List of United States commemorative coins and medals (1920s)

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1920

Non-circulating coins

Face valueCoinObverse designReverse designCompositionMintageAvailableObverseReverse
50¢ Maine Centennial half dollar Arms of Maine Pine wreath90% Ag, 10% Cu Authorized:

100,000 (max)

Contents

Uncirculated:

50,028 (P) [1]

1920 Maine centennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg Maine centennial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg
50¢ Pilgrim Tercentenary half dollar Governor William Bradford The Mayflower 90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

300,000 (max 1920-1921 total)

Uncirculated:

200,112 (P) [2]

1920 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary half dollar obverse.jpg Pilgrim tercentenary half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg

1921

Non-circulating coins

Face valueCoinObverse designReverse designCompositionMintageAvailableObverseReverse
50¢Pilgrim Tercentenary half dollarGovernor William Bradford, 1921 in fieldThe Mayflower90% Ag, 10% CuUncirculated:

100,053 (P) [3]

1921 Pilgrim tercentenary half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg Pilgrim tercentenary half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg
50¢ Missouri Centennial half dollar Daniel Boone Boone with a Native American90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

250,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

40,028 (P) [4]

1921 Missouri centennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg Missouri centennial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg
50¢Missouri Centennial half dollar

(2*4 variety)

Daniel Boone, 2*4 in fieldBoone with a Native American90% Ag, 10% CuUncirculated:

10,000 (P) [5]

1921 1921 Missouri Centennial half dollar (with 2*4) obverse.jpg Missouri centennial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg
50¢ Alabama Centennial half dollar Thomas Kilby and William Bibb Adaptation of the State Seal of Alabama 90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

100,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

35,030 (P) [6]

1921 1921 Alabama Centennial half dollar (without 2X2) obverse.jpg Alabama centennial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg
50¢Alabama Centennial half dollar

(2X2 variety)

Thomas Kilby and William Bibb, 2X2 in fieldAdaptation of the State Seal of Alabama90% Ag, 10% CuUncirculated:

30,014 (P) [6]

1921 Alabama centennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg Alabama centennial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg

1922

Non-circulating coins

Face valueCoinObverse designReverse designCompositionMintageAvailableObverseReverse
50¢ Grant Memorial half dollar

(no star)

Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

250,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

95,055 (P) [7]

1922 Grant centennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg Grant centennial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg
50¢Grant Memorial half dollar

(star)

Ulysses S. Grant, star between AMERICA and GRANTBirthplace of Ulysses S. Grant90% Ag, 10% CuUncirculated:

5,000 (P) [8]

1922 1922 Grant Memorial Half dollar with star, obverse.jpg 1922 Grant Memorial Half dollar with star, reverse.jpg
$1 Grant Memorial dollar

(no star)

Ulysses S. GrantBirthplace of Ulysses S. Grant90% Au, 10% CuAuthorized:

10,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

5,016 (P) [9]

1922 Grant dollar without star obverse.jpg Grant dollar with star reverse.jpg
$1Grant Memorial dollar

(star)

Ulysses S. Grant, star between AMERICA and GRANTBirthplace of Ulysses S. Grant90% Au, 10% CuPattern: [10]

1 (P) (brass or bronze)

Uncirculated:

5,016 (P) [11]

1922 Grant dollar with star obverse.jpg Grant dollar with star reverse.jpg

1923

Non-circulating coins

Face valueCoinObverse designReverse designCompositionMintageAvailableObverseReverse
50¢ Monroe Doctrine Centennial half dollar Conjoined heads of former presidents James Monroe and John Quincy Adams Stylized figures representing North and South America touch at the Panama Canal 90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

300,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

274,077 S [12]

1923 Monroe doctrine centennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg Monroe doctrine centennial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg

1924

Non-circulating coins

Face valueCoinObverse designReverse designCompositionMintageAvailableObverseReverse
50¢ Huguenot-Walloon half dollar Gaspard de Coligny and William the Silent Nieuw Nederlandt90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

300,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

142,080 (P) [13]

1924 1924 50C Huguenot-Walloon New Netherland (obverse).jpg 1924 50C Huguenot-Walloon New Netherland (reverse).jpg

1925

Non-circulating coins

Face valueCoinObverse designReverse designCompositionMintageAvailableObverseReverse
50¢ Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial half dollar The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts Old Belfry in Lexington, Massachusetts 90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

300,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

162,099 (P) [14]

1925 Lexington-concord sesquicentennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg Lexington-concord sesquicentennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg
50¢ Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson Eagle perched on a mountain crag; inscription to the bravery of the soldiers of the South90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

5,000,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

2,314,709 (P) [15]

1925 Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar obverse.jpg Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar reverse.jpg
50¢ California Diamond Jubilee half dollar A Forty-Niner panning for gold Grizzly bear 90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

