Category Archives: Classic Commemoratives

Top Pop Toned 1936 Columbia Sesquicentennial Half Dollar at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, October 25, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this toned classic commemorative 1936 Columbia, South Carolina Sesquicentennial Half Dollar, graded MS-68+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. While the mintage of 9,007 coins isn’t large, the Columbia Sesquicentennial half is one of the more widely distributed of the classic commemorative coin […]

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The 1936 Delaware Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… When it comes to commemorative coins, 1936 was one of the busiest years in United States Mint history. Some 21 distinct issues were minted that year, not even accounting for the numerous mintmark variations and some of the rare Proof and special presentation strikes that were also made that […]

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‘Frothy Bull Market’ for Coins

By Richard Giedroyc 
The market for coins is doing well despite the coronavirus shutdowns that have decimated so many businesses. Brick-and-mortar coin shops without any internet presence of consequence have felt the impact; however, those with a strong internet following have continued to prosper.
As a nation, we are beginning to re-open our stores to the public

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Classic Commemorative Month-Long Heritage Auction Open for Bidding

Now open for bidding is our auction specializing in Classic Commemorative US coins, available exclusively at coins.HA.com. This month-long auction focuses exclusively on US commemorative issues dated 1892-1954 and contains numerous very high grade coins among its offerings for all budgets. The Live session for this auction is scheduled for May 15. One of the […]

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Top Pop PCGS CAC 1936 Long Island Commemorative Half Dollar at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, March 8, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this toned 1936 Long Island Tercentenary half dollar, graded MS-67+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. Rare in higher Mint State for reasons mentioned below, PCGS has certified 20 examples at its top pop grade of 67+. The fact that this example has […]

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The 1920 Pilgrim Commemorative Half Dollar Turns 100

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The year 2020 represents a very special duo of commemoratives for numismatists who appreciate Colonial history. Among America’s earliest chapters is the landing of the famous Mayflower, an English ship that carried more than 100 Puritans, collectively known as The Pilgrims, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Prior to disembarking […]

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Heritage Monthly Internet Auction Features Classic US Commemorative Coins

The newest Monthly Internet Auction of US Coins from Heritage features selections of classic (1892-1954) silver and gold commemorative coins. Open for bidding now, this auction is scheduled to close with a live session conducted exclusively through Heritage Live at 6 PM CT on Wednesday, January 15. Classic commemorative coins are typified by a wide […]

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PCGS MS67+ 1915-S Panama-Pacific Commemorative Half Dollar at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. In a few days, bidding ends on Sunday, December 8 on GreatCollections.com for this 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition Commemorative half dollar, graded MS-67+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. PCGS reports 25 examples of the Pan-Pac half dollar at MS-67+, with only four higher in MS-68. To date, the highest auction price for […]

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Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln – Beyond Brenner

Abraham Lincoln By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln […]

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A Good Gun, a Good Horse and a Good Wife: Daniel Boone and the Missouri Centennial Commemorative Half Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… Born in 1734 near Reading, Pennsylvania, Daniel Boone had all the ingredients for a happy life. “All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse and a good wife,” Boone said. Yet the father of 10 children with his wife Rebecca had a taste for adventure and […]

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The Second Life of the 1904-05 Lewis & Clark Exposition Gold Dollar

  By Blanchard & Company …… The United States expanded its reach in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. For $15 million the U.S. acquired 828,000 square miles from France. The additional land doubled the size of the country. Soon after, President Thomas Jefferson took the initiative to find out what awaited in that great wilderness. […]

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A Man, a Plan, a Coin: The Classic Oregon Trail Commemorative Half Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… For many, the Oregon Trail evokes thoughts of untouched terrain, the untamed wild, and new beginnings. The reality was much different. Many lost their lives traveling the 2,170 miles spanning the distance of Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. It is estimated that 20,000 people lie in unmarked graves. The […]

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General Lafayette on US Coins – The Hero of Two Worlds

A national hero to not one but two countries Born in 1757, Gilbert Lafayette came from an ancient noble family in France. By his teen years, Lafayette was orphaned and inherited an immense fortune. He joined the court of King Louis XVI, but yearned for something more meaningful and exciting. Lafayette wanted to become a […]

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Columbian Exposition and Classic US Commemoratives: Paying 50 Cents for a Quarter

By Blanchard & Company …… What do the world’s first Ferris wheel, a quarter that costs 50 cents and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry have in common? Answer? The 1893 World Columbian Exposition, also known as Chicago’s World Fair. It was the site of the world’s first Ferris wheel. Originally known as the “Chicago […]

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High-Grade Connecticut Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar Coin at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, February 24 at 9:46 pm Eastern Time, bidding closed on a toned PCGS MS-67 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Commemorative half dollar over at GreatCollections.com. The attractively toned coin was CAC approved and realized $1,375. A Worthy Commemorative In April and May of 1935, the Philadelphia Mint coined 25,018 Connecticut Tercentenary half […]

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Classic Commemorative Coins Merge History, Design

By Connor Falk – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC …… The classic commemorative silver half dollar series represents a merger of historical events and people with appealing coin designs. Issued between 1892 and 1954, classic commemorative halves were struck and sold to the growing coin collecting community in the United States. The use of coinage to […]

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Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

Commemorative Coins by Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. I’ve written about commemorative coins before. I wrote about what they are, and why we collect them. Commemoratives in the United States are typically divided into Classic and Modern categories, and I talked briefly about the distinction. Recent commemorative coins, such as the 2014 National Baseball […]

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Counterfeit Detection – 1937 Texas Half Dollar Commemorative Coin

Counterfeit Detection – Besides the metal content, there are a lot of other problems with this classic commemorative By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… A classic silver commemorative, the Texas Independence Centennial Half Dollar was produced from 1934 to 1938 in 13 date and mintmark combinations. The obverse features the Lone Star motif that the state […]

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CoinWeek: Cool Coins! 2018 Episode 1: Amazing Mint Errors, Shipwreck Gold and More!

