Commemorative Coins of the United States

1926 Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar

SUMMARY OF CHARACTERISTICS

Commemorating: The Oregon Trail and the pioneers who traversed it during the early 19th century
Obverse motif: Standing Indian with U.S. map in background
Reverse motif: Conestoga wagon heading west
Authorization date: May 17, 1926
Date on coins: 1926
Date when coins were actually minted: 1926
Mint used: Philadelphia
Maximum quantity authorized: 6,000,000 (for the entire series from 1926 onward)
Total quantity minted (including assay coins): 48,030
Assay coins (included in above): 30
Quantity melted: 75 (defective coins)
Net number distributed (including assay coins): 47,955
Issued by: Oregon Trail Memorial Association, Inc., 544 West 100th Street, New York City, N.Y.
Standard original packaging: Paper envelope
Official sale price: $1
Designer of obverse: Laura Gardin Fraser
Designer of reverse: James Earle Fraser (model by Laura Gardin Fraser)
Interesting facts: This issue commemorates no particular date anniversary (such as 50th, 100th, etc.); this was the first of the extended series of commemoratives that were considered exploitative by collectors.

MARKET INDEX

(average market prices)

1930 MS-63 to 64 $1.25
1935 MS-63 to 64 $1.75
1936 (summer) MS-63 to 64 $2
1940 MS-63 to 64 $1.25
1945 MS-63 to 64 $2
1950 MS-63 to 64 $2.25
1955 MS-63 to 64 $3.50
1960 MS-63 $6
1965 MS-63 $12
1970 MS-63 $16
1975 MS-63 $42
1980 MS-63 $240
1985 MS-63 $150
1986 MS-60 $115, MS-63 $325, MS-64 $525, MS-65 $950
1990 (spring) MS-60 $105, MS-63 $185, MS-64 $245, MS-65 $675
1990 (December) MS-60 $92, MS-63 $120, MS-64 $175, MS-65 $420

1926-S Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar

SUMMARY OF CHARACTERISTICS

(Also see preceding listing)
Authorization date: May 17, 1926
Date on coins: 1926
Date when coins were actually minted: 1926
Mint used: San Francisco
Maximum quantity authorized: 6,000,000 (for the entire series from 1926 onward) Total quantity minted (including assay coins): 100,055
Assay coins (included in above): 55
Quantity melted: 17,000
Net number distributed (including assay coins): 83,055
Issued by: Oregon Trail Memorial Association, Inc., 544 West 100th Street, New York City, N.Y.
Standard original packaging: Paper coin envelope; some mailed in cardboard holder with spaces for multiple coins; (Based upon an incomplete description in the W. Foster Schreeder Sale, Lot 1752.) sometimes the cardboard holders would be cut to smaller size to accommodate fewer coins
Official sale price: $1
Interesting fact: This issue had the largest mintage of any Oregon Trail half dollar variety.

MARKET INDEX

(average market prices)

1930 MS-63 to 64 $1.25
1935 MS-63 to 64 $1.75
1936 (summer) MS-63 to 64 $2
1940 MS-63 to 64 $1.25
1945 MS-63 to 64 $ 2
1950 MS-63 to 64 $2
1955 MS-63 to 64 $3.50
1960 MS-63 $6
1965 MS-63 $12
1970 MS-63 $16
1975 MS-63 $42
1980 MS-63 $240
1985 MS-63 $160
1986MS-60 $120, MS-63 $290, MS-64 $540, MS-65 $900
1990 (spring) MS-60 $100, MS-63 $195, MS-64 $240, MS-65 $600
1990 (December) MS-60 $92, MS-63 $120, MS-64 $175, MS-65 $425

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