300,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

150,200 S [16]

1925 California half dollar obverse (transparent) - TFA.png California half dollar reverse.jpg
50¢ Fort Vancouver Centennial half dollar John McLoughlin Frontiersman with Mount Hood in background90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

300,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

50,028(S) [17]

1925 Fort vancouver half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg Fort vancouver half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg

Medals

MedalObverse designReverse designMintageAvailableObverseReverse
Norse-American medal

(gold)

Viking warrior Viking longshipProof:

100 (P) [18]

1925 1925 Medal Norse Gold commemorative (obverse).jpg 1925 Medal Norse Gold commemorative (reverse).jpg
Norse-American medal

(silver)

Viking warriorViking longshipUncirculated:

6,000 (P) (thin)
33,750 (P) (thick) [19]

1925 1925 Medal Norse Silver commemorative (obverse).jpg 1925 Medal Norse Silver commemorative (reverse).jpg
Norse-American medal

(silver-plated bronze)

Viking warriorViking longshipUncirculated:

est. 60-75 (P) [20]

1925 1925 Medal Norse Silver commemorative (obverse).jpg 1925 Medal Norse Silver commemorative (reverse).jpg

1926

Non-circulating coins

Face valueCoinObverse designReverse designCompositionMintageAvailableObverseReverse
50¢ United States Sesquicentennial half dollar George Washington and Calvin Coolidge Liberty Bell 90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

1,000,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

1,000,528 (P) [21]

1926 1926 50C Sesquicentennial (obv).jpg 1926 50C Sesquicentennial (rev).jpg
$2.50 United States Sesquicentennial quarter eagle Liberty, bearing a scroll representing the United States Declaration of Independence and a torchIndependence Hall, with sunlight behind it90% Au, 10% CuAuthorized:

200,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

200,226 (P) [22]

1926 1926 $2 1-2 Sesquicentennial (obv).jpg 1926 $2 1-2 Sesquicentennial (rev).jpg
50¢ Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar Native American standing in front of a US map Ox-drawn covered wagon being led west toward the setting Sun90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

6,000,000 (max 1926–1939 total)

Uncirculated:

48,030 (P)
100,055 S [23]

1926 Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar obverse (Philadelphia).jpg Oregon trail memorial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg

1927

Non-circulating coins

Face valueCoinObverse designReverse designCompositionMintageAvailableObverseReverse
50¢ Vermont Sesquicentennial half dollar Ira Allen Cougar 90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

40,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

40,034 (P) [24]

1927 Vermont battle bennington sesquicentennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg Vermont battle bennington sesquicentennial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg

1928

Non-circulating coins

Face valueCoinObverse designReverse designCompositionMintageAvailableObverseReverse
50¢Oregon Trail Memorial half dollarNative American standing in front of a US mapOx-drawn covered wagon being led west toward the setting Sun90% Ag, 10% CuUncirculated:

50,028 (P) [25]

1928 Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar obverse (Philadelphia).jpg 1928 Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar reverse.jpg
50¢ Hawaii Sesquicentennial half dollar Captain James Cook A Hawaiian chieftain with extended arm; Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head in background90% Ag, 10% CuAuthorized:

10,000 (max)

Uncirculated:

9,958 (P)

Proof:

50 (P) [26]

1928 Hawaii sesquicentennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg Hawaii sesquicentennial half dollar commemorative reverse.jpg

Related Research Articles

The United States Mint has minted numerous commemorative coins to commemorate persons, places, events, and institutions since 1848. Many of these coins are not intended for general circulation, but are still legal tender. The mint also produces commemorative medals, which are similar to coins but do not have a face value, and therefore are not legal tender.

Alabama Centennial half dollar US commemorative coin

The Alabama Centennial half dollar, or Alabama half dollar, was a commemorative fifty-cent coin struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1921 as a belated acknowledgement of the 100th anniversary of Alabama's admission to the Union in 1819. The coin was created by Laura Gardin Fraser, the first woman credited with designing a coin.

Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar US commemorative 50-cent coin

The Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar was a fifty-cent piece struck intermittently by the United States Bureau of the Mint between 1926 and 1939. The coin was designed by Laura Gardin Fraser and James Earle Fraser, and commemorates those who traveled the Oregon Trail and settled the Pacific Coast of the United States in the mid-19th century. Struck over a lengthy period in small numbers per year, the many varieties produced came to be considered a ripoff by coin collectors, and led to the end, for the time, of the commemorative coin series.

Bridgeport, Connecticut, Centennial half dollar 1936 US commemorative coin

The Bridgeport, Connecticut, Centennial half dollar is a commemorative fifty-cent piece issued in 1936 by the United States Bureau of the Mint to honor the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Bridgeport, Connecticut, as a city. Designed by Henry Kreis, the obverse depicts the showman P. T. Barnum, who was one of Bridgeport's most famous residents, was mayor of the city, helped develop it, and is buried there. The reverse depicts a stylized eagle.

