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1938 New Rochelle, New York, 250th Anniversary Half Dollar

1938 New Rochelle, New York, 250th Anniversary Half Dollar


Purpose:


To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding and settlement of New Rochelle and  help fund the city's  anniversary celebration.


Maximum Number Authorized: 25,000 pieces.


Sale Price: $2.00


Designs:


    Obverse – Gertrude Lathrop

John Pell holding a fatted calf with a rope. “SETTLED 1688 INCORPORATED 1899” is located just beneath the upper border. “NEW ROCHELLE NEW YORK” is inscribed below the calf. The designer's initials are in the lower right field.


   Reverse – Gertrude Lathrop

A fleur-de-lis at center, with date 1938 below, just above the denomination.


Online Resource: https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/us-nynro.html

 

Popularity:


25,000 half dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint for sale to the public. Sales were modest and 9,749 pieces were returned to the Mint to be melted.


Trivia:


  • The New Rochelle, New York, 250th Anniversary half dollar was minted in 1937 to celebrate a celebration that took place in 1938.

  • It is the last United States coin to have denticles along the rim.

  • On the Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke's family lived in New Rochelle, New York.


For more information:


Encyclopedia of the Commemorative Coins of the United States by Anthony J. Swiatek 

KWS Publishers (2012)


Commemorative Coins of the United States Identification and Price Guide by Anthony J. Swiatek

Amos Press Publishers (2001)


One Fatt Calfe by Amy C. Skipton

Commemorative Coin Committee (1939)


References:


Encyclopedia of the Commemorative Coins of the United States by Anthony J. Swiatek

KWS Publishers (2012)


The Encyclopedia of United States Silver & Gold Commemorative Coins 1892 to 1954 by Anthony Swiatek and Walter Breen

Arco Publishing, Inc. (1981)


 1938 NEW ROCHELLE Obverse       1938 NEW ROCHELLE Reverse


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