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Classic Commemorative Coins Merge History, Design

Classic Commemorative Coins Merge History, Design

By Connor Falk – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……
 

The basic commemorative silver half greenback collection represents a merger of historic occasions and other people with interesting coin designs. Issued between 1892 and 1954, basic commemorative halves have been struck and bought to the rising coin accumulating group in america. Using coinage to symbolize essential American occasions, locations, individuals, and occasions broadened the attraction of coin accumulating. Their designs mirror the classical themes in use in the course of the late 1800s and early 1900s, the artwork deco period of the 1920s and ’30s, and the post-World Conflict II sensibilities of the late ’40s and early ’50s.

As a consequence of their low mintages and large collector market, the collection has appreciated considerably from the $1 to $2 the cash have been initially bought for. On this article, I’ll spotlight three necessary basic commemorative cash in addition to an summary of the opposite commemoratives in our November 2-Three public sale.

150th Anniversary of Captain Prepare dinner’s Discovery of Hawaii – 1928

Commemorating the sesquicentennial of Captain James Prepare dinner’s arrival on the Hawaiian islands on a commemorative half greenback was initially raised in 1927 by the territorial authorities of Hawaii. The invoice simply handed Congress and was signed on March 7, 1928 by President Coolidge. The Philadelphia Mint struck the entire mintage of the sort at 10,008 cash. Eight of these struck have been used for assay functions; the opposite 10,000 have been bought by the Financial institution of Hawaii at $2 a coin. The commemorative proved to be very fashionable with collectors and shortly bought out. Since then, its low mintage, shortage, and recognition each in material and design have pushed demand and it’s now thought-about a key date within the basic commemorative half greenback collection.

The obverse of the coin depicts a left-facing bust of Captain Prepare dinner with the legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GOD WE TRUST, and HALF DOLLAR simply above, to the proper, and under the bust, respectively. To the left of the bust, it reads “CAPT. / JAMES COOK / DISCOVERER OF / HAWAII.” The reverse exhibits a Hawaiian chieftain in entrance of a Hawaiian seashore, holding a spear and together with his proper arm outstretched with the legends E PLURIBUS UNUM and 1778 1928 under.

The instance in our sale, lot 1498, is graded NGC MS 63. The estimate on it’s $1,250 to $2,000 USD.

400th Anniversary of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s Previous Spanish Path – 1935

The authorization and design of the 1935 Previous Spanish Path half greenback was a private undertaking of L.W. Hoffecker, an El Paso coin vendor and ANA official (he would later grow to be the group’s president from 1939 to 1941). In his place because the chairman of the El Paso Museum Coin Committee, he lobbied the federal government for a invoice to commemorate Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s expedition from Florida to northern Mexico (1528-36). As soon as the invoice had handed, Hoffecker labored with sculptor Edmund J. Senn to create the coin design in plaster based mostly on Hoffecker’s unique sketches.

The design takes some inventive liberties with Cabeza de Vaca’s travels: stops in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Cellular, New Orleans, Galveston, and San Antonio are proven regardless of Cabeza de Vaca touring primarily by boat across the Gulf coast. Upon approval of the designs, the US Mint struck the 10,008 coin mintage in September. Hoffecker acquired 10,000 of the cash to resale for $2 plus postage; one other eight have been used for the Assay Fee’s annual assembly. By most accounts, the cash have been well-received by collectors and, although they took time to promote out, are relatively scarce and fascinating.

The obverse of the coin exhibits a cow head, symbolizing Cabeza de Vaca which accurately interprets as “head of a cow.” Above, the legends learn UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and LIBERTY, under the legends, learn ALVAR NUÑEZ CABEZA DE VACA and HALF DOLLAR. The reverse design consists of a palmetto tree in entrance of a map depicting Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas with a line displaying Hoffecker’s interpretation of Cabeza de Vaca’s journey. El Paso is marked on the far left. Legends learn OLD SPANISH TRAIL above and 1535 – 1935 under.

The instance in our sale, lot 1504, is graded NGC MS 65. The estimate on it’s $800 to $1,200.

100th Anniversary of Missouri’s Admission to the Union – 1921

The authorization for the Missouri Centennial half greenback referred to as for an enormous mintage of 250,000 cash, a discount from the 500,000 referred to as for in a previous draft of the invoice. Such a mintage would simply make it probably the most widespread basic commemoratives, but solely 50,028 cash have been struck. Of this, 28 have been put aside for the Assay Fee. The 50,000 mintage was then despatched to the Sedalia Belief Firm for mail orders in addition to gross sales on the Missouri Centennial Exposition at a price ticket of $1.

Of those 50,000 cash, 5,000 have been initially struck with a particular notation 2*four to the left of the bust earlier than having this gadget floor off the dies. For the 45,000 with out the two*four notation, 29,600 cash have been melted after gross sales proved sluggish. The ultimate numbers, 5,000 cash with 2*four, 15,400 with out 2*four, are suspect as trendy market costs recommend the supply for each variations is about the identical with a barely greater premium for the two*four variations. Many numismatic specialists recommend a roughly even 10,000/10,400 cut up is extra probably.

The obverse exhibits a left-facing bust of Daniel Boone sporting a coonskin cap with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above, 1821 and 1921 flanking, and HALF DOLLAR under. The notation 2*four is current to the left of the bust, simply above the 1821. The reverse exhibits a frontiersman holding a rifle and gesturing to the left, directing the eye of a Native American who’s holding a peace pipe. A area of stars is about alongside the background with SEDALIA under and MISSOURI CENTENNIAL above.

