Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 50,000
Catalog: KM-146
Obverse Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Reverse Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.30 (8/28/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1920 MAINE 50C MS obverse 1920 MAINE 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis


While Maine was settled by French colonists as early as 1604, it wasn’t until March 15th, 1820 that Maine became the 23rd state. 100 years later, Maine Representative John Peters sought the striking of a coin to commemorate the anniversary. With little debate on the subject, Congress authorized the mintage of up to 100,000 Maine Centennial half dollars on May 10th, 1920. Proceeds for the sale were to be used to help defray the costs of the centennial celebrations to be held in the state capital Portland.

Sketches were submitted to the Commission of Fine Arts, which were then forwarded to sculptor-member James Earle Fraser, of Buffalo nickel fame. He thought the designs were amateurish, but they were still used. Anthony De Francisci, a student of Fraser who would soon sculpt the Peace dollar, completed the plaster models that June and they were approved by the Commission on July 9th of the same year. The design is lackluster at best, and many believe both sides look like they should be reverses.

The obverse of the Maine Centennial half dollar features the state seal. A shield bearing a moose and a pine tree is at center, with a farmer and a sailor to the left and right of it, respectively. The Latin motto DIRIGO (I direct) is on a scroll above, with a star above it. Below the shield is a banner inscribed MAINE. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the value HALF DOLLAR are arranged in arcs around the periphery. The reverse is dominated by a wreath of pine branches. The words MAINE CENTENNIAL 1820-1920 are arranged within it. Above are the statutory legends E PLURIBUS UNUM and LIBERTY; below is the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

The Philadelphia Mint struck 50,000 Maine halves in the late summer of 1920, but unfortunately they arrived after the Centennial Celebration in Portland. However, about half of that mintage was sold by the State Treasurer before the end of 1920. No further coins were struck, and by 1929, all 50,000 of the coins on hand had been distributed. Although the Maine Centennial half dollar fell victim to poor design and even worse timing, the program was free of the scandal and controversy which plagued many other commemorative issues.

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Last Updated: 7/24/2015

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1920 MAINE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2860
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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2/24/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 1101 $397.00
10/10/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #57, 62/Lot# 1194 $460.00
4/26/2009 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2684, 2684/Lot# 2234 $345.00
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1184/Lot# 2930 $5,434.38
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/13/2013, 96/Lot# 136763 $6,985.00
1/5/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 159081 $90.75
8/31/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131436/Lot# 23411 $505.25
2/6/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2130 $176.25
  NGC MS 64   Bonhams $128.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 MAINE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20522724827229835138142345046347750252755159774511031583429051691140820459
2122342562813163613954324544684855105355666468641263248545837249144250
000000395432454468485510535566646864126324854583724900
000000409441459472494519543582696984142333884876932800
1920 MAINE 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331472782882953043113233304376429991484352156681278222960
33333511902812902983063153253655057611160216342368039161740
000000190281290298306315325365505761116021634236803900
0000002342842923013083193274015738801322284249521041000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4583
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 4583
Owner: Rob8
 
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