1936, 1937, and 1938. The final two years would have smaller net distribution levels as collectors began to grow weary of the endless string of varieties of the commemorative coin, issued years after the actual bicentennial.

Authorization: Public Law 73-258
Maximum Authorized Mintage: 600,000

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1934  10,007 KM# 165.1
1935  10,010 KM# 165.1
1935  10,008 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1935 D 5,005 KM# 165.1
1935 D 2,003 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1935 S 5,005 KM# 165.1
1935 S 2,004 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1936  12,012 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1936 D 5,005 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1936 S 5,006 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1937  9,810 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1937 D 2,506 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1937 S 2,506 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1938  2,100 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1938 D 2,100 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)
1938 S 2,100 KM# 165.2 (1934 added above PIONEER on obverse)

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