The Alabama Commemorative Half Dollar was minted namely for local pride as its committee was nearly defunct by the time the coin was minted in 1921, 2 years after Alabama's centennial celebrations. Because the profits had to go somewhere relevant, they were used to fund "historical and monumental" projects. It is not clear, however, what these projects might have been. Its Obverse depicts the first Governor of Alabama, William Wyatt Bibb as well as Alabama's current governor, Thomas E. Kilby. This is the first instance in which a person was featured on a U.S. coin while still alive. The 22 stars on either side of their portraits refer to Alabama being the 22nd State to enter the Union. The 2x2, the commonly thought to mean "times" or "by" is actually a redundancy of it being the 22nd State to enter the Union. The "X" is actually St. Andrew's Cross, which can be found on Alabama's State flag. The date, 1921, refers to the year it was minted; not the year in which its centennial celebrations took place. Its Reverse depicts the actual centennial dates as well as an eagle that adorns the Alabama state seal. The initials LGF are those of Laura Gardin Fraser, who designed the coin. These coins were originally sold for $1 each at various banks throughout the State. These 6,000 coins were minted and released before they "2x2" was eventually ground off the original hub, which made way for the "plain" variety.
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