Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,006
Catalog: KM-148.1
Obverse Designer: Laura G. Fraser
Reverse Designer: Laura G. Fraser
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.98 (5/26/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1921 2X2 ALABAMA 50C MS obverse 1921 2X2 ALABAMA 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The state of Alabama became a territory in 1817 and a full-fledged state on December 14th, 1819. It would be logical then to have the 100th anniversary coin issued in 1919. However, this was not the case with the Alabama Centennial Half Dollar. The actual idea for the coin was not even devised until 1920, a year after the centennial of the state. However, the Alabama Centennial Commission went ahead with the plan for a commemorative quarter (later revised to be a half dollar) anyways.

On May 10, 1920, a bill promoted by the Commission passed through Congress authorizing the mintage of 100,000 silver half dollars commemorating Alabama’s admittance to the union. However, this legislature did not explain what the actual design was to be and thus a drawn-out design process was implemented. After over a year of back-and-forth, the final design was proposed on June 28th, 1921. The obverse design was to depict William Wyatt Bibb and Thomas E. Kilby who were the governors of the state in 1819 and 1919 respectively. The reverse would have the seal of the state as well as the years 1819 and 1919.

Minting finally began on October 21st, 1921, and included a special notation, 2X2, in the right obverse field. This notation had dual meanings. Alabama was the 22nd state admitted to the union, and the X was to represent St. Andrew’s cross from the state flag (as well as that of the Confederacy.) However, this design element was removed from the master dies after the first run of 6,006 pieces, and according to Q. David Bowers, may or may not have been used again to strike an additional 10,008 pieces later that year. In the end, the total mintage of the Alabama Centennial Half Dollar, both with and without the 2X2 element, was 59,038.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2015

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1921 2X2 ALABAMA 50C MS
Base $ - - 85.00 120 160 260 275 315 335 375 400 530 665 1550 3250 27500 - - -
$ 180 - 290 325 350 - 435 565 750 1700 3800 - -

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Total Graded: 1671
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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10/13/1997 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0988, 988/Lot# 1760 $1,836.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1224 $1,207.50
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 10549 $402.50
12/3/2009 NGC MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1140 $1,053.00
1/19/2012 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 655, 662/Lot# 7067 $575.00
9/8/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131338/Lot# 28377 $1,233.75
5/12/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20816 $232.65
9/21/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/21/2014, 193/Lot# 211825 $800.00
11/10/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26835 $440.63

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 2X2 ALABAMA 50C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 8303
Owner: J & L
Grade: MS 66
Points: 4700
Owner: Chippewa
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