Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,400
Catalog: KM-149.1
Obverse Designer: Robert Aitken
Reverse Designer: Robert Aitken
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.48 (4/30/2016)
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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1921 MISSOURI 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - 165 215 280 370 380 390 410 675 735 850 1200 3050 9500 22500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 975 1800 5400 15500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1967
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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5/1/2016 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1234/Lot# 6266
5/1/2016 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 9160


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11/4/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 7810 $5,290.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1682 $1,207.50
2/11/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1967 $1,150.00
2/24/2010 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 40/Lot# 5322 $402.50
7/29/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131232/Lot# 20639 $675.63
8/19/2012 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/19/2012, 36/Lot# 57989 $1,815.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(6), 1175/Lot# 10661 $587.50
1/7/2013 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3412, 3412/Lot# 1934 $550.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 MISSOURI 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base423461500539653783820941958974100513451363143315581886345150497138100432807850152
43647451357769679586094796398411181351138614751667240839845745810616055354360
0000008609479639841118135113861475166724083984574581061605500
0000009019529699951232135714101516177729294516644290752206600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5049
Owner: Kerr-Burke
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3852
Owner: J. & S. Collection
 
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