I could never find it. I gave up. It has been in my Christmas list for many years now and even wrote about it some three years ago HERE.
I certainly did not expect to find anything worthwhile in that store. Not after the disappointment from the first one I visited.
But I am very happy that I did. I found it in Hawaii!
1925-S California Silver Half Dollar Diamond Jubilee Commemorative
The 1925 S California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar is one of the collector favorites among the early commemorative coins. The issue was authorized to mark the 75th anniversary of California’s statehood. This was minted in San Francisco in 1925.
The obverse of the coin features a kneeling figure of a “forty-niner” as he pans for gold. Inscriptions include “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, “California Diamond Jubilee” and “1925”. The reverse features an image of a grizzly bear, which comes from the state emblem of California. Inscriptions read “E Pluribus Unum”, “United States of America”, and “Half Dollar”. Both the obverse and reverse of the California Half Dollar were designed by sculptor Joseph Mora.
Source: Coin Guide
Isn't this design so iconic? Iconic of California... Northern California that is... the regions San Francisco and the Sacramento to be specific.
The grizzly bear had California to itself for hundreds of thousands of years as the state’s largest and fiercest predator.
Wow! Come to think of it, the equivalent of this slabbed coin approximates that of the silver rounds together!
I now own a 1925 S California Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Half Dollar.
From 1892 through 1954, legislation authorized the U.S. Mint to produce commemorative coins for 53 different events, occasions, or individuals. This resulted in the Mint producing over 180 silver and gold commemorative coins.
The Half Dollar Commemoratives that I posses are:
The United States Modern Commemorative Coin program began in 1982. Silver coins have been issued corresponding to and equal in specifications of classic circulating silver dollars. I have a long way to go, but here are the ones I shown so far: