The 1926 Sesquicentennial half dollars have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver commemorative coins.

1926 Sesquicentennial half dollar

1926 Sesquicentennial half dollar Reverse

Specifications

Type: Commemorative Half Dollar
Year: 1926
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .36169 oz.
Total Weight: 12.5 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $6.12

In 1926 an international fair was held in Philadelphia to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. In order to help fund the fair, Congress issued special edition quarters and half dollars.

On the front of the coin you can see portraits of Presidents Calvin Coolidge and George Washington. This was the first time in history that a living president was featured on a US coin. On the reverse side of the coin there is an image of the Liberty Bell.

The US minted the Sesquicentennial half dollar with no mint mark. There were no other series issued for this commemorative coin. These coins were struck with low-relief dies so many coins have lost a lot of detail. For this reason, coins in the higher grades can sell for thousands of dollars.

Series Location Distribution
1926 Philadelphia 141,120

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $6.12 as of December 15, 2019. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $16.92 per ounce.

The 1926 Sesquicentennial half dollar is worth around $75 in about uncirculated condition. In uncirculated condition this coin is worth around the following: $90 with an MS 60 grade, $130 with an MS 63 grade, $1,600 with an MS 65 grade, and $20,000 with an MS 66 grade.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1924 Huguenot Half Dollar
1925 Stone Mountain Half Dollar