Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Commemoratives (1903-1926)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 45,793
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $230.50 (10/26/2020)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1926 AMERICAN SESQUICENTENNIAL $2.5 MS obverse 1926 AMERICAN SESQUICENTENNIAL $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

July 4th, 1926 marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. To mark this important anniversary, the National Sesquicentennial Exhibition Association envisioned the release an entire series of commemorative coins. This plan was eventually pared back to just two coins however, a half dollar, and a $2.5 quarter eagle gold piece. The bill passed by Congress on March 3rd, 1925, authorized the striking of up to on million half dollars and 200,000 gold quarter eagles.

The chief sculptor-engraver of the U.S. Mint, John Ray Sinnock, was entrusted to design the coins. Sinnock’s design for the quarter eagle features a full figure of Liberty standing upon a partial globe. In her left hand she holds a long scroll which represents the Declaration of Independence. The legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and LIBERTY are arranged in arcs around the periphery. 1776 and 1926 appear to the left and right of her figure, respectively. On its reverse, this issue displays a frontal elevation of the Pennsylvania State House, now known as Independence Hall. Above Independence Hall, divided by the belfry, is the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Our national motto E PLURIBUS UNUM appears below. Arranged around the periphery are the inscriptions SESQUICENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE and 2 ½ DOLLARS.

Partially due to the low relief of the coins, they were not very popular. Even though the mint had struck the full allotment of coins, only 45,793 of the gold quarter eagles sold during the Sesquicentennial Exhibition in Philadelphia from June to November of 1926. The remaining coins were returned to the Mint to be destroyed.

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Last Updated: 1/29/2020

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1926 $2.5 AMERICAN SESQUICENTENNIAL MS
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Base $ - - 280 300 325 360 390 395 400 450 475 500 570 750 1750 5500 34000 - - -
$ 350 370 390 395 400 460 485 535 700 900 2650 14500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7618
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1926 $2.5 AMERICAN SESQUICENTENNIAL MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1-2131011191004392839513141504264210371084---7618
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Total-1-2131011191004392839513141511268010581124---7688
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 $2.5 AMERICAN SESQUICENTENNIAL MS
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Base67870372975483894910131013103610591103112411731219142118212948580110515222854080073980
6867127377828759701013102110441074111011401188128615542197389973721443828457518600
000000101310211044107411101140118812861554219738997372144382845700
000000101310281051108811171157120413541688257248508944183623462800
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Points: 7372
Owner: RDN
 
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Points: 5801
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