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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 of the American revolutionary cause. Defying his family and the French authorities, in 1777 […]

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 […]

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 have plans afoot: His long-term fascination with the oft-advanced theory of a water route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific […]

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, “the little corporal” had envisioned a worldwide empire with French flags encircling the globe, but he had recently […]

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, Jefferson and Lincoln. Although McKinley was a man of some accomplishment, his greatest recognition came as […]

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. It was viewed as such an accomplishment that Uncle Sam marked its opening with a gala world’s fair in […]

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