Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 50,000
Obverse Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Reverse Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.37 (6/19/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 8/31/2018

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1920 50C MAINE MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 62.00 65.00 70.00 78.00 95.00 110 115 125 135 150 160 175 190 250 405 860 4025 13750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3009
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1920 50C MAINE MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2---3135213331201203821167916303352--3008
--------------124135---25
---------------44236---37
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Total2---3135213331201203831173924342462--3073
 0%---0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%1%4%12%38%30%11%1%0%-- 
1920 50C MAINE MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 50C MAINE MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20522724827229835138142345046347750252755159774511031583429051691140820459
21223425628131636139543245446848551053556664686412632485458372491442521482
000000395432454468485510535566646864126324854583724900
000000409441459472494519543582696984142333884876932800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4671
Owner: Rob8
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 4583
Owner: J & L
 
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