Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 59,038
Catalog: KM-148.2
Obverse Designer: Laura G. Fraser
Reverse Designer: Laura G. Fraser
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.30 (8/31/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1921 ALABAMA 50C MS obverse 1921 ALABAMA 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The state of Alabama became a territory in 1817 and a full-fledged state on December 14th, 1819. It would be logical then to have the 100th anniversary coin issued in 1919. However, this was not the case with the Alabama Centennial Half Dollar. The actual idea for the coin was not even devised until 1920, a year after the centennial of the state. However, the Alabama Centennial Commission went ahead with the plan for a commemorative quarter (later revised to be a half dollar) anyways.

On May 10, 1920, a bill promoted by the Commission passed through Congress authorizing the mintage of 100,000 silver half dollars commemorating Alabama’s admittance to the union. However, this legislature did not explain what the actual design was to be and thus a drawn-out design process was implemented. After over a year of back-and-forth, the final design was proposed on June 28th, 1921. The obverse design was to depict William Wyatt Bibb and Thomas E. Kilby who were the governors of the state in 1819 and 1919 respectively. The reverse would have the seal of the state as well as the years 1819 and 1919.

Minting finally began on October 21st, 1921, and included a special notation, 2X2, in the right obverse field. This notation had dual meanings. Alabama was the 22nd state admitted to the union, and the X was to represent St. Andrew’s cross from the state flag (as well as that of the Confederacy.) However, this design element was removed from the master dies after the first run of 6,006 pieces, and according to Q. David Bowers, may or may not have been used again to strike an additional 10,008 pieces later that year. In the end, the total mintage of the Alabama Centennial Half Dollar, both with and without the 2X2 element, was 59,038.


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1921 ALABAMA 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - 70.00 95.00 130 150 160 175 200 265 300 425 560 1375 3200 25000 - - -
$ - - - 190 220 - 330 475 690 1575 3600 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1963
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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9/29/2002 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #301, 301/Lot# 2740 $1,552.50
9/21/2008 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 2587, 2587/Lot# 1780 $16,675.00
4/5/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 468, 474/Lot# 639 $345.00
1/29/2012 NGC MS 65   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2762 $833.75
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 118992 $84.70
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 211144 $1,500.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4384 $998.75
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1217/Lot# 4400 $5,405.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 ALABAMA 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2052272482723634715075445936276747057548421028121920293103743193432409043366
2122342563023994835195606046436847217839041092148923874546806814259305150
000000519560604643684721783904109214892387454680681425900
000000532577616658695738813966115517592745598887061917400
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 8068
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 4546
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
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