Archive for: Half Dollar

1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

By 1926, the frenzied Roaring Twenties was in a full-throated roar. God was in His heaven, Calvin Coolidge was in the White House, and all seemed well with the world. Personal income was on the rise, new consumer goods were pouring into... 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 »

 

1927 Vermont/Battle of Bennington Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

1927 Vermont/Battle of Bennington Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

To tourists, the state of Vermont is known primarily for its rich maple syrup and great wintertime skiing. To urban Northeasterners it is the source for many of their dairy products. To numismatists, however, Vermont is famed for its two... read more »

 

1951-54 Washington & Carver Half Dollar

1951-54 Washington & Carver Half Dollar

Some of the most notorious of United States commemorative coin programs began with the best of intentions, and that appears to have been the case with the series of half dollar coins honoring Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver.... 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 »

 

1936 York County Tercentenary Half Dollar

1936 York County Tercentenary Half Dollar

Among the numerous complaints voiced over the proliferation of commemorative coins during the 1930s, one of the most frequent was that these issues celebrated events of purely local significance. These themes were judged inappropriate for... read more »

 
 
 
 
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