United States Sesquicentennial coinage 1926 commemorative US half dollar and quarter eagle

The United States Sesquicentennial coin issue consisted of a commemorative half dollar and quarter eagle struck in 1926 at the Philadelphia Mint for the 150th anniversary of American independence. The obverse of the half dollar features portraits of the first president, George Washington, and the president in 1926, Calvin Coolidge, making it the only American coin to depict a president in his lifetime.

Huguenot-Walloon half dollar US commemorative coin issued in 1924

The Huguenot-Walloon half dollar or Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary half dollar is a commemorative coin issued by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1924. It marks the 300th anniversary of the voyage of the Nieuw Nederlandt which landed in the New York area in 1624. Many of the passengers were Huguenots from France or Walloons from what is now Belgium; they became early settlers of New York State and the surrounding area.

Lexington–Concord Sesquicentennial half dollar 1925 US commemorative coin

The Lexington–Concord Sesquicentennial half dollar, sometimes the Lexington–Concord half dollar or Patriot half dollar, is a commemorative fifty-cent piece struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1925 in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which began the American Revolutionary War. It was designed by Chester Beach.

Norse-American medal US commemorative medal minted for the centennial of the voyage of the ship Restauration

The Norse-American medal was struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1925, pursuant to an act of the United States Congress. It was issued for the 100th anniversary of the voyage of the ship Restauration, bringing early Norwegian immigrants to the United States.

Pilgrim Tercentenary half dollar US commemorative coin

The Pilgrim Tercentenary half dollar or Pilgrim half dollar was a commemorative fifty-cent coin struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1920 and 1921 to mark the 300th anniversary (tercentenary) of the arrival of the Pilgrims in North America. It was designed by Cyrus E. Dallin.

Fort Vancouver Centennial half dollar U.S. commemorative fifty-cent piece

The Fort Vancouver Centennial half dollar, sometimes called the Fort Vancouver half dollar, is a commemorative fifty-cent piece struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1925. The coin was designed by Laura Gardin Fraser. Its obverse depicts John McLoughlin, who was in charge of Fort Vancouver from its construction in 1825 until 1846. From there, he effectively ruled the Oregon Country on behalf of the Hudson's Bay Company. The reverse shows an armed frontiersman standing in front of the fort.

Maryland Tercentenary half dollar US commemorative fifty-cent piece (1934)

The Maryland Tercentenary half dollar was a commemorative fifty-cent piece issued by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1934. It depicts The Rt Hon. The 2nd Baron Baltimore on the obverse and the Coat of Arms of Maryland on the reverse.

Rhode Island Tercentenary half dollar 1936 commemorative U.S. coin

The Rhode Island Tercentenary half dollar is a commemorative fifty-cent piece struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1936. The coin was designed by John Howard Benson and Arthur Graham Carey. Its obverse depicts Roger Williams, founder of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. It was intended to honor the 300th anniversary of Providence, Rhode Island, although it bears no mention of the city.

Wisconsin Territorial Centennial half dollar

The Wisconsin Territorial Centennial half dollar was designed by David Parsons and Benjamin Hawkins and minted in 1936. The obverse depicts a badger and the territorial seal, while the reverse shows a pick axe and lead ore.

Long Island Tercentenary half dollar Commemorative half dollar in 1936

The Long Island Tercentenary half dollar was a commemorative half dollar struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1936. The obverse depicts a male Dutch settler and an Algonquian tribesman, and the reverse shows a Dutch sailing ship. It was designed by Howard Weinman, the son of Mercury dime designer Adolph A. Weinman.

Lynchburg Sesquicentennial half dollar US coin worth 50 cents

The Lynchburg Sesquicentennial half dollar was a commemorative half dollar designed by Charles Keck and struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1936, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 1786 incorporation of the independent city of Lynchburg, Virginia. The obverse of the coin depicts former Secretary of the Treasury and U.S. Senator Carter Glass, a native of Lynchburg. The reverse depicts a statue of the Goddess of Liberty, with Lynchburg sites behind her, including the Old Courthouse and the city's Confederate monument.

Delaware Tercentenary half dollar Commemorative fifty-cent piece struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint

The Delaware Tercentenary half dollar is a commemorative fifty-cent piece struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the first successful European settlement in Delaware. The obverse features the Swedish ship Kalmar Nyckel, which brought early settlers to Delaware, and the reverse depicts Old Swedes Church, claimed to be the oldest Protestant church in the United States still in use as a place of worship. While the coins are dated "1936" on the obverse and the reverse also has the dual date of "1638" and "1938", the coins were actually struck in 1937.

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