Well worn Copper's Blog

23 Jan 2021

Nearing the Summit: My Silver Classic Commemorative Collection

| Well worn Copper

This past week I pulled the trigger and purchased a 1935 Hudson half dollar and a 1935 Old Spanish Trail half as well. Both are considered semi-key in the classic silver commemorative series with mintages at only 10,008 each. Both were also MS64, although the OST issue was encapsulated in an old blue ANACS slab, which to tell the truth is damn ugly, and will be soon heading out to NGC for a makeover. With these two additions I am within one coin, the elusive 1928 Hawaiian, for completion of a silver classic commemorative type series. Aside from a complete Sacajawea Dollar series (to date) I've never really completed a set of anything in all my years of collecting, so this is quite an accomplishment for me. By a "Type set" I am talking about an example of each and every design, but not complete year sets, such as the eight years of Oregon Trail issues. But both Arkansas designs are included, as well of a few others which I've always considered part of the classic series. These include the Swedish 2 Kroner issued alongside the 1936 Delaware issue, as well the three-coin Philippine Commonwealth issue from 1936. (I've never really liked the 1925 Norse medal, and don't include it because it isn't a coin.) All in all, everything so far totals out to about $13,000, and I still have to get the Hawaiian! As for the 1935 Hudson, I've never really liked the design and Chester Beach has done much better things, but to complete a set you've got to bite a few bullets. What I also know is sometimes you have to wait for "your coin" to finally come around. As an example, I passed up plenty of 1900 Lafayette dollars and 1915 Panama pacific issues which had been cleaned before finally buying a problem-free piece. I now wait for the funds for a Hawaiian issue to materialize before I can finally mount the summit (I feel like Sir Edmund Hillary on Everest!). And after that, then what? Luckily, there's always something else to do in numismatists . See ya at the top!

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