 CoinWeek Cool Coins! returns with this first episode for 2018. We are excited to share with you a new crop of cool stories about some of the most interesting coins, tokens, and medals that dealers and collectors show off on the bourse floor. Segment 1: Larry Shepherd talks about an original three-coin set of […]

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Counterfeit Detection – Oregon Trail Commemorative Silver Half Dollar

Counterfeit Oregon Trail commemorative silver half dollar  – A closer look reveals plenty of problems on this coin’s surfaces By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… The Oregon Trail commemorative silver half dollar has an iconic design that has made it one of the most popular of all silver commemorative types. The type had an overall mintage […]

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Stone Mountain: Birth of the Klan Half Dollar

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. It was in 1923 that renowned sculptor Gutzon Borglum wrote to influential senator Henry Cabot Lodge, urging him to support legislation for a Stone Mountain commemorative half dollar. The bill passed both houses of Congress and was signed by President Calvin Coolidge on March 17, 1924. The money raised […]

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Booker T. on the Tarmac: A Story About First Coinvestors

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Anthony Swiatek and Walter Breen’s The Encyclopedia of United States Silver & Gold Commemorative Coins: 1892-1954 has always been one of my favorite books. Sure, the topic’s been done better, most recently by Swiatek himself. And yes, the book is hopelessly optimistic about what was then the future […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative

Counterfeit coin – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Half Dollar The relatively crude forgery shows extensive loss of detail throughout. By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   In recent years, the “Classic” Commemorative series has become increasingly popular. These coins were first issued in 1892 to celebrate the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, with nearly a million Columbian half dollars […]

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NGC Grades Rare 1915 Panama-Pacific Commemorative Coin Double Set

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare 1915 Panama-Pacific “Double Set”. The set, one of the rarest and most remarkable items in all of American numismatics, will be sold by Heritage Auctions in January. In 1915, San Francisco hosted the Panama-Pacific Exposition, a World Fair that celebrated one of the greatest feats of […]

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NGC Grades Rare 1915 Panama-Pacific Commemorative Coin Double Set

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare 1915 Panama-Pacific “Double Set”. The set, one of the rarest and most remarkable items in all of American numismatics, will be sold by Heritage Auctions in January. In 1915, San Francisco hosted the Panama-Pacific Exposition, a World Fair that celebrated one of the greatest feats of […]

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Budget Coin Collecting: Finding Great Value at Major Sales

Pedigreed rarities for a pittance: Newman IX claims $4.5 million By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. A bit of déjà vu for MLB: For the second year in a row, another seven-game World Series, with the visiting team taking home the trophy in November. In the sporting world, timetables for the playoffs seem to […]

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Tips for Collectors: Looking for Value? Coins for Thought

Opportunities for price-conscious buyers, as ‘Hallogivingmas’ approaches By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. Early October, leaves falling, MLB playoffs in full gear, and retailers having a field day. I mean all at once, it is “Hallogivingmas” — what I refer to as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas merchandise all simultaneously on display, gaudily fighting for […]

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10 Great Moments That Shaped American Coin Collecting, Part 2

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. In Part One, I discussed the beginnings of popular coin collecting in America in the late 1850s. I also discussed the birth of the coin dealing market and the origins of several coin clubs and organizations in the latter half of the 19th century. And of course, I […]

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Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #380 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Vintage silver commemorative coins were minted from 1892 to 1955. Except for the Isabella quarter (1893) and the Lafayette silver dollar (1900), all are half dollars. Prices for these have never come […]

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Farran Zerbe: Numismatist – Promoter – Hustler

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …. Historians state that “Everybody was Somebody” in the small population of the Thirteen Colonies at the time of the American Revolution. People who would be lost in a population of 300 million had a vastly greater opportunity to shine in a population of 10 or 12 million. So […]

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Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This is a great time to collect one of the most interesting and attractive United States coins series My last article focused on classic commemorative silver coins struck from 1892 to 1954. As enumerated, there are many compelling reasons to collect this long-ignored series. Nearly all […]

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Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

A look at this often-underrated yet highly interesting series By Jeff Garrett – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… For anyone looking for value when trying to decide what to collect, United States commemorative coinage is a great place to start. The series has been one of the biggest laggards in the last decade in relation to […]

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Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln: Beyond Brenner

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln cent was […]

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Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. I’ve written about commemorative coins before. I wrote about what they are, and why we collect them. Commemoratives in the United States are typically divided into Classic and Modern categories, and I talked briefly about the distinction. Recent commemoratives, such as the 2014 National Baseball Hall of […]

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