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Commems Collection: 1936 Columbia, SC Sesquicentennial - Design Discussions

 
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 Posted 05/26/2022  07:44 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Introductory Note: I have posted about many different aspects of the history of US commemorative coins here in the US Commemoratives area of CCF, most with "Commems Collection" in their title to enable automatic inclusion on the "Commems Collection" list created by Bobby. In addition, however, I have also posted about the design elements found on many of the coins over in the "Post Your..." galleries area, as well as within posts here under non-coin-specific titles. I've decided to collect these multiple design discussions for each coin of the series in one place for quick access, I present...

1936 Columbia, SC Sesquicentennial - Design Element Discussion Threads

- 1936 Columbia, SC Sesquicentennial - Coins Depicting Places
- 1936 Columbia, SC Sesquicentennial - Coins Depicting Mythology
- 1936 Columbia, SC Sesquicentennial - Coins with Hands
- 1936 Columbia, SC Sesquicentennial - Coins with Stars
- 1936 Columbia, SC Sesquicentennial - Coins with Flora
- 1936 Columbia, SC Sesquicentennial - Coins with Trees


1936 Columbia, SC Sesquicentennial Half Dollar



For other of my posts about commemorative coins and medals, including more on the history of the Columbia, SC half dollar and other Design Discussion Index posts, see: Commems Collection.



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 Posted 05/26/2022  08:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not the most appealing designs on this one.
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 Posted 05/26/2022  09:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fantastic!

I still want to get one of these someday just to have it.
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 Posted 05/27/2022  1:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I really enjoy the links to your other research on these coins commems - they are simply filled with fascinating information that otherwise we (the collective CCF we) would never get to enjoy.

For example, I enjoyed your description of the allegorical Lady Justice shown on the coins obverse (Coins Depicting Mythology) and the linkage to the modern Justice wearing a blindfold.

Since I generally do not read the 'Coins Depicting' subform - without your index I would be missing such fabulous information.
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 Posted 05/27/2022  2:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I still want to get one of these someday


@ jbuck - Look how beautiful the coin is in honestly circulated XF40 state!


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@ jbuck - Look how beautiful the coin is in honestly circulated XF40 state!
Indeed! I believe that light circulation cameo enhances the design!
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 Posted 05/27/2022  4:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The text used on the obverse are so compress, it leave no space to adjust or add some element to differentiate between Columbia SC and sesqui centennial celebration of the capital, other details are also needlessly added.

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 Posted 05/27/2022  5:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@macmercury: I believe the lack of physical separators was a stylistic choice vs. poor planning that led to a compressed layout.

If you look closely at the words on each side, you'll notice that they use two different orientations. The layout of the words that are meant to be grouped/read together all share the same orientation: the words "SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF THE CAPITAL" (obverse) and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" (reverse) are oriented with the bottom of each letter positioned toward the interior/center of the coin, while "COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA" (obverse) and "HALF DOLLAR" (reverse) have the bottom of each letter facing out at the coin's rim. Each facilitates easier reading when the coin is oriented properly.

The orientation of each phrase was the artist's choice for separation between them vs. including physical separators.



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I think it is an effective design and I find it rather appealing.
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 Posted 05/27/2022  7:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would think adding some form of separator would visually help on the obverse with the type less tall, the reverse with the stars already busy so I wouldn't add any separator to US of America and half dollar, but word spacing should have done better, just my design choice.

One thing that bother me is the plate Liberty standing on doesn't seem to be necessary, but all these are my own perspective as the artist has their own interpretation.
I thank again to commems for all the fascinating facts and history and I enjoy reading them.

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Indeed, commems is a giant on this forum.
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