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1921 Pilgrim Half Dollar Commemorative MS65 PCGS

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This is a beautiful gem grade 1921 Pilgrim commemorative half dollar from the Philadelphia mint.  The coin displays bright, original surfaces.  In the hand, brilliant mint luster radiates throughout this MS65 graded example. The Pilgrim commemorative was issued in both 1920 and 1921.  The 1920 coin was issued without a date.  The much less common 1921 coin was issued with the date (1921) to the left of the pilgrim on the obverse.

Designed by Cyrus E. Dallin, the Pilgrim commemorative half dollar was designed to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Having first reached what is now Provincetown Harbor, Cape Cod in November of 1620, the 102 passengers on board the Mayflower sought a suitable place to establish themselves.  Having located a suitable spot, the Mayflower landed at Plymouth on December 18, 1620.  The first winter in Plymouth was difficult, with half of the colonists dying from disease, starvation and exposure. Their first Governor, John Carver, survived the winter only to perish in the spring of 1621.  William Bradford, whose visage adorns the obverse of the coin, was chosen by the colonists to replace him.  Under Bradford’s stewardship Plymouth Colony continued and eventually took hold as a thriving settlement attracting continued settlement in the New World.

Designer: Cyrus E. Dallin

Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper

Weight: 12.50 grams

Diameter: 30.6 mm

Authorization: Public Law 66-203

Maximum Authorized Mintage: 300,000 over all years (1920-1921)

Actual Mintage (All Years): 172,165

Actual Mintage (1921): 20,053