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17 Jul 2022

1936 Albany, New York, Charter Commemorative Half Dollar

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Here is another blog on a 1936 classic commemorative, the 1936 Albany, New York, Charter commemorative coin. This is a really nice coin and is also really expensive because of the low distribution. Enjoy the blog!


The 1936 Albany, New York, Charter commemorative half dollar commemorates the 250th Anniversary of the granting of the charter for the city of Albany, New York. The governor of New York, which was a colony at the time, Thomas Dongan granted a charter to the city of Albany on July 22, 1686. A charter is a written grant by a country's legislative or sovereign power that defines a city's rights and privileges. In this case, it gave Albany fur traders rights and responsibilities for growth and development. This is the oldest charter still in force in the U.S. today. Albany is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and is the capital of New York that is full of rich history. 25,000 of these pieces were minted and sold to the public by the Albany Dongan Charter Coin Committee for $2 apiece. Sales ended in 1943 with a total of 17,658 sold and that same year 7,342 pieces were sent back to the mint to be melted.


The 1936 Albany, New York, Charter Commemorative was designed by Gertrude Lathrop from Albany. The obverse depicts a beaver that is gnawing on a maple branch, two maple keys on each side of the beaver. Beaver pelts were important to trade and commerce in Albany during the 1600's when it was founded. The beaver is also included on the city of Albany's seal. The reverse shows Governor Thomas Dongan shaking hands with his secretary Robert Livingston and Pieter Schuyler, who was the first mayor of Albany. He is holding the Charter in this depiction. An eagle with its wings spread is above them. Four pine cones are located on the sides just like how the reverse has the maple keys.


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Comments

Mike

Level 7

Just a point the coin with the toning with a quick look I think it looks like Snoopy!! Just a quick look. There are two brown spots were his eyes would be. And his ear look like there big enough. Not making fun I just thought of what toning can do! Great shots by the way!

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah, the obverse is a little bit everywhere.

Jackson14

Level 4

Nice coins and blog. Thanks.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

No problem.

AC coin$

Level 6

Great blog , nice coin .

Kepi

Level 6

Great blog! I like these old Commemoratives! This toned one is beautiful indeed!

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah!

Rebelfire76

Level 4

Nice history piece for the city of Albany and state of New York. Thank you for providing the history, not only of the coin, but what it commemorates. Personally, I don’t collect commemoratives, but this piece is definitely a fine example of one, and I like the toned version as well.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah.

Longstrider

Level 6

Wow! That pictured coin is an amazing toner. Well done blog. Great research and well explained. I enjoyed the read. Thanks.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

No problem!

RSchwa57

Level 4

Nice blog. Commemoratives seem to be either loved or hated from discussions over the years. I have a few. There are a couple on my wish list.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

I personally really like a lot of the classic commems but there aren't a lot of modern commemoratives that I like.

Mike

Level 7

I like the coin. As I said I like the 1936 commens . The one with the toning I'm not a fan of it. To much and it hides some of the beauty of the coin. The other most definitely I like. You can see everything the engraver wants you to see. Another great coin. Thanks my friend

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