1925 STONE MOUNTAIN HALF DOLLAR

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The Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar was an American fifty-cent piece struck in 1925 at the Philadelphia Mint. Its main purpose was to raise money on behalf of the Stone Mountain Confederate Monumental Association for the Stone Mountain Memorial near Atlanta, Georgia.

Designed by sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the silver coin features a depiction of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on the front with “IN GOD WE TRUST / STONE MOUNTAIN / 1925.” On the back is a large perched eagle, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLURIBUS UNUM / LIBERTY / HALF DOLLAR” and the caption, "MEMORIAL TO THE VALOR OF THE SOLDIER OF THE SOUTH." The piece was also originally intended to be in memory of the recently deceased president, Warren G. Harding, but no mention of him appears on the coin.

The work on the mountain proved expensive, and the Association advocated the issuance of a commemorative half dollar as a fundraiser for the memorial. Congress approved it, though to appease Northerners, the coin was also made in honor of Harding, under whose administration, the work had commenced. When the coin design was finally approved, all reference to Harding had been removed by order of President Calvin Coolidge.

This silver coin is clean and semi-bright with wear to some of the raised details. [jet] [ph:L]

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