The instance with 2*four notation in our sale, lot 1490, is graded NGC MS 64. The estimate on it’s $800 to $1,200.

Different Classic Commemoratives in our public sale

  • Lot 1486 – USA (San Francisco mint), half greenback, 1915-S, Panama-Pacific, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $400 to $600.
  • Lot 1487 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1918, Lincoln-Illinois, NGC MS 63. Estimate: $100 to $150.
  • Lot 1488 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1920, Maine, NGC MS 65. Estimate: $200 to $300.
  • Lot 1489 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1921, Alabama, 2×2, NGC UNC particulars / obv improperly cleaned. Estimate: $150 to $225.
  • Lot 1491 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1922, Grant, no star, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $125 to $200.
  • Lot 1492 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1924, Huguenot, NGC MS 65. Estimate: $125 to $200.
  • Lot 1493 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1925, Fort Vancouver, NGC MS 63. Estimate: $250 to $375.
  • Lot 1494 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1925, Lexington-Harmony, struck via error, NGC MS 62. Estimate: $80 to $120.
  • Lot 1495 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1925, Stone Mountain, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $80 to $120.
  • Lot 1496 – USA (San Francisco mint), half greenback, 1925-S, California, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $150 to $225.
  • Lot 1497 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1927, Vermont, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $150 to $225.
  • Lot 1499 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1934, Maryland, PCGS MS64. Estimate: $100 to $150.
  • Lot 1500 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1934, Texas, NGC MS 66. Estimate: $150 to $225.
  • Lot 1501 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1935/34, Boone, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $80 to $120.
  • Lot 1502 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1935, Connecticut, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $150 to $225.
  • Lot 1503 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1935, Hudson, NGC UNC particulars / improperly cleaned. Estimate: $400 to $600.
  • Lot 1505 – USA (San Francisco mint), half greenback, 1935-S, San Diego, NGC MS 65. Estimate: $80 to $120.
  • Lot 1506 – USA (Denver mint), half greenback, 1936-D, Columbia, NGC MS 67. Estimate: $300 to $450.
  • Lot 1507 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Albany, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $125 to $200.
  • Lot 1508 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Bridgeport, NGC MS 63. Estimate: $80 to $120.
  • Lot 1509 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Cleveland-Nice Lakes, NGC MS 65. Estimate: $80 to $120.
  • Lot 1510 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Delaware, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $150 to $225.
  • Lot 1511 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Elgin, NGC MS 65. Estimate: $100 to $150.
  • Lot 1512 – USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Gettysburg, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $400 to $600.
  • Lot 1513: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Lynchburg, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $125 to $200.
  • Lot 1514: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Norfolk, NGC MS 66. Estimate: $200 to $300.
  • Lot 1515: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Rhode Island, NGC MS 65. Estimate: $80 to $120.
  • Lot 1516: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Robinson-Arkansas, NGC MS 63. Estimate: $80 to $120.
  • Lot 1517: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Wisconsin, PCGS MS64. Estimate: $125 to $200.
  • Lot 1518: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, York, NGC MS 65. Estimate: $100 to $150.
  • Lot 1519: USA (San Francisco mint), half greenback, 1936-S, Bay Bridge, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $100 to $150.
  • Lot 1520: USA (San Francisco mint), half greenback, 1936-S, Cincinnati, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $250 to $375.
  • Lot 1521: USA (Denver mint), half greenback, 1937-D, Oregon Path, NGC UNC particulars / improperly cleaned. Estimate: $100 to $150.
  • Lot 1522: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1937, Antietam, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $400 to $600.
  • Lot 1523: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1937, Roanoke, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $100 to $150.
  • Lot 1524: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1938, New Rochelle, NGC MS 66. Estimate: $250 to $375.
  • Lot 1525: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1946, Iowa, NGC MS 67. Estimate: $125 to $200.
  • Lot 2263: USA (San Francisco mint), half greenback, 1923-S, Monroe, NGC MS 63. Estimate: $70 to $100.
  • Lot 2264: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1926, American Sesquicentennial, NGC MS 62. Estimate: $60 to $90.
  • Lot 2265: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1935, Arkansas, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $70 to $100.
  • Lot 2266: USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback, 1936, Lengthy Island, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $60 to $90.
  • Lot 2267: Lot of 4 USA (Philadelphia mint), half greenback commemoratives in NGC slabs: 1893, Columbian, UNC particulars / cleaned; 1920, Pilgrim, UNC particulars / cleaned; 1951, Booker T. Washington, MS 65; 1952, Washington-Carver, MS 64. Estimate: $100 to $150.

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Concerning the Writer

Connor Falk is a full-time numismatist specializing in United States and Mexican cash and paper cash, having joined Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC in 2016. He manages consignments, analysis, and cataloging along with aiding with bidder/shopper relations, promoting, and catalog manufacturing. Beforehand, Falk labored in numismatic journalism writing for Numismatic Information on U.S. coin subjects and contributing to commerce publications. Connor in the present day focuses predominately on U.S. and Mexican cash and paper cash. Past numismatics, he additionally enjoys studying, operating, scuba diving and rooting for his hometown soccer workforce, the Inexperienced Bay Packers. Falk is a member of the American Numismatic Affiliation (ANA), the Worldwide Affiliation of Skilled Numismatists (IAPN), the Central States Numismatic Society (Life Member), the U.S.-Mexican Numismatic Affiliation (Life Member), the Chicago Coin Membership and the Nicolet Coin Membership and holds a B.A. in English from College of Wisconsin – Stevens Level (2014).

Connor might be reached at connor@sedwickcoins.com