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  1. On 9/27/2019 at 4:34 AM, Art1.2 said:

    I used to have quite a fascination with Commemoratives. Such beautiful coins and usually such a sordid history to go with it. Had several books about them. One that just had the coins and a brief about each one. Beautiful pictures. And another that was like the Commemorative Tell-all book. Such scandals. 

    Me, too. Started collecting a few but that was back when I was collecting a bunch of different things with no discipline. 

  2. Finally catching up with my favorite thread and WOW! Someone at Wikipedia sure loves their commemorative coins!


    February 13, 2019 - Hawaii Sesquicentennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_Sesquicentennial_half_dollar


    A famous commemorative coin. Only 10,000 were minted and few exist in high grades. Moreover, only 50 proofs were minted. The last one sold by Heritage was in 2004 for $25,000. Imagine what they'd go for today!


    April 22, 2019 - Lynchburg Sesquicentennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynchburg_Sesquicentennial_half_dollar


    John Lynch, the founder of Lynchburg, was supposed to be on the obverse but no portrait of him was known. So they depicted then Senator Carter Glass - only the third living person to be depicted on a U.S. coin. He also has the distinction of being the first person to have their signature on U.S. currency when he was Treasury Secretary.


    May 9, 2019 - Maine Centennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine_Centennial_half_dollar


    This coin is very hard to find in good condition because it wasn't distributed into the collecting community. Therefore, many of the folks who purchased it didn't handle it as well.


    August 9, 2019 - Gadsden Purchase Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_Purchase_half_dollar

    Interestingly, as I looked for a picture of this coin on the wikipedia page, I realized that the coin never existed! It was nominated but never approved by Congress. So fascinating that it still became a Featured Article. 


    August 26, 2019 - Alabama Centennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_Centennial_half_dollar


    The coin features Alabama's first and then-current governors making it the U.S. first coin to feature a living person. 



    September 26, 2019 - Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Purchase_Sesquicentennial_half_dollar

    Similar to the Gadsden Purchase half, I realized that the coin never existed! It was nominated but never approved by Congress. 

  3. On 7/28/2019 at 5:28 PM, schutzenfester said:


    1890 Frauenfeld Federal Shoot

    • PB/SN
    • 41mm
    • R
    • Engraver: Sebald Drentwett, Augsburg
    • In original paper wrapper - RRR

    Picture 1: The medal in UNC/as issued condition (other than 154+ years in a paper wrapper)

    Picture 2: Shows the medal inside the original wrapper as issued.


    1859 Zurich.jpg


    Unbelievable. How often do you come across medals with their original packaging?

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