Between 1892 and 1954, the U.S. Mint produced a series of remarkable 90% silver commemorative Half Dollars that celebrated great people and events from American history. The coins were legal tender and have one-time-only designs, but they were produced in extremely limited editions and did not circulate – so they were rarely seen when they were issued … and are virtually impossible to find today.
Fortunately, we are able to offer a nice selection of these rarely seen, obsolete silver treasures – but you must hurry, because supplies are limited and we expect to sell out soon. Each coin comes in a protective holder and a custom wooden case.
1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Silver Half Dollar.
To mark the 300th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620 – a defining event in American history – the U.S. Mint struck a special 90% silver Half Dollar in 1920. Designed by famed Boston sculptor Cyrus E. Dallin, it shows Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony on one side and the Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to America on the other side.
1925 Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.
The Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 marked the start of the American Revolution, and the U.S. Mint issued this remarkable 150th anniversary 90% silver Half Dollar in 1925. The obverse features Daniel Chester French’s famous Minuteman statue representing the militia that were ready the fight the British on a minute’s notice; the reverse is the Old Belfry at Lexington. A beautiful coin celebrating one of the key events in the fight for independence.
1926 Sesquicentennial of American Independence Silver Half Dollar.
The 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was a cause of great celebration in 1926, and one of the highlights was the U.S. Mint’s one-time-only commemorative Half Dollar. The obverse shows the busts of George Washington and Calvin Coolidge, who was President in 1926 and was therefore the first living person to appear on a U.S. coin. The reverse is the Liberty Bell by John R. Sinnock – the very same design that later appeared on the Franklin Half Dollar in 1948!
1946-1951 Booker T. Washington Silver Half Dollar.
The Booker T. Washington coin was issued to commemorate the work of Washington, who helped educate freed slaves after the Civil War, and the proceeds from the sale of the coins was used to build memorials to his memory. Washington was born into slavery but he founded Tuskegee University and became a leading voice for the integration of African Americans into society.
1951-1954 Washington/Carver Silver Half Dollar.
The last commemorative Half Dollar from the “classic” era, the Carver/Washington coin was issued over 60 years ago and is a key to any collection. It honors both Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver, the legendary inventor and botanist from Tuskegee University. Both men believed that African Americans should advance in society through personal improvement, and they devoted their lives to better the lives of others.
1892-1893 Columbian Exposition Half Dollar.
In 1892 and 1893, the United Sates Mint struck the first commemorative coin in U.S. history – a 90% silver Half Dollar to mark the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the New World. The coin features a portrait of Columbus by Charles E. Barber (who also designed the Barber Half Dollar), while the reverse showing Columbus’s Santa Maria flagship was designed by George T. Morgan, whose Morgan Silver Dollar is one of America’s most legendary coins. This coin has been out of issue for 125 years, and only a few remain!