Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 28,108
Obverse Designer: Charles Keck
Reverse Designer: Charles Keck
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.93 (5/11/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1927 VERMONT 50C MS obverse 1927 VERMONT 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1927 Vermont Sesquicentennial half dollar was struck to commemorate the struggles the state and its people faced in its early history. One of the most prominent early Vermonters was Ira Allen, who, with his brother Ethan, helped Vermont (and the United Statea) achieve independence. One of the major battles of the American Revolution in which they fought was the Battle of Bennington on August 16th, 1777. During this fight, the Allen brothers’ band of fighters, the Green Mountain Boys, helped defeat a force of Hessian mercenaries in a battle remembered as “the turning point of the Revolution.”

In honor of the 150th anniversary of these events, the Vermont Sesquicentennial Commission sought the mintage of a commemorative coin to mark the event in 1927. Legislation which passed on February 24th, 1925 authorized the mintage of 40,000 coins honoring the battle. The Commission hired sculptor Charles Keck (creator of the 1915 Panama-Pacific gold dollar) to prepare models. His obverse depicts Ira Allen, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and FOUNDER OF VERMONT around the periphery above and below, respectively.

The reverse has a beautifully rendered image of a striding Catamount, or mountain lion. It is symbolic of the Catamount Tavern where the Green Mountain Boys met in Bennington, Vermont. In front is the date of the battle AUG. 16 and above the dual dates of commemoration 1777-1927. The words BATTLE OF BENNINGTON and the value HALF DOLLAR are arranged around its periphery. Crowded within the little remaining space are the statutory inscriptions IN GOD WE TRUST and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Due to the fact that these coins were approved so early, there were great hopes of a sell-out. Unfortunately for the Commission, interest outside of Vermont was stagnant, and 11,892 of the 40,000 coins minted were eventually returned to Philadelphia for destruction. This leaves a net mintage of 28,108 coins for the issue.

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Last Updated: 5/7/2019

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1927 50C VERMONT MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3225
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, 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: 5/4/2021 1927 50C VERMONT MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1---3223415621301765151379790213281--3225
----------------2122--7
---------------63163---28
-----------------41---5
Total1---3223415621301765151385795234343--3265
 0%---0%0%0%0%0%0%2%0%1%5%16%42%24%7%1%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1927 50C VERMONT MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base26829532035138159762063165367469571572573577491615052048398455341355624278
277303330361453605624638660681702718728748821111216862693450182081713025492
0000006246386606817027187287488211112168626934501820800
00000062764666768870872273276186913091867333950171088200
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 8208
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3984
Owner: Bruce Young
 
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