Commemorative Coins of the United States

1925 Fort Vancouver Centennial Half Dollar


Commemorating: Centennial of the founding of Fort Vancouver, Washington
Obverse motif: Portrait of Dr. McLoughlin
Reverse motif: Diorama of Fort Vancouver
Authorization date: February 24, 1925
Dates on coins: 1925 (also 1825)
Date when coins were actually minted: 1925
Mint used: San Francisco (mintmark omitted)
Maximum quantity authorized: 300,000
Total quantity minted (including assay coins): 50,028
Assay coins (included in above): 28
Quantity melted: 35,034 (A letter from Secretary of the Treasury Andrew w. Mellon to Han. Randolph Perkins, chairman of the House Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures, January 31, 1930, states that 35,000 were melted.)
Net number distributed (including assay coins): 14,994
Issued by: Fort Vancouver Centennial Corporation, Vancouver, Washington
Standard original packaging: Apparently, none (quantities of 20 were sold in bankwrapped paper rolls)
Official sale price: $1
Designers of obverse: Laura Gardin Fraser developed designs by Sidney Bell; Bell adapted a portrait of McLoughlin by John T. Urquhart.
Designer of reverse: Laura Gardin Fraser
Interesting facts: Struck at the San Francisco Mint, but S mintmark omitted in error; the celebration was a local event, did not attract nationwide attention, and relatively few coins were sold.


(average market prices)

1930 MS-63 $7
1935 MS-63 $6
1936 (summer) MS-63 $9
1940 MS-63 $6
1945 MS-63 $14
1950 MS-60 to 63 $15
1955 Ms-60 to 63 $42
1960 MS-60 to 63 $70
1965 MS-60 to 63 $110
1970 MS-60 to 63 $95
1975 MS-60 to 63 $230
1980 MS-60 to 63 $1,600
1985 MS-60 to 63 $500
1986 MS-60 $440, MS-63 $650, MS-64 $1,100, MS-65 $2,000
1990 (spring) MS-60 $360, MS-63 $480, MS-64 $975, MS-65 $3,250

1990 (December) MS-60 $275, MS-63 $350, MS-64 $560, MS-65 $1,500

Note: In the Numismatic Scrapbook, August 1936, the following comment was carried: "Vancouvers and a few of the older issues don't seem to be keeping pace with the late issues [new half dollar issues of 1936]. Vancouvers sold as high as $10 eight years ago."

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