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For today's installment, I have one of my first upgrades from my MS-63 set, a 1935 Old Spanish Trail half-dollar in PCGS MS-65.
The coin is an "original white" coin -- no dipping in its past -- with nice cartwheel luster and no real chatter in the usually marked up wide-open obverse and reverse fields (in my experience, these coins can come really marked up). The coin does have a mark to the left of the cow's right nostril (from the cow's perspective), but the overall clean fields overcame the mark when I was deciding whether to add it to my collection.
Not one of my favorite designs -- I find it rather generic -- but whom am I to criticize L. W. Hoffecker and his design talents -- he was only trying to make a few bucks! (Sarcasm intended!)
As a type, it is one of three classic US commems with a mintage of 10,000; the Hawaiian and the Hudson are the others.
1935 Old Spanish Trail - Obverse
1935 Old Spanish Trail - Reverse
Collecting history, one commemorative coin (or medal) at a time!
Original content (c) Commems, 2012-2014
Edited by commems
03/21/2012 10:58 pm