Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,000
Obverse Designer: Robert Aitken
Reverse Designer: Robert Aitken
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.25 (1/26/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1921 2*4 MISSOURI 50C MS obverse 1921 2*4 MISSOURI 50C MS reverse
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The state of Missouri was admitted to the Union as a slave state with the passing of the Missouri Compromise in 1921. In commemoration of the centennial of Missouri’s statehood, the Missouri Centennial Exposition Committee planned a large Exposition and State fair for that August in the state’s first capital, Sedalia. To help fund the festivities, the Committee sought a commemorative coin to help defray costs. On March 4th, 1921, Congress approved legislation authorizing the striking of up to 250,000 Missouri Centennial half dollars.

Robert Aitken, designer of the Panama-Pacific fifty-dollar gold pieces, was selected to design the Missouri commemorative half dollar as well. His obverse depicts a profile view of Daniel Boone. Boone wears a coonskin cap and buckskin shirt and is flanked by the dates 1821 and 1921. Encircling the periphery are the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR. Aitken's reverse design features a frontiersman pointing westward with a Native American at his side. They are surrounded by twenty-four stars, reinforcing Missouri's admission as the twenty-fourth state. The legend MISSOURI CENTENNIAL is above and the city name SEDALIA below. Surprisingly, the usual inscriptions LIBERTY, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and IN GOD WE TRUST are absent from this coin, likely due to insufficient space. The coin is sculpted in high relief, giving these coins an almost medal-like quality.

The Philadelphia Mint struck 50,000 Missouri half dollars in July 1921. 5,000 of those pieces had a special marking to the left of Boone on the obverse. The marking is an incuse star with 2 and 4 on either side, signifying Missouri’s place as the 24th state in the Union. The entire purpose of this marking was to increase sales as it was a variety collectors would want. Due to this, most of those with the 2*4 were sold to collectors, and today, they are nearly of the same rarity in upper grades. In the ends, 29,600 of the non-2*4 variety coins were melted, leaving a net mintage of 15,400 for those, and 5,000 with the special notation.

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Last Updated: 7/2/2019

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1921 2*4 50C MISSOURI MS
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Base $ - - 200 250 385 520 545 575 620 750 805 825 1150 1285 1980 6000 36500 - - -
$ 400 - - - - - - 875 1200 1370 3700 15000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1613
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/26/2021 1921 2*4 50C MISSOURI MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1438-9102313840266391---1613
---------------111----3
--------------31063----22
---------------1------1
Total--------1438-9102316852273431---1639
 --------0%0%2%-1%6%19%52%17%3%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 2*4 50C MISSOURI MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base492532575620725882949121912461271129614211450150518432009340649126685100432924752058
5055465906557779041039122812541279133814311468161818982475390855037804164443685154661
00000010391228125412791338143114681618189824753908550378041644400
00000011291237126312881379144014871730195429404410609489242284600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3406
Owner: Alex J. Llorente
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3406
Owner: Blaster
 
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