Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 67,350
Catalog: KM-151.1
Obverse Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser
Reverse Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser
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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1922 GRANT 50C MS obverse 1922 GRANT 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States and was also a decorated Civil War general who helped turn the tide of the war in favor of the Union. In 1921, a group arose calling themselves the Ulysses S. Grant Centenary Association. This organization’s goal was to coordinate special observances and create monuments in recognition of Grant’s impact on the country. To finance these ventures, the group sought the minting of up to 200,000 gold dollars. The bill was eventually emended to call for only 10,000 gold dollars, but also up to 250,000 half dollars. This amended legislation was passed on February 2, 1922.

The preparation of designs was entrusted to Laura Gardin Fraser, wife of James Earle Fraser, the artist who had fashioned the Buffalo nickel. Mrs. Fraser was an accomplished medalist in her own right, having won acclaim already for her work on the Alabama Centennial half dollar of 1921. Her design was used on both the gold and silver Grant coins. The obverse features a right-facing portrait of the general, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the upper rim, HALF DOLLAR at the bottom, ULYSSES S. GRANT to the left and right of the portrait and the double dates 1822-1922 below it. The reverse shows the fenced-in clapboard house where Grant lived as a boy, shaded by a canopy of trees. IN GOD WE TRUST appears above and E PLURIBUS UNUM is broken into four lines to the left. The designer's initial G (for her maiden name, Gardin) appears below Grant’s bust, between the double dates.

The sponsors of the Missouri and Alabama commemoratives placed special markings on a small number of their respective commemoratives to increase sales. Apparently the Grant Centenary Association liked this idea and decided that they too would add an additional marking to some of their coins. The only difference between the normal issue Grant halves and the variety is the addition of a small star above the name GRANT on the obverse. This was done to half of the gold dollars, and due to a mix-up at the mint, was actually put on 5,000 of the half dollars as well. Eventually 750 of those were melted, leaving only 4,250 Grant Star halves. 27,650 of the non-star Grant halves were melted, leaving a net mintage of 67,350. Both the star and non-star issues of the gold dollar sold out, resulting in net mintages of 5,000 pieces each.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/21/2015

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1922 GRANT 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - 65.00 80.00 95.00 105 115 120 125 135 145 165 285 825 1350 4950 15000 - -
$ - - - - - - 155 180 340 900 2400 9150 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3523
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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9/20/2015 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1224/Lot# 8176


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6/11/2003 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1737, 1737/Lot# 1484 $176.00
1/12/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 10608 $747.50
8/14/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 August Milwaukee, WI Final Session #445, 445/Lot# 10384 $517.50
4/21/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 363, 369/Lot# 1258 $575.00
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2971 $1,437.50
3/25/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43205 $143.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5043 $998.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1922 GRANT 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19021223425530435136638140942343745046348953979315311928398460891150720668
19721924127132035637139041442844145447250662410391663261346867895145610
0000003713904144284414544725066241039166326134686789500
0000003764004184324464594805227081285179632995387970100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4686
Owner: Chippewa
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 4686
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
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