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1925 Lexington-Concord Commemorative Half Dollar

PCGS No: 9318

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Notes:
The finest 1925 Lexington-Concord Half Dollar graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

Some 1925 Lexington-Concord Half Dollars were originally sold in two-piece wooden boxes.  The top piece slides into the bottom piece, covering the coin, which sits on a recessed hole.  The top of the box is stamped with a likeness of a Concord Minuteman and the dates 1775 and 1925.  The original boxes were made of pine.  Around 1985, counterfeit boxes began appearing on the market.  The fake boxes were made of softer wood (possibly balsa), the stamped image was not as detailed as the original, and the dates were not stamped into the wood.  Genuine boxes measure 1.75" x 1.75"; fakes measure 1.875" x 1.688".

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, January 2005" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Some 1925 boxes counterfeit", COIN WORLD, April 25, 2005, page 92