Archive for: Commemorative

1936 Long Island Tercentenary Half Dollar

1936 Long Island Tercentenary Half Dollar

1936 was the year of the commemorative half dollar. As a speculative mania developed in these special coins, no less than 16 new designs appeared. In addition, several existing types were reissued with the date 1936, since their authorized... read more »

 

1936 Lynchburg Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

1936 Lynchburg Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

The year 1936 was the high water mark for United States commemorative coins, both in terms of their speculative popularity and in the number of different types issued. Some marked events of national significance, while others were of purely... 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 »

 

1934 Maryland Tercentenary Half Dollar

1934 Maryland Tercentenary Half Dollar

After the dry spell of 1929-33, in which no new commemorative coin types were issued by the United States Mint, the Maryland half dollar was at the vanguard in 1934. Though it wasn’t the first new issue authorized (that honor going to... 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 »

 

1926-39 Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar

1926-39 Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar

For at least a decade before the California gold rush of 1849, there was a growing migration of settlers to the West. Most of these pioneers were bound for the rich farmland of the Willamette Valley in the Oregon territory and followed a... read more »

 

1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition Half Dollar

1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition Half Dollar

Today, more than eighty years after the Panama Canal was completed, it remains one of the engineering marvels of the modern age. It took ten years and 375 million dollars to complete, and when the S.S. Ancon sailed from the Atlantic to the... read more »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 
 
 
 
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