1925 California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar



1925 California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar

Mintage: 86,394

In 1925, California encountered its diamond jubilee as a State in the Union. It was California's gold rush of 1849 that assured its statehood in 1850. On the occasion of this 75th anniversary of its admission Congress authorized a special half dollar to commemorate the event . Its obverse features a "Forty-Niner", as these gold hunters were known, panning for gold. The coin's reverse displays the image of a fearsome looking grizzly hear. In 1953, the bear was adopted as the state's official animal. This coin was designed by California artist Jo Mora. The California half dollar had an authorized mintage of 300,000. A number approaching 150,000 were produced, and more than 60,000 were later melted, this left a net mintage of 86,594. The coin has an extremely high relief design and sharp detail, it sometimes comes with a semi-prooflike surface on the obverse. Many of these special coins that were issued before the Great Depression were spent when hard times struck in the 1930s. Its appeal is further complimented by the gold mining theme of its design. This has made the coin a worldwide favorite. Demand seriously exceeds supply. Value $95-$1,250