½ Dollar Fort Vancouver Centennial

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1925
Value ½ Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 78877
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 158
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

100th Anniversary of the Founding of Fort Vancouver

Obverse

Dr. John McLoughlin, the establisher of Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River in 1825 and later went on to found Oregon City, facing left and the denomination below

Script: Latin

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1825 1925
IN GOD WE TRUST
DR·JOHN McLOUGHLIN
HALF DOLLAR

Engraver: Laura Gardin Fraser Read more on Wikipedia

Laura Gardin Fraser was an American sculptor and the wife of sculptor James Earle Fraser. Laura Gardin studied under Fraser at the Art Students League of New York from 1910 to 1912.

Reverse

A pioneer holding a musket with the Fort and a mountain peak in the background.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
FORT VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL
· VANCOUVER · WASHINGTON · FOUNDED · 1825 · BY ·
HUDSON'S BAY COMPANYั

Engraver: Laura Gardin Fraser Read more on Wikipedia

Laura Gardin Fraser was an American sculptor and the wife of sculptor James Earle Fraser. Laura Gardin studied under Fraser at the Art Students League of New York from 1910 to 1912.

Edge

Reeded

Mint

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

Comments

This coin was one of the four different commemorative coins issued during the year. This coin featured designs by Portland, Oregon artist Sidney Bell, which were modeled by Laura Gardin Fraser.

Fort Vancouver served as a trading center for settlers and Native Americans within the territory. These coins were issued as part of a week-long local celebration and sold for $1 each.

Authorized production was set at 300,000, which proved far too optimistic. A quantity of 50,000 coins was struck at the San Francisco Mint (although the coins did not carry the “S” mintmark), and after unsold coins were returned for melting, net distribution was a paltry 14,994 coins.

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

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1925  14 994 $ 180 $ 250 $ 300

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