Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,400
Obverse Designer: Robert Aitken
Reverse Designer: Robert Aitken
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.54 (6/26/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1921 MISSOURI 50C MS obverse 1921 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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Price Guide

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Total Graded: 1990
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/22/2001 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 February Long Beach Signature Sale #248, 248/Lot# 6104 $3,450.00
1/29/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 328, 334/Lot# 9094 $1,035.00
1/29/2012 NGC MS 65   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2764 $1,897.50
1/7/2013 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3412, 3412/Lot# 1934 $550.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20762 $925.90
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 162836 $5,500.00
10/8/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 9507 $329.00
11/2/2017 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 20591 $780.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 50C MS MISSOURI
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5049
Owner: South Texas Coins
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3451
Owner: Dick's Classic Commemoratives
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