Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 142,000
Catalog: KM-154
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.79 (8/31/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1924 HUGUENOT 50C MS obverse 1924 HUGUENOT 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Huguenot half dollar was struck in 1924 in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the Huguenot peoples’ arrival in America after fleeing religious prosecution in Europe. The coin was not very well received as it was seen as a violation of the First Amendment separating church and state. Yet the Huguenot-Walloon New Netherland Commission was successful in lobbying Congress to authorize the coin. Revenue for the coin was to be used to help offset the cost of tercentenary celebrations planned for 1924. On February 26th, 1923, a bill was passed which authorized the coining of up to 300,000 half dollars to commemorate “the settling of New Netherland, the Middle States, in 1624, by Walloons, French and Belgian Huguenots, under the Dutch West India Company.”

Famed designer of the Morgan dollar, George T. Morgan, was selected to design the coin. The obverse depicts the conjoined portraits of Admiral Gaspard de Coligny and William the Silent, both of whom were Huguenot martyrs assassinated decades before the founding of New Netherland. Also included are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA arced above their heads, with HUGUENOT HALF DOLLAR below, and IN GOD WE TRUST in small letters to their right. The reverse depicts the Huguenots’ ship, the Nieuw Nederlandt, with HUGEHUENOT-WALLOON TERCENTENERARY above, and FOUNDING OF NEW NETHERLAND below. Flanking the ship on either side are the dates 1624 and 1924.

After some serious revisions to make the coins easier to strike, the Commission of Fine Arts approved the final models. In early 1924, 142,000 Huguenot commemoratives were coined in Philadelphia. Of that total, 87,000 were sold to the public at the price of $1 each through the Fifth National Bank of New York. While the remaining balance of 55,000 coins should have been returned to the mint for melting, that doesn’t seem to have happened in this case. Those coins were actually released directly into circulation. That leaves this issue with a final mintage of 142,000.

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1924 HUGUENOT 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 60.00 75.00 105 115 125 130 135 145 150 155 170 200 350 750 3300 18000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 220 465 1000 7000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3296
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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8/6/1997 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0969, 969/Lot# 1689 $272.50
9/14/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 410, 416/Lot# 796 $109.25
3/17/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(5), 1153/Lot# 9739 $310.50
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 546 $149.50
1/2/2013 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3410, 3410/Lot# 1369 $170.00
6/3/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4694 $193.88
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 226356 $130.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1924 HUGUENOT 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1791982162372883813954094374504634895025155516209081510326065451042018654
1852042232543193864004184414544724935065275747161109209343557837131650
000000400418441454472493506527574716110920934355783700
000000404428446459480498511539597812130926775450912800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3260
Owner: Chippewa
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3260
Owner: Jim Bazzell
 
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