Kepi's Blog

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.

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