½ Dollar Alabama Centennial

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1921
Value ½ Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Thickness 2.15 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 9257
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 148
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

Alabama Centennial 1819-1919

Obverse

Portraits of William Wyatt Bibb, the first governor of Alabama, and Thomas E. Kilby, the current governor. Twenty-two stars are arranged to each side of the portrait. Some coins were struck with “2X2” in the right field above the stars. Although this was intended to be a scarcer variety, ultimately the number of plain and “2X2” coins were very close.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN GOD WE TRVST
BIBB 1921 KILBY
HALF DOLLAR

Engraver: Laura G.Fraser

Reverse

An eagle perched on a shield, which is based on the Alabama State Seal.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
STATE OF ALABAMA
1819 CENTENNIAL 1919ั

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, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)

Comments

The 1921 Alabama Centennial Half Dollar celebrated the 100th anniversary of statehood two years after the fact. Also of note, this represented the first U.S. coin to depict a living person.

Authorization for 100,000 of the silver half dollars had been received in May 1920, with the coins to be produced “as soon as practicable.” The design proposal and discussion by Alabama Centennial Commissions Discussion was not concluded until 1921, by then the 102nd anniversary of Alabama’s statehood.

Coins have a "2*2" placed in the field above the date to indicate that Alabama was the 22nd state or star on the flag.

Sales of the 1921 Alabama Centennial Half Dollar began on October 26, 1921, to coincide with President Warren Harding’s visit to Birmingham, Alabama. The coins were distributed through banks for $1 each.

Authorization: Public Law 66-200
Maximum Authorized Mintage: 100,000
1921 “2X2”: 30,000
1921 Plain: 35,000

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1921  6 006 39% KM#148.1 (with "2*2" in field)
1921  59 038 80% KM#148.2

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this coin. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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