The coin shows the likenesses of presidents James Monroe and John Quincy Adams with the names Monroe and Adams underneath. The inscriptions say, United States of America, Half Dollar, In God We Trust and 1923 Monroe-Adams.
The image represents the Western Hemisphere. North America in the form of a draped figure with the laurel of peace reaching to South America, also a draped figure carrying a horn of plenty. Their hands touch at the Panama Canal. Between the dates 1823-1923 are a scroll and a quill symbolizing the Treaty. The inscriptions say, Monroe Doctrine Centennial, 1823 1923 and Los Angeles.
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