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1946-51 Booker T. Washington Memorial Half Dollar

1946-51 Booker T. Washington Memorial Half Dollar

In retrospect it seems an inconsequential act to honor the distinguished African-American educator Booker T. Washington. At the time, however, this was a fairly bold move for a nation that in many places still maintained legal segregation... read more »

 

1934-38 Daniel Boone Bicentennial Half Dollar

1934-38 Daniel Boone Bicentennial Half Dollar

It wasn’t too many years ago that Daniel Boone was one of the best known figures in American history. This was due in no small part to a popular television series about his adventures that featured Fess Parker in the title role. Today,... read more »

 

1936 Bridgeport Centennial Half Dollar

1936 Bridgeport Centennial Half Dollar

More than one writer has noted the appropriateness of depicting showman P. T. Barnum on a commemorative half dollar. The saying “There’s a sucker born every minute” has been attributed to Barnum, and by the time that this issue was... read more »

 

1925-S California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar

1925-S California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar

The discovery of gold in California in 1848 focused attention on that western territory as few other events ever could. The siren call of “riches for the taking” spread rapidly around the world. Tens of thousands caught “gold fever,”... read more »

 

1936 Cincinnati Musical Center Half Dollar

1936 Cincinnati Musical Center Half Dollar

When the first silver commemorative coins were produced in the United States beginning in 1892, they were intended to celebrate specific historic events or to raise funds for the advancement of a specific commemorative cause. This purity... read more »

 

1936 Cleveland Centennial/Great Lake Expo Half Dollar

1936 Cleveland Centennial/Great Lake Expo Half Dollar

This half dollar celebrates the one-hundredth anniversary of Cleveland, Ohio’s incorporation as a city, as well as the Great Lakes Exposition staged during 1936-37 in honor of Cleveland’s centennial. In that respect, it’s a perfectly... read more »

 

1936 Columbia Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

1936 Columbia Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

The Columbia, South Carolina half dollar occupies a unique place in the pageant of United States commemorative coins: Although the first issue to be authorized during that prolific year of 1936, it was the last to be distributed! This caused... read more »

 

1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Half Dollar

1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Half Dollar

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.” And it is the mighty Charter Oak that dominates the obverse of the Connecticut Tercentenary half dollar. When an agent of the English Crown attempted to confiscate this colony’s royal charter... read more »

 

1936 Delaware Swedish Tercentenary Half Dollar

1936 Delaware Swedish Tercentenary Half Dollar

Question: Which United States coin is dated 1936, was struck in 1937 and commemorates an anniversary in 1938? Answer: The Gettysburg half dollar—well, yes and no. While that’s true of the Gettysburg half too, the coin in question is... read more »

 

1936 Elgin Centennial Half Dollar

1936 Elgin Centennial Half Dollar

Although the Elgin half dollar was conceived partly to commemorate the founding of Elgin, Illinois, this theme is not readily apparent when studying its design: Nowhere does it make reference to the actual centennial dates of 1835-1935.... read more »

 

1936 Battle of Gettysburg Half Dollar

1936 Battle of Gettysburg Half Dollar

The name Gettysburg is synonymous with the Civil War itself—no other campaign so captures the high drama and terrible tragedy of America’s darkest chapter. Fought over the course of three days—July 1, 2 & 3, 1863—it cost Union... read more »

 

1922 Grant Centennial Half Dollar

1922 Grant Centennial Half Dollar

Fate, they say, is fickle. Anyone who doubts this should study the career of Ulysses S. Grant, who rose from utter obscurity to win a prominent place in U.S. history—and also on U.S. coinage. Two U.S. coins, a gold dollar and a silver... read more »

 

1928 Hawaii Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

1928 Hawaii Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

Luxury hotels along Waikiki Beach . . . island-hopping helicopters filled with smiling tourists . . . snorkelers and surfers enjoying the blue Pacific. These are among the images that come to mind when most people think of Hawaii. But Captain... read more »

 

1935 Hudson Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

1935 Hudson Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

By 1609, famed English explorer Henry Hudson had already failed twice in his search for a northern water passage to Asia. Undaunted by defeat, Hudson capitalized on his widespread reputation as an expert navigator and secured the backing... read more »

 

1924 Huguenot-Walloon Half Dollar

1924 Huguenot-Walloon Half Dollar

When it debuted in 1924, the Huguenot-Walloon half dollar set off a flurry of controversy. Aggravating on a number of counts, it was criticized by civil libertarians as religious propaganda, by constitutionalists as a violation of the First... read more »

 
 
 
 
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