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1921 Missouri Centennial Half Dollar



1921 Missouri Centennial Half Dollar

Mintage 20,428

The Missouri half dollar was issued to mark the centennial of Missouri's admission to the Union. Congress authorized 250,000 but only 20,428 survived after melting. Two separate varieties were produced. The first 5,000 pieces had a small number "2X4" punched on the obverse identifying Missouri as the 24th state. The balance of 15,428 were struck without this 2x4. Robert Aitken, a well known sculptor and medallist was the coin's designer. The obverse of the coin features the bust of Daniel Boone, with his coonskin cap and deerskin coat. The reverse bears full-length figures of an American Indian and a frontiersman, peaceably situated. Behind them are 24 stars illustrating that Missouri was the 24th state admitted to the union. The word "Sedalia" is at the base of the reverse. The 1921 Missouri State Fair was held in that city, where the coin was first unveiled for public sale. Many were spent and circulated when the great Depression gripped the nation. Superb uncirculated pieces are viewed as extreme rarities. Although the variety with the 2x4 is three times scarcer, both are of equal value in gem condition. Value $1,800-10,000