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1925 Lexington Concord Half Dollar



1925 Lexington Concord Half Dollar

Mintage 162,013

Histoncally speaking, the Lexington-Concord half dollar is one of the more significant U.S. commemorative coins. Artistically speaking itís certainly one of the plainest and probably one of the dullest. Congress authorized this coin to mark the 150th anniversary of the fateful hostilities at Lexington and Concord, Mass., which signaled the start of military action during the American Revolution. Its obverse depicts The Minute Man," a statue by sculptor Daniel Chester French which stands in Concord. Its reverse portrays the Old Belfry at lexington. Both are symbols readily identifiable with the cause of the American colonists. As coinage devices, however, both are static; statues and buildings lack animation and tend to make a coin appear lifeless. The coin designs were prepared by Chester Beach, a well-known medalist who also was responsible for several other U.S. commemorative coins. In this case, he was hamstrung by the lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial Commission, which dictated the subjects he must illustrate. Of a total authorized mintage of 300,000, some 162,000 Lexington-Concord halves were produced and only a handful were melted. The coins suffer from lack of sharp detail-especially on the reverse, where their relief is exceptionally low. Like many pre-Depression commemoratives, these are frequently found in less than mint condition. By contrast gem examples are very scarce. Originally, each coin was sold in a small wooden box. Some pieces still can be obtained in their boxes, and this enhances their value, The pine tar in the wood has imparted a sea-green toning to a number of the coins. Value $55 - $863