Archive for: 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... read more »

 

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.... 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 »

 

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 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 »

 

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 »

 

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... read more »

 

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... read more »

 

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.... read more »

 

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... read more »

 

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... 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 »

 

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 »

 
 
 
 
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