½ Dollar Ulysses S. Grant


Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1922
Value 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# 7944
References KM# 151
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 Birth of Ulysses S. Grant


Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant adapted from a Matthew Brady photograph.

Script: Latin

1822 1922

Engraver: Laura G. Fraser


The log cabin in Point Pleasant , Ohio, which was where Grant was born.

Script: Latin


In God We Trust
Out of Many, One



½ Dollar (Ulysses S. Grant) -  obverse

© Harryg (CC BY)


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


Along with a gold dollar featuring an identical design, the 1922 Grant Memorial Half Dollar was issued for the centennial of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant. He had severed as General of the American Armies during the Civil war and served two terms as the 18th President of the United States.

The Ulysses S. Grant Centenary Memorial Association had been formed in the previous year with ambitious plans to celebrate the occasion. The construction of numerous buildings and a highway to memorialize Grant were planned. Authorization was received from Congress for the minting of commemorative gold dollars and half dollars to help finance the projects.

A quantity of 5,000 of the Grant Memorial Half Dollars were struck with the inclusion of a Star on the obverse above “Grant”. The Centenary Memorial Association had requested this quantity of gold dollars struck with the star, but the silver half dollars carrying the star were a surprise. Since the number of 1922 Grant Half Dollars with Star represents only a small portion of the mintage, the coins now represent a rarity amongst early commemorative coins. Originally the “no star” versions were sold for 75 cents, while the “with star” versions were sold for $1.50.

Of the maximum authorized mintage of 250,000 silver half dollars, the mintages net of melting were 4,256 coins “with star” and 67,405 coins with “no star”.

Authorization: Public Law 67-137
Maximum Authorized Mintage: 250,000

Mathew Brady photograph used for the design.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1922  67 405 $ 95 $ 120 $ 140 91% KM#151.1
1922  4 256 12% KM#151.2 (star above the word "GRANT")

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Sold price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar (Ulysses S. Grant)
Auction 61
Lot 1179
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 1922 – KM#151.1 AU USD 90.55
(EUR 84.00)
(+ buyer's premium)

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