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: $5.43 (6/16/2019)
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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Description & Analysis



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: 3/22/2019

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1921 2*4 MISSOURI 50C MS
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Base $ - - 200 250 390 545 545 600 650 748 806 835 1010 1210 2485 5250 36300 - - -
$ 400 - - - - - - 875 1200 1370 4050 13500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1612
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/11/2019 1921 2*4 MISSOURI 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1337-9102312843265391---1612
---------------111----3
--------------2125-----19
---------------1------1
Total--------1337-9102314857271401---1635
 --------0 %0 %2 %-1 %6 %19 %52 %17 %2 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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11/7/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 9218 $4,945.00
4/26/2006 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 5015 $3,450.00
3/18/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2341, 2341/Lot# 1468 $1,232.00
1/30/2011 NGC MS 64   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1880 $1,438.00
2/13/2012 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 662, 669/Lot# 526 $1,115.50
8/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/25/2013, 89/Lot# 129549 $937.20
3/28/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6083 $1,762.50
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(6), 1211/Lot# 9104 $793.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 50C MS 2*4 MISSOURI
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base492532575620725882949121912461271129614211450150518432009340649126685100432924752058
505546590655777904103912281254127913381431146816181898247539085503780416444368510
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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