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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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

1938 New Rochelle Half Dollar

The 1938 New Rochelle half dollar presents one of those curious aspects so peculiar to United States commemoratives in that it bears no...

1936 Norfolk Bicentennial Half Dollar

In recent years, complaints that Congress is too careless in authorizing commemorative coin issues are frequently heard. It’s been said that too...

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...

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. ...

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...

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 ...

1937 Roanoke 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...

1936 Arkansas-Robinson Half Dollar

The 100th anniversary of Arkansas’ statehood called for a number of celebrations, the grandest of which was scheduled for 1936 at the ...

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...

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,...

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...

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 ...

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....

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...

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 ...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition Quarter Eagle

The Panama Canal, or “Big Ditch,” as it has often been called, was constructed with a blend of sheer ingenuity and painstaking attention...

1926 American Independence Sesquicentennial Quarter Eagle

Americans of the 1920s seemed so preoccupied with enjoying the present that celebrating the past was destined to take a back seat. That...