Sesquicentennial of American Independence Half Dollar

Commemorative Coins
  • Year of Issue: 1926
  • Authorizing Legislation: Public Law 68-62

Background

The Sesquicentennial of American Independence Half Dollar was released in 1926 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This coin marked the first time a U.S. President’s portrait appeared on a coin during his lifetime.

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Characteristics

The obverse design features profiles of Washington and Coolidge.

The reverse features the Liberty Bell.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Reverse Inscriptions

  • SESQUICENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • 1776
  • 1926
  • HALF DOLLAR

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

  • Designer: John R. Sinnock
Content last reviewed December 21, 2016