Pillar Of The Community
Continuing our northern swing, next up is the 1936 Connecticut Tercentenary in PCGS MS-65.
The coin was issued to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Connecticut Colony. The obverse features the famous Charter Oak, the hiding place for the colony's Royal Charter when an attempt was made by King James II (through his local administrator Sir Edmund Andros) to revoke it. The reverse features a standing eagle. Interestingly, while the coins were designed by Henry Kreiss, both sides are based on paintings by Charles De Wolf Bromwell.
Kreiss also designed the companion commemorative medal; I've included images of it below. The obverse features a group of men and women symbolizing the founders of Connecticut; Thomas Hooker, lead founder, is at the center. The medal's reverse depicts three grapevines (as seen on the Colony/State Seal) that originally symbolized the three initial settlements of Connecticut. On the medal, however, they appear to be tied to the principles of Religion, Law and Education.
1935 Connecticut Tercentenary -- Obverse
1935 Connecticut Tercentenary -- Reverse
1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Medallion -- Obverse
1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Medallion -- Reverse
Collecting history, one commemorative coin (or medal) at a time!