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27 Feb 2018

**Heading West**

Coins-United States | Kepi

This Commemorative coin has been in my collection for quite awhile now  and  finally today I thought I need to put this up.  This is a 1936 S   "Oregon Trail Memorial Half Dollar".  Beautifully toned!  It's graded by NGC as a MS-65.  The designers are James Earle Fraser and his wife, Laura Gardin Fraser.  Weight: 12.50 grams, Diameter: 30.6 mm, Reeded edge, Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper.  Mintage max. 6,000,000.   It was minted in San Francisco, Denver and Philadelphia.  This was the first commemorative to be struck at more than one Mint facility, and also the first commemorative to be struck at the Denver Mint.  This coin was the longest running in the series of Classic Commemorative's, dating  from 1926 thru 1939.  This beautiful coin was struck in commemoration of the Oregon Trail and in memory of the pioneers, many who died and lay buried along side this 2,000 mile stretch of road.  The obverse shows a pioneer family in a Conestoga wagon, heading west into the sunset, filled with hopes of a new better life.  The reverse depicts a proud Indian standing with a bow, his arm outstretched almost as if saying to the pioneers " Stop, this is not your land".  There is a map of the United States in the background.  This coin originally sold for $1.00.  It was issued by the Oregon Trail Memorial Association Inc.  I hope you enjoyed my blog!  Any comments are welcomed.

Comments

user_9894

Level 4

Thanks for the information, it helps to know the story.

Mike

Level 7

I wouldn't know what year to buy. I guess any. I was thinking about it after I finished my comment sorry. Mike.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

One of my all time favorite US coins. That's a coin to be proud of.

Longstrider

Level 6

Beautifully toned. One of my favorite Classic Commemoratives. Thanks!

"SUN"

Level 6

Great looking coin. You lucky to have it in your collection.

CoinLady

Level 6

Beautiful coin. I think this design was voted best classic commem & deservedly so. I'm still a big fan of classic commems! Thanks for the blog & pic.

coinsbygary

Level 5

This coin is one of my absolute favorites! That coupled with being designed and sculpted by the top husband/wife artists of that day make this coin especially delightful to me! Your coin also features natures contribution in its toning.

Prospector

Level 4

Real nice coin, it has a discriminating look too! I like the design. Heading West was the utmost adventurous thing to do in the early 19th Century. Great grade. Enjoy!

Mike

Level 7

Well it's one of the classic commens. Nice toning not to heavy and spread out that's nice. Great grade to. Terrific history. Bet you looked at this one a few times. Enjoy it. We will looking at it. Thanks for good blog. Mike

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