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Classic Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)

In 1892 the first U.S commemoratives were issued in conjunction with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Those silver commemorative coins celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America. Almost one million Columbian Half Dollars were sold in the first year. 


The classic Commemorative series started with the Columbian Half Dollar in 1892 and ended with the Washington/Carver Half Dollar in 1954. Many of the silver Classic Commemorative were marked with historical events and nearly all of them were half dollars.  


Classic commemoratives have recently become one of the most popular series with coin collectors.


Gold U.S. Commemorative Coins

Every so often, gold coins were a part of the United States Commemorative series.  Gold commemorative coins appeared mainly in the early years. 

The 1903 Louisiana Purchase Expo Gold Dollar was the first gold commemorative coin issued. There are two versions of this coin. One has Jefferson’s head on the obverse and the other has McKinley’s. 

Some Popular Collectable U.S. Commemoratives

  • Lafayette Silver Dollar – Often called the best of the commemorative series, the Lafayette Silver Dollar is quite rare and very popular among collectors.
  • Isabella Quarter – the only U.S. coin featuring a foreign monarch.  Just over 24,000 Isabella quarters were minted. 
  • Alabama Half Dollar – The first U.S. coin that portrays a living person, the Alabama half dollar shows up in two versions.  The Alabama 2x2 is much more rare than the original Alabama. 
  • Albany Half Dollar – Minted in 1936, the Albany Half Dollar commemorated the 250th anniversary of Albany, New York. 
  • California Jubilee Half Dollar – Released in 1925, the California Jubilee features a gold prospector panning for gold.
  • Antietam Half Dollar – Commemorating the bloody battle of Antietam during the Civil War. 
  • Daniel Boone Half Dollar – Struck from 1934 to 1938, the Daniel Boone half dollar celebrated the 200th anniversary of Daniel Boone’s birth. This is a popular coin and fairly easy to find.
  • Arkansas Half Dollar – Badly minted, the Arkansas Half Dollar often appears scratched or dull so you will have to search for one of high quality. 
  • Bay Bridge Half Dollar – Very popular with collectors, the Bay Bridge half dollar features a great design with a grizzly bear on the obverse. 
  • Bridgeport Half Dollar – Minted in 1936 to honor Bridgeport Connecticut centennial, the Bridgeport Half Dollar features native son P.T. Barnum.  Bridgeport Half Dollars are difficult to find in top condition. 
  • Norfolk Half Dollar – Extremely popular. The Norfolk Half Dollar featuring a 3 masted sailing ship is marked 1936 but was actually minted in 1937.

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