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03 Oct 2017


Coins | Longstrider

My controversial coin is a 1892 silver Columbian Exposition Silver Half Dollar. It never used to be controversial but it seems to be now. I won't get into politics. This isn't the place. Let's just say that as a American-Italian I am not to happy that most Columbus Days festivals are now called Indigenous Peoples Day, as well as the parades. Back to the coin. This coin is the first commemorative coin issued by The United States of America. They were issued to commemorate the Worlds Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. This Expo was to celebrate 400 years since Columbus' finding of the New World. Coined in 1892 some were also made in 1893. They were sold at the Expo for $1.00 as a souvenir and to help cover the cost of the Expo. This coin has become the most common early commemorative coin. As you can see in the photos, mine has great toning on the obverse, that my photos don't show properly, and wear toning on the reverse. Most were held and not spent but it appears this one was spent. Why?? Maybe the original owner needed money so bad he/she spent a coin that cost one dollar to get fifty cents and it went on from there. The specs on this coin are that the obverse designer was Charles E. Barber. The reverse was designed by George T. Morgan. This is noteworthy as they were, reportedly, arch enemies at the mint. It has a diameter of 30.6 mm and weighs 12.5 grams of 90% silver and has a reeded edge. There was a total mintage of 950,000. I hope you enjoyed the blog and photos. I look forward to your "Non-Political" comments, please. Thanks for looking!

30 Jul 2015

Chicago’s fourth star, ‘Century of Progress,’ featured on 2015 World’s Fair of Money commemorative medal

World's Fair of Money | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

Medallic artist Jamie Franki has created a beautiful and stunning commemorative medal for the American Numismatic Association’s 2015 World’s Fair of MoneySM, coming to the Donald E. Stephens Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, Aug. 11-15, 2015. The medal, the fourth in a series inspired by the stars on the Chicago municipal flag, depicts the city’s famed 1933-34 World’s Fair, the Century of Progress.

18 Aug 2014

Thank you Chicago, 123rd ANA World’s Fair of Money Participants

World's Fair of Money | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

The American Numismatic Association (ANA -www.money.org) World's Fair of Money (WFOM) 123RD Convention was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Chicago, IL on August 5th – 9th, 2014.

24 Jul 2014

Not Too Late for Cheap Flights to ANA from Central PA!

World's Fair of Money | VKurtB

Usually if you wait until now to make flight arrangements as late as the ANA convention is soon from now, you're going to get gouged, right? Wrong. Frontier Airlines is still a bargain out of Harrisburg International (or as the fly-boys know it, Middletown). As of now, you can fly out of HIA/MDT for as little as $72.09 on Monday, August 4 or Wednesday, August 6. Flying back home on Saturday, August 9 or Monday, August 11 is even cheaper! Go for it! Get Cubs tickets for Sunday. Less spent getting there means you can get more coins, right?

08 Jul 2014

2011 Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series Explores “Numismatics Celebrating Human Achievement”

News | ANA Official Post | jfletcher

2011 Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Company Lecture SeriesExplores “Numismatics Celebrating Human Achievement”


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