# 808 - Early American Commemoratives - Part 23

in hive-167922 •  3 days ago 

Most of the info below comes from: https://earlycommemorativecoins.com/

"Commemorative coins were first issued by the United States Mint in 1892 to mark the World’s Columbian Exposition. The silver half dollars depicting Christopher Columbus were sold at the expedition for one dollar each. In subsequent years, the US Mint would continue the tradition of issuing gold and silver commemoratives to honor the important people, places, and events of the country.

Early commemorative coins were issued between the years 1892 and 1954 and have included primarily silver half dollars and gold dollars."

I will show the series "Silver Early Commemoratives". It will be presented in alphabetical order.

All coins weight 12.5g, with 90% silver purity.

The twenty-third is a MS66 1936 "Oregon" Half Dollar.

"Despite having one of the most beautiful design in the series, the Oregon Trail Half Dollar is usually cited as the best example of the abuses which began to take place within commemorative coin programs. Between the years 1926 and 1939, the coins were minted with eight different dates at three different mint facilities for varying prices, in an attempt to make as much money as possible."

NGC graded 1,676 1936 "Oregon" Half Dollars, with 575 as MS66 and 184 above. 10,006 1936 "Oregon" were minted in Philadelphia.

Today's price of this coin is around $290.00.

"The obverse was designed by James Earle Fraser. The full figure of a Native American in headdress is shown. He stands before a map of the United States with the Oregon Trail marked, with his left hand outstretched to the east and a bow in his right hand spanning the continent.

Officially, the US Mint states this as the reverse of the coin, although the designers of the coin and many collectors consider this the obverse of the coin. "

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"The reverse of the Oregon Trail Half Dollar was designed by Laura Gardin Fraser. It features a covered wagon drawn by two oxen moving west, towards the setting sun."

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The Oregon Trail and the California commemorative half dollars are my favorites. I guess I will just have to put my mind on it to get them! Thanks for the show, @ronaldoavelino! (P.S. It is too bad that this article is not showing in the Community Page of Silver Gold Stacker, rather it is the community page of Leo Finance where it will be lost with hundreds of other articles that are not specific to Silver and Gold.)

Don't they refer to these wagons as 'Prairie Schooners', I like that reference.

I know them as a Conestoga wagon.

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You are right, sis @kerrislravenhill! They are Prairie Schooners because the white canvas tops reminded people of the sails on ships at sea.

Tomorrow I will post with the tag #silvergoldstackers first. Let's see if it goes to the Community Page.

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I love anything western and this is right up my ally. Thank you for sharing a wonderful coin @ronaldoavelino! Take care!

More western than this coin is the Buffalo Nickel, made by the same James Earle Fraser.

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I am very familiar with it. It is awesome!😎👍🤗

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You are very welcome @ronaldoavelino!! ❤️
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The Reverse of this coin with the Oregon Trail is very classic my friend!!
A very beautiful coin @ronaldoavelino!!!

To me, that is the most beautiful American coin!

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Very beautiful my friend!😀

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Thank you for the upvote.

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