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Huge “New” Financial Problems Across Europe

Huge “New” Financial Problems Across Europe

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com If you ask the average politician, the financial problems of Europe have supposedly been cured. Oh yeah? If that is true, how come the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the G-20 Group of Nations had to have more emergency meetings in the last few […]

1893 Columbian Expositions/Isabella Quarter Dollar

1893 Columbian Expositions/Isabella Quarter Dollar

In an age that witnessed the first skyscrapers, inter-city telephone service and moving pictures, the magnificent 1893 Chicago World’s Fair was a fitting tribute to the progress America had made and the seemingly unlimited promise of its future. Dubbed the Columbian Exposition in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage, the fair’s sparkling buildings, […]

1921 Alabama Centennial Half Dollar

1921 Alabama Centennial Half Dollar

Alabama, first explored by the Spanish in 1540 and settled by the French in 1702, was still a part of the American frontier in the early 19th century. But the frontier areas, with land cheap and plentiful and an influx of migrants from the east, were experiencing rapid growth. Growth meant statehood, and Alabama was […]

1936 Alabany Charter Half Dollar

1936 Alabany Charter Half Dollar

No one ever disputed that the city of Albany, New York was a pleasant enough place to live and worthy of its residents’ pride. Yet, in the mid 1930s, those who believed that commemorative coinage programs had gotten out of hand needed only to point at the half dollars honoring cities such as Albany and […]

1937 Battle of Antietam Half Dollar

1937 Battle of Antietam Half Dollar

The date of September 17, 1862 is remembered as the single bloodiest day of the American Civil War, as Federal forces under the command of General George B. McClellan countered the advance of Confederate troops led by General Robert E. Lee. By the day’s end, both sides had suffered losses of more than 2,000 dead, […]

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-S Bay Ridge Half Dollar

1936-S Bay Ridge Half Dollar

Of the many different themes which have appeared on United States commemorative coins, by far the most common are those pertaining to historic anniversaries, such as the Pilgrim Tercentenary and the Sesquicentennial of American Independence. In a similar vein, a number have honored statehood centennials, such as those of Illinois and Missouri. Some recognize great […]

1946-51 Booker T. Washington Memorial Half Dollar

1946-51 Booker T. Washington Memorial Half Dollar

In retrospect it seems an inconsequential act to honor the distinguished African-American educator Booker T. Washington. At the time, however, this was a fairly bold move for a nation that in many places still maintained legal segregation of the races. Though Washington certainly was worthy of commemoration, this did not guarantee that the coin would […]

1934-38 Daniel Boone Bicentennial Half Dollar

1934-38 Daniel Boone Bicentennial Half Dollar

It wasn’t too many years ago that Daniel Boone was one of the best known figures in American history. This was due in no small part to a popular television series about his adventures that featured Fess Parker in the title role. Today, Boone is probably less well known than most professional athletes. This is […]

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 Cincinnati Musical Center Half Dollar

1936 Cincinnati Musical Center Half Dollar

When the first silver commemorative coins were produced in the United States beginning in 1892, they were intended to celebrate specific historic events or to raise funds for the advancement of a specific commemorative cause. This purity of purpose, however, would last less than thirty years. By 1920, the striking of commemorative coins was considered […]

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