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1920-21 Pilgrim Tercentenary Half Dollar

1920-21 Pilgrim Tercentenary Half Dollar

Commemorative coins were still something of a novelty in 1920 when Congress authorized the coining of half dollars to celebrate the three-hundredth anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims. Only eight commemorative coin programs had gone... read more »

 

1936 Rhode Island Tercentenary Half Dollar

1936 Rhode Island Tercentenary Half Dollar

Though America’s smallest state, Rhode Island nevertheless managed to obtain a commemorative coin of its own in 1936. This type marked the 300th anniversary of the founding of Providence, now the state’s capital, yet no mention of this... read more »

 

1937 Raonoke Colony Half Dollar

1937 Raonoke Colony Half Dollar

The story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island is a sobering reminder of how risky a journey to the New World was in the 16th Century. It’s a romantic tale, but one tinged with sadness at the lives lost. Though it pertained to a specific... read more »

 

1936 Arkansas-Robinson Half Dollar

1936 Arkansas-Robinson Half Dollar

The 100th anniversary of Arkansas’ statehood called for a number of celebrations, the grandest of which was scheduled for 1936 at the state capital of Little Rock. Noting the success of other states in funding such events through the sale... read more »

 

1935-36 California-Pacific Exposition ‘San Diego’ Half Dollar

1935-36 California-Pacific Exposition ‘San Diego’ Half Dollar

Popularly known as the San Diego half dollar, this issue commemorates not that city but the exposition held there during the years 1935 and 1936. Easily one of the most attractive of American commemorative coins, its appealing design makes... read more »

 

1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

By 1926, the frenzied Roaring Twenties was in a full-throated roar. God was in His heaven, Calvin Coolidge was in the White House, and all seemed well with the world. Personal income was on the rise, new consumer goods were pouring into... read more »

 

1935 Old Spanish Trail Memorial Half Dollar

1935 Old Spanish Trail Memorial Half Dollar

By the mid-1930s, U.S. commemorative coins were nothing new: in fact, the proliferation of issues was beginning to be viewed with disdain by many collectors. In light of the blatant and unbridled commercialism and controversy associated... read more »

 

1925 Stone Mountain Memorial Half Dollar

1925 Stone Mountain Memorial Half Dollar

One of the more common U. S. commemorative coins, the Stone Mountain half dollar was a by-product of a much larger undertaking—the carving of monumental figures of Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Jefferson Davis into... read more »

 

1934-38 Texas Centennial Half Dollar

1934-38 Texas Centennial Half Dollar

“Remember the Alamo!” was the cry that spurred Texans on to ultimately defeat Mexico’s army and claim their independence as a republic. The tragic showdown at this humble mission yard in San Antonio became emblematic of the struggle... read more »

 

1927 Vermont/Battle of Bennington Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

1927 Vermont/Battle of Bennington Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

To tourists, the state of Vermont is known primarily for its rich maple syrup and great wintertime skiing. To urban Northeasterners it is the source for many of their dairy products. To numismatists, however, Vermont is famed for its two... read more »

 

1951-54 Washington & Carver Half Dollar

1951-54 Washington & Carver Half Dollar

Some of the most notorious of United States commemorative coin programs began with the best of intentions, and that appears to have been the case with the series of half dollar coins honoring Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver.... read more »

 

1936 Wisconsin Centennial Half Dollar

1936 Wisconsin Centennial Half Dollar

When collectors are asked to identify their favorite U.S. commemorative coins, the answers given frequently include titles such as Oregon Trail, Panama-Pacific, Gettysburg and California Jubilee. Rarely heard, if at all, is the name Wisconsin.... read more »

 

1936 York County Tercentenary Half Dollar

1936 York County Tercentenary Half Dollar

Among the numerous complaints voiced over the proliferation of commemorative coins during the 1930s, one of the most frequent was that these issues celebrated events of purely local significance. These themes were judged inappropriate for... read more »

 

1900 Lafayette Memorial Silver Dollar

1900 Lafayette Memorial Silver Dollar

The renowned 18th-century French nobleman, the Marquis de Lafayette, has occupied a special place in the hearts of Americans for over 200 years. Born in 1757 to wealth and privilege, at the age of twenty he willingly sacrificed all in support... read more »

 

1922 Grant Centennial Gold Dollar

1922 Grant Centennial Gold Dollar

If one commemorative coin is good, then two coins are twice as good—or so the reasoning goes with these often exploited issues. The Grant Memorial gold dollar is a good example of this principle at work. The backers of this issue noted... read more »

 

1904-05 Lewis & Clark Exposition Gold Dollar

1904-05 Lewis & Clark Exposition Gold Dollar

When President Thomas Jefferson asked Congress in January, 1803, to appropriate $2500 for an exploratory expedition into the Pacific Northwest, negotiations to purchase the Louisiana Territory had not yet begun. Not that Jefferson didn’t... read more »

 

1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Gold Dollar

1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Gold Dollar

When the United States formally took possession of the Louisiana Territory on December 20, 1803, effectively doubling the size of the country, Napoleon was busy in Europe trying to outwit the English and other Continental powers. Previously,... read more »

 

1916-17 McKinley Memorial Gold Dollar

1916-17 McKinley Memorial Gold Dollar

Judging solely by the number of times his portrait has appeared on coins and currency, William McKinley is one of the most highly honored of our United States presidents. In this respect, he joins such distinguished figures as Washington,... read more »

 

1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition Gold Dollar

1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition Gold Dollar

The Panama Canal ranks among the greatest man-made marvels in the world—a 51-mile-long system of natural lakes, excavated channels and locks that slashes up to 8,000 nautical miles from voyages between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.... read more »

 

1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition Quarter Eagle

1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition Quarter Eagle

The Panama Canal, or “Big Ditch,” as it has often been called, was constructed with a blend of sheer ingenuity and painstaking attention to detail. It took ten years and many millions of dollars to construct the giant locks through Panama’s... read more »

 
 
 
 
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