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Commems Collection: 1935 Old Spanish Trail

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 Posted 03/21/2012  4:06 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

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.

Enjoy!


1935 Old Spanish Trail - Obverse




1935 Old Spanish Trail - Reverse

Collecting history, one commemorative coin (or medal) at a time!
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 Posted 03/21/2012  4:28 pm  Show Profile Check muddler's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another fine example and one I am still searching for.
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Very nice!

I am enjoying this daily treat.
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 Posted 03/21/2012  7:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Chewyduck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice coin
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I'm really enjoying these classic commemoratives in these classic PCGS holders. What a great group of coins! Keep 'em coming....
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Another lovely example ... I am growing to become a fan of your 'eye' for these ... as we all should be given the fabulous coins that you are showing.

This coin certainly falls into in the 'minimal' design category ... compares IMHO to the 1925-S California as a design that tells the story with minimal embellishment.

Not saying that I agree with L. W. Hoffecker motivations ... and his greed to issue this limited mintage example has been well documented.

Lovely example commems ... I am enjoying all your posts.

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Wow!
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Simple design, but still nice looking.
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Simple design, but still nice looking.
It reminds me of a Statehood Quarter.

Of course, if the Statehood Quarters looked like this, we could have had fewer complaints about them.

By the way, I personally like the Statehood Quarters (although the ATB quarters are much nicer).
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I was thinking of the Montana state quarter, when I first saw it:
http://www.quarterdesigns.com/propo...montana.html

Sometimes a simple plain design is a nice change. They just can't do it too much, or they look bad.

And the ATB series is many times better than the state quarters. I just wish the FR treated them the same for circulation. It is a real shame they aren't circulating.
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I just wish the FR treated them the same for circulation. It is a real shame they aren't circulating.
I agree.
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