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Commems Collection: 1936 Long Island Tercentenary

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 Posted 03/28/2012  9:32 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Tonight we head out to "the island" for a quick stop before heading to New England via a 1936 Long Island Tercentenary half dollar in PCGS MS-65.

The coin commemorates the 300th anniversary of the first European -- Dutch -- settlement on the island in 1636. The obverse features conjoined symbolic portraits of a Dutch settler and a Native American from the Algonquin tribe. On the reverse is seen a Dutch sailing ship of the era. The coin was designed by Howard Kenneth Weinman, son of A.A. Weinman (he of Walking Liberty half-dollar and Winged Liberty dime fame).

By the time the Long Island commemorative was authorized, Congress had become acutely aware of the abuses being perpetrated on collectors via the various commemorative coin programs. So, the coin's authorizing legislation mandated that the coin could only be dated ‘1936' regardless of when struck and that no coins could be struck more than one year after the enactment of its authorizing Public Law. There would no Oregon Trial scenario played out for the Long Island half dollar.

The coin's cartwheel luster is unbroken on both sides and it is free of significant detracting marks.

Enjoy!


1936 Long Island Tercentenary -- Obverse




1936 Long Island Tercentenary -- Reverse


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 Posted 03/29/2012  09:34 am  Show Profile Check muddler's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another beauty, do you have the full type set?
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Very nice!
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 Posted 03/29/2012  3:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wquinn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a really nice looking coin, but the details look so soft, like a weak strike. Is that intentional for that design?
I've been collecting, since 1975.
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 Posted 03/29/2012  9:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another outstanding eye-appeal coin commems ... lovely visual impact and a tough coin to find indeed in this quality.

Your set is proving to be exactly what I am chasing as well ... quality coins with minimal toning, full luster and strong strike.

I second muddler question ... you are showing these one at a time ... so ...


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do you have the full type set?


I'll handle the next question from my personal experience ...


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but the details look so soft, like a weak strike. Is that intentional for that design?


I have held in hand well over 100 of these Long Island halves ... and have never found a single one with any detail in the hair on the obverse portraits or in the rigging on the reverse sailing ship.

I've come to the personal conclusion that this Howard K. Weinman designed coin is exactly what you see here in this lovely example ... a somewhat mushy looking coin even in gem state.

Last ... gotta enjoy the older PCGS holder that truncated the coin name ... my earlier PCGS MS64 had the same spelling ... Long Islan

David

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 Posted 03/29/2012  9:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
muddler: Yes, I have a complete type set plus the five major varieties. Most of the coins are graded MS-65 to MS-67, but I do have a handful of coins in MS-64 for which I am looking for upgrades. Since I'm trying to post one coin per day, I'm afraid you'll have to put up with my posts for another month or so!

wquinn: I agree with nickelsearcher, the Long Island is just not known for its design details. In hand, my coin shows more detail in the hair than is shown in my compressed image, but there isn't much more to see on the ship's sails. At least it has nice luster!
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 Posted 03/30/2012  12:58 am  Show Profile Check muddler's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I will enjoy the parade, keep them coming!
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 Posted 03/30/2012  4:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add D0ubl3Eagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice coin!
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