Grant Memorial half dollar

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Grant Memorial half dollar
United States
Value50 cents (0.50 US dollars)
Mass12.5 g
Diameter30.61 mm (1.20 in)
Thickness2.15 mm (0.08 in)
  • 90.0% silver
  • 10.0% copper
Silver0.36169 troy oz
Years of minting1922
Mint marksNone, all pieces struck at the Philadelphia Mint without mint mark
Grant centennial half dollar commemorative obverse.jpg
DesignUlysses S. Grant
DesignerLaura Gardin Fraser
Design date1922
1922 Grant Memorial Half dollar with star, obverse.jpg
DesignUlysses S. Grant with star between AMERICA and GRANT
DesignerLaura Gardin Fraser
Design date1922
1922 Grant Memorial Half dollar with star, reverse.jpg
DesignBirthplace of Ulysses S. Grant
DesignerLaura Gardin Fraser
Design date1922

The Grant Memorial half dollar was designed by Laura Gardin Fraser, the wife of James Earle Fraser (best known for designing the Buffalo nickel). The obverse depicts Ulysses S. Grant and the reverse shows his birthplace in Point Pleasant, Ohio.[1] It was produced in 1922.


The Ulysses S. Grant Centenary Association, formed in 1921, aimed to construct monuments in recognition of President Ulysses S. Grant's contributions and impact on the country. The group called for minting a Grant commemorative gold dollar in order to finance their goals. Although the group sought the minting of up to 200,000 gold dollars, before the bill was passed on February 2, 1922, the bill was emended to call for the minting of only 10,000 gold dollars, as well as up to 250,000 half dollars.[2] The commemorative would be designed by Laura Gardin Fraser, who had already won acclaim for her design of the Alabama Centennial half dollar the previous year, which had also made her the first woman designer of a United States coin. Her initial "G", for her maiden name, Gardin, appears below Grant's bust, between the two dates.[2] Both the commemorative half dollar and gold dollar used the same set of designs.

A variety of the Grant Memorial half dollar featured a star above the name "Grant" on the right side of the coin, similar to how the sponsors of the Missouri and Alabama Centennial half dollars had included a symbol on a minority of coins minted. Originally, this was originally only to apply to the Grant Memorial gold dollars, but due to a mix-up at the mint, 5,000 of the half dollars also ended up with a star. Of the two varieties of the Grant Memorial half dollar, 67,405 coins without the star were minted, while of the 5,000 coins with the star, 750 were melted.[2]

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  1. ^ "Grant Half Dollar". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "1922 Star Grant 50C MS Silver Commemoratives". Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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