Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 86,394
Obverse Designer: Joseph Mora
Reverse Designer: Joseph Mora
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.60 (8/15/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1925 S CALIFORNIA 50C MS obverse 1925 S CALIFORNIA 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1925 California Jubilee Half Dollar was struck in commemoration of the state’s 75th anniversary. The San Francisco Citizen’s Advisory committee, headed by future mayor Angelo J. Rossi, was the organization which spearheaded the push for the production of the coin. At the time, commemoratives were already beginning to become a sore point for Mint officials. In fact, the coin might not have even been made at all had it not been for President Calvin Coolidge personally endorsing two separate commemoratives for Vermont. The California Jubilee Commemorative was slipped into the bill for those two coins, which passed on February 24, 1925.

The committee then set to work finding a designer for the coin. They eventually asked local well-renowned sculptor Jo Mora to design a coin that would help capture the spirit of the state’s Diamond Jubilee. He employed two symbolic motifs: a Gold Rush prospector for the obverse and a grizzly bear on the reverse. An interesting touch that Mora made was to ensure that the fields of the coin remained unpolished, leaving the boldly textured surface just as it was on the sculptor’s model.

The Congressional act authorizing the coin specified a maximum mintage of 300,000 pieces. Yet only 150,000 coins were actually struck and released. In the end, 63,606 pieces remained unsold, and were eventually melted, leaving a net mintage of 86,394. It remains a very popular issue to this day.

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Last Updated: 2/14/2020

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1925 S 50C CALIFORNIA MS
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Base $ - - 95.00 115 150 155 155 165 175 180 190 210 240 300 675 1150 2300 12750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 280 500 765 1550 5300 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4325
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1925 S 50C CALIFORNIA MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1--214-535161-48321737153690741913810--4325
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Total-1--214-535161-48321737154191243715718--4380
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 S 50C CALIFORNIA MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base26829532335140948950250251552755157559767479399015052048330364731127620133
27730433237043649350250651953555958262371485911621686246643608074142280
0000005025065195355595826237148591162168624664360807400
0000005025115235435675906487539241333186728855416967500
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 8074
Owner: Chippewa
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3303
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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