Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,966
Obverse Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser
Reverse Designer: Laura Gardin Fraser
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.36 (4/23/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1925 FORT VANCOUVER 50C MS obverse 1925 FORT VANCOUVER 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

George Vancouver was a famous 18th century voyager, renowned for his exploration of the Pacific Northwest aboard his ship Discovery. Thus, it was appropriate to name the settlement established on the banks of the Columbia River after him. The Hudson’s Bay Company founded Fort Vancouver in 1824. Dr. John McLoughlin, a medical prodigy turned fur trader, was eventually placed in charge of the Fort Vancouver Trading Post. He became known interchangeably as “the King of Old Oregon” or “Czar of the West.”

To honor the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Fort, the Fort Vancouver Centennial Corporation petitioned Congress for a commemorative coin. The proceeds from the sale of the coin were to help fund centennial celebrations in the present-day city of Vancouver. On February 25th, 1925, legislation was passed authorizing the mintage of up to 300,000 half dollars honoring the centennial. Laura Gardin Fraser was chosen to design the coin after the original artist’s designs were rejected. Her final design for the Vancouver half depicted a left-facing bust of McLoughlin taken from a sketch by John T. Urquhart. Encircling the bust at the periphery are the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR. Flanking the bust are the dates 1825 1925 and the legend IN GOD WE TRUST, with Dr. JOHN McLOUGHLIN below.

The reverse depicts a buckskin-suited trapper with rifle against a background featuring Mt. Hood, the Fort Vancouver stockade and the Columbia River. Around the rim is FORT VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL •VANCOUVER •WASHINGTON • FOUNDED •1825 • BY HUDSON’S BAY COMPANY. Although the coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint, the mint mark was left off in error.

While authorized to strike up to 300,000 pieces, only 50,000 coins were actually stuck. As a publicity stunt, these 50,000 coins, weighing some 1,462 pounds, were flown from San Francisco to Vancouver. This was the first round-trip airplane flight from San Francisco to Vancouver to be made in a single day. The coins were then offered at $1 a piece, with the majority selling at the week-long Centennial celebration that began August 17th. Sales were disappointing, however, and 35,034 coins were returned for melting, leaving a net mintage of 14,966.

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Last Updated: 4/23/2019

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1925 FORT VANCOUVER 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 185 260 290 300 310 320 330 340 370 410 500 1100 1380 5050 18750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2274
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 4/23/2019 1925 FORT VANCOUVER 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----5-4692345-19130303851570258501--2274
----------------58111--25
--------------16475---23
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Total----5-4692345-19130304857579273662--2322
 ----0 %-0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %-1 %6 %13 %37 %25 %12 %3 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/22/2002 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22015, 22015/Lot# 19588 $2,242.50
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1281 $517.50
3/24/2008 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2507, 2507/Lot# 1585 $1,064.00
11/25/2010 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 535, 542/Lot# 8709 $2,300.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 3381 $763.75
12/15/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157853 $137.82
5/5/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20517 $223.25
2/20/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3522, 6091/Lot# 21345 $282.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 50C MS FORT VANCOUVER
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4264635025445867457748028208388568748919411005113817992139383466511488226313
438476516558639755783808826844862880908962104913581912270447739395186920
00000078380882684486288090896210491358191227044773939500
000000793814832850868885924984109415792026326957121213800
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 9395
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 4773
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
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