Tag: Centennial

1925 Fort Vancouver Centennial Half Dollar

1925 Fort Vancouver Centennial Half Dollar

In 1778, when George Vancouver sailed under Captain Cook on his exploration of the Sandwich Islands, he was well into his career as a renowned explorer. After Cook’s death, Vancouver was given command of the British ship Discovery and achieved fame as the chief explorer of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. So it […]

1935-39 Arkansas Centennial Half Dollar

1935-39 Arkansas Centennial Half Dollar

The Arkansas half dollar is a good example of a worthy project discredited through greed and poor management. Although this issue was the product of a state-sanctioned committee, this group’s actions were more in character for racketeers. That the design of this coin was something less than an artistic success only added to the controversy. […]

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 released (the fall of 1936), most coin collectors were beginning to feel like suckers for […]

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 legitimate commemorative coin issue; some may argue, however, that the event was not really worthy of recognition on a United […]

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. In truth, the centennial of Elgin was subordinate to the more urgent goal of this coin in raising […]

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 half dollar, were issued in 1922 to mark the centennial of his […]

1946 Iowa Centennial Half Dollar

1946 Iowa Centennial Half Dollar

More so than any other commemorative coin issue, the Iowa half dollar stands as a monument to effective and equitable production and distribution. There was not the slightest taint of corruption associated with it, nor was there any acrimony in the course of its preparation. The coins that resulted from this program were quite attractive, […]

1918 Illinois Centennial Half Dollar

1918 Illinois Centennial Half Dollar

The Illinois Centennial half dollar is one of the few real success stories in U. S. commemorative coinage. A superb piece of sculpting, its appeal as a work of art is just as evident today as it was in 1918. The entire authorized issue was sold; although many pieces remained on hand in Springfield banks […]

1920 Maine Centennial Half Dollar

1920 Maine Centennial Half Dollar

“As Maine goes, so goes the nation.” This old political adage refers to Maine voters’ nearly perfect record in predicting the outcome of national elections, which was due at least partly to a peculiar feature unique to that state. Until 1957, the voters of Maine went to the polls in September, rather than November, as […]

1921 Missouri Centennial Half Dollar

1921 Missouri Centennial Half Dollar

Although the legendary folk-hero and “Wilderness Trail” blazer Daniel Boone is often connected with Kentucky, it was present-day Missouri that he called home for the last quarter-century of his life. By the time he died at the age of 86 in 1820, Missouri had come a long way from the untamed part of Spanish America […]

1923-S Monroe Doctrine Centennial Half Dollar

1923-S Monroe Doctrine Centennial Half Dollar

The commemorative coinage of the United States is replete with issues celebrating everything from the mundane to the monumental. Often, many events commemorated have been relatively insignificant or of a very limited local nature, and were of little interest to anyone other than the coin-hungry collecting community, who, for a time, were eager to buy […]

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. Having neither an attractive design nor any unique features, to many collectors it seems just one of those coins needed […]

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 the success of the Alabama and Missouri programs in selling the same coin […]

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